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Sundry moral virtues, PROVERBS, and their contrary vices judgment : but destruction shall be way of the froward: he that doth to the

workers of iniquity. keep his soul shall be far from 16 The man that wandereth out them. of the way of understanding shall 6 Train up a child in the way he remain in the congregation of the should go : and when he is old, he dead.

will not depart from it. 17 He that loveth pleasure shall 7 The rich ruleth over the poor, be a poor

man: he that loveth wine and the borrower is servant to the and oil shall not be rich.

lender. 18 The wicked shall be a ransom 8 He that soweth iniquity shall for the righteous, and the transgres- reap vanity; and the rod of his ansor for the upright.

ger shall fail. 19 It is better to dwell in the 9 He that hath a bountiful eye wilderness, than with a conten- shall be blessed; for be giveth of tious and an angry woman.

his bread to the poor. 20 There is treasure to be desi- 10 Cast out the scorner, and con red, and oil in the dwelling of the tention shall go out; yea, strife and wise;

but a foolish man spendeth reproach shall cease. # He that followeth after righto- heart, for the grace of his lips the ousness and mercy, findeth life, king shall be his friend. righteousness, and honour.

12 The eyes of the LORD pre 22 A wise man scaleth the city of serve knowledge, and he over the mighty, and casteth down the throweth the words of the trans strength of the confidence there- gressor. of.

13 The slothful man saith, There 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth is a lion without, I shall be slain in and his tongue, keepeth his soul the streets. from troubles.

14 The

mouth of strange women 24 Proud and haughty scorner is is a deep

pit: he that is abhorred of his name, who dealeth in proud the LORD shall fall therein. wrath.

15 Foolishness is bound in the 25 The desire of the slothful kill- heart of a child, but the rod of eth him; for his hands refuse to correction shall drive it far from labour.

him. 26 He coveteth greedily all the 16 He that oppresseth the poor day long: but the righteous giveth to increase his riches, and he that and spareth not.

giveth to the rich, shall surely come 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is to want. abomination : how much more, 17 Bow down thine ear,

and when he bringeth it with a wicked hear the words of the wise, and mind ?

apply thy heart unto my know28 A false witness shall perish: ledge. but the man that heareth, speaketh 18 For it is a pleasant thing it constantly.

thou keep them within thee; they 29 A wicked man hardeneth his shall withal be fitted in thy lips. face: but as for the upright, he di- 19 That thy trust may be in the recteth his way.

LORD, I have made known to thee 30 There is no wisdom nor un- this day, even to thee. derstanding nor counsel against the 20 Have not I written to thee exLORD.

cellent things in counsels and know31 The horse is prepared against ledge, the day of battlo: but safety is of 21 That I might make

thee know the LORD.

the certainty of the words of truth; CHAP. XXII.

that thou mightest answer the A

GOOD name is rather to be words of truth to them that send

chosen than great riches, and unto thee? loving favour rather than silver and 22 Rob not the poor, because he gold.

is poor: neither oppress the afflict2 The rich and poor meet to-ed

in the gate : gether : the LORD is the maker of 23 For the LORD will plead their them all.

cause, and spoil the soul of those 3 A prudent man foreseeth the that spoiled them. evil, and hideth himself: but the 24 Make no friendship with an simple pass on, and are punished. angry, man; and with a furious

4 By humility and the fear of the man thou shalt not go:. LORD are riches, and honour, and 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the

get a snare to thy soul.

26 Be not thou one of them that

mean men.

Uncertainty of riches. CHAP. XXIV. Of drunkenness, &c strike hands, or of them that are 20 Be not among wine-bibbers sureties for debts.

among riotous eaters of flesh: 27 If thou hast nothing to pay, 21 For the drunkard and the why should he take away thy bed glutton shall come to poverty : and from under thee?

drowsiness shall clothe a man with 28 Remove not the ancient land- rags. mark, which thy fathers have Hearken unto thy father that set.

begat thee, and despise not thy 29 Seest thou a man diligent in mother when she is old. his business? he shall stand before 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; kings; he shall not stand before also wisdom, and instruction, and

understanding. CHAP. XXIII.

