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Proverbs 26 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:1 - Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest,
So honor is not fitting for a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:2 - Like a sparrow in its [fn]flitting, like a swallow in its flying,
So a curse without cause does not [fn]alight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:3 - A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
And a rod for the back of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:4 - Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:5 - Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be wise in his own eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:6 - He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence
Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:7 - Like the legs which [fn]are useless to the lame,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:8 - Like [fn]one who binds a stone in a sling,
So is he who gives honor to a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:9 - Like a thorn which [fn]falls into the hand of a drunkard,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:10 - [fn]Like an archer who wounds everyone,
So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:11 - Like a dog that returns to its vomit
Is a fool who repeats [fn]his folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:12 - Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:13 - The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
A lion is [fn]in the open square!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:14 - As the door turns on its hinges,
So does the sluggard on his bed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:15 - The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:16 - The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
Than seven men who can [fn]give a discreet answer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:17 - Like one who takes a dog by the ears
Is he who passes by and [fn]meddles with strife not belonging to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:18 - Like a madman who throws
Firebrands, arrows and death,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:19 - So is the man who deceives his neighbor,
And says, “Was I not joking?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:20 - For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:21 - Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:22 - The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the [fn]innermost parts of the body.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:23 - Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross
Are burning lips and a wicked heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:24 - He who hates disguises it with his lips,
But he lays up deceit in his [fn]heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:25 - When [fn]he speaks graciously, do not believe him,
For there are seven abominations in his heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:26 - Though his hatred covers itself with guile,
His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:27 - He who digs a pit will fall into it,
And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:28 - A lying tongue hates [fn]those it crushes,
And a flattering mouth works ruin.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: wandering
Literally: come
Literally: hang down from
Literally: the binding of
Literally: goes up
Or, A master workman produces all things, But he who hires a fool is like one who hires those who pass by
Literally: with his
Literally: within
Literally: return discreetly
Literally: infuriates himself
Literally: chambers of the belly
Literally: inward part
Literally: his voice is gracious
Literally: its crushed ones

New American Standard Bible 1995
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by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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