1As 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 fools’ 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 of fools.
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.
10The great God that formed all things Both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
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.
13The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; A lion is in the streets.
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.
16The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit Than seven men that can render a reason.
17He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, Is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
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.
21As 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.
26Whose hatred is covered by deceit, His wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
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 ruin.