Proverbs 26 King James Version (KJV)
26 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto 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 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.
10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth 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 turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and 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 hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
Proverbs 26 New International Version (NIV)
26 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,
17 Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears
18 Like a maniac shooting
20 Without wood a fire goes out;
23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
Proverbs 26 The Message (MSG)
Fools Recycle Silliness
26 We no more give honors to fools
2 You have as little to fear from an undeserved curse
3 A whip for the racehorse, a tiller for the sailboat—
4 Don’t respond to the stupidity of a fool;
5 Answer a fool in simple terms
6 You’re only asking for trouble
7 A proverb quoted by fools
8 Putting a fool in a place of honor
9 To ask a moron to quote a proverb
10 Hire a fool or a drunk
11 As a dog eats its own vomit,
12 See that man who thinks he’s so smart?
13 Loafers say, “It’s dangerous out there!
14 Just as a door turns on its hinges,
15 A shiftless sluggard puts his fork in the pie,
Like Glaze on Cracked Pottery
16 Dreamers fantasize their self-importance;
17 You grab a mad dog by the ears
18-19 People who shrug off deliberate deceptions,
20 When you run out of wood, the fire goes out;
21 A quarrelsome person in a dispute
22 Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy;
23 Smooth talk from an evil heart
24-26 Your enemy shakes hands and greets you like an old friend,
27 Malice backfires;
28 Liars hate their victims;