Proverbs, Chapter 26

(1) As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool. (2) As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come. (3) A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back. (4) Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. (5) Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. (6) He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. (7) The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. (8) As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. (9) As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools. (10) The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors. (11) As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly. (12) Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. (13) The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. (14) As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. (15) The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. (16) The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason. (17) He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. (18) As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, (19) So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport? (20) Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. (21) As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. (22) The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. (23) Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. (24) He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; (25) When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. (26) Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. (27) Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. (28) A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

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Blessing of a Stable

O Lord, Almighty God, who didst decree that Thy only- begotten Son, our Redeemer, should be born in a stable and laid in a manger between an ox and an ass, bless, we beseech Thee, this stable and preserve it from every deceit and snare of the devil that horses and cattle within it may be healthy and secure from all harm. And if "the ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib," grant that Thy servants, whom Thou hast made to Thy own image and hast placed only a little lower than the angels may not be like unreasoning animals; that they may not be like the horse and the mule that have no understanding, but that they may acknowledge Thee, the one true God, the Author of all good, and that Thy servants may persevere in Thy service. Grant that Thy servants may always give thanks to Thee for the gifts they have received from Thee; and make them worthy to receive ever greater benefits. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. Translated by Most Reverend J. H. Schlarman Bishop of Peoria

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