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Lode to our enemies.

CHAP. XXV, XXVI, XXVII. OS lale-bearers and busybodies. CHAP. XXV.

4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lese Observations about kings, &c. thou also be like unto him. TH VIIESE are also proverbs of Solomon, wnich. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he

the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied be wise in his own conceit. out.

6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a 2n is the glory of God to conceai a thing: but fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. the honour of kings is to search out a matter. 7 The legs of the lame are not equal : so is a 3The hcaven for height, and the earth for depth, parable in the mouth of fools. and the heart of kings is unsearchable. 8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he 4 Take away the dross from the silver, and that giveth honour to a fool. there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. 9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunk.

5 Take away the wicked from before the king, ard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools. and his throne shall be established in righteous- 10' The great God that formed all things both ness.

rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors. 6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the 11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, 80 a fool king, and stand not in the place of great men: returneth to his folly.

7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come 12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? up hither; than that thou shouldest be put low- there is more hope of a fool than of him. er in the presence of the prince whom thinc eyes 13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in have seen.

the way; a lion is in the streets. 8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou knor. 14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doch not what to do in the end thereof, when thy the slothful upon his bed. neighbour hath put thee to shame.

15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom ; 9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour him- it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. self; and discover not a secret to another : 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit

10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, than seven men that can render a reason. and thine infamy turn not away.

17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife 11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a pictures of silver.

dog by the ears. 12 As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of 18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arfine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient rows, and death,

19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour. 13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, and saith, Am not I in sport ? so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: 20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: for he refresheth the soul of his masters. so where there is no tale-bearer, the strifeceaseth.

14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like 21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to clouds and wind without rain.


so is a contentious man to kindle strife. 15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, 22 The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

and they go down into the innermost parts of the 16 Hast thou found honey ? eat so much as is belly. sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, 23 Buming lips and a wicked heart are like a and vomit it.

potsherd covered with silver dross. 17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's 24 He that hateth, dissembleth with his lips, house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee. and layeth up deceit within him; 18 A man that beareth false witness against 25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a for there are seven abominations in his heart. sharp arrow.

26 Whose hatred is covered by decell, his wick19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time or edness shall be shewed before the whole cougretrouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out o gation. joint.

27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein. and 20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. weather, and as vinegar upon nitre: so is he 28 A lying tonguc haieth those that are afflicted that singeth songs to a heavy heart.

by it; and a natterivg mouth worketh ruin. 21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to

CHAP. XXVII. eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: Uncertainty of the morrow, &c. here anchone shall bean chalsaci fire upon his BASTest on the life and ay may bring forthou 23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth 2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine an angry countenance a backbiting tongue. own pouth; a strauger, and not thine own lips.

24 It is better to dwell in a corner of the house- 3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; buc lop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide a fool's wrath is heavier than thenı both. house.

4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but 25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good who is able to stand before envy ? news from a far country.

5 Open rebuke is better than secret love. 26 A righteous man falling down before thel 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the wicked is us a troubled fountain, and a corrupt kisses of an enemy are deceitful. spring.

7 The full soul loatheth a honey-comb; but to 27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. men to search their own glory is not glory.

8 As a bird that wandereth froni her nest, so is 28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is a man that wandereth froin his place. like a city that is broken down,and without walls. 9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: 80 CHAP. XXVI.

doth the swectness of a inan's friend by hearty Observations about fools, Sc. counsel. A seloomour is not seendy for a fool. S snow in summer, and as rain in harvest; 10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend,

forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house 2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighAying, so the curse causeless shall not come. bour that is near, than a brother far off.

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and 11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glaid, a rod for the fool's back.

Ithat I ruay answer liin that reproucheth me.

Of care to avoid offences.


Impious characters 12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief himself; but the simple pass on, and are pun- 15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is ished.

a wicked ruler over the poor people. 13 Take his garment that is surety for a stran- 16 The prince that wanteth understanding is ger, and take a pledge of hin for a strange wo- also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetInan.

ousness shall prolong his days. 14 Ile that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, 17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him. curse to him.

18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved; but 15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once. a contentious woman are alike.

19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of 16 Whosoever hideth her, hideth thc wind, and bread: but he that followeth after vain persons the ointment of his right hand which bewrayeth shall have poverty enough itself

20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: 17 'Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth but he ihat maketh haste to be rich shall not be the countenance of his friend.

innocent. 18 Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit 21 To have respect of persons is not good: for, thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall for a piece of bread that man will transgress. be honoured.

