Proverbs 26 NIV

1 Like snow in summer or rain1 in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.2

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2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.3

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3 A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey,4 and a rod for the backs of fools!5

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4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.6

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5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.7

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6 Like cutting off one's feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.8

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7 Like a lame man's legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.9

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8 Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.10

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      9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.11

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          10 Like an archer who wounds at random is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.
          11 As a dog returns to its vomit,12 so a fool repeats his folly.13

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          12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?14 There is more hope for a fool than for him.15

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          13 The sluggard says,16 "There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!"17

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          14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.18

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          15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.19

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          16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly.
          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 shooting firebrands or deadly arrows
          19 is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
          20 Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.20

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          21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.21

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          22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.22

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          23 Like a coating of glazea over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.

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            • a 26:23 - With a different word division of the Hebrew; Masoretic Text "of silver dross"
              24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,23 but in his heart he harbors deceit.24

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              25 Though his speech is charming,25 do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.26

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              26 His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
              27 If a man digs a pit,27 he will fall into it;28 if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.29

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              28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth30 works ruin.

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