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Sundry maxims and CHAP. XXIX. observations of Solomon shall fall himself into his own pit:

CHAP. XXIX. but the upright shall have good On public and private Government 11 The rich man is wise in his HE that, being often reproved,

hardencth his neck, shall sudown conceit; but the poor that denly be destroyed, and that withhath understanding searcheth him out remedy.

2 When the righteous are in au12 When righteous men do re- thority, the people rejoice: but joice, there is great glory: but when the wicked beareth rule, the when the wicked rise, a man is people mourn. hidden.

3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth 13 He that covereth his sins shall his father: but he that keepeth not prosper : but whoso confesseth company with harlots spendeth his and forsaketh them shall have substance

4 The king by judgment estab 14 Happy is the man that feareth lisheth the land: but he that recei always: but he that hardeneth his veth gifts overthroweth it. heart shall fall into mischief. 5 A man that flattereth his neigh

15 As a roaring lion, and a ran- bour spreadeth a net for his feet. ging bear; so is a wicked ruler over In he transgression of an evil the poor people.

man there is a snare: but the righte 16 The prince that wanteth un- ous doth sing and rejoice. derstanding is also a great oppres- 7 The righteous considereth the sor: but he that hateth covetous-cause of the poor : but the wicked ness shall prolong his days. regardeth not to know it.

17 A man that doeth violence to 8 Scornful men bring a city into a the blood of any person shall snare: but wise men turn away flee to the pit; let no man stay wrath,

9 If a wise man contendeth with 18 Whoso walketh uprightly a foolish man, whether he rage or shall be saved ; but he that is laugh, there is no rest. perverse in his ways shall fall at 10 The blood-thirsty hate the up

right: but the just seek his soul. 19 He that tilleth his land shall 11 A fool uttereth all his mind have plenty of bread: but he that but a wise man keepoth it in till followeth after vain persons shall afterwards. have poverty enough.

12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all 20 A faithful man shall abound his servants are wicked. with blessings : but he that maketh 13 The poor and the deceitful haste to be rich shall not be inno- man meet together: the LORD cent.

lighteneth both their eyes. 21 To have respect of persons is 14 The king that faithfully judg. not good: for, for a piece of bread eth the poor, his throne shall be that man will transgress.

established for ever. 22 He that hasteth to be rich 15 The rod and reproof give hath an evil eye, and considereth wisdom: but a child left to himself not that poverty shall come upon bringeth his mother to shame. him.

16 When the wicked are multi23 He that rebuketh a man, plied, transgression increase th: but afterwards shall find more favour the righteous shall see their fall. than he that flattereth with the 17 Correct thy son, and he shall tongue.

give thee rest; yea, he shall give 2 Whoso robbeth his father or delight unto thy soul. his mother, and saith,. It is no 18 Where there is no vision, the transgression;

the same is the com- people perish: but he that keepeth 25 He that is of a proud heart 19 A servant will not be correctstirreth up strife: but he that puted by words: for though he underteth his trust in the LORD shall be stand he will not answer. made fat.

20 Seest thou a man that is hasty 26 He that trusteth in his own in his words? there is more hopo heart is a fool: but whoso walketh of a fool than of him. wisely, he shall be delivered. 21 He that delicately bringeth up

27 He that giveth unto the poor his servant from a child shall have shall not lack: but he that hideth him become his son at the length. his eyes shall have many a curse. 22 An angry man stirreth up

28 When the wicked rise, men strife, and a furious man aboundeth hide themselves : but when they in transgression. perish, the righteous increase.

23 A man's pride shall bring him


Agur's confession

and prayer low: but honour shall uphold the daughters, crying, Give, give humble in spirit.

There are three things that are 24 Whoso is partner with a thief, never satisfied, yea, four things say hateth his own soul : he heareth not, It is enough: cursing, and bewrayeth it ņot. 16 The grave; and the barren

25 The fear of man bringeth a womb; the earth that is not filled ßnare: but whoso putteth his trust with water; and the fire that saith in the LORD shall be safe.

not, It is enough. 26 Many seek the ruler's favour; 17 The eye that mocketh at his but every man's judgment cometh father, and despiseth to obey his from the LORD.

mother, the ravens of the valley 27 An unjust man is an abomi- shall pick it out, and the young nation to the just ; and he that is eagles shall eat it. upright in the way is abomination 18 There be three things which to the wicked.

