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And cause it to give off a foul odor;
So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.
But a fool’s heart at his left.
He lacks wisdom,
aAnd he shows everyone that he is a fool.
bDo not leave your post;
As an error proceeding from the ruler:
While the rich sit in a lowly place.
7 I have seen servants eon horses,
While princes walk on the ground like servants.
8 fHe who digs a pit will fall into it,
And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent.
And he who splits wood may be endangered by it.
And one does not sharpen the edge,
Then he must use more strength;
But wisdom 5brings success.
11 A serpent may bite gwhen it is not charmed;
The 6babbler is no different.
12 hThe words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious,
But ithe lips of a fool shall swallow him up;
And the end of his talk is raving madness.
14 jA fool also multiplies words.
No man knows what is to be;
Who can tell him kwhat will be after him?
For they do not even know how to go to the city!
16 lWoe to you, O land, when your king is a child,
And your princes feast in the morning!
And your mprinces feast at the proper time—
For strength and not for drunkenness!
18 Because of laziness the 7building decays,
And nthrough idleness of hands the house leaks.
And owine makes merry;
But money answers everything.
20 pDo not curse the king, even in your thought;
Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom;
For a bird of the air may carry your voice,
And a bird in flight may tell the matter.
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