Proverbs Chapters 22-30 Star Chart: Clockwise from when "the (lunar white) (red radius) churning of milk bringeth forth (solar yellow) butter, and the wringing of the (Pollux) nose bringeth forth (red radius) blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife" (30:33). All three operations take at least 247° of time. "It is better to (Cepheus) dwell in the corner of the (red radius) housetop, than with a brawling (Pollux) woman and in a wide (red radius) house" (25:24). "He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a (Canis Minor) dog by the ears" (26:17).
"He Who Digs a Pit Shall Fall Therein: and
He Who Rolls a Stone, It Will Return Upon Him"
22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great (solar golden) riches, and loving favour rather than (lunar) silver and (solar) gold.
"Now though perhaps I may not merit fame,
I stand secure from censure and from shame."
2 The (Cepheus) rich and (Andromeda) poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.
3 A (Argo) prudent man (lunar eye) foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the (Andromeda-Gemini) simple pass on, and are (red radius) punished.
4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are (lunar silver & solar gold) riches, and honour, and life.
5 Thorns (lunar crescent) and (red radius) snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
"There is no recovering wool to its native whiteness after it is dyed." (Quintil 1:1)
"The docile colt is formed with gentle skill
To move obedient to his rider's will." (Hor. 1 Epistle 2)
"If the boy obeys willingly it is well; but if not, like a tree twisted and bent, they make him straight by threats and blows." (Plat. Protag. 15)
7 The (Cepheus) rich ruleth over the (Andromeda-Gemini) poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the (red radius) rod of his anger shall fail.
9 He that hath a bountiful (lunar) eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his (solar & lunar) bread to the (Gemini) poor.
10 Cast out the (lunar open mouth) scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, (red radius) strife and reproach shall cease.
11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the (Cepheus) king shall be his friend.
12 The (lunar & solar) eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
13 The slothful man saith, There is a (Leo; Ursa-Major; Argo) lion without, I shall be slain in the (Milky Way) streets.
14 The (lunar) mouth of strange (Pollux) women is a deep (lunar) pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.
15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the (red radius) rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
16 He that oppresseth the (Gemini) poor to increase his (solar) riches, and he that giveth to the (Cepheus) rich, shall surely come to want.
17 Bow down thine (lunar) ear, and (lunar) hear the words of the wise, and apply thine (lunar) heart unto my knowledge.
18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy (lunar) lips.
19 That thy trust may be in the (Shekinah) Lord, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of (solar golden) truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
22 Rob not the (gemini-Andromeda) poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the (solar or lunar) gate:
23 For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
24 Make no friendship with an (lunar open mouth) angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a (red radius) snare to thy soul.
26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy (lunar) bed from under thee?
28 Remove not the ancient (solar or lunar) landmark which thy fathers have set.
29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before (Cepheus) kings; he shall not stand before mean (Gemini) men.
23:1 When thou (Gemini-Andromeda) sittest to eat with a (Cepheus) ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
2 And put a (red radius) knife to thy (Pollux) throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
3 Be not desirous of his (lunar or solar) dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
4 Labour not to be (solar golden) rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
5 Wilt thou set thine (solar & lunar) eyes upon that which is not? for (solar & lunar) riches certainly make themselves (Pegasus) wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
"Esteem wisdom above great riches; for these quickly fly away, but that remains for ever; wisdom is the only treasure that perishes not." (Isocr. orat.1)
6 Eat thou not the (solar or lunar) bread of him that hath an evil (solar or lunar) eye, neither desire thou his dainty (Pisces) meats:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his (lunar) heart is not with thee.
8 The (lunar) morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou (solar) vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
9 Speak not in the (lunar) ears of a fool: for he will despise the (solar golden) wisdom of thy (lunar open mouth) words.
"Put not good food into an unclean vessel; by which is meant, that we should not address words of wisdom to a wicked mind." (Plut. de lib. educ. 17)
10 Remove not the old (lunar or solar) landmark; and enter not into the (red radius) fields of the (Gemini-Andromeda) fatherless:
11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
12 Apply thine (lunar) heart unto instruction, and thine (lunar) ears to the words of (solar golden) knowledge.
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the (red radius) rod, he shall not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the (red radius) rod, and shalt deliver his soul from (solar fiery and lunar grave) hell.
