Proverbs 26:10
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New International Version
Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.

King James Bible
The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

Darby Bible Translation
A master roughly worketh every one: he both hireth the fool and hireth passers-by.

World English Bible
As an archer who wounds all, so is he who hires a fool or he who hires those who pass by.

Young's Literal Translation
Great is the Former of all, And He is rewarding a fool, And is rewarding transgressors.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The great God that formed all things - Or, A great man grieveth all, and he hireth the fool, he hireth also transgressors, where this verse is very differently translated. I shall add that of Coverdale: "A man of experience discerneth all thinges well: but whoso hyreth a foole, hyreth soch one as wyl take no hede." The רב rab may mean either the great God, or a great man: hence the two renderings, in the text and in the margin.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the great or a great man grieveth all and he hireth the fool, he hireth also the transgressors.


Proverbs 11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

Romans 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

One Lion Two Lions no Lion at All
A sermon (No. 1670) delivered on Thursday Evening, June 8th, 1882, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets."--Proverbs 22:13. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets."--Proverbs 26:13. This slothful man seems to cherish that one dread of his about the lions, as if it were his favorite aversion and he felt it to be too much trouble to invent another excuse.
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Proverbs 26:9
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