Proverbs 26:3
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New International Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

New Living Translation
Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back!

English Standard Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.

New American Standard Bible
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the back of fools.

King James Bible
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools.

International Standard Version
A whip is for the horses, a bridle is for the donkey, a rod is for the back of fools.

NET Bible
A whip for the horse and a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A whip for a horse and a goad for a donkey, so also is a rod for the fool.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A whip is for the horse, a bridle is for the donkey, and a rod is for the backs of fools.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, And a rod for the back of fools.

New American Standard 1977
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
            And a rod for the back of fools.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

King James 2000 Bible
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.

American King James Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

American Standard Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, And a rod for the back of fools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A whip for a horse, and a snaffle for an ass, and a rod for the back of fools.

Darby Bible Translation
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.

English Revised Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.

Webster's Bible Translation
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

World English Bible
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools!

Young's Literal Translation
A whip is for a horse, a bridle for an ass, And a rod for the back of fools.
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
2Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight. 3A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the back of fools. 4Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.…
Cross References
Psalm 32:9
Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you.

Proverbs 10:13
On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.

Proverbs 19:29
Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And blows for the back of fools.
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