26 It shouldn’t snow in summer or rain at harvest. Neither should a foolish person ever be honored.
2 Curses ·will not harm someone who is innocent [that are undeserved never stick]; they are like ·darting [flitting] birds or flying swallows.
3 Whips are for horses, and ·harnesses [bridles] are for donkeys, ·so paddles are good for fools [L and rods for the backs of fools].
4 Don’t answer fools when they speak foolishly, or you will be just like them.
5 Answer fools when they speak foolishly, or they will ·think they are really wise [L be wise in their own eyes; C a wise person must read the situation to know whether to answer or not].
6 Sending a message by a foolish person is like cutting off your feet or drinking ·poison [L violence].
7 A ·wise saying spoken by [L proverb in the mouth of] a fool ·is as useless as [L dangles like] the legs of a crippled person.
8 Giving honor to a foolish person is like ·tying a stone [L a bag of stones] in a slingshot.
9 A ·wise saying spoken by [L proverb in the mouth of] a fool is like a ·thorn stuck in the hand of a drunk [L thornbush in the hand of a fool].
10 Hiring a foolish person or anyone just passing by is like an archer shooting ·at just anything [randomly].
11 A fool who repeats his ·foolishness [foolish mistakes] is like a dog that goes back to ·what it has thrown up [its vomit; 2 Pet. 2:22].
12 There is more hope for a foolish person than for those who ·think they are wise [L are wise in their own eyes].
13 The lazy person says, “There’s a lion in the ·road [path]! There’s a lion in the streets!”
14 Like a door turning back and forth on its hinges, the lazy person turns over and over in bed.
15 Lazy people may ·put [L bury] their hands in the dish, but they are ·too tired [or not able] to lift the food to their mouths.
16 The lazy person ·thinks he is wiser [L is wiser in his own eyes] than seven people who give sensible answers.
17 Interfering in ·someone else’s quarrel as you pass by [or a fight not your own] is like grabbing a dog by the ears [L as it passes by; C the idea of passing by can go with either line].
18 Like a madman shooting deadly, burning arrows 19 is the one who ·tricks [deceives] a neighbor and then says, “I was just joking.”
20 Without wood, a fire ·will go out [is extinguished], and without gossip, ·quarreling will stop [conflict calms down].
21 Just as charcoal and wood keep a fire going, a quarrelsome person ·keeps an argument going [kindles accusations].
22 The words of a gossip are like ·tasty bits of food [choice morsels]; ·people like to gobble them up [L they go down to the inmost parts].
23 ·Kind words [L Smooth lips] from a wicked ·mind [L heart] are like ·a shiny [silver] coating on a clay pot.
24 Those who hate you may try to ·fool [trick] you with their ·words [L lips], but ·in their minds [inside] they ·are planning evil [L set deception]. 25 People’s ·words [L voice] may be ·kind [gracious], but don’t believe them, because ·their minds are full of evil thoughts [L seven abominations are in their heart; C seven is the number of completion]. 26 ·Lies [Trickery; Guile] can ·hide [cover] hate, but the evil will be ·plain to everyone [L revealed in the assembly].
27 Whoever digs a pit for others will fall into it. Whoever tries to roll a boulder down on others will ·be crushed by it [L have it turn back on them].
28 ·Liars [L Lying tongues] hate the people they ·hurt [crush], and ·false praise [L a flattering tongue] can ruin others.
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