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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 26

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1 As the snowe in the sommer, and as the raine in the haruest are not meete, so is honour vnseemely for a foole.

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2 As the sparowe by flying, and the swallow by flying escape, so the curse that is causeles, shall not come.

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3 Vnto the horse belongeth a whip, to the asse a bridle, and a rod to the fooles backe.

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4 Answer not a foole according to his foolishnes, least thou also be like him.

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5 Answere a foole according to his foolishnes, least he be wise in his owne conceite.

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6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a foole, is as he that cutteth off the feete, and drinketh iniquitie.

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7 As they that lift vp the legs of the lame, so is a parable in a fooles mouth.

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8 As the closing vp of a precious stone in an heape of stones, so is he that giueth glory to a foole.

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9 As a thorne standing vp in the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fooles.

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10 The excellent that formed all things, both rewardeth the foole and rewardeth the transgressers.

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11 As a dog turneth againe to his owne vomit, so a foole turneth to his foolishnes.

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12 Seest thou a man wise in his owne conceite? more hope is of a foole then of him.

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13 The slouthfull man sayth, A lyon is in the way: a lyon is in the streetes.

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14 As the doore turneth vpon his hinges, so doeth the slouthfull man vpon his bed.

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15 The slouthfull hideth his hand in his bosome, and it grieueth him to put it againe to his mouth.

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16 The sluggard is wiser in his owne conceite, then seuen men that can render a reason.

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17 He that passeth by and medleth with the strife that belongeth not vnto him, is as one that taketh a dog by the eares.

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18 As he that faineth himselfe mad, casteth fire brands, arrowes, and mortall things,

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19 So dealeth the deceitfull man with his friend and sayth, Am not I in sport?

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20 Without wood the fire is quenched, and without a talebearer strife ceaseth.

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21 As ye cole maketh burning coles, and wood a fire, so the contentious man is apt to kindle strife.

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22 The wordes of a tale bearer are as flatterings, and they goe downe into the bowels of the belly.

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23 As siluer drosse ouerlayde vpon a potsheard, so are burning lips, and an euill heart.

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24 He that hateth, will counterfaite with his lips, but in his heart he layeth vp deceite.

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25 Though he speake fauourably, beleeue him not: for there are seuen abominations in his heart.

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26 Hatred may be couered by deceite: but the malice thereof shall be discouered in the congregation.

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27 He that diggeth a pit shall fall therein, and he that rolleth a stone, it shall returne vnto him.

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28 A false tongue hateth the afflicted, and a flattering mouth causeth ruine.

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