New International Version
Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
King James Bible
As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Darby Bible Translation
[As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
World English Bible
Like a thornbush that goes into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Young's Literal Translation
A thorn hath gone up into the hand of a drunkard, And a parable in the mouth of fools.
Proverbs 26:9 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honor to a fool - It is entirely thrown away. This, however, is a difficult proverb; and the versions give but little light on the subject. The Hebrew may be translated, "As a piece of precious stone among a heap of stones, so is he that giveth honor to a fool." Or, As he that putteth a precious stone in a heap of stones. See Parkhurst: but on this interpretation the meaning would rather be, "It is as useless to throw a jewel among a heap of stones to increase its bulk, as to give honor to a fool."
As he that sendith a stoon into a hepe of monee; so he that geveth to an unwiisman wirschip - Old MS. Bible.
"He that setteth a foole in hye dignite, that is even as yf a man dyd caste a precious stone upon the galous." - Coverdale. This translator refers to the custom of throwing a stone to the heap under which a criminal lay buried. The Vulgate gives some countenance to this translation: "He who gives honor to a fool is like one who throws a stone to Mercury's heap." Mercury was considered the deity who presided over the highways; and stones were erected in different places to guide the traveler. Hence those lines of Dr. Young: -
"Death stands like Mercuries in every way;
And kindly points us to our journey's end."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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
Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.
Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
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