Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to stink [and] ferment; [so] a little folly is weightier than wisdom [and] honour. a2
The heart of a wise [man] is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his sense b faileth [him], and he saith to c every one [that] he is a fool.
If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for quietness pacifieth great offences. d5
There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as an error [that] proceedeth from the ruler:
folly is set in great dignities, but the rich sit in a low place.
I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants e upon the earth.
He that diggeth a pit falleth into it; and whoso breaketh down a hedge, a serpent biteth him.
Whoso removeth stones is hurt therewith; he that cleaveth wood is endangered f thereby.
If the iron be blunt, and one do not whet the edge, then must he apply more strength; but wisdom is profitable to give success.
If the serpent bite before g enchantment, then the charmer hath no advantage. h12
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool swallow up himself.
The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly; and the end of his talk i is mischievous madness.
And the fool multiplieth words: [yet] man knoweth not what shall be; and what shall be after him, who will tell him?
The labour of fools wearieth them, because they know not how to go to the city.
Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, j and thy princes eat in the morning!
Happy art thou, O land, when thy king is a son of nobles, and thy princes eat in [due] season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
By much sloth fulness k the framework l falleth in; and through idleness of the hands the house drippeth.
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh life merry; but money answereth everything.
Curse not the king, no, not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for the bird of the air will carry the voice, and that which hath wings will tell the matter.