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phrates, and as Jordan in the time of the harvest. lle maketh the doctrine of knowledge appear as the light, and as Geon in the time of vintage. The first man knew her not perfectly: no more shall the last find her out. For her thoughts are more than the sea, and her counsels profoundes than the great deep.

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The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure; and he that hath little business shall become wise. How can he get wisdom that holdeth the plough, and that glorieth in the goad, that driveth oxen, and is occupied in their labours, and whose talk is of bullocks? He giveth his mind to make furrows; and is diligent to give the kine fodder. So every carpenter and workmaster, that laboureth night and day : and they that cut and grave seals, and are diligent to make great variety, and give themselves to counterfeit imagery, and watch to finish a work : the smith also, sitting by the anvil, and considering the iron work, the vapour of the fire wasteth his flesh, and he fighteth with the heat of the fur. nace: the noise of the hammer and the anvil is. ever in his ears, and his eyes look still upon the

pattern of the thing that he maketh: he setteth his mind to finish his work, and watcheth to polish it perfectly: so doth the potter, sitting at his work, and turning the wheel about with his feet, who is alway carefully set at work, and maketh all his work by number; he fashioneth the clay with his arm, and boweth down his strength before his feet; he applieth himself to lead it over; and he is diligent to make clean the furnace : all these trust to their hands : and every one is wise in his work. Without these cannot a city be inhabited: and they shall not dwell where they will, nor go up and down. They shall not be sought for in public counsel, nor sit high in the congregation: they shall not sit on the judge's seat, nor understand the sentence of judgement: they cannot declare justice and judgement; and they shall not be found where parables are spoken. But they will maintain the state of the world, and all their desire is in the work of their craft. But he that giveth his mind unto the law of the Most High, and is oce upied in the meditation thereof, will seek out the wisdom of all the ancient, and be occupied in prophecies. He will keep the sayivgs of the renowned men: and where subtil parables are, he will be there also. He will seek out the secrets of grave sentences, and be conversant in dark parables. He shall serve among great men, and appear before princes : he will travel through strange countries; for he hath tried the good and the evil among men. He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and will pray before the Most High, and will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins. When the great Lord will, he shall be filled with the spirit of understanding : he shall pour out wise sentences, and give thanks unto the Lord in his prayer. He shall direct his counsel and knowledge, and in his secret shall he meditate. He shall shew forth that which he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord. Many shall commend his understanding; and so long as the world endureth, it shall not be blotted out; his memorial shall not depart away, and his name shall live from generation to generation. Nations shall shew forth his wisdom, and the congregation shall declare bis praise. If he die, he shall leave a greater name than a thousand : aud if he live, he shall increase it.

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Wisdom lifteth up the head of him that is of low degree, and maketh him to sit among great

Wisdom exalteth her children, and layeth hold of them that seek her. He that loveth her loveth life; and they that seek to her early shall be filled with joy. He that holdeth her fast shall inherit glory; and wheresoever she entereth, the Lord will bless. They that serve her, shall minister to the Holy One : and them that love her the Lord doth love. Whoso giveth ear unto her shall judge the nations : and he that attendeth unto her shall dwell securely. She shall ex, alt him above his neighbours, and in the midst of the congregation shall she open his mouth. If a man commit himself unto her, he shall inherit her : and his generation shall hold her in possession. For at the first she will walk with him by crooked ways, and bring fear and dreal upon him, and torment him with her discipline, until she

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may trust his soul, and try him by her laws. Then will she return the strait way unto him, and comfort him, and shew him her secrets. Put if he go wrong, she will forsake him, and give him over to his own ruin. Foolish men shall not attain unto her, and sinners shall not see her.

parables. Ile shall serve among great men, and appear before princes : he will travel through strange countı ies; for he hath tried the good and the evil among men. He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and will pray before the Most High, and will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins. When the great Lord will, he shall be filled with the spirit of understanding : he shall pour out wise sentences, and give thanks unto the Lord in his prayer. He shall direct his counsel and knowledge, and in his secret shall he medi. tate. He shall shew forth that which he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord. Many shall commend his understanding; and so long as the world endureth, it shall not be blotted out; his memorial shall not depart away, and his name shall live from generation to generation. Nations shall shew forth his wisdom, and the congregation shall declare bis praise. If he die, he shall leave a greater name than a thousand : aud if he live, he shall increase it.

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