Proverbs 26:8
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New International Version
Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.

New Living Translation
Honoring a fool is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot.

English Standard Version
Like one who binds the stone in the sling is one who gives honor to a fool.

New American Standard Bible
Like one who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool.

King James Bible
As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Giving honor to a fool is like binding a stone in a sling.

International Standard Version
Tying a stone to a sling— that's what giving honor to a fool is.

NET Bible
Like tying a stone in a sling, so is giving honor to a fool.

New Heart English Bible
As one who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like a stone in a sling, so is he that praises a fool.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like tying a stone to a sling, so is giving honor to a fool.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As a small stone in a heap of stones, So is he that giveth honour to a fool.

New American Standard 1977
Like one who binds a stone in a sling,
            So is he who gives honor to a fool.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As he that binds the stone in the sling, so is he that gives honour to a fool.

King James 2000 Bible
As he that binds a stone in a sling, so is he that gives honor to a fool.

American King James Version
As he that binds a stone in a sling, so is he that gives honor to a fool.

American Standard Version
As one that bindeth a stone in a sling, So is he that giveth honor to a fool.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As he that casteth a stone into the heap of Mercury: so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

Darby Bible Translation
As a bag of gems in a stoneheap, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

English Revised Version
As a bag of gems in a heap of stones, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

Webster's Bible Translation
As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honor to a fool.

World English Bible
As one who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.

Young's Literal Translation
As one who is binding a stone in a sling, So is he who is giving honour to 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
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. 9Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.…
Cross References
Proverbs 26:7
Like the legs which are useless to the lame, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Proverbs 26:9
Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Treasury of Scripture

As he that binds a stone in a sling, so is he that gives honor to a fool.

bindeth a stone in a sling or putteth a precious stone in a heap of stones. this probably refers to the custom of throwing a stone to the heap under which a criminal was buried.

Proverbs 26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool.

Proverbs 19:10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have …

Proverbs 30:22 For a servant when he reigns; and a fool when he is filled with meat;

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