"There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.
"This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'121
"Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:
a servant who becomes king,2 a fool who is full of food,
an unloved woman who is married, and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.
"Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;326
coneysa4 are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts5 have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;
a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces.
"There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing:
a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing;
a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king with his army around him.b