Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 26


Proverbs 26

Amplified Bible (AMP)

26 Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a [self-confident] fool.

Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, so the causeless curse does not alight.

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a [straight, slender] rod for the backs of [self-confident] fools.

Answer not a [self-confident] fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.

Answer a [self-confident] fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes and conceit.

He who sends a message by the hand of a [a]fool cuts off the feet [of satisfactory delivery] and drinks the damage.

Like the legs of a lame man which hang loose, so is a parable in the mouth of a fool.

Like he who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a [self-confident] fool.

Like a thorn that goes [without being felt] into the hand of a drunken man, so is a proverb in the mouth of a [self-confident] fool.

10 [But] like an archer who wounds all, so is he who hires a fool or chance passers-by.

11 As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.

12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes and conceit? There is more hope for a [self-confident] fool than for him.

13 The sluggard says, There is a lion in the way! A lion is in the streets!

14 As the door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man [move not from his place] upon his bed.

15 The slothful and self-indulgent buries his hand in his bosom; it distresses and wearies him to bring it again to his mouth.

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes and conceit than seven men who can render a reason and answer discreetly.

17 He who, passing by, stops to meddle with strife that is none of his business is like one who takes a dog by the ears.

18 Like a madman who casts firebrands, arrows, and death,

19 So is the man who deceives his neighbor and then says, Was I not joking?

20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, contention ceases.

21 As coals are to hot embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man to inflame strife.

22 The words of a whisperer or slanderer are like dainty morsels or words of sport [to some, but to others are like deadly wounds]; and they go down into the innermost parts of the body [or of the victim’s nature].

23 Burning lips [uttering insincere words of love] and a wicked heart are like an earthen vessel covered with the scum thrown off from molten silver [making it appear to be solid silver].

24 He who hates pretends with his lips, but stores up deceit within himself.

25 When he speaks kindly, do not trust him, for seven abominations are in his heart.

26 Though his hatred covers itself with guile, his wickedness shall be shown openly before the assembly.

27 Whoever digs a pit [for another man’s feet] shall fall into it himself, and he who rolls a stone [up a height to do mischief], it will return upon him.

28 A lying tongue hates those it wounds and crushes, and a flattering mouth works ruin.


5 thoughts on “Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 26”

  1. Chapter 26

    Respectability and good manners are a mark of a wise person. Don’t be concerned when a false accusation comes against you, for God is the judge of ALL. Don’t answer a fool. [Vs:1-5]

    Pride and arrogance hold you back from moving forward in wisdom. Here is a key: You don’t need to have an opinion where you don’t have any responsibility in the matter. [Vs:5-12]

    Use prayer and the Word of God to weigh the philosophies or concepts of thought in education. Many False Teachers, Theories and Religions make a strong argument but in the end will leave you empty, dissatisfied and alone. [Vs:13-28]

    You can trust in the Wisdom of God’s Truth for Life and prosperity!~Zoey

  2. Day 26:Proverbs 26

    20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, contention ceases.

    I know this verse is usually used to minister about gossip. However as I was reading it these questions came into my heart. What fuels my fire? My passion, my dreams, my heart? As I read this scripture I heard Billy Joel’s lyrics in my head:

    We didn’t start the fire
    It was always burning
    Since the world’s been turning
    We didn’t start the fire
    But when we are gone
    It will still burn on and on and on and on
    And on and on and on and on…

    God started the fire! Hebrews 12:29 says, “For our God [is indeed] a consuming fire.The fire that fuels my heart is like Jeremiah wrote about in 20:9, “….in my mind and heart it is as if there were a burning fire shut up in my bones….”.

    His Holy Spirit is that fire that is shut up in my bones…..lately it is bursting forth because I am so excited about what He is teaching me.

    This scripture talks about a fire going out from lack of wood. The same is true of the fire of my heart. If it is not properly fueled it will burn out, I will burn out. That burn out will show up in the thoughts of my heart, first. Thoughts that bring my heart into contention with God’s plan and will for my life. Whispers, of doubt, mixed with softly voiced logical interpretations of my path. When I listen to those whispers, it opens my heart to many voices, my heart will soon begin to doubt and fear. Contention increases. Then will my words show forth the contention of my heart. Out of my mouth will come words that contradict what God says.

    That is not God’s plan. His plan is to be a roaring fire, that is constantly growing in me. A fire so bright and hot that all whispers are revealed for what they are, the seeds of contention, so all that is left is His still small voice. The only voice I want to hear is His.

    *****Thank you, Lord for lighting your fire in me. For helping me to fuel it. Let your holy spirit fire totally eradicate all whispers that rise up to block out your still small voice. Consume me Lord!

    1. Jenni:
      I dreamed of a pool of water so clear and sparkling like twinkling light. The colors were translucent and the most beautiful shades of blues. In your devotion I hear a heart that chooses God’s refining fire for truth to show forth above all, because that is the desire of your heart…to hear the truth of God speak forth. In my dream I desire to have my heart washed and stand cleansed before my God…to refresh the soul. Fire and Water. The Lord is a wonder and who can fully understand His depth or power! Bless you~Zoey

      1. Oh my goodness…….did you know that one of the meanings of my name is clear pool? I know you were referring to you as the water and truly you are. You always refresh my soul. You are beautiful my friend, because I can clearly see Jesus reflected in all the faucets of who you are. You sparkle.

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