1 A good name is better than fine oil, and the day of death better than the birthday. 2 It is better to go to a house in mourning than to a house party, because that is everyone's destiny; and the living should take it to heart. 3 Aggravation is better than merriment because a sad face may lead to a glad heart. 4 The wise heart is in the house that mourns, but the foolish heart is in the house that rejoices. 5 It is better to obey the reprimand of the wise than to listen to the song of fools, 6 because the fool's merriment is like nettles crackling under a kettle. That too is pointless.
11 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance— an advantage for those who see the sun. 12 Wisdom's protection is like the protection of money; the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.