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Wisdom promiseth godliness. CHAP. II, III, IV. The power and benefits of wisdom. your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrouv distress and anguish cometh upon you. to thy bones.

28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not 9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall with the first-fruits of all thine increase: not find ine;

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not thy presses shall burst out with new wine. choose the fear of the LORD:

11 | My son, despise not the chastening of the 30 They would none of my counsel : they LORD; neither be weary of his correction: slespised all my reproof.

12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of theirjeven as a father the son in whom he delighteth own way, and be filled with their own devices. 13 11 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom

32 For the turning away of the simple shall and the man that getteth understanding. slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall de- 14 For the merchandise of it is better than tlie stroy them.

merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof tuan 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto mc shall dwell fine gold. safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. 15 She is more precious than rubies: and all CHAP. II.

the things thou canst desire are not to be comBenefit of the study of wisdom.

pared unto her. hide my commandments with thee; her left hand riches and honour. 2 So that thou inclinc thine ear unto wisdom, 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, ard all and apply thy heart to understanding; her paths are peace. 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and lift- 18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold ipon est up thy voice for understanding;

her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest 19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; for her as for bid treasures ;

by understanding hath he established the hea. 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the vens. Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, 6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his and the clouds drop down the dew. mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 21 1 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes:

7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: keep sound wisdom and discretion: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace

8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and pre-to thy neck. serveth the way of his saints.

23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and 9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, thy foot shall not stumble. and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. 24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be

10 T When wisdom entereth into thy heart, afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; shall be sweet.

11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understand- 25 De not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the ing shall keep thee:

desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. 12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil 26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and man, from the man that speaketh froward things; shall keep thy foot from being taken.

13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk 27 11 Withhold not good from them to whom in the ways of darkness;

it is due, when it is in the power of thy hand to 14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the do it. frowardness of the wicked;

28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come 15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward again, and to-morrow I will give; when thou in their paths:

hast it by thee. 16 To deliver thee froin the strange woman, eren 29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing from the stranger which flattereth with her words; he dwelleth securely by thee.

17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and 30 17 Strive not with a man without cause, forgetteth the covenant of her God.

he have done thee no harm. 18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her 31 || Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose paths unto the dead.

none of his ways. 19 None that go unto her return again, neither 32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: take they hold of the paths of life.

but his secret is with the rigliteous. 20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good 33 11 The curse of the Lord is in the house of men, and keep the paths of the righteous. the wicked : but he blesseth the habitation of

21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the just. the perfect shall remain in it.

34 | Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he 22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, giveth grace unto the lowly. and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall CHAP. III.

be the promotion of fools.
An exhortation to obedience,

CHAP. IV.
My son, forget not my law; but let thy heart Study of wisdom recommended.

EAR, ye children, the instruction of a fa2 For length of days, and long life, and peace ther, and attend to know understanding shall they add to thee.

2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind my law. thein about thy neck; write them upon the table 3 For I was my father's son, tender and only be of thy heart:

loved in the sight of my mother. 4 So shalt thou find favour and good under- 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thy standing in the sight of God and man.

heart retain my words: keep my commandments, 51 Trust in the LORD with all thy heart; and and live. lean not unto thine own understanding. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not;

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he neither decline from the words of my mouth. shall direct thy paths.

6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee 7 ff Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the love her, and she shall keep thee. Lord, and depart from evil.

7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get

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Rzkortation to faith and holiness. PROVERBS

Seven things hateful to God wledom: and with all thy getting get under-| 17 Let them be only thine own, and not stranstanding.

gers' with thee. 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall 18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with bring thee to honour,when thou dust embrace her. the wife of thy youth.

9 She shall give to thy head an ornament of 19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and 10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; be thou ravished always with her love. and the years of thy life shall be many.

20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished 11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom have led thee in right paths.

of a stranger ? 12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be strait- 21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of ened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not the LORD, and he pondereth all his goingg. eturable.

22 11 His own iniquities shall take the wicked 13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: himself, and he shall be holden with the cords keep her; for she is thy life.

of his sins. 14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and 23 He shall die without instruction; and in the go not in the way of evil men.

greatness of his folly he shall go astray. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and

CHAP. VI. pass 16 For they sleep not, except tiey have done Mehsohast stricken thy hand with a stranger,

Against suretiship, idleness, &c. niischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fali.

2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and thou art taken with the words of thy inouth. drink the wine of violence.

3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thysell, 18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. go, humble tlıyself, and make sure thy friend.

