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

2As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse without cause shall not come.

3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.

4Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.

5Answer a fool according to his folly, so that he may not be wise in his own conceit.

6He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off the feet and drinks down damage.

7As the legs of the lame hang limp, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

8As he who ties a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.

9As a thorn goes up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

10The great God who formed all things both rewards the fool and rewards transgressors.

11As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his own folly.

12Do you see a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13The lazy one says, "There is a lion in the way; yea a lion is in the streets."

14As the door turns upon its hinges, so does the lazy man turn upon his bed.

15The lazy man hides his hand in his bosom; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.

16The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can give a reason.

17He who passes by and meddles with strife not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears,

18Or like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death.

19So is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "Am I not only joking?"

20Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, the quarreling ceases.

21As charcoal to burning embers, and wood is to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

23Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a broken piece of pottery with silver dross.

24He who hates and disguises it with his lips stores up deceit within himself.

25When he makes his voice gracious, do not believe him, for seven hateful things are in his heart.

26He whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be revealed before the congregation.

27Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it; and he who rolls a stone, it shall turn back upon him.

28A lying tongue hates those afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

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