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Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison.
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.
Young's Literal Translation
He is cutting off feet, he is drinking injury, Who is sending things by the hand of a fool.
Proverbs 26:6 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Cutteth off the feet - Sending by such a person is utterly useless. My old MS. Bible translates well: Halt in feet and drinking wickednesse that sendith wordis bi a foole messager. Nothing but lameness in himself can vindicate his sending it by such hands; and, after all, the expedient will be worse than the total omission, for he is likely to drink wickedness, i.e., the mischief occasioned by the fool's misconduct. Coverdale nearly hits the sense as usual: "He is lame of his fete, yee dronken is he in vanite, that committeth eny thinge to a foole."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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.
Proverbs 26:6 Parallel CommentariesCuts Cutteth Cutting Damage Drinketh Drinking Drinks Feet Fool Foolish Hand Injury Message News One's Sending Sends ViolenceCuts Cutteth Cutting Damage Drinketh Drinking Drinks Feet Fool Foolish Hand Injury Message News One's Sending Sends ViolenceTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.
Proverbs 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
Proverbs 26:7 Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.