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Chapter 26 1 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 mouth 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.

Chapter 27 1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.