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1. The sage asked the spirit of wisdom (2) thus: 'Wherefore is it when an ignorant man—when they bring advancement to him—considers the learning

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and advancement of the wise and good mostly so 1, through greediness, that to teach it to him is difficult?'

3. The spirit of wisdom answered (4) thus: 'For this reason, because the ignorant man considers, in thought, his own ignorance as good as the sage does, in thought, his own knowledge.'


97:1 L19 has 'such vexation,' by-reading bêsh instead of vas.

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