Chapter 26
1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

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.[1] Translatorís note:
conceit: Heb. eyes

6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.[2] Translatorís note:
damage: or, violence
7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8 As he that bindeth[3] Translatorís note:
bindeth...: or, putteth a precious stone in an heap of stones
a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

10 The great[4] Translatorís note:
The great...: or, A great man grieveth all, and he hireth the fool, he hireth also transgressors
God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.[5] Translatorís note:
returneth to his folly: Heb. iterateth his folly

12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth[6] Translatorís note:
it grieveth...: or, he is weary
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 meddleth[7] Translatorís note:
meddleth: or, is enraged
with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands,[8] Translatorís note:
firebrands: Heb. flames, or, sparks
arrows, and death,
19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

20 Where no[9] Translatorís note:
Where no...: Heb. Without wood
wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. 22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

24 He that hateth dissembleth[10] Translatorís note:
dissembleth: or, is known
with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
25 When he speaketh[11] Translatorís note:
speaketh...: Heb. maketh his voice gracious
fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

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