Observations about fools,
Proverbs 26:1 As snow in summer, and rain in harvest, so glory is not seemly for a fool. Proverbs 26:2 As a bird flying to other places, and a sparrow going here or there: so a curse uttered without cause shall come upon a man. Proverbs 26:3 A whip for a horse, and a snaffle for an ass, and a rod for the back of fools. Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be made like him. Proverbs 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he imagine himself to be wise. Proverbs 26:6 He that sendeth words by a foolish messenger, is lame of feet and drinketh iniquity. Proverbs 26:7 As a lame man hath fair legs in vain: so a parable is unseemly in the mouth of fools. Proverbs 26:8 As he that casteth a stone into the heap of Mercury: so is he that giveth honour to a fool. Proverbs 26:9 As if a thorn should grow in the hand of a drunkard: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. Proverbs 26:10 Judgment determineth causes: and he that putteth a fool to silence, appeaseth anger. Proverbs 26:11 As a dog that returneth to his vomit, so is the fool that repeateth his folly. Proverbs 26:12 Hast thou seen a man wise in his own conceit? there shall be more hope of a fool than of him.
Proverbs 26:13 The slothful man saith: There is a lion in the way, and a lioness in the roads. Proverbs 26:14 As the door turneth upon its hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. Proverbs 26:15 The slothful hideth his hand under his armpit, and it grieveth him to turn it to his mouth. Proverbs 26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit, than seven men that speak sentences.
and about contentious busybodies.
Proverbs 26:17 As he that taketh a dog by the ears, so is he that passeth by in anger, and meddleth with another man's quarrel. Proverbs 26:18 As he is guilty that shooteth arrows, and lances unto death. Proverbs 26:19 So is the man that hurteth his friend deceitfully: and when he is taken, saith: I did it in jest. Proverbs 26:20 When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease. Proverbs 26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire, so an angry man stirreth up strife. Proverbs 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as it were simple, but they reach to the innermost parts of the belly. Proverbs 26:23 Swelling lips joined with a corrupt heart, are like an earthern vessel adorned with silver dross. Proverbs 26:24 An enemy is known by his lips, when in his heart he entertaineth deceit. Proverbs 26:25 When he shall speak low, trust him not: because there are seven mischiefs in his heart. Proverbs 26:26 He that covereth hatred deceitfully, his malice shall be laid open in the public assembly. Proverbs 26:27 He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it: and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return to him. Proverbs 26:28 A deceitful tongue loveth not truth: and a slippery mouth worketh ruin.