PROVERBS | CHAPTER 26
¶ As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
¶ As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
¶ A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
¶ Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
¶ He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
¶ The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
¶ As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
¶ Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
¶ The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
¶ As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
¶ The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
¶ The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
¶ He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
¶ As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
¶ Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
¶ Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
¶ He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
¶ Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
¶ A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
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