Proverbs 26 NAS

Similitudes, Instructions

1 Like snow in summer and like 1rain in harvest, So honor is not 2fitting for a fool.

References for Proverbs 26:1

2 Like a 3sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a 4curse without cause does not alight.

References for Proverbs 26:2

    • a 26:2 - Lit "wandering"
    • b 26:2 - Lit "come"
      3 A 5whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a 6rod for the back of fools.

      References for Proverbs 26:3

      4 7Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.

      References for Proverbs 26:4

      5 8Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be 9wise in his own eyes.

      References for Proverbs 26:5

      6 He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.
      7 Like the legs which are useless to the lame, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

      References for Proverbs 26:7

        • c 26:7 - Lit "hang down from"
          8 Like one who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool.

          References for Proverbs 26:8

            • d 26:8 - Lit "the binding of"
              9 Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

              References for Proverbs 26:9

                • e 26:9 - Lit "goes up"
                  10 Like an archer who wounds everyone, So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

                  References for Proverbs 26:10

                    • f 26:10 - Or "A master" workman "produces all things, But he who hires a fool is" like "one who hires those who pass by"
                      11 Like 10a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who 11repeats his folly.

                      References for Proverbs 26:11

                        • g 26:11 - Lit "with his"
                          12 Do you see a man 12wise in his own eyes? 13There is more hope for a fool than for him.

                          References for Proverbs 26:12

                          13 The 14sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A lion is in the open square!"

                          References for Proverbs 26:13

                          14 As the door turns on its hinges, So does the 15sluggard on his bed.

                          References for Proverbs 26:14

                          15 The 16sluggard buries his hand in the dish; He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again.

                          References for Proverbs 26:15

                          16 The sluggard is 17wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can give a discreet answer.

                          References for Proverbs 26:16

                            • i 26:16 - Lit "return discreetly"
                              17 Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and meddles with 18strife not belonging to him.

                              References for Proverbs 26:17

                                • j 26:17 - Lit "infuriates himself"
                                  18 Like a madman who throws 19Firebrands, arrows and death,

                                  References for Proverbs 26:18

                                  19 So is the man who 20deceives his neighbor, And says, "21Was I not joking?"

                                  References for Proverbs 26:19

                                  20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no 22whisperer, 23contention quiets down.

                                  References for Proverbs 26:20

                                  21 Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a 24contentious man to kindle strife.

                                  References for Proverbs 26:21

                                  22 The 25words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

                                  References for Proverbs 26:22

                                    • k 26:22 - Lit "chambers of the belly"
                                      23 Like an earthen 26vessel overlaid with silver 27dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart.

                                      References for Proverbs 26:23

                                      24 He who 28hates disguises it with his lips, But he lays up 29deceit in his heart.

                                      References for Proverbs 26:24

                                        • l 26:24 - Lit "inward part"
                                          25 When he 30speaks graciously, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart.

                                          References for Proverbs 26:25

                                            • m 26:25 - Lit "his voice is gracious"
                                              26 Though his hatred 31covers itself with guile, His wickedness will be 32revealed before the assembly.

                                              References for Proverbs 26:26

                                              27 He who 33digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.

                                              References for Proverbs 26:27

                                              28 A lying tongue hates those it crushes, And a 34flattering mouth works ruin.

                                              References for Proverbs 26:28

                                                • n 26:28 - Lit "its crushed ones"