Proverbs 26 TNIV

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 bridle for the donkey,4 and a rod for the backs of fools!5

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4 Do not answer fools according to their folly, or you yourself will be just like them.6

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5 Answer fools according to their folly, or they will be wise in their own eyes.7

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6 To send a message by the hands of a fool8 is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison.

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7 Like the useless legs of one who is lame 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 one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
          11 As a dog returns to its vomit,12 so fools repeat their folly.13

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          12 Do you see people who are wise in their own eyes?14 There is more hope for fools than for them.15

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          13 A sluggard says,16 "There's 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 the bed.18

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          15 Sluggards bury their hands in the dish and are too lazy to bring them back to their mouths.19

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          16 Sluggards are wiser in their own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.
          17 Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
          18 Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death
          19 is one who deceives a neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
          20 Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.20

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

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

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          23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are ferventa lips with an evil heart.

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            • a 26:23 - Hebrew; Septuagint "smooth"
              24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,23 but in their hearts they harbor deceit.24

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              25 Though their speech is charming,25 do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts.26

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              26 Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
              27 If anyone digs a pit,27 they themselves will fall into it;28 if anyone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.29

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

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