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CIIAP. XV. and their contrary vices the prudent are crowned with. 5 A fool despiseth his father's knowledge.

instruction: but he that regardeth 19 The evil bow before the good; reproof is prudent. and the wicked at the gates of the • In the house of the righteous is righteous.

much treasure : but in the revenues 20 The poor is hated even of his of the wicked is trouble. own neighbour: but the rich hath 7 The lips of the wise disperse many friends.

knowledge: but the heart of the 21 He that despiseth his neigh- foolish doeth not so. bour sinneth: but he that hath 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is mercy on the poor, happy is he. an abomination to the LORD : but

22 Do they not err that devise the prayer of the upright is his cvil ? but mercy and truth shall be delight. to them that devise good.

9 The way of the wicked is an 23 In all labour there is profit: abomination unto the LORD; but but the talk of the lips tendeth only he loveth him that followeth after to penury.

righteousness. 24 The crown of the wise is their 10 Correction is grievous unto riches : but the foolishness of fools him that forsaketh the way: and is folly.

he that hateth reproof shall die. 25 A true witness delivereth 11 Hell and destruction are besouls: but a deceitful witness fore the LORD: how much more speaketh lies.

then the hearts of the children of 26 In the fear of the LORD is men ? strong, confidence: and his chil 12 A scorner loveth not one that dren shall have a place of refuge. reproveth him : neither will he go

27 The fear of the LORD is a unto the wise. fountain of life, to depart from the 13 A merry heart maketh a shares of death.

cheerful countenance : but by sor 28 In the multitude of people is row of the heart the spirit is bro the king's honour: but in the want ken. of people is the destruction of the 14 The heart of him that hath prince.

understanding seeketh knowledge : 29 He that is slow to wrath is but the mouth of fools feodeth on of great understanding : but he that foolishness. 18 hasty of spirit exalteth folly. 15 All the days of the afflicted

30 A sound heart is the life of the are evil: but he that is of a merry flesh: but envy the rottenness of heart hath a continual feast. the bones.

16 Better is little with the fear of 31 He that oppresseth the poor the LORD, than great treasure and reproacheth his Maker: but he that trouble therewith. honoureth him hath mercy on the 17 Better is a dinner of herbs poor.

where love is, than a stalled ox and 32 The wicked is driven away hatred therewith. in his wickedness: but the righte 18 A wrathful man stirreth up ous hath hope in his death. strife: but he that is slow to anger

33 Wisdom resteth in the heart appeaseth strife. of him that hath understanding : 19 The way of the slothful man is but that which is in the midst of as a hedge of thorns: but the way tools is made known.

of the righteous is made plain. 34 Righteousness exalteth a na 20 A wise son maketh a glad fation: but sin is a reproach to any ther: but a foolish man despiseth people.

his mother. 35. The king's favour is toward 21 Folly is joy to him that is desa wise servant : but his wrath is titute of wisdom: but a man of un against him that causeth shame. derstanding walketh uprightly. CHAP. XV.

22 Without counsel purposes are SOFT answer turneth away disappointed : but in the multitude

wrath: but grievous words stir of couns they are established. up anger.

23 A man bath joy by the answer 2 The tongue of the wise useth of his mouth : and a word spoken knowledge aright: but the mouth in due season, how good is it! of fools poureth out foolishness. 24 The way of life is above to

3 The eyes of the LORD are in the wise, that he may depart from every place, beholding the evil and hell beneath. he good.

25 The LORD will destroy the 4 A wholesome tongue is a tree house of the proud: but he will -f life : but perverseness therein is establish the border of the widow. breach in the spirit.

26 The thoughts of the wicked



Sundry moral maxims. PROVERBS, Of covetousness, &c are an abomination to the LORD : messengers of death: but a wise but the words of the pure are plea- man will pacify it. sant words.

15 la the light of the king's 27 He that is greedy of gain countenance is life, and his favour troubleth his own house; but he is as a cloud of the latter rain. that hateth gifts shall live.

16 How much better is it to get 28. The heart of the righteous wisdom than gold ? and to get unstudieth to answer: but the mouth derstanding rather to be chosen than of the wicked poureth out evil silver ? things.

