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Chap. IV.

Apotrypha. 3 Whoso honoureth his father maketh an 26 A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the atonement for his sins:

last; and he that loveth danger shall perish 4 And he that honoureth his mother is as therein. one that layeth up treasure.

27 An obstinate heart shall be laden with 5 Whoso honoureth his father shall have sorrows : and the wicked man shall heap sin joy of bis own children; and when he maketh upon sin. his prayer, he shall be heard.

28 In the punishment of the proud there 6 He that honoureth his father shall have is no remedy; for the plant of wickedness a long life; and he that is obedient unto the bath taken root in him. Lord shall be a comfort to his mother.

29 The heart of the prudent will under7 He that feareth the Lord will honour stand a parable ; and an attentive ear is the his father, and will do service unto his parents, desire of a wise man. as to his masters.

SO Water will quench a saming fire; and 8 Honour thy father and mother both in alms maketh an atonement for sins. word and deed, that a blessing may come 31 And he that requiteth good turns is upon thee from them.

mindful of that which may come hereafter ; 9 For the blessing of the father establish- and when he falleth, he shall find a stay. eth the houses of children ; but the curse of

CHAP. IV. the mother rooteth out foundations.

1 We may not despise the poor or fatherless, 11 10 Glory not in the dishonour of thy father ; but seek for wisdom, 20 and not be ashamed of for thy father's dishonour is no glory unto thee. some things. 11 For the glory of a man is from the hon- Y son, defraud not the poor of his liv.

ing, and make not the needy eyes to is a reproach to the children.

wait long 12 My son, help thy father in his age, and 2 Make not an hungry soul sorrowful; grieve him not as long as he liveth.

neither provoke a man in his distress. 13 And if his understanding fail, have pa- 3 Add not more trouble to an heart that tience with him; and despise him not when is vexed ; and defer not to give to him that thou art in thy full strength.

is in need. 14 For the relieving of thy father sliall not 4 Reject not the supplication of the afflicted; be forgotten : and instead of sins it shall be neither turn away thy face from a poor man. added to build thee up.

5 Turn not away thine eye from the needy, 15 In the day of thine aMiction it shall be and give him none occasion to curse thee s remembered ; thy sins also shall melt away, 6 For if he curse thee in the bitterness of as the ice in the fair warm weather.

his soul, his prayer shall be heard of him that 16 He that forsaketh his father is as a made him. blasphemer; and he that angereth his mother 7 Get thyself the love of the congregation, is cursed of God.

and bow thy head to a great man. 17 My son, go on with thy business in 8 Let it not grieve thee to bow down thine meekness; so slalt thou be beloved of him ear to the poor, and give him a friendly anthat is approved.

swer with meekness. 18 The greater thou art, the more humble 9 Deliver him that suffereth wrong from thyself, and thou shalt find favour before the the hand of the oppressor : and be not faint Lord.

hearted when thou sittest in judgment. 19 Many are in high place, and of renown: 10 Be as a father unto the fatherless, and but mysteries are revealed unto the meek. instead of an husband unto their mother : so

20 For the power of the Lord is great, and shalt thou be as a son of the Most High, and he is honoured of the lowly.

he shall love thee more than thy mother doth. 21 Seek not out the things that are too 11 q Wisdom exalteth her children, and hard for thee, neither search the things that layeth hold of them that seek her. are above thy strength.

12 He that loveth fier loveth life; and they 22 But what is commanded thee, think that seek to her early shall be filled with joy. thereupon with reverence ; for it is not need- 13 He that holdeth her fast shall inherit ful for thee to see with thire eyes the things || glory ; and wheresoever she entereth, the that are in secret.

Lord will bless. 23 Be not curious in unnecessary matters : 14 They that serve her shall minister to for more things are shewed unto thee than the Holy One : and them that love her the men understand.

Lord doth love. 24 For many are deceived by their own 15 Whoso giveth ear unto her, shall judge vain opinion; and an evil suspicion hath the nations : and he that attendeth unto her overthrown their judgment.

shall dwell securely. 25 Without eyes thou shalt want light: 16 If a man commit bimself unto her he profess not the knowledge therefore that thou shall inherit her; and his generation shall hast not.

hold her in possession.

