Proverbs 26

1Snow shouldn’t fall in the summer. And rain shouldn’t fall during harvest time. In the same way, people should not honor a fool. 2Don’t worry if a person asks for bad things to happen to you. If you did nothing wrong, nothing bad will happen. That person’s words are like birds that fly past you and never stop. 3You have to whip a horse. You have to put a bridle on a mule. And you have to beat a fool. 4˻Here is a difficult situation:˼ If a fool asks a stupid question, then don’t give him a stupid answer or you, too, will look like a fool. 5But if a fool asks a stupid question, then you should give him a stupid answer or he will think he is very smart. 6Never let a fool carry your message. If you do, it will be like cutting off your own feet. You are asking for trouble. 7When a fool tries to say something wise, it is like a crippled person trying to walk. 8Showing honor to a fool is as bad as tying a rock in a sling. 9When a fool tries to say something wise, it is the same as a drunk person trying to pick a thorn out of his hand. 10Hiring a fool or some stranger passing by is dangerous—you don’t know who might get hurt. 11A dog eats food. Then he gets sick and vomits. Then the dog eats that food again. It is the same with a foolish person. He does the same foolish things again and again. 12A person who thinks he is wise when he is not is worse than a fool. 13A lazy person says, “I can’t leave my house. There is a lion in the street.” 14A lazy person is like a door. All he does is turn in his bed like a door turns on its hinges. He never goes anywhere. 15A lazy person is too lazy to lift his food from his plate to his mouth. 16A lazy person thinks he is very wise. He thinks he is smarter than seven men that can give good reasons for their ideas. 17It is dangerous to become part of an argument between two people. It is the same as walking along the street and grabbing a dog by the ears. 18- 19A man who tricks another person and then says that he was only joking, is like a crazy person that shoots flaming arrows into the air and accidentally kills someone. 20If a fire has no wood, then the fire will become cold. In the same way, an argument without gossip is finished. 21Charcoal keeps the coals burning. And wood keeps the fire burning. In the same way, people who make trouble keep arguments alive. 22People love gossip. It is like eating good food. 23Good words that hide an evil plan is like silver paint over a cheap, clay pot. 24An evil person makes himself look good by the things he says. But he hides his evil plans in his heart. 25The things he says might seem good. But don’t trust him. His heart is full of evil ideas. 26He hides his evil plans with nice words. But he is mean. And in the end all people will see the evil things that he does. 27If a person tries to trap another person, then he will trap himself. If a person tries to roll a stone over another person, he will be crushed himself. 28The person that tells lies hates the people he hurts. And if a person says things he does not mean, he is only hurting himself.

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