New International Version
Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison.
King James Bible
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
Darby Bible Translation
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off [his own] feet, [and] drinketh damage.
World English Bible
One who sends a message by the hand of a fool is cutting off feet and drinking violence.
Young's Literal Translation
He is cutting off feet, he is drinking injury, Who is sending things by the hand of a fool.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Cutteth off the feet - Sending by such a person is utterly useless. My old MS. Bible translates well: Halt in feet and drinking wickednesse that sendith wordis bi a foole messager. Nothing but lameness in himself can vindicate his sending it by such hands; and, after all, the expedient will be worse than the total omission, for he is likely to drink wickedness, i.e., the mischief occasioned by the fool's misconduct. Coverdale nearly hits the sense as usual: "He is lame of his fete, yee dronken is he in vanite, that committeth eny thinge to a foole."
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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
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.
Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
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