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26 Like snow in summer and rain at harvest,m

honor is inappropriate for a fool.n

Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow,o

an undeserved curse goes nowhere.p

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,q

and a rod for the backs of fools.r

Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishnesss

or you’ll be like him yourself.

Answer a fool according to his foolishnesst

or he’ll become wise in his own eyes.u

The one who sends a message by a fool’s handv

cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.w

A proverb in the mouth of a fool

is like lame legs that hang limp.

Giving honor to a fool

is like binding a stone in a sling.

A proverb in the mouth of a fool

is like a stick with thorns,

brandished byD the hand of a drunkard.

10 The one who hires a fool or who hires those passing by

is like an archer who wounds everyone.

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,

so also a fool repeats his foolishness.x

12 Do you see a person who is wise in his own eyes?y

There is more hope for a fool than for him.z

13 The slacker says, “There’s a lion in the road—

a lion in the public square!”aa

14 A door turns on its hinges,

and a slacker, on his bed.ab

15 The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;

he is too weary to bring it to his mouth!ac

16 In his own eyes, a slacker is wiserad

than seven who can answer sensibly.

17 A person who is passing by and meddles in a quarrel that’s not his

is like one who grabs a dog by the ears.

18 Like a madman who throws flaming darts and deadly arrows,ae

19 so is the person who deceives his neighbor

and says, “I was only joking!”

20 Without wood, fire goes out;

without a gossip, conflict dies down.af

21 As charcoal for embers and wood for fire,

so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.ag

22 A gossip’s words are like choice food

that goes down to one’s innermost being.A,a

23 SmoothB lips with an evil heart

are like glaze on an earthen vessel.b

24 A hateful person disguises himself with his speech

and harbors deceit within.

25 When he speaks graciously, don’t believe him,

for there are seven detestable things in his heart.c

26 Though his hatred is concealed by deception,

his evil will be revealed in the assembly.

27 The one who digs a pit will fall into it,

and whoever rolls a stone—

it will come back on him.d

28 A lying tongue hates those it crushes,

and a flattering mouth causes ruin.


About Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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