Proverbs Chapter 26 |
1Like snow in summer and rain at harvesttime,
So honor is not fitting for a dullard.
2As a sparrow must flit and a swallow fly,
So a gratuitous curse must backfire.
3A whip for a horse and a bridle for a donkey,
And a rod for the back of dullards.
4Do not answer a dullard in accord with his folly,
Else you will become like him.
5Answer a dullard in accord with his folly,
Else he will think himself wise.
6He who sends a message by a dullard
Will wear out legs and must put up with lawlessness.
7As legs hang limp on a cripple,
So is a proverb in the mouth of dullards.
8Like a pebble in a sling,
So is paying honor to a dullard.
9As a thorn comes to the hand of a drunkard,
So a proverb to the mouth of a dullard.
10A master can produce anything,
But he who hires a dullard is as one who hires transients.
11As a dog returns to his vomit,
So a dullard repeats his folly.
12If you see a man who thinks himself wise,
There is more hope for a dullard than for him.
13A lazy man says,
“There’s a cub on the road, a lion in the squares.”
14The door turns on its hinge,
And the lazy man on his bed.
15The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl;
He will not even bring it to his mouth.
16The lazy man thinks himself wiser
Than seven men who give good advice.
17A passerby who gets embroiled in someone else’s quarrel
Is like one who seizes a dog by its ears.
18Like a madman scattering deadly firebrands, arrows,
19Is one who cheats his fellow and says, “I was only joking.”
20For lack of wood a fire goes out,
And without a querulous man contention is stilled.
21Charcoal for embers and wood for a fire
And a contentious man for kindling strife.
22The words of a querulous man are bruising;
They penetrate one’s inmost parts.
23Base silver laid over earthenware
Are ardent lips with an evil mind.
24An enemy dissembles with his speech,
Inwardly he harbors deceit.
25Though he be fair-spoken do not trust him,
For seven abominations are in his mind.
26His hatred may be concealed by dissimulation,
But his evil will be exposed to public view.
27He who digs a pit will fall in it,
And whoever rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.
28A lying tongue hates those crushed by it;
Smooth speech throws one down.