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The man’s oration to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:G
2 I am more stupid than any other person,H
and I lack a human’s ability to understand.v
and I have no knowledge of the Holy One.w
4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?x
Who has gathered the wind in his hands?
Who has bound up the waters in a cloak?y
Who has established all the ends of the earth?z
What is his name,
and what is the name of his son—
if you know?aa
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.ac
6 Don’t add to his words,ad
or he will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar.ae
don’t deny them to me before I die:
Give me neither poverty nor wealth;
feed me with the food I need.af
9 Otherwise, I might have too muchag
or I might have nothing and steal,aj
or he will curse you,a and you will become guilty.
and does not bless its mother.b
12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes,c
yet is not washed from its filth.
and pretentious its looks.A
14 There is a generation whose teeth are swords,d
whose fangs are knives,e
devouring the oppressed from the landf
and the needy from among mankind.
Three thingsg are never satisfied;
four never say, “Enough!”:
earth, which is never satisfied with water;
and fire, which never says, “Enough!”
17 As for the eye that ridicules a fatherj
and despises obedience to a mother,
may ravens of the valley pluck it out
and young vultures eat it.k
18 Three things are too wondrous for me;*
four I can’t understand:
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship at sea,
and the way of a man with a young woman.
she eats and wipes her mouth
and says, “I’ve done nothing wrong.”l
it cannot bear up under four:
22 a servant when he becomes king,m
a fool when he is stuffed with food,
23 an unloved woman when she marries,n
and a servant girl when she ousts her queen.
yet they are extremely wise:
yet they store up their food in the summer;o
yet they make their homes in the cliffs;p
yet all of them march in ranks;q
28 a lizardB can be caught in your hands,
yet it lives in kings’ palaces.
four are stately in their walk:
and doesn’t retreat before anything;
31 a strutting rooster;C a goat;
and a king at the head of his army.D
or if you’ve been scheming,
put your hand over your mouth.r
and twisting a nose draws blood,
and stirring up anger produces strife.s
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