1Deadflies make a 1perfumer'soilstink, so a littlefoolishness is weightierthanwisdom and honor.
A wiseman'sheart directs him toward the right, but the foolish2man'sheart directs him toward the left.
3Evenwhen the foolwalks along the road, his asense is lacking and he b3demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.
4If the ruler'sctemperrisesagainst you, 4do not abandon your position, because5composureallaysgreatoffenses.
5There is an evil I have seenunder the sun, like an errorwhichgoesforth from the ruler -
66folly is set in manyexaltedplaces while richmensit in humbleplaces.
I have seen7slaves riding 8on horses and princeswalking like slaves on the land.
89He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a 10serpent may bite him who breaksthrough a wall.
He who quarriesstones may be hurt by them, and he who splitslogs may be endangered by them.
10If the daxe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must eexert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of givingsuccess.
11If the serpentbitesf11before being charmed, there is noprofit for the charmer .
1212Words from the mouth of a wiseman are gracious, while the lips of a 13foolconsume him;
the beginning of ghis talking is folly and the end of hit is wicked14madness.
Yet the 15foolmultiplieswords. Nomanknowswhat will happen, and who can tell him 16what will comeafter him?
The toil of ia fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.
16Woe to you, O land, whose17king is a lad and whose princesjfeast in the morning.
17Blessed are you, O land, whoseking is of nobility and whose princeseat at the appropriate time -for strength and not for 18drunkenness.
Through 19indolence the rafterssag, and through slackness the houseleaks.
Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and 20winemakeslifemerry, and 21moneykis the answer to everything.
20Furthermore, 22in your bedchamber do not 23curse a king, and in your sleepingrooms do not curse a richman, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matterknown.