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Proverbs 26

26 1As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest,

So honor is not seemly for a fool.

2As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying,

So the curse that is causeless alighteth not.

3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass,

And a rod for the back of fools.

4Answer not a fool according to his folly,

Lest thou also be like unto him.

5Answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest he be wise in his own conceit.

6He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool

Cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh in damage.

7The legs of the lame hang loose:

So is a parable in the mouth of fools.

8As one that bindeth a stone in a sling,

So is he that giveth honor to a fool.

9As a thorn that goeth up into the hand of a drunkard,

So is a parable in the mouth of fools.

10As an archer that woundeth all,

So is he that hireth a fool and he that hireth them that pass by.

11As a dog that returneth to his vomit,

So is a fool that repeateth his folly.

12Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit?

There is more hope of a fool than of him.

13The sluggard saith, There is a lion in the way;

A lion is in the streets.

14As the door turneth upon its hinges,

So doth the sluggard upon his bed.

15The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish;

It wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth.

16The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit

Than seven men that can render a reason.

17He that passeth by, and vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him,

Is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

18As a madman who casteth firebrands,

Arrows, and death,

19So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor,

And saith, Am not I in sport?

20For lack of wood the fire goeth out;

And where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth.

21As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire,

So is a contentious man to inflame strife.

22The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels,

And they go down into the innermost parts.

23Fervent lips and a wicked heart

Are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

24He that hateth dissembleth with his lips;

But he layeth up deceit within him:

25When he speaketh fair, believe him not;

For there are seven abominations in his heart:

26Though his hatred cover itself with guile,

His wickedness shall be openly showed before the assembly.

27Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein;

And he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.

28A lying tongue hateth those whom it hath wounded;

And a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

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