Observations about fools,
Proverbs 26:1 As the snowe in the sommer, and as the raine in the haruest are not meete, so is honour vnseemely for a foole. Proverbs 26:2 As the sparowe by flying, and the swallow by flying escape, so the curse that is causeles, shall not come. Proverbs 26:3 Vnto the horse belongeth a whip, to the asse a bridle, and a rod to the fooles backe. Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a foole according to his foolishnes, least thou also be like him. Proverbs 26:5 Answere a foole according to his foolishnes, least he be wise in his owne conceite. Proverbs 26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a foole, is as he that cutteth off the feete, and drinketh iniquitie. Proverbs 26:7 As they that lift vp the legs of the lame, so is a parable in a fooles mouth. Proverbs 26:8 As the closing vp of a precious stone in an heape of stones, so is he that giueth glory to a foole. Proverbs 26:9 As a thorne standing vp in the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fooles. Proverbs 26:10 The excellent that formed all things, both rewardeth the foole & rewardeth the transgressers. Proverbs 26:11 As a dog turneth againe to his owne vomit, so a foole turneth to his foolishnes. Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his owne conceite? more hope is of a foole then of him.
Proverbs 26:13 The slouthfull man sayth, A lyon is in the way: a lyon is in the streetes. Proverbs 26:14 As the doore turneth vpon his hinges, so doeth the slouthfull man vpon his bed. Proverbs 26:15 The slouthfull hideth his hand in his bosome, and it grieueth him to put it againe to his mouth. Proverbs 26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his owne conceite, then seuen men that can render a reason.
and about contentious busybodies.
Proverbs 26:17 He that passeth by and medleth with the strife that belongeth not vnto him, is as one that taketh a dog by the eares. Proverbs 26:18 As he that faineth himselfe mad, casteth fire brands, arrowes, and mortall things, Proverbs 26:19 So dealeth the deceitfull man with his friend and sayth, Am not I in sport? Proverbs 26:20 Without wood the fire is quenched, and without a talebearer strife ceaseth. Proverbs 26:21 As ye cole maketh burning coles, & wood a fire, so the contentious man is apt to kindle strife. Proverbs 26:22 The wordes of a tale bearer are as flatterings, and they goe downe into the bowels of the belly. Proverbs 26:23 As siluer drosse ouerlayde vpon a potsheard, so are burning lips, and an euill heart. Proverbs 26:24 He that hateth, will counterfaite with his lips, but in his heart he layeth vp deceite. Proverbs 26:25 Though he speake fauourably, beleeue him not: for there are seuen abominations in his heart. Proverbs 26:26 Hatred may be couered by deceite: but the malice thereof shall be discouered in the congregation. Proverbs 26:27 He that diggeth a pit shal fall therein, and he that rolleth a stone, it shall returne vnto him. Proverbs 26:28 A false tongue hateth the afflicted, and a flattering mouth causeth ruine.