1 Like snow in summer and like rain R977 in harvest,
So honor is not fitting R978 for a fool.
2 Like a sparrow R979 in its flitting, F377 like a swallow in its flying,
So a curse R980 without cause does not alight. F378
3 A whip R981 is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
And a rod R982 for the back of fools.
4 Do R983 not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
5 Answer R984 a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be wise R985 in his own eyes.
6 He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence
Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.
7 Like the legs which are F379 useless to the lame,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8 Like one F380 who binds a stone in a sling,
So is he who gives honor to a fool.
9 Like a thorn which falls F381 into the hand of a drunkard,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10 Like F382 an archer who wounds everyone,
So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.
11 Like a R986 dog that returns to its vomit
Is a fool who repeats R987 his F383 folly.
12 Do you see a man wise R988 in his own eyes?
There R989 is more hope for a fool than for him.
13 The sluggard R990 says, "There is a lion in the road!
A lion is in F384 the open square!"
14 As the door turns on its hinges,
So does the sluggard R991 on his bed.
15 The sluggard R992 buries his hand in the dish;
He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again.
16 The sluggard is wiser R993 in his own eyes
Than seven men who can give F385 a discreet answer.
17 Like one who takes a dog by the ears
Is he who passes by and meddles F386 with strife R994 not belonging to him.
18 Like a madman who throws
Firebrands, R995 arrows and death,
19 So is the man who deceives R996 his neighbor,
And says, "Was R997 I not joking?"
20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer, R998 contention R999 quiets down.
21 Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
So is a contentious R1000 man to kindle strife.
22 The words R1001 of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the innermost F387 parts of the body.
23 Like an earthen vessel R1002 overlaid with silver dross R1003
Are burning lips and a wicked heart.
24 He who hates R1004 disguises it with his lips,
But he lays up deceit R1005 in his heart. F388
25 When he F389 speaks R1006 graciously, do not believe him,
For there are seven abominations in his heart.
26 Though his hatred covers R1007 itself with guile,
His wickedness will be revealed R1008 before the assembly.
27 He who digs R1009 a pit will fall into it,
And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
28 A lying tongue hates those F390 it crushes,
And a flattering R1010 mouth works ruin.
F377: Lit wandering
F378: Lit come
F379: Lit hang down from
F380: Lit the binding of
F381: Lit goes up
F382: Or A master workman produces all things, But he who hires a fool is like one who hires those who pass by
F383: Lit with his
F384: Lit within
F385: Lit return discreetly
F386: Lit infuriates himself
F387: Lit chambers of the belly
F388: Lit inward part
F389: Lit his voice is gracious
F390: Lit its crushed ones
R977: 1 Samuel 12:17
R978: Proverbs 17:7
R979: Proverbs 27:8; Isaiah 16:2
R980: Numbers 23:8; Deuteronomy 23:5; 2 Samuel 16:12
R981: Psalms 32:9
R982: Proverbs 10:13; 19:29
R983: Proverbs 23:9; 29:9; Isaiah 36:21; Matthew 7:6
R984: Matthew 16:1-4; 21:24-27
R985: Proverbs 3:7; 28:11; Romans 12:16
R986: 2 Peter 2:22
R987: Exodus 8:15
R988: Proverbs 3:7; 26:5
R989: Proverbs 29:20
R990: Proverbs 22:13
R991: Proverbs 6:9
R992: Proverbs 19:24
R993: Proverbs 27:11
R994: Proverbs 3:30
R995: Isaiah 50:11
R996: Proverbs 24:28
R997: Ephesians 5:4
R998: Proverbs 16:28
R999: Proverbs 22:10
R1000: Proverbs 15:18; 29:22
R1001: Proverbs 18:8
R1002: Matthew 23:27; Luke 11:39
R1003: Proverbs 25:4
R1004: Psalms 41:6; Proverbs 10:18
R1005: Proverbs 12:20
R1006: Psalms 28:3; Proverbs 26:23; Jeremiah 9:8
R1007: Matthew 23:28
R1008: Luke 8:17
R1009: Esther 7:10; Proverbs 28:10
R1010: Proverbs 29:5