1 Dead flies can make a whole bottle of perfume stink, and a little stupidity can cancel out the greatest wisdom. 2 It is natural for the wise to do the right thing and for fools to do the wrong thing. 3 Their stupidity will be evident even to strangers they meet along the way; they let everyone know that they are fools.
12 What the wise say brings them honor, but fools are destroyed by their own words. 13 They start out with silly talk and end up with pure madness. 14 A fool talks on and on. No one knows what is going to happen next, and no one can tell us what will happen after we die. 15 Only someone too stupid to find his way home would wear himself out with work.