Accessibility setting

Search

Select language

Skip to secondary menu

Skip to table of contents

Skip to content

Jehovah’s Witnesses

English

Online Bible

NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Proverbs 26:1-28

26  Like snow in summer and like rain in harvesttime,+ so glory is not fitting for a stupid one.+  Just as a bird has cause for fleeing [and] just as a swallow for flying, so a malediction itself does not come without real cause.+  A whip is for the horse,+ a bridle+ is for the ass, and the rod is for the back of stupid people.+  Do not answer anyone stupid according to his foolishness, that you yourself also may not become equal to him.+  Answer someone stupid according to his foolishness, that he may not become someone wise in his own eyes.+  As one that is mutilating [his] feet, as one that is drinking mere violence, is he that is thrusting matters into the hand of someone stupid.+  Have the legs of the lame one drawn up water? Then there is a proverb in the mouth of stupid people.+  Like one shutting up a stone in a heap of stones, so is the one giving glory to a mere stupid one.+  As a thorny weed has come up into the hand of a drunkard, so a proverb into the mouth of stupid people.+ 10  As an archer piercing everything is the one hiring someone stupid+ or the one hiring passersby. 11  Just like a dog returning to its vomit, the stupid one is repeating his foolishness.+ 12  Have you seen a man wise in his own eyes?+ There is more hope for the stupid one+ than for him. 13  The lazy one has said: “There is a young lion in the way, a lion in among the public squares.”+ 14  A door keeps turning upon its pivot, and the lazy one upon his couch.+ 15  The lazy one has hidden his hand in the banquet bowl; he has become too weary to bring it back to his mouth.+ 16  The lazy one is wiser in his own eyes+ than seven giving a sensible reply. 17  As one grabbing hold of the ears of a dog is anyone passing by that is becoming furious at the quarrel that is not his.+ 18  Just like someone mad that is shooting fiery missiles,+ arrows and death, 19  so is the man that has tricked his fellowman and has said: “Was I not having fun?”+ 20  Where there is no wood the fire goes out, and where there is no slanderer contention grows still.+ 21  As charcoal for the embers and wood for the fire, so is a contentious man for causing a quarrel+ to glow. 22  The words of a slanderer are like things to be swallowed greedily, which do go down into the innermost parts of the belly.+ 23  As a silver glazing overlaid upon a fragment of earthenware are fervent lips along with a bad heart.+ 24  With his lips the hater makes himself unrecognizable, but inside of him he puts deception.+ 25  Although he makes his voice gracious,+ do not believe in him,+ for there are seven detestable things+ in his heart. 26  Hatred is covered over by deceit. His badness will be uncovered in the congregation.+ 27  He that is excavating a pit will fall into the same,+ and he that is rolling away a stone—back to him it will return.+ 28  A tongue that is false hates the one crushed by it,+ and a flattering mouth* causes an overthrow.+

Footnotes

Lit., “and a mouth smooth.”