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ing; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

Better is ihe end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

By much slothsulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

A fool's voice is known by multitude of words, for in many words there are also divers vanities : but fear thou God.

Wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgement.


Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.

Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.

Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance; but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

All the days of the aiflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart haih a continual feast.

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop; but a good word maketh it glad.

Only by pride cometh contention : but with the well-advised is wisdom.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick : but when the desire coineih, it is a tree of life.

- Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed : but he that feareth the commandment shall be re. warded.

The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Many seek the rulei’s favour; but every man's judgement cometh from the Lord.

Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is opholden by mercy.

The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient


Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

W'hoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy h art.

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

Ile that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belouging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the cars.

As a madman, who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death; so is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein : and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.


A whip for the horse, a bridle for the and a rod for the fool's back.

He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity ; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

There is a way which seemeth right unto á man; but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

Many will intreat the favour of the prince : and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth ; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.



He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

He that gathereth in summer is a wise son : but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

The merciful man doeth good to his own soul : but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction : but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise.

The ants are a people not strong, yet they pre. pare their meat in the summer;

The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings palaces.

There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

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