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Of eurath, onhression, &c. CHAP. XV. XVI. Of the wise, foolish, &c. 523

27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain 16 Better is little with the fear of the of life, to depart from the snares of death. LORD, than great treasure and trouble

28 In the multitude of people is the therewith. king's honour: but in the want of people 17 Better is a dinner of herbs where is the destruction of the prince.

love is, than a stalled ox and hatrer! 29 He that is slow to wrath is of great therewith. understanding : but he that is hasty of 18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but spirit exalteth folly.

he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. 30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh : 19 The way of the slothful man is as but envy the rottenness of the bones. in hedge of thorns : but the way of the

31 He that oppresseth the poor re- righteous is made plain. proacheth his Maker; but he that hon- 20 A wise son maketh a glad father : oureth lim hath mercy on the poor. but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

32 The wicked is driven away in his 21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute wickedness : but the righteous hath hope of wisdom : but a man of understanding in bis death.

walketh uprightly. 33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him 22 Without counsel purposes are disthat hath understanding : but that which appointed : but in the multitude of is in the midst of fools is made known. counsellors they are established.

S4 Righteousness exalteth a nation : but 23 A man hath joy by the answer of sin is a reproach to any people.

his mouth : and a word spoken in due sca35 The king's favour is toward a wise son, how good is it ! servant: but his wrath is against him that 24 The way of life is above to the wise, causeth shame.

that he may depart from hell beneath. CHAP. XV.

25 The LORD will destroy the house of A SOFTI answer tubeth away wrath : the prond : but he will establish the bor

2 The tongue of the wise useth knowl- 26 The thoughts of the wicked are an edge aright : but the mouth of fools abomination to the Lord: but the words poureth out foolishness.

of the pure are pleasant words. 3 The eyes of the Lord are in every 27 He that is greecy of gain troubleth piace, beholding the evil and the good. his own house ; but he that hateth gifts

4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: | shall live. but perverseness therein is a breach in 28 The heart of the righteous studieth the pirit.

to answer : but the mouth of the wicked 5 å fooldespiseth his father's instruction: poureth out evii things. but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. 29 The Lord is far from the wicked:

6 In the louse of the righteous is but he heareth tlie prayer of the rightmuch treasure : but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the 7 The lips of the wise disperse knowl- heart: and a good report maketh the erige : but the heart of the foolish doeth bones fat.

31 The ear that heareth the reproof of 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an a- life abideth among the wise. bomination to the LORD : but the prayer 32 He that refuseth instruction despisof the upright is his delight.

eth his own soul : but he that heareth 9. The way of the wicked is an abom- reproof getteth understanding. ination unto the LORD : but he loveth 33 The fear of the LORD is the inhim that followeth after righteousness. struction of wisdoin ; and before honour

10 Correction is grievous unto him is humility. that forsaketh the way : and he that hat

CHAP. XVI. eth reproof

HE preparations of the heart , Lord:h. much more then the hearts the LORD. of the children of men ?

2 All the ways of a man are clean in 12 A scorner loveth not one that reprov- his own eyes ; but the LORD weighetli eth him : neither will he go unto the wise. || the spirits.

13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful 3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, countenance : but by sorrow of the heart and thy thoughts shall be established. the spirit is broken.

4 The Lord hath made all things for 14 The heart of him that hath under- himself: yea, even the wicked for the standing seeketh knowledge : but the day of evil. mouth of fools feedieth on foolisliness. 5 Every one that is proud in heart is

15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: an abomination to the LORD : though but he that is of a merry heart hath a hand join in hand, he shall not be un Continual feast.



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524 God trieth the licart. PROVERBS. of righteousness, justice, &c.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purg- 31 The hoary head is a crown of gloed: and by the fear of the LORD men ly, if it be found in the way of rightdepart from evil.

→ When a man's ways please the 32 He that is slow to anger is better LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be than the mighty ; and he that ruleth his at peace with him.

spirit, than he that taketh a city. 8 Better is a little with righteousness, 33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the than great revenues without right. whole disposing thereof is of the LORD. 9 X man's heart deviseth his way:but

CHAP. XVII. the Lord directeth his steps.

ETTER is a dry morsel, and quiet the king: his mouth transgresseth not in sacrifices with strife. judginent.

2 A wise servant shall have mile over 11 A just weight and balance are the a son that causeth shame, and shall have LORD's; all the weights of the bag are part of the inheritance among the biftlihis work.

