Lord, thank you for the wisdom that you are pouring out on us. We pray for you to change us as we permit and to help us to grow in your love. Amen
God’s Wisdom from Proverbs, Chapter 26
Pro 26:1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.
Pro 26:2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.
Pro 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.
Pro 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.
Pro 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Pro 26:6 Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
Pro 26:7 Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless, is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Pro 26:8 Like one who binds the stone in the sling is one who gives honor to a fool.
Pro 26:9 Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Pro 26:10 Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.
Pro 26:11 Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.
Pro 26:12 Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Pro 26:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!”
Pro 26:14 As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.
Pro 26:15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.
Pro 26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.
Pro 26:17 Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.
Pro 26:18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death
Pro 26:19 is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”
Pro 26:20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
Pro 26:21 As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
Pro 26:22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.
Pro 26:23 Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart.
Pro 26:24 Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;
Pro 26:25 when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart;
Pro 26:26 though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Pro 26:27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.
Pro 26:28 A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.