Proverbs 26:7
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New International Version
Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

New Living Translation
A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg.

English Standard Version
Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless, is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

New American Standard Bible
Like the legs which are useless to the lame, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

King James Bible
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like lame legs that hang limp.

International Standard Version
Useless legs to the lame— that's what a proverb quoted by a fool is.

NET Bible
Like legs that hang limp from the lame, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

New Heart English Bible
Like the legs of the lame that hang loose: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If you make a cripple walk, you may take the word of a fool.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] a lame person's limp legs, so is a proverb in the mouths of fools.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The legs hang limp from the lame; So is a parable in the mouth of fools.

New American Standard 1977
Like the legs which hang down from the lame,
            So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Like unto the way that the one who is lame walks, so is a proverb in the mouth of the fool.

King James 2000 Bible
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

American King James Version
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

American Standard Version
The legs of the lame hang loose: So is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a lame man hath fair legs in vain: so a parable is unseemly in the mouth of fools.

Darby Bible Translation
The legs of the lame hang loose; so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

English Revised Version
The legs of the lame hang loose: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Webster's Bible Translation
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

World English Bible
Like the legs of the lame that hang loose: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Young's Literal Translation
Weak have been the two legs of the lame, And a parable in the mouth 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
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. 8Like one who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool.…
Cross References
Proverbs 26:6
He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.

Proverbs 26:8
Like one who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool.
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