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Proverbs 26 (New American Standard)

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1 Like snow in summer and like 1rain in harvest, So honor is not 2fitting for a fool. 2 Like a 3sparrow in its aflitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a 4curse without cause does not balight. 3 A 5whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a 6rod for the back of fools. 4 7Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him. 5 8Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be 9wise in his own eyes. 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 care useless to the lame, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 8 Like done who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool. 9 Like a thorn which efalls into the hand of a drunkard, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 10 fLike an archer who wounds everyone, So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by. 11 Like 10a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who 11repeats ghis folly. 12 Do you see a man 12wise in his own eyes? 13There is more hope for a fool than for him. 13 The 14sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A lion is hin the open square!" 14 As the door turns on its hinges, So does the 15sluggard on his bed. 15 The 16sluggard buries his hand in the dish; He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again. 16 The sluggard is 17wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can igive a discreet answer. 17 Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and jmeddles with 18strife not belonging to him. 18 Like a madman who throws 19Firebrands, arrows and death, 19 So is the man who 20deceives his neighbor, And says, "21Was I not joking?" 20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no 22whisperer, 23contention quiets down. 21 Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a 24contentious man to kindle strife. 22 The 25words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the kinnermost parts of the body. 23 Like an earthen 26vessel overlaid with silver 27dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart. 24 He who 28hates disguises it with his lips, But he lays up 29deceit in his lheart. 25 When mhe 30speaks graciously, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart. 26 Though his hatred 31covers itself with guile, His wickedness will be 32revealed before the assembly. 27 He who 33digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him. 28 A lying tongue hates nthose it crushes, And a 34flattering mouth works ruin.
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