Saṃyutta Nikāya 1

Connected Discourses with Devatas

54. Support

“What is the support of human beings?
What is the best companion here?
The creatures who dwell on the earth—
By what do they sustain their life?”

“Sons are the support of human beings,
A wife the best companion;
The creatures who dwell on the earth
Sustain their life by rain.”