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Proverbs 26Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 mouth of fools.

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

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

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

13 The slothful 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 taketh a dog by the ears.

18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 so is the man that deceiveth his neighbour,
and saith, Am not I in sport?

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

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 potsherd covered with silver dross.

24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips,
and layeth up deceit within him;

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

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

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

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

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.


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