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Proverbs 26

Observations about fools,

Proverbs 26:1 Like as snowe is not mete in sommer, ner rayne in haruest: euen so is worshipe vnsemely for a foole. Proverbs 26:2 Like as ye byrde and the swalowe take their flight and fle here and there, so the curse that is geuen in vayne, shal not light vpon a man. Proverbs 26:3 Vnto the horse belongeth a whyppe, to the Asse a brydle, and a rodde to the fooles backe. Proverbs 26:4 Geue not the foole an answere after his foolishnesse, lest thou become like vnto him: Proverbs 26:5 but make ye foole an answere to his foolishnesse, lest he be wyse in his owne coceate. Proverbs 26:6 He is lame of his fete, yee droncken is he in vanite, that comitteth eny thinge to a foole. Proverbs 26:7 Like as it is an vnsemely thige to haue legges & yet to halte, eue so is a parable in ye fooles mouth. Proverbs 26:8 He yt setteth a foole in hye dignite, yt is eue as yf a man dyd cast a precious stone vpo ye galous. Proverbs 26:9 A parable in a fooles mouth, is like a thorne yt pricketh a droncken man in ye hande. Proverbs 26:10 A man of experience discerneth all thinges well, but whoso hyreth a foole, hyreth soch one as wyl take no hede. Proverbs 26:11 Like as the dogg turneth agayne to his vomite, euen so a foole begynneth his foolishnesse agayne afresh. Proverbs 26:12 Yf thou seyest a man yt is wyse in his owne conceate, there is more hope in a foole then in hi.

about sluggards,

Proverbs 26:13 The slouthfull sayeth: there is a leoparde in ye waye, and a lyon in ye myddest of the stretes. Proverbs 26:14 Like as the dore turneth aboute vpon the tresholde, euen so doth the slouthfull welter himself in his bedd. Proverbs 26:15 The slouthfull body thrusteth his hode in to his bosome, and it greueth him to put it agayne to his mouth. Proverbs 26:16 The slogarde thinketh him self wyser, then vij. men that sytt and teach.

and about contentious busybodies.

Proverbs 26:17 Who so goeth by and medleth with other mens strife, he is like one yt taketh a dogg by ye eares. Proverbs 26:18 Like as one shuteth deadly arowes and dartes out of a preuy place, euen so doth a dyssembler with his neghboure, Proverbs 26:19 And then sayeth he: I dyd it but in sporte. Proverbs 26:20 Where no wodd is, there the fyre goeth out: and where the bacbyter is taken awaye, there the strife ceaseth. Proverbs 26:21 Coles kyndle heate, and wodd ye fyre: euen so doth a braulinge felowe stere vp variaunce. Proverbs 26:22 A slaunderers wordes are like flatery, but they pearse ye inwarde partes of ye body. Proverbs 26:23 Venymous lippes & a wicked herte, are like a potsherde couered wt syluer drosse. Proverbs 26:24 An enemie dyssembleth with his lippes, and in the meane season he ymagineth myschefe: Proverbs 26:25 but wha he speaketh fayre, beleue him not, for there are seuen abhominacios in his herte. Proverbs 26:26 Who so kepeth euell will secretly to do hurte, his malyce shalbe shewed before the whole congregacion. Proverbs 26:27 Who so dyggeth vp a pytt, shal fal therin: and he yt weltreth a stone, shal stomble vpon it hymselfe. Proverbs 26:28 A dyssemblynge tonge hateth one that rebuketh him, and a flaterige mouth worketh myschefe.

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