Proverbs 26 (TRV)

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  • 1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.
  • 2 As the bird by flitting, as the swallow by flying, so the curse without cause will not alight.
  • 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back.
  • 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.
  • 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own opinion.
  • 6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off the feet and drinks violence.
  • 7 The legs of the lame are not equal; so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
  • 8 Like he who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.
  • 9 Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
  • 10 The great God who formed all things both rewards the fool and rewards the transgressor.
  • 11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.
  • 12 Do you see a man wise in his own opinion? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
  • 13 The slothful man says, “There is a lion in the way! A lion is in the streets!”
  • 14 As the door turns upon his hinges, so does the slothful upon his bed.
  • 15 The slothful buries his hand in his pocket; it grieves him to bring it to his mouth again. (Check Pocket)
  • 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own opinion than seven men who can answer reasonably.
  • 17 He who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him is like one who takes a dog by the ears.
  • 18 Like a mad man who casts firebrands, arrows, and death,
  • 19 so is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, “I was only joking.”
  • 20 Where there is no wood, there the fire goes out; so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.
  • 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 like wounds, and go down into the innermost parts of the body.
  • 23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like earthenware covered with silver dross.
  • 24 He who hates dissembles with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself;
  • 25 when he speaks kindly, do not believe him, because there are seven abominations in his heart;
  • 26 though his hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness will be shown before the entire congregation.
  • 27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone, it will return upon him.
  • 28 A lying tongue hates those who are afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

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