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Come up hither, than that thou shouldest bel 5 Answer a fool according tv his folly, lest put lower in the presence of the prince whom he be wise in his own conceit. chine eyes have seen.

6 He that sendeth a nessage by the hand 8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou of a fool cutieth off the sect, and drinkedIn know not wbat to do in the end thereof, wlien damage. thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. 7 The legs of the lame are not equal ; sa

Debate thy cause with thy neighboar him-lis a parable in the mouth of fools. self, and discover noi a secrel to another ; 3 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling ; so

10 Lest lie that heareth it put thee lo shame, is lie that giveth honour to a fool. and thine infamy turn not away.

9 As a thorn goetha up ir to the hand of 11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold a drunkard; so is a parable o die mouth of in pictures of silver.

fools. 12 As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament 10 The great God, that forined all things, of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an both rewardeth the fool, and rewardes obedient ear.

transgressors. 13 As the cold of snow in the time of har 11 As a dog returneth to his vomil; so a vest, so is a faithful messenger to them iliat fool returneth io biis folly. send him ; for be refresheth the soul of his 12 Seest thou a man wise in his own con

ceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him 1} Whoso boasteth bimsell of a false gist is 13 The slothful man saitli, There is a lios like clouds and wind without rain.

in the way; a lion is in the streets. 15 By long forbearing is a prince per 11 As the door turneth upon his hinges suaded, and a soli tongue breakeih the bone. so doth the slothful upon his bed.

16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as 15 The slobful bideth liis hand in his bo is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled there. som ; il grieveth him to bring it again to his with, and yomit it.

mouth. 17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's 16 The sluggard is wiser in liis own con bease ; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate ceit than seven men that can render a reason

17 He that passeth by, and meddleul: with 18 A man that beareth salse witness against strife belonging not to him, is like one tha nis neighbour is a maui, and a sword, and a taketh a dog by the ears. sharp arrow.

18 As a mad man, who casteth firebrands 19 Convidence in an unfaithful man in time arrows, and death, of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a fool 19 So is the man thui deceiveth his neigh out of joint.

bour, and saitli, Ain not l in sport? 20.48 he that taketaway a garment in cold Where no woud is, there the fire goe!! weather, und as vinegar upon niire ; so is below so where there is no talebearer, tis that singethi songs to an heavy licart. ste ceaselk.

21 [ thine enemy be hungry, give him 21 As coals are to burning coals and wood ta bread to cat; and if he be wirsty, give him fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strile. water to drink :

22 The words of a talebearer are as 22. For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon wounds, and they go down into the inner. his lead, and the LORD shall reward thee. most parts of the belly.

23 Tlie noul wind driveth away rain ; so 23 Burning lips, and a wicked heart, an doth an angry countenance a backbiting like a potsherd covered with silver dross. tongue.

24 İle that hateth dissembleth with his 24. Il is bellar to dwell in a corner of the lips, and layeti up deceit within liim: house-lop, than with a brawling woman, and 25 Whilie speaketh fair, believe liiin not; in a wide house.

for there are seven abominations in his heart. 25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is 26 Ithose hatred is covered by deceit, hvis gou news from a far country.

wickedness shall be shewed before the whole 26 A rigliteous man falling down before congregation. the wicked' is as a troubled fountain, and a 27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and corrupt spring

he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon bin. 27 ll is not good to eat much honey; so for 28 A lying longue hateth those that art men to search t:eir own glory is noi glory. afflicted by it; and a flattering inouth work

28 He that hath no rule over his own spi. eth ruin. rit is like a city that is broken down, and

CHIAP. XXVII. without walls. CHAP. XXVI.

knowest notiv hata day may bring forth. Associo summer and as rain

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2 Let another man praise thee, and noi vest; so honour is not seemly for a fool.thine own inoull; a stranger, and not thine 2 As the bird hy wandering, as the swallow cwn lips. by flying; so the cur:ecauseless shall notcome. 3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weiglity;

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both. and a rod for the fool's back.

