Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, so the causeless curse does not alight.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes and conceit.
He who sends a message by the hand of a See footnote on Proverbs 14:3.fool cuts off the feet and drinks the damage.
Like the legs of a lame man which hang loose, so is a parable in the mouth of a fool.
Like he who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.
Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunken man, so is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
like an archer who wounds all, so is he who hires a fool or chance passers-by.
As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes and conceit? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
The sluggard says, There is a lion in the way! A lion is in the streets!
As the door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man upon his bed.
The slothful and self-indulgent buries his hand in his bosom; it distresses and wearies him to bring it again to his mouth.
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes and conceit than seven men who can render a reason and answer discreetly.
He who, passing by, stops to meddle with strife that is none of his business is like one who takes a dog by the ears.
Like a madman who casts firebrands, arrows, and death,
So is the man who deceives his neighbor and then says, Was I not joking?
For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, contention ceases.
As coals are to hot embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man to inflame strife.
The words of a whisperer or slanderer are like dainty morsels or words of sport ; and they go down into the innermost parts of the body .
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like an earthen vessel covered with the scum thrown off from molten silver .
He who hates pretends with his lips, but stores up deceit within himself.
When he speaks kindly, do not trust him, for seven abominations are in his heart.
Though his hatred covers itself with guile, his wickedness shall be shown openly before the assembly.
Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it himself, and he who rolls a stone , it will return upon him.
A lying tongue hates those it wounds and crushes, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Summary: Rumors and gossip are things that we should avoid at all cost because the information we spread can be destructive. Like fire, rumors grow larger; and like charcoal, they never die out. Rumors are also quickly eaten up by people with a spiritual hunger.
Summary: These sayings picture the harm done by those who deliberately use their tongues or words to damage the reputations of others. The contentious spark strife and thus disrupt the peace of the community, fellowship or assembly.
Summary: We can all benefit from a study of the sluggard because too much of him lies in too many of us. Though we may not exhibit his characteristics to such a full extent we can certainly profit from a gentle but straight forward thrust the Holy Spirit sends in
Summary: The passage asks questions, calls for observations & gives answers. It gives a description of the attractions as well as the effects of wine. Drinking is suppose to be characterized by happiness & merriment, but it is overshadowed by woes or problems. Th
Summary: A sermon on Proverbs 26:27 (Introduction taken from Ronnie Brown http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/whoso-diggeth-a-pit-ronnie-brown-sermon-on-salvation-83999.asp) (Outline taken from Pulpit Commentary)
Summary: The presence of an Active "Curse" on an individual or family is an indication that it is Deserved --- otherwise, it would be Ineffective.
1. Neither Satanism, witchcraft, nor the devil himself --- has the power to place a curse on a Child of God.