Proverbs 26
1 Like snow in the summer and like rain at the harvest,
so honor is not fitting for a fool.
2Like the sparrow is to fluttering and like the swallow is to flying,
so an undeserved curse does not go forth.
3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
and a rod for the back of fools.
4Do not answer a fool according to his folly
lest you become like him—even you.
5Answer a fool according to his folly,
or else he will be wise in his own eyes.
6Like cutting off feet or drinking violence,
so is he who sends messages in the hand of a fool.
7Like legs that hang limp from a lame person,
so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8Like binding a stone in a sling,
so is giving honor to a fool.
9Like a thorn that goes up in the hand of a drunkard,
so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10Like an archer who wounds everyone,
so is he who hires a fool or he who hires passersby.
11Like a dog returning to his vomit
is a fool reverting to his folly.
12Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
13A lazy person says “A lion is in the road!
A lion among the streets!”
14The door turns on its hinge,
and a lazy person on his bed.
15A lazy person buries his hands in the dish;
he is too tired to return it to his mouth.
16A lazy person is wiser in his eyes
than seven who answer discreetly.
17Grabbing onto the ears of a dog
passing by is one who meddles in a quarrel that is not his own.
18Like a maniac who shoots
firebrands, arrows, and death,
19so is a man who deceives his neighbor,
but says “Am I not joking?”
20For lack of wood, a fire goes out,
and where there is no whisperer, quarreling will cease.
21As charcoal is to hot embers and wood is to fire,
so a man of quarrels is to kindling strife.
22The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels,
and they go down to the inner parts of the body.
23Like impure silver#Literally “silver of impurities” which overlays an earthen vessel,
so are smooth lips and an evil heart#Or “mind”.
24On his lips, an enemy will pretend,
but inside#Literally “in his midst” he will harbor deceit.
25When he makes his voice gracious, do not believe him,
for seven abominations are in his heart.
26Though hatred is covered with guile,
its evil will be exposed in the assembly.
27He who digs a pit, in it he will fall,
and he who rolls a stone, on him it will come back.
28A tongue of deceit hates its victim,
and a flattering mouth makes ruin.
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