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Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

Proverbs 27

Verse 1

27:1 Boast not thyself of to {a} morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

(a) Do not delay the time, but take the opportunity when it is offered.

Verse 4

27:4 Wrath [is] cruel, and anger [is] outrageous; but who [is] able to stand before {b} envy?

(b) For the envious are obstinate, and cannot be reconciled.

Verse 6

27:6 Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy [are] {c} deceitful.

(c) They are flattering and seem friendly.

Verse 10

27:10 Thy own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s {d} house in the day of thy calamity: [for] better [is] a neighbour [that is] near than a brother far off.

(d) Do not trust any worldly help in the day of your trouble.

Verse 12

27:12 {e} A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, [and] hideth himself; [but] the simple pass on, [and] are punished.

(e) Read Geneva "Proverbs 22:3"

Verse 14

27:14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising {f} early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

(f) Hastily and without cause.

Verse 17

27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a {g} man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

(g) One hasty man provokes another to anger.

Verse 19

27:19 As in water face [answereth] to face, {h} so the heart of man to man.

(h) There is no difference between men by nature, only the grace of God makes the difference.

Verse 21

27:21 [As] the refining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so [is] a man to his {i} praise.

(i) That is, he is either known to be ambitious and glorious, or humble and modest.

Verse 26

27:26 The {k} lambs [are] for thy clothing, and the goats [are] the price of the field.

(k) This declares the great goodness of God towards man, and the diligence that he requires from him for the preservation of his gifts.

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Bibliographical Information
Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Proverbs 27". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gsb/proverbs-27.html. 1599-1645.