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Apocrypbe. 7 Blame not before thou hast examined the 27 The affliction of an hour maketh 2 truth : understand first, and then rebuke. man forget pleasure : and in his end his
8 Answer not before thou hast heard the deeds shall be discovered. cause : neither interrupt men in the midst of 28 Judge none blessed before his death : their taik.
for a man shall be known in his children. 9 Sirive not in a matter that concerneth 29 Bring not every man into thine house : thee not; and sit not in judgment with sin- for the deceitful man hath many trains. Ders.
30 Like as a partridge taken (and kept) 10 | My son, meddle not with many mat- in a cage, so is the heart of the proud ; and ters : for if thou meddle much, thou shalt | like as a spy, watcheth he for thy fall : not be innocent : and if thou follow after, 31 For he lieth in wait, and turneth good thou shalt not obtain, neither shalt thou es- into evil, and in things worthy praise will cape by fleeing.
lay blame upon thee. 11 There is one that laboureth, and taketh 32 Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is pains, and maketh haste, and is so much the kindled : and a sinful man layeth wait for more behind.
blood. 12 Again, there is another that is slow, 33 Take heed of a mischievous man, for and hath need of help, wanting ability, and he worketh wickedness ; lest he bring upon full of poverty; yet the eye of the Lord thee a perpetual blot. looked upon him for good, and set him up 34 Receive a stranger into thine house, from his low estate,
and he will disturb thee, and turn thee out of 13 And lifted up his head from misery; thine own. so that many that saw it marvelled at him.
CHAP. XII. 14 Prosperity and adversity, life and death, 2 Be not liberal to the ungodly. 10 Trust zet poverty and riches, come of the Lord.
tbine enemy, nor ibe wicked.
THEN thou wilt do good, know to ing of ,
whom thou doest it; so shalt thou the way of good works, are from him. be thanked for thy benefits.
16 Error and darkness had their begin- 2 Do good to the godly man, and thou ning together with sinners : and evil shall shalt find a recompense ; and if not from wax old with them that glory therein. him, yet from the Most High.
17 The gift of the Lord remaineth with 3 There can no good come to him that is the godly, and his favour bringeth prosperity always occupied in evil, nor to him that girfor ever.
eth no alms. 18 There is that waxeth rich by his wari- 4 Give to the godly man, and help not a ness and pinching, and this is the portion of sinner. his reward :
5 Do well unto him that is lowly, but 19 Whereas he saith, I have found rest, I give not to the ungodly : hold back thy and now will eat continually of my goods ; || bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overand yet he knoweth not what time shall come master thee thereby : for (else) thou shalt upon him, and that he must leave those things receive twice as much evil for all the good to others, and die.
thou shalt have done unto him. 20 Be steadfast in thy covenant, and be 6 For the Most High hateth sinners, and conversant therein, and wax old in thy work. I will repay vengeance unto the ungodly, and
21 Marvel not at the works of sinners: keepeth them against the mighty day of their but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy la- || punishment. bour : for it is an easy thing in the sight of the 7 Give unto the good, and help not the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich. sinner.
22 The blessing of the Lord is in the re- 8 A friend cannot be known in prosperiward of the godly, and suddenly he maketh ty: and an enemy cannot be hid in adversity his blessing to flourish.
9 In the prosperity of a man, enemies will 23 Say not, what profit is there of my be grieved : but in his adversity, even a friend service ? and what good things shall I have will depart. hereafter ?
10 Never trust thine enemy: for like as 24 Again say not, I have enough, and pos- iron rusteth, so is his wickedness. sess many things, and what evil can come 11 Though he humble himself, and go to me hereafter?
crouching, yet take good heed and beware 25 In the day of prosperity there is a of him, and thou shalt be unto him as if thou forgetfulness of affliction : and in the day of hadst wiped a looking glass, and thou shalt affliction there is no more remembrance of know that his rust bath not been altogether prosperity.
wiped away 26 For it is an easy thing unto the Lord 12 Set him not by thee, lest, when he hath in the day of death to reward a man ac- overthrown thee, he stand up in thy place; cording to his ways.
neither let him sit at thy right hand, lest he
Apocrypla. seek to take thy seat, and thou at the last 12 But cruelly he will lay up thy words, remember my words, and be pricked there- || and will not spare to do thee hurt, and to put with.
thee in prison. · 13 Who will pity the charmer that is bit- 13 Observe, and take good heed, for thou ten with a serpent, or any such as come nigh walkest in peril of thy overthrowing: when wild beasts?
thou hearest these things, awake in thy sleep. 14 So one that goeth to a sinner, and is 14 Love the Lord all thy life, and call defiled with him in his sins, who will pity? upon him for thy salvation.
