Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,1 for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.26
Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies;37
for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost.a "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.410
Do not move an ancient boundary stone5 or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
for their Defender6 is strong;7 he will take up their case against you.812
Apply your heart to instruction9 and your ears to words of knowledge.
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.b15
My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad;