Proverbs 26:13-22 NIV

Proverbs 26:13-22

A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,

a fierce lion roaming the streets!”

As a door turns on its hinges,

so a sluggard turns on his bed.

A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;

he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes

than seven people who answer discreetly.

Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears

is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.

Like a maniac shooting

flaming arrows of death

is one who deceives their neighbor

and says, “I was only joking!”

Without wood a fire goes out;

without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,

so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;

they go down to the inmost parts.

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