NASB — Proverbs 26 — KJV

Similitudes, Instructions

  1 Like snow in summer and like arain in harvest,
  So honor is not bfitting for a fool.
  2 Like a asparrow in [its] Iflitting, like a swallow in [its] flying,
  So a bcurse without cause does not IIalight.
  3 A awhip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
  And a brod for the back of fools.
  4 aDo not answer a fool according to his folly,
  Or you will also be like him.
  5 aAnswer a fool as his folly [deserves],
  That he not be bwise in his own eyes.
  6 He cuts off [his own] feet [and] drinks violence
  Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.
  7 [Like] the legs [which] Iare useless to the lame,
  So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
  8 Like Ione who binds a stone in a sling,
  So is he who gives honor to a fool.
  9 [Like] a thorn [which] Ifalls into the hand of a drunkard,
  So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
  10 I[Like] an archer who wounds everyone,
  So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.
  11 Like aa dog that returns to its vomit
  Is a fool who brepeats Ihis folly.
  12 Do you see a man awise in his own eyes?
  bThere is more hope for a fool than for him.
  13 The asluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
  A lion is Iin the open square!”
  14 [As] the door turns on its hinges,
  So [does] the asluggard on his bed.
  15 The asluggard buries his hand in the dish;
  He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again.
  16 The sluggard is awiser in his own eyes
  Than seven men who can Igive a discreet answer.
  17 [Like] one who takes a dog by the ears
  Is he who passes by [and] Imeddles with astrife not belonging to him.
  18 Like a madman who throws
  aFirebrands, arrows and death,
  19 So is the man who adeceives his neighbor,
  And says, “bWas I not joking?”
  20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,
  And where there is no awhisperer, bcontention quiets down.
  21 [Like] charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
  So is a acontentious man to kindle strife.
  22 The awords of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
  And they go down into the Iinnermost parts of the body.
  23 [Like] an earthen avessel overlaid with silver bdross
  Are burning lips and a wicked heart.
  24 He who ahates disguises [it] with his lips,
  But he lays up bdeceit in his Iheart.
  25 When Ihe aspeaks graciously, do not believe him,
  For there are seven abominations in his heart.
  26 [Though his] hatred acovers itself with guile,
  His wickedness will be brevealed before the assembly.
  27 He who adigs a pit will fall into it,
  And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
  28 A lying tongue hates Ithose it crushes,
  And a aflattering mouth works ruin.

[1] a1S 12:17 bPv 17:7
[2] ILit wandering IILit come aPv 27:8; Is 16:2 bNu 23:8; Dt 23:5; 2S 16:12
[3] aPs 32:9 bPv 10:13; 19:29
[4] aPv 23:9; 29:9; Is 36:21; Mt 7:6
[5] aMt 16:1-4; 21:24-27 bPv 3:7; 28:11; Ro 12:16
[7] ILit hang down from
[8] ILit the binding of
[9] ILit goes up
[10] IOr A master workman produces all things, But he who hires a fool is like one who hires those who pass by
[11] ILit with his a2P 2:22 bEx 8:15
[12] aPv 3:7; 26:5 bPv 29:20
[13] ILit within aPv 22:13
[14] aPv 6:9
[15] aPv 19:24
[16] ILit return discreetly aPv 27:11
[17] ILit infuriates himself aPv 3:30
[18] aIs 50:11
[19] aPv 24:28 bEp 5:4
[20] aPv 16:28 bPv 22:10
[21] aPv 15:18; 29:22
[22] ILit chambers of the belly aPv 18:8
[23] aMt 23:27; Lk 11:39 bPv 25:4
[24] ILit inward part aPs 41:6; Pv 10:18 bPv 12:20
[25] ILit his voice is gracious aPs 28:3; Pv 26:23; Jr 9:8
[26] aMt 23:28 bLk 8:17
[27] aEs 7:10; Pv 28:10
[28] ILit its crushed ones aPv 29:5


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Observations about fools,

1 ¶ As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool. 2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back. 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 the feet, [and] drinketh damage. 7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools. 8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so [is] he that giveth honour to a fool. 9 [As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools. 10 The great [God] that formed all [things] both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors. 11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly. 12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.

