Proverbs 26:13-22


The lazy person [who is self-indulgent and relies on lame excuses] says, “There is a lion in the road!
A lion is in the open square [and if I go outside to work I will be killed]!”

As the door turns on its hinges,
So does the lazy person on his bed [never getting out of it].

The lazy person buries his hand in the dish [losing opportunity after opportunity];
It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.

The lazy person is wiser in his own eyes
Than seven [sensible] men who can give a discreet answer.

Like one who grabs a dog by the ears [and is likely to be bitten]
Is he who, passing by, stops to meddle with a dispute that is none of his business.

Like a madman who throws
Firebrands, arrows, and death,

So is the man who deceives his neighbor (acquaintance, friend)
And then says, “Was I not joking?”

For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer [who gossips], contention quiets down.

Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.

The words of a whisperer (gossip) are like dainty morsels [to be greedily eaten];
They go down into the innermost chambers of the body [to be remembered and mused upon].

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