1Snow no more befits the summer, nor rain the harvest-time, than honours befit a fool. 2As the sparrow escapes, and the swal ow flies away, so the undeserved curse will never hit its mark. 3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and for the backs of fools, a stick. 4Do not answer a fool in the terms of his fol y for fear you grow like him yourself. 5Answer a fool in the terms of his fol y for fear he imagine himself wise. 6He wounds himself, he takes violence for his drink, who sends a message by a fool. 7Unreliable as the legs of the lame, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 8As wel tie the stone to the sling as pay honour to a fool. 9A thorn branch in a drunkard's hand, such is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 10An archer wounding everyone, such is he who hires the passing fool and drunkard. 11As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool reverts to his fol y. 12You see someone who thinks himself wise? More to be hoped for from a fool than from him! 13'A wild beast on the road!' says the idler, 'a lion in the streets!' 14The door turns on its hinges, the idler on his bed. 15Into the dish the idler dips his hand, but is too tired to bring it back to his mouth. 16The idler thinks himself wiser than seven people who answer with discretion. 17He takes a stray dog by the ears, who meddles in someone else's quarrel. 18Like a madman hurling firebrands, arrows and death, 19so is anyone who lies to a companion and then says, 'Aren't I amusing?' 20No wood, and the fire goes out; no slanderer, and quarrel ing dies down. 21Charcoal for live embers, wood for fire, and the quarrelsome for kindling strife. 22The words of a slanderer are tasty morsels that go right down into the bel y. 23Base silver-plate on top of clay: such are fervent lips and a wicked heart. 24Whoever hates may hide it in speech, but deep within lies treachery; 25do not trust such a person's pretty speeches, since in the heart lurk seven abominations. 26Hatred may disguise itself with guile, to reveal its wickedness later in the assembly. 27Whoever digs a pit fal s into it, the stone comes back on him that rol s it. 28The lying tongue hates its victims, the wheedling mouth causes ruin.
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