17 The higuway of the upright 29 The LORD is far from the is to depart from evil: he that wicked: but he heareth the prayer keepeth his way preserveth his of the righteous.

soul. 30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth 18 Pride goeth before destructhe heart and a good report tion, and a haughty spirit before a maketh the bones fat.

fall. 31 The ear that heareth the re- 19 Better it is to be of an humproof of life abideth among the ble spirit with the lowly, than to wise.

divide the spoil with the proud. 32 He that refuseth instruction 20 He that handleth a mat despiseth his own soul: but he that ter wisely shall find good: and heareth reproof getteth understand whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy

is he. "33 The fear of the LORD is the 21 The wise in heart shall be instruction of wisdom; and before called prudent: and the sweetness honour is humility.

of the lips increaseth learning. CHAP. XVI.

22 Understanding is a well-spring

: but the in man, and the answer of the instruction of fools is folly. tongue, is from the LORD.

23 The heart of the wise teacheth 2 All the ways of a man are his mouth and addeth learning to clean in his own eyes; but the his lips. LORD weigheth the spirits.

A Pleasant words are as a honey 3 Commit thy works unto the comb, sweet to the soul, and health LORD, and thy thoughts shall be to the bones. established.

25 There is a way that seemeth 4 The LORD hath made all things right unto a man, but the end therefor himself: yea,, even the wicked of are the ways of death. for the day of evil.

26 He that laboureth, laboureth 5 Every one that is proud in for himself; for his mouth craveth heart is an abomination to the it of him. LORD : though hand join in hand, 27 An ungodly man diggeth up he shall not be unpunished. evil: and in his lips there is as a

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is burning fire. purged: and by the fear of the LORD 28 A froward man soweth strifo: men depart from evil.

and a whisperer separateth chief 7 When a man's ways please the friends. LORD, he maketh even his enemies 29 A violent man enticeth his to be at peace with him.

neighbour, and leadeth him into 8 Better is a little with righteous- the way that is not good. ness, than great revenues without 30 He shutteth his eyes to devise right.

froward things: moving his lips ho 9 A man's heart deviseth his bringeth evil to pass. way: but the LORD directeth his 31 The hoary head is a crown of steps.

glory, if it be found in the way of 10 A divine sentence is in the righteousness. Jips of the king: his mouth trans- 32 He that is slow to anger is gresseth not in judgment.

better than the mighty; and he that 11 A just weight and balance arc ruloth his spirit, than he that taketh the LORD's: all the weights of the a city. bag are his work.

33 The lot is cast into the lap; but 12 It is an abomination to kings the whole disposing thereof is of to commit wickedness: for tho the LORD. throne is established by righteous



Righteous lips are the delight BETTER is a dry morsel, and

of kings; and they love him that house full of sacrifices with strife. speaketh right.

2 A wise servant shall have rule 14 lhe wrath of a king is as lover a son that causeth shame.


Of wisdom and folly. CHAP. XVIII. Sundry moral maxims and shall have part of the inherit- 23.A wicked man taketh a gift ance among the brethren.

out of the bosom to pervert the 3 The fining-pot is for silver, and ways of judgment. the furnace for gold: but the LORD 24 Wisdom is before him that trieth the hearts.

hath understanding; but the eyes 4 A wicked doer giveth heed to of a fool are in the ends of the fase lips; and a liar giveth ear to earth. a naughty tongue.

25 A foolish son is a grief to his 5 Whoso mocketh the poor re- father, and bitterness to her that proacheth his Maker: and he that bare him. is glad at calamities shall not be 26 Also to punish the just is not unpunished.

good, nor to strike princes for 6 Children's children are the equity. crown of old men, and the glory 27 He that hath knowledge of children are their fathers. spareth his words: and a man of

7 Excellent speech becometh not understanding is of an excellent a fool : much less do lying lips a spirit. prince.

28 Even a fool, when he holdeth 8 A gift is as a precious stone in his peace, is counted wise: and he the eyes of him that hath it: whi- that shutteth his lips is esteemed a thersoever it turneth, it prog- man of understanding. pereth.

CHAP. XVIII. 9 He that covereth ta transeres- THROUGH desire, na manebita peateth a matter, separateth very eth and intermeddleth with all friends.

wisdom. 10 A reproof entereth more into 2 A fool hath no delight in una wise man than a hundred stripes derstanding,

but that his heart may into a fool.

discover itself. 11 An evil man seeketh only re- 3 When the wicked cometh, then bellion: therefore a cruel messen- cometh also contempt, and with igger shall be sent against him. nominy reproach.