15 For a while he will abide with thee, but 15 | Every beast loveth his likc, and if thou begin to fall, he will not tarry, every man loveth his neighbour.
16 An enemy speaketh sweetly with his 16 All ficsh consorteth according to kind, lips, but in his heart he imagineth how to and a man will cleave to his like. throw thee into a pit: he will weep with his 17 What fellowship hath the wolf with eyes, but if he find opportunity, he will not the lamb ? so the sinner with the godly. be satisfied with blood.
18 What agreement is there between the 17 If adversity come upon thee, thou shalt hyena and a dog ? and what peace between find him there first; and though he pretend the rich and the poor? to help thee, yet shall he undermine thee. 19 As the wild ass is the lion's prey in
18 He will shake his head, and clap his the wilderness : so the rich eat up the poor. hands, and whisper much, and change his 20 As the proud hate humility : so doth
the rich abhor the poor. CHAP. XIII.
21 A rich man beginning to fall is held 1 Keep not company with the proud, or a mightier up of his friends : but a poor man being
than thyself. 15 Like will be like, &c. down is thrust also away by his friends.
E that toucheth pitch shall be defiled 22 When a rich man is fallen, he hath with a proud man shall be like unto him. spoken, and yet men justify him: the poor
2 Burden not thyself above thy power man slipped, and yet they rebuked him too; while thou livest ; and have no fellowship he spake wisely, and could have no place. with one that is mightier and richer than thy- 23 When a rich man speaketh, every man self: for how agree the kettle and the earth- holdeth his tongue, and look, what he saith, en pot together? for if the one be smitten they extol it to the clouds : but if the poor against the other, it shall be broken.
man speak, they say, What fellow is this? 3. The rich man hath done wrong, and yet and if he scumble, they will help to overhe threateneth withal : the poor is wronged, throw him. and he must entreat also.
24 Riches are good unto bim that hath no 4 If thou be for his profit, he will use sin, and poverty is evil in the mouth of the thee: but if thou have nothing, he will for- ungodly. sake thee.
25 The heart of a man changeth his coun5 If thou have any thing, he will live with tenance, whether it be for good or evil : and thee:
: yea, he will make thee bare, and will a merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance. not be sorry for it.
26 A cheerful countenance is a token of a 6 If he have need of thee, he will deceive heart that is in prosperity ; and the finding thee, and smile upon thee, and put thee in out of parables is a wearisome labour of the hope; he will speak thee fair, and say, What mind. wantest thou ?
CHAP. XIV. 7 And he will shame thee by his meats, 2 A good conscience maketh men baphy, 20 Alen until he have drawn thee dry twice or thrice, are happy that draw near to wisdom. and at the last he will laugh thee to scorn : LESSED is the man that hath not slipped afterward, when he seeth thee, he will forsake thee, and shake his head at thee.
the multitude of sins. 8 Beware that thou be not deceived, and 2 Blessed is he whose conscience hath not brought down in thy jollity.
condemned hini, and who is not fallen from 9 If thou be invited of a mighty man, his hope in the Lord. withdraw thyself, and so much the more will 3 Riches are not comely for a niggard : he invite thee.
and what should an envious man do with 10 Press thou not upon him, lest thou be money ? put back; stand not far off, lest thou be for. 4 He that gathereth by defrauding his gotten.
own soul gathereth for others, that shall spend 11 Affect not to be made equal unto him his goods riotously. in talk, and believe not his many words : 5 He that is evil to himself, to whom will for with much communication will be tempt he be good ? he shall not take pleasure in thee, and smiling upon thee will get out thy his goods. secrets :
6 There is none worse than he that envi.
Apocrypb4. eth himself; and this is a recompense of his 3 With the bread of understanding shall wickedness.