25 In no wise speak against the truth; but INSTEAD of a friend become not an ene


Apocrypbe. 17 For at the first she will walk with him gotten : for they saall not profit thee in the by crooked ways, and bring fear and dread day of calamity. upon him, and torment him with her disci. 9 Winnow not with every wind, and go pline, until she may trust his soul, and try not into every way : for so 'doth the sinner him by her laws.

that hath a double tongue. 18 Then will she return the straight way 10 Be steadfast in thy understanding; and unto him, and comfort him, and shew him let thy word be the same. her secrets.

11 Be swift to hear ; and let thy life be 19 But if he go wrong, she will forsake | sincere ; and with patience give answer. him, and give him over to his own ruin. 12 If thou hast understanding, answer thy

20 q Observe the opportunity, and be- neighbour; if not, lay thy hand upon thy ware of evil; and be not ashamed when it mouth. concerneth thy soul.

13 Honour and shame is in talk: and the 21 For there is a shame that bringeth | tongue of man is his fall. sin ; and there is a shame which is glory and 14 Be not called a whisperer, and lie not grace.

in wait with thy tongue : for a foul shame 22 Accept no person against thy soul, and is upon the thief, and an evil condemnation let not the reverence of any man cause thee upon the double tongue. to fall.

15 Be not ignorant of any thing in a great 23 And refrain not to speak, when there matter or a small. is occasion to do good, and hide not thy wis

CHAP, VỊ. dom in her beauty.

2 Do not extol thine own conceit, 7 but make 24 For by speech wisdom shall be known : choice of a friend. 18 Seek wisdom betimes. and .

my; for (thereby) thou shalt inherit an ill be abashed of the error of thine ignorance. name, shame, and reproach : even so shall a

26 Be not ashamed to confess thy sins ; || sinner that hath a double tongue. and force not the course of the river.

2 | Extol not thyself in the counsel of 27 Make not thyself an underling to a thine own heart; that thy soul be not torn foolish man; neither accept the person of in pieces as a bull (straying alone.) the mighty.

3 Thou shalt eat up thy leaves, and lose 28 Strive for the truth unto death, and thy fruit, and leave thyself as a dry tree. the Lord shall fight for thee.

4 A wicked soul shall destroy him that 29 Be not hasty in thy tongue, and in thy hath it, and shall make him to be laughed to deeds slack and remiss.

scorn of his enemies. 30 Be not as a lion in thy house, nor fran- 5 Sweet language will multiply friends : tick antong thy servants.

and a fair speaking tongue will increase kind 31 Let not thine hand be stretched out to || greetings. receive, and shut when thou shouldest repay. 6 Be in peace with many: nevertheless CHAP. V.

have but one counsellor of a thousand. 1 We must not presume of our wealth and strength, 7 7 If thou wouldest get a friend, prove

6 nor of tbe mercy of God, to sin. him first, and be not hasty to credit him. ET not thy heart upon thy goods; and 8 For some man is a friend for his own say not,

, I have enough for my life. occasion, and will not abide in the day of thy 2 Follow not thine own mind and thy trouble. strength, to walk in the ways of thine heart": 9 And there is a friend, who being turned to

3 And say not, Who shall control me for enmity and strife will discover thy reproach. my works ? 'for the Lord will surely revenge 10 Again, some friend is a companion at thy pride.

the table, and will not continue in the day of Say not, I have sinned, and what harm thy affliction. hath happened unto me? for the Lord is 11 But in thy prosperity he will be as thylong suffering, he will in no wise let thee go. self, and will be bold over thy servants.

5 Concerning propitiation, be not without 12 If thou be brought low, he will be fear to add sin unto sin :

against thee, and will hide himself from thy 6. And say not, His mercy is great ; he face. will be pacified for the multitude of my sins : 13 Separate thyself from thine enemies, for mercy and wrath come from hin, and and take heed of thy friends. his indignation resteth upon sinners.

14 A faithful friend is a strong defence : 7 Make no tarrying to turn to the Lord, and he that hath found such an one hath and put not off from day to day : for sud- found a treasure. denly shall the wrath of the Lord coine forth, 15 Nothing doth countervail a faithful and in thy security thou shalt be destroyed, friend, and his excellency is invaluable. and perish in the day of vengeance.

16 A faithful friend is the medicine of life ; 8 Set not thuine leart upon goods unjustly ) and they that fear the Lord shall find him.

