English Revised Version

Proverbs 26

Observations about fools,

Proverbs 26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool. Proverbs 26:2 As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, so the curse that is causeless lighteth not. Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools. Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Proverbs 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. Proverbs 26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off [his own] feet, [and] drinketh in damage. Proverbs 26:7 The legs of the lame hang loose: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. Proverbs 26:8 As a bag of gems in a heap of stones, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. Proverbs 26:9 [As] a thorn that goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the month of fools. Proverbs 26:10 [As] an archer that woundeth all, so is he that hireth the fool and he that hireth them that pass by. Proverbs 26:11 As a dog that returneth to his vomit, [so is] a fool that repeateth his folly. Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

about sluggards,

Proverbs 26:13 The sluggard saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. Proverbs 26:14 [As] the door turneth upon its hinges, so doth the sluggard upon his bed. Proverbs 26:15 The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish; it wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth. Proverbs 26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

and about contentious busybodies.

Proverbs 26:17 He that passeth by, [and] vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is [like] one that taketh a dog by the ears. Proverbs 26:18 As a madman who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death; Proverbs 26:19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport? Proverbs 26:20 For lack of wood the fire goeth out: and where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth. Proverbs 26:21 [As] coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to inflame strife. Proverbs 26:22 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Proverbs 26:23 Fervent lips and a wicked heart are [like] an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross. Proverbs 26:24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, but he layeth up deceit within him: Proverbs 26:25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not; for there are seven abominations in his heart: Proverbs 26:26 Though [his] hatred cover itself with guile, his wickedness shall be openly shewed before the congregation. Proverbs 26:27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him. Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hateth those whom it hath wounded; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

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