she feed him, and give him the water of wis. 7 And if he doeth good, he doeth it un- dom to drink. willingly; and at the last he will declare his 4 He shall be stayed upon her, and shall wickedness,
not be moved ; and shall rely upon her, and & The envious man hath a wicked eye ; || shall not be confounded. he turneth away his face, and despiseth men. 5 She shall exalt him above his neighbours,
9 A covetous man's eye is not satisfied and in the midst of the congregation shall with his portion ; and the iniquity of the she open his mouth. wicked drieth up his soul.
6 He shall find joy and a crown of glad. 10 A wicked eye envieth (his] bread, and ness, and she shall cause him to inherit an he is a niggard at his table.
everlasting name. 11 My son, according to thy ability do 7 9 But foolish men shall not attain unto good to thyself
, and give the Lord his due | her, and sinners shall not see her. offering
8 For she is far from pride, and men that 12 Remember that death will not be long are liars cannot remember her. in coming, and that the covenant of the grave 9 Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a is not shewed unto thee.
sinner, for it was not sent him of the Lord. 13 Do good unto thy friend before thou 10 For praise shall be uttered in wisdom, die, and according to thy ability stretch out and the Lord will prosper it. thy hand and give to him.
11 Say not thou, It is through the Lord 14 Defraud not thyself of the good day, that I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do and let not the part of a good desire over- the things that he hateth.
12 Say not thou, He hath caused me to 15 Shalt thou not leave thy travails unto err : for he hath no need of the sinful man. another and thy labours to be divided by lot? 13 The Lord hateth all abomination; and
16 Give, and take, and sanctify thy soul; they that fear God love it not. for there is no seeking of dainties in the grave. 14 He himself made man from the begin
17 All flesh waxeth old as a garment : forning, and left him in the hand of his counsel; the covenant from the beginning is, Thou 15 If thou wilt, to keep the commandshalt die the death.
ments, and to perform acceptable faithful18 As of the green leaves on a thick tree, some fall, and some grow; so is the genera- 16 He hath set fire and water before thee : tion of flesh and blood, one cometh to an stretch forth thy hand unto whether thou end, and apother is born.
wilt. 19 Every work rotteth and consumeth 17 Before man is life and death ; and away, and the worker thereof shall go withal. | whether him liketh shall be given him.
20 Blessed is the man that doth medi- 18 For the wisdom of the Lord is great, tate good things in wisdom, and that reason- and he is mighty in power, and beholdeth all eth of holy things by his understanding. things :
21 He that considereth her ways in his 19 And his eyes are upon them that fear heart shall also have understanding in her him, and he knoweth every work of man.
20 He hath commanded no man to do 22 Go after her as one that traceth, and wickedly, neither bath he given any man lilie in wait in her ways.
cense to sin. 23 He that prieth'in at her windows shall
CHAP. XVI. also hearken at her doors.
1 It is better to have none, than many leard ebil. 24 He ihat doth lodge near her house shall dren. 20 God's works are unscarcbable. also fasten a pin in her walls. 25. He shall pitch his tent nigh unto her, DESIRE not a multitude of unproficable
children, neither delight in ungodly sons. and shall lodge in a lodging where good things 2 Though they multiply, rejoice not in
them, except the fear of the Lord be with 26. He shail set his children under her 11 them. shelter, and shall lodge under her branches. 3 Trust not thou in their life, neither re
27 By her he shall be covered from heat, spect their multitude : for one that is just is and in her glory shall be dwell.
better than a thousand ; and better it is to CHAP. XV.
die without children, than to have them that 9 Wisdom embraveth those that far God: 7 the are ungodly. wicket shall not get ber.
4 For by one that hath understanding shall E
and he that hath the knowledge of the the wicked shall speedily become desolate. law shall obtain lier.
5 Many such things have I seen with mine 2 And as a mother shall she meet him, eyes, and mine ear hath heard greater things and receive him as a wise married of a virgin than these.
; of Tuneet him into it again.
