Like snow in summer and like 1rain in harvest, Sohonor is not 2fitting for a fool.
Like a 3sparrow in its aflitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a 4cursewithoutcause does not balight.
A 5whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a 6rod for the back of fools.
47Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.
58Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be 9wise in his own eyes.
He cutsoff his own feet and drinksviolence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.
Like the legs which care useless to the lame, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Like done who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who giveshonor to a fool.
Like a thorn which efalls into the hand of a drunkard, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10fLike an archer who woundseveryone, So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.
Like 10a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who 11repeatsghis folly.
Do you see a man12wise in his own eyes ? 13There is morehope for a foolthan for him.
The 14sluggardsays, "There is a lion in the road ! A lion is hin the opensquare !"
As the doorturns on its hinges, So does the 15sluggard on his bed.
The 16sluggardburies his hand in the dish ; He is weary of bringing it to his mouthagain.
The sluggard is 17wiser in his own eyesThanseven men who can igive a discreetanswer.
Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and jmeddles with 18strife not belonging to him.
Like a madman who throws19Firebrands, arrows and death,
19So is the man who 20deceives his neighbor, And says, "21Was I not joking ?"
For lack of wood the firegoes out, And where there is no22whisperer, 23contentionquietsdown.
Like charcoal to hotembers and wood to fire, So is a 24contentiousman to kindlestrife.
The 25words of a whisperer are like daintymorsels, And they godown into the kinnermostparts of the body.
Like an earthen26vesseloverlaid with silver27dross Are burninglips and a wickedheart.
He who 28hatesdisguises it with his lips, But he lays up 29deceit in his lheart.
25Whenmhe 30speaksgraciously, do not believe him, For there are sevenabominations in his heart.
Though his hatred31covers itself with guile, His wickedness will be 32revealed before the assembly.
He who 33digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will comeback on him.
A lyingtonguehatesnthose it crushes, And a 34flatteringmouthworksruin.