Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

The legs of a lame man hang loose. So is a parable in the mouth of fools.

New American Standard Bible

Like the legs which are useless to the lame,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

King James Version

The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Holman Bible

A proverb in the mouth of a fool
is like lame legs that hang limp.

International Standard Version

Useless legs to the lame that's what a proverb quoted by a fool is.

American Standard Version

The legs of the lame hang loose: So is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Amplified


Like the legs which are useless to the lame,
So is a proverb in the mouth of a fool [who cannot learn from its wisdom].

Bible in Basic English

The legs of one who has no power of walking are hanging loose; so is a wise saying in the mouth of the foolish.

Darby Translation

The legs of the lame hang loose; so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Julia Smith Translation

The legs of the lame were weak, and a parable in the mouth of the foolish.

King James 2000

The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Lexham Expanded Bible

[Like] legs that hang limp from a lame person, so [is] a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Modern King James verseion

The legs of the lame are not equal; so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Like as in a lame man his legs are not equal, even so is a parable in the fool's mouth.

NET Bible

Like legs that hang limp from the lame, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

New Heart English Bible

Like the legs of the lame that hang loose: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

The Emphasized Bible

Useless are the legs of the lame, and a proverb, in the mouth of a dullard.

Webster

The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

World English Bible

Like the legs of the lame that hang loose: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Youngs Literal Translation

Weak have been the two legs of the lame, And a parable in the mouth of fools.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
שׁוק 
Showq 
Usage: 19

of the lame
פּסּח 
Picceach 
Usage: 14

are not equal
דּלל 
Dalal 
Usage: 9

so is a parable
משׁל 
Mashal 
Usage: 39

in the mouth
פּה 
Peh 
Usage: 497

References

American

Hastings

Context Readings

All About Fools

6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off the feet, [and] drinks injury. 7 The legs of a lame man hang loose. So is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8 As he who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.



Cross References

Proverbs 26:9

[As] a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Psalm 50:16-21

But to the wicked man God says, What have thou to do to declare my statutes, and that thou have taken my covenant in thy mouth,

Psalm 64:8

So they shall be made to stumble, their own tongue being against them. All who see them shall wag the head.

Proverbs 17:7

Excellent speech is not appropriate to a fool, much less lying lips to a prince.

Matthew 7:4-5

Or how will thou say to thy brother, Let me take out the speck from thine eye, and behold, the beam in thine own eye?

Luke 4:23

And he said to them, Ye will doubtless say to me this proverb: Physician, heal thyself. How many things we heard that happened at Capernaum, do also here in thy fatherland.

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