Proverbs 26 New American Standard Bible

26 1  Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest , So honor is not fitting for a fool .

2  Like a sparrow in its flitting , like a swallow in its flying , So a curse without cause does not alight .

3  A whip is for the horse , a bridle for the donkey , And a rod for the back of fools .

4  Do not answer a fool according to his folly , Or you will also be like him. 5  Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes .

6  He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool . 7  Like the legs which are useless to the lame , So is a proverb in the mouth of fools . 8  Like one who binds a stone in a sling , So is he who gives honor to a fool . 9  Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard , So is a proverb in the mouth of fools .

10  Like an archer who wounds everyone , So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

11  Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly .

12  Do you see a man wise in his own eyes ? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13  The sluggard says , "There is a lion in the road ! A lion is in the open square !"

14  As the door turns on its hinges , So does the sluggard on his bed .

15  The sluggard buries his hand in the dish ; He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again .

16  The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can give a discreet answer .

17  Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.

18  Like a madman who throws Firebrands , arrows and death , 19  So is the man who deceives his neighbor , And says , " Was I not joking ?"

20  For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer , contention quiets down . 21  Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire , So is a contentious man to kindle strife . 22  The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels , And they go down into the innermost parts of the body .

23  Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart .

24  He who hates disguises it with his lips , But he lays up deceit in his heart . 25  When he speaks graciously , do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart . 26  Though his hatred covers itself with guile , His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly .

27  He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone , it will come back on him.

28  A lying tongue hates those it crushes , And a flattering mouth works ruin .

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