Proverbs 24:27
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New International Version
Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.

New Living Translation
Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house.

English Standard Version
Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.

New American Standard Bible
Prepare your work outside And make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house.

King James Bible
Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Complete your outdoor work, and prepare your field; afterward, build your house.

International Standard Version
First do your outside work, preparing your land for yourself. After that, build your house.

NET Bible
Establish your work outside and get your fields ready; afterward build your house.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Prepare your works in the outdoors and make ready in your field, and after that build your house.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Prepare your work outside, and get things ready for yourself in the field. Afterwards, build your house.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Prepare thy work without and make it fit for thyself in thine inheritance, and afterwards thou shalt build thine house.

King James 2000 Bible
Prepare your work outside, and make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterwards build your house.

American King James Version
Prepare your work without, and make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterwards build your house.

American Standard Version
Prepare thy work without, And make it ready for thee in the field; And afterwards build thy house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Prepare thy work without, and diligently till thy ground: that afterward thou mayst build thy house.

Darby Bible Translation
Prepare thy work without, and put thy field in order, and afterwards build thy house.

English Revised Version
Prepare thy work without, and make it ready for thee in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

Webster's Bible Translation
Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thy house.

World English Bible
Prepare your work outside, and get your fields ready. Afterwards, build your house.

Young's Literal Translation
Prepare in an out-place thy work, And make it ready in the field -- go afterwards, Then thou hast built thy house.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:17,18. The pleasure we are apt to take in the troubles of an enemy is forbidden. 19,20. Envy not the wicked their prosperity; be sure there is no true happiness in it. 21,22. The godly in the land, will be quiet in the land. There may be cause to change for the better, but have nothing to do with them that are given change. 23-26. The wisdom God giveth, renders a man fit for his station. Every one who finds the benefit of the right answer, will be attached to him that gave it. 27. We must prefer necessaries before conveniences, and not go in debt.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 27. - Prepare thy work without. The proverb enjoins a man to look well to his resources before he undertakes to build a house or to establish a family. "Without" (chuts) (Proverbs 7:12; Proverbs 8:26); in the fields. Put in due order all immediate work in thy farm. And make it fit for thyself in the field; and get ready for what has to come next. That is, in short, steadily and with due foresight cultivate your land; provide abundant means of subsistence before you attempt to build up your house. A suitor had, as it were, to purchase his bride from her relations by making considerable presents; it was therefore necessary to provide a certain amount of wealth before contemplating matrimony. And afterwards build thy house. This is, indeed, the meaning of the passage; but the Hebrew makes a difficulty, as it is literally, "afterwards and thou shalt build." Some have supposed that some words have dropped out of the text (Cheyne, 'Job and Solomon'). But vav in וּבָנִיתָ, coming after a date or notification of time, as here after אַהַר (comp. Genesis 3:5), "has the future signification of a perfect consecutive" (Delitzsch), equivalent to "after that, then, thou mayest build." Septuagint, "Prepare thy works for thy going forth (εἰς τη,ν ἔξοδον), and get ready for the field, and come after me, and thou shalt build up thine house." In a spiritual sense, the heart must be first cleared of thorns, and opened to genial influences, before the man can build up the fabric of virtuous habits, and thus arrive at the virtuous character.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Prepare thy work without,.... As Solomon did for the building of the temple; timber and stones were prepared, hewed, squared, and fitted for the building before brought thither, 1 Kings 5:18; or diligently attend to thy business without doors, whatever it is, that thou mayest provide for thyself and family the necessaries and conveniences of life, which are in the first place to be sought after;

and make it fit for thyself in the field; let nothing be wanting in managing the affairs of husbandry, in tilling the land, in ploughing and sowing, and reaping, and gathering in the increase, that there may be a sufficiency for the support of the family;

and afterwards build thine house; when, though the blessing of God upon thy diligence and industry, thou art become rich, or however hast such a competent substance as to be able to build a good house, and furnish it in a handsome manner, then do it; but first take care of the main point, that you have a sufficiency to finish it; see the advice of Christ, Luke 14:28; necessaries are first to be sought after, before things ornamental and superfluous; first take care to live, and then, if you can, build a fine house. Jarchi interprets this of a man's first getting fields, vineyards, and cattle, something beforehand in the world, and then take a wife, when he is able to maintain her, whereby his house may be built up; see Ruth 4:11.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

27. Prepare … in the field—Secure, by diligence, a proper support, and then build; provide necessaries, then comforts, to which a house rather pertained, in a mild climate, permitting the use of tents.

Proverbs 24:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
Further Sayings of the Wise
26He kisses the lips Who gives a right answer. 27Prepare your work outside And make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house. 28Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, And do not deceive with your lips.…
Cross References
Proverbs 24:26
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.

Proverbs 27:23
Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;
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Prepare your work without, and make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterwards build your house.

1 Kings 5:17,18 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, …

1 Kings 6:7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready …

Luke 14:28-30 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, …

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