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Proverbs 26

Prov. 26:3 KJV (With Strong’s)

A whip
showt (Hebrew #7752)
a lash (literally or figuratively)
KJV usage: scourge, whip.
Pronounce: shote
Origin: from 7751
for the horse
cuwc (Hebrew #5483)
from an unused root meaning to skip (properly, for joy); a horse (as leaping); also a swallow (from its rapid flight)
KJV usage: crane, horse((-back, -hoof)). Compare 6571.
Pronounce: soos
Origin: or cuc {soos}
, a bridle
metheg (Hebrew #4964)
a bit
KJV usage: bit, bridle.
Pronounce: meh-theg
Origin: from an unused root meaning to curb
for the ass
chamowr (Hebrew #2543)
from 2560; a male ass (from its dun red)
KJV usage: (he)ass.
Pronounce: kham-ore'
Origin: or (shortened) chamor {kham-ore}
, and a rod
shebet (Hebrew #7626)
a scion, i.e. (literally) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (figuratively) a clan
KJV usage: X correction, dart, rod, sceptre, staff, tribe.
Pronounce: shay'-bet
Origin: from an unused root probably meaning to branch off
for the fool’s
kciyl (Hebrew #3684)
properly, fat, i.e. (figuratively) stupid or silly
KJV usage: fool(-ish).
Pronounce: kes-eel'
Origin: from 3688
gev (Hebrew #1460)
the back; by analogy, the middle
KJV usage: + among, back, body.
Pronounce: gave
Origin: from 1342 (corresponding to 1354)

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Cross References

According to our notions, we should rather say, a bridle for the horse, and a whip for the ass; but it should be considered, that the Eastern asses are not only much more beautiful, but better goers that ours; and being active and well broken, they need only a bridle to guide them; whereas their horses being scarce, and often caught wild, and badly broken, are much less manageable, and need the correction of the whip.
Prov. 10:13• 13In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding. (Prov. 10:13)
Prov. 17:10• 10A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. (Prov. 17:10)
Prov. 19:25• 25Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge. (Prov. 19:25)
Prov. 27:22• 22Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him. (Prov. 27:22)
Judg. 8:5‑7• 5And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for they be faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.
6And the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thine army?
7And Gideon said, Therefore when the Lord hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.
(Judg. 8:5‑7)
Psa. 32:9• 9Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. (Psa. 32:9)
1 Cor. 4:21• 21What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness? (1 Cor. 4:21)
2 Cor. 10:6• 6And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Cor. 10:6)
2 Cor. 13:2• 2I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare: (2 Cor. 13:2)

J. N. Darby Translation

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.