Like snow in summer or rain1 in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.22
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.33
A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey,4 and a rod for the backs of fools!54
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.65
Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.76
Like cutting off one's feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.87
Like a lame man's legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.98
Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.109
Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.1110
Like an archer who wounds at random is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.
As a dog returns to its vomit,12 so a fool repeats his folly.1312
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?14 There is more hope for a fool than for him.1513
The sluggard says,16 "There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!"1714
As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.1815
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.1916
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly.
Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.
Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows
is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.2021
As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.2122
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.2223
Like a coating of glazea over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.
A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,23 but in his heart he harbors deceit.2425
Though his speech is charming,25 do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.2626
His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
If a man digs a pit,27 he will fall into it;28 if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.2928
A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth30 works ruin.