Observations about fools,
Proverbs 26:1 Lyke as snowe is [not meete] in sommer and rayne in haruest: euen so is worship vnseemely for a foole. Proverbs 26:2 As the byrde and the swalowe take their flight and flee here and there: so the curse that is geuen in vayne, shall not light vpon a man. Proverbs 26:3 Unto the horse belongeth a whip, to the asse a brydle: and a rod to the fooles backe. Proverbs 26:4 Geue not the foole an aunswere after his foolishnes, lest thou become like vnto him. Proverbs 26:5 But make the foole an aunswere to his foolishnesse, lest he be wyse in his owne conceipt. Proverbs 26:6 [As he that] cutteth of [his messengers] feete endamageth himselfe: so doth he that committeth a message to a foole. Proverbs 26:7 Like as in a lame man his legges are not equall: euen so is a parable in a fooles mouth. Proverbs 26:8 He that setteth a foole in hye dignitie, that is euen as if a man would bynde a stone in a sling. Proverbs 26:9 As is a thorne in the hande of a drunkarde: so is a parable in a fooles mouth. Proverbs 26:10 The mightie that fourmed al thinges, rewardeth the fooles & transgressours. Proverbs 26:11 Like as the dogge turneth agayne to his owne vomite: euen so a foole beginneth his foolishnes agayne afreshe. Proverbs 26:12 If thou seest a man that is wise in his owne conceipt: there is more hope in a foole, then in hym.
Proverbs 26:13 The slouthfull saith, there is a lion in the way, and a lion in the middest of the streates. Proverbs 26:14 Like as the doore turneth about vpon the hynges: euen so doth the slouthfull walter him selfe in his bed. Proverbs 26:15 The slouthfull body thrusteth his hande into his bosome, and it greeueth hym to put it agayne to his mouth. Proverbs 26:16 The sluggarde thinketh him selfe wiser then seuen men that sit and teache.
and about contentious busybodies.
Proverbs 26:17 Who so goeth by and medleth with other mens strife: he is like one that taketh a dogge by the eares. Proverbs 26:18 As he that fayneth him selfe mad, casteth firebrandes, deadly arrowes and dartes: Proverbs 26:19 So doth a dissembler with his neighbour, and saith, am not I in sport? Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: euen so where the talebearer is taken away, there the strife ceasseth. Proverbs 26:21 As coles kindle heate, and wood the fire: euen so doth a brawling felowe stirre vp variaunce. Proverbs 26:22 A talebearers wordes are lyke men that strike with hammers, and they pearse the inwarde partes of the body. Proverbs 26:23 Burning lippes and a wicked heart, are like a potsharde couered with siluer drosse. Proverbs 26:24 An enemie wyll dissemble with his lippes, and layeth vp deceipt in his heart. Proverbs 26:25 But when he speaketh fayre, beleue hym not: for there are seuen abhominations in his heart. Proverbs 26:26 Hatred maye be couered by deceipt: but the malice therof shalbe shewed before the whole congregation. Proverbs 26:27 Who so diggeth vp a pit, shal fall therin: and he that rolleth vp a stone, it wyl returne vpon hym. Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hateth the afflicted: and a flattering mouth worketh mischiefe.