12 It is an abomination to kings to 3 The fining-pot is for silver, and the commit wickedness : for the throne is furnace for gold : but the Lord trieth established by righteousness.

the hearts. 13 Righteous lips are the delight ofkings; 4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false and they love him that speaketh right. lips : and a liar giveth eai' to a naughty

14 The wrath of a king is as messengers | tongue. of death : but a wise man will pacify it. Ś Whoso mocketh the poor reproach

15 In the light of the king's counte- I eth his Maker: and he that is glad at canance is life; and his favour is as a cloud lamities shall not be unpunished. of the latter rain.

6 Children's children are the crown of 16 How much better is it to get wisdom old men; and the glory of children are than gold ? and to get understanding their fathers. rather to be chosen than silver ?

7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool; 17 The highway of the upright is to much less do lying lips a prince. depart from evil : ie that keepeth his 8 A gist is as a precious stone in the way preserveth his soul.

eyes of him that hath it : whithersoever 18 Pride goeth before destruction, and it turneth, it prospereth. an haughty spirit before a fall.

9 He that covereth a transgression seek19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit | eth love: but he that repeateth a matter with the lowly, than to divide the spoil separateth very friends, with the proud.

10 A reproof entereth more into a 20 He that handleth a matter wisely wise man than an hundred stripes into shall find good : and whoso trusteth in

a fool. the LORD, happy is he.

11 An evil man sceketh only rebellion : 21 The wise in heart shall be called therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent prudent: and the sweetness of the lips against him. increaseth learning.

12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet 22 Understanding is a well-spring of a man, rather than a fool in his folly. life unto him that hath it: but the in- 13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil struction of fools is folly.

shall not depart from his house. 23 The heart of the wise teacheth his 14 The beginning of strife is as when mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. one letteth out water : therefore leave off

24 Pleasant words are as an honey-contention, before it be meddled with. comb, sweet to the soul, and health to 15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he the bones.

that condemneth the just, even they both 25 There is a way that seemeth right are abomination to the LORD. unto a man, but the end thereof are the 16 Wherefore is there a price in the ways of death.

hand of a fool to get wisdon, seeing he 26 He that laboureth laboureth for him- hath no heart to it? self ; for his mouth craveth it of him. 17 A friend lovetlı at all times, and a

27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil : brother is born for adversity. and in his lips there is as a burning fire. 18 A man void of understanding strik

28 A froward man soweth strife : and a eth hands, and becometh surety in the whisperer separateth chief friends.

presence of his friend. 29 A violent man enticeth his neigh- 19 He loveth transgression that loveth hour, and leadeth him into the way that strife : and he that exalteth his gate seekis not good.

eth destruction. 30 He shutteth his eves to devise fin- 20 He that hath a froward heart findward things : moving liis lips he bringeth eth no good: and he that hath a perverse evil to pass

tongue falleth into mischief.

Use and abuse of the tongue. CHAP. XVIII, XIX. of the proor, rich, c. 525

21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to 17 He that is first in his own cause his sorrow; and the father of a fool hath seemeth just ; but his neighbour cometh no joy.

and scarcheth him. 22 A merry heart doeth good like a medl- 18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, icine : but a broken spirit drieth the and parteth between the mighty. bones.

19 A brother offended is harder to be 23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of won than a strong city ; and their conthe bosom to pervert the ways of judg- tentions are like the bars of a castle. ment.

20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with 24 Wisdom is before him that hath un- | the fruit of his mouth; and with the inderstanding ; but the eyes of a fool are crease of his lips shall he be filled. in the ends of the earth.

21 Death and life are in the power of 25. A foolish son is a grief to his father, the tongue : and they that love it shall and bitterness to her that bare him. eat the fruit thereof.

26 Also to punish the just is not good, 22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good nor to strike princes for equity.

thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord. 27 He that hath knowledge spareth his 25 The poor useth entreaties; but the words : and a man of understanding is of rich answeirth roughly: an excellent spirit.

24 A man that hath friends must shew 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his himself friendly : and there is a friend peace, is counted wise : and he that shut- || that sticketh closer than a brother. teth his lips is estcemed a man of under

CHAP. XIX. standing


his integrity, than he that is perverse T "HROUGH desire a man, having sep- || in his lips, and is a fool.

arated himself, seeketh and inter- 2 Also, that the soul be without knowlmeddleth with all wisdom.

edge, it is not good; and he that hastetli 2 A fool hath no delight in under- with his feet sinneth. standing, but that his heart may discover 3 The foolishness of man perverteth his itself.

way : and his heart fretieth against the 3 When the wicked cometh, then com- Lord. eth also contempt, and with ignorniny 4 Wealth maketh many friends ; but reproach.

