Proverbs Chapter 26
1. Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor, (kabod #3519b) is not becoming, (naveh #500 from naah #4998) for a fool, (kesil #3684).
2. Like a bird, (tzippor #6833) flitting, (nud #5110) a swallow, (deror #1866) flying, (uph #5774a) so a curse, (qelalah #7045) without cause, (chinnam #2600 from chanan) won’t go, (bo #935).
3. A scourge, (shot #7752) for the horse, (sus 35483b) a bridle, (metheg #4964) for the donkey, (chamor #2543) and a rod/scepter/correction, (shebet #7626) for the back, (gev #1460a) of fools, (kesil #3684).
4. You will answer, (t’anah #6030a) a fool, (kesil #3684) according to his folly, (ivveleth #200 from evil) otherwise, (pen #6435) also, (gam #1571) be like him, (shavah #7737a).
5. Answer, (anah #6030a) a fool, (kesil #3684) according to his folly, (ivveleth #200 from evil) as one Wise, (Chakam #2450) in his own eyes, (ayin #5869).
6. Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.
7. Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
8. Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.
9. Like a thorn bush in a drunkard’s hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
10. Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool, or any passer-by.
11. As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.
12. Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.
13. A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
14. As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard, lazy, (#6102 atsel), turns on his bed.
15. A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy, (#3811 laah), to bring it back to his mouth.
16. A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.
17. Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
18. Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death
19. is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!”
20. Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
21. As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
22. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
23. Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24. Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
25. Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts.
26. Their hatred, (sinah #8135 from sane) may be concealed by deceit, (mashshaon #4860 from nasha), but their bad, (raah #7463a) will be exposed in the assembly, (qahal #6951).
27. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
28. A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.