19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they 4. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slunıber to know not at what they stumble.

thine eyelids. 20 1 My son, attend to my words; incline thine 5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the ear unto n.y sayings.

hunter, and as a bird from the haud of the fowler. 21 Let them not depart from thinc eyes; keep 6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her them in the midst of thy heart.

ways, and be wise : 2 For they are life unto those that find them,; ? Which having no guide, overscek, or ruler, and health to all their flesh.

8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gather23 | Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out eth her food in the harvest. of it are the issues of life.

9 How long wilt thou sleep. O sluggard ? when 24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? perverse lips put far from thee.

10 Yct a little sleep, a little slumber, a little 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine folding of the hands to sleep: oye-lids look straight before thee.

11 So shall thy poverty come as one that tra 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy velleth, and thy want as an armed man. ways be established.

12 1 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: re- with a froward mouth. move thy foot from evil.

13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with CHAP. V.

his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; The folly, &-c. of sensuality.

14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth misMson, attendunto my wisdom, and bow chief continually; he sovyeth discord.

15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; 2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that suddenly shall he be broken without remedy. ihy lips may keep knowledge.

16 ! These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, sl for the lips of a strange woman drop as a seven are an abomination unto him: honey-comb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that

4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as shed innocent blood, a two-edged sword.

18 A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take feet that be swift in running to mischier, hold on hell.

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and him 0 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her that soweth discord among brethren. ways are moveable, that thou canst not know 20 T My son, keep thy father's commandment, them.

and forsake not the law of thy mother: 7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and 21 Bind them continually upon thy heart, and depart not froin the words of my mouth. tie them about thy neck.

8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not 22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when nigh the door of her house :

thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou 9 Lest thou give thine honour into others, and awakest, it shall talk with thee. thy years unto the cruel:

23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the 10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the thy labours be in the house of a stranger;

way of life: 11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh 24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the and thy body are consumed,

flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. 12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and 25 Lust not after her beauty in thy heart; heimy heart despised reproof;

ther let her take thee with her eyelids. 13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, 26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress

14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the will hunt for the precious life. congregation and assembly.

27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his 15 11 Ürink waters out of thine own cistern, and clothes not be burned ? running waters out of thine own well.

28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not 16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and be burned ? rivers of waters in the strects.

29 So lie that goetb in to his neighbour's wife; Solomon persuadeth to wisdom. CHAP VII, VIII, IX The eternity, 4.c. of wisdom. whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. 2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the

30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to way in the places of the paths. satisfy his soul wher, he is hungry;

3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, 31 But if he be found, he shall restore seven- at the coming in at the doors : fold; he shall give all the substance of his house. 4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to

32 But whoso committeth adultery with a wo-the sons of man. man, lacketh understanding: he that doeth it, . 50 ye simple, understand wisdom: and ye fools, destroyeth his own soul.

be ye of au understanding heart. 33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and 6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; his reproach shall not be wiped away.

and the opening of my lips shall be right things. 34 For jealousy is the rage of a man : therefore 7 For my mouth shall speak truth: and wickhe will not spare in the day of vengeance. edness is an abomination to my lips.

35 lic will not regard any ransom ; neither will 8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; dne rest content, though thou givest many gifts. there is nothing froward or perverse in them. CHAP. VII.

9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, Of the wiles of a harlot.

and right to them that find knowledge. MYS

son, keep my words, and lay up my com- 10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and mandments with thee.

knowledge rather than choice gold. 2 Keep my commandinents, and live; and my 11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all law as the apple of thine eye.

the things that may be desired are not to be com3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon pared to it. the table of thy heart.

12 I Wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out 4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister, and knowledge of witty inventions. call understanding thy kinswomau:

13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, 5 That they may keep thee from the strange and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the fro woman, from the stranger which flattcreth with ward mouth, do I hate. her words.

14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am 6 9 For at the win:low of my house I looked understanding; I have strength. through my casement,

15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. 7. And beheld among the simple ones, I discern-16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all thie ed among the youths, a young man void of un-judges of the earth. derstanding,

17 I love them that love me: and those thai' 8 Passing through the street near her corner; seek ine early shall find me. and he went the way to her house,

18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, dura9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black ble riches and righteousness. and dark night:

19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine 10 And behold, there met him a woman with gold; and my revenue than choice silver. the attire of a harlot, and subtile of heart. 20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the

11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide midst of the paths of judgment: not in her house:

21 That I may cause those that love me to in12. Now is she without, now in the streets, and herit substance; and I will fill their treasures. lieth in wait at every corner.)

22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of 13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and his way, before his works of old. with an impudent face said unto him,

23 I was set up from everlasting, from the be14 I have peace-offerings with me; this day ginning, or ever the earth was. llave I paid my vows.

24 When there were no depths, I was brought 15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligent-forth; when there were no fountains aboundly to seek thy face, and I have found thee. ing with water. 16 I have ked my be

with co ngs of ta- 25 fore the mountains were settled, before pestry, with carved works, with fine linen of the hills was I brought forth. Egypt.

26 While as yet he had not made the earth, 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dusi aud cinnamon.

of the world. 18 Cone, let us take our fill of love until the 27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: morning : let us solace ourselves with loves. when beset a compass upon the face of the depth :

19 For the good-mau is not at home, he is gone 28 When he established the clouds above: when a long journey :

he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and 29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the will come home at the day appointed.

waters should not pass his commandment; when 1 With her much fair speech she caused bim to he appointed the foundations of the earth: yield, with theflattering of her lips she forced him. 30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with

22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox him : and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the cor- before him; rection of the stocks;

31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; 23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird and my delights were with the sons of men. hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is 32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O) ye chil. for his life.

dren: for blessed are they that keep my ways. 24 T Hearken unto me now therefore, Obye 33 Hearinstruction,and be wise,and refuse it not. children, and attend to the words of my mouth. 34 Blessed is the man that beareth me, watch

25 Let not thy heart decline to her ways, go not ing daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of astray in her paths.

my doors. 20 For she hath cast down many wounded : yea, 35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall many strong men have been slain by her. obtain favour of the LORD.

27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to 36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his the chambers of death.

own soul : all they that hate me love death. CHAP. VIII.

CHAP. IX.
The excellency oj* roisdom.

The discipline, &c. of wisdom. DO! Foot wisdoune cry! and uuderstanding WISDOM. hath builded her house, she hath put forth her voice

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The custom and error of folly.

PROVERBS.

Of deceit and injustice 2 She hath killed her beasts ; she hath iningled 17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruc her wine; she hath also furnished her table. tion: but be that refuseth reproof erreth.

3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth 18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and upon the highest places of the city,

he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for 19 In the multitude of words there wanteth no. him that wanteih understanding, she saith to sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. hiin,

20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: 5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine the heart of ihe wicked is little worth. which I have mingled.

21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but 6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the fools die for want of wisdom. way of understanding.

22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, 7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to him- and he addeth no sorrow with it. self shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man 23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a getteth himself a blot.

man of understanding hath wisdom. 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: re- 24 The fear of the wicked, it shall coine upon buke a wise man, and he will love thee. him: but the desire of the righteous shall be

9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will granted. be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will in-25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked crease in learning.

no more: but the righteous is an everlasting 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of foundation. wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is un- 26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the derstanding.

eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him. Il For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and 27 The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of thy life shall be increased. the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

12 ít thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thy- 28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: self: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it. but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

13 11 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is sim- 29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upple, and knoweth nothing.

right: but destruction shall be to the workers of 14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on iniquity. a seat in the high places of the city,

30 The righteous shall never be removed: but 15 To call passengers whogo right on their ways: the wicked shall not inhabit the carth.

16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and 31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wis es for him that wanteth understanding, she saith dom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out. to him,

32 The lips of the righteous know what is ac17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in ceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh secret is pleasant.

frowardness. 18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there;

CHAP. XI. and that her guests are in the depths of hell. FALSE balance is abomination to the CHAP. X.

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LORD: but a just weight is his delight. From this chapter to the twenty-fifth are sundry 2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but

observations of moral virtues and their con- with the lowly is wisdom. trary vices.

3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: a glad fathera foolish son ness of his mother.

4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but 2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death. righteousness delivereth from death.

5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct 3 'The LORD will not suffer the soul of the his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own righteous to famish: but he casteth away the wickedness. substance of the wicked.

6 The righteousness of the upright shall deli 4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack ver them: but transgressors shall be taken in hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. their own naughtiness. 5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: ? When a wicked man dieth, his expectation but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that shall perish: and the hope of unjust menperisheth. causeth shame.

8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and 6 Blessings are upon the heart of the just: but the wicked cometh in his stcad. violence covereth the inouth of the wicked. 9 A hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his

7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just name of the wicked shall rot.

be delivered. 8 The wise in heart will receive command-10 When it goeth well with the righteous thic ments: but a prating fool shall fall.

city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, 9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely : there is shouting. but he chat perverteth his ways shall be known. 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is ex.

10 fe that winketh with the eye causeth sor- alted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the row: but a prating fool shall fall.

wicked. 11 The mouth of a righteous man is well of 12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his life: but violence covereth the mouth of the neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth wicked. 12 Hatred stirreth up strifes : but love covereth 13 A tale-bearer revealeth secrets: but he that all sins.

is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. 13 In the lips of him that hath understanding 14 Where no counsel is, the people fa'l: but in wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of the multitude of counsellors there is safety himn that is void of understanding.

15 He that is surety for a stranger shall sinart 14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth for it : and he that hateth suretiship is sure. of the foolish is near destruction.

16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and 15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: 'strong men retain riches. the destruction of the poor is their poverty. 17 The merciful man doeth good to his own

16 The labour of the righteous tcndeth to life : soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. ile fruit of the wicked to sin.

18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but

The proverbs of Solomon is wise

son maketh but the perverseness of transgressors shall de

his peace.

of sundry moral virtues

CHAF. XII, XIII.

and their contrary trees to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure. 19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever reward.

but a lying tongue is but for a moment. 19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he thai; 20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death. evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

20 They that are of a froward heart are abo-1.2 There shall no evil happen to the just: but mination to the LORD: but such as are upright the wicked shall be filled with mischief. in their way are his delight.

22 Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but 21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall they that deal truly are his delight. not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous 23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge best shall be delivered.

the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. » As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is 24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: bu. a fair woman which is without discretion. the slothful shall be under tribute.

23 The desire of the righteous is only good: 25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it but the expectation of the wicked is wrath. stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. 24

that scattereth, and yet ind reaseth ; 26 The righteous is more excellent than his and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth but it tendeth to poverty.

them. 25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and hel 27 The slothful man roasteth not that which that watereth shall be watered also himself. he took in hunting: but the substance of a dili

26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall gent man is precious. curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head 28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in of him that selleth it.

the pathway thereof there is no death. 27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth

- CHAP. XIII. favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall A WISE som de areike his father's instruction ;

28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but 2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: the righteous shall flourish as a branch. but the soul of the transgressors shall eat vio

29 He that troubleth his own house shall inhe- lence. rit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the 3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: wise of heart.

but he that openeth wide his lips shall have de30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life ; struction. and he that winnsth souls is wise.

4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and holi 31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be in the earth: much more the wicked and the made fat. sinner.

5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked CHAP. XII.

man is loathsome, and cometh to shame. W VHOSO loveth instruction loveth knowledge: .6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright

but he that hateth reproof is brutish. in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the 2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: sinner. but a inan of wicked devices will he condemn. 7 There is that maketh bimself rich, yet hath

3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. hath great riches.

4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her hus- 8 The ransom of a man's life are his riches : band: but she that maketh ashamed is as rotten- but the poor heareth not rebuke. ness in his bones.

9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the 5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but lamp of the wicked shall be put out. the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

10 Only by pride cometh contention : but with 6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait the well-advised is wisdom. for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall 11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminishdeliver them.

ed: but he that gathereth by labour shall in 7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but crease. the house of the righteous shall stand.

12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but 8 A man shall be commended according to his when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall 13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroy. be despised.

ed: but he that feareth the commandment shall 9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, i; be rewarded. better than he that honoureth himself, and lack- 14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, so eth bread.

depart from the snares of death. 10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his 15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are way of transgressors is hard. cruel.

16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: Jl He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied but a fool layeth open his folly. with bread: but he that followeth vain persons 17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief. is void of understanding.

but a faithful ambassador is health. 19 The wicked desireth the net of evil men : 18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that re. but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

fuseth instruction : but he that regardeth reproof 13 The wicked is snared by the transgression shall be honoured. of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. 19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: 14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the but it is abomination to fools to depart from cvih fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a 20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise' man's hands shall be rendered unto him. but a companion of fools shall be destroyed

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: 21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous, but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. good shall be repaid.

16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a 22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his prudent man covereth shame.

children's children: and the wealth of the sin17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth right- ner is laid up for the just. eousness: but a false witness deceit.

23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but 18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of there is that is destroyed for want of judgment a sword: but the tongie of ihc wise is health. 24 He that spareth his rod lateth his son: bat

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