Proverbs 26:6
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New International Version
Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison.

New Living Translation
Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison!

English Standard Version
Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

New American Standard Bible
He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.

King James Bible
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who sends a message by a fool's hand cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

International Standard Version
Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

NET Bible
Like cutting off the feet or drinking violence, so is sending a message by the hand of a fool.

New Heart English Bible
One who sends a message by the hand of a fool is cutting off feet and drinking violence.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that sends a message by the hand of a fool is asking for trouble.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever uses a fool to send a message cuts off his own feet and brings violence upon himself.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool Cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh damage.

New American Standard 1977
He cuts off his own feet, and drinks violence
            Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that gives responsibility to one who is not able to carry it out is like him that sends a message by the hand of a fool, and he shall drink the damage.

King James 2000 Bible
He that sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off the feet, and drinks violence.

American King James Version
He that sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off the feet, and drinks damage.

American Standard Version
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool Cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh in damage.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that sendeth words by a foolish messenger, is lame of feet and drinketh iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off [his own] feet, [and] drinketh damage.

English Revised Version
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh in damage.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

World English Bible
One who sends a message by the hand of a fool is cutting off feet and drinking violence.

Young's Literal Translation
He is cutting off feet, he is drinking injury, Who is sending things by the hand of a fool.
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
5Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes. 6He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool. 7Like the legs which are useless to the lame, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:26
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy one to those who send him.

Proverbs 26:5
Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 26:7
Like the legs which are useless to the lame, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Treasury of Scripture

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