22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, 19 As in water face answereth to face, so the and considereth not that poverty shall come heart of man to man.

upon him. 20 flell and destruction are never full; so the 23 He that rebuketh a man, afterwards shall eyes of man are never satisfied.

find more favour than he that flattereth with 21 As the fining-pot for silver, and the furnace the tongue. for gold; so is a nian to his praise.

24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, 22 Though thou shonldest bray a fool in a mor- and saith, It is no transgression; the same is tar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his the companion of a destroyer. foolishness depart from him.

25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: 23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall flocks, and look well to thy herds :

be made fat. 24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the 26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: crown endure to every generation ?

but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. 25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass. 27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are but he that hideth his eyes shall have niany a gathered.

curse. 26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goals 28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: are the price of the field.

but when they perish, the righteous increase. 27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for

CHAP. XXIX. thy food, for the food of thy household, and for On public and private government. the maintenance for thy maidens.


neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that Of impiety and integrity.

without remedy: Tlike wicked files when no mān pursueth: but 2 When the righteous are in authority, the

: the 2 For the transgression of a land many are the rule, the people mourn. princes thereor: but by a nan of understanding 3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father : and knowledge the state thereof shall be pro- but he thai kcepeth company with harlots spend. longed.

eth his substance. 3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a 4 The king by judgment establisheth the land : sweeping rain whleh leaveth no food.

but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it. 4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: 5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth but such as keep the law contend with them. a net for his feet.

5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they 6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a that seek the LORD understand all things. snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

6 Better is the poor that walkeuh in his upright-| 7 The righteous considereth the cause of the ness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it. he be rich.

8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but 7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he wise men turn away wrath. that is a companion of riotous men shameth his 9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, father.

whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest. # He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth 10 The blood-thirsty hate the upright: but the his substance, he shall gather for him that wil just seek his soul. pity the poor.

11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise 9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing man keepeth it in till afterwards. the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. 12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants

10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in are wicked. an evil way, lie shall fall himself into his own 13 The poor and the deceitful man meet topit: but the upright shall have good things in gether : the Lord lighteneth both their eyes. possession.

14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, 11 The rich man is wig in his own conceit; his throne shall be established for ever. but the poor that hath understanding searcheth 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: buta child lim out.

left to himself bringeth his niother to shame. 1% When righteous men do rejoice, there is 16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgresgrent glory: but when the wicked rise, a man ission increaseth: but the righteous shall see their hidden.

fall. 13 fle that covereth his sins shall not prosper: 17 Correct thy son, and be shall give thee rest; bilt whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. have mercy,

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: 11 Happy is the man that feareth always: but he' but he that keepeil the law, nappy is be.

of anger, pride, thieving, &c. CHAP. XXX, XXXI. Praise and properties of a good rifo.

19 A servant will not be corrected by words :| 21 For three things the earth is disquieted for though he understand he will not answer. and for four which it cannot bear:

20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words ? 22 For a servant when he reigncth; and a fool there is more hope of a fool than of him. when he is filled with meat;

21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant 23 For an odions woman when she is married : from a child shall have him become his son at and a handmaid that is heir to her mistress. the length.

24 There be four things which are little upon 12 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a Nuri- the carth, but they are exceeding wise: ous man aboundeth in transgression.

25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they 23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but prepare their meat in the summer;. honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. 26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make 24 Whoso is partner with a thief, hateth his own they their houses in the rocks ; soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not. 27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth 25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso all of them by bands; putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. 28 The spider taketh hold with licr hands, and

26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every is in kings' palaces. man'e judgment cometh from the LORD. 29 There be three things which go well, yea,

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the four are comely in going : just; and he that is upright in the way is abonti- 30 A lion, which is strongest among beasts, and nation to the wicked.

turneth not away for any ; CHAP. XXX.

31 A greyhound; a he-goat also; and a king, Agur's confession and prayer. against whom there is no rising up.

the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, self, or if thou hast thouglı evil, lay ily hand even unto Ithiel and Ucal,

upon thy mouth. 2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and 33 Surely the churning of milk bringoth forth have not the understanding of a man. butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth

3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the forth blood : so the forcing of wrath bringeih knowledge of the holy.

forth strife. 4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or de

CHAP. XXXI. Festes who hath bound the waters in a garment? Till his mother taught him. scended ? who hath gathered the wind in his Lemuel's lesson of chastity, &c.

