Proverbs 26:3
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English Standard Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.

King James Bible
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

American Standard Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, And a rod for the back of fools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A whip for a horse, and a snaffle for an ass, and a rod for the back of fools.

English Revised Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.

Webster's Bible Translation
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

Proverbs 26:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

25 Fresh water to a thirsty soul;

     And good news from a far country.

Vid., regarding the form of this proverb, vol. i. p. 9; we have a similar proverb regarding the influence of good news at Proverbs 15:30. Fresh cold water is called at Jeremiah 18:14 מים קרים; vid., regarding קר, 18:27. "עיף, cogn. יעף, and עוּף, properly to become darkened, therefore figuratively like (Arab.) gushiya 'alyh, to become faint, to become feeble unto death, of the darkness which spreads itself over the eyes" (Fleischer).

This proverb, with the figure of "fresh water," is now followed by one with the figure of a "fountain":

Proverbs 26:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 10:13 In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Proverbs 17:10 A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Proverbs 19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that has understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Proverbs 27:22 Though you should bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Judges 8:5-7 And he said to the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread to the people that follow me; for they be faint...

Psalm 32:9 Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle...

1 Corinthians 4:21 What will you? shall I come to you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

2 Corinthians 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

2 Corinthians 13:2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time...

Cross References
Psalm 32:9
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.

Proverbs 10:13
On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.

Proverbs 19:29
Condemnation is ready for scoffers, and beating for the backs of fools.

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