Proverbs 26:6

He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

– Proverbs 26:6


This proverb focuses on the sender more than the foolish messenger. Other proverbs speak of employing a messenger and the whole pictures contrasts the negative effects of sending a sluggard or a fool and the positive effects of sending a faithful messenger (Proverbs 10:26; 13:17; 25:13). The image here, cutteth off the feet and drinketh damage, shows the foolish messenger being unhelpful and hurtful.  Drinking speaks of abundance, or excessive damage, or violence.




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