Proverbs 26:11
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English Standard Version
Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.

King James Bible
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

American Standard Version
As a dog that returneth to his vomit,'so is a fool that repeateth his folly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a dog that returneth to his vomit, so is the fool that repeateth his folly.

English Revised Version
As a dog that returneth to his vomit, so is a fool that repeateth his folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

5 Answer the fool according to his folly,

   Lest he regard himself as wise.

ענה־כסיל (with Makkeph, and Gaja, and Chatef)

(Note: Thus after Ben Asher; while, on the contrary, Ben Naphtali writes ענה כסיל with Munach, vid., Thorath Emeth, p. 41.)

here stands opposed to אל־תען כסיל. The Gospel of John, e.g., John 5:31, cf. Proverbs 8:31,

(Note: Vid., my dissertation on three little-observed passages in the Gospel of John, and their practical lessons, in the Evang. luth. Kirchenzeitung, 1869, Nos. 37, 38.)

is rich in such apparently contradictory sayings. The sic et non here lying before us is easily explained; after, or according to his folly, is this second time equivalent to, as is due to his folly: decidedly and firmly rejecting it, making short work with it (returning a sharp answer), and promptly replying in a way fitted, if possible, to make him ashamed. Thus one helps him, perhaps, to self-knowledge; while, in the contrary case, one gives assistance to his self-importance. The Talmud, Schabbath 30b, solves the contradiction by referring Proverbs 26:4 to worldly things, and Proverbs 26:5 to religious things; and it is true that, especially in the latter case, the answer is itself a duty toward the fool, and towards the truth. Otherwise the Midrash: one ought not to answer when one knows the fool as such, and to answer when he does not so know him; for in the first instance the wise man would dishonour himself by the answer, in the latter case he would give to him who asks the importance appertaining to a superior.

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a dog

Exodus 8:15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and listened not to them; as the LORD had said.

Matthew 12:45 Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there...

2 Peter 2:22 But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again...

returneth to his folly

Cross References
2 Peter 2:22
What the true proverb says has happened to them: "The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire."

Exodus 8:15
But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.

Proverbs 23:35
"They struck me," you will say, "but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I must have another drink."

Proverbs 26:10
Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.

Proverbs 27:22
Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.

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