Proverbs 26
King James 2000

1As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.

2As the bird by flitting, as the swallow by flying, so the curse without cause shall not alight.

3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.

4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like unto him.

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

6He that sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off the feet, and drinks violence.

7The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

8As he that binds a stone in a sling, so is he that gives honor to a fool.

9As a thorn goes up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

10The great God that formed all things gives the fool his hire, and the transgressor his wages.

11As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.

12See a man wise in his own eyes? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

13The slothful man says, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

14As the door turns upon its hinges, so does the slothful upon his bed.

15The slothful hides his hand in his dish; it grieves him to bring it again to his mouth.

16The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men that can answer reasonably.

17He that passes by, and meddles with a quarrel not belonging to him, is like one that takes a dog by the ears.

18As a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,

19So is the man that deceives his neighbor, and says, Am I not jesting?

20Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.

21As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22The words of a talebearer are tasty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

23Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

24He that hates disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself;

25When he speaks graciously, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

26Whosoever's hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be revealed before the whole assembly.

27Whosoever digs a pit shall fall in it: and he that rolls a stone, it will return upon him.

28A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth works ruin.

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