Thy yesterday is thy past; thy to-day thy future; thy to-morrow is a secret.
They who perform one precept in this world will find it recorded for their benefit in the world to come; as it is written, 'Thy righteousness will go before thee, the glory of the Lord will gather thee in.
There was a little city and the men therein were few, and there came against it a great king, and built around it great works of siege; but there was found in it a poor wise man, and he delivered the city by his wisdom.
The sages interpret this verse most beautifully. The little city is man, and the few men are his different qualities. The king who besieged it is evil inclination, and the great bulwarks he built around it are evil deeds. The poor wise man who saved the city is the good actions which the poorest may readily perform.