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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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As a dog returneth to his vomit - See note on 2 Peter 2:22.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
returneth to his folly
LibraryOne 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
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."
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.
"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?"
Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
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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