Proverbs, Chapter 26 - Insights into the Nature of Fools and Consequences of their Actions

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Proverbs 26:1
Like snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.
Proverbs 26:2
Like a fluttering sparrow, like a darting swallow, so the undeserved curse doesn’t come to rest.
Proverbs 26:3
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools!
Proverbs 26:4
Don’t answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.
Proverbs 26:5
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Proverbs 26:6
One who sends a message by the hand of a fool is cutting off feet and drinking violence.
Proverbs 26:7
Like the legs of the lame that hang loose, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Proverbs 26:8
As one who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.
Proverbs 26:9
Like a thorn bush that goes into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Proverbs 26:10
As an archer who wounds all, so is he who hires a fool or he who hires those who pass by.
Proverbs 26:11
As a dog that returns to his vomit, so is a fool who repeats his folly.
Proverbs 26:12
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Proverbs 26:13
The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion roams the streets!”
Proverbs 26:14
As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard on his bed.
Proverbs 26:15
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish. He is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
Proverbs 26:16
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer with discretion.
Proverbs 26:17
Like one who grabs a dog’s ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.
Proverbs 26:18
Like a madman who shoots torches, arrows, and death,
Proverbs 26:19
Is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “Am I not joking?”
Proverbs 26:20
For lack of wood a fire goes out. Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.
Proverbs 26:21
As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindling strife.
Proverbs 26:22
The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, they go down into the innermost parts.
Proverbs 26:23
Like silver dross on an earthen vessel are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.
Proverbs 26:24
A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but he harbors evil in his heart.
Proverbs 26:25
When his speech is charming, don’t believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.
Proverbs 26:26
His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Proverbs 26:27
Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it. Whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
Proverbs 26:28
A lying tongue hates those it hurts; and a flattering mouth works ruin.

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