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II Chronicles 6-10
Thursday, August 27, 2020
The Books of Poetry
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour beseemeth not a fool.
As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall not come.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off [his own] feet, [and] drinketh damage.
The legs of the lame hang loose; so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
As a bag of gems in a stoneheap, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
[As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
A master roughly worketh every one: he both hireth the fool and hireth passers-by.
As a dog turneth back to its vomit, [so] a fool repeateth his folly.
Hast thou seen a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
The sluggard saith, There is a fierce lion in the way; a lion is in the midst of the streets!
[As] the door turneth upon its hinges, so the sluggard upon his bed.
The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish: it wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth.
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven [men] that answer discreetly.
He that passing by vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is [like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.
As a madman who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
so is a man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am I not in sport?
Where no wood is, the fire goeth out; and where there is no talebearer, the contention ceaseth.
[As] coals for hot coals, and wood for fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife.
The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Ardent lips, and a wicked heart, are [as] an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.
He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, but he layeth up deceit within him:
when his voice is gracious, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart.
Though [his] hatred is covered by dissimulation, his wickedness shall be made manifest in the congregation.
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.
A lying tongue hateth those that are injured by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
Boast not thyself of to-morrow, for thou knowest not what a day will bring forth.
Let another praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's vexation is heavier than them both.
Fury is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before jealousy?
Open rebuke is better than hidden love.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are profuse.
The full soul trampleth on a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; and the sweetness of one's friend is [the fruit] of hearty counsel.
Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; and go not into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me.
A prudent [man] seeth the evil, [and] hideth himself; the simple pass on, [and] are punished.
Take his garment that is become surety [for] another, and hold him in pledge for a strange woman.
He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be reckoned a curse to him.
A continual dropping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike:
whosoever will restrain her restraineth the wind, and his right hand encountereth oil.
Iron is sharpened by iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; and he that guardeth his master shall be honoured.
As [in] water face [answereth] to face, so the heart of man to man.
Sheol and destruction are insatiable; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; so let a man be to the mouth that praiseth him.
If thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his folly depart from him.
Be well acquainted with the appearance of thy flocks; look well to thy herds:
for wealth is not for ever; and doth the crown [endure] from generation to generation?
The hay is removed, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered in.
The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of a field;
and there is goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and sustenance for thy maidens.
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