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6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; |bi the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. 7 The full soul loatheth a honey-comb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is ! sweet. * 8. As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his , place. 9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart : so doth the sweetness . a man's friend § hearty counsel. 10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: or better is a neighbour that is near, than a brother far off. 11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me. 12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. 13 Take his garment, that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. 14. He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him. 15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. 16 Whosoever hideth her, hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand which bew rayeth oft 17 Iron sharpeneth iron; , so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. 16 Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honouzed. 19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. 20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never, satisfied. 21 As the fining-pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise. 22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar soft wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him. 23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds: 24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? 25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass i. itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. 26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the o: of the field. 27And thou shalt havegoats’ milkenough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and the maintenance for thy maidens. CHAP, XXVIII.
Th; wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as
a lion. 2 For the transgression of a land many
are the princes thereof; but by a man of
Observations on impie.'y. understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged. 3. A poor man that oppresseth the poor is o a sweeping rain which ol. food. 4. They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law coutend with them. 5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things. 6. Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. 7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father. 8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance; he shall gather it. for him that will pity the poor. 9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. 10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil *; he shalīfāli himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession. 11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out. 12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden. 13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh then shall have mercy. 14 Happy is the man that feareth always: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. 15.1s a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people. 16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor; but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days. 17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him. 18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved; but he that is perverse in his ways shall faiiat once. 19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have ...”. enough. 20. A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. o 21 To have respect of persons is not good: for, for a piece of bread that man will transgress. 22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him. | 23 He that rebuketh a man, afterwards shall find more favour than he that lattereth with the ongo, o
Q/public government. 24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer. 25. He that is of a proud beart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Load shall be made fat. 26. He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. 27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. 28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase: o, CHAP. XXIX. I I E that, being often reproved, hardeneth his . shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. 2. When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. 3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance. 4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it. | 5. A man that flattereth his neighbour A spreadeth a net for his feet. 6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice. 7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor; but the wicked regardeth not to know it. 8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath. 9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest. 10 The blood-thirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul. 11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. 12 Is a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are w coed. 13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lighteneth both their eyes. 14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever. 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. 16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. 17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. 18. Where there is no vision, the people o but he that keepeth the law, happy ts ile.
CHAP.XXIX, XXX. Jigur's confession and prayer.
19 A servant will not be corrected b words: for though he understand he will not answer. 29 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. 21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length. 22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. 23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the i. in spirit. 24 Whoso is partner with a thief,hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not. 25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. 26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the Lord. 27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just; and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked. CHAP. XXX. HE words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal, 2 so I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a innan. 3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy. 4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists 2 who hath bound the waters in a garment 2 who hath established all the ends of the earth 2 what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell? 5. Every word of God is pure : he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. 7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; see me with food convenient for me: 9 Lest I be full, and o thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in 7)0.271. 10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty. 11. There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. 12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. 13 There is a generation, Ohow lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
14 There is a generation, whose teeth
Parents to be respected.
are as swords, and their jaw-teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. 15 The horse-leech hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There, are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough : 16 The grave ; and the barren womb ; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough. 17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. 18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not : 19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid. 20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness. 21 || For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: 22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; 23 For an odious woman when she is married; and a handmaid that is heir to her mistress. 24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: 25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; 26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks ; 27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; 28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces. 29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: 30 A lion, which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any ; 31 A greyhound; a he-goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up. 32. If thou hast done foolishly in liftin up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thy hand upon thy mouth. 33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife. CHAP. XXXI. ' HE words of king Lemuel, the prowo that his mother taught him. 2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows? 3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor
PROVERBS. Properties of a virtuous woman.
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the
cause of all such as are appointed to deo h h. iud hteousl 9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the . and needy. 10 || Who can find a virtuous woman! for her |.. is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. ... 14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. . . 15 She riseth also while it is }. night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17 Šhe girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18. She perceiveth that her merchandio is good: her candle goeth not outby missil. ig She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 30 She stretcheth out her hand to to poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 2i. She is not afraid of the snow foo! household: for aliherhousehold are cloth. ed with scarlet. ings of 22 She maketh herself coverings. * too ; her clothing is silk and put. 23 fier husband is known in the £3". when he siteth among the elders of * land. 'i . 34 She maketh finelinen, and selle" and delivereth girdles unto the o: 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time too. 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom > and in her tongue is the law oskin. 27 She looketh well to the ways 9 d of household, and eateth not the brea" " idleness. ll her 28. Her children arise up, and ** blood; her husband also, and he Pro* er. 29 Many daughters have done virtuOUS" ly, but thou excellest them all. is 30 Favour is deceitful, and be?".
thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for # to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
vain, but a woman that feareth the LoRD,
CHAP. I. HE words of the Preacher, the son of David, king of Jerusalem. 2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3 Wit profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? 4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. - 5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun E. down, and hasteth to his place where e arose. 6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth o according to his circuits. 7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full: unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. 8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied will seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done, and there is no new thing under the sun. 10 Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. 11 There is no remembrance of former things ; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. 12 | I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13, And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven ; this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised there with. 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. 15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered. 16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem'. Yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. 17 And I gave my heart to know wis
or the PREACHER.
leasure : and behold, this also is vanity. A 2 I said of laughter, It is mad : and of mirth, What doeth it 2 A 3 I sought in my heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting my heart with wisdom ; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life. 4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: 5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: 6 I made me pools of Water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth-forth trees : . .” .# I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me; 8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings, and of the provinces: Igat me men-singers and women-singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. 9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. 10 Ånd whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and behold, all was vanity and vexation-of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. 12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done. 13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. 14. The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all. 15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then i said in my heart, that this also is
dom, and to know madness and folly: Ivanity.
perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. 18. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. - CHAP. II. I SAID in my heart, Go to now, I will Prove thee with mirth, thereforé enjoy
16. For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool. 17. Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wo under the sun is 5
The vanity of human labour. ECCLES
grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit. 18 "I Yea, o hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun : because I should leave it unto the man that shall be. after me. 19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and o I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity. 20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun. 21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not labour: therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun ? 23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity. 24 || There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto more than I? 26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight, wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to ather and to heap up, that he may give to #. that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of ilot.
O every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted ; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose ; a time to keep, and a time to cast away ; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew ; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate ; a time of war, and a time of peace. 9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? 10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. 11 He hath made every thing beautiful
work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. 12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. 13, And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour; it is the gift of God. 14 I snow that, whatsoever God doeth. it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it. that men should fear before him. 15 That which hath been is now ; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. 16 T And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there ; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. 17. I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. 18 I said in my heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. 19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing be. falleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man bath no pre-eminence above a beast: for all is . 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? 22. Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him 2 CHAP. IV. O l returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun; and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there tools §. but they had no comforter. 2. Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. 3 Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun. 4T Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. 6 Better is a oil with quietness,