Proverbs 26:7
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New International Version
Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

King James Bible
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Darby Bible Translation
The legs of the lame hang loose; so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

World English Bible
Like the legs of the lame that hang loose: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Young's Literal Translation
Weak have been the two legs of the lame, And a parable in the mouth of fools.

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Clarke'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."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

not equal

Proverbs 26:9 As a thorn goes up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.

Proverbs 17:7 Excellent speech becomes not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

Psalm 50:16-21 But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth...

Psalm 64:8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall on themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

Matthew 7:4,5 Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye...

Luke 4:23 And he said to them, You will surely say to me this proverb, Physician, heal yourself: whatever we have heard done in Capernaum...

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
Proverbs 26:6
Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison.

Proverbs 26:8
Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.

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