Day One Hundred Forty, Proverbs
Like a city whose walls are broken down
is a man who lacks self-control.
Do you see a man who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Temper and patience
A fool shows his annoyance at once,
But a prudent man overlooks an insult.
Drunkenness and gluttony
Listen, my son, and be wise,
and keep your heart on the right path.
Do not join those who drink too much wine
opr gorge themselves on meat,
for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Drink water from your own cistern,
running water from your own well.
Should your springs overflow in the streets,
your streams of water in the public squares?
Let them be yours alone,
never to be shared with strangers.
May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
A loving doe, a graceful deer—
may her breasts satisfy you always,
may you ever be captivated by her love.
Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress?
Why embrace the bosom of another man’s wife?
My son, give me your heart
and let your eyes keep to my ways,
for a prostitute is a deep pit
and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
Like a bandit she lies in wait,
and multiplies the unfaithful among men.