1It isn't proper to honor a foolish person. That's like having snow in summer or rain at harvest time.2A curse given for no reason is like a wandering bird or a flying sparrow. It doesn't go anywhere.3A whip is for a horse. A harness is for a donkey. And a beating is for the backs of foolish people.4Don't answer a foolish person in keeping with his foolish acts. If you do, you will be like him yourself.5Answer a foolish person in keeping with his foolish acts. If you do, he won't be wise in his own eyes.6Sending a message in the hand of a foolish person is like cutting off your feet or drinking something harmful.7A proverb in the mouth of a foolish person is like disabled legs that are useless.8Giving honor to a foolish person is like tying a stone in a slingshot.9A proverb in the mouth of a foolish person is like a thorn in the hand of someone who is drunk.10Anyone who hires a foolish person or someone who is passing by is like a person who shoots arrows at just anybody.11A foolish person who does the same foolish things again is like a dog that returns to where it has thrown up.12Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a foolish person than for him.13A person who doesn't want to work says, “There's a lion in the road! There's an angry lion wandering in the streets!”14A person who doesn't want to work turns over in bed just like a door that swings back and forth.15A person who doesn't want to work leaves his hand in the dish. He acts as if he is too tired to bring it back up to his mouth.16A person who doesn't want to work is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who give careful answers.17Don't get mixed up in someone else's fight as you are passing by. That's like picking a dog up by its ears.18Suppose a crazy person shoots flaming arrows that can kill.19A man who lies to his neighbor and says, “I was only joking!” is just like that person.20If you don't have wood, your fire goes out. If you don't talk about others, arguing dies down.21Coal glows. Wood burns. And a man who argues stirs up fights.22The words of anyone who talks about others are like tasty bites of food. They go deep down inside you.23Warm words that come from an evil heart are like shiny paint on a clay pot.24Someone who wants to hurt you uses his words to hide his hatred. But his heart is full of lies that cover up his evil plans.25What a person says can be charming. But don't believe him. Seven things that God hates can fill that person's heart.26Hatred can be hidden by lies. But what is evil will be shown to everyone.27If anyone digs a pit, he will fall into it. If he rolls a big stone, it will roll back on him.28A tongue that tells lies hates the people it hurts. And words that seem to praise you destroy you.
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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.