Give and Give!
There are three things that are never satisfied,
Four never say, “Enough!”:
The barren womb,
The earth that is not satisfied with water—
And the fire never says, “Enough!”
17 pThe eye that mocks his father,
And scorns obedience to his mother,
The ravens of the valley will pick it out,
And the young eagles will eat it.
Yes, four which I do not understand:
The way of a serpent on a rock,
The way of a ship in the 4midst of the sea,
And the way of a man with a virgin.
She eats and wipes her mouth,
And says, “I have done no wickedness.”
Yes, for four it cannot bear up:
22 qFor a servant when he reigns,
A fool when he is filled with food,
23 A 5hateful woman when she is married,
And a maidservant who succeeds her mistress.
But they are exceedingly wise:
25 rThe ants are a people not strong,
Yet they prepare their food in the summer;
Yet they make their homes in the crags;
Yet they all advance in ranks;
28 The 7spider skillfully grasps with its hands,
And it is in kings’ palaces.
Yes, four which are stately in walk:
And does not turn away from any;
31 A 8greyhound,
A male goat also,
And 9a king whose troops are with him.
Or if you have devised evil, tput your hand on your mouth.
And wringing the nose produces blood,
So the forcing of wrath produces strife.