Proverbs 26

Similitudes and Instructions

Like snow in summer and rain at harvest, honor does not befit a fool. Like a fluttering sparrow or darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools! Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he become wise in his own eyes. Like cutting off one’s own feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool. Like lame legs hanging limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. Like binding a stone into a sling is the giving of honor to a fool. [Like] a thorn [that] falls into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. 10  Like an archer who wounds at random is he who hires a fool or passer-by. 11  As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. 12  Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. 13  The slacker says, “A lion [is] in the road! A fierce lion [roams] the public square!” 14  [As] a door turns on its hinges, so the sluggard [turns] on his bed. 15  The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. 16  The sluggard [is] wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly. 17  Like one who grabs a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own . 18  Like a madman shooting firebrands and deadly arrows, 19  so is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I was only joking!” 20  Without wood, a fire goes out; without gossip, a conflict ceases. 21  Like charcoal for embers and wood for fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. 22  The words of a gossip are like choice morsels that go down to the inmost being. 23  Like glaze covering an earthen vessel are burning
Hebrew; LXX smooth
lips and a wicked heart.
24  A hateful man disguises himself with his speech, but he lays up deceit in his heart. 25  When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, for seven abominations [fill] his heart. 26  Though his hatred is concealed by deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. 27  He who digs a pit will fall into it, and whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on him. 28  A lying tongue hates those it crushes, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.
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