Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

Proverbs 27

Verse 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

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

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

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

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

(e) {See (Proverbs 22:3) }

Verse 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

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a g man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

(g) One hasty man provokes another to anger.

Verse 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

[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

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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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Proverbs 27". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1599-1645.