CHAPTER 26.1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool. 2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back. 4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. ▼
▼ conceit: Heb. eyes6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. ▼
▼ damage: or, violence7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. ▼
▼ are…: Heb. are lifted up8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. ▼
▼ bindeth…: or, putteth a precious stone in an heap of stones9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors. ▼
▼ The great…: or, A great man grieveth all, and he hireth the fool, he hireth also transgressors11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly. ▼
▼ returneth to his folly: Heb. iterateth his folly12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. 13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. 14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. ▼
▼ it grieveth…: or, he is weary16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason. 17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. ▼
▼ meddleth: or, is enraged18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death ▼
▼ firebrands: Heb. flames, or, sparks19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport? 20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. ▼
▼ Where no…: Heb. Without wood, ▼
▼ talebearer: or, whisperer, ▼
▼ ceaseth: Heb. is silent21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. 22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. ▼
▼ innermost…: Heb. chambers23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. 24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; ▼
▼ dissembleth: or, is known25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. ▼
▼ speaketh…: Heb. maketh his voice gracious26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. ▼
▼ by…: or, in secret27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. 28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
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