“Better is open rebuke
Than hidden love.
Are the wounds
A friend inflicts.
Profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
The sated appetite spurns honey.
But to a ravenous appetite
Even the bitter is sweet.”
Here we have a series of pithy sayings. It is better to rebuke someone than have a hidden love. A friend can inflict a wound also. The profuse kisses of an enemy are false. If you are filled and not hungry, you will turn away from honey. Apparently honey was a great delicacy. However, if you are hungry, even bitter things will seem sweet.