IE words of king Lemuei, the prophecy who hath established all the ends of the earth ? what is his name, and what is his son's name, 2 What, iny son ? and what, the son of my if thou canst tell?

wonib? and what, the son of my vows ? 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield 3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy unto them that put their trust in him.

ways to that which destroyeth kings. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove. 4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for thiec, and thou be found a liar.

kings to drink wine; nor for princes strongdrink: 7 Two things have I required of thce; deny 5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and perme them not before I die:

vert the judgment of any of the afflicted. 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies; givej 6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with perish, and wine to those that be of heavy hearts. fond convenient for me:

7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and 9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who remember his inisery no more. is the LORD ? or lest I be poor, and steal, and 8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause take the name of my God in vain.

of all such as are appointed to destruction 10 Accuse not a servant unto his master lest 9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead be curse thee, and thou be found guilty. the cause of the poor and needy. 11 There is a generation that curseth their fa 10. Who can find a virtuous woman ? for her ther, and doth not bless their mother

price is far above rubies. 12 There is a generation that are pure in their 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust own eyes, and yet is not washed from their in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. filthiness.

12 Slie will do him good and not evil all the 13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their days of her life. cyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh 14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as willingly with her hands. swords, and their jaw-teeth as knives, to devour 14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringthe poor from off the earth, and the ncedy from eth her food froni afar. among men.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and 15 The horse-leech hath two daughters, crying, giveth meat to her household, and a portion to Give, give. There are three things that are never her maidens. satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with 16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. that is not filled with water; and the fire that 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and saith not, It is enough.

strengtheneth her arms. 17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the good: her candle goeth not out by night. valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her shall eat it.

hands hold the distaff. 18 There be three things which are too won- 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; derful for me, yea, four which I know not: yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of), 2. She is not afraid of the grow for her housea serpent upon a rock, the way of a ship in the hold: for all her household are clothed with inidsi of the sea; and the way of a man with a scarlet. maid.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; 20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; her clothing is silk and purple. she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, i 23 Her husband is known in the gates, whco have done no wickedness.

The sitteth among the elders of the land.

All kumar courses Daint.


The vanities of pleasures 24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

her husband also, and he praiseth her. 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but she shall rejoice in time to come.

thou excellest them all. 26. She openeth her inouth with wisdom; and ) 30 Favouris deceitful, and beauty is pain: buta 27 She looketh well to the ways of her house-.31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let hold, and eateth not the bread of idleness. her own works praise her in the gates.


6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith Vanity of earthly enjoyments.

the wood that bringeth forth trees : THE worserline Preacher, the son of David, vanes come interwante und maidense and had ser2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity sessions of great and small cattle above all that of vanities; all is vanity.

were in Jerusalem before me; 3 What profit hath a man of all his labour 81 gathered ine also silver and gold, and the which he taketh under the sun ?

peculiar treasure of kings, and of the provinces: 4 One generation passeth away, and another gen- I gat me men-singers and women-singers, and eration coineth: but the earth abideth for ever. the delights of the sons of men, as musical in5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, strunients, and that of all sorts. and hasteth to his place where he arose. 9 So I was great, and increased more than all

6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turn- that were before me in Jerusalem: also may wiseth about unto the north; it whirleth about con- dom remained with me. tinually, and the wind returneth again according 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept to his circuits.

not from them, I withheld not my heart froin 7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: not full: unto the place from whence the rivers and this was niy portion of all iny labour. come, thither they return again.

11 Then I looked on all the works that my 8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the laboured to do: and behold, all was vanity and ear filled with hearing.

vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under 9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall the sun. be; and that which is done is that which shall be 12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and done: and there is no new thing under the sun. madness, and folly : for what can the man do

10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, that cometh after the king? even that which Bee, this is new? it hath been already of old hath been already done. time, which was before us.

13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as 11 There is no remembrance of forner things; far as light excelleth darkness. neither shal! there be any remembrance of thing8 14 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but that are to come with those that shall come afer. the fool walketh in darkness : and I mysell per

12 11 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Je-ceived also that one event happeneth to them all. rusalem.

15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to 13 And I gave my heart to scek and search out the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why by wisdomn concerning all things that are done was I thien niore wise ? Then I said in iny heart, under heaven: this sore travail hath God given that this also is vanity. to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. 16 For there is no remembrance of the wise

14 I have seen all the works that are done un- more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which der the sun; and behold, all is vanity and vexa- now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. zion of spirit.

And how dieth the wise man? as the fool. 15 That which is crooked cannot be made 17 Therefore I hated life; because the work straight: and that which is wanting cannot be that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto numbered.

me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit. 16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, 18 11 Yea, I hated all any labour which I had Lo, I am come to great estate, and liave gotten taken under the sun: because I should leave it more wisdom than all they that have been be- unto the man that shall be after ine. tore me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great 19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a experience of wisdom and knowledge.

wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over 17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and all my labour wherein I have laboured, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this wherein I have shewed myself wise under the also is vexation of spirit.

This is also vanity. 18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he 20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart Ulat increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. to despair of all the labour which I took under CHAP 1

the suin. The vanity of pleasure.

