Boast not thyself of to-morrow

Proverbs 27:1-18

Proverbs 27:1

To provide for the morrow is duly, to boast of it is sin. Only a worldling will dare to do so, for eternity is near, and we may be ushered into it before the sun goes down or rises again. The rich fool’s soul was required of him the very night he gloried in the fulness of his barns. Young people must not make sure of living to ripe years, for there are little graves in the cemetery, and flowers in the bud are taken from the stem. Repentance and faith are our bounden duties to-day; to delay will be a wicked boasting of to-morrow, and may cause our eternal ruin.

Proverbs 27:2, 3

Because he will not forgive; he is sullen and revengeful, and his anger oppresses his own heart, and if he has power his wrath becomes a sore burden to others.

Proverbs 27:4

Adam and Satan both fell by envy of God, and it will surely blot our happiness if we indulge in it. Envy spits its venom on the best of men, and is a horrible and devilish passion, to be fought with and overcome by all who follow the loving Jesus.

Proverbs 27:5-8

Let us not, then, be changeable and unsettled. If we have not succeeded where we are, let us try again, but let us not be for ever shifting. How can a tree grow which is often transplanted?

Proverbs 27:10

Jesus was our father’s best friend, let us not forsake him. We shall never find a better;

Proverbs 27:10

Relationship ought to be a close bond, but alas, selfishness often comes in. Jonathan was kinder to David than Joseph’s brethren were to him.

Proverbs 27:13

Do not trust the licentious man He is bad at heart, and his vices will soon make him a beggar; if you must deal with him, do it on the strictest terms, or he will rob you.

Proverbs 27:14

Extravagant praises are distasteful to sensible men, and too often one may suspect that they are uttered with a sinister end. We should wish well to our friends, but vehemently to sound their praises at untimely hours, will do them no service, but rather the reverse.

Proverbs 27:15, 16

Contention with a neighbour is a sharp shower, soon over; but contention with a wife at home is weary work, and makes life a misery; and the worst of it is that the home strife cannot be concealed; the noise and ill-temper of a bad woman reveal themselves; you might as well try to cover up the wind, or hold oil in your hand. Let us never strive, except to make each other happy.

Proverbs 27:17

Good society is a great help to grace. Communion with the saints helps us in the service of God.

Proverbs 27:18

And if Jesus be that Master, our honour shall be great and long enduring, and our reward shall be sweet indeed.


Hear God while he speaks, then hear him to-day;

And pray while he hears, unceasingly pray;

Believe in his promise, rely on his word,

And while he commands you, obey your great Lord.


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