“Like snow in summer,
Like rain in harvest,
So honor is not fitting for a fool.
Like a sparrow in it’s flitting,
Like a swallow in its flying,
An undeserved curse goes nowhere.
Thus we have
A whip for the horse,
A bridle for the donkey,
A rod for the back of fools.”
Honor should not be given to fools because it is out of place, like snow in summer or rain at harvest time. Just like a sparrow or a swallow flitting and flying, an undeserved curse is useless. What works is a whip for a horse, a bridle for a donkey, and a whip for the back of fools. Fools are just slightly more valuable and tolerable than horses and donkeys.