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Proverbs 26 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:1 - Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:2 - Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:3 - A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:4 - Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:5 - Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:6 - Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:7 - Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:8 - Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:9 - Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:10 - Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:11 - As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:12 - Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:13 - A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:14 - As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:15 - A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:16 - A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:17 - Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:18 - Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:19 - is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:20 - Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:21 - As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:22 - The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:23 - Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent[fn] lips with an evil heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:24 - Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:25 - Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:26 - Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:27 - Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:28 - A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
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Hebrew; Septuagint smooth

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