15 My son, if thine (lunar) heart be wise, my heart shall (smiling crescent) rejoice, even mine.
16 Yea, my (red radius) reins shall (lunar crescent) rejoice, when thy (lunar) lips speak right things.
17 Let not thine (lunar) heart envy (Gemini) sinners: but be thou in the fear of the (Shekinah) Lord all the day long.
18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be (red radius) cut off.
19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine (lunar) heart in the way.
20 Be not among (lunar or solar) (Gemini) winebibbers; among riotous (Gemini) eaters of (Pisces or solar) flesh:
21 For the (Castor) drunkard and the (Pollux) glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with (solar & lunar) rags.
22 Hearken unto thy (Pollux) father that begat thee, and despise not thy (Castor) mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth (solar & lunar books), and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous shall greatly (crescent smiling) rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
25 Thy father and thy mother shall be (crescent smiling) glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
26 My son, give me thine (lunar) heart, and let thine (solar & lunar) eyes observe my ways.
27 For a whore is a deep (Milky Way) ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow (Milky Way) pit.
28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among (Gemini) men.
29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath (lunar) babbling? who hath (red radius) wounds without cause? who hath (radius) redness of (lunar & solar) eyes?
30 They that tarry long at the (lunar & solar) wine; they that go to seek mixed (lunar & solar) wine.
31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is (radius) red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
32 At the last it biteth like a (Big Dog tail) serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
33 Thine (lunar & solar) eyes shall behold strange (Andromeda) women, and thine (lunar) heart shall utter perverse things.
34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea (Argo), or as he that lieth upon the top of a (Cepheus) mast (Hydra).
35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have (red radius) beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
24:1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
2 For their (lunar) heart studieth destruction, and their (lunar) lips talk of mischief.
3 Through wisdom is an (red radius) house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all (solar & lunar) precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is (Orion) strong; yea, a man of (solar golden) knowledge increaseth strength.
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of (Gemini) counsellors there is safety.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the (lunar or solar) gate.
8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the (lunar open mouth) scorner is an abomination to (Gemini) men.
10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the (lunar) heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
13 My son, eat thou (solar golden) honey, because it is good; and the (solar golden) honeycomb, which is sweet to thy (lunar open mouth) taste:
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be (red radius) cut off.
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the (red radius) dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
"There is nothing which persevering industry, and unwearied and unremitted exertion, may not completely and thoroughly overcome." "King Robert Bruce, being out on an expedition to reconnoitre the enemy, had occasion to sleep at night in a barn. In the morning, still reclining his head on a pillow of straw, he beheld a spider climbing up a beam of the roof. The insect fell to the ground, but immediately made a second essay to ascend. This attracted the notice of the hero, who with regret, saw the spider fall a second time from the same eminence. It made a third unsuccessful attempt. Not without a mixture of concern and curiosity, the monarch twelve times beheld the insect baffled in its aim; but the thirteenth essay was crowned with success. It gained the summit of the barn, and the king, starting from his couch, exclaimed, 'This poor insect has taught me perseverance! I will follow its example. Have I not been twelve times defeated by the enemy's superior force? On one fight more hangs the independence of my country!' In a few days his anticipations were fully realized by the glorious result to Scotland of the Battle of Bannockburn." (Goodrich's Fireside Education)
"There's many a slip twixt cup and lip." -- Laberius
17 Rejoice not (lunar crescent frown) when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine (lunar) heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18 Lest the Lord (lunar eye) see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his (solar) wrath from him.
19 Fret not thyself because of evil (Gemini) men, neither be thou envious at the wicked:
20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the (red radius) candle of the wicked shall be (lunar black) put out.
21 My son, fear thou the (Shekinah) Lord and the (Cepheus) king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people (lunar open mouth) curse, nations shall abhor him:
25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good (solar golden) blessing shall come upon them.
26 Every man shall kiss his (lunar) lips that giveth a right answer.
27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine (red radius) house.
28 Be not a (lunar open mouth) witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy (lunar) lips.
"Who dares think one thing, and another tell,
My heart detests him as the gates of hell." (Homer's Iliad 9:311).
"No more with empty phrase and speeches fine
Seek to delude me; let your heart be mine;
Your friendship or your enmity declare
In a decided form, open and fair:
An enemy disguised, a friend in show,
I like him better, Kurnus, as a foe." (Theogon. 87)
29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the (red radius) vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31 And, lo, it was all grown over with (lunar) thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the (lunar) stone wall thereof was broken down.
32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34 So shall thy poverty come as one that (Pollux) travelleth; and thy want as an armed (Castor) man.
