Chapter 26
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Like snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.
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Like a fluttering sparrow, like a darting swallow, so the undeserved curse doesn't come to rest.
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A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools!
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Don't answer a fool according to her folly, lest you also be like her.
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Answer a fool according to her folly, lest she be wise in her own eyes.
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One who sends a message by the hand of a fool is cutting off feet and drinking violence.
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Like the legs of the lame that hang loose: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
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As one who binds a stone in a sling, so is she who gives honor to a fool.
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Like a thornbush that goes into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
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As an archer who wounds all, so is she who hires a fool or she who hires those who pass by.
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As a dog that returns to her vomit, so is a fool who repeats her folly.
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Do you see a woman wise in her own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for her.
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The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion roams the streets!"
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As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard on her bed.
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The sluggard buries her hand in the dish. She is too lazy to bring it back to her mouth.
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The sluggard is wiser in her own eyes than seven women who answer with discretion.
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Like one who grabs a dog's ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not her own.
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Like a madman who shoots firebrands, arrows, and death,
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is the woman who deceives her neighbor and says, "Am I not joking?"
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For lack of wood a fire goes out. Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.
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As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious woman to kindling strife.
022
The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, they go down into the innermost parts.
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Like silver dross on an earthen vessel are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.
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A malicious woman disguises herself with her lips, but she harbors evil in her heart.
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When her speech is charming, don't believe her; for there are seven abominations in her heart.
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Hers malice may be concealed by deception, but her wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
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Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it. Whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on her.
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A lying tongue hates those it hurts; and a flattering mouth works ruin.