1Like snow in summer and rain at harvest, # 1Sm 12:17
honor is inappropriate for a fool. # Pr 17:7; 19:10
2Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow, # Pr 27:8
an undeserved curse goes nowhere. # Nm 23:8; Dt 23:5; 2Sm 16:12
3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, # Ps 32:9
and a rod for the backs of fools. # Pr 10:13; 19:29
4Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishness # Pr 23:9; 29:9; Mt 7:6; Lk 23:9
or you’ll be like him yourself.
5Answer a fool according to his foolishness # Mt 16:1-4; 21:24-27
or he’ll become wise in his own eyes. # Pr 26:12; 28:11; Rm 12:16
6The one who sends a message by a fool’s hand # Pr 10:26; 25:13
cuts off his own feet and drinks violence. # Pr 13:2
7A proverb in the mouth of a fool
is like lame legs that hang limp.
8Giving honor to a fool
is like binding a stone in a sling. # A stone bound in a sling would not release and could harm the person using the sling. A modern equivalent is jamming a cork in a gun barrel.
9A proverb in the mouth of a fool
is like a stick with thorns,
brandished by # Lit thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard.
10The one who hires a fool or who hires those passing by
is like an archer who wounds everyone.
11As a dog returns to its vomit,
so a fool repeats his foolishness. # 2Pt 2:22
12Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? # Pr 3:7; 26:5; Rm 12:16
There is more hope for a fool than for him. # Pr 29:20
13The slacker says, “There’s a lion in the road —
a lion in the public square! ” # Pr 22:13
14A door turns on its hinges,
and a slacker, on his bed. # Pr 6:9-10; 19:15
15The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;
he is too weary to bring it to his mouth. # Pr 12:27; 19:24
16In his own eyes, a slacker is wiser # Pr 26:5,12; 28:11
than seven men who can answer sensibly.
17A person who is passing by and meddles in a quarrel that’s not his
is like one who grabs a dog by the ears.
18Like a madman who throws flaming darts and deadly arrows, # Is 50:11
19so is the man who deceives his neighbor
and says, “I was only joking! ”
20Without wood, fire goes out;
without a gossip, conflict dies down. # Pr 16:28; 22:10
21As charcoal for embers and wood for fire,
so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. # Pr 15:18
22A gossip’s words are like choice food
that goes down to one’s innermost being. # Lit to the chambers of the belly # Pr 18:8
23Smooth # LXX; MT reads Burning lips with an evil heart
are like glaze on an earthen vessel. # Mt 23:27; Lk 11:39
24A hateful person disguises himself with his speech
and harbors deceit within.
25When he speaks graciously, don’t believe him,
for there are seven abominations in his heart. # Ps 28:3
26Though his hatred is concealed by deception,
his evil will be revealed in the assembly.
27The one who digs a pit will fall into it,
and whoever rolls a stone —
it will come back on him. # Est 7:10; Jb 4:8; Pr 28:10; Dn 6:24; Mt 26:52
28A lying tongue hates those it crushes,
and a flattering mouth causes ruin.