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Proverbs 26:1-8 NRS/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, an undeserved curse goes nowhere. 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 donkey, 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 Do not answer fools according to their folly, or you will be a fool yourself. 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
5 Answer fools according to their folly, or they will be wise in their own eyes. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
6 It is like cutting off one's foot and drinking down violence, to send a message by a fool. 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 a disabled person hang limp; so does a proverb in the mouth of a fool. 7 Like a lame man's legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
8 It is like binding a stone in a sling to give honor to a fool. 8 Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.