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3 (A)A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
and (B)a rod for the back of fools.
4 (C)Answer not a fool according to his folly,
lest you be like him yourself.
5 (D)Answer a fool according to his folly,
lest he be (E)wise in his own eyes.
6 Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool
cuts off his own feet and (F)drinks violence.
7 Like a lame man's legs, which hang useless,
is a proverb in the mouth of fools.