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Proverbs 26 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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1 Like snow in summer or rain at harvest-time, so honor for a fool is out of place. 2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a flying swallow, an undeserved curse will come home to roost. 3 A whip for a horse, a bridle for a donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. 4 Don't answer a fool in terms of his folly, or you will be descending to his level; 5 but answer a fool as his folly deserves, so that he won't think he is wise. 6 Telling a message to a fool and sending him out is like cutting off one's feet and drinking violence. 7 The legs of the disabled hang limp and useless; likewise a proverb in the mouth of a fool. 8 Like one who ties his stone to the sling is he who gives honor to a fool. 9 Like a thorn branch in the hand of a drunk is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. 10 A master can make anything, but hiring a fool is like hiring some passer-by. 11 Just as a dog returns to his vomit, a fool repeats his folly. 12 Do you see someone who thinks himself wise? There is more hope for a fool than for him! 13 The lazy person says, "There's a lion in the streets! A lion is roaming loose out there!" 14 The door turns on its hinges, and the lazy man on his bed. 15 The lazy person buries his hand in the dish but is too tired to return it to his mouth. 16 A lazy man is wiser in his own view than seven who can answer with sense. 17 Like someone who grabs a dog by the ears is a passer-by who mixes in a fight not his own. 18 Like a madman shooting deadly arrows and firebrands 19 is one who deceives another, then says, "It was just a joke." 20 If there's no wood, the fire goes out; if nobody gossips, contention stops. 21 As coals are to embers and wood to fire is a quarrelsome person to kindling strife. 22 A slanderer's words are tasty morsels; they slide right down into the belly. 23 Like silver slag overlaid on a clay pot are lips that burn [with friendship] over a hating heart. 24 He who hates may hide it with his speech; but inside, he harbors deceit. 25 He may speak pleasantly, but don't trust him; for seven abominations are in his heart. 26 His hatred may be concealed by deceit, but his wickedness will be revealed in the assembly. 27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on the one who starts it rolling. 28 A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.
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