Proverbs 26 King James Version

26 1  As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

2  As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

3  A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

4  Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. 5  Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. [1]

6  He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. [2] 7  The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8  As he that bindeth [3] a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. 9  As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

10  The great [4] God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

11  As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly. [5]

12  Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

13  The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

14  As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

15  The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth [6] him to bring it again to his mouth.

16  The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

17  He that passeth by, and meddleth [7] with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

18  As a mad man who casteth firebrands, [8] arrows, and death, 19  So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

20  Where no [9] wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. 21  As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. 22  The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

23  Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

24  He that hateth dissembleth [10] with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 25  When he speaketh [11] fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26  Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

27  Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

28  A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.


Footnotes

[1] 26:5 conceit: Heb. eyes

[2] 26:6 damage: or, violence

[3] 26:8 bindeth...: or, putteth a precious stone in an heap of stones

[4] 26:10 The great...: or, A great man grieveth all, and he hireth the fool, he hireth also transgressors

[5] 26:11 returneth to his folly: Heb. iterateth his folly

[6] 26:15 it grieveth...: or, he is weary

[7] 26:17 meddleth: or, is enraged

[8] 26:18 firebrands: Heb. flames, or, sparks

[9] 26:20 Where no...: Heb. Without wood

[10] 26:24 dissembleth: or, is known

[11] 26:25 speaketh...: Heb. maketh his voice gracious

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