The fool says in his heart, “There
is no God.” They are corrupt, they
do abominable deeds, there is none
who does good.
The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of knowledge; fools
despise wisdom and instruction.
How long, O simple ones, will you
love being simple? How long will
scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
The wise will inherit honor, but
fools get disgrace.
The woman Folly is loud; she is
seductive and knows nothing. She
sits at the door of her house; she
takes a seat on the highest places
of the town, calling to those who
pass by, who are going straight on
their way, “Whoever is simple, let
him turn in here!” And to him who
lacks sense she says, “Stolen
water is sweet, and bread eaten in
secret is pleasant.”
The wise of heart will receive
commandments, but a babbling fool
will come to ruin.
Whoever winks the eye causes
trouble, but a babbling fool will
come to ruin.
Doing wrong is like a joke to a
fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a
man of understanding.
The vexation of a fool is known at
once, but the prudent ignores an
Whoever walks with the wise
becomes wise, but the companion of
fools will suffer harm.
Leave the presence of a fool, for
there you do not meet words of
knowledge. The wisdom of the
prudent is to discern his way, but
the folly of fools is deceiving.
Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy acceptance.
The simple believes everything,
but the prudent gives thought to
One who is wise is cautious and
turns away from evil, but a fool
is reckless and careless.
The heart of him who has
understanding seeks knowledge, but
the mouths of fools feed on folly.
A wise son makes a glad father,
but a foolish man despises his
Folly is a joy to him who lacks
sense, but a man of understanding
walks straight ahead.
Let a man meet a she-bear robbed
of her cubs rather than a fool in
A foolish son is a grief to his
father and bitterness to her who
Even a fool who keeps silent is
considered wise; when he closes
his lips, he is deemed
A fool takes no pleasure in
understanding, but only in
expressing his opinion.
A fool's lips walk into a fight,
and his mouth invites a beating.
A fool's mouth is his ruin, and
his lips are a snare to his soul.
It is an honor for a man to keep
aloof from strife, but every fool
will be quarreling.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for
the donkey, and a rod for the back
of fools. Answer not a fool
according to his folly, lest you
be like him yourself. Answer a
fool according to his folly, lest
he be wise in his own eyes.
Whoever sends a message by the
hand of a fool cuts off his own
feet and drinks violence. Like a
lame man's legs, which hang
useless, is a proverb in the mouth
of fools. ...
Like a madman who throws
firebrands, arrows, and death is
the man who deceives his neighbor
and says, “I am only joking!”
Whoever trusts in his own mind is
a fool, but he who walks in wisdom
will be delivered.
If a wise man has an argument with
a fool, the fool only rages and
laughs, and there is no quiet.
A fool gives full vent to his
spirit, but a wise man quietly
holds it back.
But I say to you that everyone who
is angry with his brother will be
liable to judgment; whoever
insults his brother will be liable
to the council; and whoever says,
‘You fool!’ will be liable to the
hell of fire.
But God said to him, ‘Fool! This
night your soul is required of
you, and the things you have
prepared, whose will they be?’
For we ourselves were once
foolish, disobedient, led astray,
slaves to various passions and
pleasures, passing our days in
malice and envy, hated by others
and hating one another.