The Fool, the Sluggard, the Meddler, the Whisperer, and the Hater. These are the people who we will read and learn about in Proverbs 26. The folly of their ways is exposed in these verses of wisdom, and as we read through this chapter in Proverbs, the point is pretty clear:
Don’t be like these 5 people!
Someone recently told me that while he doesn’t like to be one to name call, Solomon sure seems to be, at least in the Proverbs. He calls the fool thoughtless and stupid. He calls the adulterous woman a victimizer and a seducer. You’ll see it here in Proverbs 26 as well. Let’s tune our ears to wisdom today as we read. Let’s purpose to not be like these 5 people.
“Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.” Proverbs 26:1
“Like the useless legs of one who is lame
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.” Proverbs 26:7
“As a dog returns to its vomit,
so fools repeat their folly.” Proverbs 26:11
“A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven people who answer discreetly.” Proverbs 26:15-16
“Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears
is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.” Proverbs 26:17
“Without wood a fire goes out;
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.” Proverbs 26:20
“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.” Proverbs 26:22
“Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.” Proverbs 26:24
“A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.” Proverbs 26:28