Proverbs 26

As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not proper 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 donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like 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 violence. {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 its 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 disguiseth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; {dissembleth: or, is known} 25 When he speaketh kindly, 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 revealed before the whole congregation. {by...: or, in secret}

27 Whoever diggeth a pit shall fall into it: 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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