26 Like snow in summer or rainv in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.w
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.x
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,y
and a rod for the backs of fools!z
or you yourself will be just like him.a
or he will be wise in his own eyes.b
6 Sending a message by the hands of a foolc
is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.d
is the giving of honor to a fool.e
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.f
is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
11 As a dog returns to its vomit,g
so fools repeat their folly.h
12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?i
There is more hope for a fool than for them.j
13 A sluggard says,k “There’s a lion in the road,
a fierce lion roaming the streets!”l
so a sluggard turns on his bed.m
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.n
than seven people who answer discreetly.
is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
flaming arrows of death
and says, “I was only joking!”
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.o
so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.p
they go down to the inmost parts.q
are ferventa lips with an evil heart.
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,r
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.s
25 Though their speech is charming,t do not believe them,
for seven abominations fill their hearts.u
but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.x
and a flattering mouthy works ruin.
27 Do not boastz about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.a
an outsider, and not your own lips.b
3 Stone is heavy and sandc a burden,
but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
but who can stand before jealousy?d
than hidden love.
but an enemy multiplies kisses.e
but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
8 Like a bird that flees its nestf
is anyone who flees from home.
9 Perfumeg and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the pleasantness of a friend
springs from their heartfelt advice.
and do not go to your relative’s house when disasterh strikes you—
better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.
11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart;i
then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.j
but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.k
hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.l
it will be taken as a curse.
15 A quarrelsome wife is like the drippingm
of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;
or grasping oil with the hand.
so one person sharpens another.
18 The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit,n
and whoever protects their master will be honored.o
so one’s life reflects the heart.a
and neither are human eyes.q
21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,r
but people are tested by their praise.
grinding them like grain with a pestle,
you will not remove their folly from them.
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,s
give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,t
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
and the goats with the price of a field.
and to nourish your female servants.