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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge: Proverbs 26

Chapter 26

As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

in summer

1 Samuel 12:17,18


3 28:16 Judges 9:7,20,56,57 Esther 3:1-15 4:6,9 Psalms 12:8 15:4 Psalms 52:1 *title; Ecclesiastes 10:5-7

As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.


Numbers 23:8 Deuteronomy 23:4,5 1 Samuel 14:28,29 17:43 2 Samuel 16:12 Nehemiah 13:2 Psalms 109:28

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

10:13 17:10 19:25 27:22 Judges 8:5-7 Psalms 32:9 1 Corinthians 4:21 2 Corinthians 10:6 2 Corinthians 13:2

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

17:14 Judges 12:1-6 2 Samuel 19:41-43 1 Kings 12:14,16 2 Kings 14:8-10 1 Peter 2:21-23 3:9 Jude 1:9

Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

a fool

1 Kings 22:24-28 Jeremiah 36:17,18 Matthew 15:1-3 16:1-4 21:23-27 22:15-32 Luke 12:13-21 13:23-30 John 8:7 9:26-33 Titus 1:13


12 28:11 Romans 11:25


Heb. eyes.

Isaiah 5:21 Romans 12:16

He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.


10:26 13:17 25:13 Numbers 13:31


or, violence.

The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

not equal

Heb. lifted up. so.

9 17:7 Psalms 50:16-21 64:8 Matthew 7:4,5 Luke 4:23

As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

bindeth a stone in a sling

Heb. putteth a precious stone in a heap of stones. This probably refers, as Coverdale understands it, to the custom of throwing a stone to the heap under which a criminal was buried. So the Vulgate, Sicut qui mittit lapidem in acervum Mercurii; ita qui tribuit insipienti honorem, "As he who throws a stone to Mercury's heap, so is he who gives honour to a fool." Mercury was a heathen god of highways; and stones were erected in different parts to guide the traveller: hence those lines of Dr. Young,


1 19:10 30:22

As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.


The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

The great, etc

or, A great man grieveth all; and he hireth the fool, he hireth also the transgressors.


11:31 Romans 2:6

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

a dog

Exodus 8:15 Matthew 12:45 2 Peter 2:22

returneth to his folly

Heb. iterateth his folly.

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.


22:29 29:20 Matthew 21:31 Luke 7:44

a man

5,16 28:11 29:20 Matthew 21:31 Luke 18:11 Romans 12:16 1 Corinthians 3:18,19 2 Corinthians 8:1,2 Revelation 3:17

The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

15:19 19:15 22:13

As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

6:9,10 12:24,27 24:33 Hebrews 6:12

The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.



it grieveth him

or, he is weary.

The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

12 12:15 1 Peter 3:15

He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.


17:11 18:6 20:3 Luke 12:14 2 Timothy 2:23,24


or, is enraged.

As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,


Heb. flames, or sparks. arrows.

7:23 25:18 Genesis 49:23

So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?


10:23 14:9 15:21 Ephesians 5:4 2 Peter 2:13

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Where no wood is

Heb. Without wood. so.

22 16:28 22:10 James 3:6


or, whisperer. ceaseth. Heb. is silent.

As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

10:12 15:18 29:22 30:33 2 Samuel 20:1 1 Kings 12:2,3,20 Psalms 120:4

The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.


18:8 20:19 Ezekiel 22:9

innermost parts

Heb. chambers.

Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

10:18 2 Samuel 20:9,10 Ezekiel 33:31 Luke 22:47,48

He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;


or, is known. deceit.

11:1 12:5,17,20 14:8

When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

speaketh fair

Heb. maketh his voice gracious.

Psalms 12:2 28:3 Jeremiah 9:2-8 Micah 7:5


Jeremiah 12:6 Matthew 24:23



Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

Whose hatred is covered by deceit

or, Hatred is covered in secret.

Genesis 4:8 1 Samuel 18:17,21 2 Samuel 3:27-30 13:22-28 Psalms 55:21-23

Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.


28:10 Esther 7:10 Psalms 7:15,16 9:15 10:2 57:6 Ecclesiastes 10:8

A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.


He that injures another hates him in proportion to the injury; Proprium humani ingenii est, odisse quem lÊseris, says Tacitlus: and strange to say, in proportion to the innocence of the injured.

John 8:40,44-49 10:32,33 15:22-24

a flattering

6:24 7:5,21-23 29:5 Luke 20:20,21