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Ward Green Version, 2004 American Standard Version, 1901
© 2004-2008 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Draft Version
Proverbs 26
1In summer a snow and in harvest a rain
1So honour befits not a fool to attain
2As sparrows do hop and as swallows do fly
2A curse comes with reason or just passes by

3For horses a whip and for donkeys a bit
3A rod for the back of a fool is a hit
4But answer a fool in his foolishness not
4Unless you desire to be like him a lot

5No answer a fool with the foolishness due
5That he not be wise in his own eyes as true
6For one sending words by a foolish man's hand
6Cuts off his own feet sure to misunderstand

7The legs of the lame are unequal or thin
7And proverbs as spoken by fools are a sin
8As one slinging diamonds into a deep pool
8Is one who is giving of depth to a fool

9As brambles show up in a drunken man's hand
9A fool may be speaking a parable grand
10An archer who pierces all manner of things
10Will hire but a fool or a man who has wings

11A dog will return to its vomit once more
11And fools repeat folly the same as before
12You wise of your wisdom in your wise esteem
12More hope for a fool than for you it would seem

13The lazy one says: ``There's a lion unbound!''
13``A lion right there in the streets!''
14As doors on their hinges are turning around
14The lazy one clings to his sheets

15The lazy is hiding his hand in a dish
15Too weak to bring back to his lips
16By his own admission he's wiser in wish
16Than seven with sensible quips

17The one who will meddle in quarrels not his
17Is grabbing a dog by the ears
18A man who shoots arrows of flame and death is
19As one who deceives without tears

20As lies are to discord and wood is to fire
21So coals of contention will kindle desire
22The wounds of a liar as words or as treats
22Will burn from the belly its innermost meats

23As lips that are burning a heart that is bad
23A fragment of earthenware silvery-clad
24The one who is hating is lying of lips
24His own inward parts with deceit he equips

25He promises good don't believe in him blind
25For seven detestable things fill his mind
26His hatred by his own deceit is concealed
26His wickedness will to a crowd be revealed

27One digging a pit will fall into the same
27A stone rolled away will return as it came
28A false tongue is hating the ones in the know
28And flattering speech is what grants overthrow
© 2004-2008 Ward Green. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 26 1
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honor is not seemly for a fool.
Proverbs 26 2
As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, So the curse that is causeless alighteth not.
Proverbs 26 3
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, And a rod for the back of fools.
Proverbs 26 4
Answer not a fool according to his folly, Lest thou also be like unto him.
Proverbs 26 5
Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Proverbs 26 6
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool Cutteth off [his own] feet, [and] drinketh in damage.
Proverbs 26 7
The legs of the lame hang loose: So is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Proverbs 26 8
As one that bindeth a stone in a sling, So is he that giveth honor to a fool.
Proverbs 26 9
[As] a thorn that goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, So is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Proverbs 26 10
[As] an archer that woundeth all, So is he that hireth a fool and he that hireth them that pass by.
Proverbs 26 11
As a dog that returneth to his vomit, [So is] a fool that repeateth his folly.
Proverbs 26 12
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
Proverbs 26 13
The sluggard saith, There is a lion in the way; A lion is in the streets.
Proverbs 26 14
[As] the door turneth upon its hinges, So doth the sluggard upon his bed.
Proverbs 26 15
The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish; It wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth.
Proverbs 26 16
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit Than seven men that can render a reason.
Proverbs 26 17
He that passeth by, [and] vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, Is [like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.
Proverbs 26 18
As a madman who casteth firebrands, Arrows, and death,
Proverbs 26 19
So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, And saith, Am not I in sport?
Proverbs 26 20
For lack of wood the fire goeth out; And where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth.
Proverbs 26 21
[As] coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to inflame strife.
Proverbs 26 22
The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.
Proverbs 26 23
Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are [like] an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.
Proverbs 26 24
He that hateth dissembleth with his lips; But he layeth up deceit within him:
Proverbs 26 25
When he speaketh fair, believe him not; For there are seven abominations in his heart:
Proverbs 26 26
Though [his] hatred cover itself with guile, His wickedness shall be openly showed before the assembly.
Proverbs 26 27
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; And he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.
Proverbs 26 28
A lying tongue hateth those whom it hath wounded; And a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
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