Darby's English Translation

Proverbs 25

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Chapter 26

1

 

 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour beseemeth not a fool. 

 

 


2

 

 As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall not come. 

 

 


3

 

 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools. 

 

 


4

 

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

 

 


5

 

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

 

 


6

 

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

 

 


7

 

 The legs of the lame hang loose; so is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 

 

 


8

 

 As a bag of gems in a stoneheap, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. 

 

 


9

 

 [As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 

 

 


10

 

 A master roughly worketh every one: he both hireth the fool and hireth passers-by. 

 

 


11

 

 As a dog turneth back to its vomit, [so] a fool repeateth his folly. 

 

 


12

 

 Hast thou seen a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him. 

 

 


13

 

 The sluggard saith, There is a fierce lion in the way; a lion is in the midst of the streets! 

 

 


14

 

 [As] the door turneth upon its hinges, so the sluggard upon his bed. 

 

 


15

 

 The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish: it wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth. 

 

 


16

 

 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven [men] that answer discreetly. 

 

 


17

 

 He that passing by vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is [like] one that taketh a dog by the ears. 

 

 


18

 

 As a madman who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 

 

 


19

 

 so is a man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am I not in sport? 

 

 


20

 

 Where no wood is, the fire goeth out; and where there is no talebearer, the contention ceaseth. 

 

 


21

 

 [As] coals for hot coals, and wood for fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife. 

 

 


22

 

 The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 

 

 


23

 

 Ardent lips, and a wicked heart, are [as] an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross. 

 

 


24

 

 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, but he layeth up deceit within him: 

 

 


25

 

 when his voice is gracious, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart. 

 

 


26

 

 Though [his] hatred is covered by dissimulation, his wickedness shall be made manifest in the congregation. 

 

 


27

 

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

 

 


28

 

 A lying tongue hateth those that are injured by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. 

 

 


Proverbs 27

 

 

 

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