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When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,
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and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
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Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.
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Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
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Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies;
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for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost.“Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
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You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.
Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.
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Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
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