the poor is separated from his neighbour. 4 The words of a man's mouth are as 5 A false witness shall not be unpunishdeep waters, and the well-spring of wis ed, and he that speaketh lies shall not dom as a flowing brook.

escape. 5 It is not good to accept the person of 6 Many will entreat the favour of the the wicked, to overthrow the righteous prince: and every man is a friend to hini in judgment.

that giveth gifts. 6 A fool's lips enter into contention, 7 All the brethren of the poor do hate and his mouth calleth for strokes.

him : how much more do his friends go .7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and far from him? he pursueth them wilir his lips are the snare of his soul.

words, yet they are wanting to him. 8 The words of a tale-bearer are as 8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his wounds, and they go down isto the in- own soul : he that keepeth understanding nermost parts of the belly.

shall find good. 9 He also that is slothful in his work is 9 A false witness shall not be unpunbrother to him that is a great waster. ished, and he that speaketh lies shall

10 The naine of the Lord is a strong perish. tower: the righteous runneth into it, and 10 Delight is not scemiy for a fool ; is safe.

much less for a servant to have rule over 11 The rich man's wealth is his strong princes. city, and as an high wall in his own 11 The discretion of a man deferreth conceit.

his anger; and it is his glory to pass over 12 Before destruction the heart of man a transgression. is haughty, and before honour is humility, 12 The king's wrath is as the roaring

13 He that answereth a matter before he of a lion ; but his favour is as dew upon heareth it, it is fully and shame unto him. the grass.

14 The spirit of a man will sustain 13 A foolish son is the calamity of his his infirmity ; but a wounded spirit who father: and the contentions of a wise are can bear

a continual dropping. 15 The heart of the prudent getteth 14 House and riches are the inheritance knowledge : and the car of the wise seek- of fathers : and a prudent wife is from eth knowledge.

the LORD. 16 A man's gift maketh room for him, 15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and bringeth him before great men. and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Way, then

526 Of the stollful, &c. PROVERBS. Of weights, measures, uc.

16 He that keepeth the commandment 10 Divers weights, and divers measkeepeth his own soul : but he that de- ures, both of them are alike abomination spiseth liis ways shall die.

to the LORD. 17 He that hath pity upon the poor, 11 Even a child is known by his dolendeth unto the Lord; and that which ings, whether his work or pure, and whethhe hath given will he pay him again. er it be right.

18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, 12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. the LORD hath made even both of them.

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer 13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt thou must do it again.

be satisfied with bread. 20 Hear counsel, and receive instruc- 14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the tion, that thou mayest be wise in thy lat- | buyer : but when he is gone

Luis ter end.

he boasteth. 21 There are many devices in a man's 15 There is gold, and a multitude of heart ; nevertheless the counsel of the rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a LORD, that shall stand.

precious jewel. 22 The desire of a man is his kindness: 16 Take Iris garment that is surety for and a poor man is better than a liar. a stranger: and take a pledge of hin for

23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life : a strange woman. and he that hath it shall abide satisfied ; 17 Bread of deceit is swect to a man ; he shall not be visited with evil.

but afterwards his mouth shall be filled 24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his

with gravel. bosom, and will not so much as bring it 18 Every purpose is established by to his mouth again.

counsel: and with good advice make war. 25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will 19 He that goeth about as a tale-bearer beware : and reprove one that haih un- revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not derstanding, and he will understand knowl- i with him that Hattereth with his lips. edge.

20 Whoso curseth his father or his 26 He that wasteth his father, and chas- mother, his lamp shall be put out in obeth away his mother, is a son that causeth scure darkness. siame, and bringeth reproach.

21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily 27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruc- at the beginning ; but the end thereof tion that causeih to err from the words of || shall not be blessed. knowledge.

22 Say not thou, I will recompense 28 An ungodly witness scorneth judg- evil; bui wait on the LORD, and he shall ment: and the mouth of the wicked de- save thee. vouretii iniquity.

23 Divers weights are an abomination 29 Judgments are prepared for scorn- unto the LORD; and a faise balance is ers, and stripes for the back of fools. not good. CHAP. XX.

24 Man's goings are of the LORD; INE is a mocker, strong drink is how can a man then understand liis own

raging: and whosoever is deceived way? thereby is not wise.

25. It is a spare to the man who devour2 The fear of a king is as the roaring eth that which is holy, and after vows of a lion : whoso provoketli him to anger

to make inquiry. sinneth against his own soul.

