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Proverb Similitudes


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A bad tooth and unsteady foot.  
Pro 25:19 Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.  
A bear robbed of her cubs.  
Pro 17:12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.  
A bird wandering from it's nest.  
Pro 27:8 Like a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home.  
A bold lion.  
Pro 28:1 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.  
A cheerful face.  
Pro 15:13 A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.  
A city that is broken into.  
Pro 25:28 Like a city that is broken into and without walls Is a man who has no control over his spirit.  
A cloud with the spring rain.  
Pro 16:15 In the light of a king's face is life, And his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.  
A club, sword, and sharp arrow.  
Pro 25:18 Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.  
A constant dripping and oil.  
Pro 27:15-16 A constant dripping on a day of steady rain And a contentious woman are alike; (16) He who would restrain her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand.  
A continual feast.  
Pro 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.  
A crown on an old man.  
Pro 17:6 Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.  And, Pro 16:31 A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.  
A crown.  
Pro 12:4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.  
A crucible and a furnace.  
Pro 27:21 The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each is tested by the praise accorded him.  
A deep pit or narrow well.  
Pro 22:14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; He who is cursed of the LORD will fall into it. And Pro 23:27 For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.  
A desert land.  
Pro 21:19 It is better to live in a desert land Than with a contentious and vexing woman.  
A dish of vegetables.  
Pro 15:17 Better is a dish of vegetables where love is Than a fattened ox served with hatred.  
A dog picked up by its ears.  
Pro 26:17 Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.  
A dog returning to its vomit.  
Pro 26:11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.  
A door turning on its hinges.  
Pro 26:14 As the door turns on its hinges, So does the sluggard on his bed.  
A driving rain.  
Pro 28:3 A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.  
A dry morsel  
Pro 17:1 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.  
A fleeting vapor.  
Pro 21:6 The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.  
A flood.  
Pro 27:4 Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy?  
A fountain of life.  
Pro 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death. Also Pro 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.  Also Pro 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
A garland of grace, and crown of beauty.  
(Wisdom) Pro 4:9 "She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty."  
A green leaf.  
Pro 11:28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.  
A heavy stone.  
Pro 27:3 A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.  
A hedge of thorns, or a highway.  
Pro 15:19 The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, But the path of the upright is a highway.  
A honeycomb.  
Pro 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.  
A lack of wood.  
Pro 26:20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.  
A lion, rooster, and male goat stately marching.  
Pro 30:29-31 There are three things which are stately in their march⬦: (30) The lion which is mighty among beasts And does not retreat before any, (31) The strutting rooster, the male goat also, And a king when his army is with him.  
A mocker and a brawler.  
Pro 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.  
A mortar and pestle.  
Pro 27:22 Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.  
A north wind.  
Pro 25:23 The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.  
A piece of bread.  
Pro 28:21 To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.  
A pit being dug, and a stown being rolled.  
Pro 26:27 He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.  
A refining pot, and a furnace.  
Pro 17:3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.  
A ring of gold.  
Pro 11:22 As a ring of gold in a swine's snout So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.  
A roaring lion and rushing bear.  
Pro 28:15 Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.  
A roaring lion, or dew on the grass.  
Pro 19:12 The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.  
A rod of discipline.  
Pro 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.  
A rod.  
Pro 14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise will protect them.  
A sick heart or a tree of life.  
Pro 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.  
A snare.  
Pro 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.  
A stown that is bound in a sling.  
Pro 26:8 Like one who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool.  
A strong city and a high wall.  
Pro 18:11 A rich man's wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination.  
A strong city, and the bars of a citadel.  
Pro 18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.  
A strong tower.  
Pro 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.  
A stronghold.  
Pro 10:29 The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the upright, But ruin to the workers of iniquity.  
A tended fig tree.  
Pro 27:18 He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.  
A thorn in a hand.  
Pro 26:9 Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.  
A trampled spring, and polluted well.  
Pro 25:26 Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.  
A tree of life.  
Pro 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. And Pro 15:4 A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.  
A whip, bridle and rod.  
Pro 26:3 A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the back of fools.  
An archer who wounds everyone.  
Pro 26:10 Like an archer who wounds everyone, So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.  
An eagle.  
