Provérbios 26

1 As the snowe in the sommer, and as the raine in the haruest are not meete, so is honour vnseemely for a foole.

2 As the sparowe by flying, and the swallow by flying escape, so the curse that is causeles, shall not come.

3 Vnto the horse belongeth a whip, to the asse a bridle, and a rod to the fooles backe.

4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like 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 As they that lift vp the legs of the lame, so is a parable in a fooles mouth.

8 As the closing vp of a precious stone in an heape of stones, so is he that giueth glory to a foole.

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 turneth againe to his owne vomit, so a foole turneth to his foolishnes.

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 doore turneth vpon his hinges, so doeth the slouthfull man vpon his bed.

15 The slouthfull hideth his hand in his bosome, and it grieueth him to put it againe to his mouth.

16 The sluggard is wiser in his owne conceite, then seuen men that can render a reason.

17 He that passeth by and medleth with the strife that belongeth not vnto him, is as one that taketh a dog by the eares.

18 As he that faineth himselfe mad, casteth fire brands, arrowes, and mortall things,

19 So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

20 Without wood the fire is quenched, and without a talebearer strife ceaseth.

21 As ye cole maketh burning coles, & wood a fire, so the contentious man is apt to kindle strife.

22 The wordes of a tale bearer are as flatterings, and they goe downe into the bowels of the belly.

23 Burning lips and a wicked heart [are like] a potsherd covered with silver dross.

24 He that hateth, will counterfaite with his lips, but in his heart he layeth vp deceite.

25 When he speaketh kindly, believe him not: for [there are] seven abominations in his heart.

26 [Whose] hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be revealed before the [whole] congregation.

27 He that diggeth a pit shal fall therein, and he that rolleth a stone, it shall returne vnto him.

28 A false tongue hateth the afflicted, and a flattering mouth causeth ruine.