1 Like snow in summer and rain at harvest, honor is inappropriate for a fool.a

References for Proverbs 26:1

      2 Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow, an undeserved curse goes nowhere.
      3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools.b

      References for Proverbs 26:3

        • b 26:3 - Pr 10:13; 19:29
          4 Don't answer a fool according to his foolishness, or you'll be like him yourself.
          5 Answer a fool according to his foolishness, or he'll become wise in his own eyes.c

          References for Proverbs 26:5

              6 The one who sends a message by a fool's hand cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.d

              References for Proverbs 26:6

                  7 A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like lame legs that hang limp.
                  8 Giving honor to a fool is like binding a stone in a sling.e

                  References for Proverbs 26:8

                    • e 26:8 - A stone bound in a sling would not release and could harm the person using the sling. A modern equivalent is jamming a cork in a gun barrel.
                      9 A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like a stick with thorns, brandished byf the hand of a drunkard.

                      References for Proverbs 26:9

                        • f 26:9 - Lit thorn that goes up into
                          10 The one who hires a fool, or who hires those passing by, is like an archer who wounds everyone.
                          11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.
                          12 Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.g

                          References for Proverbs 26:12

                              13 The slacker says, "There's a lion in the road- a lion in the public square!"h

                              References for Proverbs 26:13

                                  14 A door turns on its hinge, and a slacker, on his bed.
                                  15 The slacker buries his hand in the bowl; he is too weary to bring it to his mouth.i

                                  References for Proverbs 26:15

                                    • i 26:15 - Pr 12:27; 19:24
                                      16 In his own eyes, a slacker is wiserj than seven men who can answer sensibly.

                                      References for Proverbs 26:16

                                        • j 26:16 - Pr 26:5,12; 28:11
                                          17 A passerby who meddles in a quarrel that's not his is like one who grabs a dog by the ears.
                                          18 Like a madman who throws flaming darts and deadly arrows,
                                          19 so is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
                                          20 Without wood, fire goes out; without a gossip, conflict dies down.
                                          21 As charcoal for embers and wood for fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.k

                                          References for Proverbs 26:21

                                            • k 26:21 - Pr 15:18; 16:28; 22:10
                                              22 A gossip's words are like choice food that goes down to one's innermost being.l m

                                              References for Proverbs 26:22

                                                • l 26:22 - Lit to the chambers of the belly
                                                • m 26:22 - Pr 18:8
                                                  23 Smoothn lips with an evil heart are like glaze on an earthen vessel.

                                                  References for Proverbs 26:23

                                                    • n 26:23 - LXX; MT reads Burning
                                                      24 A hateful person disguises himself with his speech and harbors deceit within.
                                                      25 When he speaks graciously, don't believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.
                                                      26 Though his hatred is concealed by deception, his evil will be revealed in the assembly.
                                                      27 The one who digs a pit will fall into it, and whoever rolls a stone- it will come back on him.o

                                                      References for Proverbs 26:27

                                                        • o 26:27 - Est 7:10; Jb 4:8; Dn 6:24; Mt 26:52
                                                          28 A lying tongue hates those it crushes, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.