Proverbs 26 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 Like snow in the summer and like rain at the harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. 2 Like the sparrow [is] to fluttering and like the swallow [is] to flying, so an undeserved curse does not go forth. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly lest you become like him--even you. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or else he will be wise in his own eyes. 6 [Like] cutting off feet [or] drinking violence, so [is] he who sends messages in the hand of a fool. 7 [Like] legs that hang limp from a lame person, so [is] a proverb in the mouth of fools. 8 Like binding a stone in a sling, so [is] giving honor to a fool. 9 [Like] a thorn that goes up in the hand of a drunkard, so [is] a proverb in the mouth of fools. 10 [Like] an archer who wounds everyone, so [is] he who hires a fool or he who hires passersby. 11 Like a dog returning to his vomit [is] a fool reverting to his folly. 12 [Do] you see a man wise in his own eyes? [There is more] hope for a fool than for him. 13 A lazy person says "A lion [is] in the road! A lion among the streets!" 14 The door turns on its hinge, and a lazy person on his bed. 15 A lazy person buries his hands in the dish; he is [too] tired to return it to his mouth. 16 A lazy person is wiser in his eyes than seven who answer discreetly. 17 Grabbing onto the ears of a dog passing by [is] one who meddles in a quarrel [that is] not his own. 18 Like a maniac who shoots firebrands, arrows, and death, 19 so [is] a man who deceives his neighbor, but says "Am I not joking?" 20 For lack of wood, a fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling will cease. 21 [As] charcoal [is] to hot embers and wood [is] to fire, so a man of quarrels [is] to kindling strife. 22 The words of a whisperer [are] like delicious morsels, and they go down to the inner parts of the body. 23 [Like] {impure silver}a which overlays an earthen vessel, [so are] smooth lips and an evil heartb. 24 On his lips, an enemy will pretend, but {inside}c he will harbor deceit. 25 When he makes his voice gracious, do not believe him, for seven abominations [are] in his heart. 26 Though hatred is covered with guile, its evil will be exposed in the assembly. 27 He who digs a pit, in it he will fall, and he who rolls a stone, on him it will come back. 28 A tongue of deceit hates its victim, and a flattering mouth makes ruin.
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