Bible Commentaries

Proverbs 26

Verses 1-28

Verse Proverbs 26:2. Therefore, if the heart knows that a curse is unjust it may rest in the certainty that it cannot harm.

Verses Proverbs 26:3-12. In this group of proverbs the fool is the subject. The true method of dealing with him is that of chastisement. Caution is needed in answering him lest his folly be shared; and, on the other hand, lest he be not reproved. The fool is not to be trusted. A parable of a fool is useless. Give a fool honor, and it is to offer it where it is useless. The parable of a fool pierces himself. To hire a fool is to ensure the ruin of work. A fool is preeminently a fool because he relishes his folly. The greatest fool is the fool who does not know he is a fool.

Verses Proverbs 26:13-16. Four proverbs dealing with the slothful. He is a coward. He is the slave of habit. He is incapable of supporting himself. He is preeminently conceited.

Verses Proverbs 26:17-23. Here are proverbs describing the evil practices and pernicious effects of the meddlesome man.

Verses Proverbs 26:24-28. These proverbs describe the method and punishment of the loveless.