4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous ; 4 Answer not a fool according to his fully, but who is able to stand before envy? lest thou also be like unto buin

5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

6 H'aithful are the wounds of a friend: but wicked: but such as keep the law contend the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

with them. 7 The full soul loatheth an honey-comb : 5 Evil men understand not judginent: but but to the bungry soul every bitter thing is they that seek the LORD understand all things. sweet.

6 Better is the poor that walketh in his upS As a bird that wandereth fron: lier nest; rightness, than he that is perverse in his so is a man that wanderetli from its place. ways, thouglı he be rich.

9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; 7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: 30 doth the sweetness of a man's friend by but he that is a companion of riotous mon hearty counsel.

shameth his failer. 10 Thine own friend, and thy father's 8 He that by usury and unjust gain infriend, forsake not;, neither go into thiy bro-creasetli his substance, he shal gather it for tier's house in the day of thy calamity: for him that will pity the poor. better is a neighbour chat is near, than a bro 9 He that turneth away liis ear from hearther lar ofl.

ing the law, even his prayer shall be abom11 My son, be wise, and make my bearl ination. glad, thit I may answer lim that reproach 10 Whioso causeth the righteous to go etli me.

astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself 12 A prudent mun foreseeth the evil, and into liis own pil: but the uprighit shall have hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and good things in possession. are punished.

|| The ricli man is wise in his own con13 Take liis garment that is surely for ceit: but the poor that hath understanding e stranger, and take a pledge of him for a searcheth him out. itrange woman.

12 When righteous men do rejoice, there 14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be man is hidden. counted a curse lo him.

13 He that covereth leis sins shall not 15 A continual dropping in a very rainy prosper : but wlioso confesseth and sorsaketh lay and a contentious woman are alike.

them shall have mercy. 16 Whosoever hideth lier bideth the wind, 14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: and the ointment of his right band, which but he that bardeneth his heart shall fall into dewrayeth itself.

inischief. 17 Iron sharpenetli iron; so a man sliarp 15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging hear ; neth the countenance of his friend. so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

19 Whoso keepeth tije fig-tree shall eat 16 The prince that wanteth understanding he fruit thereof'; so he that waitethi on his is also a great oppressor: brut be that haieth naster shall be lionoured.

covetousness shall prolong his days. 19 As in water face unsuereth to sace; so 17 A man that doeth violence io the blood he heart of man lo man.

of any person shall flee to the pil; let no 20 Hell and destruction are never full ; so nan slay him. the eyes of man are never satisfied.

18 Whoso walketh upriglitly shall be 21 As the fining-poe for silver, and th:c saved: but he that is perverse in his ways furnace for gola ; so is a man to nis praise. simall fall at once.

22 Thougli thou shouldest bray a fool in a 19 He that lilieth liis land shall have plen. mortar among wiieat with a pestle, yet williy of bread: but he that followeth after vain not his foolishness depart from him. persons shall have poverty enough.

23 Be throu diligent in know the state of 20 A faithful man shall abound with bless. thy flocks, and look well to thy herds: ings: but he that maketh baste to be rich

4 For riches are not for ever; and doth shall not be innocent. the crown enlure to every generation ? 21. To have respect of persons is not good:

25 The hay appeareth, and the tender for, for a piece of bread that man will iransgrass sliewetli itsell, and herbs of the moun- gress. lains are gatiiered:

22 He that hasteth to be rich halh an evil 26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the eye, and considereth not that poverty shall goals are the price of the field.

come upon him. 27 And thou shuit have goats' milk enough 23 tle that rebukeili a man, afterwarıls for thy food, for the food of thy household, shall find more favour than lie that llalleretta and for the maintenance for thy maidens. with the tongue. CHAP. XXVII.

21 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother,

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the righteous bold as a lion. the companion of a destroyer. 2. For the transgression of a land many 25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up are the princes thereof: bul hy a man of un- surise: but lie that putteth his trust in the derstanding and knowledge the state thereof Loru shall be made fa. shall be prolonged.

