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Proverbs 25

The Proverbs

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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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