Proverbs Chapter 26

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Proverbs 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 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.

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34 thoughts on “Proverbs Chapter 26

  1. The Folly of a Fool

    Proverbs 26:4,5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
    v.5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

    Sometimes you should not answer a fool lest you be brought down to his level; on the other hand, sometimes you should answer a fool, but in such a way that he is put to shame.

    26:23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

    Silver dross may also be taken as “glaze”. The point is this: just as glaze covers the rough pottery but cannot ultimately change its character, so the evil man cannot change his character by covering it with eloquent speech.

  2. 22. Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you want junk like that in your belly? MSG

    Just tell the one offering it to you, “No thanks, it makes me sick”.

  3. 22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

    I have been a talebearer in my youth; I believe most of has. My intentions were to save myself by turning wrath away from me and whatever things I had done. Sometimes we might tell stories on people just to stir up trouble. There are people in my life that would rather lie than tell the truth. I can understand why; their life is boring, hard and shameful. They don’t want to be the person they are. However, they are unwilling to put forth the effort to change. God help us all.

  4. iLove to eat More Word
    Proverbs 26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

    Wow, this chapter is definitely warning us from becoming or even entertaining the fool. The word “Fool” is almost in every verse. Ha, I looked up the Word in the Hebrew and here is the definition,
    Fool#3684
    כְּסִיל
    kesı̂yl
    kes-eel’
    From H3688; properly fat, that is, (figuratively) stupid or silly: – fool (-ish).

    Wow, I guess fat can mean anointed or fool, just depends on the context.

  5. 18 Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon
    19 is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.” (NLT)

    “But, but, but…” IT’S A LIE!!

  6. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

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

    When I was younger we said quite often, “mind you own business”. We were referring to people that would involve themselves in the conflict, disagreement or argument of someone that had nothing to do with them. It usually ended up in a fight.

    This principal given us here by the prophet is pf great value. Grabbing a dog by the ears makes them viciously angry and very dangerous. To jus pass by a conversation or situation and involve yourself without knowing the facts is foolish.

    Life in itself presents its own troubles. When we add the troubles of others to the mix we are overloading our emotions with feelings that shouldn’t be carried by us.

    We are much better friends by praying for our friends in need than involving ourselves in the midst of their trouble and strife.

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  7. 4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

    If we don’t allow our children to argue with us (hopefully) why should we waste time arguing with a fool. Arguing will only lead to anger.

  8. 4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

    Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
    2The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
    but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
    3The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
    keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
    4The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
    but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

  9. 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.

    The wicked will stop at nothing, don’t listen to negative but lean on the positive. Don’t allow the enemy to creep in your life, make wise decisions.

  10. 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.

    I find it unique that the fool and the talebearer are represented in the same passage of scripture today. If we are approached by a talebearer, the best answer we can give is to now allow them a platform to spew their tales from. Place no wood on their fire, and the fire will go out.

  11. 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.

    Our mouth can get us into more trouble than we know. If we do not watch what we say we could dig ourselves into a hole, we can’t get out of! We must guard our mouth, that no evil would come out of it, but that we would always be speaking of His love, joy, peace, mercy, and kindness! Lord help us to guard our mouth, that we would continually be speaking of you!

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

    This chapter is dealing with being or becoming foolish, stirring up trouble or being the cause of trouble. And in verse 12 it mentions a different way to be foolish: by thinking more highly of ourselves than we should. Even our righteousness is as ‘filthy rags’ to God. If you have done well, remember there is always room for improvement, so keep a humble spirit and attitude.

  13. 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.

    As we read here. My mind went to the story of the Fort Worth Panther. How he went into the town square and just laid there. We must not allow a loin or a panther of laziness get in our way. As we build our new church, let us not forget our focus on new people and believers. As they are the reason why we need a new building. Thank you Jesus for the harvest and the busyness of our church.

  14. Proverbs 26:24 Enemies disgulse themsels with their lips, but in their hearts they harbordeceithough their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts. Their malice maybe concealed by deception but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

  15. 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.

    To be prideful is worse than to be a foolish person. A backslider,

  16. Proverbs 26:12
    “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.”

    Haven’t we heard, “the biggest room in life is the room for improvement”?
    The worst thing about someone wise in his own conceit is that he feels that he needs no improvement. He is unaware of his need for help. To feel you are perfect, leaves no room for improvement at all.
    The fool who realizes that he’s a fool, knows things are not perfect with him, and he can be helped.
    There is MORE Hope for him who realizes he needs help, than for someone who doesn’t thing he needs help because he is perfect.

    In order to get help from the Lord, we must repent and humble ourselves before Him, and He will help us.

    Proverbs 3:7 says, “Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”

  17. 27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
    Evil will always come back to bite you. The only way to leave this cycle is the salvation of Jesus.

