Proverbs 26-29New Living Translation (NLT)
26 Honor is no more associated with fools
2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
3 Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle,
4 Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools,
5 Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools,
6 Trusting a fool to convey a message
7 A proverb in the mouth of a fool
8 Honoring a fool
9 A proverb in the mouth of a fool
10 An employer who hires a fool or a bystander
11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
12 There is more hope for fools
13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road!
14 As a door swings back and forth on its hinges,
15 Lazy people take food in their hand
16 Lazy people consider themselves smarter
17 Interfering in someone else’s argument
18 Just as damaging
20 Fire goes out without wood,
21 A quarrelsome person starts fights
22 Rumors are dainty morsels
23 Smooth[a] words may hide a wicked heart,
24 People may cover their hatred with pleasant words,
27 If you set a trap for others,
28 A lying tongue hates its victims,
27 Don’t brag about tomorrow,
2 Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—
3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
4 Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood,
5 An open rebuke
6 Wounds from a sincere friend
7 A person who is full refuses honey,
8 A person who strays from home
9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend
10 Never abandon a friend—
11 Be wise, my child,[c] and make my heart glad.
12 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
13 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt.
14 A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning
15 A quarrelsome wife is as annoying
17 As iron sharpens iron,
18 As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit,
19 As a face is reflected in water,
20 Just as Death and Destruction[e] are never satisfied,
21 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,
22 You cannot separate fools from their foolishness,
23 Know the state of your flocks,
28 The wicked run away when no one is chasing them,
2 When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.
3 A poor person who oppresses the poor
4 To reject the law is to praise the wicked;
5 Evil people don’t understand justice,
6 Better to be poor and honest
7 Young people who obey the law are wise;
8 Income from charging high interest rates
9 God detests the prayers
10 Those who lead good people along an evil path
11 Rich people may think they are wise,
12 When the godly succeed, everyone is glad.
13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper,
14 Blessed are those who fear to do wrong,[h]
15 A wicked ruler is as dangerous to the poor
16 A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people,
17 A murderer’s tormented conscience will drive him into the grave.
18 The blameless will be rescued from harm,
19 A hard worker has plenty of food,
20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward,
21 Showing partiality is never good,
22 Greedy people try to get rich quick
23 In the end, people appreciate honest criticism
24 Anyone who steals from his father and mother
25 Greed causes fighting;
26 Those who trust their own insight are foolish,
27 Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing,
28 When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
29 Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism
2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice.
3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
4 A just king gives stability to his nation,
5 To flatter friends
6 Evil people are trapped by sin,
7 The godly care about the rights of the poor;
8 Mockers can get a whole town agitated,
9 If a wise person takes a fool to court,
10 The bloodthirsty hate blameless people,
11 Fools vent their anger,
12 If a ruler pays attention to liars,
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common—
14 If a king judges the poor fairly,
15 To discipline a child produces wisdom,
16 When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes,
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind
18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.
19 Words alone will not discipline a servant;
20 There is more hope for a fool
21 A servant pampered from childhood
22 An angry person starts fights;
23 Pride ends in humiliation,
24 If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself.
25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap,
26 Many seek the ruler’s favor,
27 The righteous despise the unjust;
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