are too wonderful for me, yea, four CHAP. XXX.

which I know not: Agur's Confession and Prayer. 19 The way of an eagle in the T THE words of Agur the son of air; the way of a serpent upon a

Jakeh, even the prophecy: the rock; the way of a ship in the man spa unto Ithiel, even unto midst of the sca; and the way of a Ithiel and Ucal,

man with a maid. 2 Surely I am more brutish than 20 Such is the way of an adulany man, and have not the under-terous woman;, she eateth, and standing of a man.

wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have 3 I neither learned wisdom, nor done no wickedness. have the knowledge of the holy: 21 | For three things the earth is

4 Who hath ascended up into disquieted, and for four which it heaven, or descended? who hath cannot bear: gathered the wind in his fists ? who 22 For a servant when he reign hath bound the waters in a gar- eth; and a fool when he is filled ment? who hath established all the with meat; ends of the earth? what is his name, 23 For an odious woman when and what is his son's name, if thou she is married; and a handmaid canst tell ?

that is heir to her mistress. 5 Every word of God is pure: 24 There be four things which are he is a shield unto them that put little upon the earth, but they are their trust in him.

exceeding wise : 6 Add thou not unto his words, 25 The ants are a people not lest he reprove thee, and thou be strong, yet they prepare their meat fou a liar.

in the summer; 7 Two things have I required of 26 The conies are but a feeble thee; deny me them not before I folk, yet make they their houses in

the rocks ; 8 Remove far from me vanity 27 The locusts have no king, yet and lies; give me neither poverty go they forth all of them by bands nor riches ; feed me with food con- 28 The spider taketh hold with venient for me :

her hands, and is in kings' palaces. 9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, 29 There be three things which go and say, Who is the LORD ? or lest well, yea, four are comely in going : I be poor, and steal, and take the 30 A lion, which is strongest name of my God in vain.

among beasts, and turneth not 10 Accuse not a servant unto his away for any; master, lest he curse thee, and thou 31 A greyhound; a he-goat also, be found guilty.

and a king, against whom there is 11 There is a generation that no rising up. curseth their father, and doth not 32 If thou hast done foolishly in bless their mother.

lifting up thyself, or if thou hast 12 There is a generation that are thought evil, lay thy hand upon thy pure in their own eyes, and yet is mouth. not washed from their filthiness. 33 Surely the churning of milk

13 There is a generation, how bringeth forth butter, and the lofty are their eyes! and their eye-wringing of the nose bringeth forth lids are lifted up.

blood : so the forcing of wrath 14 There is a generation, whose bringeth forth strife. teeth are as swords, and their jaw

CHAP. XXXI. teeth as knives, to devour the poor Lemuel's Lesson of Chastity, &c. from of the earth, and the needy TH

THE words of king Lemuel, the 15 The horse-leech hath two I taught him.

prophecy that his mother 594

die :


no more.

The properties of


a virtuous wom in 2 What, my son ? and what, the 17 She girdeth her loins witn son of my womb ? and what, the strength, and strengtheneth her son of my vows ?

3 Give not thy strength unto 18 She perceiveth that her merwomen, nor thy ways to that which chandise is good: her eandle goeth destroyeth kings.

not out by night. 4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, 19 She layeth her hands to the it is not for kings to drink wine; spindle, and her hands hold the nor for princes strong drink : distaff.

5 Lest they drink, and forget the 20 She stretcheth out her hand to law, and pervert the judgment of the poor; yea, she reacheth forth any of the afflicted.

her hands to the needy. Give strong drink unto him 21 She is not afraid of the snow that is ready to perish, and wine for her household : for all her to those that be of heavy hearts. household are clothed with scarlet.

7 Let him drink, and forget his 22 She maketh herself coverings poverty, and remember his misery of tapestry; her clothing is silk

and purple. 8 Open thy mouth for the dumb 23 Her husband is known in the in the cause of all such as are ap- gates, when he sitteth among the pointed to destruction.

elders of the land, 9 Open thy mouth, judge righte- 24 She maketh fine linen, and ously, and plead the cause of the selleth it; and delivereth girdles poor and needy.

unto the merchant, 10 1 Who can find a virtuous 25 Strength and honour are her woman? for her price is far above clothing; and she shall rejoice in rubies.

time to come. 11 The heart of her husband 26. She openeth her mouth with doth safely trust in her, so that he wisdom; and in her tongue is the shall have no need of spoil.

