Fear-of-God is life itself,
a full life, and serene—no nasty surprises.
Some people dig a fork into the pie
but are too lazy to raise it to their mouth.
Punish the insolent—make an example of them.
Who knows? Somebody might learn a good lesson.
Kids who lash out against their parents
are an embarrassment and disgrace.
If you quit listening, dear child, and strike off on your own,
you’ll soon be out of your depth.
An unprincipled witness desecrates justice;
the mouths of the wicked spew malice.
The irreverent have to learn reverence the hard way;
only a slap in the face brings fools to attention.
Deep Water in the Heart
Wine makes you mean, beer makes you quarrelsome—
a staggering drunk is not much fun.
Quick-tempered leaders are like mad dogs—
cross them and they bite your head off.
It’s a mark of good character to avert quarrels,
but fools love to pick fights.
A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring
has nothing to harvest in the fall.