Dead flies make the perfumer's ointment give off a foul odor; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left.
Even when fools walk on the road, they lack sense, and show to everyone that they are fools.
Words spoken by the wise bring them favor, but the lips of fools consume them.
The words of their mouths begin in foolishness, and their talk ends in wicked madness;
yet fools talk on and on. No one knows what is to happen, and who can tell anyone what the future holds?
The toil of fools wears them out, for they do not even know the way to town.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (New Revised Standard w/ Apocrypha)