Similitudes, Instructions1Like snow in summer and like a rain in harvest,
So honor is not b fitting for a fool.
2Like a c sparrow in its ▼
▼ Lit wanderingflitting, like a swallow in its flying,
So a e curse without cause does not ▼
▼ Lit comealight.
3A g whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
And a h rod for the back of fools.
4 i Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
5 j Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be k wise in his own eyes.
6He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence
Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.
7 Like the legs which ▼
▼ Lit hang down fromare useless to the lame,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
▼ Lit the binding ofone who binds a stone in a sling,
So is he who gives honor to a fool.
9 Like a thorn which ▼
▼ Lit goes upfalls into the hand of a drunkard,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
▼ Or A master workman produces all things, But he who hires a fool is like one who hires those who pass byLike an archer who wounds everyone,
So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.
11Like p a dog that returns to its vomit
Is a fool who q repeats ▼
▼ Lit with hishis folly.
12Do you see a man s wise in his own eyes?
t There is more hope for a fool than for him.
13The u sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
A lion is ▼
▼ Lit withinin the open square!”
14 As the door turns on its hinges,
So does the w sluggard on his bed.
15The x sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again.
16The sluggard is y wiser in his own eyes
Than seven men who can ▼
▼ Lit return discreetlygive a discreet answer.
17 Like one who takes a dog by the ears
Is he who passes by and ▼
▼ Lit infuriates himselfmeddles with ab strife not belonging to him.
18Like a madman who throws
ac Firebrands, arrows and death,
19So is the man who ad deceives his neighbor,
And says ae “Was I not joking?”
20For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no af whisperer ag contention quiets down.
21 Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
So is a ah contentious man to kindle strife.
22The ai words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the ▼
▼ Lit chambers of the bellyinnermost parts of the body.
23 Like an earthen ak vessel overlaid with silver al dross
Are burning lips and a wicked heart.
24He who am hates disguises it with his lips,
But he lays up an deceit in his ▼
▼ Lit inward partheart.
▼ Lit his voice is gracioushe aq speaks graciously, do not believe him,
For there are seven abominations in his heart.
26 Though his hatred ar covers itself with guile,
His wickedness will be as revealed before the assembly.
27He who at digs a pit will fall into it,
And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
28A lying tongue hates ▼
▼ Lit its crushed onesthose it crushes,
And a av flattering mouth works ruin.
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