26 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
so honor 1 is not fitting for a fool. 2
2 Like a fluttering bird or like a flying swallow,
so a curse without cause 3 does not come to rest. 4
3 A whip for the horse and a bridle for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools! 5
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, 6
lest you yourself also be like him. 7
5 Answer a fool according to his folly, 8
lest he be wise in his own estimation. 9
6 Like cutting off the feet or drinking violence, 10
so is sending 11 a message by the hand of a fool. 12
7 Like legs that hang limp 13 from the lame,
so 14 is a proverb 15 in the mouth of fools.
8 Like tying a stone in a sling, 16
so is giving honor to a fool.
9 Like a thorn 17 that goes into the hand of a drunkard,
so is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. 18
10 Like an archer who wounds at random, 19
so is the one who hires 20 a fool or hires any passer-by.
11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit, 21
so a fool repeats his folly. 22
12 Do you see 23 a man wise in his own eyes? 24
There is more hope for a fool 25 than for him.
13 The sluggard 26 says, “There is a lion in the road!
A lion in the streets!” 27
14 Like 28 a door that turns on its hinges, 29
so a sluggard turns 30 on his bed.
15 The sluggard plunges 31 his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. 32
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own estimation 33
than seven people who respond with good sense. 34
17 Like one who grabs a wild dog by the ears, 35
so is the person passing by who becomes furious 36 over a quarrel not his own.
18 Like a madman 37 who shoots
firebrands and deadly arrows, 38
19 so is a person 39 who deceives his neighbor,
and says, “Was I not only joking?” 40
20 Where there is no wood, a fire goes out,
and where there is no gossip, 41 contention ceases. 42
21 Like charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
so is a contentious person 43 to kindle strife. 44
22 The words of a gossip are like delicious morsels;
they go down into a person’s innermost being. 45
23 Like a coating of glaze 46 over earthenware
are fervent 47 lips with an evil heart. 48
24 The one who hates others disguises 49 it with his lips,
but he stores up 50 deceit within him. 51
25 When 52 he speaks graciously, 53 do not believe him, 54
for there are seven 55 abominations 56 within him.
26 Though his 57 hatred may be concealed 58 by deceit,
his evil will be uncovered 59 in the assembly.
27 The one who digs a pit 60 will fall into it;
the one who rolls a stone – it will come back on him.
28 A lying tongue 61 hates those crushed by it,
and a flattering mouth works ruin. 62
27 Do not boast 1 about tomorrow; 2
for you do not know 3 what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another 4 praise you, and not your own mouth; 5
someone else, 6 and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
but vexation 7 by a fool is more burdensome 8 than the two of them.
4 Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming, 9
but who can stand before jealousy? 10
5 Better is open 11 rebuke
than hidden 12 love.
6 Faithful 13 are the wounds of a friend,
but the kisses 14 of an enemy are excessive. 15
7 The one whose appetite 16 is satisfied loathes honey,
but to the hungry mouth 17 every bitter thing is sweet.
8 Like a bird that wanders 18 from its nest,
so is a person who wanders from his home. 19
9 Ointment and incense make the heart rejoice, 20
likewise the sweetness of one’s friend from sincere counsel. 21
10 Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend,
and do not enter your brother’s house in the day of your disaster;
a neighbor nearby is better than a brother far away. 22
11 Be wise, my son, 23 and make my heart glad,
so that I may answer 24 anyone who taunts me. 25
12 A shrewd person sees danger and hides himself,
but the naive keep right on going 26 and suffer for it.
13 Take a man’s 27 garment when he has given security for a stranger,
and when he gives surety for a stranger, 28 hold him in pledge. 29
14 If someone blesses 30 his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning, 31
it will be counted as a curse to him. 32
15 A continual dripping on a rainy day
and a contentious wife 33 are alike. 34
16 Whoever hides her hides the wind 35
or grasps 36 oil with his right hand. 37
17 As 38 iron sharpens 39 iron,
so a person 40 sharpens his friend. 41
18 The one who tends a fig tree 42 will eat its fruit, 43
and whoever takes care of 44 his master will be honored.
19 As in water the face is reflected as a face, 45
so a person’s heart 46 reflects the person.
20 As 47 Death and Destruction are never satisfied, 48
so the eyes of a person 49 are never satisfied. 50
21 As the crucible is for silver and the furnace is for gold, 51
so a person 52 is proved 53 by the praise he receives. 54
22 If you should pound 55 the fool in the mortar
among the grain 56 with the pestle,
his foolishness would not depart from him. 57
23 Pay careful attention to 58 the condition of your flocks, 59
give careful attention 60 to your herds,
24 for riches do not last 61 forever,
nor does a crown last 62 from generation to generation.
25 When the hay is removed and new grass appears,
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 the lambs will be for your clothing,
and the goats will be for the price of a field. 63
27 And there will be enough goat’s milk for your food, 64
for the food of your household,
and for the sustenance 65 of your servant girls.