26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a 3 A poor man that oppressell the poor is fool: but wlioso walkeh wisely, he shall be like a sweeping rain, which leaveth no food. delivered. 4 They ihai sorsake the law praise the 27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not

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lack, but he that liideth his eyes shall have whoso putterf his trust in the LORD shall be many a curse.

safe. 28 When the wicked rise, men hide them 26 Many seek il.e ruler's favour; but every selves: Lat when they perish, the righteous man's judgment cometh from the LORD. increase.

27 Ån unjust man is an abomination to CHAP. XXIX.

the just, and he that is upriglit in the way is E his weck, shall suddenly be destroy edi,

abomination to the wicked: and that without remedy. 2 When the righteous are in authority, the THE words of Agar the son of Jakeis, ever.

the prophecy : the man spake unto people rejoice: but when the wicked bear- Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and l'eal, eth rule, the people mourn.

2 Surely I am more brutish: than any man, 3 Whoso lovethi wisdom rejoiceth luis sa- and have not the understanding of a man. sher: hut he that keepeth company with 3 1 neither learned wisdom, nor have the harlots spendeth his subsiance.

knowledge of the holy. 4 The king by judgment establisheth the 4 Who liath ascended up into heaven, co land: but he that receiveth gills overthrow- descended? who hath gathered the wind in eth it.

bis fists? who hath bound the waters in a 5 A man that flattereth his neighbour garment? who hath established all the ends spreadeth a liet for his feet.

of the earth? what is bis name, and what is 6 In the transgression of an evil man there his son's name, if thou canst tell? is a snare: but the righteous douh sing and 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a sbield rejoice.

unto them that put their trust in hini, 7 The rigliteous consideretli the cause of the 6 Add thou not upto luis words, lest be repoor: but the wicked regardezh not to know it. prove thee, and thou be found a liar.

8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: 7 Two things have I required of thee; deny bui wise men lurn away wratlı.

me them not before I die : 9 If a wise man coniendeth with a foolish 8 Remove far from ine vanity and lies; man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me

with food convenient for me : 10 The blood-thirsty hate the uprighit: but 9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, the just seek his soul.

Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and stea! Ti A fool ulterethi all liis mind: but a wise and take the name of my God in vuin. man keepeth it in till afterwards.

10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, 12 If a ruler learken to lies, all his ser- lest be curse thee, and thou be found guilty vants are wicked.

11 There is a generation that curseth their 13 The poor and the deceitful man meel father, and doth not bless their mother. together; the Lord lighteneth both their 12 There is a generation that are pure in eyes.

their own eyes, and yet is not waslied from 14 The king that faillifully judgeth the their filthiness. poor, his throue shall be established for ever. 13 There is a generation, 0 how lofty are

15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but their eyes! and their eyelids are listed up. a child left to himself bringeth his mother to 14 There is a generation whose teetli ore slame.

as swords, and their jaw-leetli as knives, 10 16 Wben the wicked are multiplied, trans- devour the poor from off the earth, and the gression increasells: but the righteous shall needy from among men. see their fall.

35. The horse-leech bath two daughters, 17 Correct thy son, and be shall give thee crying, Give, give. There are three things rest; yea, he stall give delight unto thy soul. that are never satisfied, yea, four things say

18 Where there is no vision, the people pe- not, It is enough: rish; but lie that keepeth the law, happy is he. 16 The grave; and the barren womb; the

19 A servant will not be correcied by earth that is not filled with water; and the words ; for though he understand he will not fire thul saith not, It is enough. answer.

17 The eye that mocketh at his father, 20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his and despiselli to obey his mother, the ravens words? there is more hope of a fool than of of the valiey shall pick it out, and the young him.

eagles shall eat it. 21 He that delicately bringeth up his ser 18 There be three things which are too won. vant from a child, shall have him become his derful for me, yea, four which I know not: son at the length.

19 The way of an eagle in the air, the way 22 An angry man stirreth up strise, and a of a serpent upon a rock, the way of a ship furious man aboundeth in transgression. in the midst of the sea, and the way of a man

23 À inan's pride shall bring him low: but with a maid. honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. 20 Such is the way of an adulterous wo

24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth man; she ealeth, and wipeth lier mouth, and his own soul: he heareth cursing, and be saith, I have done no wickedness. wrayeth it not.

