Like snow in summer or rain1 in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.2
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Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.3
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A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey,4 and a rod for the backs of fools!5
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Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.6
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Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.7
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Like cutting off one's feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.8
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Like a lame man's legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.9
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Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.10
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Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.11
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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.13
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Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?14 There is more hope for a fool than for him.15
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The sluggard says,16 "There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!"17
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As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.18
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The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.19
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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.20
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As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.21
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The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.22
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Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.
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A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,23 but in his heart he harbors deceit.24
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Though his speech is charming,25 do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.26
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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.29
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A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth30 works ruin.
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