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Likesnowinsummer, andasraininharvest,
sohonourisnotfittingforafool.
Likea fluttering sparrow,
likea darting swallow,
sothe undeserved curse doesn’t come to rest.
Awhipisforthehorse,
abridleforthedonkey,
andarodforthebackoffools!
Don’t answerafool according tohis folly,
lestyoualsobelikehim.
Answerafool according tohis folly,
lest he bewiseinhisowneyes.
Onewhosendsamessagebythehandofafool
iscuttingofffeetanddrinkingviolence.
Likethelegsofthelamethathang loose,
soisaparableinthemouthoffools.
Asonewhobindsa stone inasling,
soishewhogiveshonourtoafool.
Likeathornbushthatgoesintothehandofadrunkard,
soisaparableinthemouthoffools.
10 Asan archer whowoundsall,
soishewhohiresafool
orhewhohiresthosewhopassby.
11 Asadogthatreturnstohisvomit,
soisafoolwhorepeatshis folly.
12 Doyouseeamanwiseinhisowneyes?
Thereismorehopeforafoolthanforhim.
13 Thesluggard says, “There isalionintheroad!
A fierce lion roams thestreets!”
14 Asthedoorturnsonitshinges,
so does thesluggardonhisbed.
15 Thesluggardburieshishandinthedish.
Heis too lazytobringitbacktohismouth.
16 Thesluggardiswiserinhisowneyes
thansevenmenwhoanswerwithdiscretion.
17 Likeonewho grabs adog’s ears
isonewhopassesbyandmeddlesinaquarrelnothisown.
18 Like a madman who shoots torches, arrows, anddeath,
19 isthe man whodeceiveshisneighbourand says, “Am Inotjoking?”
20 For lack ofwooda fire goesout.
Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.
21 As coals are tohotembers,
andwoodtofire,
so isacontentious man to kindling strife.
22 Thewordsofawhispererareasdaintymorsels,
theygodownintotheinnermostparts.
23 Likesilverdrossonanearthenvessel
arethelipsofafervent one withanevilheart.
24 A malicious man disguises himselfwithhislips,
buthe harbours evil inhisheart.
25 Whenhis speech is charming, don’t believe him,
for there aresevenabominationsinhisheart.
26 His malice maybe concealed by deception,
buthiswickednesswillbeexposedintheassembly.
27 Whoever digsapitshallfallintoit.
Whoever rollsa stone, itwillcomebackonhim.
28 Alyingtonguehatesthoseit hurts;
andaflatteringmouthworksruin.