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  1. The horse-leech had three dearly-beloved daughters: and these three did not satisfy her; and the fourth was not contented so as to say, Enough.
  2. The grave, and the love of a woman, and the earth not filled with water; water also and fire will not say, It is enough.

  3. The eye that laughs to scorn a father, and dishonours the old age of a mother, let the ravens of the valleys pick it out, let the young eagles devour it.
  4. Moreover there are three things impossible for me to comprehend, and the fourth I know not:
  5. the track of a flying eagle; and the ways of a serpent on a rock; and the paths of a ship passing through the sea; and the ways of a man in youth.
  6. Such is the way of an adulterous woman, who having washed herself from what she has done, says she has done nothing [a] amiss.

  7. By three things the earth is troubled, and the fourth it cannot bear:
  8. if a servant reign; or a fool be filled with food;
  9. or if a maid-servant should cast out her own mistress; and if a hateful woman should marry a good man.

  10. And there are four very little things upon the earth, but these are wiser than the wise:
  11. the ants which are weak, and yet prepare their food in summer;
  12. the rabbits also are a feeble race, who make their houses in the rocks.
  13. The locusts have no king, and yet march orderly at one command.
  14. And the eft, which supports itself by its hands, and is easily taken, dwells in the fortresses of kings.

  15. And there are three things which go well, and a fourth which passes along finely.
  16. A lion's whelp, stronger than all other beasts, which turns not away, nor fears any beast;
  17. and a cock walking in boldly among the hens, and a goat leading the herd; and a king publicly speaking before a nation.

  18. If thou abandon thyself to mirth, and stretch forth thine hand in a quarrel, thou shalt be disgraced.
  19. Milk out milk, and there shall be butter, and if thou wring one's nostrils there shall come out blood: so if thou extort words, there will come forth quarrels and strifes.

[a] Gr. out of place.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons, Ltd., London, 1851]

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