2 Just as a bird has reason to flee and a swallow to fly,
So a curse does not come without a real reason.*
3 A whip is for the horse, a bridle is for the donkey,+
And the rod is for the back of stupid people.+
4 Do not answer the stupid one according to his foolishness,
So that you do not put yourself on his level.*
6 Like someone who cripples his own feet and harms himself*
Is the one who entrusts matters to someone stupid.
9 Like a thorn plant that comes into the hand of a drunkard,
So is a proverb in the mouth of stupid people.
12 Have you seen a man who thinks he is wise?+
There is more hope for someone stupid than for him.
15 The lazy one buries his hand in the banquet bowl,
But he is too tired to bring it back to his mouth.+
16 The lazy one thinks he is wiser
Than seven people who give a sensible reply.
17 Like someone grabbing hold of a dog’s ears
Is the one passing by who becomes furious about* a quarrel that is not his.+
18 Like a madman who shoots fiery missiles, arrows, and death*
19 Is the man who plays a trick on his neighbor and says, “I was only joking!”+
24 The one who hates others disguises it with his lips,
But inside he harbors deceit.
25 Although he speaks graciously, do not trust him,
For there are seven detestable things in his heart.*
26 Though his hatred is concealed by deceit,
His evil will be exposed in the congregation.
27 The one who digs a pit will fall into it,
And whoever rolls away a stone—it will come back on him.+