"Do not slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will pay for it.
"There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;112
those who are pure in their own eyes2 and yet are not cleansed of their filth;313
those whose eyes are ever so haughty,4 whose glances are so disdainful;
those whose teeth5 are swords and whose jaws are set with knives6 to devour7 the poor8 from the earth, the needy from among mankind.915
"The leech has two daughters. 'Give! Give!' they cry. "There are three things that are never satisfied,10 four that never say, 'Enough!':
the grave,a11 the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'
"The eye that mocks12 a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.1318
"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.'14