As snow in summer a and rain in harvest,
So honor is not fitting for a fool.
Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow,
So b a curse without cause shall not alight.
c A whip for the horse,
A bridle for the donkey,
And a rod for the fool's back.
Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest you also be like him.
d Answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
He who sends a message by the hand of a fool
Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
Like the legs of the lame that hang limp
Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Like one who binds a stone in a sling
Is he who gives honor to a fool.
Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard
Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
The great God who formed everything
Gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages.
e As a dog returns to his own vomit,
f So a fool repeats his folly.
g Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
The lazy man says, "There is a lion in the road!
A fierce lion is in the streets!"
As a door turns on its hinges,
So does the lazy man on his bed.
The h lazy man buries his hand in the bowl;
It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes
Than seven men who can answer sensibly.
He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own
Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.
Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
Is the man who deceives his neighbor,
And says, i "I was only joking!"
Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.
j As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,
And they go down into the inmost body.
Fervent lips with a wicked heart
Are like earthenware covered with silver dross.
He who hates, disguises it with his lips,
And lays up deceit within himself;
k When he speaks kindly, do not believe him,
For there are seven abominations in his heart;
Though his hatred is covered by deceit,
His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.
l Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.
A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it,
And a flattering mouth works m ruin.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
1 Samuel 12:17
" Is today not the wheat harvest? I will call to the LORD, and He will send thunder and rain, that you may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking a king for yourselves."
How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?
Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.
2 Samuel 16:12
"It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing this day."
Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.
Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And beatings for the backs of fools.
Matthew 16:1 - 4
Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.
Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
2 Peter 2:22
But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: "A dog returns to his own vomit," and, "a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.
But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not heed them, as the LORD had said.
Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men - extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.
'I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'
Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' - and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked -
A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
Do not take me away with the wicked And with the workers of iniquity, Who speak peace to their neighbors, But evil is in their hearts.
Fervent lips with a wicked heart Are like earthenware covered with silver dross.
Their tongue is an arrow shot out; It speaks deceit; One speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, But in his heart he lies in wait.
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king's wrath subsided.
He made a pit and dug it out, And has fallen into the ditch which he made.
Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, He himself will fall into his own pit; But the blameless will inherit good.
He who digs a pit will fall into it, And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent.
A man who flatters his neighbor Spreads a net for his feet.