Proverbs 17:12; Proverbs 23:9; Proverbs 26:4–11; Proverbs 27:22; Proverbs 29:9

12  Let a man meet ca she-bear robbed of her cubs

drather than a fool in his folly.


Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,

for he will despise the good sense of your words.


bAnswer not a fool according to his folly,

lest you be like him yourself.

cAnswer a fool according to his folly,

lest he be dwise in his own eyes.

Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool

cuts off his own feet and edrinks violence.

Like a lame man's legs, which hang useless,

is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Like one who binds the stone in the sling

is fone who gives honor to a fool.

Like ga thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard

is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

10  Like an archer who wounds everyone

is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.1

11  Like ha dog that returns to his vomit

is ia fool who repeats his folly.


22  xCrush a fool in a mortar with a pestle

along with crushed grain,

yet his folly will not depart from him.


If a wise man has an argument with a fool,

the fool only rages and laughs, and there is pno quiet.