Proverbs 26
The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)

1As snow in summer and as rain in harvest, so honour is not suited for a fool.

2As the sparrow in its wandering, as the swallow in its flight, so the curse causeless shall never come.

3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.

4Never answer a fool according to his folly lest thou also be like unto him.

5Answer the fool showing him his folly lest he be wise in his own conceit.

6He 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.

7Like unto the way that the one who is lame walks, so is a proverb in the mouth of the fool.

8As he that binds the stone in the sling, so is he that gives honour to a fool.

9As thorns sunk into the hand of one who is drunk, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

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

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

12Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

13The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

14As the door turns upon his hinges, so does the slothful upon his bed.

15The slothful hides his hand in his bosom; it grieves him to bring it again to his mouth.

16The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can give him counsel.

17He that passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him is like one that takes a dog by the ears.

18As a mad man who casts firebrands, arrows, and death,

19so is the man that destroys his friend and says, Am I not in sport?

20Where there is no wood, the fire goes out, so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.

21Charcoal for burning coals and wood for fire, and a contentious man to kindle strife.

22The words of a talebearer seem smooth, but they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

23Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

24He that hates dissembles with his lips and lays up deceit within him;

25when he speaks fair, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.

26Even though his hatred is covered up in the desert, his wickedness shall be showed before the whole congregation.

27Whosoever digs a pit shall fall therein, and he that rolls a stone, it will return upon him.

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

The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
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