those whose eyes are ever so haughty,1 whose glances are so disdainful;
those whose teeth2 are swords and whose jaws are set with knives3 to devour4 the poor5 from the earth, the needy from among mankind.615
"The leech has two daughters. 'Give! Give!' they cry. "There are three things that are never satisfied,7 four that never say, 'Enough!':
the grave,a8 the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'
"The eye that mocks9 a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.1018
"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.'1121
"Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:
a servant who becomes king,12 a fool who is full of food,
an unloved woman who is married, and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.