Do not move the ancient landmark [at the boundary of the property]
Which your fathers have set.
Do you see a man skillful and experienced in his work?
He will stand [in honor] before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.
On Life and Conduct
When you sit down to dine with a ruler,
Consider carefully what is [set] before you;
For you will put a knife to your throat
If you are a man of great appetite.
Do not desire his delicacies,
For it is deceptive food [offered to you with questionable motives].
Do not weary yourself [with the overwhelming desire] to gain wealth;
Cease from your own understanding of it.
When you set your eyes on wealth, it is [suddenly] gone.
For wealth certainly makes itself wings
Like an eagle that flies to the heavens.
Do not eat the bread of a selfish man,
Or desire his delicacies;
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behavior—one who manipulates].
He says to you, “Eat and drink,”
Yet his heart is not with you [but it is begrudging the cost].
The morsel which you have eaten you will vomit up,
And you will waste your compliments.
Do not speak in the ears of a fool,
For he will despise the [godly] wisdom of your words.