“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.”
To have abundant crops, one must endure the unpleasant work of keeping the manger clean, and caring for them.
“The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps. One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.”
It is interesting to see that wise people are cautious and “test everything; hold fast to what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
“In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.”
“In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.”
“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”
“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts great folly.”