Proverbs 26:1-16, There is a Lion in the Road!


1Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest,

So honor is not fitting for a fool.

2Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,

So a curse without cause does not alight.

3A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,

And a rod for the back of fools.

4Do not answer a fool according to his folly,

Or you will also be like him.

5Answer a fool as his folly deserves,

That he not be wise in his own eyes.

6He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence

Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.

7Like the legs which are useless to the lame,

So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

8Like one who binds a stone in a sling,

So is he who gives honor to a fool.

9Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard,

So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

10Like an archer who wounds everyone,

So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

11Like a dog that returns to its vomit

Is a fool who repeats his folly.

12Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!

A lion is in the open square!”

14As the door turns on its hinges,

So does the sluggard on his bed.

15The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;

He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again.

16The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes

Than seven men who can give a discreet answer.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: What are the three types of people referred to in this passage?