The friendship of those who feign affection is an anvil
On which to hammer you when the opportunity arises.
The friendship of those who act like friends but are not,
Will fluctuate like the mind of a fickle woman.
Though their scholarship is good and abundant,
Ignoble men rarely learn goodness of heart.
Fear the cunning friend who smiles sweetly to your face
But conceals wickedness in his heart.
Distrust whatever words may come from
Men whose hearts are not in harmony with your own.
While sounding like a good friend's words,
A rival's words are readily revealed.
Do not trust an enemy though he bends low in his speech,
For the bending of the bow forebodes nothing but harm.
Folded in respect, a foe's hands may hide a dagger.
So too, his tears dare not be trusted.
Men may amply aid you, yet hate you in their heart;
Make them laugh, but let feigned friendship die.
When the time comes that foes pose as friends,
Keep a friendly face but banish their brotherhood from your heart.
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