Proverbs 26

1As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not proper for a fool.

2As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back.

4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like him. 5Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
conceit: Heb. eyes

6He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh violence.
damage: or, violence
7The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
are...: Heb. are lifted up
8As 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
9As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

10The 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

11As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
returneth to his folly: Heb. iterateth his folly

12Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

13The slothful mansaith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

14As the door turneth upon its hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

15The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
it grieveth...: or, he is weary

16The sluggard iswiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

17He that passeth by, andmeddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
meddleth: or, is enraged

18As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
firebrands: Heb. flames, or, sparks
19So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

20Where 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
21As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. 22The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
innermost...: Heb. chambers

23Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

24He that hateth disguiseth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
dissembleth: or, is known
25When he speaketh kindly, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
speaketh...: Heb. maketh his voice gracious
26Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be revealed before the whole congregation.
by...: or, in secret

27Whoever diggeth a pit shall fall into it: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

28A lying tongue hateth those that areafflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

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