12 Let a bear robbed of her 4 The words of a man's mouth whelps meet a man, rather than a are as deep waters, and the wellfool in his folly.

spring of wisdom as a flowing 13 Whoso rewardeth evil for brook. good, evil shall not depart from his 5 It is not good to accept the house.

person of the wicked, to overthrow 14 The beginning of strife is as the righteous in judgment. when one letteth out water: there- 6 A fool's lips enter into conten fore leave off contention, before it tion, and his mouth calleth for be meddled with.

strokes. 15 He that justifieth the wicked, 7 A fool's mouth is his destrucand he that condemneth the just, tion, and his lips are the snare of even they both are abomination to his soul. the LORD.

8 The words of a tale-bearer are 16 Wherefore is there a price in as wounds, and they go down into the hand of a fool to get wisdom, the innermost parts of the belly. seeing he hath no heart to it? 9 He also that is slothful in his 17 A friend loveth at all times, work

is brother to him that is a and a brother is born for adver-great waster.

10 The name of the LORD is a 18 A man void of understanding strong tower : the righteous runstriketh hands, and becometh neth into it, and is safe. surety in the presence of his 11 The rich man's wealth is 'his friend.

strong city, and as a high wall* in 19 He loveth transgression that his own conceit. loveth strife : and he that exalteth 12 Before destruction the heart his gate seeketh destruction. of man iş haughty, and before

20 He that hath a froward heart honour is humility. findeth no good: and he that hath 13 He that answereth a matter a perverse tongue falleth into mis- before he heareth it, it is folly and chief.

shame unto him. 2 He that begetteth a fool doeth 14 The spirit of a man will sus; it to his sorrow and the father of tain bis infirmity; but a wounded a fool hath no joy.

spirit who can bear? 22 A merry heart doeth good like 15 The heart of the prudent get; a medicine : but a broken spirit teth knowledge; and the ear of drieth the bones.

the wise seeketh knowledge 2 B 2




BEITER, is the poor that walke counsel of the LORD, that shall

Of moral virtues,

PROVERBS, and their contrary vices 16 A man's gift maketh room for 13 A foolish son is the calamits him, and bringeth him before great of his father: and the contentions

of a wife are a continual drop17 He that is first in his own ping. cause seemeth just; but his neigh- 14 House and riches are the inbour cometh and searcheth him. heritance of fathers : and a prudent

18 The lot causeth contentions wife is from the LORD. to cease, and parteth between the 15 Slothfulness casteth into a mighty.

deep sleep; and an idle soul shall 19 A brother offended is harder suffer hunger. to be won than a strong city, and 16 He that keepeth the comtheir contentions are like the bars mandment keepeth his own soul. of a castle.

but he that despiseth his ways shall 20 A man's belly shall be satis-die. fied with the fruit of his mouth; 17 He that hath pity upon the and with the increase of his lips poor, lendeth unto tne LORD ; and shall he be filled.

that which he hath given will he 21 Death and life are in the power pay him again. of the tongue: and they that love 18 Chasten thy son while there it shall eat the fruit thereof. is hope, and let not thy soul spare

22 Whoso findeth a wife, findeth for his crying. a good thing, and obtaineth fa- 19 A man of great wrath shall vour of the LORD.

suffer punishment: for if thou de 23 The poor useth entreaties; but liver him, yet thou must do it the rich answereth roughly.

again. 24 A man that hath friends must 20 Hear counsel, and receive inshew himself friendly: and there is struction, that thou mayest be wise a friend that sticketh closer than a in thy latter end. brother.

21 There are many devices in a CHAP. XIX.

man's heart; nevertheless the

stand. that is perverse in his lips, and is a 22 The desire of a man is his fool.

kindness: and a poor man is better 2 Also, that the soul be without than a liar. knowledge, it is not good; and he 23 The fear of the LORD tondelh that hasteth with his feet sinneth. to life: and he that hath it shall

3 The foolishness of man per-abide satisfied; he shall not be viverteth his way: and his heart fret- sited with evil. teth against the LORD.

24 A slothful man hideth his 4 Wealth maketh many friends; hand in his bosom, and will not but the poor is separated from his so much as bring it to his mouth neighbour.

again. 5 A false witness shall not be un- 25 Smite a scorner, and the simpunished, and he that speaketh lies ple will beware: and reprove one shall not escape.

that hath understanding, and he 6. Many will entreat the favour will understand knowledge. of the prince: and every man is a 26 He that wasteth his father, friend to him that giveth gifts. and chaseth away his mother, is

7 All the brethren of the poor do a son that causeth shame, and hate him: how much more do his bringeth reproach. friends go far from him ? he pur- 27 Cease, my son, to hear the sueth them with words, yet they are instruction that causeth to err from wanting to him.

the words of knowledge. 8 He that getteth wisdom loveth 28 An ungodly witness scorneth his own soul he that keepeth un- judgment : and the mouth of the derstanding shall find good. wicked devoureth iniquity.