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Apocrypha. 17 Whoso feareth the Lord shall direct 3 My son, sow not upon the furrows of his friendship aright : for as he is, so shall his unrighteousness, and thou shalt not reap neighbour be also.

them seven fold. 18 ( My son, gather instruction from thy 4 I Seek not of the Lord preeminence, youth up': so shalt thou find wisdom till | neither of the king the seat of honour. thine old age.

5 Justify not thyself before the Lord ; 19 Come unto her as one that plougheth || and boast not of thy wisdom before the king: and soweth, and wait for her good fruits : 6 Seek not to be judge, being not able to for thou shalt not toil much in labouring take away iniquity ; lest at any time thou about her, but thou shalt eat of her fruits fear the person of the mighty, and lay a stumright soon.

bling block in the way of thy uprightness. 20 She is very unpleasant to the unlearn- 7 Offend not against the multitude of a od : he that is without understanding will | city, and then thou shalt not cast thyself down not remain with her.

among the people. 21 She will lic upon him as a mighty stone 8 g Bind not one sin upon another; for of trial ; and he will cast her from him ere in one thou shalt not be unpunished. it be long

9 Say not, God will look upon the multi22 For wisdom is according to her name, tude of my oblations, and when I offer to and she is not manifest unto many.

the most high 'God, he will accept it. 23 Give ear, my son, receive my advice, 10 9 Be not faint hearted when thou makand refuse not my counsel,

est thy prayer, and neglect not to give alms. 24 And put thy feet into her fetters, and 11 Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterthy neck into her chain.

ness of his soul : for there is one which hum25 Bow down thy shoulder, and bear her, | bleth and exalteth. and be not grieved with her bonds.

12 Devise not a lie against thy brother ; 26 Come unto her with thy whole heart, | neither do the like to thy friend. and keep her ways with all thy power.

13 Use not to make any manner of lie: 27 Search, and seek, and she shall be made for the custom thereof is not good. known unto thee : and when thou hast got 14 Use not many words in a multitude of hold of her, let her not go.

elders, and make not much babbling when 28 For at the last thou shalt find her rest, thou

prayest. and that shall be turned to thy joy.

15 Hate not laborious work, neither husa 29 Then shall her fetters be a strong de- bandry, which the Most High hath ordained. fence for thee, and her chains a robe of glory. 16 Number not thyself among the multi

30 For there is a golden ornament upon tude of sinners, but remember that wrath her, and her bands are purple lace.

will not tarry long. 31 Thou shalt put her on as a robe of hon- 17 Humble thy soul greatly: for the venour, and shalt put her about thee as a crown geance of the ungodly is fire and worms.

18 Change not a friend for any good by 32 My son, if thou wilt, thou shalt be no means ; neither a faithful brother for the taught : and if thou wilt apply thy mind, || gold of Ophir. thou shalt be prudent.

19 Forego not a wise and good woman : 33* If thou love to hear, thou shalt receive for her grace is above gold. understanding: and if thou bow thine ear, 20 Whereas thy servant worketh truly, thou shalt be wise.

cntreat him not evil, nor the hireling that 34 Stand in the multitude of the elders ; bestoweth himself wholly for thee. and cleave unto him that is wise.

21 Let thy soul love a good servant, and 35 Be willing to hear every godly dis- || defraud him not of liberty. course; and let not the parables of under- 22 Hast thou cattle ? have an eye to them: standing escape thee.

and if they be for thy profit, keep them 36 And if thou seest a man of understand- with thec. ing, get thee betimes unto him, and let thy 23 Hast thou children ? instruct them, foot wear the steps of his door.

and bow down their neck from their youth. 37 Let thy mind be upon the ordinances of 24 Hast thou daughters ? have a care of the Lord, and meditate continually in his com- their body, and shew not thyself cheerful to. mandments : he shall establish ihine heart, || ward them. and give thee wisdom at thine own desire. 25 Marry thy daughter, and so shalt thou. CHAP. VII.

have performed a weighty maiter : but give 1 We are deborted from sin, 4 ambition, 8 pre- || her to a man of understanding. sumption, 10 and fainting in prazer.

