Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
Stone is heavy and sand weighty, but a fool's wrath is heavier and more intolerable than both of them.
Wrath is cruel and anger is an overwhelming flood, but who is able to stand before jealousy?
Open rebuke is better than love that is hidden.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are lavish and deceitful.
He who is satiated loathes and treads underfoot a honeycomb, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
Like a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who strays from his home.
Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; so does the sweetness of a friend's counsel that comes from the heart.
Your own friend and your father's friend, forsake them not; neither go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far off .
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me .
A prudent man sees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished .
Take the garment of one who is security for a stranger; and hold him in pledge when he is security for foreigners.
The flatterer who loudly praises and glorifies his neighbor, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted as cursing him .
A continual dripping on a day of violent showers and a contentious woman are alike;
Whoever attempts to restrain might as well try to stop the wind--his right hand encounters oil .
Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend .
Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat its fruit; so he who patiently and faithfully guards and heeds his master shall be honored.
As in water face answers to and reflects face, so the heart of man to man.
Sheol (the place of the dead) and Abaddon (the place of destruction) are never satisfied; so the eyes of man is never satisfied.
As the refining pot for silver and the furnace for gold , so let a man be in his trial of praise .
Even though like grain you should pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds;
For riches are not forever; does a crown endure to all generations?
When the hay is gone, the tender grass shows itself, and herbs of the mountain are gathered in,
The lambs will be for your clothing, and the goats the price of a field.
And there will be goats' milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and for the maintenance of your maids.
Summary: We are instructed to be aware of how our enemy works against us. However, it is also essential to know how God works. We need to learn His tactics so that we won't miss His hand moving in our life.
Summary: Proverbs 27:23-27 portrays the wondrous interplay of diligent work on our part & faithful watch-care [or providence] as God's part. God has placed return in our work but has given man the responsibility to be diligent in order to extract it. Because God'
Summary: Even back in Bible times (where they did a lot of kissing) there were certain kisses you didn’t want. And the worst kisses were those of enemies and betrayers. How did God say we should deal with people who attempt to deceive as those would?
Summary: “Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses? You’ve been out riding fences, for so long now. Oh, you’re a hard one, but I know that you’ve got your reasons. These things that are pleasing you,can hurt somehow.”
Summary: This sermon teaches us that our scars are simply reminders that a wounding has occurred; but that a healing has taken place; a healing that lifts us higher than we ever could have risen without the wounding.
Summary: What image do we see when we look in the mirror? Who is that person in the reflection? As I thought about this passage I began to realize that all of us look at life in slightly different ways. We see each other through different mirrors.