“Like the partridge that hatches eggs which she has not laid, So is he who makes a fortune in ways that are unjust. It will be lost to him before his days are over, And in the end he will be [nothing but] a fool.”
Like the partridge that gathers a brood which she did not hatch and sits on eggs which she has not laid, so is he who gets riches by unjust means and not by right. He will leave them, or they will leave him, in the midst of his days, and at his end he will be a fool.
Sometimes a bird will hatch an egg that it did not lay. Those who cheat to get money are like that bird. But when their lives are half finished, they will lose the money. At the end of their lives, it will be clear that they were fools.”
Like a ·bird [L partridge] hatching an egg it did not lay, so are the people who get rich ·by cheating [unjustly]. When their ·lives [L days] are half finished, ·they will lose their riches [L it will leave/abandon them]. At the end of their lives, it will be clear they were fools.
Sometimes a bird will hatch an egg that it did not lay. That bird is like the man who gets rich by cheating. When that man’s life is half finished, he will lose his riches. At the end of his life, it will be clear he was a fool.
Like a bird that fills her nest with young she has not hatched and which will soon desert her and fly away, so is the man who gets his wealth by unjust means. Sooner or later he will lose his riches and at the end of his life become a poor old fool.
Like a partridge hatching eggs that it has not laid, so is the man who amasses riches unjustly. When his life is half completed, they will desert him; and when his life is at an end, he will prove to have been a fool.
Like a bird hatching an egg it did not lay, so are the people who get rich by cheating. When their lives are half finished, they will lose their riches. At the end of their lives, it will be clear they were fools.
The person who gathers wealth by unjust means is like the partridge that broods over eggs but does not hatch them. Before his life is half over he will lose his ill-gotten gains. At the end of his life it will be clear he was a fool.”
Some people get rich by doing sinful things. They are like a partridge that hatches eggs it didn’t lay. When their lives are half over, their riches will desert them. In the end they will prove how foolish they have been.
Like a partridge that hatches eggs that are not hers, so is the person who gains wealth unfairly. In the middle of his life a fool’s money will abandon him. In the end he, too, will be shown for what he is—a fool.
(As) A partridge nourished those things which she breeded not; (so) he made riches, and not in doom (Like a partridge nourished those young which she did not bring forth, so he made riches, but not justly); in the midst of his days he shall forsake them, and in his last time he shall be unwise.
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