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Proverbs, Chapter 26

   1: Like snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.
   2: Like a fluttering sparrow, Like a darting swallow, So the undeserved curse doesn't come to rest.
   3: A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the back of fools!
   4: Don't answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him.
   5: Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
   6: One who sends a message by the hand of a fool Is cutting off feet and drinking violence.
   7: Like the legs of the lame that hang loose: So is a parable in the mouth of fools.
   8: As one who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool.
   9: Like a thornbush that goes into the hand of a drunkard, So is a parable in the mouth of fools.
   10: As an archer who wounds all, So is he who hires a fool Or he who hires those who pass by.
   11: As a dog that returns to his vomit, So is a fool who repeats his folly.
   12: Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
   13: The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion roams the streets!"
   14: As the door turns on its hinges, So does the sluggard on his bed.
   15: The sluggard buries his hand in the dish. He is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
   16: The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who answer with discretion.
   17: Like one who seizes a dog's ears Is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.
   18: Like a madman who shoots firebrands, arrows, and death,
   19: Is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "Am I not joking?"
   20: For lack of wood the fire goes out; Where there is no gossip, a quarrel dies down.
   21: As coals are to hot embers, And wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
   22: The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, They go down into the innermost parts.
   23: Like silver dross on an earthen vessel Are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.
   24: A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, But he harbors evil in his heart.
   25: When his speech is charming, don't believe him; For there are seven abominations in his heart:
   26: His malice may be concealed by deception, But his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
   27: Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it. Whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
   28: A lying tongue hates those it hurts; And a flattering mouth works ruin.

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