Apocrypba. 6 In the congregation of the ungodly shall time he made then he disposed the parts a fire be kindled ; and in a rebellious nation thereof. wrath is set on fire.
27 He garnished his works for ever, and 7 He was not pacified toward the old gi- || in his hand are the chief of them unto all ants who fell away in the strength of their generations : they neither labour, nor are foolishness.
weary, nor cease from their works. 8 Neither spared he the place where Lot 28 None of them hindereth another, and sojourned, but abhorred them for their pride. they shall never disobey his word.
9 He pitied not the people of perdition, 29 After this the Lord looked upon the who were taken away in their sins :
earth, and filled it with his blessings. 10 Nor the six hundred thousand foot- 30 With all manner of living things hath men, who were gathered together in the | he covered the face thereof ; and they shall hardness of their hearts.
return into it again. 11 And if there be one stiffnecked among
CHAP. XVII. the people, it is marvel if he escape unpun- 1 How Ged created and furnished man. - 14 TO ished: for mercy and wrath are with him avoid all sin : 19 for God seeth all things. he is mighty to forgive, and to pour out dis- 'HE Lord created man of the earth, and pleasure.
12 As his mercy is great, so is his correc- 9 He gave them few days, and a short tion also : he judgeth a man according to time, and power also over the things therein. his works.
3 He endued them with strength by them13 The sinner shall not escape with his selves, and made them according to his image, spoils : and the patience of the godly shall 4 And put the fear of man upon all flesh, not be frustrate.
and gave him dominion over beasts and fowls. 14 Make way for every work of mercy: 5 [They received the use of the five opefor every man shall find according to his rations of the Lord, and in the sixth place works.
he imparted them understanding, and in the 15 The Lord hardened Pharaoh, that he seventh speech, an interpreter of the cogita. should not know him, that his powerful tions thereof.] works might be known to the world.
6 Counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, ears, 16 His mercy is manifest to every crea- and a heart, gave he them to understand. ture; and he hath separated his light from 7 Withal he filled them with the knowlthe darkness with an adamant.
edge of understanding, and shewed them 17 Say not thou, I will hide myself from good and evil. the Lord : shall any remember me from 8 He set his eye upon their hearts, that above? I shall not be remembered among so he might shew them the greatness of his works. many people : for what is my soul among 9 He gave them to glory in his marvelsuch an infinite number of creatures ? lous acts for ever, that they might declare
18 Behold, the heaven, and the heaven of his works with understanding. heavens, the deep, and the earth, and all that 10 And the elect shall praise his holy name, therein is, shall be moved when he shall u Beside this he gave them knowledge, visit.
and the law of life for an heritage. 19 The mountains also and foundations of 12 He made an everlasting covenant with the earth shall be shaken with tremoling, them, and shewed them his judgments. when the Lord looketh upon them.
13 Their eyes saw the majesty of his glo. 20 No heart can think upon these things ry, and their cars heard his glorious voice. worthily : and who is able to conceive his 14 And he said unto thein, Beware of all ways ?
unrighteousness ; and he gave every man 21 It is a tempest which no man can see : commandment concerning his neighbour. for the most part of his works are hid. 15 Their ways are ever before him, and
22 Who can declare the works of his jus- shall not be hid from his eyes. tice? or who can endure them? for his cov- 16 Every man from his youth is given to enant is afar off, and the trial of all things is evil ; neither could they inake to themselves in the end.
fleshly hearts for stony. 23 He that wantcth understanding will 17 For in the division of the nations of the think upon vain things : and a foolish man whole earth he set a ruler over every peoerring imagineth follies.
ple ; but Israel is the Lord's portion : 24 My son, hearken unto me, and learn 18 Whom, being his first born, he nourknowledge, and mark my words with thy | isheth with discipline, and giving him the heart.
light of his love doth not forsake him. 25 I will shew forth doctrine in weight, 19 , Therefore all their works are as the and declare his knowledge exactly.
sun before him, and his eyes are continually 26 The works of the Lord are done in upon their ways. judgment from the beginning : and from the 20 None of their unrighteous deeds are hid
Apocrypba. from him, but all their sins are before the 9 f The number of a man's days at the Lord.
