Proverbs 26:10
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New International Version
Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.

New Living Translation
An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots at random.

English Standard Version
Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.

New American Standard Bible
Like an archer who wounds everyone, So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

King James Bible
The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who hires a fool or who hires those passing by is like an archer who wounds everyone.

International Standard Version
An archer who shoots at anyone— is like someone who hires a fool or anyone who passes by.

NET Bible
Like an archer who wounds at random, so is the one who hires a fool or hires any passer-by.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The flesh of the fool suffers much and a drunkard crosses the sea.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] many people who destroy everything, so is one who hires fools or drifters.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A master performeth all things; But he that stoppeth a fool is as one that stoppeth a flood.

New American Standard 1977
Like an archer who wounds everyone,
            So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The great God that formed all things rewards both the fool and transgressors.

King James 2000 Bible
The great God that formed all things gives the fool his hire, and the transgressor his wages.

American King James Version
The great God that formed all things both rewards the fool, and rewards transgressors.

American Standard Version
As an archer that woundeth all, So is he that hireth a fool and he that hireth them that pass by.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Judgment determineth causes: and he that putteth a fool to silence, appeaseth anger.

Darby Bible Translation
A master roughly worketh every one: he both hireth the fool and hireth passers-by.

English Revised Version
As an archer that woundeth all, so is he that hireth the fool and he that hireth them that pass by.

Webster's Bible Translation
The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

World English Bible
As an archer who wounds all, so is he who hires a fool or he who hires those who pass by.

Young's Literal Translation
Great is the Former of all, And He is rewarding a fool, And is rewarding transgressors.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
26:2. He that is cursed without cause, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head. 3. Every creature must be dealt with according to its nature, but careless and profligate sinners never will be ruled by reason and persuasion. Man indeed is born like the wild ass's colt; but some, by the grace of God, are changed. 4,5. We are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate. 6-9. Fools are not fit to be trusted, nor to have any honour. Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness. 10. This verse may either declare how the Lord, the Creator of all men, will deal with sinners according to their guilt, or, how the powerful among men should disgrace and punish the wicked. 11. The dog is a loathsome emblem of those sinners who return to their vices, 2Pe 2:22. 12. We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it. This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad. 13. The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour. But it is foolish to frighten ourselves from real duties by fancied difficulties. This may be applied to a man slothful in the duties of religion. 14. Having seen the slothful man in fear of his work, here we find him in love with his ease. Bodily ease is the sad occasion of many spiritual diseases. He does not care to get forward with his business. Slothful professors turn thus. The world and the flesh are hinges on which they are hung; and though they move in a course of outward services, yet they are not the nearer to heaven. 15. The sluggard is now out of his bed, but he might have lain there, for any thing he is likely to bring to pass in his work. It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot. Those that are slothful in religion, will not be at the pains to feed their souls with the bread of life, nor to fetch in promised blessings by prayer. 16. He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master, and that his labour shall not be in vain. 17. To make ourselves busy in other men's matters, is to thrust ourselves into temptation. 18,19. He that sins in jest, must repent in earnest, or his sin will be his ruin. 20-22. Contention heats the spirit, and puts families and societies into a flame. And that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning by whisperers and backbiters. 23. A wicked heart disguising itself, is like a potsherd covered with the dross of silver.
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Similitudes and Instructions
9Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 10Like an archer who wounds everyone, So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by. 11Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.…
Cross References
Proverbs 26:9
Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Proverbs 26:11
Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.
Treasury of Scripture

The great God that formed all things both rewards the fool, and rewards transgressors.

the great or a great man grieveth all and he hireth the fool, he hireth also the transgressors.

both

Proverbs 11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more …

Romans 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

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