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 Lyke as the byrde & the swalowe take theyr flyght & fle here & there, so the curse þt is geuen in vayne, shall not lyght vpon a man. Proverbs 26:3 Unto the horse belongeth a whyppe, to the Asse a brydle, & a rodde to the fooles backe. Proverbs 26:4 Geue not the foole an answere after his foolyshnesse, lest þu become lyke vnto him: Proverbs 26:5 but make the foole an answere to his foolyshnesse, lest he be wyse in his awne conceate. Proverbs 26:6 He is lame of his fete, yee droncken is he in vanyte, þt committeth eny message to a foole. Proverbs 26:7 Lyke as in a lame man his legges ar not equall, euen so is a parable in the fooles mouth. Proverbs 26:8 He that setteth a foole in hie dignite, þt is euen as yf a man put a stone in a slynge. Proverbs 26:9 A parable in a fooles mouth is lyke a thorne þt prycketh a droncken man in the hande. Proverbs 26:10 A man of experience discerneth all thinges wel: but he þt putteth þe fole to silence endeth the stryfe. Proverbs 26:11 Lyke as the dogg turneth agayne to his vomyte, euen so a foole beginneth hys folyshnesse agayne a fresh. Proverbs 26:12 If þu seest a man þt is wyse in his awne conceate, there is more hope in a foole then in hym.
Proverbs 26:13 The slouthfull sayeth: there is a lyon in the waye, & a lyon in the myddest of þe stretes. Proverbs 26:14 Lyke as the dore turneth aboute vpon the henges, euen so doth the slouthfull welter him selfe in his bedd. Proverbs 26:15 The slouthfull body thrusteth his hande into hys bosome, and it greueth hym to put it agayne to his mouth. Proverbs 26:16 The slogarde thinketh him selfe wyser, then seuen men þt sytt & teach.
and about contentious busybodies.
Proverbs 26:17 Who so goeth by & medleth wt other mens stryfe he is lyke one þt taketh a dogge by þe eares. Proverbs 26:18 Lyke as a madd man that castith fyre brandes, and shoteth deadly arowes and dartes euen so doth a dissembler wt his neyghboure. Proverbs 26:19 And then sayth he I dyd it but in sporte. Proverbs 26:20 Where no wodd is, there the fyre goeth out: Euen so where the tale betrayer is taken awaye, there þe strife ceaseth. Proverbs 26:21 Coles kyndle heate, & wodd the fyre: euen so doth a brauling felowe stere vp variaunce. Proverbs 26:22 A taleberars wordes are lyke men þt stryke with hammers, but they pearse the inwarde partes of the body. Proverbs 26:23 Uenymous lyppes and a wycked herte, are lyke a potsherde couered with syluer drosse. Proverbs 26:24 And enemye shalbe knowen by his talkyng, & in the meane season he ymagyneth myschefe, Proverbs 26:25 but when he speaketh fayre, beleue him not, for there are seuen abhominacions in his herte. Proverbs 26:26 Who so kepeth euell will, secretly to do hurte, his malyce shalbe shewed before the whole congregacyon. Proverbs 26:27 Who so dyggeth vp a pytt, shall fall therin: & he that weltreth a stone, shall stomble vpon it him selfe. Proverbs 26:28 A dyssemblinge tonge hateth one þt rebuketh hym, and a flatterynge mouth worcketh myschefe.