law of kindness. 12 She will do him good and not 27 She looketh well to the ways evil all the days of her life.

of her household, and eateth not 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, the bread of idleness. and worketh willingly with her 28 Her children arise up, and hands.

call her blessed ; her husband also, 14 She is like the merchants' and he praiseth her. ships; she bringeth her food from 29 Many daughters have done afar.

virtuously, but thou excellest them 15 She riseth also while it is yet all. night, and giveth meat to her 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty household, and a portion to her is vain: but a woman that feareth maidens.

the Lord, she shall be praised. 16 She considereth a field, and 31 Give her of the fruit of her buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands; and let her own works hands she planteth a vineyard. praise her in the gates.


tinually, and the wind returneth Vanity of earthly Enjoyments. again according to his circuits. THE words of the Preacher, the

7 All the rivers run into the sea; son of David, king of Jerusalem. yet the sea is not full: unto the 2 Vanity of vanities, saith the place from whence the rivers come, Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is thither they return again. vanity.

8 All things are full of labour; 3 What profit hạth a man of all man cannot utter it: the eye is not his labour which he taketh under satisfied with seeing, nor the ear the sun ?

filled with hearing. 4 One generation passeth away, 9 The thing that hath been, it and another generation cometh: is that which shall be ; and that but the earth abideth for ever. which is done is that which shall

5 The sun also ariseth, and the be done : and there is no new thing syn goeth down, and hasteth to his under the sun. place where he arose,

10 Is there any thing whereof it 6 The wind goeth toward the may be said, See, this is new? it south, and turneth about unto the hath been already of old time, north; it whirloth about con-which was before us.

The vanity of all ECCLESIASTES, terrestrial enjoyments

11 There is no remembrance of men, as musical instruments, and former things; neither shall there that of all sorts. be any remembrance of things 9 So I was great, and increased that are to come with those that more than all that were before me shall come after.

in Jerusalem : also my wisdom re12 | I the Preacher was king mained with me. over Israel in Jerusalem.

10 And whatsoever mine eyes 13 And I gave my heart to seek desired I kept not from them, I and search out by wisdom con- withheld not my heart from any cerning, all things that are done joy; for my heart rejoiced in all under heaven : this sore travail my labour: and this was my portion hath God given to the sons of man of all my labour. to be exercised therewith.

11 Then I looked on all the 14 I have seen all the works that works that my hands had wrought, are done under the sun; and be- and on the labour that I had lahold, all is vanity and vexation of boured to do: and behold, all was spirit.

vanity and vexation of spirit, and 15 That which is crooked cannot there was no profit under the sun. be made straight : and that which 12 And I turned myself to be is wanting cannot be numbered. hold wisdom, and madness, and

16 I communed with mine own folly : for what can the man do that heart, saying, Lo, I am come to cometh after the king? even that great estate, and have gotten more which hath been already done. wisdom than all they that have 13 Then I saw that wisdom ex. been before me in Jerusalem: yea, celleth folly, as far as light exmy heart had great experience of celleth darkness. wisdom and knowledge.

14 The wise man's eyes are in 17 And I gave my heart to know his head; but the fool walketh in wisdom, and to know madness darkness : and I myself perceived and folly: I perceived that this also also that one event happeneth to is vexation of spirit.

them all. 18 For in much wisdom is much 15 Then said I in my heart, As it grief: and he that increaseth know- happeneth to the fool, so it happen, ledge increaseth sorrow.

eth even to me; and why was I CHAP. II.

then more wise ? Then I said in my The Vanity of Pleasure. heart, that this also is vanity.

16 For there is no remembrance SAID in my heart, Go to now, I

I will prove thee with mirth; of the wise more than of the fool therefore enjoy, pleasure: and be for ever; seeing that which now is hold, this also is vanity.

in the days to come shall all be for21 said of laughter, It is mad : gotten. And how dieth the wise and of mirth, What doeth it? man? as the fool.

