26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest; so honor is not
seemly for a fool.
26:2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the
curse causeless shall not come.
26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for
the fool's back.
26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be
26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in
his own conceit.
26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off
the feet, [and] drinketh damage.
26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so [is] a parable in
the mouth of fools.
26:8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so [is] he that
giveth honor to a fool.
26:9 [As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so [is]
a parable in the mouth of fools.
26:10 The great [God] that formed all [things] both rewardeth
the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to
26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more
hope of a fool than of him.
26:13 The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion in the way; a
lion [is] in the streets.
26:14 [As] the door turneth upon its hinges, so [doth] the
slothful upon his bed.
26:15 The slothful hideth [his] hand in [his] bosom; it grieveth
him to bring it again to his mouth.
26:16 The sluggard [is] wiser in his own conceit than seven men
that can render a reason.
26:17 He that passeth by, [and] meddleth with strife [belonging]
not to him, [is like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.
26:18 As a mad [man] who casteth fire-brands, arrows, and death,
26:19 So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbor, and saith,
Am not I in sport?
26:20 Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where
[there is] no tale-bearer, the strife ceaseth.
26:21 [As] coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to fire; so
[is] a contentious man to kindle strife.
26:22 The words of a tale-bearer [are] as wounds, and they go
down into the innermost parts of the belly.
26:23 Burning lips and a wicked heart [are like] a potsherd
covered with silver dross.
26:24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up
deceit within him;
26:25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for [there are]
seven abominations in his heart.
26:26 [Whose] hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall
be shown before the [whole] congregation.
26:27 Whoever diggeth a pit shall fall into it: and he that
rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
26:28 A lying tongue hateth [those that are] afflicted by it;
and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.