25:1 These are also proverbs of (Cepheus) Solomon, which the (Gemini) men of Hezekiah king of Judah (red radius) copied out.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of (Cepheus) kings is to search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of (Cepheus) kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the (lunar) silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
5 Take away the (Gemini) wicked from before the (Cepheus) king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the (Cepheus) king, and stand not in the place of great (Gemini) men:
7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine (lunar & solar) eyes have seen.
8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to (red radius) shame.
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and (lunar open mouth) discover not a secret to another:
10 Lest he that (lunar ear) heareth it put thee to (red radius) shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of (solar) gold in pictures of (lunar) silver.
12 As an earring of (solar) gold, and an ornament of fine (solar) gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient (lunar) ear.
13 As the cold of (Milky Way) snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing is a (Cepheus) prince persuaded, and a soft (lunar) tongue breaketh the (Milky Way) bone.
16 Hast thou found (solar golden) honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and (solar) vomit it.
17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's (red radius) house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
"Would you shun many things to curse,
And guard against the mind's remorse?
With none too intimately live;
Less you'll rejoice, and less you'll grieve." (Mart. 2 epig. 34)
18 A man that beareth false (lunar open mouth) witness against his neighbour is a (solar) maul, and a (red radius) sword, and a (red radius) sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken (lunar) tooth, and a (Cepheus) foot out of joint.
20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he (Pollux) that (lunar open mouth) singeth songs to an heavy (lunar) heart.
The Hebrew nater (from the verb natar to "dissolve" -- Jer. 2:22) is not the same as our nitre, but instead may be Sodium Bicarbonate which when mixed with vinegar produces an effervescence and fermentation and strong cleansing detergent power when used with soap. Or more likely, niter may refer to Sodium Carbonate (washing soda). Being an acid, vinegar reacts vigorously with Sodium Carbonate to form carbon dioxide, a gas. This is a sudden and caustic reaction.
21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him (solar) bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him (lunar) water to drink:
22 For thou shalt heap (lunar) coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.
23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting (lunar) tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in the (red radius) corner of the housetop, than with a brawling (Gemini) woman and in a wide house.
25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eat much (solar) honey: so for (Gemini) men to search their own glory is not glory.
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
26:1 As (Milky Way) snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
3 A (red radius) whip for the (Pegasus) horse, a (red radius) bridle for the ass, and a (red radius) rod for the fool's back.
4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool (red radius) cutteth off the feet, and (Pollux) drinketh damage.
7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the (lunar open) mouth of fools.
8 As he that bindeth a (lunar) stone in a (red radius) sling, so is he that giveth (solar) honour to a fool.
9 As a (lunar crescent) thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the (lunar open) mouths of fools.
10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth (Gemini) transgressors.
11 As a (Canis Minor & Major) dog returneth to his (solar yellow) vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
13 The slothful man saith, There is a (Ursa Major) lion in the way; a (Argo) lion is in the (Milky Way) streets.
14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his (lunar) bed.
15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his (lunar) mouth.
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason (Gemini, Cepheus, Perseus, Auriga, Orion & Argo).
17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a (Canis Minor; Canis Major) dog by the ears (or tail that looks like ear).
18 As a mad man who casteth (solar) firebrands, (red radius) arrows, and (lunar grave) death,
19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
20 Where no wood is, there the (solar) fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
21 As (lunar) coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a talebearer are as (red radius) wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the (lunar) belly.
23 Burning (lunar) lips and a wicked (lunar) heart are like a potsherd covered with (lunar) silver dross.
24 He that hateth dissembleth with his (lunar) lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
25 When he (lunar open mouth) speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are (red radius) seven abominations in his heart.
26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
27 Whoso diggeth a (lunar) pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a (lunar) stone, it will return upon him.
28 A lying (lunar) tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering (lunar) mouth worketh ruin.
27:1 Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
"Born a mortal; doomed to tread
Life's rough path of pain and woe,
All the past with ease is read,
But the future who can know." (Anacr. carm.24)
"Who knows if any power will give
Another day for him to live?
