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Bible Commentaries
Proverbs 26

Geneva Study BibleGeneva Study Bible

Verse 4

26:4 Answer not a fool {a} according to his folly, lest thou also be like him.

(a) Consent not to him in his doings.

Verse 5

26:5 Answer a fool {b} according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

(b) Reprove him as the matter requires.

Verse 6

26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off {c} the feet, {d} [and] drinketh damage.

(c) That is, of the messenger whom he sends.

(d) That is, receives damage by it.

Verse 9

26:9 [As] a thorn goeth {e} up into the hand of a drunkard, so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools.

(e) By which he hurts both himself and others.

Verse 10

26:10 {f} The great [God] that formed all [things] both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

(f) Meaning God.

Verse 12

26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] {g} more hope of a fool than of him.

(g) For the fool would rather be counselled than he: also the fool sins out of ignorance, and the other out of malice.

Verse 13

26:13 The slothful [man] saith, {h} [There is] a lion in the way; a lion [is] in the streets.

(h) Read Proverbs 22:13.

Verse 19

26:19 So [is] the man [that] deceiveth {i} his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

(i) Who disguises himself to be that which he is not.

Verse 23

26:23 Burning lips and {k} a wicked heart [are like] a potsherd covered with silver dross.

(k) They will soon break out and utter themselves.

Verse 25

26:25 When he speaketh kindly, believe him not: for [there are] {l} seven abominations in his heart.

(l) Meaning many: he uses a certain number for the uncertain.

Verse 26

26:26 [Whose] hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be revealed before the [whole] {m} congregation.

(m) In the assembly of the godly.

Bibliographical Information
Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Proverbs 26". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gsb/proverbs-26.html. 1599-1645.
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