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Proverbs 26:7-17 (New International Version)

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7 Like a lame man's legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.1 8 Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.2 9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.3 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,4 so a fool repeats his folly.5 12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?6 There is more hope for a fool than for him.7 13 The sluggard says,8 "There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!"9 14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.10 15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.11 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.
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