most are an hundred years. 21 But the Lord being gracious, and know- 10 As a drop of water unto the sea, and a ing his workmanship, neither left nor forsook gravel stone in comparison of the sand; so them, but spared them.
are a thousand years to the days of eternity. 22 The alms of a man is as a signet with Il Therefore is God patient with them, him, and he will keep the good deeds of man and poureth forth his mercy upon them. as the apple of the eye, and give repentance 12 He saw and perceived their end to be to his sons and daughters.
evil; therefore he multiplied his compassion. 23 Afterward he will rise up and reward 13 The mercy of man is toward his neighthem, and render their recompense upon their bour ; but the mercy of the Lord is upon all heads.
flesh : he reproveth, and nurtureth, and 24 But unto them that repent, he granted teacheth, and bringeth again, as a shepherd them return, and comforted those that failed his flock. in patience.
14 He hath mercy on them that receive 25 Return unto the Lord, and forsake thy discipline, and that diligently seek after his sins, make thy prayer before his face, and of- | judgments. fend less.
15 My son, blemish not thy good deeds, 26 Turn again to the Most High, and turn neither use uncomfortable words when thou away from iniquity: for he will lead thee out | givest any thing. of darkness into the light of health, and hate 16 Shall not the dew assuage the heat ? thou abomination vehemently.
so is a word better than a gift. 27 Who shall praise the Most High in the 17 Lo, is not a word better than a gift ? grave, instead of them which live and give but both are with a gracious man. thanks ?
18 A fool will upbraid churlishly, and a 28 Thanksgiving perisheth from the dead, || gift of the envious consumeth the eyes. as from one that is not : the living and sound 19 Learn before thou speak, and use phy. in heart shall praise the Lord.
sick or ever thou be sick. 29 How great is the loving kindness of the 20 Before judgment examine thyself, and Lord our God, and his compassion unto such in the day of visitation thou shalt find mercy. as turn unto him in holiness!
21 Humble thyself before thou be sick, 30 For all things cannot be in men, because and in the time of sins shew repentance. the son of man is not immortal.
22 Let nothing hinder thee to pay thy 31 What is brighter than the sun ? yet || vow in due time, and defer not until death the light thereof faileth: and flesh and blood to be justified. will imagine evil.
23 Before thou prayest, prepare thyself; 32 He vieweth the power of the height of and be not as one that tempteth the Lord. heaven ; and all men are but earth and ashes. 24 Think upon the wrath that shall be at CHAP. XVIII.
the end, and the time of vengeance, when he 4 God's works are to be wondered at : 9 man's shall turn away his face. life is short : 11 God is merciful.
25 When thou hast enough, remember "E that liveth for ever created all things the time of hunger : and when thou art rich,
think upon poverty and need. 2 The Lord only is righteous, and there is 26 From the morning until the evening none other but he,
the time is changed, and all things are soon 3 Who governeth the world with the palm done before the Lord. of his hand, and all things obey his will : for 27 A wise man will fear in every thing, he is the King of all, by his power dividing and in the day of sinning he will beware of holy things among them from profane. offence : but a fool will not observe time.
4 9 To whom hath he given power to de- 28 Every man of understanding knoweth clare his works ? and who shall find out his wisdom, and will give praise unto him that noble acts ?
found her. 5 Who shall number the strength of his 29 They that were of understanding in majesty ? and who shall also tell out his mer- sayings became also wise themselves, and cies?
poured forth exquisite parables. 6 As for the wonderous works of the Lord, 30 Go not after thy lusts, but refrain thythere may nothing be taken from them, nei- self from thine appetites. ther may any thing be put unto them, neither 31 If thou givest thy soul the desires that can the ground of them be found out. please her, she will make thee a laughing
7 When a man liath done, then he begin stock to thine enemies that malign thee. neth; and when he leaveth off, then he shall 32 Take not pleasure in much good cheer, be doubtful.
neither be tied to the expense thereof. 8 What is man, and whereto serveth he? 33 Be not made a beggar by banqueting wliat is his good, and what is his eril! upon borrowing, when thou hast nothing in