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Other Versions26 26:1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. 2Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight. 3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. 4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. 5Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes. 6Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence. 7Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless, is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 8Like one who binds the stone in the sling is one who gives honor to a fool. 9Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 10Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.[1] 11Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly. 12Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. 13The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!” 14As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed. 15The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. 16The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly. 17Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears. 18Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death 19is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” 20For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. 21As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. 22The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. 23Like the glaze[2] covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart. 24Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; 25when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; 26though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. 27Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. 28A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

[1] Or hires a fool or passersby  [2] By revocalization; Hebrew silver of dross

27 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. 2Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. 3A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both. 4Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? 5Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. 7One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet. 8Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home. 9Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.[3] 10Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away. 11Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me. 12The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. 13Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.[4] 14Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing. 15A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike; 16to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp[5] oil in one’s right hand. 17Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.[6] 18Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored. 19As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man. 20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man. 21The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise. 22Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.

23Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, 24for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations? 25When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered, 26the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field. 27There will be enough goats’ milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your girls.

[3] Or and so does the sweetness of a friend that comes from his earnest counsel  [4] Hebrew a foreign woman; slight emendation yields (compare Vulgate; see also 20:16) for foreigners  [5] Hebrew to meet with  [6] Hebrew sharpens the face of another

28 28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. 2When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue. 3A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food. 4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them. 5Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely. 6Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways. 7The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father. 8Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit[7] gathers it for him who is generous to the poor. 9If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. 10Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance. 11A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out. 12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves. 13Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. 14Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity. 15Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people. 16A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days. 17If one is burdened with the blood of another, he will be a fugitive until death;[8] let no one help him. 18Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall. 19Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty. 20A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. 21To show partiality is not good, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong. 22A stingy man[9] hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him. 23Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue. 24Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “That is no transgression,” is a companion to a man who destroys. 25A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched. 26Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. 27Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse. 28When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.

[7] That is, profit that comes from charging interest to the poor  [8] Hebrew until the pit  [9] Hebrew A man whose eye is evil

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