Observations about fools,
Proverbs 26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honour [is] not comely for a fool. Proverbs 26:2 As a bird by wandering, as a swallow by flying, So reviling without cause doth not come. Proverbs 26:3 A whip is for a horse, a bridle for an ass, And a rod for the back of fools. Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, Lest thou be like to himeven thou. Proverbs 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes. Proverbs 26:6 He is cutting off feet, he is drinking injury, Who is sending things by the hand of a fool. Proverbs 26:7 Weak have been the two legs of the lame, And a parable in the mouth of fools. Proverbs 26:8 As one who is binding a stone in a sling, So [is] he who is giving honour to a fool. Proverbs 26:9 A thorn hath gone up into the hand of a drunkard, And a parable in the mouth of fools. Proverbs 26:10 Great [is] the Former of all, And He is rewarding a fool, And is rewarding transgressors. Proverbs 26:11 As a dog hath returned to its vomit, A fool is repeating his folly. Proverbs 26:12 Thou hast seen a man wise in his own eyes, More hope of a fool than of him!
Proverbs 26:13 The slothful hath said, 'A lion [is] in the way, A lion [is] in the broad places.' Proverbs 26:14 The door turneth round on its hinge, And the slothful on his bed. Proverbs 26:15 The slothful hath hid his hand in a dish, He is weary of bringing it back to his mouth. Proverbs 26:16 Wiser [is] the slothful in his own eyes, Than seven [men] returning a reason.
and about contentious busybodies.
Proverbs 26:17 Laying hold on the ears of a dog, [Is] a passer-by making himself wrath for strife not his own. Proverbs 26:18 As [one] pretending to be feeble, Who is casting sparks, arrows, and death, Proverbs 26:19 So hath a man deceived his neighbour, And hath said, 'Am not I playing?' Proverbs 26:20 Without wood is fire going out, And without a tale-bearer, contention ceaseth, Proverbs 26:21 Coal to burning coals, and wood to fire, And a man of contentions to kindle strife. Proverbs 26:22 The words of a tale-bearer [are] as self-inflicted wounds, And they have gone down [to] the inner parts of the heart. Proverbs 26:23 Silver of dross spread over potsherd, [Are] burning lips and an evil heart. Proverbs 26:24 By his lips doth a hater dissemble, And in his heart he placeth deceit, Proverbs 26:25 When his voice is gracious trust not in him, For seven abominations [are] in his heart. Proverbs 26:26 Hatred is covered by deceit, Revealed is its wickedness in an assembly. Proverbs 26:27 Whoso is digging a pit falleth into it, And the roller of a stone, to him it turneth. Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hateth its bruised ones, And a flattering mouth worketh an overthrow!