Proverbs 26

26:1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,

so honor1 is not fitting for a fool.2

26:2 Like a fluttering bird or like a flying swallow,

so a curse without cause3 does not come to rest.4

26:3 A whip for the horse and a bridle for the donkey,

and a rod for the backs of fools!5

26:4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,6

lest you yourself also be like him.7

26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly,8

lest he be wise in his own estimation.9

26:6 Like cutting off the feet or drinking violence,10

so is sending11 a message by the hand of a fool.12

26:7 Like legs that hang limp13 from the lame,

so14 is a proverb15 in the mouth of fools.

26:8 Like tying a stone in a sling,16

so is giving honor to a fool.

26:9 Like a thorn17 that goes into the hand of a drunkard,

so is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.18

26:10 Like an archer who wounds at random,19

so is the one who hires20 a fool or hires any passer-by.

26:11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit,21

so a fool repeats his folly.22

26:12 Do you see23 a man wise in his own eyes?24

There is more hope for a fool25 than for him.

26:13 The sluggard26 says, “There is a lion in the road!

A lion in the streets!”27

26:14 Like28 a door that turns on its hinges,29

so a sluggard turns30 on his bed.

26:15 The sluggard plunges31 his hand in the dish;

he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.32

26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own estimation33

than seven people who respond with good sense.34

26:17 Like one who grabs a wild dog by the ears,35

so is the person passing by who becomes furious36 over a quarrel not his own.

26:18 Like a madman37 who shoots

firebrands and deadly arrows,38

26:19 so is a person39 who deceives his neighbor,

and says, “Was I not only joking?”40

26:20 Where there is no wood, a fire goes out,

and where there is no gossip,41 contention ceases.42

26:21 Like charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,

so is a contentious person43 to kindle strife.44

26:22 The words of a gossip are like delicious morsels;

they go down into a person’s innermost being.45

26:23 Like a coating of glaze46 over earthenware

are fervent47 lips with an evil heart.48

26:24 The one who hates others disguises49 it with his lips,

but he stores up50 deceit within him.51

26:25 When52 he speaks graciously,53 do not believe him,54

for there are seven55 abominations56 within him.

26:26 Though his57 hatred may be concealed58 by deceit,

his evil will be uncovered59 in the assembly.

26:27 The one who digs a pit60 will fall into it;

the one who rolls a stone – it will come back on him.

26:28 A lying tongue61 hates those crushed by it,

and a flattering mouth works ruin.62

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