1As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.2As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool' back.4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.5Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.6He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.7The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.8As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.9As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.10The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.11As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.12Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.13The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.14As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.15The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.16The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.17He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.18As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,19So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?20Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.21As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.22The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.23Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.24He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;25When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.26Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.27Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.28A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
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1Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. (1Sa 12:17; Pr 17:7; Pr 19:10; Pr 26:8)2Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight. (Nu 23:8; De 23:5; 2Sa 16:12; Ps 84:3; Pr 27:8)3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. (Ps 32:9; Pr 19:29)4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. (2Sa 16:11; 2Ki 18:36; Lu 23:9)5Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes. (Pr 28:11; Mt 16:1; Mt 21:24; Ro 12:16)6Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence. (Job 15:16; Pr 13:2)7Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless, is a proverb in the mouth of fools.8Like one who binds the stone in the sling is one who gives honor to a fool. (Pr 26:1)9Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools. (Pr 23:35)10Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.11Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly. (Ex 8:15; 2Pe 2:22)12Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (Pr 28:11; Pr 29:20; Ro 12:16)13The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!” (Pr 22:13)14As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.15The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. (Pr 19:24)16The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly. (Job 5:19; Pr 6:16; Pr 26:12; Pr 26:25)17Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.18Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death (Isa 50:11)19is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”20For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. (Pr 16:28; Pr 22:10)21As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. (Pr 15:18)22The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. (Pr 18:8; Pr 26:20)23Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart. (Pr 25:4; Mt 23:27; Lu 11:39)24Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;25when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; (Ps 28:3; Pr 26:16)26though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.27Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. (Ps 7:15; Pr 28:10)28A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.