Proverbs 261Like snow in summer or a rain in harvest,
so b honor is c not fitting for a fool.
2Like d a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,
e a curse that is causeless does not alight.
3 f A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
and g a rod for the back of fools.
4 h Answer not a fool according to his folly,
lest you be like him yourself.
5 i Answer a fool according to his folly,
lest he be j wise in his own eyes.
6Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool
cuts off his own feet and k drinks violence.
7Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless,
is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8Like one who binds the stone in the sling
is l one who gives honor to a fool.
9Like m a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard
is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10Like an archer who wounds everyone
is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard. ▼
▼Or hires a fool or passersby
11Like o a dog that returns to his vomit
is p a fool who repeats his folly.
12Do you see a man who is q wise in his own eyes?
r There is more hope for a fool than for him.
13 s The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
There is a lion in the streets!”
14As a door turns on its hinges,
so does a sluggard on his bed.
15 t The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.
16The sluggard is u wiser in his own eyes
v than seven men who can answer sensibly.
17Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own
is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.
18Like a madman who throws w firebrands, arrows, and death
19is the man who deceives his neighbor
and says, “I am only joking!”
20For lack of wood the fire goes out,
and where there is no x whisperer y quarreling ceases.
21As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
so is z a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
22 aa The words of ab a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.
23 ac Like the ad glaze ▼
▼By revocalization; Hebrew silver of drosscovering an earthen vessel
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips
and harbors deceit in his heart;
25 af when he speaks graciously, believe him not,
for there are ag seven abominations in his heart;
26though his hatred be covered with deception,
his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
27 ah Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.
28A lying tongue hates its victims,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.
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