Pro 23:5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.  
An earring or ornament of fine gold.  
Pro 25:12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to a listening ear.  
An earthen vessel and silver dross.  
Pro 26:23 Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart.  
An ox to the slaughter, and a bird to the snare.  
Pro 7:22-23 Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool, (23) Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life  
Pro 6:6 Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.  
Apples of gold.  
Pro 25:11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.  
Balances and scales.  
Pro 16:11 A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; All the weights of the bag are His concern.  
Pro 19:29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And blows for the back of fools.  
Bright eyes.  
Pro 15:30 Bright eyes gladden the heart; Good news puts fat on the bones.  
Broken bones.  
Pro 25:15 By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone.  
Burning coals.  
Pro 25:21-22 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; (22) For you will heap burning coals on his head, And the LORD will reward you.  
Channels of water.  
Pro 21:1 The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.  
Charcoal and hot embers, or wood and fire.  
Pro 26:21 Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.  
Choice Silver  
Pro 10:20 The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little.  
Churning milk and bleeding nose.  
Pro 30:33 For the churning of milk produces butter, And pressing the nose brings forth blood; So the churning of anger produces strife.  
Clouds and wind without rain.  
Pro 25:14 Like clouds and wind without rain Is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely.  
Cold water.  
Pro 25:25 Like cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a distant land.  
Pro 5:22 His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.  
Dainty morsels.  
Pro 18:8 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.  
Pro 4:19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.  
Deep water.  
Pro 20:5 A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.  
Deep waters, and a bubbling brook.  
Pro 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.  
Dripping honey, and smooth oil.  
Pro 5:3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;  
Eating too much honey.  
Pro 25:27 It is not good to eat much honey, Nor is it glory to search out one's own glory.  
Firebrands, arrows, and death.  
Proverbs 26:18-19 Like a madman who throws Firebrands, arrows and death, (19) So is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, "Was I not joking?"
Graceful wreath and ornaments for your neck.  
Pro 1:8 Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching; Pro 1:9 Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck.  
Pro 20:17 Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.  
Hot coles.  
Pro 6:28-29 Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched? (29) So is the one who goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her will not go unpunished.  
Iron sharpening tool.  
Pro 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.  
Pro 6:23 For the commandment(of your father and mother) is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life  
Merchant ships.  
Pro 31:14 She is like merchant ships; She(an excellent wife) brings her food from afar.  
Messengers of death.  
Pro 16:14 The fury of a king is like messengers of death, But a wise man will appease it.  
Oil and perfume.  
Pro 27:9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend.  
Precious treasure and oil.  
Pro 21:20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man swallows it up.  
Scorching fire.  
Pro 16:27 A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are like scorching fire.  
Seven men giving a descreet answer.  
Pro 26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can give a discreet answer.  
Silver and choicest gold.  
Pro 8:10 "Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold. Pro 8:19 "My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest silver.  
Snow in summer and rain in harvest.  
Pro 26:1 Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.  
Pro 10:23 Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.  
Teeth like swords and knives.  
Pro 30:14 There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords And his jaw teeth like knives, To devour the afflicted from the earth And the needy from among men.  
The appler of your eye.  
Pro 7:2-4 Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye. (3) Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. (4) Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," And call understanding your intimate friend;  
The bite of a serpent and sting of the viper.  
Proverbs 23:31-32 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly; (32) At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper.
The cold of snow.  
Pro 25:13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters.  
The corner of a roof.  
Pro 21:9 It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
The flying of a sparrow or swallow.  
Pro 26:2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight.  
The growling of a lion.  
Pro 20:2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.  
The letting out of water.  
Pro 17:14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.  
The light of dawn.  
Pro 4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.  
The thrusts of a sword.  
Pro 12:18 There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.  
The useless legs of the lame.  
Pro 26:7 Like the legs which are useless to the lame, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.  
Vagabon, and armed man.  
Pro 6:10 "A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest"-- Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.  
Vinegar and smoke.  
Pro 10:26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy one to those who send him.
Vinegar on Soda.  
Pro 25:20 Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.  
Water reflecting a face.  
Pro 27:19 As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.  
Wormwood, and a sharp sword.  
Pro 5:4 But in the end she(Adulteress) is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.  

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