[1] Jg 9:7, 20, 56; 1S 12:17; Es 3:1; 4:6, 9; Ps 12:8; 15:4; 52:1; Pv 26:3; 28:16; Ec 10:5.
[2] Nu 23:8; Dt 23:4; 1S 14:28; 17:43; 2S 16:12; Ne 13:2; Ps 109:28.
[3] Jg 8:5; Ps 32:9; Pv 10:13; 17:10; 19:25; 27:22; 1Co 4:21; 2Co 10:6; 13:2.
[4] Jg 12:1; 2S 19:41; 1K 12:14, 16; 2K 14:8; Pv 17:14; 1P 2:21; 3:9; Jde 1:9.
[5] 1K 22:24; Pv 26:12; 28:11; Is 5:21; Jr 36:17; Mt 15:1; 16:1; 21:23; 22:15; Lk 12:13; 13:23; Jn 8:7; 9:26; Ro 11:25; 12:16; Tit 1:13.
[6] Nu 13:31; Pv 10:26; 13:17; 25:13.
[7] Ps 50:16; 64:8; Pv 17:7; 26:9; Mt 7:4; Lk 4:23.
[8] Pv 19:10; 26:1; 30:22.
[9] Pv 23:35.
[10] Pv 11:31; Ro 2:6.
[11] Ex 8:15; Mt 12:45; 2P 2:22.
[12] Pv 22:29; 26:5, 16; 28:11; 29:20; Mt 21:31; Lk 7:44; 18:11; Ro 12:16; 1Co 3:18; 2Co 8:1; Rv 3:17.

about sluggards,

13 The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion in the way; a lion [is] in the streets. 14 [As] the door turneth upon his hinges, so [doth] the slothful upon his bed. 15 The slothful hideth his hand in [his] bosom; it grieveth 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.

[13] Pv 15:19; 19:15; 22:13.
[14] Pv 6:9; 12:24, 27; 24:33; He 6:12.
[15] Pv 19:24.
[16] Pv 12:15; 26:12; 1P 3:15.

and about contentious busybodies.

17 He that passeth by, [and] meddleth with strife [belonging] not to him, [is like] one that taketh a dog by the ears. 18 As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 19 So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport? 20 Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. 21 [As] coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to fire; so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife. 22 The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 23 Burning lips and a wicked heart [are like] a potsherd covered with silver dross. 24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for [there are] seven abominations in his heart. 26 [Whose] hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the [whole] congregation. 27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. 28 A lying tongue hateth [those that are] afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

[17] Pv 17:11; 18:6; 20:3; Lk 12:14; 2Ti 2:23.
[18] Gn 49:23; Pv 7:23; 25:18.
[19] Pv 10:23; 14:9; 15:21; Ep 5:4; 2P 2:13.
[20] Pv 16:28; 22:10; 26:22; Jm 3:6.
[21] 2S 20:1; 1K 12:2, 20; Ps 120:4; Pv 10:12; 15:18; 29:22; 30:33.
[22] Pv 18:8; 20:19; Ezk 22:9.
[23] 2S 20:9; Pv 10:18; Ezk 33:31; Lk 22:47.
[24] Pv 11:1; 12:5, 17, 20; 14:8.
[25] Ps 12:2; 28:3; Pv 6:16; Jr 9:2; 12:6; Mi 7:5; Mt 24:23.
[26] Gn 4:8; 1S 18:17, 21; 2S 3:27; 13:22; Ps 55:21.
[27] Es 7:10; Ps 7:15; 9:15; 10:2; 57:6; Pv 28:10; Ec 10:8.
[28] Pv 6:24; 7:5, 21; 29:5; Lk 20:20; Jn 8:40, 44; 10:32; 15:22.


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