- ¶ LIKE dead flies which make the container of precious ointment stink, so does a great folly outweigh wisdom and honor.
- A wise man’s heart thinks rightly;
but a fool’s heart thinks wrongly.
- Yea also, when the fool walks by the way, he lacks wisdom, and whatever he reasons is folly.
- ¶ If the temper of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your country;
because healing forgives many sins.
- There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, like an error which proceeds from before a ruler:
- The fool is set in high and powerful places, and the rich shall sit in a low place.
- I have seen servants riding upon horses, and princes walking like servants on the ground.
- He who digs a pit shall fall into it;
and he who breaks a hedge will be bitten by a serpent.
- He who removes landmarks shall suffer pain by them;
and he who cuts trees shall be wounded by them.
- Just as the edge of a weapon may be blunt, and not sharpened, and yet may cause many to be slain, so wisdom is more advantageous to those who are diligent.
- If the serpent bites without being charmed;
then in vain is a charmer.
- ¶ The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious;
but the lips of a fool will ruin him.
- The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness;
and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
- A fool multiplies words;
a man cannot tell what has been;
and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
- The labor of fools wears them out because they do not know how to buy and sell in the city.
- ¶ Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes eat in the morning!
- Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of a noble and your princes eat in due time, for strength and not for drunkenness!
- By slothfulness a roof shall be brought down;
and through idleness of hands water drips through.
- Bread and wine are made for joy, and oil makes life merry;
but money brings one low and causes him to go astray in all things.
- Do not curse the king, no not even in your thought;
and do not curse the rich in your bedchamber;
for a bird of the air shall carry your voice, and that which has wings shall tell the matter.