1No evil wil befal one who fears the Lord, such a one will be rescued even in the ordeal. 2No one who hates the Law is wise, one who is hypocritical about it is like a storm-tossed ship. 3An intelligent person will put faith in the Law, for such a one the Law is as dependable as a prophecy. 4Prepare what you have to say and you will get a hearing, marshal your information before you answer. 5The feelings of a fool are like a cart-wheel, a fool's thought revolves like a turning axle. 6A rutting stal ion is like a sarcastic friend; he neighs, whoever rides him. 7Why is one day better than another, though the sun gives the same daylight throughout the year? 8They have been differentiated in the mind of the Lord, who has diversified the seasons and feasts; 9some he has made more important and has hal owed, others he has made ordinary days. 10Human beings come from the ground, Adam himself was formed out of earth; 11in the fullness of his wisdom the Lord has made distinctions between them, and diversified theirconditions. 12Some of them he has blessed, hal owing and setting them near him; others he has cursed andhumiliated by degrading them from their positions. 13Like clay in the hands of the potter to mould as it pleases him, so are human beings in the hands oftheir Maker to reward as he judges right. 14Opposite evil stands good, opposite death, life; so too opposite the devout stands the sinner. 15Contemplate al the works of the Most High, you wil find they go in pairs, by opposites. 16Although the last to come, I have kept my eyes open like a man picking up what the grape-pickershave left. 17By the blessing of the Lord I have come in first, and like a true grape-picker have fil ed my winepress. 18And note, I have not been working merely for myself, but for al who seek instruction. 19Listen to me, important public figures, presidents of the assembly, give ear! 20Neither to son nor wife, brother nor friend, give power over yourself during your own lifetime. And donot give your property to anyone else, in case you regret it and have to ask for it back. 21As long as you live and there is breath in your body, do not yield power over yourself to anyone; 22better for your children to come begging to you, than for you to have to go begging to them. 23In al you do be the master, and leave a reputation unstained. 24The day your life draws to a close, at the hour of death, then distribute your heritage. 25Fodder, the stick and burdens for a donkey, bread, discipline and work for a slave. 26Work your slave hard, and you wil have peace of mind, leave his hands idle, and he wil be asking forhis freedom. 27Yoke and harness wil bow the neck, for a bad servant, torments and the rack. 28Set him to work, so that he will not be idle; idleness teaches every kind of mischief. 29Keep him at his duties, where he should be, if he is disobedient, clap him in irons. 30But do not be over-exacting with anyone, and do nothing contrary to justice. 31You have only one slave? Treat him like yourself, since you have acquired him with blood. 32You have only one slave? Treat him as a brother, since you need him as you need yourself. 33If you ill-treat him and he runs away, which way wil you go to look for him?
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