Like [a]one who binds a stone in a sling,
So is he who gives honor to a fool.
Like a thorn which [b]falls into the hand of a drunkard,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10 [c]Like an archer who wounds everyone,
So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 26:8 Lit the binding of
  2. Proverbs 26:9 Lit goes up
  3. Proverbs 26:10 Or A master workman produces all things, But he who hires a fool is like one who hires those who pass by

Like tying a stone in a sling
    is the giving of honor to a fool.(A)
Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand
    is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.(B)
10 Like an archer who wounds at random
    is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.

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

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

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

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