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Proverbs 25

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Chapter 26

1

 

  As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honor is not seemly for a fool.  

 

 


2

 

  As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, So the curse that is causeless alighteth not.  

 

 


3

 

  A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, And a rod for the back of fools.  

 

 


4

 

  Answer not a fool according to his folly, Lest thou also be like unto him.  

 

 


5

 

  Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own conceit.  

 

 


6

 

  He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool Cutteth off [his own] feet, [and] drinketh in damage.  

 

 


7

 

  The legs of the lame hang loose: So is a parable in the mouth of fools.  

 

 


8

 

  As one that bindeth a stone in a sling, So is he that giveth honor to a fool.  

 

 


9

 

  [As] a thorn that goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, So is a parable in the mouth of fools.  

 

 


10

 

  [As] an archer that woundeth all, So is he that hireth a fool and he that hireth them that pass by.  

 

 


11

 

  As a dog that returneth to his vomit, [So is] a fool that repeateth his folly.  

 

 


12

 

  Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.  

 

 


13

 

  The sluggard saith, There is a lion in the way; A lion is in the streets.  

 

 


14

 

  [As] the door turneth upon its hinges, So doth the sluggard upon his bed.  

 

 


15

 

  The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish; It wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth.  

 

 


16

 

  The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit Than seven men that can render a reason.  

 

 


17

 

  He that passeth by, [and] vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, Is [like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.  

 

 


18

 

  As a madman who casteth firebrands, Arrows, and death,  

 

 


19

 

  So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, And saith, Am not I in sport?  

 

 


20

 

  For lack of wood the fire goeth out; And where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth.  

 

 


21

 

  [As] coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to inflame strife.  

 

 


22

 

  The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.  

 

 


23

 

  Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are [like] an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.  

 

 


24

 

  He that hateth dissembleth with his lips; But he layeth up deceit within him:  

 

 


25

 

  When he speaketh fair, believe him not; For there are seven abominations in his heart:  

 

 


26

 

  Though [his] hatred cover itself with guile, His wickedness shall be openly showed before the assembly.  

 

 


27

 

  Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; And he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.  

 

 


28

 

  A lying tongue hateth those whom it hath wounded; And a flattering mouth worketh ruin.  

 

 


Proverbs 27

 

 

 

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