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Proverbs 26

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

 2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the unjustified curse does not settle.

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

 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.

 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he is wise in his own conceit.

 6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool, cuts off his own feet and drinks damage.

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

 8 As he who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.

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

 10 The great God who formed all things, rewards both the fool and transgressors.

 11 As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.

 12 Do you see a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

 13 The slothful man said, "There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets."

 14 As the door turns upon his hinges, so does the slothful upon his bed.

 15 The slothful hides his hand in his bosom; it grieves him to bring it again to his mouth.

 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men who can render a reason.

 17 He that passes by, and intervenes with strife not belonging to him, is like one that takes a dog by the ears.

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

 19 So is the man that deceives his neighbor, and said, "Was I not just joking?"

 20 Where no wood is, there the fire goes out; so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.

 21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious 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 shard of pottery covered with silver dross.

 24 He who hates, disguises it with his lips; and lays up deceit within him;

 25 When he speaks fairly, don't believe him for there are seven abominations in his heart,

 26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shown before the whole congregation.1

 27 Whoever digs a pit [to trap another], shall fall in it; and he who rolls a stone [down against a man], will have it return upon him.

 28 A lying tongue hates those who are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth works ruin.


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1 He who hates, disguises it with his lips; and lays up deceit within him; When he speaks fairly, don't believe him for there are seven abominations in his heart, In our hearts are evils, some of which a man cannot see in himself. But the Lord searches a man's heart exposing the sins, showing a man his sins, so a man can repent of them, and so the Lord can then remove them. But if a man dies, not having been purified by the Lord, at judgment his wickedness will be exposed by the Lord in front of all the angels and saints — the congregation; this will be a terrible, awesome experience for the wicked. See Howgill for more.

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