Proverbs Chapter 26
26:1. As snow in summer, and rain in harvest, so glory is not seemly for a fool.
26:2. As a bird flying to other places, and a sparrow going here or there: so a curse uttered without cause shall come upon a man.
As a bird, etc. . .The meaning is, that a curse uttered without cause shall do no harm to the person that is cursed, but will return upon him that curseth, as whithersoever a bird flies, it returns to its own nest.
26:3. A whip for a horse, and a snaffle for an ass, and a rod for the back of fools.
26:4. Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be made like him.
Answer not a fool, etc. . .Viz., so as to imitate him but only so as to reprove his folly.
26:5. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he imagine himself to be wise.
26:6. He that sendeth words by a foolish messenger, is lame of feet and drinketh iniquity.
26:7. As a lame man hath fair legs in vain: so a parable is unseemly in the mouth of fools.
26:8. As he that casteth a stone into the heap of Mercury: so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
26:9. As if a thorn should grow in the hand of a drunkard: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
26:10. Judgment determineth causes: and he that putteth a fool to silence, appeaseth anger.
26:11. As a dog that returneth to his vomit, so is the fool that repeateth his folly.
26:12. Hast thou seen a man wise in his own conceit? there shall be more hope of a fool than of him.
26:13. The slothful man saith: There is a lion in the way, and a lioness in the roads.
26:14. As the door turneth upon its hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
26:15. The slothful hideth his hand under his armpit, and it grieveth him to turn it to his mouth.
26:16. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit, than seven men that speak sentences.
26:17. As he that taketh a dog by the ears, so is he that passeth by in anger, and meddleth with another man's quarrel.
26:18. As he is guilty that shooteth arrows, and lances unto death.
26:19. So is the man that hurteth his friend deceitfully: and when he is taken, saith: I did it in jest.
26:20. When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease.
26:21. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire, so an angry man stirreth up strife.
26:22. The words of a talebearer are as it were simple, but they reach to the innermost parts of the belly.
26:23. Swelling lips joined with a corrupt heart, are like an earthern vessel adorned with silver dross.
26:24. An enemy is known by his lips, when in his heart he entertaineth deceit.
26:25. When he shall speak low, trust him not: because there are seven mischiefs in his heart.
26:26. He that covereth hatred deceitfully, his malice shall be laid open in the public assembly.
26:27. He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it: and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return to him.
26:28. A deceitful tongue loveth not truth: and a slippery mouth worketh ruin.