Proverbs Chapter 26 to 28 : American Standard Version
1As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honor is not seemly for a fool. 2As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, So the curse that is causeless alighteth not. 3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, And a rod for the back of fools. 4Answer not a fool according to his folly, Lest thou also be like unto him. 5Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own conceit. 6He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool Cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh in damage. 7The legs of the lame hang loose: So is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8As one that bindeth a stone in a sling, So is he that giveth honor to a fool. 9As a thorn that goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, So is a parable in the mouth of fools. 10As an archer that woundeth all, So is he that hireth a fool and he that hireth them that pass by. 11As a dog that returneth to his vomit, So is a fool that repeateth his folly. 12Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him. 13The sluggard saith, There is a lion in the way; A lion is in the streets. 14As the door turneth upon its hinges, So doth the sluggard upon his bed. 15The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish; It wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth. 16The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit Than seven men that can render a reason. 17He that passeth by, and vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, Is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. 18As a madman who casteth firebrands, Arrows, and death, 19So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, And saith, Am not I in sport? 20For lack of wood the fire goeth out; And where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth. 21As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to inflame strife. 22The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts. 23Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross. 24He that hateth dissembleth with his lips; But he layeth up deceit within him: 25When he speaketh fair, believe him not; For there are seven abominations in his heart: 26Though his hatred cover itself with guile, His wickedness shall be openly showed before the assembly. 27Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; And he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him. 28A lying tongue hateth those whom it hath wounded; And a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
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1Boast not thyself of tomorrow; For thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. 2Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; A stranger, and not thine own lips. 3A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; But a fool's vexation is heavier than they both. 4Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; But who is able to stand before jealousy? 5Better is open rebuke Than love that is hidden. 6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; But the kisses of an enemy are profuse. 7The full soul loatheth a honeycomb; But to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. 8As a bird that wandereth from her nest, So is a man that wandereth from his place. 9Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; So doth the sweetness of a man's friend that cometh of hearty counsel. 10Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; And go not to thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: Better is a neighbor that is near than a brother far off. 11My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, That I may answer him that reproacheth me. 12A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it. 13Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge that is surety for a foreign woman. 14He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, It shall be counted a curse to him. 15A continual dropping in a very rainy day And a contentious woman are alike: 16He that would restrain her restraineth the wind; And his right hand encountereth oil. 17Iron sharpeneth iron; So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. 18Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; And he that regardeth his master shall be honored. 19As in water face answereth to face, So the heart of man to man. 20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; And the eyes of man are never satisfied. 21The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; And a man is tried by his praise. 22Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with bruised grain, Yet will not his foolishness depart from him. 23Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, And look well to thy herds: 24For riches are not for ever: And doth the crown endure unto all generations? 25The hay is carried, and the tender grass showeth itself, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in. 26The lambs are for thy clothing, And the goats are the price of the field; 27And there will be goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, And maintenance for thy maidens.
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1The wicked flee when no man pursueth; But the righteous are bold as a lion. 2For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof; But by men of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged. 3A needy man that oppresseth the poor Is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food. 4They that forsake the law praise the wicked; But such as keep the law contend with them. 5Evil men understand not justice; But they that seek Jehovah understand all things. 6Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, Than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. 7Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son; But he that is a companion of gluttons shameth his father. 8He that augmenteth his substance by interest and increase, Gathereth it for him that hath pity on the poor. 9He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination. 10Whoso causeth the upright to go astray in an evil way, He shall fall himself into his own pit; But the perfect shall inherit good. 11The rich man is wise in his own conceit; But the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out. 12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves. 13He that covereth his transgressions shall not prosper: But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall obtain mercy. 14Happy is the man that feareth alway; But he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. 15As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear, So is a wicked ruler over a poor people. 16The prince that lacketh understanding is also a great oppressor; But he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days. 17A man that is laden with the blood of any person Shall flee unto the pit; let no man stay him. 18Whoso walketh uprightly shall be delivered; But he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once. 19He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread; But he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough. 20A faithful man shall abound with blessings; But he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be unpunished. 21To have respect of persons is not good; Neither that a man should transgress for a piece of bread. 22he that hath an evil eye hasteth after riches, And knoweth not that want shall come upon him. 23He that rebuketh a man shall afterward find more favor Than he that flattereth with the tongue. 24Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression, The same is the companion of a destroyer. 25He that is of a greedy spirit stirreth up strife; But he that putteth his trust in Jehovah shall be made fat. 26He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool; But whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. 27He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack; But he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. 28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.