26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest; so honor is not seemly for a fool. 26:2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come. 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back. 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like him. 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. 26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, [and] drinketh damage. 26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools. 26:8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so [is] he that giveth honor to a fool. 26:9 [As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools. 26:10 The great [God] that formed all [things] both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors. 26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly. 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him. 26:13 The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion in the way; a lion [is] in the streets. 26:14 [As] the door turneth upon its hinges, so [doth] the slothful upon his bed. 26:15 The slothful hideth [his] hand in [his] bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. 26:16 The sluggard [is] wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason. 26:17 He that passeth by, [and] meddleth with strife [belonging] not to him, [is like] one that taketh a dog by the ears. 26:18 As a mad [man] who casteth fire-brands, arrows, and death, 26:19 So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbor, and saith, Am not I in sport? 26:20 Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no tale-bearer, the strife ceaseth. 26:21 [As] coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to fire; so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife. 26:22 The words of a tale-bearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 26:23 Burning lips and a wicked heart [are like] a potsherd covered with silver dross. 26:24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 26:25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for [there are] seven abominations in his heart. 26:26 [Whose] hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shown before the [whole] congregation. 26:27 Whoever diggeth a pit shall fall into it: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. 26:28 A lying tongue hateth [those that are] afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.