s snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not
seemly for a fool.
. .2 As the sparrow in its fluttering, as the swallow in its flying, so
curse which is causeless shall not alight.
. .3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the
. .4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be
like unto him.
. .5 Answer a fool as his folly requireth, lest he be wise in his
. .6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off
his own feet, and drinketh violence.
. .7 As the legs of the lame which hang down, so is a proverb
mouth of fools.
. .8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth
honour to a fool.
. .9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a
proverb in the mouths of fools.
. .10 As an archer that woundeth every one which passeth by,
so is he that hireth a fool or a drunkard.
. .11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his
. .12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope
of a fool than of him.
. .13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way! A lion is
in the streets!
. .14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon
. .15 The slothful dippeth his hand in the dish; it wearieth him
bring it again to his mouth.
. .16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men that
can render a discreet answer.
. .17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to
him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
. .18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
. .19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Was not
. .20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is
no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
. .21 As coals are to burning embers, and wood to fire; so is a
contentious man to kindle strife.
. .22 The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into
the innermost parts of the belly.
. .23 Smooth lips and a wicked heart are like an earthen vessel
with silver dross.
. .24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit
in his heart;
. .25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven
abominations in his heart.
. .26 Though his hatred be covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be
shewed before the whole congregation.
. .27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a
stone, it will return upon him.
. .28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a
flattering mouth worketh ruin.