Wisdom too is worthless if withheld,
So administer it carefully, beneficially provide.
Worthless are they who willingly betray a trust,
A man must learn in whom he may confide.
We must be quick to listen and slow to speak,
But all too often the reverse is sadly practised,
The humble trampled by arrogantly raised voices,
Rejecting counsel and refusing to be chastised.
Humility they hate, true love they cannot stand,
Their speech, like a barking dog, will not be atoned.
Holy conversation is anathema to arrogant men,
Mild words in season cannot break their bone.
From a valley of echoes the words of fools return,
Incessant talk reveals their emptiness,
But to betray a sacred trust is to follow Judas,
Dipping in Jesus' bowl ended in grievousness.