A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.26.5 conceit: Heb. eyes
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.26.6 damage: or, violence The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.26.7 are…: Heb. are lifted up As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.26.8 bindeth…: or, putteth a precious stone in an heap of stones As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools. The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.26.10 The great…: or, A great man grieveth all, and he hireth the fool, he hireth also transgressors As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.26.11 returneth to his folly: Heb. iterateth his folly Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.