9 A false witness shall not be un- 29 Judgments are prepared for punished, and he that speaketh lies scorers, and stripes for the back of shall perish.

fools. 10 Delight is not seemly for a

CHAP. XX. have rule over princes.

drink is ragingand who 11 The discretion of a man de- soever is deceived thereby is not ferreth his anger; and it is his wise. glory to pass over a transgression. 2 The fear of a king is as, the

12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh roaring of a lion; but his favour is him to anger sinneth against his as dew upon the grass.

own soul.

Of justice and diligence. CHAP. XXI. Against pride and dissension.

3 It is an honour for a man to 1.25 It is a snare to the man who cease from strife: but every fool devoureth that

which is holy, and will be meddling.

after vows to make inquiry. 4 The sluggard will not plough 26 A wise king scattereth the by reason of the cold; therefore wicked, and bringeth the whee shall he beg in harvest, and have over them. nothing.

27 The spirit of man is the can 5 Counsel in the heart of man is dle of the LORD, searching all the like deep water;, but a man of un- inward parts of the belly. derstanding will draw it out. 28 Mercy and truth preserve the

6 Most men will proclaim every king: and his throne is upholden one his own goodness: but a faith-by mercy. ful man who can find ?

29 The glory of young men is 7 The just man walketh in his their strength: and the beauty of integrity: his children are blessed old men is the gray head. after him.

30 The blueness of a wound 8 A king that sitteth in the throne cleanseth away evil: sọ do stripes of judgment, scattereth away all the inward parts of the belly. evil with his eyes.

CHAP. XXI. 9 Who can say bave made my THE kis heart is in the hand sin ?

water : he turneth it whithersoever 10 Divers weights, and divers he will. measures, both of them are alike 2 Every way of a man is right in abomination to the LORD.

his own eyes : but the LORD pon 11 Even a child is known by his dereth the hearts. doings, whether his work be pure, 3 To do justice and judgment is and whether it be right.

more acceptable to the LORD than 12 The hearing ear, and the see- sacrifice. ing eye, the LORD hath made even 4 A high look, and a proud heart, both of them.

and the ploughing of the wicked, 13 Love not sleep, lest thou come is sin. to poverty į open thine eyes, and 5 The thoughts of the diligent thou shalt be satisfied with tend only to plenteousness; but of bread.

every one that is hasty, only to 14 It is naught, it is naught, want. saith the buyer: but when he is 6 The getting of treasures by a gone his way, then he boasteth. lying tongue is a vanity tossed

15 There is gold, and a multitude to and fro of them that seek of rubies : but the lips of know-death. ledge are a precious jewel.

7 The robbery of the wicked shall 16 Take his garment that is sure- destroy them; because they refuse ty for a stranger: and take a pledge to do judgment. of him for a strange woman.

8 The way of man is froward 17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a and strange but as for the pure, man; but afterwards his mouth his work is right. shall be filled with gravel.

9 It is better to dwell in a cor18 Every purpose is established ner of the house-top, than with by counsel : and with good advice a brawling woman in a wide make war.

house. 19 He that goeth about as a tale 10 The soul of the wicked debearer revealeth secrets: therefore sireth evil:

his neighbour findeth no meddle not with him that flattereth favour in his eyes. with his lips.

11 When the scorner is punished, 20 Whoso curseth his father or the simple is made wise : and when his mother, his lamp shall be put the wise is instructed, he receiveth out in obscure darkness.

knowledge. 21 An inheritance may be gotten 12 The righteous man wisely conhastily at the beginning, but the sidereth the house of the wicked: end thereof shall not be blessed. but God overthroweth the wickel

22 Say not thou, I will recom- for their wickedness. pense evil; but wait on the LORD, 13 Whoso stoppeth_his ears at and he shall save thee.

the cry of the poor, he also shall 23 Divers weights are an abomi- cry himself, but shall not be naţion unto the LORD; and a false heard. balance is not good.

14 A gift in secret pacifieth

an24 Man's goings are of the LORD;ger: and a reward in the bosom, how can a man then understand his strong wrath. own way?

15 It is joy to the just to do

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