Proverbs Chapter 26

Proverbs 26

1As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

2As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.

4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

5Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

6He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

7The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

8As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

9As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.

10The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

11As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

12Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

13The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

14As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

15The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.

16The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

17He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

18As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,

19So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

20Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

21As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

23Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

24He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;

25When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

26Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

27Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

28A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

 

25 thoughts on “Proverbs Chapter 26

  1. 12Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

    This is so true; I have a co-worker who she thinks that what she is doing is alright. Unfortunatly she worries about EVERYTHING and I do mean that,yet she thinks thats fine.So many of us at work tell her that she doesn’t need to worry.

  2. Vs 11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so shall a fool returneth to his folly. I believe we need too be extra careful in this area we dont neccasary have to be backslid completely for this scripture to pertain too us but just the fact that we can’t get over some commited sins that keep tripping us up. Finally u get over it next thing you know your back into the same situation. Lets be church and lets not be fools!!

  3. vs 11 A dog is no more rerlted by is it’s own vomit them a fool by his fullynes they both go back to that which is repulsive and digesting .this verse is applied in

    2 Peter 2:22 It is significant that Peter uses the dog and the sow as illustration . Under the law of Moses , both of these were unclean animals . There is no suggestion in the proverb that they had experienced any change in their natures . They were unclean before they were delivered from the vomit , and they were still unclean when they retuned to the vomit . So they had undergone A marol reformation but they had never received a new Mather.

  4. vs.17 Yanking a dogs ears is no more foolish than interfering in an argument that is not any of your business. I belive everbody has been on the reciving end of a person interfering where they dont belong. I have seen this over and over and the person always finds thimselfs in trouble.

  5. Proverbs warns us of fools for a reason. A fool will only lead you to destruction. We must be careful of who we hang out with because the wrong person will lead you out of the presence of the Lord.

  6. “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” A talebearer is someone who gossips, tells secrets, or causes scandal. This scripture is so true. When someone is telling stories or secrets about us, it hurts deep inside of us. So, we need to do as vs 20 says. “Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.” In other words, when someone is gossiping, don’t add fuel to the fire by listening, but put it out by stopping the gossip in its tracks. Besides, don’t we know where gossipers are going to spend eternity?

  7. Yanking a dogs ears is no more foolish than interfering in an argument that is not any of your business. I belive everbody has been on the reciving end of a person interfering where they dont belong. I have seen this over and over and they always finds thimselfs in trouble

  8. Vs. 27 If you look for a way to hurt others or plot to hurt them God is going to use those same means to judge u. A important thought to keep in mind when u want to hurt someone.

  9. Verse 28
    Means to me that when people lie to those that they not love it’s cuz they want to hurt them and a flattering mouth can cause trouble cuz while peoples words may sound good may not always lead to good things.

  10. V.11 Where NO wood is , there the fire goeth out: So where there is no talebearer the strife ceaseth…..be careful in who you are listening to….STRIFE ugh!!! a spirit that attacks the body of believers.

  11. Proverbs:26:4Answer not a fool according to his folly lest thou also be like him.to be honest sometimes that resemble like me, sometimes I wanted it to won an argument about some problem to be solved in my home, but in my fooliness It was worse. I pray that us be honest with ourselves and be humble before God and others in Jesus Name.

  12. Where there is no wood the fire goeth out, so where there is no talebearer the strife ceaseth. As the Church God has called us to be, we should be putting out fires that would cause strife and division, not adding fire to the flame. Lord, help us to be conscious daily of where we can add the wood to the positiive to make it grow, and decrease the negative so the strife will cease in lives. Help me to be Jesus to people whose life seems filled with strive, and help me say the right things to calm the fire in their lives.

    • I heard someone say we walk around carrying either oil or water. And each fire we have the choice. We can fuel or put it out.

  13. Chapter 26 is very specific in dealing with fools. We are warned and cautioned about having dealings with or trusting in fools.

    The word “fool” in Chapter 26 is kĕciyl
    Pronunciation kes·ēl’ meaning (1) fool, stupid fellow, dullard, simpleton, arrogant one.

    To exercise wisdom we must be able to identify fools; verse 11 gives a clear indication of a fool; 11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

    If someone continually falls into the same folly over and over; we must realize they foolishly like sin. BE Church and help others live a life if wisdom.

  14. 19So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

    I wonder what would happen if we looked at each situation we said ” im just kidding!” have we offended, hurt, or pushed others away by just having fun?

    Im challenged to Think before I jest. We never know when our entertainment is someone elses destruction. Firebrands, arrows, and death.

  15. This chapter instructs us not to sow where seed will not grow. A fool will always think they are correct regardless of the situation, we will never convince, reason or come to terms with some individuals. We do however need to pray for them and let God’s will be done. A fool will do what they want regardless of the consequences. May God Bless you all.

  16. This chapter tells me not to speak or act like a fool. A fool likes to stir the pot, add fire to the wood, and then walks away to watch the folly he created, for entertainment purposes.

  17. 4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

    Do not stoop so low as to argue with a fool. I dont mean dont stand up for yourselves, but pick your battles and if you need to comfront choose the right words, speak truth, and dont act like a fool. Like my dad used to say to ignorant words deaf ears.

  18. Vs 22-lies truly hurt the ones esiest to lie to-those closest to you! Words are so powerful. Protect the ones you love most and tell them the truth-even when it hurts you to do so.

  19. Fools consantly return to the same digusting sin and disobedience over and over. The characteristic of a fool is never changing, never learning from their mistakes.

  20. V24-25 “He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.”

    This seems to parallel Prov 6:16-19 “16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

    It brings to mind the teachings in James 3, talking about the ways of the tongue. An applicable passage from there: v14-15, 17 “14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. … 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” We see the ways of the wise and the foolish. The fruit of the wise in v17 is good but the fruit of the foolish (Prov 26:25; Prov 6:16-19) is bad. Matt 7:17 we can tell a tree by it’s fruit, so can we tell the foolish and wise by their fruit. Matt 12:34 “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”

  21. v 20 Talking about every little irritation or piece of gossip only keeps the fires of anger going. Refusing to discuss them cuts the fuel line and makes the fires die out. Decide not to complain about the person, and see if your irritation dies from lack of fuel.

  22. vs “20Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. 21As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.”… many fights are started by he said she said mess. I learned thisa last week that the pastor where my parents go is stepping aside to allow someone else to fill the pastpr role, and there is much gossip going on about it. After she told of her frustrations i told her to stand up and either tell them to stop or take them to the person they were verbally attacking. As Proverbs just told us talebareers stir strife. Lets be church and not attack each other.

  23. Verses 20-22 say..When you run out of wood, the fire goes out; when the gossip ends, the quarrel dies down. A quarrelsome person in a dispute is like kerosene thrown on a fire.
    Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy;
    do you want junk like that in your belly? Lord help us to know when to walk away and let you take care of the fire.

  24. So true of this whole chapter I would hope if someone neede me I could help but to worry about what everyone else is doing or saying is between them & God I keep teying to tell my mom that but she hasnt gotten it yet God knows our hearts & I pray we are pleasing in his eyes

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