Darby's English Translation

Proverbs 25

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Chapter 26

1

 

  As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour beseemeth not a fool.  

 

 


2

 

  As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall not come.  

 

 


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 eyes.  

 

 


6

 

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

 

 


7

 

  The legs of the lame hang loose; so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.  

 

 


8

 

  As a bag of gems in a stoneheap, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.  

 

 


9

 

  [As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.  

 

 


10

 

  A master roughly worketh every one: he both hireth the fool and hireth passers-by.  

 

 


11

 

  As a dog turneth back to its vomit, [so] a fool repeateth his folly.  

 

 


12

 

  Hast thou seen a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him.  

 

 


13

 

  The sluggard saith, There is a fierce lion in the way; a lion is in the midst of the streets!  

 

 


14

 

  [As] the door turneth upon its hinges, so 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

 

  A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven [men] that answer discreetly.  

 

 


17

 

  He that passing by 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 a man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am I not in sport?  

 

 


20

 

  Where no wood is, the fire goeth out; and where there is no talebearer, the contention ceaseth.  

 

 


21

 

  [As] coals for hot coals, and wood for fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife.  

 

 


22

 

  The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.  

 

 


23

 

  Ardent lips, and a wicked heart, are [as] an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.  

 

 


24

 

  He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, but he layeth up deceit within him:  

 

 


25

 

  when his voice is gracious, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart.  

 

 


26

 

  Though [his] hatred is covered by dissimulation, his wickedness shall be made manifest in the congregation.  

 

 


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 that are injured by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.  

 

 


Proverbs 27

 

 

 

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