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Proverbs 26 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool. 1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.
2 As the bird by wandering , as the swallow by flying , so the curse causeless shall not come . 2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back. 3 A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!
4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. 6 Like cutting off one's feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.
7 The legs of the lame are not equal : so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 7 Like a lame man's legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. 8 Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.
9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors . 10 Like an archer who wounds at random is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.
11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly. 11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.
12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. 12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
13 The slothful man saith , There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. 13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!"
14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. 15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason. 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly.
17 He that passeth by , and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. 17 Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.
18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 18 Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows
19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith , Am not I in sport ? 19 is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out : so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth . 20 Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.
21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. 21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds , and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. 23 Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit.
25 When he speaketh fair , believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. 25 Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.
26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. 26 His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. 27 If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.
28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. 28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.