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Darby Translation - Proverbs

Proverbs 26

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1As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour beseemeth not a fool.
2As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall not come.
3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.
4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
5Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
6He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh damage.
7The legs of the lame hang loose; so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8As a bag of gems in a stoneheap, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
9As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10A master roughly worketh every one: he both hireth the fool and hireth passers-by.
11As a dog turneth back to its vomit, so a fool repeateth his folly.
12Hast thou seen a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
13The sluggard saith, There is a fierce lion in the way; a lion is in the midst of the streets!
14As the door turneth upon its hinges, so the sluggard upon his bed.
15The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish: it wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth.
16A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men that answer discreetly.
17He that passing by vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
18As a madman who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,

19so is a man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am I not in sport?
20Where no wood is, the fire goeth out; and where there is no talebearer, the contention ceaseth.
21As coals for hot coals, and wood for fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife.
22The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
23Ardent lips, and a wicked heart, are as an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.
24He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, but he layeth up deceit within him:
25when his voice is gracious, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart.
26Though his hatred is covered by dissimulation, his wickedness shall be made manifest in the congregation.
27Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.
28A lying tongue hateth those that are injured by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.