Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
This section of proverbs speaks of the virtues of agricultural life, but also focuses on the importance of the farmer’s diligence. Unwearied and unceasing care must be exercised in tending to flocks and herds, if a farmer wants to be successful. Riches will not last and the honors of royalty will soon pass away, unless constant care is used in caring for the affairs of life.