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Proverbs 26 - NIV


Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.

2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools!

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you yourself will be just like him.

5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.

6 Sending a message by the hands of a fool
is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.

7 Like the useless legs of one who is lame
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

8 Like tying a stone in a sling
is the giving of honor to a fool.

9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

10 Like an archer who wounds at random
is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
so fools repeat their folly.

12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for them.


A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,
a fierce lion roaming the streets!”

14 As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.

15 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

16 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven people who answer discreetly.


Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears
is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.


Like a maniac shooting
flaming arrows of death

19 is one who deceives their neighbor
and says, “I was only joking!”


Without wood a fire goes out;
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.

22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.


Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
are fervent[a] lips with an evil heart.

24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.

25 Though their speech is charming, do not believe them,
for seven abominations fill their hearts.

26 Their malice may be concealed by deception,
but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it;
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.

28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.


a. Proverbs 26:23 Hebrew; Septuagint smooth

Sermons on Proverbs 26 More sermons: Proverbs 26

Dr. Craig  Nelson avatar
The Battle Ground of Christian Liberty
Shared by: Dr. Craig Nelson on Dec, 2016
Summary: A Detailed look at the Consumption of Alcohol by the Born-Again Believer
based on 1 rating
Views: 20
Rev.Andrew B Natarajan avatar
Three Questions of Life
Shared by: Rev.Andrew B Natarajan on Nov, 2016
Summary: The human mind is full of questions, but the main questions are who am I, what am I doing, where am I going. The answers are found in this passage.
Scripture: Proverbs 26:1-24
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 568
William R. Nabaza avatar
Show a fool how foolish he is
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Oct, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD knows a fool from a wise person and GOD already laid down the characteristics of a foolish person from His WORDS.
Scripture: Proverbs 26:5
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 234
John McCormack avatar
Shared by: John McCormack on Mar, 2016
Summary: Flattery is dangerous.
Scripture: Proverbs 26:28
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 154
Paul Basehore avatar
Whose call will you answer?
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Aug, 2015
Summary: We all have to hear the call of the world and the call of our Savior. It’s up to us, though, how much we listen, and how much attention we pay to each call.
Series: Calling
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
Pull the covers back over your head...
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Aug, 2015
Summary: I heard there is a lion out there, let's go to bed and pull the covers back over our heads? Just quit God and die?
William R. Nabaza avatar
How to answer a fool?
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2015
Summary: To show how to answer a fool.
Scripture: Proverbs 26:4-5
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 391
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
There is destructive power in STRIFE
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Dec, 2014
Summary: Strife, friction, bitterness can thrive and limit the growth and plan of God. Unity must be our goal.
Scripture: Proverbs 26:20-21
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 2,273
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Nov, 2014
Summary: We must be more than ENABLERS and FISH-GIVERS --- We must teach others HOW TO FISH. let us look at MODEL---MENTOR---MOTIVATE--- We have a purpose before us.
Damian Phillips avatar
The Rumor Weed
Shared by: Damian Phillips on Apr, 2014
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.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Proverbs 26:20-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,384
Tom Shepard avatar
Proverbs 26 - Similitudes and Instructions
Shared by: Tom Shepard on Sep, 2013
Summary: This is a verse by verse look at Proverbs chapter 26.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 26:1-28
Views: 1,475
Dennis Davidson avatar
Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Mar, 2013
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.
Series: Proverbs
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,904
Dennis Davidson avatar
Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Mar, 2013
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
Series: Provebs
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 26:12-16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 7,161
Dennis Davidson avatar
Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Feb, 2013
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
Series: Proverbs
based on 8 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 6,260
Davon Huss avatar
Roadrunner and Coyote
Shared by: Davon Huss on Mar, 2011
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)
Howard Strickland avatar
How to Handle a Fool
Shared by: Howard Strickland on Apr, 2010
Summary: There will always be foolish people and we need to have knowledge on how to deal with them.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 26:1-28
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 2,153
Jerry Stepp avatar
Acquiring the Fire of God
Shared by: Jerry Stepp on Nov, 2009
Summary: Where is the Fire of the Holy Ghost Spirit of God in the chruch? What causes it to be gone? And Where is it?
based on 16 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 26:20-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 8,901
from curse to blessed
Shared by: RUEL CAMIA on Oct, 2007
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.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Proverbs 26:2
Views: 2,266
Todd Riley avatar
7 more ways to be wise
Shared by: Todd Riley on Mar, 2006
Summary: Select verses from Provebs 26-31
based on 20 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 26:1-31:31
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,019
Daniel Olukoya avatar
Carry your load
Shared by: Daniel Olukoya on Mar, 2006
Summary: Any other burden that you are bearing apart from the one that Jesus says is light is not from Him.
based on 120 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 12,681
Ronnie  Brown avatar
Whoso Diggeth A Pit
Shared by: Ronnie Brown on Oct, 2005
Summary: Proverbs 26:27 "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him."
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 26:27
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,540
Thomas Bowen avatar
Lawn advice
Shared by: Thomas Bowen on Aug, 2005
Summary: Rumors - Weeds and what the bible says
based on 11 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 26:20-22
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 2,376
Dean Rhine avatar
A godly work ethic
Shared by: Dean Rhine on Dec, 2003
Summary: How Proverbs teaches us about good working skills
based on 120 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 6:6-26:16
Views: 17,065
Ian Johnson avatar
Breaking the family curse
Shared by: Ian Johnson on May, 2003
Summary: A message designed to help break habitual problems in Christian’s lives
based on 50 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 11,534
Michael Treston avatar
Some times even I make me sick
Shared by: Michael Treston on May, 2002
Summary: Sin, its reality, and my dog Fido
based on 31 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 26:11
Denomination: Episcopal/Anglican
Views: 2,368
Bob Ashcraft avatar
Shared by: Bob Ashcraft on Mar, 2001
Summary: Gossip, a wound that runs deep and a weapon the enemy uses to divide the Body of Christ.
based on 216 ratings
Views: 5,284