||quomodo nix aestate et pluvia in messe sic indecens est stulto gloria
As snow in summer, and rain in harvest, so glory is not seemly for a fool.
||sicut avis ad alia transvolans et passer quolibet vadens sic maledictum frustra prolatum in quempiam superveniet
As a bird flying to other places, and a sparrow going here or there: so a curse uttered without cause shall come upon a man.
||flagellum equo et camus asino et virga dorso inprudentium
A whip for a horse, and a snaffle for an ass, and a rod for the back of fools.
||ne respondeas stulto iuxta stultitiam suam ne efficiaris ei similis
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be made like him.
||responde stulto iuxta stultitiam suam ne sibi sapiens esse videatur
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he imagine himself to be wise.
||claudus pedibus et iniquitatem bibens qui mittit verba per nuntium stultum
He that sendeth words by a foolish messenger, is lame of feet and drinketh iniquity.
||quomodo pulchras frustra habet claudus tibias sic indecens est in ore stultorum parabola
As a lame man hath fair legs in vain: so a parable is unseemly in the mouth of fools.
||sicut qui mittit lapidem in acervum Mercurii ita qui tribuit insipienti honorem
As he that casteth a stone into the heap of Mercury: so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
||quomodo si spina nascatur in manu temulenti sic parabola in ore stultorum
As if a thorn should grow in the hand of a drunkard: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
||iudicium determinat causas et qui inponit stulto silentium iras mitigat
Judgment determineth causes: and he that putteth a fool to silence, appeaseth anger.
||sicut canis qui revertitur ad vomitum suum sic inprudens qui iterat stultitiam suam
As a dog that returneth to his vomit, so is the fool that repeateth his folly.
||vidisti hominem sapientem sibi videri magis illo spem habebit stultus
Hast thou seen a man wise in his own conceit? there shall be more hope of a fool than of him.
||dicit piger leaena in via leo in itineribus
The slothful man saith: There is a lion in the way, and a lioness in the roads.
||sicut ostium vertitur in cardine suo ita piger in lectulo suo
As the door turneth upon its hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
||abscondit piger manus sub ascellas suas et laborat si ad os suum eas converterit
The slothful hideth his hand under his armpit, and it grieveth him to turn it to his mouth.
||sapientior sibi piger videtur septem viris loquentibus sententias
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit, than seven men that speak sentences.
||sicut qui adprehendit auribus canem sic qui transit et inpatiens commiscetur rixae alterius
As he that taketh a dog by the ears, so is he that passeth by in anger, and meddleth with another man's quarrel.
||sicut noxius est qui mittit lanceas et sagittas et mortem
As he is guilty that shooteth arrows, and lances unto death.
||sic vir qui fraudulenter nocet amico suo et cum fuerit deprehensus dicit ludens feci
So is the man that hurteth his friend deceitfully: and when he is taken, saith: I did it in jest.
||cum defecerint ligna extinguetur ignis et susurrone subtracto iurgia conquiescunt
When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease.
||sicut carbones ad prunam et ligna ad ignem sic homo iracundus suscitat rixas
As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire, so an angry man stirreth up strife.
||verba susurronis quasi simplicia et ipsa perveniunt ad intima ventris
The words of a talebearer are as it were simple, but they reach to the innermost parts of the belly.
||quomodo si argento sordido ornare velis vas fictile sic labia tumentia cum pessimo corde sociata
Swelling lips joined with a corrupt heart, are like an earthern vessel adorned with silver dross.
||labiis suis intellegitur inimicus cum in corde tractaverit dolos
An enemy is known by his lips, when in his heart he entertaineth deceit.
||quando submiserit vocem suam ne credideris ei quoniam septem nequitiae sunt in corde illius
When he shall speak low, trust him not: because there are seven mischiefs in his heart.
||qui operit odium fraudulenter revelabitur malitia eius in concilio
He that covereth hatred deceitfully, his malice shall be laid open in the public assembly.
||qui fodit foveam incidet in eam et qui volvit lapidem revertetur ad eum
He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it: and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return to him.
||lingua fallax non amat veritatem et os lubricum operatur ruinas
A deceitful tongue loveth not truth: and a slippery mouth worketh ruin.