Proverbs 26
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1  Like snow in summer and rain at harvest-time, So honor is not fitting for a dullard.

א  כַּשֶּׁלֶג בַּקַּיִץ וְכַמָּטָר בַּקָּצִיר כֵּן לֹא־נָאוֶה לִכְסִיל כָּבוֹד׃

2  As a sparrow must flit and a swallow fly, So a gratuitous curse must backfire.

ב  כַּצִּפּוֹר לָנוּד כַּדְּרוֹר לָעוּף כֵּן קִלְלַת חִנָּם לא [לוֹ] תָבֹא׃

3  A whip for a horse and a bridle for a donkey, And a rod for the back of dullards.

ג  שׁוֹט לַסּוּס מֶתֶג לַחֲמוֹר וְשֵׁבֶט לְגֵו כְּסִילִים׃

4  Do not answer a dullard in accord with his folly, Else you will become like him.

ד  אַל־תַּעַן כְּסִיל כְּאִוַּלְתּוֹ פֶּן־תִּשְׁוֶה־לּוֹ גַם־אָתָּה׃

5  Answer a dullard in accord with his folly, Else he will think himself wise.

ה  עֲנֵה כְסִיל כְּאִוַּלְתּוֹ פֶּן־יִהְיֶה חָכָם בְּעֵינָיו׃

6  He who sends a message by a dullard Will wear out legs and must put up with lawlessness.

ו  מְקַצֶּה רַגְלַיִם חָמָס שֹׁתֶה שֹׁלֵחַ דְּבָרִים בְּיַד־כְּסִיל׃

7  As legs hang limp on a cripple, So is a proverb in the mouth of dullards.

ז  דַּלְיוּ שֹׁקַיִם מִפִּסֵּחַ וּמָשָׁל בְּפִי כְסִילִים׃

8  Like a pebble in a sling, So is paying honor to a dullard.

ח  כִּצְרוֹר אֶבֶן בְּמַרְגֵּמָה כֵּן־נוֹתֵן לִכְסִיל כָּבוֹד׃

9  As a thorn comes to the hand of a drunkard, So a proverb to the mouth of a dullard.

ט  חוֹחַ עָלָה בְיַד־שִׁכּוֹר וּמָשָׁל בְּפִי כְסִילִים׃

10  A master can produce anything, But he who hires a dullard is as one who hires transients.

י  רַב מְחוֹלֵל־כֹּל וְשֹׂכֵר כְּסִיל וְשֹׂכֵר עֹבְרִים׃

11  As a dog returns to his vomit, So a dullard repeats his folly.

יא  כְּכֶלֶב שָׁב עַל־קֵאוֹ כְּסִיל שׁוֹנֶה בְאִוַּלְתּוֹ׃

12  If you see a man who thinks himself wise, There is more hope for a dullard than for him.

יב  רָאִיתָ אִישׁ חָכָם בְּעֵינָיו תִּקְוָה לִכְסִיל מִמֶּנּוּ׃

13  A lazy man says, “There’s a cub on the road, a lion in the squares.”

יג  אָמַר עָצֵל שַׁחַל בַּדָּרֶךְ אֲרִי בֵּין הָרְחֹבוֹת׃

14  The door turns on its hinge, And the lazy man on his bed.

יד  הַדֶּלֶת תִּסּוֹב עַל־צִירָהּ וְעָצֵל עַל־מִטָּתוֹ׃

15  The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; He will not even bring it to his mouth.

טו  טָמַן עָצֵל יָדוֹ בַּצַּלָּחַת נִלְאָה לַהֲשִׁיבָהּ אֶל־פִּיו׃

16  The lazy man thinks himself wiser Than seven men who give good advice.

טז  חָכָם עָצֵל בְּעֵינָיו מִשִּׁבְעָה מְשִׁיבֵי טָעַם׃

17  A passerby who gets embroiled in someone else’s quarrel Is like one who seizes a dog by its ears.

יז  מַחֲזִיק בְּאָזְנֵי־כָלֶב עֹבֵר מִתְעַבֵּר עַל־רִיב לֹּא־לוֹ׃

18  Like a madman scattering deadly firebrands, arrows,

יח  כְּמִתְלַהְלֵהַּ הַיֹּרֶה זִקִּים חִצִּים וָמָוֶת׃

19  Is one who cheats his fellow and says, “I was only joking.”

יט  כֵּן־אִישׁ רִמָּה אֶת־רֵעֵהוּ וְאָמַר הֲ‍לֹא־מְשַׂחֵק אָנִי׃

20  For lack of wood a fire goes out, And without a querulous man contention is stilled.

b’-E-fes ay-TZEEM tikh-beh AYSH uv-AYN nir-GAN yish-TOK ma-DON

כ  בְּאֶפֶס עֵצִים תִּכְבֶּה־אֵשׁ וּבְאֵין נִרְגָּן יִשְׁתֹּק מָדוֹן׃

26:20   And without a querulous man contention is stilled

Rumors and slander add fuel to the fire of human contention. Just as a fire will burn itself out when it runs out of wood, so too, a disagreement will end naturally if the parties involved are not continually provoked by gossip. The Torah warns against speaking ill about others.  The verse in Sefer Vayikra (19:16), “Do not deal basely with your countrymen,” is usually translated as “thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people”. Speech is so powerful and potentially dangerous that, according to the Sages (Erchin 15a), the tongue had to be hidden behind two protective barriers, the lips and the teeth, to protect it from being used for slander. Indeed, it was the slander of the spies, who spoke evil about the land of Israel, which delayed entry into the Holy Land and caused the nation of Israel to wander in the desert for forty years.Comment

21  Charcoal for embers and wood for a fire And a contentious man for kindling strife.

כא  פֶּחָם לְגֶחָלִים וְעֵצִים לְאֵשׁ וְאִישׁ מדונים [מִדְיָנִים] לְחַרְחַר־רִיב׃

22  The words of a querulous man are bruising; They penetrate one’s inmost parts.

כב  דִּבְרֵי נִרְגָּן כְּמִתְלַהֲמִים וְהֵם יָרְדוּ חַדְרֵי־בָטֶן׃

23  Base silver laid over earthenware Are ardent lips with an evil mind.

כג  כֶּסֶף סִיגִים מְצֻפֶּה עַל־חָרֶשׂ שְׂפָתַיִם דֹּלְקִים וְלֶב־רָע׃

24  An enemy dissembles with his speech, Inwardly he harbors deceit.

כד  בשפתו [בִּשְׂפָתָיו] יִנָּכֵר שׂוֹנֵא וּבְקִרְבּוֹ יָשִׁית מִרְמָה׃

25  Though he be fair-spoken do not trust him, For seven abominations are in his mind.

כה  כִּי־יְחַנֵּן קוֹלוֹ אַל־תַּאֲמֶן־בּוֹ כִּי שֶׁבַע תּוֹעֵבוֹת בְּלִבּוֹ׃

26  His hatred may be concealed by dissimulation, But his evil will be exposed to public view.

כו  תִּכַּסֶּה שִׂנְאָה בְּמַשָּׁאוֹן תִּגָּלֶה רָעָתוֹ בְקָהָל׃

27  He who digs a pit will fall in it, And whoever rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.

כז  כֹּרֶה־שַּׁחַת בָּהּ יִפֹּל וְגֹלֵל אֶבֶן אֵלָיו תָּשׁוּב׃

28  A lying tongue hates those crushed by it; Smooth speech throws one down.

 

כח  לְשׁוֹן־שֶׁקֶר יִשְׂנָא דַכָּיו וּפֶה חָלָק יַעֲשֶׂה מִדְחֶה׃

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