21 For three things the earth is disquieted, 25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: bul and for four which it cannot bear.

ne For a servant when he reigneth, and 11 The heart of her husband doth safely

fool when he is filled with meat ; trust in hier, so that lie shall have no need of 23 For an odivus woman when she is married, spoil. and an handmaid that is beir to her mistress. 12 She will do him good, and not evil, all

24 There be four things which are little up the days of her life. on the earth, but they are exceeding wise: 13 She seeketh wool and fax, and work.

%5 The ants are a people not strong, yet eth willingly with her hands. they prepare their meat in the summer; 14 She is like the merchants' ships ; she

26 Tlie conies are but a feeble folk, yet bringeth her food from afar. make they their houses in the rocks ;

15 She risethi also while it is yet night, and 27 The locusts have no king, yet go they givethi meat to her household, and a portion forth all of thern by bands ;

to her maidens. 28 The spider taketh hold with ber lands, 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it, and is in kings' places.

with the fruit of her bands slie planteth a 29 There be three things which go well, vineyard. yea, four are comely in going :

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and 30 A lion, which is strongest among beasts, strengtheneth her arms. and turnetli not away

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any;

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is 31 A grey-lound; an lie-goat also; and a good: her candle goeth not out by night. king, against whom there is no rising up. 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and

32 if thou hast done foolislily in lilting up her hands hold the distaff. tiyself, or if thou hast bougit evil, lay thine 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the hland upon thy mouth.

poor; yea, slie reacheth forth her hands to 33 Surely ihe churning of milk bringeil the needy. forth butter, and the wringing of the nose 2 Slie is not afraid of de snow for her hringathi forth blood; so the forcing of wrathi household: for all her bousehold are clethed bringeth fortlı surile.

will: scarlet. CHAP. XXXI.

22 She make!li berself coverings of tapesTHE that his inotlier tauglit liim.

23 Her husband is known in the gales, 2 What, my son ? and what, the son of my when he sitteth among the elders of the land, woinb? and what, the son of my vows? 4 Slie maketh fine linen, and selleih it ;

3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor and deliveretli girdles unto the merchant. hy ways to that which destroyeil kings. 25 Strength and honour are her clothing;

4 It is not for kings, 0 Lemuel, ii is not and she shall rejoice in time 10 come, for kings to drink wine, nor for princes 26 She openieth ber mouth with wisdom,

and in her tongue is the law o kindness. 5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and 27 She looketh well to the ways of her pervert the judgment of any of the amicted. household, and eateth not dhe bread of idle

6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready ness. lo perish, and wine unto those that be of 23 Her children arise up, and call her bless. beavy hearts.

ed; lier liusband ulso, and be praiseth her. 7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, 29 Many daugliters have done virtucusly And remember his misery no more.

but thou excellest them all. 8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain of all such as are appointed to destruction. but a woman that feareth the LORD, she

9 Open thy moutli, judge righteously, and shall be praised. piead the cause of the poor and needy. 31 Give lier of the fruit of her lands; and

10 & Who can find a virtuous woman? for! let her own works praise her in the gates. her price is far above rubics.

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( ECCLESIASTES; or, The PREACHER.
CHAP. I.

| about continually; and the wind returneth Things to the readem: the son orj David, king of Jerusalem.

7 All the rivers run into the sea ; yet the 2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, sea is no: full: unto the place from whence vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

the rivers come, thither they return again. 3 ' bat profit bath a man of all his labour 8 All things are full of labour; man cannot which he laketh under the sun ?

utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, 4 1 One generation passeih away, and nor the ear filled with hearing. another generation cometh: but the earth 9 ! The thing that hath been, it is that abideth for ever.

which shall be; and that which is done, is 5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth that which shall be done: and there is no new down, and lasteth to liis place where he thing under the sun.

