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Proverbs 26 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Like snow in summer and rain at harvest,

honor is inappropriate for a fool.

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Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow,

an undeserved curse goes nowhere.

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A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,

and a rod for the backs of fools.

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Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishness

or you’ll be like him yourself.

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Answer a fool according to his foolishness

or he’ll become wise in his own eyes.

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The one who sends a message by a fool’s hand

cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

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A proverb in the mouth of a fool

is like lame legs that hang limp.

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Giving honor to a fool

is like binding a stone in a sling.

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A proverb in the mouth of a fool

is like a stick with thorns,

brandished by[fn] the hand of a drunkard.

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The one who hires a fool or who hires those passing by

is like an archer who wounds everyone indiscriminately.

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As a dog returns to its vomit,

so also a fool repeats his foolishness.

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Do you see a person who is wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

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The slacker says, “There’s a lion in the road —

a lion in the public square! ”

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A door turns on its hinges,

and a slacker, on his bed.

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The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;

he is too weary to bring it to his mouth!

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In his own eyes, a slacker is wiser

than seven who can answer sensibly.

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A person who is passing by and meddles in a quarrel that’s not his

is like one who grabs a dog by the ears.

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Like a madman who throws flaming darts and deadly arrows,

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so is the person who deceives his neighbor

and says, “I was only joking! ”

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Without wood, fire goes out;

without a gossip, conflict dies down.

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As charcoal for embers and wood for fire,

so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.

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A gossip’s words are like choice food

that goes down to one’s innermost being.[fn]

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Smooth[fn] lips with an evil heart

are like glaze on an earthen vessel.

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A hateful person disguises himself with his speech

and harbors deceit within.

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When he speaks graciously, don’t believe him,

for there are seven detestable things in his heart.

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Though his hatred is concealed by deception,

his evil will be revealed in the assembly.

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The one who digs a pit will fall into it,

and whoever rolls a stone —

it will come back on him.

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A lying tongue hates those it crushes,

and a flattering mouth causes ruin.

CSB Footnotes
Lit thorn that goes up into
Lit to the chambers of the belly
LXX; MT reads Burning

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

Additional information is provided here.

For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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