Proverbs 26:6
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English Standard Version
Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

King James Bible
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

American Standard Version
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool Cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh in damage.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that sendeth words by a foolish messenger, is lame of feet and drinketh iniquity.

English Revised Version
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh in damage.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This verse, counselling restraint as to the spirit, is connected with the foregoing, which counsels to self-control as to enjoyment:

A city broken through, now without walls -

A man without self-control over his spirit.

A "city broken down" is one whose wall is "broken," 2 Chronicles 32:5, whether it has met with breaches (פּרצים), or is wholly broken; in the former case also the city is incapable of being defended, and it is all one as if it had no wall. Such a city is like a man "who hath no control over his own spirit" (for the accentuation of the Heb. words here, vid., Thorath Emeth, p. 10): cujus spiritui nulla cohibitio (Schultens), i.e., qui animum suum cohibere non potest (Fleischer: עצר, R. צר, to press together, to oppress, and thereby to hold back). As such a city can be plundered and laid waste without trouble, so a man who knows not to hold in check his desires and affections is in constant danger of blindly following the impulse of his unbridled sensuality, and of being hurried forward to outbreaks of passion, and thus of bringing unhappiness upon himself. There are sensual passions (e.g., drunkenness), intellectual (e.g., ambition), mingled (e.g., revenge); but in all of these a false ego rules, which, instead of being held down by the true and better ego, rises to unbounded supremacy.

(Note: Vid., Drbal's Empirische Psychologie, 137.)

Therefore the expression used is not לנפשׁו, but לרוּחו; desire has its seat in the soul, but in the spirit it grows into passion, which in the root of all its diversities is selfishness (Psychol. p. 199); self-control is accordingly the ruling of the spirit, i.e., the restraining (keeping down) of the false enslaved ego-life by the true and free, and powerful in God Himself.

Proverbs 26:6 Parallel Commentaries

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Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Proverbs 13:17 A wicked messenger falls into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

Proverbs 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refreshes the soul of his masters.

Numbers 13:31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

Cross References
Proverbs 10:26
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.

Proverbs 26:5
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 26:7
Like a lame man's legs, which hang useless, is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

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