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The Proverbs 26

1  As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest,
so honor 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.
6  He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool
cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
7  The legs of the lame are not equal:
so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
8  As he that bindeth a stone in a sling,
so is he that giveth honor 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 God that formed all things
both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
11  As a dog returneth to his vomit, 2 Pet. 2.22
so a fool returneth to 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 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 with strife belonging not to him,
is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
18  As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
19  so is the man that deceiveth his neighbor,
and saith, Am not I in sport?
20  Where no 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 with his lips,
and layeth up deceit within him;
25  when he speaketh fair, believe him not:
for there are seven abominations in his heart.
26  Whose hatred is covered by deceit,
his wickedness shall be showed 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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