Observations about fools,
Proverbs 26:1 As snow in summer, and as raine in haruest: so honour is not seemely for a foole. Proverbs 26:2 As the bird by wandring, as the swallow by flying: so the curse causelesse shall not come. Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the asse; and a rod for the fooles backe. Proverbs 26:4 Answere not a foole according to his folly, lest thou also be like vnto him. Proverbs 26:5 Answere a foole according to his folly, lest hee be wise in his owne conceit. Proverbs 26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a foole, cutteth off the feete, [and] drinketh dammage. Proverbs 26:7 The legges of the lame are not equall: so [is] a parable in the mouth of fooles. Proverbs 26:8 As hee that bindeth a stone in a sling; so is hee that giueth honour to a foole. Proverbs 26:9 [As] a thorne goeth vp into the hand of a drunkard; so [is] a parable in the mouth of fooles. Proverbs 26:10 The great [God] that formed all things, both rewardeth the foole, and rewardeth transgressours. Proverbs 26:11 As a dogge returneth to his vomite: [so] a foole returneth to his folly. Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his owne conceit? [there is] more hope of a foole then of him.
Proverbs 26:13 The slothfull man sayth, [There is] a lion in the way, a lion [is] in the streets. Proverbs 26:14 [As] the doore turneth vpon his hinges: so [doeth] the slothfull vpon his bedde. Proverbs 26:15 The slothfull hideth his hand in his bosome, it grieueth him to bring it againe to his mouth. Proverbs 26:16 The sluggard [is] wiser in his owne conceit, then seuen men that can render a reason.
and about contentious busybodies.
Proverbs 26:17 He that passeth by, [and] medleth with strife [belonging] not to him, [is like] one that taketh a dog by the eares. Proverbs 26:18 As a mad man, who casteth firebrands, arrowes, and death: Proverbs 26:19 So [is] the man [that] deceiueth his neighbour, & sayth, Am not I in sport? Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no tale-bearer, the strife ceaseth. Proverbs 26:21 [As] coales [are] to burning coales, and wood to fire; so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife. Proverbs 26:22 The words of a tale-bearer [are] as woundes, and they goe downe into the innermost parts of the belly. Proverbs 26:23 Burning lips, and a wicked heart, [are like] a potsheard couered with siluer drosse. Proverbs 26:24 Hee that hateth, dissembleth with his lips, and layeth vp deceit within him. Proverbs 26:25 When he speaketh faire, beleeue him not: for [there are] seuen abominations in his heart. Proverbs 26:26 [Whose] hatred is couered by deceit, his wickednesse shall be shewed before the whole congregation. Proverbs 26:27 Whoso diggeth a pit, shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will returne vpon him. Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruine.