Proverbs 26:3
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A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

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

Darby Bible Translation
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.

World English Bible
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools!

Young's Literal Translation
A whip is for a horse, a bridle for an ass, And a rod for the back of fools.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A whip for the horse - Correction is as suitable to a fool, as a whip is for a horse, or a bridle for an ass.

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...

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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

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
Psalm 32:9
Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.

Proverbs 10:13
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.

Proverbs 19:29
Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.

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