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Honor Is Not Fitting for a Fool

26 As snow in summer and rain in harvest,
So honor is not fitting for a fool.

Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow,
So a curse without cause shall not alight.

A whip for the horse,
A bridle for the donkey,
And a rod for the fool’s back.
Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest you also be like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
He who sends a message by the hand of a fool
Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
Like the legs of the lame that hang limp
Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Like one who binds a stone in a sling
Is he who gives honor to a fool.
Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard
Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10 [a]The great God who formed everything
Gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages.
11 As a dog returns to his own vomit,
So a fool repeats his folly.
12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road!
A fierce lion is in the [b]streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
So does the lazy man on his bed.
15 The lazy man buries his hand in the [c]bowl;
It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
16 The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes
Than seven men who can answer sensibly.

17 He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own
Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.

18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 Is the man who deceives his neighbor,
And says, “I was only joking!”

20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no [d]talebearer, strife ceases.
21 As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a [e]talebearer are like [f]tasty trifles,
And they go down into the [g]inmost body.

23 Fervent lips with a wicked heart
Are like earthenware covered with silver dross.

24 He who hates, disguises it with his lips,
And lays up deceit within himself;
25 When [h]he speaks kindly, do not believe him,
For there are seven abominations in his heart;
26 Though his hatred is covered by deceit,
His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.

27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.

28 A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it,
And a flattering mouth works ruin.

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  1. Adeosun Olugbemi Olagoke

    *Summary of Proverb 26*
    It is an odd things to put a stupid person in praise. There is no effect for curse placed on who does not deserved it. It is certain we will have to beat a foolish person. Wisdom will tell us what to do per time in vs 4 and 5. The details and need of the message will be taken away if we put our message through a stupid person. God rewards stupid people and sinners. Stupid people will always go back to their stupidity no matter how you help them. No need to think we are wise. A lazy person will always have excuses for not doing the right thing most times. An indolent person prefer lazing around than to work. Moreso, he or she sees his or her thinking as right above every other persons around.
    Too bad to intrude in fact that does not concern us. Deceivers are like mad person with mischievousness. People who telltale make fighting spread more. One who likes causing disagreement is not fit to settle matter because that part of him or her will always reflect in what he or she does.
    Vs 23 Talkative and evil heart is the same with vessel for planting flowers,but on whose head is remains of silver. Anyone who likes using his or her mouth to destroy things and kept more ev within himself or herself. Any evil we do will come back to us. People with lying tongue does not like people they affects with it.

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