Proverbs 26:11
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As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.

King James Bible
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Darby Bible Translation
As a dog turneth back to its vomit, [so] a fool repeateth his folly.

World English Bible
As a dog that returns to his vomit, so is a fool who repeats his folly.

Young's Literal Translation
As a dog hath returned to its vomit, A fool is repeating his folly.

Proverbs 26:11 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

As a dog returneth to his vomit - See note on 2 Peter 2:22.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a dog

Exodus 8:15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and listened not to them; as the LORD had said.

Matthew 12:45 Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there...

2 Peter 2:22 But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again...

returneth to his folly

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

Cross References
2 Peter 2:22
Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud."

Exodus 8:15
But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.

Proverbs 23:35
"They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?"

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

Proverbs 27:22
Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them.

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