Four things on earth are small, yet they are exceedingly wise:
the ants are a people without strength, yet they provide their food in the summer;
the badgers are a people without power, yet they make their homes in the rocks;
the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank;
the lizard a can be grasped in the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces.
Three things are stately in their stride; four are stately in their gait:
the lion, which is mightiest among wild animals and does not turn back before any;
the strutting rooster, b the he-goat, and a king striding before c his people.
If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth.
For as pressing milk produces curds, and pressing the nose produces blood, so pressing anger produces strife.
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