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09.md 983B

Like a thorn … is a proverb in the mouth of fools

How the two are alike can be stated clearly. AT: “A proverb in the mouth of fools is as dangerous as a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-simile)

a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard

Possible meanings are 1) if a drunk person holds a thornbush, a thorn will prick his hand, or 2) if a drunk person is angry, he will pick up a thornbush and swing it at people. For the second meaning, the word “thorn” represents a thornbush. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-synecdoche)

in the mouth of fools

Here “mouth” is a metonym for speaking. AT: “in the speech of fools” or “that fools say” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metonymy)

hires a fool

“gives a job to a fool”


  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/drunk
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/proverb
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/foolish
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/archer