A fool’s lips bring strife,
And his mouth calls for blows.
A fool’s anger is known at once,
But a prudent man conceals dishonor.
Through insolence comes nothing but strife,
But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back,
But the lips of the wise will protect them.
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil,
But a fool is arrogant and careless.
A worthless man digs up evil,
While his words are like scorching fire.
The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
A man of great anger will bear the penalty,
For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.
Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
And blows for the back of fools.
Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man,
But any fool will quarrel.
Do not associate with a man given to anger;
Or go with a hot-tempered man,
It is better to live in a corner of the roof
Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
A stone is heavy and the sand weighty,
But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.
When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man,
The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.