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Proverbs 26 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Honor Is Not Fitting for a Fool
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:1 - As snow in summer and rain in harvest,
So honor is not fitting for a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:2 - Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow,
So a curse without cause shall not alight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:3 - A whip for the horse,
A bridle for the donkey,
And a rod for the fool’s back.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:4 - Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest you also be like him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:5 - Answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:6 - He who sends a message by the hand of a fool
Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:7 - Like the legs of the lame that hang limp
Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:8 - Like one who binds a stone in a sling
Is he who gives honor to a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:9 - Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard
Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:10 - The great God who formed everything
Gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:11 - As a dog returns to his own vomit,
So a fool repeats 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 lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road!
A fierce lion is in the streets!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:14 - As a door turns on its hinges,
So does the lazy man on his bed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:15 - The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl;[fn]
It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:16 - The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes
Than seven men who can answer sensibly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:17 - He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own
Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:18 - Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:19 - Is the man who deceives his neighbor,
And says, “I was only joking!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:20 - Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:21 - As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:22 - The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,
And they go down into the inmost body.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:23 - Fervent lips with a wicked heart
Are like earthenware covered with silver dross.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:24 - He who hates, disguises it with his lips,
And lays up deceit within himself;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:25 - When he speaks kindly, do not believe him,
For there are seven abominations in his heart;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:26 - Though his hatred is covered by deceit,
His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:27 - Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:28 - A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it,
And a flattering mouth works ruin.
NKJV Footnotes
The Hebrew is difficult; ancient and modern translators differ greatly.
Compare 19:24

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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

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