Proverbs 26:1-20

Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,

honor is not fitting for a fool.

Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,

an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,

and a rod for the backs of fools!

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,

or you yourself will be just like him.

Answer a fool according to his folly,

or he will be wise in his own eyes.

Sending a message by the hands of a fool

is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.

Like the useless legs of one who is lame

is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Like tying a stone in a sling

is the giving of honor to a fool.

Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand

is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Like an archer who wounds at random

is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.

As a dog returns to its vomit,

so fools repeat their folly.

Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for them.

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.

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