1 As snow in summer and as rain in harvest, so honour is not suited for a fool.
2 As the sparrow in its wandering, as the swallow in its flight, so the curse causeless shall never come.
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
4 Never answer a fool according to his folly lest thou also be like unto him.
5 Answer the fool showing him his folly lest he be wise in his own conceit.
6 He that gives responsibility to one who is not able to carry it out [is like] him that sends a message by the hand of a fool, and he shall drink the damage.
7 Like unto the way that the [one who is] lame walks, so [is] a proverb in the mouth of the fool.
8 As he that binds the stone in the sling, so [is] he that gives honour to a fool.
9 [As] thorns sunk into the hand of one who is drunk, so [is] a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10 The great [God]that formed all [things] rewards both the fool and transgressors.
11 As a dog returns to his vomit, [so] the fool returns to his folly.
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 turns upon his hinges, so [does] the slothful upon his bed.
15 The slothful hides his hand in [his] bosom; it grieves him to bring it again to his mouth.
16 The sluggard [is] wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can give [him] counsel.
17 He that passes by [and] meddles with strife not [belonging] to him [is like] one that takes a dog by the ears.
18 As a mad [man] who casts firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 so [is] the man [that] destroys his friend and says, Am I not in sport?
20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out, so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceases.
21 Charcoal for burning coals and wood for fire, and a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a talebearer seem smooth, but they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
23 Burning lips and a wicked heart [are like] a potsherd covered with silver dross.
24 He that hates dissembles with his lips and lays up deceit within him;
25 when he speaks fair, do not believe him, for [there are] seven abominations in his heart.
26 Even though his hatred is covered up in the desert, his wickedness shall be showed before the [whole] congregation.
27 Whosoever digs a pit shall fall therein, and he that rolls a stone, it will return upon him.
28 A lying tongue hates [those that are] afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.: