1 As dead flies cause the perfumer's ointment to stink and ferment; so does a little folly
to one esteemed for wisdom and honor.
2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
3 Even when a fool walks along the way, his heart fails; and he says to everyone that he
is a fool.
4 If the spirit of the ruler rises up against you, remain quietly where you are; for
quietness heals great offenses.
5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which comes from a ruler's
6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in a low place.
7 I have seen servants on horses, and princes walking on the ground like servants.
8 He who digs a pit may fall into it; and whoever breaks through a hedge may be bitten
by a snake.
9 Whoever removes stones may be hurt by them; and he who splits wood may be
endangered by it.
10 If the iron is blunt, and he does not whet the edge, then he must exert more strength.
But wisdom gives excellent success.
11 The snake may bite if it is not charmed; and a master of the tongue is no better.
12 The words of a wise mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow him up.
13 The words of his mouth begin with foolishness; and the end of his talk is wicked
14 A fool also multiplies words; a man does not know what shall be; and who can tell
him what shall be after him?
15 The labor of fools wearies him, because he does not even know how to go to the city.
16 Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your rulers eat in the morning.
17 Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your rulers eat at
the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
18 Because of laziness the building decays; and through idleness of hands the house
19 Food is made for laughter, and wine makes merry; but money is the answer to
20 Do not curse the king, not even in your thoughts; and do not curse the rich, not even
in your bedroom; for a bird of the air may carry the voice, and that which has wings shall
tell the matter.