Folly of Fools
1Like snow in summer or rain at harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.
2Like a fluttering sparrow or a flying swallow, so an undeserved curse does not land.
3A whip for a horse, a bridle for a donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.
4Do not answer a fool according to his folly, else you also will be like him.
5Answer a fool according to his folly, else he will be wise in his own eyes.
6Like cutting off one’s feet or drinking violence is sending a message by a fool’s hand.
7Like a lame man’s legs that hang limp, so is a proverb in a fool’s mouth.
8Like tying a stone into a sling, so is giving honor to a fool.
9Like a thorn bush in a drunkard’s hand is a proverb in a fool’s mouth.
10Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
11Like a dog that returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.
12Do you see one wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than him.
Folly of Slackers
13A slacker says, “There’s a lion on the road! A lion is in the streets!”
14As a door turns on its hinges so a slacker turns on his bed.
15The slacker plunges his hand in the dish— he is too tired to bring it back to his mouth.
16A slacker is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer sensibly.
Folly of Lashon Ha-Ra
17Like one who takes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.
18Like a madman shooting firebrands and deadly arrows
19so is one who deceives his friend, and says, “I was only joking.”
20Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip quarrels cease.
21As coals are to embers and wood to fire, so is a contentious person to kindling strife.
22A gossip’s words are like tasty morsels— they slide down into the innermost parts of the body.
23Like silver glaze overlaying earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24One who hates, disguises it with his lips, but he stores up deceit within him.
25When he speaks favorably, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.
26Though his hatred may be concealed by deceit, his evil will be exposed before the assembly.
27Whoever digs a pit will fall in it, and whoever rolls a stone— it will come back upon him.
28A lying tongue hates those crushed by it, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.