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.

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.
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - As the dog returneth to his vomit (see 2 Peter 2:22, which, however, is not quoted from the Septuagint), so a fool returneth to his folly; or, repeateth his folly. The fool never frees himself from the trammels of his foolishness; his deeds and words always bear the same character to the end. The same truth holds good of the sinner, especially the drunkard and the sensualist. If they feel temporary compunction, and reject their sin by partial repentance, they do not really shake it off wholly; it has become a second nature to them, and they soon relapse into it. Septuagint, "As when a dog goes to his own vomit and becomes hateful, so is a fool who returns in his wickedness to his own sin." The LXX. adds a distich which is found in Ecclus. 4:21, "There is a shame that bringeth sin, and there is a shame that is glory and grace."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As a dog returneth to his vomit,.... Who being sick with what he has eaten, casts it up again, and afterwards returns unto it and licks it up;

so a fool returneth to his folly, or "repeats" (a) it, time after time, many times, as Ben Melech; or a wicked man turns to his wickedness, who, having had some qualms upon his conscience for sin, for a while forsakes it; but that fit being over, and he forgetting all his former horror and uneasiness, returns to his old course of life: a wicked man is here compared to a dog, as he is elsewhere for his impudence and voraciousness in sinning; and the filthiness of sin is expressed by the vomit of a dog, than which nothing is more nauseous and loathsome; and the apostasy of the sinner, from an external course of righteousness into open profaneness is signified by the return of this creature to it. This is said to be a "true proverb", 2 Peter 2:22, where it is quoted and applied.

(a) "qui iterat", Tigurine version, Michaelis; "iterans", Montanus, Mercerus, Cocceius, Gejerus; "duplicans", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. returneth … folly—Though disgusting to others, the fool delights in his folly.

Proverbs 26:11 Additional Commentaries
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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 returns to her wallowing in the mud."

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

Proverbs 23:35
"They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?"

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

Proverbs 27:22
Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them.
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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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