Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 1:32; Proverbs 3:35; Proverbs 10:14; Proverbs 10:21; Proverbs 10:23; Proverbs 11:29; Proverbs 14:3; Proverbs 14:8; Proverbs 14:9; Proverbs 14:16; Proverbs 14:24; Proverbs 14:33; Proverbs 15:2; Proverbs 15:5; Proverbs 15:7; Proverbs 15:14; Proverbs 16:22; Proverbs 17:7; Proverbs 17:10; Proverbs 17:12; Proverbs 17:16; Proverbs 17:21; Proverbs 17:24; Proverbs 17:28; Proverbs 18:2; Proverbs 18:6–7; Proverbs 19:1; Proverbs 19:10; Proverbs 19:29; Proverbs 20:3; Proverbs 23:9; Proverbs 24:7; Proverbs 26:1; Proverbs 26:3–12; Proverbs 27:3; Proverbs 28:26; Proverbs 29:11

hThe fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

fools despise wisdom and instruction.


32  For the simple are killed by qtheir turning away,

and rthe complacency of fools destroys them;


35  The wise will inherit honor,

but fools get1 disgrace.


14  The wise zlay up knowledge,

but athe mouth of a fool brings ruin near.


21  The lips of the righteous feed many,

but fools die for hlack of sense.


23  Doing wrong is jlike a joke to a fool,

but kwisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.


29  Whoever utroubles his own household will vinherit the wind,

and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.


By the mouth of a fool comes ja rod for his back,1

kbut the lips of the wise will preserve them.


The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,

but the folly of fools is deceiving.


qFools mock at the guilt offering,

but the upright enjoy acceptance.1


16  aOne who is wise is cautious1 and bturns away from evil,

but a fool is reckless and careless.


24  The crown of the wise is their wealth,

but the folly of fools brings folly.


33  Wisdom brests in the heart of a man of understanding,

but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.1


The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,

but fthe mouths of fools pour out folly.


kA fool ldespises his father's instruction,

but mwhoever heeds reproof is prudent.


nThe lips of the wise spread knowledge;

nnot so the hearts of fools.1


14  zThe heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,

but the mouths of fools feed on folly.


22  Good sense is sa fountain of life to him who has it,

but the instruction of fools is folly.


Fine speech is not wbecoming to a fool;

still less is xfalse speech to a prince.


10  A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding

than a hundred blows into a fool.


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

drather than a fool in his folly.


16  Why should a fool have money in his hand jto buy wisdom

when he has no sense?


21  He who nsires a fool gets himself sorrow,

and the father of a fool has no joy.


24  sThe discerning sets his face toward wisdom,

but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.


28  Even a fool xwho keeps silent is considered wise;

when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.


A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,

but only zin expressing his opinion.


A fool's lips walk into a fight,

and his mouth invites da beating.

eA fool's mouth is his ruin,

and his lips are a snare to his soul.


19  aBetter is a poor person who bwalks in his integrity

than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.


10  nIt is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury,

much less for oa slave to rule over princes.


29  Condemnation is ready for rscoffers,

and xbeating for the backs of fools.


It is an honor for a man to dkeep aloof from strife,

but every fool will be quarreling.


Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,

for he will despise the good sense of your words.


Wisdom is dtoo high for a fool;

in ethe gate he does not open his mouth.


26  Like snow in summer or urain in harvest,

so vhonor is wnot fitting for a fool.


zA whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,

and aa rod for the back of fools.

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.

12  Do you see a man who is jwise in his own eyes?

kThere is more hope for a fool than for him.


A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,

but aa fool's provocation is heavier than both.


26  Whoever utrusts in his own mind is a fool,

but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.


11  A fool gives full vent to his spirit,

but a wise man quietly holds it back.