26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
God will not give honor to the spiritually foolish who compromise with His teachings and commandments; nor will God honor those who tolerate false doctrine [teachings] and overlook willful unrepented sin. Such people will not inherit eternal life if they remain unrepentant.
26:2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
As the migrations of birds come in their time, so the curse of correction will fall on those who compromise with the Word of God in God’s due time.
26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.
The spiritually foolish who compromise with any part of God’s Word, will be corrected by many stripes and very soon now they shall fall into the correction of great tribulation.
26:4 Answer not a fool according to [to go along with] his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Do not join in the foolishness of the person who turns away from zeal for godliness towards lukewarmness to live by the Word of God, lest we also fall into great correction and trials.
26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Rather, correct the foolish who teach tolerance for sin and false doctrine, and compromise with any part of the Word of God.
26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
The spiritually foolish are not diligent to deliver the gospel of sincere repentance and instead perverts that gospel and deliver a false message of their own devising.
26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
The ways of a man seem right to him but they are not just and equal, being distorted to his own perceived advantage. The ways of God the Father and Jesus Christ are always just and equal.
The teachings of the ungodly are self-serving.
26:8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
To honor those who compromise with the Word of God, is honoring those who attack the zealous for God and create strife and division between God and his people.
26:9As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard [who falls], so is a parable in the mouths of fools.
The intoxicated fall to their hurt; and the spiritually intoxicated with pride in their own ways, run to their own destruction.
26:10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
God shall judge and reward the spiritually foolish who tolerate false doctrine and permit unrebuked sin; they will see strong correction in great tribulation and if they sill do not repent they shall not be a part of the collective bride.
26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
The spiritually foolish are no different than a dog returning to his own vomit, when they seek to return to the bondage of sin.
26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
There is little hope for the proud, who are intoxicated with what they think is their own greatness.
He who has no zeal for eternal life or the ways of God will perish in his spiritual laziness.
26:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. 26:14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 26:15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
The spiritually lazy and lukewarm in zeal for learning and living by every Word of God will remain spiritually ignorant rushing to their own destruction.
26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
The man who will not study to correct himself, is still wiser in his own eyes then seven godly men.
26:17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
Meddling in the strife of others is asking for trouble.
26:18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 26:19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport? 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
The person who thinks it sport to trouble others without any good reason, is a foolish troublemaker; and is not of God.
26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
An ungodly troublemaker pours fuel on the fire of strife, because he takes pleasure in seeing the strife he causes. It makes him feel powerful and in control of the actions of others.
26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
The betrayer of confidences is a great sorrow to all those who put their trust in him
26:23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
Lips hot to teach false doctrine and rebellion against the Word of God: are like a broken vessel covered in rust and infection: good for nothing!
26:24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 26:25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
Those who use fair sounding smooth deceitful words, to speak lies are still deceivers; do not believe their false teachings to permit tolerance of false doctrine and sin among your assemblies.
Men who speak of the love of Christ and use it to deceive men away from Christ, by saying that Christ is love and will tolerate willful sin; are ignorant of Christ and filled with hate against God and all his ways. They are arch-deceivers from salvation; stealing your crown of eternal life.
God is NOT divided against himself. Any man who says that we can tolerate false teachings and sin; is of ANTICHRIST!
26:26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
God will reveal the true nature of such evil men
26:27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
Those who attempt to deceive, will fall into their own deception and trap, they shall reap their own destruction.
26:28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
Those who think they know better than God the Father and Jesus Christ and are not zealously obedience to live by every Word of God are spiritual fools.