3 I sought in my heart to give 17 Therefore I hated life; bemyself unto wine, yet acquainting cause the work that is wrought my heart with wisdom;, and to under the sun is grievous unto me: lay hold on folly, till I might for all is vanity and vexation of see what was that good for the spirit. sons of men, which they should do 18 | Yea, I hated all my labour under the heaven all the days of which I had taken under the sun their life.

because I should leave it unto the 4 I made me great works ; I man that shall be after me. builded me houses; I planted me 19 And who knoweth whether vineyards:

he shall be a wise man or a fool? 5 I made me gardens and or- yet shall he have rule over all my chards, and I planted trees in them labour wherein I have laboured, of all kind of fruits :

and wherein I have shewed myself 6 I made me pools of water, to wise under the sun. This is also water therewith the wood that vanity. bringeth forth trees :

20 Therefore I went about to 7 I got me servants and maidens, cause my heart to despair of all and had servants born in my house; the labour which I took under the also I had grent possessions of great sun. and small cattle above all that were 21 For there is a man whose in Jerusalem before me;

labour is in wisdom, and in know8 [ gathered me also silver and ledge, and in equity; yet to a man gold, and the peculiar treasure of that hath not labopred therein shall kings, and of the provinces : I gat he leave it for his portion. This me men-singers and women-sing- also is vanity and a great evil. ers and the delights of the sons ofl 2 For what hath man of all his


A scason for all things. CHAP. IV.

One event to all Jabour, and of the vexation of his 14 I know that, whatsoever God heart, wherein he hath laboured doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing under the sun ?

can be put to it, nor any thing 23 For all his days are sorrows, taken from it: and God doeth it, and his travail grief; yea, his heart that men should fear before him. taketh not rest in the night. This 15 That which hath been is now; is also vanity.

and that which is to be hath already 24 T There is nothing better for been; and God requireth that which a man than that he should eat and is past. drink, and that he should make his 16 11 And moreover I saw under soul enjoy good in his labour. This the sun the place of judgment, also I saw, that it was from the that wickedness was there; and the hand of God.

place of righteousness, that iniquity 25 For who can eat, or who else was there. can hasten hereunto more than I ? 17 I said in my heart, God

26 For God giveth to a man that shall judge the righteous and the is good in his sight, wisdom, and wicked : for there is a time there knowledge, and joy:. but to the for every purpose and for every sinner he giveth travail, to gather work. and to heap up, that he may give 18 I said in my heart concerning to him that is good before God. the estate of the sons of men, that This also is vanity and vexation of God might manifest them, and that

they might see that they themselves CHAP. III.

are beasts. A Time for all Things.

19 For that which befalleth the Toe No every thing there is a season, sons of men befalleth beasts; even

and a time to every purpose one thing befalleth them: as the under the heaven:

one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, 2 A time to be born, and a time they have all one breath; so that a to die; a time to plant, and a time man hath no pre-eminence above a to pluck up that which is planted; beast: for all is vanity,

3 A time to kill, and a time to 20 All go unto one place; all are heal; a time to break down, and a of the dust, and all turn to dust time to build up;

again. 4 A time to weep, and a time to 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man laugh; a time to mourn, and a time that goeth upward, and ihe spirit of to dance ;

the beast that goeth downward to 5 A time to cast away stones, the earth? and a time to gather stones to- 22 Wherefore I perceive that gether; a time to embrace, and there is nothing better, than that a a time to refrain from embrac- man should rejoice in his own ing;

works; for that is bis portion: for 6'A time to get, and a time to who shall bring him to see what lose; a time to keep, and a time to shall be after him? cast away ;

CHAP. IV. 7 A time to rend, and a time to The Advantages of Society, new; & time to keep silence, and a O I returned, and considered all time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to under the sun: and behold the hate; a time of war, and a time of tears of such as were oppressed, pcace..

and they had no comforter; and 9 What profit hath he that work on the side of their oppressors eth in that wherein he laboureth ? there was power ; but they had no

10 I have seen the travail, which comforter. God hath given to the sons of men 2 Wherefore I praised the dead to be exercised in it.

which are already dead more than 11 He hath made every thing the living which are yet alive. beautiful in his time : also he hath 3 Yea, better is he than both set the world in their heart, so that they, which hath not yet been, who no man can find out the work that hath not seen the evil work that is God maketh from the beginning to done under the sun. the end.

4? Again, I considered all travail, 12 I know that there is no good and every right work, that for this in them, but for a man to rejoice, a man is envied of his neighbour. and to do good in his life.

This is also vanity and vexation of 13 And also that every man spirit. should eat and drink, and enjoy 5 The fool foldeth his hands tothe good of all his labour; it is the gether, and eateth his own flesh, gift of God.

6 Better is a handful with quiet


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