When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well whata is before you,
and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
Do not crave his delicacies,1 for that food is deceptive.
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,2 for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.36
Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies;47
for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost.b "Eat and drink," he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.
Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.510
Do not move an ancient boundary stone6 or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,