Chapter 26

Honor is not fitting for a fool—Answer not a fool according to his folly—Where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.

1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so ahonour is not seemly for a fool.

2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.

4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

5 aAnswer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his bown conceit.

6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh adamage.

7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

10 The great God that formed all things both arewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

11 As a dog returneth to his avomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

12 Seest thou a man wise in his own aconceit? there is more hope of a bfool than of him.

13 The aslothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth 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 meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that ataketh a dog by the ears.

18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,

19 So is the man that adeceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no atalebearer, the bstrife ceaseth.

21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a acontentious man to kindle strife.

22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a apotsherd covered with silver dross.

24 He that ahateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up bdeceit within him;

25 When he aspeaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be ashewed before the whole congregation.

27 Whoso diggeth a apit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

28 A alying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a bflattering mouth worketh ruin.