Proverbs 26:6

NET ©

Like cutting off the feet or drinking violence, so is sending a message by the hand of a fool.

NIV ©

Like cutting off one’s feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.

NASB ©

He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.

NLT ©

Trusting a fool to convey a message is as foolish as cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison!

MSG ©

You're only asking for trouble when you send a message by a fool.

BBE ©

He who sends news by the hand of a foolish man is cutting off his feet and drinking in damage.

NRSV ©

It is like cutting off one’s foot and drinking down violence, to send a message by a fool.

NKJV ©

He who sends a message by the hand of a fool Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

KJV
He that sendeth
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a message
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by the hand
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of a fool
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cutteth off
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the feet
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[and] drinketh
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damage
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{damage: or, violence}
HEBREW
lyok
<03684>
dyb
<03027>
Myrbd
<01697>
xls
<07971>
hts
<08354>
omx
<02555>
Mylgr
<07272>
huqm (26:6)
<07096>
LXXM
(33:6) ek
<1537>  
PREP
twn
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T-GPM
eautou
<1438>  
D-GSM
podwn
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N-GPM
oneidov
<3681>  
N-ASN
pietai
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V-FMI-3S
o
<3588>  
T-NSM
aposteilav
<649>  
V-AAPNS
di
<1223>  
PREP
aggelou
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N-GSM
afronov
<878>  
A-GSM
logon
<3056>  
N-ASM
NET © [draft] ITL
Like cutting
<07096>
off the feet
<07272>
or drinking
<08354>
violence
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, so
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is sending
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a message
<01697>
by the hand
<03027>
of a fool
<03684>
.
NET © Notes

sn Sending a messenger on a mission is like having another pair of feet. But if the messenger is a fool, this proverb says, not only does the sender not have an extra pair of feet – he cuts off the pair he has. It would not be simply that the message did not get through; it would get through incorrectly and be a setback! The other simile uses “violence,” a term for violent social wrongs and injustice. The metaphorical idea of “drinking” violence means suffering violence – it is one’s portion. So sending a fool on a mission will have injurious consequences.

tn The participle could be taken as the subject of the sentence: “the one who sends…cuts off…and drinks.”

sn The consequence is given in the first line and the cause in the second. It would be better not to send a message at all than to use a fool as messenger.