Provérbios 26

1 As snow in summer and as rain in harvest, so honour is not suited for a fool.

2 As the sparrow in its wandering, as the swallow in its flight, so the curse causeless shall never come.

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

4 Never answer a fool according to his folly lest thou also be like unto him.

5 Answer the fool showing him his folly lest he be wise in his own conceit.

6 He that gives responsibility to one who is not able to carry it out [is like] him that sends a message by the hand of a fool, and he shall drink the damage.

7 Like unto the way that the [one who is] lame walks, so [is] a proverb in the mouth of the fool.

8 As he that binds the stone in the sling, so [is] he that gives honour to a fool.

9 [As] thorns sunk into the hand of one who is drunk, so [is] a proverb in the mouth of fools.

10 The great [God]that formed all [things] rewards both the fool and transgressors.

11 As a dog returns to his vomit, [so] the fool returns 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 turns upon his hinges, so [does] the slothful upon his bed.

15 The slothful hides his hand in [his] bosom; it grieves him to bring it again to his mouth.

16 The sluggard [is] wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can give [him] counsel.

17 He that passes by [and] meddles with strife not [belonging] to him [is like] one that takes a dog by the ears.

18 As a mad [man] who casts firebrands, arrows, and death,

19 so [is] the man [that] destroys his friend and says, Am I not in sport?

20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out, so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceases.

21 Charcoal for burning coals and wood for fire, and a contentious man to kindle strife.

22 The words of a talebearer seem smooth, but 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 hates dissembles with his lips and lays up deceit within him;

25 when he speaks fair, do not believe him, for [there are] seven abominations in his heart.

26 Even though his hatred is covered up in the desert, his wickedness shall be showed before the [whole] congregation.

27 Whosoever digs a pit shall fall therein, and he that rolls a stone, it will return upon him.

28 A lying tongue hates [those that are] afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.: