This wisdom is a paved road over the rocky wilderness of human nature.  Use this map to enjoy an easy journey instead of a slow agonizing stumble through the uneven world of enemies who dress like friends.

Proverbs 27:1-13

1 Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

There is no power in our hands to make the future do what we want.  If God is willing we may have a good life, but there will be bumps in the road.  Promises that you can not deliver will cost you friends.

2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

Do not toot your own horn or declare your greatness because your audience has no reason to believe your words.  When they hear testimony from another they may consider that to be valid and unbiased.

3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.

A landscaper placed some big rocks too close to my driveway.  Moving one was a challenge to my bad back.  But an angry man who cannot hear reason or control himself is too much for the people around him to bear.

4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

Violence and harsh words are horrible but envy breeds contempt and selfish desires that divide friends.

5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

It is better to have a friend who will tell you off honestly than to have a friend that you never know about.  One will give correction that can keep you from harm while the other can never be known as a possible ally in troubles.  Be real.

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Well here we know that a friend will save you from yourself, but a secret enemy will encourage you to walk right into a deadly trap.  One hurts for a while, the other leaves you dead forever.

7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

A spoiled brat has no pleasure in the best delicacies while a truly hungry person can eat anything and appreciate all of it.

8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

How can I know my place if I don’ know my Lord?  He aligns our desires with our destiny so I need to know him to know myself.  If I never know my place I am like a bird that forgets to tend its nest, its mate, and its offspring.  We are born to a purpose.

9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.

Don’t we need a bath and cologne at times though!  When we have a real friend who gives us advice that brings prosperity we have the best refreshing.

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

Friends have days when they need help, and we are not to turn our back on their need.  This builds a relationship of faith that your own blood family may not possess.  A neighbor who is near to your own faith is like our Lord Jesus, who is closer than a brother.

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

When you have a father or a friend who cares about you then shield him from the challenge of those who see you as a reflection of him.  Live your life as a reflection of the good you receive from him.  Even so we are to be a reflection of the good that our Lord has done by redeeming us from the curse we once lived under.  We are his ambassadors to the world.

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

We who can turn to the Lord for knowledge and understanding do have warning of the evil around us.  The bible contains the prophesy of the times we live in and the warning of where the world is going.  Those who deny the old faith are unaware and bold to walk into their own destruction.  The world in the headlines confirms all of these old warnings.

13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

When a man has offered to co-sign or assure a loan to a stranger he is not showing wisdom.  Similarly if he offers support to a strange or possibly immoral woman he may be a risk for you to support.  In this case you may take some form physical security deposit ( a garment here) if you are asked to support his finances.

Relationships are elusive, and often put us at risk to foolish emotions from friends and neighbors.  We can protect ourselves and our friends by hearing this wisdom.  All wisdom is optional but foolish choices are expensive.  Go enjoy the freedom of wisdom.