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Proverbs 26 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest,

So glory is not fitting for a fool.

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Like a sparrow in its [fn]flitting, like a swallow in flying,

So a curse without cause does not come to pass.

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

And a rod for the back of fools.

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Do not answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest you yourself also be like him.

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Answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

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He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence

Who sends words by the hand of a fool.

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Like the legs which hang limp on the lame,

So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

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Like [fn]one who binds a stone in a sling,

So is he who gives glory to a fool.

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Like a thorn which goes up into the hand of a drunkard,

So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

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[fn]Like an archer who wounds everyone,

So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

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Like a dog that returns to its vomit

Is a fool who repeats [fn]his folly.

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Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

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The sluggard says, “There is a fierce lion in the road!

A lion is [fn]among the streets!”

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As the door turns on its hinges,

So does the sluggard on his bed.

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The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;

He is too weary to return it to his mouth.

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The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes

Than seven men who can respond with a discreet answer.

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Like one who seizes a dog by the ears

Is he who passes by and becomes passionate about strife not belonging to him.

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Like a madman who shoots

Firebrands, arrows, and death,

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So is the man who deceives his neighbor,

And says, “Am I not joking?”

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With no wood the fire goes out,

And where there is no whisperer, strife quiets down.

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Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,

So is a contentious man to kindle strife.

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The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,

And they go down into the innermost parts of the stomach.

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Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross

Are fiery lips and an evil heart.

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He who hates disguises it with his lips,

But he sets up deceit within himself.

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When he makes his voice gracious, do not believe him,

For there are seven abominations in his heart.

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Though his hatred covers itself with guile,

His evil will be revealed in the assembly.

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He who digs a pit will fall into it,

And he who rolls a stone, it will turn back on him.

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A lying tongue hates [fn]those it crushes,

And a flattering mouth works ruin.

LSB Footnotes
Lit wandering
Lit the binding of
Or A master workman produces all things, But he who hires a fool is like one who hires those who pass by
Lit with his
Lit within
Lit its crushed ones

Copyright ©2021 by The Lockman Foundation

All rights reserved. Managed in partnership with Three Sixteen Publishing Inc.

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

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