Proverbs 26:1
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New International Version
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.

New Living Translation
Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest.

English Standard Version
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.

New American Standard Bible
Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.

King James Bible
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Like snow in summer and rain at harvest, honor is inappropriate for a fool.

International Standard Version
Like snowfall in summer or rain at harvest time, so honor is inappropriate for a fool.

NET Bible
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like snow in summer and like rain and harvest, so is honor unbecoming for a fool.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like snow in summertime and rain at harvest time, so honor is not right for a fool.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As snow in summer and as rain in harvest, so honour is not suited for a fool.

King James 2000 Bible
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.

American King James Version
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool.

American Standard Version
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honor is not seemly for a fool.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As snow in summer, and rain in harvest, so glory is not seemly for a fool.

Darby Bible Translation
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour beseemeth not a fool.

English Revised Version
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

Webster's Bible Translation
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest; so honor is not seemly for a fool.

World English Bible
Like snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.

Young's Literal Translation
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honour is not comely for a fool.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:1 Honour is out of season to those unworthy and unfit for it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 1-12. - Certain proverbs concerning the fool (kesil), with the exception, perhaps, of ver. 2 (see on Proverbs 1:22). Verse 1. - As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest. Snow in summer would be quite unnatural and unheard of (see on Proverbs 25:13). Rain falls in the usual course of things only at stated times; whence arose the phrase of "the early and of latter rains" (see on Proverbs 16:15). From spring to October or November was the dry season, and a storm at harvest time was regarded, not merely as destructive or inconvenient, but as portentous and even supernatural (see 1 Samuel 12:17, etc.). The two cases are types of all that is incongruous and unsuitable. The LXX., apparently regarding their experience in Egypt rather than the actual text, translate, "As dew in harvest, and as rain in summer." So honour is not seemly for a fool (ver. 8; Proverbs 19:10). It is quite out of place to show respect to a stupid and ungodly man, or to raise him to a post of dignity; such conduct will only confirm him in his folly, give others a wrong impression concerning him, and afford him increased power of mischief. The Greeks had a proverb about giving honour to unsuitable objects: they called it washing an ass's head with nitre.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest,.... Which were very undesirable and unseasonable, yea, very hurtful to the fruits of the earth; and a great obstruction to the labourers in the harvest, and a hinderance to the gathering of it in; and were very rare and uncommon in Judea; it was even a miracle for thunder and rain to be in wheat harvest, 1 Samuel 12:17;

so honour is not seemly for a fool: for a wicked man; such should not be favoured by kings, and set in high places of honour and trust; "folly set in great dignity", or foolish and bad men set in honourable places, are as unsuitable and inconvenient as snow and rain in summer and harvest, and should be as rare as they; and they are as hurtful and pernicious, since they discourage virtue and encourage vice, and hinder the prosperity of the commonwealth; such vile persons are contemned in the eyes of good men, and are disregarded of God; he will not give, theft, glory here nor hereafter; the wise shall inherit it, but shame shall be the promotion of fools, Proverbs 3:35; see Ecclesiastes 10:6.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 26

Pr 26:1-28.

1. The incongruities of nature illustrate also those of the moral world. The fool's unworthiness is also implied (Pr 17:7; 19:10).

Proverbs 26:1 Additional Commentaries
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Similitudes and Instructions
1Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool. 2Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 12:17
Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call on the LORD to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the LORD when you asked for a king."

Proverbs 17:7
Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

Proverbs 19:10
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
Treasury of Scripture

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

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1 Samuel 12:17,18 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call to the LORD, and he shall …

Judges 9:7,20,56,57 And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of …

Esther 3:1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha …

Esther 4:6,9 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai to the street of the city, which …

Psalm 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Psalm 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honors them that …

Ecclesiastes 10:5-7 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which …

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