A shrewd person conceals knowledge,
but a foolish heart publicizes stupidity.
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive,
but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness.
The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool hastens destruction.
The lips of the wise broadcast knowledge,
but not so the heart of fools.
Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.
A proverb in the mouth of a fool
is like lame legs that hang limp.
The proud speech of a fool brings a rod of discipline,
but the lips of the wise protect them.
If only you would shut up
and let that be your wisdom!
Is there [no] end to your empty words? What provokes you that you continue testifying? If you were in my place I could also talk like you. I could string words together against you and shake my head at you, [but I wouldn't].
Who is this who obscures My counsel
with ignorant words?
Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishness
or you’ll be like him yourself.
Don’t slander a servant to his master
or he will curse you, and you will become guilty.
The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly, but the end of his speaking is evil madness. Yet the fool multiplies words. No one knows what will happen, and who can tell anyone what will happen after him?