King James VersionProverbs26


1 As snow in sum­mer, and as rain in har­vest, so hon­our 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 hon­our 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 neigh­bour, 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 shewed 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.