Proverbs 26

Similitudes, Instructions

1Like snow in summer and like a  rain in harvest,
So honor is not b  fitting for a fool.
2Like a c  sparrow in its
Lit wandering
flitting, like a swallow in its flying,
So a e  curse without cause does not
Lit come
alight.
3A g  whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
And a h  rod for the back of fools.
4 i  Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
5 j  Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be k  wise in his own eyes.
6He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence
Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.
7 Like the legs which
Lit hang down from
are useless to the lame,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8Like
Lit the binding of
one who binds a stone in a sling,
So is he who gives honor to a fool.
9 Like a thorn which
Lit goes up
falls into the hand of a drunkard,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10
Or A master workman produces all things, But he who hires a fool is like one who hires those who pass by
Like an archer who wounds everyone,
So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.
11Like p  a dog that returns to its vomit
Is a fool who q  repeats
Lit with his
his folly.
12Do you see a man s  wise in his own eyes?
t  There is more hope for a fool than for him.
13The u  sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
A lion is
Lit within
in the open square!”
14 As the door turns on its hinges,
So does the w  sluggard on his bed.
15The x  sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again.
16The sluggard is y  wiser in his own eyes
Than seven men who can
Lit return discreetly
give a discreet answer.
17 Like one who takes a dog by the ears
Is he who passes by and
Lit infuriates himself
meddles with ab  strife not belonging to him.
18Like a madman who throws
ac  Firebrands, arrows and death,
19So is the man who ad  deceives his neighbor,
And says ae  Was I not joking?”
20For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no af  whisperer ag  contention quiets down.
21 Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
So is a ah  contentious man to kindle strife.
22The ai  words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the
Lit chambers of the belly
innermost parts of the body.
23 Like an earthen ak  vessel overlaid with silver al  dross
Are burning lips and a wicked heart.
24He who am  hates disguises it with his lips,
But he lays up an  deceit in his
Lit inward part
heart.
25When
Lit his voice is gracious
he aq  speaks graciously, do not believe him,
For there are seven abominations in his heart.
26 Though his hatred ar  covers itself with guile,
His wickedness will be as  revealed before the assembly.
27He who at  digs a pit will fall into it,
And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
28A lying tongue hates
Lit its crushed ones
those it crushes,
And a av  flattering mouth works ruin.

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