the grave,a1 the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'
"The eye that mocks2 a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.318
"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.'421
"Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:
a servant who becomes king,5 a fool who is full of food,
an unloved woman who is married, and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.
"Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;626
coneysb7 are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;