8 Do not contend with the powerful,
or you may fall into their hands.
in case their resources outweigh yours;
for gold has ruined many,
and has perverted the minds of kings.
and do not heap wood on their fire.
or your ancestors may be insulted.
remember that we all deserve punishment.
for some of us are also growing old.
remember that we must all die.
but busy yourself with their maxims;
because from them you will learn discipline
and how to serve princes.
for they themselves learned from their parents;a
from them you learn how to understand
and to give an answer when the need arises.
or you may be burned in their flaming fire.
or they may lie in ambush against your words.
but if you do lend anything, count it as a loss.
but if you give surety, be prepared to pay.
for the decision will favor him because of his standing.
or they will be burdensome to you;
for they will act as they please,
and through their folly you will perish with them.
and do not journey with them through lonely country,
because bloodshed means nothing to them,
and where no help is at hand, they will strike you down.
for they cannot keep a secret.
for you do not know what they will divulge.b
or you may drive away your happiness.c
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