Proverbs 27:2
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New International Version
Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.

New Living Translation
Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth--a stranger, not your own lips.

English Standard Version
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

New American Standard Bible
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth-- a stranger, and not your own lips.

International Standard Version
Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth; a stranger, and never your own lips.

NET Bible
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let a stranger praise you, and not your own mouth, and another, and not your own lips.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Praise should come from another person and not from your own mouth, from a stranger and not from your own lips.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let another man praise thee and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

King James 2000 Bible
Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

American King James Version
Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

American Standard Version
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; A stranger, and not thine own lips.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let another praise thee, and not thy own mouth: a stranger, and not thy own lips.

Darby Bible Translation
Let another praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Let another man praise thee, and not thy own mouth; a stranger, and not thy own lips.

World English Bible
Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

Young's Literal Translation
Let another praise thee, and not thine own mouth, A stranger, and not thine own lips.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:1 We know not what a day may bring forth. This does not forbid preparing for to-morrow, but presuming upon to-morrow. We must not put off the great work of conversion, that one thing needful. 2. There may be occasion for us to justify ourselves, but not to praise ourselves. 3,4. Those who have no command of their passions, sink under the load. 5,6. Plain and faithful rebukes are better, not only than secret hatred, but than love which compliments in sin, to the hurt of the soul. 7. The poor have a better relish of their enjoyments, and are often more thankful for them, than the rich. In like manner the proud and self-sufficient disdain the gospel; but those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, find comfort from the meanest book or sermon that testifies of Christ Jesus. 8. Every man has his proper place in society, where he may be safe and comfortable.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; Septuagint, "Let thy neighbour (ὁ πέλας) laud thee." A stranger; גָכְרִי, properly, "an unknown person from an unknown country;" but, like זר in the former hemistich, used indifferently for "another" (see on Proverbs 2:16). "If I honour myself," said our Lord (John 8:54), "my honour is nothing" And as St. Paul testifies (2 Corinthians 10:18), "Not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth."

Υπὲρ σαευτοῦ μὴ φράσῃς ἐγκώμια

said the Greek gnomist; and

Φίλων ἔπαινον μᾶλλον η} σαυτοῦ λέγε. And a trite maxim runs, "In ore proprio laus sordet;" and an English one decides, "He who praises himself is a debtor to others." Delitzsch quotes a German proverb (which loses the jingle in translation), "Eigen-lob stinkt, Freundes Lob hinkt, fremdes Lob klingt," "Self-praise stinks, friends' praise limps, strangers' praise sounds."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth,.... Men should do those things which are praiseworthy; and should do them openly, that they may be seen and praised for them: for it is honourable to have such a character as Demetrius had, who had a good report of all men; and as the brother had, whose praise in the Gospel was in all the churches. To be commended by others, by any but a man's self, is to his credit and reputation; but nothing more hurtful to it than self-commendation; see 2 Corinthians 10:18; in some cases it is right for a man indeed to commend himself, when the glory of God, the credit of religion, the cause of truth and self-vindication, require it; as the prophet Samuel, the Apostle Paul, and others, have been obliged to do, 1 Samuel 12:3, &c.

a stranger, and not thine own lips; a stranger means any other than a man's self; and if it is one that he knows not, or has little acquaintance with; or if a foreigner, that does not personally know him, only has good testimonies of him, or has read his works; and especially if in other respects an enemy; it is greatly to his honour to be praised by him: and such a commendation comes with much better grace than from himself, and from whom indeed it would not come with any.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. Avoid self-praise.

Proverbs 27:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
1Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. 2Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips. 3A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 10:12
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.

2 Corinthians 10:18
For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

2 Corinthians 12:11
I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the "super-apostles," even though I am nothing.

Proverbs 25:27
It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.

Proverbs 27:3
Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.
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