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
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.
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
                  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
                              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"