The crucible is for refining silver and the smelter for gold, but a person [is tested] by the praise given to him.
If you crush a stubborn fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, [even then] his stupidity will not leave him.
Be fully aware of the condition of your flock, and pay close attention to your herds.
Wealth is not forever. Nor does a crown last from one generation to the next.
[When] grass is cut short, the tender growth appears, and vegetables are gathered on the hills.
Lambs [will provide] you with clothing, and the money from the male goats will buy a field.
There will be enough goat milk to feed you, to feed your family, and to keep your servant girls alive.