Lo! Charmus, late our dearest friend,
Today shall to the grave descend" (Callim. epigr. 15)
"No sage will ever 'I'll live tomorrow,' say:
Tomorrow is too late: live thou today." (Martial 1. epig. 15)
2 Let another man (lunar open mouth) praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own (lunar) lips.
"All thanks must perish and are lost
When authors their own actions boast." (Mart. 5:52)
"Let no one ever hear you utter a word about your talents; nor suffer it if any one commends you for them; but think that you are nobody, and that you know nothing." (Epictetus 2:1)
3 A (lunar) stone is heavy, and the (Milky Way) sand weighty; but a fool's (solar) wrath is heavier than them both.
4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
6 Faithful are the (red radius) wounds of a friend; but the (lunar) kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
"True is the adage -- From the hands of foes
Gifts are not gifts, but injuries most fatal." (Soph. Ajax 664)
"I fear the Greeks; I fear them bringing gifts." (Virg. Aen. 2:49)
7 The full soul loatheth an (solar golden) honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8 As a (Pegasus) bird that wandereth from her (solar) nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
10 Thine own (Gemini) friend, and thy father's (Gemini) friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's (red radius) house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
11 My son, be wise, and make my (lunar) heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and (Argo) hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the (sun on red radius horizon) morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious (Pollux) woman are alike.
"By dropping incessantly, water alone
Can wear to a hollow the hardest of stone." (Bion. Fragm.)
16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
17 Iron sharpeneth (red radius) iron; so a (Pollux) man sharpeneth the countenance of his (Castor) friend.
"Ill play the whetstone, useless and unfit
Myself to cut, I'll sharpen others' wit."
"Then let me sharpen others, as the hone
Gives edge to razors, though itself has none." -- Horace
18 Whoso keepeth the (zodiac) fig tree shall eat the (solar golden) fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19 As in water face answereth to face, so the (lunar) heart of man to man.
20 Hell and (lunar grave) destruction are never full; so the (lunar & solar) eyes of man are never satisfied.
21 As the (lunar black) fining pot for silver, and the (solar) furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a (lunar) mortar among (solar) wheat with a (Orion club) pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy (Aries) flocks, and look well to thy (Taurus) herds.
24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the (Cepheus) crown endure to every generation?
25 The hay appeareth, and the tender (green Milky Way) grass sheweth itself, and (green Milky Way) herbs of the (red radius) mountains are gathered.
26 The (Aries) lambs are for thy clothing, and the (Auriga) goats are the price of the (red radius) field.
27 And thou shalt have (Milky Way) goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy (Gemini, Cassiopeia & Andromeda) maidens.
28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a (Argo, Orion, Ursa Major) lion.
"They fear nothing who have done no wrong; and they, on the other hand, who have done wrong, think that punishment is always hanging over them." (Cicero pro Milon. 23)
2 For the transgression of a land many are the (Gemini) princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.
6 Better is the (lunar piece of silver) poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be (solar golden) rich.
7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous (Gemini) men (red radius) shameth his father.
8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
9 He that turneth away his (lunar) ear from (lunar ear) hearing the law, even his (lunar open mouth) prayer shall be abomination.
10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own (lunar) pit: but the upright shall have good (golden) things in possession.
"He harms himself that plans another's ill,
And evil counsels plague their authors still." (Hes. Oper. et Dies, 263)
11 The (solar golden) rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the (lunar silver) poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
12 When righteous (Gemini) men do (lunar smiling crescent) rejoice, there is great (solar) glory: but when the wicked rise, a man (Argo) is hidden.
13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his (lunar) heart shall fall into mischief.
15 As a roaring (Orion, Argo, Ursa Major) lion, and a ranging (Ursa Major) bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor (Gemini) people.
16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
17 A man that doeth violence to the (red radius) blood of any person shall flee to the (lunar) pit; let no man stay him.
18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
19 He that (red radius lunar black crescent solar wheel) tilleth his land shall have plenty of (solar) bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be (solar golden) rich shall not be innocent.
"No one was ever suddenly rich by fair means." (Menander)
"He who is always in a hurry to be wealthy, and immersed in the study of augmenting his fortune, has lost the art of reason and deserted the post of virtue." (Hor. 1. Epist. 16 v. 67)
"He who covets riches would also grow rich speedily. But what respect for laws, what fear or shame is ever found in the breast of the miser hasting to be rich?" (Juv. Sat. 14:176)
21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of (lunar) bread that man will transgress.
22 He that hasteth to be (solar golden) rich hath an evil (lunar) eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
23 He that (lunar open mouth) rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the (lunar) tongue.
24 Whoso robbeth his (Pollux) father or his (Castor) mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25 He that is of a proud (lunar) heart stirreth up (red radius) strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made (lunar) fat.
26 He that trusteth in his own (lunar) heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his (lunar & solar) eyes shall have many a (red radius) curse.
