9 Whoever teaches a fool is like one who glues potsherds together,
or who rouses a sleeper from deep slumber.
and at the end he will say, “What is it?”
and weep for the fool, for he has left intelligence behind.
Weep less bitterly for the dead, for he is at rest;
but the life of the fool is worse than death.
but for the foolish or the ungodly it lasts all the days of their lives.
or visit an unintelligent person.b
Stay clear of him, or you may have trouble,
and be spattered when he shakes himself off.
Avoid him and you will find rest,
and you will never be wearied by his lack of sense.
And what is its name except “Fool”?
are easier to bear than a stupid person.
is not loosened by an earthquake;
so the mind firmly resolved after due reflection
will not be afraid in a crisis.
is like stucco decoration that makes a wall smooth.
18 Fencesc set on a high place
will not stand firm against the wind;
so a timid mind with a fool’s resolve
will not stand firm against any fear.
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