Proverbs 26:11
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New International Version
As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.

New Living Translation
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.

English Standard Version
Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.

New American Standard Bible
Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.

King James Bible
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.

International Standard Version
A dog that returns to its vomit is like a fool who reverts to his folly.

NET Bible
Like a dog that returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like a dog that returns to its vomit, so is a fool that is insane in his foolishness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As a dog goes back to its vomit, [so] a fool repeats his stupidity.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As a dog that returneth to his vomit, So is a fool that repeateth his folly.

New American Standard 1977
Like a dog that returns to its vomit
            Is a fool who repeats his folly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As a dog returns to his vomit, so the fool returns to his folly.

King James 2000 Bible
As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.

American King James Version
As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.

American Standard Version
As a dog that returneth to his vomit,'so is a fool that repeateth his folly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a dog that returneth to his vomit, so is the fool that repeateth his folly.

Darby Bible Translation
As a dog turneth back to its vomit, [so] a fool repeateth his folly.

English Revised Version
As a dog that returneth to his vomit, so is a fool that repeateth his folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

World English Bible
As a dog that returns to his vomit, so is a fool who repeats his folly.

Young's Literal Translation
As a dog hath returned to its vomit, A fool is repeating his folly.
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.
Study Bible
Similitudes and Instructions
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. 12Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.…
Cross References
2 Peter 2:22
Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud."

Exodus 8:15
But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not listen to them, as the LORD had said.

Proverbs 23:35
"They struck me, but I did not become ill; They beat me, but I did not know it. When shall I awake? I will seek another drink."

Proverbs 26:10
Like an archer who wounds everyone, So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

Proverbs 27:22
Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
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As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.

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Exodus 8:15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, …

Matthew 12:45 Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked …

2 Peter 2:22 But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, The dog …

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