1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
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 conceit.a

References for Proverbs 26:5

    • æ 26:5 - conceit: Heb. eyes
      6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.b

      References for Proverbs 26:6

        • ç 26:6 - damage: or, violence
          7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
          8 As he that bindethc* a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

          References for Proverbs 26:8

            • è 26:8 - bindeth...: or, putteth a precious stone in an heap of stones
              9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
              10 The greatd God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

              References for Proverbs 26:10

                • é 26:10 - The great...: or, A great man grieveth all, and he hireth the fool, he hireth also transgressors
                  11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.e

                  References for Proverbs 26:11

                    • ê 26:11 - returneth to his folly: Heb. iterateth his folly
                      12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
                      13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
                      14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
                      15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grievethf him to bring it again to his mouth.

                      References for Proverbs 26:15

                        • ë 26:15 - it grieveth...: or, he is weary
                          16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
                          17 He that passeth by, and meddlethg with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

                          References for Proverbs 26:17

                            • ì 26:17 - meddleth: or, is enraged
                              18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands,h arrows, and death,

                              References for Proverbs 26:18

                                • í 26:18 - firebrands: Heb. flames, or, sparks
                                  19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
                                  20 Where noi wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

                                  References for Proverbs 26:20

                                    • î 26:20 - Where no...: Heb. Without wood
                                      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 as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
                                      23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
                                      24 He that hateth dissemblethj with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;

                                      References for Proverbs 26:24

                                        • ï 26:24 - dissembleth: or, is known
                                          25 When he speakethk fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

                                          References for Proverbs 26:25

                                            • ð 26:25 - speaketh...: Heb. maketh his voice gracious
                                              26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
                                              27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
                                              28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.