“When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
Observe carefully what is before you.
Put a knife to your throat
If you have a big appetite.
Do not desire the ruler’s delicacies.
They are deceptive foods.”
If you are eating at the table of a ruler, be very observant. Put a knife to your throat, which means don’t eat everything, if you have a big appetite. Do not eat the delicacies of the ruler, because they are deceptive foods. Be on your best behavior and eat what is given you without complaint.