The man’s oration to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal: v
2 I am more stupid than any other man, w
and I lack man’s ability to understand. x
and I have no knowledge of the Holy One. y
4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down? z
Who has gathered the wind in His hands?
Who has bound up the waters in a cloak? a
Who has established all the ends of the earth? b
What is His name,
and what is the name of His Son—
if you know? c
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. f
6 Don’t add to His words, g
or He will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar. h
don’t deny them to me before I die:
Give me neither poverty nor wealth;
feed me with the food I need. i
9 Otherwise, I might have too much j
or I might have nothing and steal, m
and does not bless its mother. q
12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, r
yet is not washed from its filth.
and pretentious its looks. s
14 There is a generation whose teeth are swords, t
whose fangs are knives, u
devouring the oppressed from the land v
and the needy from among mankind.
Three things w 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 father z
and despises obedience to a mother,
may ravens of the valley pluck it out
and young vultures eat it. a
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.” b
it cannot bear up under four:
22 a servant when he becomes king, c
a fool when he is stuffed with food,
23 an unloved woman when she marries, d
and a servant girl when she ousts her queen.
yet they are extremely wise:
yet they store up their food in the summer; e
yet they make their homes in the cliffs; f
yet all of them march in ranks; g
28 a lizard h can be caught in your hands,
yet it lives in kings’ palaces.
even four are stately in their walk:
and doesn’t retreat before anything,
31 a strutting rooster, i a goat,
and a king at the head of his army. j
or if you’ve been scheming,
put your hand over your mouth. k
and twisting a nose draws blood,
and stirring up anger produces strife. l
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