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Proverbs, Chapter 26

   1: As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honor is not seemly for a fool.
   2: As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, So the curse that is causeless alighteth not.
   3: A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, And a rod for the back of fools.
   4: Answer not a fool according to his folly, Lest thou also be like unto him.
   5: Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own conceit.
   6: He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool Cutteth off [his own] feet, [and] drinketh in damage.
   7: The legs of the lame hang loose: So is a parable in the mouth of fools.
   8: As one that bindeth a stone in a sling, So is he that giveth honor to a fool.
   9: [As] a thorn that goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, So is a parable in the mouth of fools.
   10: [As] an archer that woundeth all, So is he that hireth a fool and he that hireth them that pass by.
   11: As a dog that returneth to his vomit, [So is] a fool that repeateth his folly.
   12: Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
   13: The sluggard saith, There is a lion in the way; A lion is in the streets.
   14: [As] the door turneth upon its hinges, So doth the sluggard upon his bed.
   15: The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish; It wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth.
   16: The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit Than seven men that can render a reason.
   17: He that passeth by, [and] vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, Is [like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.
   18: As a madman who casteth firebrands, Arrows, and death,
   19: So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, And saith, Am not I in sport?
   20: For lack of wood the fire goeth out; And where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth.
   21: [As] coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to inflame strife.
   22: The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.
   23: Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are [like] an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.
   24: He that hateth dissembleth with his lips; But he layeth up deceit within him:
   25: When he speaketh fair, believe him not; For there are seven abominations in his heart:
   26: Though [his] hatred cover itself with guile, His wickedness shall be openly showed before the assembly.
   27: Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; And he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.
   28: A lying tongue hateth those whom it hath wounded; And a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

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