New Living Translation
Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back!
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.
Proverbs 26:3 Parallel
CommentaryProverbs 26:3 Parallel Commentaries
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control."
Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding, but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod.
Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.
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