10 Is there any thing whereof it may be 6 The wind goeth toward the south, and said, See, this is new? it bath been already furneth about into the north: it whirletli of old time, which was before us.

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11 There is no remembrance of foriner vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was Things ; neither shall there be any remem-no profit under the snu. brance of things that are to come with those 12 ! And I turned myself to behold wis. diat shall come alter.

doin, and madness, and folly : for what can 12 I the Preacher was king over Israel the man do that cometh after the king? ecen in Jerusalem :

that which hath been already done. 13 And I gave my heart to seek and search 13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, out by wisdom concerning all things that as far as light excelleth darkness. are done under heaven: this sore travail 14 The wise man's eyes are in his head; hath God given to the sons of man, to be but the fool walketh in darkness : and I my exercised therewith.

self perceived also that one event happeneth 14 I have seen all the works that are done to them all. under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and 15 Then said I in my heart, As it happesrexation of spirit.

eth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me 15 That which is crooked cannot be made and why was I then more wise? Then I said straight; and that which is wanting cannot in ny beart, that this also is vanity. be numbered.

16 For there is no remembrance of the wise 16 I com.nuned with mine own heart, say- more than of the fool for ever; seeing that ing, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have wlich now is, in the days to come stall all gotten more wisdom than all they that have be forgotten · and how dieth the wise man! been before me in Jerusalem; yeá, my heart as the tool. had great experience of wisdom and know 17 Therefore I hated life; because the ledge.

work that is wrought under the sun is grier17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, ous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation and to know madness and folly: 1 perceived of spirit. that this also is vexation of spirit.

181 Yea, I hated all my labour which i had 18 For in mucli wisdom is much grief ; taken under the sun; because I should leave and be that increaseth knowledge increaseth it unto the man that shall be after ine.

19 And who knoweth whether he shall he CHAP. II.

a wise mun or a fool ? yet shall be have rule I a

prove thee with mirtlı; therefore enjoy and wherein I have shewed myself wise ull. pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity der the sun. This is also vanity.

2 1 said of laugh!er, It is mad: and or 20 Therefore I went about to cause my mirth, What doeth it?

heart to despair of all the labour wbich 1 3) sought in mine heart to give myself un- took under the sun. o wine, (yel acquainting mine heart with 21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdon.) and to lay hold on folly, lill I might wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equily; see what was the good for the sons of men vet to a man that hath not laboured therein which they should do under the heaven all shall be leave it for luis portion. This also is the days of their life.

vanity, and a great evil. 4 I made me great works; I builded me 22 For what hath man of all his labour, houses; I planted me vineyards ;

and of the vexation of bis heart, wherein he 51 made me gardens and orchards, and I hath laboured under the sun ? planted trees in them of all kind of fruits ; 3 For all his days are sorrows, and his

6 I made me pools of water; to water travail grief ; yea, lis heart taketh not rest in therewith the wood that bringeth forth the niglit. This is also vanity. trees;

24 # There is nothing better for a man, 7 l got me servants and maidens, and had thun that he should eat and drink, and that servants born in my house ; also I had great he should make his soul enjoy good in luis possessions of great and small caule above all labour. This also i saw, that it wus from inat were in Jerusalem before me ;

the band of God. 8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and 25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten the peculiar treasure of kings and of the nereunto, more than I. provinces ; ! gat me meu-singers and women 265 For God giveth io á inan that is good in singers, and the delights of the sons of men, his siglot wisdom, and knowledge, and joy. as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. but to the sinner lie giveth travail, to gather,

9 So I was great, and increased more than and to heap up, that he may give to him that all that were before me in Jerusalem : also is good before God. This also iş vanity and iny wisdom remained with me.

vexation of spirit 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept

CHAP, III. not from thein; 1 withheld not my heart

a from any joy : for my heart rejoiced in all to every purpose under the lieaven: my labour ; and this was my portion of all 2 A time to be born, and a time to die : a my labour.

time to plant, and a time to pluck up

that '11 Then I looked on all the works that my which is planted : hands had wrought, and on the labour that 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal: a time

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