26 Hast thou a wife after thy mind ? forO no evil, so shall no harm come unto sake her not : but give not thyself over to a thee.

light woman. 2 Depart from the unjust, and iniquity 27 Honour thy father with thy whole heart, shall turn away from thee.

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Apocrypba. 28 Remember that thou wast begotten of || fellow, lest he become grievous unto thee : èhem, and how canst thou recompense them for he will do according to his own will, and the things that they have done for thee? thou shalt perish with him through his folly.

29 Fear the Lord with all thy soul, and 16 Strive not with an angry man, and go reverence his priests.

not with him into a solitary place : for blood 30 Love him that made thee with all thy is as nothing in his sight, and where there is strength, and forsake not his ministers. no help, he will overthrow thee.

31 Fear the Lord, and honour the priest ; 17 Consult not with a fool, for he cannot and give him his portion, as it is commanded | keep counsel. thee; the first fruits, and the trespass offer- 18 Do no secret thing before a strar:ger; ing, and the gift of the shoulders, and the for thou knowest not what he will bring forth. sacrifice of sanctification, and the first fruits 19 Open not thine heart to every man, lest of the holy things.

he requite thee with a shrewd turn. 32 And stretch thine hand unto the


CHAP. IX. that thy blessing may be perfected.

1 We are advised bow to use our wives. 3 W baf 33 A gift hath grace in the sight of every women to avoid, 10 and not to cbange an ol! man living, and for the dead detain it not. friend.

94 Fail not to be with them that weep, E not jealous over the wife of thy bosom, and mourn with them that mourn.

35 Be not slow to visit the sick : for that thyself. shall make thee to be beloved.

2 Give not thy soul unto a woman to set 36 Whatsoever thou takest in hand, re- her foot upon thy substance. member the end, and thou shalt never do 34 Meet not with an harlot, lest thou fall amiss.

into her snares. CHAP, VII.

4 Use not much the company of a woman 1 Whom we may not strive with, 8 nor despise, that is a singer, lest thou be taken with her

· provoke, 15 nor bave to do evitb. attempts. *TRIVE not with a mighty man, lest thou TRI VE His hands.

5 Gaze not on a maid, that thou fall not by

those things that are precious in her. 2 Be not at variance with a rich man, lest 6 Give not thy soul unto harlots, that thou he overweigh thee : for gold hath destroyed lose not thine inheritance. many, and perverted the hearts of kings. 7 Look not round about thee in the streets

3 Strive not with a man that is full of of the city, neither wander thou in the solitongue, and beap not wood upon his fire. tary places thereof.

4 Jest not with a rude man, lest thy ances- 8 Turu away thine eye from a beautiful tors be disgraced.

woman, and look not upon another's beauty; 5 Reproach not a man that turneth from for many have been deceived by the beauty sin, but remember that we are all worthy of of a woman ; for herewith love is kindled as punishment.

6 Dishonour not a man in his old age : for 9 Sit not at all with another man's wife, even some of us wax old.

nor sit down with her in thine arms, and 7 Rejoice not over thy greatest enemy

be- spend not thy money with her at the wine ; ing dead, but remember that we die all. lest thine heart incline unto her, and so

8 Despise not the discourse of the wise, through thy desire thou fall into destruction. but acquaint tlıyself with their proverbs : for 10 (Forsake not an old friend ; for the of them thou shalt learn instruction, and how new is not comparable to him : a new friend to serve great men with ease.

is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt 9 Miss not the discourse of the elders : for drink it with pleasure. they also learned of their fathers, and of them 11 Envy not the glory of a sinner : for thou shali learn understanding, and to give thou knowest not what shall be his end. answer as need requireth.

12 Delight not in the thing that the ungodly 10 q Kindle not the coals of a sinner, lest have pleasure in : but remember they shall thou be burnt with the flame of his fire. not go unpunished unto their grave.

11 Rise not up (in anger) at the presence 13 Keep thee far from the man that hath of an injurious person, lest he lie in wait to power to kill ; so shalt thou not doubt the entrap thee in thy words.

fear of death : and if thou come unto him, 12 Lend not unto him that is mightier than make no fauit, lest he take away thy life pres. thyself? for if thou lendest him, count it but ently : remember that thou goest in the lost.

midst of snares, and that thou walkest upon 13 Be not surety above thy power : for if the battlements of the city. thou be surety, take care to pay it.

