As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly
for a fool.
2As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the
curse causeless shall not come.
3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the
ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.
4Answer not a fool according to his
folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
5Answer a fool according to his
folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
6He that sendeth a message by
the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
7The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth
8As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that
giveth honour to a fool.
9As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a
drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and
11As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a
fool returneth to his folly.
12Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit?
there is more hope of a fool than of him.
man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in
14As the door turneth upon his hinges, so
doth the slothful upon his bed.
15The slothful hideth his hand in
his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a
17He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife
belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the
18As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
19So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith,
Am not I in sport?
20Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out:
so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a
contentious man to kindle strife.
22The words of a talebearer are
as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
23Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered
with silver dross.
24He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth
up deceit within him;
25When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for
there are seven abominations in his heart.
is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole
27Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that
rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
28A lying tongue hateth
those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh