1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honor is not seemly for a fool. 2 As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, So the curse that is causeless alighteth not. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, And a rod for the back of fools. 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. 6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool Cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh in damage. 7 The legs of the lame hang loose: So is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8 As one that bindeth a stone in a sling, So is he that giveth honor to a fool. 9 As a thorn that goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, So is a parable in the mouth of fools. 10 As an archer that woundeth all, So is he that hireth a fool and he that hireth them that pass by. 11 As a dog that returneth to his vomit,'so is a fool that repeateth his folly. 12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
13 The sluggard saith, There is a lion in the way; A lion is in the streets. 14 As the door turneth upon its hinges, So doth the sluggard upon his bed. 15 The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish; It wearieth 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 vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, Is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. 18 As a madman who casteth firebrands, Arrows, and death, 19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, And saith, Am not I in sport?
20 For lack of wood the fire goeth out; And where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth. 21 As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to inflame strife. 22 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.
23 Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross. 24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips; But he layeth up deceit within him: 25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not; For there are seven abominations in his heart: 26 Though his hatred cover itself with guile, His wickedness shall be openly showed before the assembly. 27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; And he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him. 28 A lying tongue hateth those whom it hath wounded; And a flattering mouth worketh ruin.