14 As near as thou canst, guess at thy - 14 Go not to law with a judge, for they neighbour, and consult with the wise. will judge for him according to his honour. 15 Let thy talk be with the wise, and all thy

15 ¢ Tiarel not by the way with a bold | communication in the law of the Most High.

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Apocrypba. 16 And let just men cat anddrink with thee; 18 Pride was not made for men, nor furi. and let thy glorying be in the fear of the Lord. ous anger for them that are born of a woman. 17 For the hand of the artificer the work

19 They that fear the Lord are a sure shall be commended : and the wise ruler of seed, and they that love him an honourable the people for his speech.

plant : they that regard not the law are a 18 A man of an ill tongue is dangerous in dishonourable seed; they that transgress the his city ; and he that is rash in his talk shall commandments are a deceivable seed. be hated.

20 Among brethren he that is chief is honCHAP. X.

ourable ; so are they that fear the Lord in his 1 The advantages of a wise ruler. 7 The incon- eyes.

veniences of pride, injustice, and covetousness. 21 The fear of the Lord goeth before the A

WISE judge will instruct his people ; obtaining of authority: but roughness and

and the government of a prudent man pride is the losing thereof. is well ordered.

22 Whether he be rich, noble, or poor, 2 As the judge of the people is himself, so their glory is the fear of the Lord. are his officers ; and what manner of man the 23 It is not meet to despise the poor man ruler of the city is, such are all they that that hath understanding ; neither is it condwell therein.

venient to magnify a sinful man. 3 An unwise king destroyeth his people ; 24 Great men, and judges, and potentates, but through the prudence of them which shall be honoured ; yet is there none of them are in authority the city shall be inhabited. greater than he that feareth the Lord.

4 The power of the earth is in the hand 25 Unto the servant that is wise shall they of the Lord, and in due time he will set over that are free do service : and he that hath it one that is profitable.

knowledge will not grudge when he is re5 In the hand of God is the prosperity of || formed. man : and upon the person of the scribe shall 26 Be not overwise in doing thy business ; he lay his honour.

and boast not thyself in the time of thy dis6 Bear not hatred to thy neighbour for every wrong ; and do nothing at all by inju- 27 Better is he that laboureth and abound. rious practices.

eth in all things, than he that boasieth him7 Pride is hateful before God and man: self, and wanteth bread. and by both doth one commit iniquity. 28 My son, glorify thy soul in meekness,

8 Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and give it honour according to the dignity and riches got by deceit, the kingdom is thereof. translated from one people to another. 29 Who will justify him that sinneth a

9 Why is earth and ashes proud? there is gainst his own soul ? 'and who will honour not a more wicked thing than a covetous him that dishonoureth his own life? man: for such an one setteth his own soul to SO The poor man is honoured for his skill, sale ; because while he liveth he casteth away and the rich man is honoured for his riches. his bowels.

31 He that is honoured in poverty, how 10 The plıysician cutteth off a long dis- | much more in riches ? and he that is dishonease; and he that is to-day a king, tomorrow ourable in riches, how much more in povshall die. 11 For when a man is dead, he shall in

CHAP. X. herit creeping things, beasts, and worms. 4 We may not vaunt nor set forth ourselves, 8

12 The beginning of pride is when one de- nor answer rasbly, 10 nor meddle with many parteth from God, and his heart is turned away from his Maker.

ISDOM lifteth up the head of him that




that hath it shall pour out abomination : and sit among great men. therefore the Lord brought upon them strange 2 Commend not a man for his beauty, neicalamities, and overthrew them utterly. ther abhor a man for his outward appearance.

14 The Lord hath cast down the thrones 3 The bee is little among such as fly ; but of proud princes, and set up the meek in their her fruit is the chief of sweet things. stead.

4 Boast not of thy clothing and raiment, 15 The Lord hath plucked up the roots of and exalt not thyself in the day of honour : the proud nations, and planted the lowly in for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and their place.

his works among men are hidden. 16 The Lord overthrew countries of the 5 Many kings have sat down upon the heathen, and destroyed them to the founda- ground; and one that was never thought of tions of the earth.

hath worn the crown. 17 He took some of them away, and de- 6 Many mighty men have been greatly stroyed them, and hath made their memorial disgraced; and the honourable delivered into to cease from the earth.

other men's hands.

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