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9. Then shalt thou, understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity...; wea, every, good path. . 10 of When wisdom entereth into thy heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: 12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; ... 13 Who leave the paths of up. rightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; - - 14 Who rejoice to do evil, and o in the frowardness of the wicked: 15 Whose ways are crooked,

and they froward in their paths: 16 #. deliver thee from the from the

strange woman, even, fro stranger which flattereth with her words ;... 17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. - -8 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 19 None that go unto, her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. 20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. - ," 22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. CHAP.

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happy gain of wisdom with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. "1" My son, despise not the chastening of the LoRD ; neither be wo; his correction: 12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. 13 || Happy is the man that find eth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. - For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of sil§ and the gain thereof than fine gold. .15 She is more o than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto

er. 16, Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is overy one that retaineth her. 19 The loftD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. . is knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. 21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes; keep sound wis. dom and discretion : " .. 2? So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. . 23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. 24. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea,thoushalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. 35 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. or the LORD shall be thy çonfidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. 27's Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thy hand to do it. 28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to-mor§§ will give; when thou hast it y thee. - 29, Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth se

curely by thee. 30 I ś. not with a man with . out cause, if he have done thee no arin. 31 T Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. 32 For the froward is abomingtion to the LoRD : but his secret is

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35. The wise shall inherit glory:
but shame shall be the promotion

of fouls. CHAP. IV. Study of Wisdom recommended. Ho ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3 For I was my father's son, ten; der and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thy heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. . . 5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither, decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. - - 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and wi g # get joi .xalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace

ler. 9 She shall give to thy head an ornament, of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. . Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. 11. I have taught thee, in the way of Yidon ; I have led thce in right paths: 13. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stum

e. 13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go : keep her; for she is

y life. 14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. . . . 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they

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17 For they eat, the bread of
wickedness, and drink the wine of
18 But the path of the just is as
the shining light, that shineth more
and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as
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20 of Myson, attend to my words incling thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine i. i keep them in the midst of thy heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find, them, and health to all their flesh. 23 "I Keep thy heart with all dili; for out of it are the issues 01. Ilie. 24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee., . 25, Let, thine eyes look right on, and let thine eye-lids look straight before thee. 26, Ponder the path of § fect, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to ho left: remove thy foot from eVll. CHAP. V. The Folly, &c. of Sensuality. IX. son, attend unto my wis|WH do. and bow thine ear to o, understanding: That thou mayest regard, discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. .. 3 || For the lips of a strange wo– man drop as a honey-comb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: 4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5. Her" foot go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. 6, Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. l, Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: - 9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the

10 Lest strangers be, filled with
thy wealth; and thy labours be in
the house of a stranger;
11 And thou mourn at the last,
when thy flesh and thy body are
12 And say, How, have I hated
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3 And have not obeyed, the
voice of my teachers, nor inclined
mine ear to them that instructed

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Against Suretiship, Idleness, &c. son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, 2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. 3 Do this now, o, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; humble thyself, and make sure friend. 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. 5 Deliyer thyself as a roe from the han the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. 6 s.Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overscer; or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harves 9 How long wilt, thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumher, a little folding of the hands to

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keep thee; and to ou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way

ite: 24. To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the to go of a strange woman. . Lust not after her beauty in thy heart; neither, let her take thee with her ‘. - 26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread;, and the adulteress will unt for the precious life. . . Can a man take fire in his bo...}} and his clothes not be burn

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though thou givest many gifts. CHAP. YII. Of the Wiles of a Harlot. son, keep my words, and

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4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister, and call understanding thy kinswoman:

g That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from stranger which flattereth with her words.

6 || For at the window of my house I looked through my case

ment 7 Apd beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young manyoid of understanding, 8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,... - 9, In, the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: 10 And behold, there met him a woman with the attire of a harlot, and subtile of heart. 1. (She is loud and, stubborn; her feet abide o: in her house : . 12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) - 13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and ; an impudent face said unto him, - 14 I. have peace-offerings with me; this day have I paid my vows. 15. Therefore came I forth to meet thee, , diligently, to seek thy fa. anifhound the . . 16. I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. 7 I have perfumed my bed with :myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: letus sohaca Qurselyes with loves. or the good-man is not at home, he iso: along journey: - Hé hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the da #. ointed. . . . 21 {{# *. much fairspeech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. 22. He goeth after her straightway, as an 9x goeth to the slaugh: ter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; - 23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his

ife. 24 s Hearken, unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. 25 Let not thy heart decline to Éh ways, go not astray in her paths.

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Hear; for I will speak of excellent #. and the opening of my lips shall be right things. 7. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. , 8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing roward or perverse in them: They qre all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice, gold. . .11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may o oired are not to be compared 0 lt. 12 I Wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of Witty inventions. 13 The fear of the LoRD is to hate evil: , pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. . 14, Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. - 15 By me kings reign, and princes degree justice. . By me , princes rule, , and nobles, even all the judges of the

earth. 17 Ilove them that love me: and those that seek me early shall find

me. 18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. . . . 19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. . . 20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of joi 2s. That I may cause those that

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love me to inheritsubstance; and I will fill their treasures. 22. The LoRD, ps the beginning, of his way, before his works of old. .23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought, forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before, the mountains were settled, before the hills was I bigo; forth. 26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a jo upon the face of the e : When he established the clouds above; when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: hen he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment; when he looted the foundations of the earth: 30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was

beginning of wisdom: knowledge of the holy is understanding.

of wisdom 6. Forsake the foolish, and live :

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#He that reproveth a scorner

getteth, to himself.shame: and he that rebuketh, a wicked man getteth himself a blot.

8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he

hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

9Give instruction to a wiseman,

and he will be yet wiser: teach a and }.

just man, e will increase in o 10 The fear of the LORD is the

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11 For by me thy days shall be

multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

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14 For she sitteth at the door of

her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,

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right on their ways:

16 Whoso is simple, let him turn

daily his delight, rejoicing always in hither: and as for him that before him; . . . ... , wanteth understanding, she saith 31 Rejoicing in the habitable to him,

part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. 32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are *g that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. 34 Blessed, is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, "#. at the posts of my doors. .35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the

rid. 36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. . CHAP, I The Discipline, &c. of Wisdom. Wiś M hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillar. 2. She hath killed her beasts; she hath.mingled her wine; she ho furnished her table. 3. She hath sent forth, her, maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, 4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have

17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. 18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hes. AP. X. From this Chapter to the Twentyfifth are Sundry Observations of moral Virtues and their contrary Vices. HE proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a gladfather; but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. 2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death. . 3 The Lomp, will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth, away the substance of the wicked. 4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. 5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame; Blessings are upon the head of the just but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. - 7The memory of the just is blessed but the name of the wick


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