26 As with snow in summer and with rain in harvest,
so importance is undesirable for a fool.
so with a groundless curse; it does not come in.
3 A whip for the pony, a bridle for the donkey,
and a cudgel for fools’ backs.
5 Answer a fool on his own foolish basis
for fear he should think he was wise.
7 A lame man’s legs
and a proverb in fools’ mouths
are thin and weak.
8 Like one who wraps up a stone in a piece of embroidery,
such is one who gives honor to a fool.
9 A brier gets into a drunken man’s hand
and a proverb into fools’ mouths.
12 If you see a man who thinks he is wise,
there is more hope of a fool than of him.
14 The door just turns on its hinges
and an idler on his bed.
15 If an idler has stuck his hand into the dish
he is too tired for bringing it back to his mouth.
16 An idler thinks he is wiser
than seven who can give an answer that makes sense.
is a man grabbing a passing dog by the tail.
18 Like an idiot throwing
firebrands, arrows, and death,
20 Lacking wood, a fire goes out,
and without a scandalmonger quarrels calm down.
21 Charcoal for a charcoal fire and wood for a wood fire,
and a quarrelsome man to heat up a dispute.
22 A scandalmonger’s words are like the seeping of water,
and they run down into the deepest recesses of the body.
23 Glowing lips and a bad heart
are dross silver plated over earthenware.
25 When he makes his voice gracious do not trust him,
for he has seven abominations in his heart.
26 One who covers up hate with duplicity
will have his viciousness exposed in the assembly.
27 One who digs a pitfall will fall into it,
and one who rolls a stone will have it come back on him.