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Proverbs 26 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

26 Like snow in summer or rain at harvest-time,
    so honor for a fool is out of place.

Like a fluttering sparrow or a flying swallow,
    an undeserved curse will come home to roost.

A whip for a horse, a bridle for a donkey,
    and a rod for the back of fools.
Don’t answer a fool in terms of his folly,
    or you will be descending to his level;
but answer a fool as his folly deserves,
    so that he won’t think he is wise.
Telling a message to a fool and sending him out
    is like cutting off one’s feet and drinking violence.
The legs of the disabled hang limp and useless;
    likewise a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
Like one who ties his stone to the sling
    is he who gives honor to a fool.
Like a thorn branch in the hand of a drunk
    is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
10 A master can make anything,
    but hiring a fool is like hiring some passer-by.
11 Just as a dog returns to his vomit,
    a fool repeats his folly.
12 Do you see someone who thinks himself wise?
    There is more hope for a fool than for him!

13 The lazy person says, “There’s a lion in the streets!
    A lion is roaming loose out there!”
14 The door turns on its hinges,
    and the lazy man on his bed.
15 The lazy person buries his hand in the dish
    but is too tired to return it to his mouth.
16 A lazy man is wiser in his own view
    than seven who can answer with sense.

17 Like someone who grabs a dog by the ears
    is a passer-by who mixes in a fight not his own.

18 Like a madman shooting deadly arrows and firebrands
19     is one who deceives another, then says, “It was just a joke.”

20 If there’s no wood, the fire goes out;
    if nobody gossips, contention stops.
21 As coals are to embers and wood to fire
    is a quarrelsome person to kindling strife.

22 A slanderer’s words are tasty morsels;
    they slide right down into the belly.

23 Like silver slag overlaid on a clay pot
    are lips that burn [with friendship] over a hating heart.
24 He who hates may hide it with his speech;
    but inside, he harbors deceit.
25 He may speak pleasantly, but don’t trust him;
    for seven abominations are in his heart.
26 His hatred may be concealed by deceit,
    but his wickedness will be revealed in the assembly.

27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
    and a stone will come back on the one who starts it rolling.
28 A lying tongue hates its victims,
    and a flattering mouth causes ruin.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 26 New International Version (NIV)

26 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
    honor is not fitting for a fool.
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
    an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
    and a rod for the backs of fools!
Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
    or you yourself will be just like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
    or he will be wise in his own eyes.
Sending a message by the hands of a fool
    is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.
Like the useless legs of one who is lame
    is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
Like tying a stone in a sling
    is the giving of honor to a fool.
Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand
    is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
10 Like an archer who wounds at random
    is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
    so fools repeat their folly.
12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?
    There is more hope for a fool than for them.

13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,
    a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
    so a sluggard turns on his bed.
15 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
    he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
16 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
    than seven people who answer discreetly.

17 Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears
    is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.

18 Like a maniac shooting
    flaming arrows of death
19 is one who deceives their neighbor
    and says, “I was only joking!”

20 Without wood a fire goes out;
    without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
    so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
    they go down to the inmost parts.

23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
    are fervent[a] lips with an evil heart.
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,
    but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
25 Though their speech is charming, do not believe them,
    for seven abominations fill their hearts.
26 Their malice may be concealed by deception,
    but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it;
    if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
    and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 26:23 Hebrew; Septuagint smooth
New International Version (NIV)

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