- ¶ LIKE snow in summer and like rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool.
- ¶ Like sparrows wandering and like birds flying in the air, so the curse that is causeless shall be driven away.
- ¶ A whip for the horse, a goad for the ass, and a rod for the back of a fool.
- ¶ Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be also like him.
- But answer a fool according to your wisdom, lest he think in himself that he is wise.
- ¶ He who sends a message by the hand of a fool drinks iniquity from under his own feet.
- As a lame man who cannot walk, so is a parable in the mouth of a fool.
- Like a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.
- Thorns spring up in the hand of a drunkard, and folly in the mouth of a foot.
- ¶ The body of a fool is greatly afflicted, and a drunkard thinks that he can cross a sea.
- ¶ As a dog that returns to his vomit, so is a fool that misbehaves in his folly.
- ¶ If you should see a man wise in his own eyes, a fool is much better than he.
- ¶ The sluggard says, when he is sent out, There is a lion in the way;
a lion is in the streets.
- ¶ As a door turns upon its hinges, so does the slothful turn on his bed.
- ¶ The slothful hides his hands in his bosom;
it grieves him to bring them again to his mouth.
- ¶ The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men with good reasoning.
- ¶ He who meddles with a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears.
- ¶ Like haughty men who utter words sharp and deadly as arrows,
- So is the man who deceives his neighbor;
when he is caught, he says, I was merely jesting.
- ¶ When there is no wood, the fire goes out;
and where there is no troublesome person, the strife ceases.
- As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire;
so is a malicious person to kindle strife.
- The words of the malicious stir up trouble;
they go down into the innermost parts of the heart.
- ¶ Like silver dross which sticks to an earthen pot, so are enraged lips and an evil heart.
- ¶ He who hates is known by his own speech;
in his heart he entertains deceit;
- Though he speaks in a gentle tone, believe him not;
for there are seven abominations in his heart.
- He who conceals hatred in his heart, his wickedness shall be revealed in the congregation.
- ¶ He who digs a pit shall fall into it;
and he who rolls a stone, it will return upon him.
- ¶ A lying tongue hates the truth;
and a troublesome mouth stirs up a quarrel.