Proverbs 27:18
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New International Version
The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.

New Living Translation
As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer's interests will be rewarded.

English Standard Version
Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.

New American Standard Bible
He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.

King James Bible
Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever looks after his master will be honored.

International Standard Version
Whoever nurtures the fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever obeys his master will be honored.

NET Bible
The one who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever takes care of his master will be honored.

New Heart English Bible
Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat its fruit. He who looks after his master shall be honored.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that keeps a fig tree will eat of its fruit and he that is watchful of his Master will be praised.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever takes care of a fig tree can eat its fruit, and whoever protects his master is honored.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; And he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

New American Standard 1977
He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit;
            And he who cares for his master will be honored.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever keeps the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof, so he that waits on his master shall be honoured.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever keeps the fig tree shall eat its fruit: so he that waits on his master shall be honored.

American King James Version
Whoever keeps the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waits on his master shall be honored.

American Standard Version
Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; And he that regardeth his master shall be honored.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that keepeth the fig tree, shall eat the fruit thereof: and he that is the keeper of his master, shall be glorified.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; and he that guardeth his master shall be honoured.

English Revised Version
Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof; and he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit of it: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honored.

World English Bible
Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat its fruit. He who looks after his master shall be honored.

Young's Literal Translation
The keeper of a fig-tree eateth its fruit, And the preserver of his master is honoured.
Study Bible
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
17Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another. 18He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored. 19As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.…
Cross References
Luke 12:42
And the Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their portion at the proper time?

Luke 19:17
His master replied, 'Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, you shall have authority over ten cities.'

1 Corinthians 3:8
He who plants and he who waters are one in purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.

1 Corinthians 9:7
Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Who tends a flock and does not drink of its milk?

2 Timothy 2:6
The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive his share of the crops.

2 Kings 18:31
'Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria, "Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat each of his vine and each of his fig tree and drink each of the waters of his own cistern,

Psalm 123:2
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He is gracious to us.

Proverbs 27:17
Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:19
As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.

Song of Solomon 8:12
"My very own vineyard is at my disposal; The thousand shekels are for you, Solomon, And two hundred are for those who take care of its fruit."
Treasury of Scripture

Whoever keeps the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waits on his master shall be honored.

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Songs 8:12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: you, O Solomon, must have …

1 Corinthians 9:7,13 Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges? who plants a vineyard, …

Genesis 24:2,3 And Abraham said to his oldest servant of his house, that ruled over …

Genesis 39:2-5,22,23 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he …

Exodus 24:13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into …

2 Kings 3:11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that …

2 Kings 5:2,3,25,27 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive …

Mark 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whoever will be great among …

Acts 10:7 And when the angel which spoke to Cornelius was departed, he called …

Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; …

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1 Samuel 2:30 Why the LORD God of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and …

Psalm 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, …

Matthew 24:25,46 Behold, I have told you before…

Matthew 25:21,22 His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you …

Luke 12:37,43,44 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes shall find …

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall …

1 Peter 2:18,21 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the …

(18) Whoso keepeth the fig-tree--i.e., tends it carefully year after year, "shall eat the fruit thereof" when it has come to perfection.

So he that waiteth on his master--i.e., attends to him, observes and follows out his wishes, "shall be honoured" for his good service. (Comp. Matthew 25:21.)

Verse 18. - Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof. He who watches, tends, and cultivates the fig tree will in due time have the reward of his labour in eating its fruit. The abundance of the produce of this tree makes it a good figure of the reward of faithful service. Septuagint, "He that planteth a fig tree shall eat the fruits thereof" (2 Timothy 2:6). So he that waiteth on his maser shall be honoured. He who pays attention, has loving regard to his master, shall meet with honour as his reward at his master's hands, and also from all who become acquainted with his merits. The gnome may well be applied to the case of those who do true and laudable service to their heavenly Master, and she shall one day hear from his lips the gracious word, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord" (Matthew 25:21). Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof,.... That takes care of a fig tree, either his own or another's, planted in his garden or vineyard; see Luke 13:6; who cultivates it, digs about and dungs it, and prunes it, and does everything necessary to it; when it brings forth fruit, and that is ripe and fit to eat, he eats of it, as it is but just he should; see 1 Corinthians 9:7;

so he that waiteth on his master; or "that keeps his master" (k), his person from danger, and his goods faithfully committed to his trust; or "that observes his master" (l), that looks to his hand, observes his motions, directions, and commands;

shall be honoured; as Joseph was in Potiphar's house, and elsewhere; and as all those are who observe the commandments of God, and are the servants of Christ; see 1 Samuel 2:30.

(k) "qui custodit", Pagninus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "custodiens", Montanus; "qui custos est domini sui", V. L. (l) "Observat", Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis; "observans", Cocceius, Schultens. 18. Diligence secures a reward, even for the humble servant.27:15,16. The contentions of a neighbour may be like a sharp shower, troublesome for a time; the contentions of a wife are like constant rain. 17. We are cautioned to take heed whom we converse with. And directed to have in view, in conversation, to make one another wiser and better. 18. Though a calling be laborious and despised, yet those who keep to it, will find there is something to be got by it. God is a Master who has engaged to honour those who serve him faithfully. 19. One corrupt heart is like another; so are sanctified hearts: the former bear the same image of the earthly, the latter the same image of the heavenly. Let us carefully watch our own hearts, comparing them with the word of God. 20. Two things are here said to be never satisfied, death and sin. The appetites of the carnal mind for profit or pleasure are always desiring more. Those whose eyes are ever toward the Lord, are satisfied in him, and shall for ever be so. 21. Silver and gold are tried by putting them into the furnace and fining-pot; so is a man tried by praising him. 22. Some are so bad, that even severe methods do not answer the end; what remains but that they should be rejected? The new-creating power of God's grace alone is able to make a change. 23-27. We ought to have some business to do in this world, and not to live in idleness, and not to meddle with what we do not understand. We must be diligent and take pains. Let us do what we can, still the world cannot be secured to us, therefore we must choose a more lasting portion; but by the blessing of God upon our honest labours, we may expect to enjoy as much of earthly blessings as is good for us.
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