28 When the wicked rise, (Gemini) men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
29:1 He, that being often (lunar open mouth) reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be (lunar grave) destroyed, and that without remedy.
2 When the righteous are in authority, the (Gemini) people (lunar smiling crescent) rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people (lunar frown) mourn.
3 Whoso loveth wisdom (lunar smiling crescent) rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with (Gemini) harlots spendeth his substance.
4 The (Cepheus) king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth (solar golden) gifts overthroweth it.
5 A man that (lunar open mouth) flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a (Milky Way) net for his feet.
6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a (red radius) snare: but the righteous doth (lunar smiling crescent) sing and rejoice.
7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
8 Scornful (Gemini) men bring a city into a (red radius) snare: but wise (Gemini) men turn away wrath.
9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
10 The (red radius) bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
11 A fool (lunar open mouth) uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
12 If a (Cepheus) ruler (lunar ear) hearken to lies, all his (Gemini) servants are wicked.
13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lighteneth both their (lunar & solar) eyes.
14 The (Cepheus) king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
15 The (red radius) rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his (Castor) mother to (red radius) shame.
16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give (lunar smiling) delight unto thy soul.
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, (lunar smiling crescent) happy is he.
19 A servant will not be (lunar open mouth) corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
"God, it must be owned, often takes delight in making the little great and the great little." (Xenophen Hist. Graec. 6:4)
"Two urns by Jove's high throne have ever stood,
The source of devil one, and one of good;
From thence the cup of mortal man he fills,
Blessings to these, to those distributes ills." (Homer's Iliad 24:527)
24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
25 The fear of man bringeth a (red radius) snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the (Shekinah) Lord shall be safe.
26 Many seek the (Cepheus) ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the Lord.
27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
30:1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,
2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.
3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.
4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?
5 Every word of God is pure: he is a (lunar or solar) shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:
8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither (lunar silver) poverty nor (solar gold) riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
"I neither wish nor pray to be rich: but be it mine to live on my little store, and find no hurt." (Theogony 1153)
"Enough, and just enough, how good is it!" (Alexis)
"Surely the state of man is such
They greatly want who covet much:
Then happy he whom heaven has fed
With frugal, but sufficient bread!" (Hor. 3. carm. 16)
"The man within the golden mean
Who can his boldest wish restrain,
Securely views the ruined cell
Where sordid want and sorrow dwell,
And in himself serenely great,
Declines an envied room of state."
"Our fortunes and our shoes are near allied:
We're pinched in strait, and stumble in the wide." -- Horace
9 Lest I be (lunar belly) full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
"Man is as changeful as his bliss or woe,
Too high when prosperous, when distressed too low.
There was a day when with the scornful great|
I swelled in pomp and arrogance of state;
Proud of the power that to high birth belongs,
And used that power to justify my wrongs." -- Homer's Odyss. 18:138
"A great fortune is a great slavery" -- Seneca
"The more possessions, the more distractions; the more meat, the more worms." -- Hillel
10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
11 There is a generation that (lunar open mouth) curseth their (Pollux) father, and doth not bless their (Castor) mother.
12 There is a generation that are pure in their own (lunar & solar) eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their (lunar & solar) eyes! and their (black crescent) eyelids are lifted up.
14 There is a generation, whose (lunar) teeth are as (red radius) swords, and their (lunar) jaw teeth as (red radius) knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among (Gemini) men.
15 The horseleach hath two (Gemini) daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough:
16 The (lunar open) grave; and the barren (lunar) womb; the earth that is not filled with (lunar) water; and the (solar) fire that saith not, It is enough.
17 The (lunar) eye that mocketh at his (Pollux) father, and despiseth to obey his (Castor) mother, the (Corvus) ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles (lyra & Aquila) shall eat it.
18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:
19 The way of an (Lyra & Aquila) eagle in the air; the way of a (Canis Major tail) serpent upon a rock; the way of a (Argo) ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a (Pollux) man with a (Castor) maid.
20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she (lunar open mouth) eateth, and wipeth her (Pollux) mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:
22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with (solar golden) meat;
23 For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;
27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.
29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going:
30 A lion (Argo, Orion & Ursa Major) which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;
31 A (Canis Major) greyhound; an (Orion) he goat also; and a (Cepheus) king, against whom there is no rising up.
32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy (lunar open) mouth.
33 Surely the (lunar red radius Milky Way) churning of milk bringeth forth (yellow solar) butter, and the wringing of the (Pollux) nose bringeth forth (red radius) blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.