Proverbs Chapter 26 – Observations about fools, sluggards, and busybodies — Fools and laziness decried — Harm caused by evil-speaking

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


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


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


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 conceit.


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


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


8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honor to a fool.


9 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 neighbor, 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 showed 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.