Defender Of The Fatherless
Do not move an ancient boundary stone
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
for their Defender is strong;
he will take up their case against you.
Jesus possessed very little in life.
One thing he did have was his Father.
Not only his Heavenly Father, from eternity to eternity,
but also, his Earthly Father, who protected him until he died.
Jesus is the Defender of the Fatherless.
He protects the interests of the fatherless.
Jesus sacrificed himself so that he could share his Heavenly Father, as well.
Avoid Speaking To Fools
Do not speak to fools,
for they will scorn your prudent words.
Why should we not speak to fools?
Because fools do not simply ignore your prudent words,
They have contempt for them.
Beware The Begrudging Host
Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
do not crave his delicacies;
for he is the kind of person
who is always thinking about the cost.
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the little you have eaten
and will have wasted your compliments.
Do not waste your time with the stingy.
They portend to be generous, but they are disingenuous.
Transience Of Riches
Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
How easy it is for riches to “fly off to the sky like an eagle,”
The classic image of a dollar bill with wings flying away!
Upon Dining With A Ruler
When you sit to dine with a ruler,
note well what is before you,
and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to gluttony.
Do not crave his delicacies,
for that food is deceptive.
Hot Etiquette Tip For Dining With A Ruler:
Eat sparingly, with trepidation.