Proverbs 10:26
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English Standard Version
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.

King James Bible
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

American Standard Version
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, So is the sluggard to them that send him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that sent him.

English Revised Version
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Webster's Bible Translation
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Proverbs 10:26 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

20 Choice silver is the tongue of the righteous;

     But the heart of the godless is little worth.

Choice silver is, as Proverbs 8:19, cf. 10, pure, freed from all base mixtures. Like it, pure and noble, is whatever the righteous speaks; the heart, i.e., the manner of thought and feeling, of the godless is, on the contrary, like little instar nihili, i.e., of little or no worth, Arab. yasway kâlyla (Fl.). lxx: the heart of the godless ἐκλείψει, i.e., ימעט, at first arrogant and full of lofty plans, it becomes always the more dejected, discouraged, empty. But 20a leads us to expect some designation of its worth. The Targ. (according to which the Peshito is to be corrected; vid., Levy's Wrterbuch, ii.:26): the heart of the godless is מחתא (from נחת), refuse, dross. The other Greek versions accord with the text before us.

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vinegar

Proverbs 25:13,20 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refreshes the soul of his masters...

as smoke. As the acidity of vinegar causes the unpleasantness and pain to the teeth, and by softening and dissolving alkali of the bone, impairs their texture, and renders them incapable of mastication; and as smoke, by irritating the tender vessels, causes the eyes to smart, and prevents distinct vision; so a sluggish messenger is a continual vexation and loss to those by whom he is employed.

Isaiah 65:5 Which say, Stand by yourself, come not near to me; for I am holier than you. These are a smoke in my nose...

so

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I sowed not...

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Hebrews 6:12 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Cross References
Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

Proverbs 26:6
Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

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