Proverbs 26:4-14 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.