Proverbs 26 RSVA/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. 1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.
2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight. 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 back of fools. 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 you be like him yourself. 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 eyes. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence. 6 Like cutting off one's feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.
7 Like a lame man's legs, which hang useless, is a proverb 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 Like one who binds the stone in the sling is he who gives honor to a fool. 8 Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.
9 Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
10 Like an archer who wounds everybody is he who hires a passing fool or drunkard. 10 Like an archer who wounds at random is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.
11 Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool that repeats his folly. 11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.
12 Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. 12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!" 13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!"
14 As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed. 14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back 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 eyes than seven men who can answer discreetly. 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly.
17 He who meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing 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 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, 18 Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows
19 is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I am only joking!" 19 is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
20 For lack of wood the fire goes out; and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. 20 Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.
21 As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. 21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. 22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
23 Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are smooth lips with an evil heart. 23 Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24 He who hates, dissembles with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; 24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit.
25 when he speaks graciously, 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 though his hatred be covered with guile, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. 26 His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
27 He who digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back upon him who starts it rolling. 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 hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin. 28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.