1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.|
2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. Translatorís note:
conceit: Heb. eyes
6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. Translatorís note:
damage: or, violence 7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8 As he that bindeth Translatorís note:
bindeth...: or, putteth a precious stone in an heap of stones a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. 9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
10 The great Translatorís note:
The great...: or, A great man grieveth all, and he hireth the fool, he hireth also transgressors God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly. Translatorís note:
returneth to his folly: Heb. iterateth his folly
12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth Translatorís note:
it grieveth...: or, he is weary him to bring it again to his mouth.
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
17 He that passeth by, and meddleth Translatorís note:
meddleth: or, is enraged with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, Translatorís note:
firebrands: Heb. flames, or, sparks arrows, and death, 19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
20 Where no Translatorís note:
Where no...: Heb. Without wood wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. 21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. 22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
24 He that hateth dissembleth Translatorís note:
dissembleth: or, is known with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 25 When he speaketh Translatorís note:
speaketh...: Heb. maketh his voice gracious fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.