21 For there is a man whose labour is in wis. 1

SAJD in my heart, Go to now, I will prove doin, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to

thee with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure : a man that hath not laboured therein shall he and behold, this also is vanity.

leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and 2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, a great evil. What doeth it ?

22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of 3 I sought in my heart to give myself unto wine, the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath layet acquainting my heart with wisdom; and to boured under the sun ? Tay hold on tolly, till I might see what was that| 23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail good for the sons of men, which they should do grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night under the heaven all the days of their life. This is also vanity. 4 I made me great works ; I builded me houses ;| 24 y There is nothing better for a man than I planted me vineyards :

that he should eat and drink, and that he should 5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I plani- make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This ed trees in them of all kind of fruits :

that it was from the hand of God.


also I saw,

What God does is for ever.


Vanities in divine service 25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten 2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are alhereunto more than I ?

ready dead more than the living which are yet 26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his alive. sight, wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to 3 Yea, better is he than both they, which haih the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work up, that he may give to him that is good before that is done under the sun. God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. 4 11 Again, I considered all travail, and every CHAP. III.

right work, that for this a man is envied of his A time for all things.

neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of T..eeerything therenicea season, and a time spirit.

5 'The fool foldeth his hands together, and eat2 A tiine to be born, and a time to die; a time eth his own flesh. to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is 6 Better is a handful with quietness, than boin planted ;

the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to 7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the break down, and a time to build up;

sun, 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time 8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; to mourn, and a time to dance;

yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is 5 A tinie to cast away stones, and a time to there no end of all his labour; neither is his gather stones together; a time to einbrace, and eye satisfied with riches: neither saith he, For a time to refrain from embracing;

whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good ? € A time to get, and a time to lose ; a time to This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail. keep, and a time to cast away;

911 Two are better than one; because they 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to have a good reward for their labour. keep silence, and a time to speak;

10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his sel8 Å time to love, and a time to hatc; a time or low: but wo to hini that is alone when he fallwar, and a time of peace.

eth; for he hath not another to help him up. 9 What profit hath he that worketh in that. 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have wherein he laboureth ?

heat: but how can one be warmi alone ? 10 I have seen the travail, which God hath 12 And if one prevail against him, two shall given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. witlistand him; and a threefold cord is not 11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his quickly broken. time: also he hath set the world in their heart, 13 41 Better is a poor and a wise child, than an so that no man can find out the work that God old and foolish king, who will no more be admaketh from the beginning to the end.

inonished. 12 I know that there is no good in them, but for 14 Foroutof prison he cometh to reign; whereas a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. also he that is born in his kingdom beconieth poor. 13 And also that every man should eat and 15 I considered all the living which walk un. drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour; it is der the sun, with the second child that shall the gift of God.

stand up in his stead. 14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall 16 There is no end of all the people, even of all be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any that have been before thein: they also tnat coue thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men after shall not rejnice in liien. Surely this also should fear before him.

is vanity and vexation of spirit. 15 That which hath been is now; and that

CHAP. V. which is to be hath already been; and God re

Against oppression, &c. quireth that which is past.

EEP thy foot when thou goest to the house 16 11 And moreover I saw under the sun the

, place of judgment, that wickedness was there; give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not and the place of rigliteousness, that iniquity was that they do evil. there.

2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy 17 I said in my heart, God shall judge the right-heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: eous and the wicked for there is a tiine there for God is in hcaven, and thou upon earth: for every purpose and for every work. therefore let thy words be few.

18 I said in iny heart concerning the estate of 3 For a dreain cometh through the multitude of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, business; and a fool's voice is known by multiand that they might see that they themselves tude of words. are beasts.

4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, refer 19 For that which befalleth the sons of men be- not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: falleth beasts ; even one thing befalleth them: pay that which thou hastyvowed. as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they 5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, ihan have all one breath ; so that a man hath no pre- that thou shouldest vow and not pay. eminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to

20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it and all turn to dust again.

was an error: wheretore should God be angry at 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth thy voice, and destroy the work of thy hands? mpward, and the spirit of the beast that gocth 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many downward to the earth ?

words there are also divers vanities: but fear 22 Wherefore 1 perceive that there is nothing thou God. better, than that a man should rejoice in his own 8 11 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, works; for that is his portion: for who shall and violent perverting of judgment and justice bring him to see what shall be after him ? in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he CHAP. IV.

that is higher than the highest regardeth; and The advantages of society.

there be higher than they. So , is for all :

sions that are done under the sun: and belold the king himself is served by the field. the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had 10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with Here was power; but they had no comforter. Jincrease: this is also vanity.

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