Otherwise, I may have too much and disown1 you and say, 'Who is the LORD?'2 Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.310
"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;412
those who are pure in their own eyes5 and yet are not cleansed of their filth;613
those whose eyes are ever so haughty,7 whose glances are so disdainful;
those whose teeth8 are swords and whose jaws are set with knives9 to devour10 the poor11 from the earth, the needy from among mankind.1215
"The leech has two daughters. 'Give! Give!' they cry. "There are three things that are never satisfied,13 four that never say, 'Enough!':
the grave,a14 the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'
"The eye that mocks15 a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.1618
"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.