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Proverbs 26 (The Darby Translation)

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1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour beseemeth not a fool. a 2 As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall not come. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools. 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 eyes. 6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off [his own] feet, [and] drinketh damage. b 7 The legs of the lame hang loose; so is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 8 As a bag of gems in a stoneheap, c so is he that giveth honour to a fool. 9 [As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 10 A master roughly worketh every one: he both hireth the fool and hireth passers-by. d 11 As a dog turneth back to its vomit, [so] a fool repeateth his folly. 12 Hast thou seen a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him. 13 The sluggard saith, There is a fierce lion in the way; a lion is in the midst of the streets! 14 [As] the door turneth upon its hinges, so the sluggard upon his bed. 15 The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish: it wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth. 16 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven [men] that answer discreetly. 17 He that passing by vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is [like] one that taketh a dog by the ears. 18 As a madman e who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 19 so is a man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am I not in sport? 20 Where no wood is, the fire goeth out; and where there is no talebearer, the contention ceaseth. 21 [As] coals for hot coals, and wood for fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife. 22 The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. f 23 Ardent lips, and a wicked heart, are [as] an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross. 24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, but he layeth up deceit within him: 25 when his voice is gracious, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26 Though [his] hatred is covered by dissimulation, his wickedness shall be made manifest in the congregation. 27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him. 28 A lying tongue hateth those that are injured by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
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