26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, 3 It is an honour for a man to cease and bringeth the wheel over them. from strife : but every cool will be med- 27 The spirit of man is the candle of elling:

the Lorn, searching all the inward parts 4 The sluggard will not plough by rea- of the belly. son of the cold; therefore slali he beg in 28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: harvest, and have nothing:

and his throne is uplolden by mercy, 5 Counsel in the heart of man is like 29 The glory of young men is their deep water; but a man of understanding strength : and the beauty of old men is will draw it out.

the gray head. 6 Most men will proclaim every one So The blueness of a wound cleanseth his own goodness : but a faithful man away evil: so do stripes the inward parts who can find ?

of the belly. 7 The just man walketlı in his integri

CHAP. XXI. ty : bis chillien are blessed after him. 'HE king's heart is in the hand of judgment scattereth away all evil with he turneth it whithersoever he will. his eyes.

2 Every way of a man is right in his 9 Who can say, I have made my heart own eyes : but the LORD pondéreth the clean, I am pure from my sin




his eyes.

part from it.

Of a contentious woman. CHAP. XXII. Of a good rame, hilmility, &c. $27

3 To do justice and judgment is more 27 The sacrifice of the wicked in abomacceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. ination ; how much more, when he

4 An high look, and a proud heart, and bringeth it with a wicked mind? the ploughing of the wicked, is sin.

28 A false witness shall perish : but the. 5 The thoughts of the diligent tend on- man that heareth speaketh constantly. ly to plenteousness; but of every one that 29 A wicked man harleneth his face: is hasty only to want.

but as for the upright, he directeth his way. 6 The getting of treasures by a lying 30 There is no wisdom nor understandtongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of ing nor counsel against the LORD. them that seek death.

31 The horse is prepared against the 7 The robbery of the wicked shall de- day of battle : but safety is of the LORD. stroy them ; because they refuse to do

CHAP. XXII. judginent.

8 The way of mın is froward and than great riches, and loving favour strange: but as for the pure, his work is rather than silver and gold. right.

2 The rich and poor meet together : 9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the LORD is the maker of them all. the house-top, than with a brawling wom- 3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, an in a wide house.

and hideth himself: but the simple pass 10 The soul of the wicked desireth on, and are punished. evii: his neighbour findeth no favour in 4 By lunility and the fear of the LORD

are riches, and honour, and life. 11. When the scorner is punished, the 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of simple is made wise : and when the wise the froward : lie that doth keep his soul is instructed, he receiveih knowledge. shall be far from them.

12 The righteous man wisely consid- 6 Train up a child in the way he should éreth the house of the wicked : but God | go: and when he is old, he will not deoverthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and 13 Whoso stoppeth his cars at the cry the borrower is servant to the lender. of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but 8 He that 'yweih iniquity shall reap shall not be heard.

vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail. 14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and 9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be à reward in the bosoin strong wrath. blessed ; for he giveth of his bread to the

15 It is joy to the just to clo judgment: poor. but destruction shall be to the workers of 10 Cast out the scorner, and contention iniquity.

shall go out ; yea, strife and reproach 16 The man that wandereth out of the

shall cease. way of understanding shall remain in the 11 He that loveth pureness of heart, congregation of the dead.

for the grace of his lips the king shall be 17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a his friend. poor man: he that loveth wine and oil 12 The eyes of the LORD preserve shall not be rich.

knowledge, and he overthroweth the 18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the words of the transgressor. righteous, and the transgressor for the 13 The slothful man saith, There is a liupright.

on without, I shall be slain in the streets. 19 It is better to dwell in the wilder- 14 The mouth of strange women is 2 ness, than with a contentious and an an- deep pit : lie that is abhorred of the LORD Sy woman.

shail fuld therein. 20 There is a treasure to be desired, 15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of and oil in the dwelling of the wise ; but a child; but the rod of correction shall a foolish man spendleth it up.

drive it far from lin.' 21 He that folioweth after righteous- 16 He that oppresseth the poor to inness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, crease his riches, and he that giveth to the and honour.

rich, shall surely come to want. 22 A wise man scaleth the city of the 17 Bow down thinc ear, and hear the mighty, and casteth down the strength of words of the wise, and apply thine heart the confidence thereof.

unto my knowledge. 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his 18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. keep them wiihin thee; they shall withal

24 Proud and haughty scorner is his be fitted in thy lips. name, who dealeth in proud wrath. 19 That thy trust may be in the LORD,

25 The desire of the slothfui killeth I have made known to thee this day, eveir him ; for his hands refuse to labour. to thec.

26 1 le coveteth greedily all the day long: 20 Hive not I written to thee excel' but the righteous giveti and sparetii not. I' lent things in counsels a:d knowledge..

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