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