Proverbs 26:6
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.

Berean Study Bible
Like cutting off one’s own feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.

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

New King James Version
He who sends a message by the hand of a fool Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

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

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

Contemporary English Version
Sending a message by a fool is like chopping off your foot just to spite yourself.

Good News Translation
If you let a fool deliver a message, you might as well cut off your own feet; you are asking for trouble.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that sends a message by a foolish messenger procures for himself a reproach from his own ways.

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.
Study Bible
Similitudes and Instructions
5Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he become wise in his own eyes. 6Like cutting off one’s own feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool. 7Like lame legs hanging limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:26
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.

Proverbs 26:5
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he become wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 26:7
Like lame legs hanging limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Treasury of Scripture

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

sendeth

Proverbs 10:26
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Proverbs 13:17
A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

Proverbs 25:13
As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.







Lexicon
Like cutting off
מְקַצֶּ֣ה (mə·qaṣ·ṣeh)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7096: To cut off, to destroy, to scrape off

one’s own feet
רַ֭גְלַיִם (raḡ·la·yim)
Noun - fd
Strong's Hebrew 7272: A foot, a step, the pudenda

or drinking
שֹׁתֶ֑ה (šō·ṯeh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8354: To imbibe

violence
חָמָ֣ס (ḥā·mās)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2555: Violence, wrong, by meton, unjust gain

is the sending
שֹׁלֵ֖חַ (šō·lê·aḥ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

of a message
דְּבָרִ֣ים (də·ḇā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

by the hand
בְּיַד־ (bə·yaḏ-)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

of a fool.
כְּסִֽיל׃ (kə·sîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool
(6) Cutteth off the feet.--He wants his business done, but if he sends a fool to do it, he might as well cut off his messenger's legs, for the business will not be transacted; nay, worse than this, he will "drink damage," i.e., suffer positive mischief from the blundering of his emissary.

Verse 6. - He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool. This clause comes in the Hebrew after the next. Cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. To entrust an important commission to a fool is to deprive one's self of the means of having it properly executed, and to bring upon one's self shame and injury. A man who is so silly as to employ such an unfit messenger, as it were, cuts off the feet which should bear him on his errand, and, instead of enjoying the satisfaction of seeing the business well performed, he will be mortified and damaged by the blunder and stupidity of his emissary. Septuagint, "He maketh for himself reproach from his own ways (ὁδῶν,? ποδῶν) who sendeth a word by a foulish messenger." The Vulgate reads the first participle in a passive sense, claudus pedibus; but this is uneccessary. We have similar phrases to "drinketh damage" elsewhere; e.g., Job 15:16 "drinketh in iniquity;" 34:7, "drinketh up scorn;" and with a different word, Proverbs 19:28, "devoureth iniquity." 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.
Jump to Previous
Cuts Cutteth Cutting Damage Drinketh Drinking Drinks Feet Fool Foolish Hand Injury Message News One's Sending Sends Violence
Jump to Next
Cuts Cutteth Cutting Damage Drinketh Drinking Drinks Feet Fool Foolish Hand Injury Message News One's Sending Sends Violence
Links
Proverbs 26:6 NIV
Proverbs 26:6 NLT
Proverbs 26:6 ESV
Proverbs 26:6 NASB
Proverbs 26:6 KJV

Proverbs 26:6 Bible Apps
Proverbs 26:6 Biblia Paralela
Proverbs 26:6 Chinese Bible
Proverbs 26:6 French Bible
Proverbs 26:6 German Bible

Alphabetical: a and by cuts cutting drinking drinks feet fool hand He his is Like message of off one's or own sending sends the violence Who

OT Poetry: Proverbs 26:6 One who sends a message by (Prov. Pro Pr) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Proverbs 26:5
Top of Page
Top of Page