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Proverbs 24:27 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Prepare thy work without, And make it ready for thee in the field; And afterwards build thy house.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Prepare your work outside And make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thy house.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Prepare thy work without, and put thy field in order, and afterwards build thy house.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Prepare, in the open, thy work, and make ready, in the field, for thyself, Afterwards, shalt thou build thy house.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Prepare in an out-place thy work, And make it ready in the field—go afterwards, Then thou hast built thy house.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Prepare thy work without, and diligently till thy ground: that afterward thou mayst build thy house.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Prepare thy worke without, and make it fit for thy selfe in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Prepare thy works for [thy] going forth, and prepare thyself for the field; and come after me, and thou shalt rebuild thine house.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Prepare 3559
{3559} Prime
A primitive root; properly to be erect (that is, stand perpendicular);. hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether literal (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or figurative (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous).
<8685> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 731
thy work 4399
{4399} Prime
From the same as H4397; properly deputyship, that is, ministry; generally employment (never servile) or work (abstractly or concretely); also property (as the result of labor).
without, 2351
{2351} Prime
(Both forms feminine in the plural); from an unused root meaning to sever; properly separate by a wall, that is, outside, outdoors.
and make it fit 6257
{6257} Prime
A primitive root; to prepare.
<8761> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 446
for thyself in the field; 7704
{7704} Prime
From an unused root meaning to spread out; a field (as flat).
and afterwards 310
{0310} Prime
From H0309; properly the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjugation, after (in various senses).
build 1129
{1129} Prime
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
thine house. 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 24:27

_ _ 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.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 24:27

_ _ This is a rule of prudence in the management of household affairs; for all good men should be good husbands, and manage with discretion, which would prevent a great deal of sin, and trouble, and disgrace to their profession. 1. We must prefer necessaries before conveniences, and not lay that out for show which should be expended for the support of the family. We must be contented with a mean cottage for a habitation, rather than want, or go in debt for, food convenient. 2. We must not think of building till we can afford it: “First apply thyself to thy work without in the field; let thy ground be put into good order; look after thy husbandry, for it is that by which thou must get; and, when thou hast got well by that, then, and not till then, thou mayest think of rebuilding and beautifying thy house, for that is it upon which, and in which, thou wilt have occasion to spend.” Many have ruined their estates and families by laying out money on that which brings nothing in, beginning to build when they were not able to finish. Some understand it as advice to young men not to marry (for by that the house is built) till they have set up in the world, and not wherewith to maintain a wife and children comfortably. 3. When we have any great design on foot it is wisdom to take it before us, and make the necessary preparations, before we fall to work, that, when it is begun, it may not stand still for want of materials. Solomon observed this rule himself in building the house of God; all was made ready before it was brought to the ground, 1 Kings 6:7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 24:27

Prepare thy work outside, and make it fit for thyself in the field; (h) and afterwards build thy house.

(h) Be sure of the means how to compass it, before you take any enterprise in hand.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

1 Kings 5:17-18 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, [and] hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house. ... And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew [them], and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the house.
1 Kings 6:7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe [nor] any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.
Luke 14:28-30 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]? ... Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
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1K 5:17; 6:7. Lk 14:28.

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