24 The father of the righteous WHE THEŅ thou sittest to eat with a shall greatly rejoice:, and he that

ruler, consider diligently begetteth a wise child shall have what is before thee:

joy of him. 2 And put a knife to thy throat, 25 Thy father and thy mother if thou be a mạn given to appetite. shall be glad, and she that bare

3 Be not desirous of his dainties: thee shall rejoice. for they are deceitful meat.

26 My son, give me thy heart, 4 Labour not to be rich: cease and let thine eyes observe my from thine own wisdom.

ways. 5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon 27 For a whore is a deep ditch; that which is not ? for riches cer- and a strange woman is a narrow tainly make themselves wings; pit. they fly away as an eagle toward 28 She also lieth in wait as for a heaven.

prey, and increaseth the transgres6 Eat thou not the bread of him sors among men. that hath an evil eye, neither desire 29 Who hath wo? who hath thou his dainty meats:

sorrow? who hath contentions ? 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, who hath babbling? who hath B0 is he: Eat and drink, saith he wounds without cause? who hath to thee; but his heart is not with redness of eyes? thee.

30 They that tarry long at the 8 The morsel which thou hast wine; they that go to seek mixed eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose wine. thy sweet words.

31 Look not thou upon the wine 9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: when it is red, when it giveth his for he will despise the wisdom of colour in the cup, when it moveth thy words.

itself aright. 10 Remove not the old landmark ; 32 At the last it biteth like a serand enter not into the fields of the pent, and stingeth like an adfatherless :

der. 11 For their Redeemer is mighty; 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange he shall plead their cause with women, and thy heart shall utter thee.

perverse things. 12 Apply thy heart unto instruc- 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that tion, and thine ears to the words of lieth down in the midst of the sea, knowledge.

or as he that lieth upon the top of a 13 Withhold not correction from mast. the child : for if thou beatest him 35 They have stricken me, shalt with the rod, he shall not die. thou say, and I was pot sick; they

14 Thou shalt beat him with the have beaten me, and I felt it not: rod, and shalt deliver his soul from when shall I awake? I will seek hell.

it yet again. 15 My son, if thy heart be

CHAP. XXIV. wise, my heart shall rejoice, even


E not thou envious against evil mine.

men, neither desire to be with 16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, them: when thy lips speak right things. 2 For their heart studieth de

17 Let not thy heart envy sin-struction, and their lips talk of ners : but be thou in the fear of mischief. the LORD all the day long.

3 Through wisdom is a house 18 For surely there is an end; builded; and by understanding it is and thine expectation shall not be established : cut off.

4 And by knowledge shall the 19 Hear thou, my son, and be chambers be filled with all precious wise, and guide thy heart in the and pleasant riches. way.

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Against envy, revenge,


and slothfulness a man of knowledge increaseth (shall be delight, and a good blessstrength

ing shall come upon them. 6 For by wise counsel thou shalt 26 Ęvery man shall kiss his lips make thy war : and in multitude of that giveth a right answer. counsellors there is safety.

27 Prepare thy, work without, 7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: and make it fit for thyself in the he openeth not his mouth in the field; and afterwards build thy gate.

house. 8 He that deviseth to do evil 28 Be not a witness against thy shall be called a mischievous per- neighbour without cause; and de

ceive not with thy lips. 9 The thought of foolishness is 29 Say not, I will do so to him sin: and the scorner is an abomi- he hath done to me: I will rennation to men.

der to the man according to his 10 If thou faint in the day of ad-work, versity, thy strength is small. 30 I went by the field of the sloth

11 If thou forbear to deliver them ful, and by the vineyard of the that are drawn unto death, and man void of understanding; those that

ready to be

31 And lo, it was all grown over slain;

with thorns, and nettles had co12 If thou sayest, Behold, we vered the face thereof, and the knew it not; doth not he that pon- stone wall thereof was broken dereth the heart consider it? and down. he that keepeth thy soul, doth not 32 Then I saw, and considered it he know it? and shall not he ren- well : I looked upon it, and reder to every man according to his ceived instruction. works?

33 Yet a little sleep, a little slum13 My son, eat thou honey, be-ber, a little folding of the hands to cause it is good; and the honey-sleep: comb, which is sweet to thy 34 So shall thy poverty come as taste :

one that travelleth; and thy want 14 So shall the knowledge of as an armed man. wisdom be unto thy soul : when

CHAP. XXV. thou hast found it, then there shall Observations about Kings, &c. shall not be cut off.

lomon, which the men He15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, zekiah king of Judah copied against the dwelling of the righteout. ous; spoil not his resting place : 2 It is the glory of God to conceal

16 For a just man falleth seven a thing : but the honour of kings is times, and riseth up again: but the to search out a matter. wicked shall fall into mischief. 3 The heaven for height, and the

17 Rejoice not when thine enemy earth for depth, and the heart of falleth, and let not thy heart be kings is unsearchable. glad when he stumbleth:

4 Take away the dross from the 18 Lest the LORD seo it, and it silver, and there shall come forth a displease him, and he turn away vessel for the finer. his wrath from him.

5 Take away the wicked from 19 Fret not thyself because of before the king, and his throne evil men, neither be thou envious at shall be established in righteousthe wicked;

ness. 20 For there shall be no reward 6 Put not forth thyself in the preto the evil man; the candle of the sence of the king, and stp ad not in wicked shall be put out.

the place of great men: 2 My son, fear thou the LORD 7 For better it is that it be said and the king and meddle not unto thee, Come up hither; than with them that are given to that thou shouldest be put lower in change :

the presence of the prince whom 22 For their calamity shall rise thine eyes have seen. suddenly; and who knoweth the 8 Go not forth hastily to strive, ruin of them both ?

lest thou know not what to do in 23 These things also belong to the end thereof, when thy neighthe wise. It is not good to have bour hath put thee to shame. respect of persons in judgment. 9 Debate thy cause with thy

A He that sạith unto the wicks neighbour himself; and discover ed, Thou art righteous; him shall not a secret to another: the people curse, nations shall ab- 10 Lest he that heareth it put theo hor him: 25 But to them that rebuke him not away.

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Sundry maxims and CHAP. XXVI. observations of Solomon 11 A word fit!y spoken

is like ap: 1 the swallow by flying, so the curso ples of gold in pictures of sil-causeless shall not come.

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle 12 As an ear-ring of gold, and for the ass, and a rod for the fool's an ornament of fine gold, 80 is back. wise reprover upon an obedient 4 Answer not a fool according to

his folly, lest thou also be like unto 13 As the cold of snow in the him. time of harest, so is a faithful 5 Answer a fool according to his messenger to them that send him : folly, lest he be wise in his own for he refresheth the soul of his conceit. masters.

6 He that sendeth a message by 14 Whoso boasteth himself of a the hand of a fool cutteth off the false gift is like clouds and wind feet, and drinketh damage. without rain.

7 The legs of the lame are not 15 By long forbearing is a prince equal: so is a parable in the mouth persuaded, and a soft tongue break- of fools. eth the bone.

8 As he that bindeth a stone in a 16 Hast thou found honey? eat sling, so is he that giveth honour to so much as is sufficient for thee, a fool. lest thou be filled therewith, and 9 As a thorn goeth up into the vornit it.

hand of a drunkard, so is a para17 Withdraw thy foot from thy ble in the mouth of fools. neighbour's house ; lest he be wea- 10 The great God that formed ry of thee, and so hate thee. all things both rewardeth the fool,

18 A man that beareth false wit- and rewardeth transgressors. ness against his neighbour is a 11 As a dog, returneth to his maul, and a sword, and a sharp vomit, so a fool returneth to his arrow

19 Confidence in an unfaithful 12 Seest thou a man wise in his man in time of trouble is like a own conceit? there is more hope of broken tooth, and a foot out of a fool than of him. joint.

13 The slothful man saith, There 20 As he that taketh away a gar- | is a lion in the way; a lion is in ment in cold weather, and as vine- the streets. gar upon nitre: so is he that singeth 14 As the door turneth upon his songs to a heavy heart.

hinges, so doth the slothful upon 21 If thane enemy be hungry, his bed. give him bread to eat; and if he 15 The slothful hideth his hand be thirsty, give him water to in his bosom ; grieveth him to drink :

bring it again to his mouth. 22 For thou shalt heap coals of 16 The sluggard is wiser in his fire upon his head, and the LORD own conceit than seven men that shall reward thee.

can render a reason. 23 The

north wind driveth away 17 He that passeth by, and medrain: so doth an angry countenance dleth with strife belonging not to a backbiting tongue.

him, is like one that taketh a dog 24 It is better to dwell in a cor- by the ears. ner of the house-top, than with a 18 As a mad man who casteth brawling woman and in a wide fire-brands, arrows, and death, house.

19 So is the man that deceiveth 25 As cold waters to a thirsty his neighbour, and saith, Am not I soul, so is good news from a far in sport? country.

20 Where no wood is, there the 26 A righteous man falling down fire goeth out: so where there is no before the wicked is as a troubled tale-bearer, the strife ceaseth. fountain, and a corrupt spring. 21 As coals are to burning coals,

27 It is not good to eat much and wood to fire; so is a contenhoney: so for men to search their tious man to kindle strife. own glory is not glory.

22 The words of a tale-bearer 28 He that hath no rule over his are as wounds, and they go down own spirit is like a city that is bro- into the innermost parts of the ken down, and without walls. belly. CHAP. XXVI.

23 Burning lips and a wicked Observations about Fools,&c. heart are like a potsherd covered A with silvezh drossa

in harvest; so honour is not 24 He that hateth, dissembleth seemly for a fool.

with his lips, and layeth up deceit 2 As the bird by wandering, as within him ;


Sundry maxims and PROVERBS, observations of Solomon.

25 When he speaketh fair, be- 18 Whoso keepeth the fig-tree lieve him not: for there are seven shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that abominations in his heart.

waiteth on his master shall be ho26 Whose hatred is covered by noured. deceit, his wickedness shall be 19 As in water face answereth to shewed before the whole congre- face, so the heart of man to man. gation.

20 Hell and destruction are never 27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall full; so the eyes of man are never therein: and he that rolleth a stone, satisfied. it will return upon him.

21 As the fining-pot for silver, 28 A lying tongue hateth those and the furnace for gold; 80 is a that are afflicted by it; and a flat- man to his praise. tering mouth worketh ruin.

22 Though thou shouldest bray CHAP. XXVII.

a fool in a mortar among wheat Uncertainty of the Morrow, &c. with a pestle, yet will not his fool. BO POAST not

thyself of to-mor- ishness depart from him. row; for thou knowest not 23 Be thou diligent to know the what a day may bring forth. state of thy flocks, and look well to

? Let another man praise thee, thy herds: and not thine own mouth; a stran:

24 For riches are not for ever: ger, and not thine own lips. and doth the crown endure to every 3 A stone is heavy, and the sand generation

? weighty; but a fool's wrath is hea- 25 The hay appeareth, and the vier than them both.

tender grags sheweth itself, and 4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is herbs of the mountains are gaoutrageous; but who is able to thered. stand before envy?

26 The lambs are for thy clothing, 5 Open rebuke is better than se- and the goats are the price of the cret love.

field. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a 21 And thou shalt have goats' friend; but the kisses of an enemy milk enough for thy food, for the are the full soul loatheth a honey- maintenance for thy maidens. comb; but to the hungry soul every

CHAP. XXVIII. bitter thing is sweet.

Of Impiety and Integrity. 8 As a bird that wandereth from THE wicked flee when nomous

righteous eth from his place.

are bold as a lion. 9 Ointment and perfume rejoice 2 For the transgression of a land the heart: so doth the sweetness of many are the princes thereof: but a man's friend by hearty counsel. by a man of understanding and

10 Thine own friend, and thy fa- knowledge the state thereof shall ther's friend, forsake not; neither be prolonged. go into thy brother's house in the 3 A poor man that oppresseth the day of thy calamity: for better is poor is like a sweeping rain which a neighbour that is near, than a leaveth no food. brother far off.

4 They that forsake the law praise 11 My son, be wise, and make the wicked: but such as keep the my heart glad, that I may answer law contend with them. him that reproacheth me.

5 Evil men understand not judg. 12 A prudent man foreseeth the ment: but they that seek the LORD evil, and hideth himself; but the understand all things. simple pass on, and are punished. 6 Better is the poor that walketh

13 Take his garment that is gurety in his uprightness, than he that is for a stranger,

and take a pledge of perverse in his ways, though he he him for a strange woman.

rich. 14 He that blesseth his friend ? Whoso keepeth the law is a with a loud voice, rising early in wise son: but he that is a comthe morning, it shall be counted a panion of riotous men shameth his curse to him.

father. 15 A continual dropping in a 8 He that by usury and unjust very rainy day and a contentious gain increaseth his substance, be woman .

shall gather it for him that will

the poor. the wind, and the ointment of his right hand which bewrayeth itself. from hearing the law, even his

17 Iron sharpeneth iron; 80 a prayer sliall be abomination, man sharpeneth the countenance of 10 Whoso caugeth the righteous his friend

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