Dead flies in perfume make it stink, And a little foolishness decomposes much wisdom.
Wise thinking leads to right living; Stupid thinking leads to wrong living.
Fools on the road have no sense of direction. The way they walk tells the story: "There goes the fool again!"
The words of a wise person are gracious. The talk of a fool self-destructs -
He starts out talking nonsense And ends up spouting insanity and evil.
Fools talk way too much, Chattering stuff they know nothing about.
A decent day's work so fatigues fools That they can't find their way back to town.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)