Proverbs 26

CHAPTER 26.

As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back. Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
conceit: Heb. eyes
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
damage: or, violence
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
are…: Heb. are lifted up
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 stones
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 transgressors
11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
returneth to his folly: Heb. iterateth his folly
12 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 weary
16 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 enraged
18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death
firebrands: Heb. flames, or, sparks
19 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 silent
21 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. chambers
23 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 known
25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
speaketh…: Heb. maketh his voice gracious
26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
by…: or, in secret
27 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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