CHAPTER 22 On Laziness and Foolishness 22 1[S]The sluggard is like a filthy stone;[T] everyone hisses at his disgrace. 2The sluggard is like a lump of dung; whoever touches it shakes it off the hands. 3An undisciplined child is a disgrace to its father; if it be a daughter, she brings him to poverty. 4A thoughtful daughter obtains a husband of her own; a shameless one is her father’s grief. 5A hussy shames her father and her husband; she is despised by both. 6Like music at the time of mourning is ill–timed talk,[U] but lashes and discipline are at all times wisdom[V]78 9Teaching a fool is like gluing a broken pot, or rousing another from deep sleep. 10Whoever talks with a fool talks to someone asleep; when it is over, he says, “What was that?” 11Weep over the dead, for their light has gone out; weep over the fool, for sense has left him. Weep but less bitterly over the dead, for they are at rest; worse than death is the life of a fool. 12Mourning for the dead, seven days— but for the wicked fool, a whole lifetime. 13Do not talk much with the stupid, or visit the unintelligent. Beware of them lest you have trouble and be spattered when they shake themselves off. Avoid them and you will find rest and not be wearied by their lack of sense. 14What is heavier than lead? What is its name but “Fool”? 15Sand, salt, and an iron weight are easier to bear than the stupid person. 16A wooden beam firmly bonded into a building[W] is not loosened by an earthquake; So the mind firmly resolved after careful deliberation will not be afraid at any time. 17The mind solidly backed by intelligent thought is like a stucco decoration on a smooth wall. 18Small stones lying on an open height will not remain when the wind blows; So a timid mind based on foolish plans cannot stand up to fear of any kind. The Preservation of Friendship[X] 19Whoever jabs the eye brings tears; whoever pierces the heart bares its feelings. 20Whoever throws a stone at birds drives them away; whoever insults a friend breaks up the friendship. 21Should you draw a sword against a friend, do not despair, for it can be undone. 22Should you open your mouth against a friend, do not worry, for you can be reconciled. But a contemptuous insult, a confidence broken, or a treacherous attack will drive any friend away. 23Win your neighbor’s trust while he is poor, so that you may rejoice with him in his prosperity. In time of trouble remain true to him, so that you may share in his inheritance when it comes. 24The billowing smoke of a furnace precedes the fire, so insults precede bloodshed. 25I am not ashamed to shelter a friend, and I will not hide from him. 26But if harm should come to me because of him, all who hear of it will beware of him. Prayer 27[Y]Who will set a guard over my mouth, an effective seal on my lips, That I may not fail through them, and my tongue may not destroy me?
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