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 bridle for the donkey,4 and a rod for the backs of fools!5
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Do not answer fools according to their folly, or you yourself will be just like them.6
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Answer fools according to their folly, or they will be wise in their own eyes.7
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To send a message by the hands of a fool8 is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison.
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Like the useless legs of one who is lame 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 one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
As a dog returns to its vomit,12 so fools repeat their folly.13
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Do you see people who are wise in their own eyes?14 There is more hope for fools than for them.15
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A sluggard says,16 "There's 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 the bed.18
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Sluggards bury their hands in the dish and are too lazy to bring them back to their mouths.19
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Sluggards are wiser in their own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.
Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death
is one who deceives a neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.20
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As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.21
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The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.22
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Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.
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Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,23 but in their hearts they harbor deceit.24
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Though their speech is charming,25 do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts.26
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Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
If anyone digs a pit,27 they themselves will fall into it;28 if anyone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.29
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A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth30 works ruin.
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