Proverbs 26:1

ESV Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.
NIV Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.
NASB Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.
CSB Like snow in summer and rain at harvest, honor is inappropriate for a fool.
NLT Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest.
KJV As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

What does Proverbs 26:1 mean?

In some regions, weather is notoriously difficult to predict. In others, seasons are more reliable and so are climate patterns. Israel's weather was regular enough that a drastically unexpected event was a credible miracle (1 Samuel 12:17). The season of wheat harvest is notably dry, so rain would be a bizarre occurrence. The same would be true of snow on a sweltering summer day. Both examples represent a mismatch: two things which clearly do not belong together. In the same way, giving respect or "honor" to someone who foolishly ignores God (Proverbs 1:7; 3:35) is absurd. Snow in summer, or rain during a dry season, can also cause damage. So, too, can a fool put into a position of authority.

A fool lacks the wisdom a leader needs to govern others. He makes bad decisions (Proverbs 10:21). He condones and even promotes immorality (Proverbs 13:19; 28:15–16), and he disdains righteousness and the worship of God (Proverbs 28:14). He appoints others like himself to positions of authority (Proverbs 29:12).

A mark of foolishness seen especially in kings and rulers is false security (Proverbs 24:21–22; 30:7–9). Such a person thinks his future is secure, when his times are in God's hands; divine judgment might strike him down at any moment (Proverbs 6:12–15). In the time of the prophet Daniel, Belshazzar, King of Babylon, was a fool. He was proud, profane, and promiscuous. Following a pompous feast Belshazzar hosted, God allowed the Medes and the Persians to kill him and seize his kingdom (Daniel 5).
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