  18. “Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭26:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    http://bible.com/116/pro.26.17.nlt

    Oh it’s is the best thing to sometimes jut mind your own business. Why must one go picking fights that are not even your own. Protect your integrity and testimony instead of getting in the middle of an argument and you be damaged for it as well. Just wise simple truths to live your lives by what we are being taught here in the proverbs

  19. 28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
    We must strive to tell the truth and be honest nothing is more important than integrity.

  20. Proverbs 26:20 (Modern English Version)
    20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
    so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.

    We decide how big the problem will be. If there is strife we can extinguish or add more fuel to the fire. The choice is ours. It’s not about the problem but how we respond to it that counts. We should always think of the well being of the person’s eternity over proving a point.

  21. “When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.” The one true God (name: Jesus) reveals much for one that is willing to see. One is wise to seek God, before making decisions that one may later regret. Dear God, reveal truth; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. “In GOD we trust”. “One Nation under GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”. What a mighty GOD we serve! Thank GOD for his word. GOD bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in JESUS name, Amen!

  22. I guess, I know what I finally need………………………………………….

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

    Remember, that old saying that my mouth overrode my Mule. (Mule) is a cleaned up version. But, we all have said things that we shouldn’t have said. These things should have been sanctified prior to coming out our mouths. “The Tongue”, what a horrible thing to tame isn’t it? We must take wisdom to our hearts, so it will proceed through our lips. Remember, Jesus said of the abundance of heart, so shall ye speak, and here is a couple of backup references to this statement.

    Matthew 12:34King James Version (KJV)

    34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

    Luke 6:45King James Version (KJV)

    45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

    “So, let’s be aware of sowing the Good Word in our hearts, so we can speak good things not evil”………Yes I’m even preaching to myself!……………………….

  23. 4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

    Leave the arguing to the kids!
    You don’t have to accept everything that is said to or about you. The bible is giving us an out from rediculous conversation. When someone is speaking foolishness we have the right to ignor or disregard it. It is not like God to listen to foolishness that is why Satan fell so quickly, like lightning, from heaven. God wasn’t hearing all that. We don’t have to either.

  24. “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭26:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    This is a very bold scripture to me because yes we all make mistakes, but the question is have we learned from them or will we be that dog that goes back and repeats them over and over just like eating the vomit.

  25. 20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

    There is a says that says “don’t add fuel to the fire. ” yet it should be our goal to not add any element to a fire that is not the Holy Ghost. 🔥

  26. Verse 4&5

    The apparent contradiction with the last verse has troubled commentators for some time. The Rabbis solved it by saying that v. 4 referred to secular things, but v. 5 referred to sacred or religious controversies. While this does not resolve the issue, it does give a sound application for the two verses together—in negligible issues one should just ignore the stupid person, but in issues that matter the fool must be dealt with, lest credence be given to what he says (W. G. Plaut, Proverbs, 266). The text presents two proverbs each of which presents an aspect of the whole truth. One should not lower himself to the level of the fool, but there are times when the lesser of two evils is to do so, other than let the fool gain confidence that he is a wise person or be considered wise by others. Paul, for example, talked like a “fool” to correct the foolish ideas of the Corinthians (2 Cor 11:16–17; 12:11).

  27. “Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you want junk like that in your belly?”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭26:22‬ ‭MSG

    We can’t indulge in junk and expect to be healthy. To maintain a proper diet you need the proper nutrition. Stay away from the junk, it’s only making you sick and unhealthy which will result in a shorter life span.

    You are what you eat

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

    If your being a fool and making unsound choices, then you need to be corrected! Hallelujah! I’m thankful for correction when I’m acting foolish.

  29. Proverbs 26:20 NLT
    Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.

    We all have the choice either to continue and go along with the gossip and keep the fire or going or to close our mouth and stop all the foolishness. Our mouth and tongues are powerful weapons and speak what’s in our heart. Our hearts should be full of God and the Holy Ghost!

  30. “The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can answer sensibly.”(Proverbs‬ ‭26:16‬ ‭NKJV)

    We are able to fit in this world to mention the word to people , and direct them In the direction we’re God wants to direct them, a sluggard is wiser in his own conceit,…. It is a sort of a solecism, a kind of a contradiction in terms for a sluggard to be wise, who is so slothful as to make no use of the means of getting wisdom and knowledge. And it must be a mere conceit in him that he is wise, and especially that he is wiser !! In Jesus Name Amen

  31. 27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

    When we try to dig a pit for someone else, by gossiping about them or other things, than the bible says it will turn back on us. This is why we shouldn’t talk about one another as it will come back to bite us

  32. 10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

    Amen!!! This is how big and merciful my God is. He loves us all and died for us all so He will bless us all the same!!! As a Christian though, we know who we stand in when things go wrong and know how to rebuke and cast down demons. I sometimes like to stop and just look at the world, the people, trees, animals, everything and just be amazed how great and Big God Is!!!! We may think we do everything on our own but He’s the one that gives us breathe!!!! The way the trees move, the Earth, the people everything moves perfect and is perfect because He made it!!!! Hallelujah!!!

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