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8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and and his reproach shall not be wiped away. gathereth her food in the harvest.

34. For jealousy is the rage of a man ; 9. How long wilt thou sleep, 0 sluggard? | therefore he will not spare in the day of when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? vengeance.

10. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a | 35. He will not regard any ransom; neilittle folding of the hands to sleep;

ther will he rest content, though thou givest 11. So shall thy poverty come as one that many gifts. travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

CHAP. VII. 12. A naughty person, a wicked man, | Solomon persuadeth to a sincere and kind familiarity with walketh with a froward mouth.

wisdom. 13. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh

| 1. MEY son, keep my words, and lay up with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Il my commandments with thee.

14. Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth 2. Keep my commandments, and live; mischief continually; he soweth discord. and my law as the apple of thine eye.

15. Therefore shall his calamity come 3. Bind them upon thy fingers, write suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken with- || them upon the table of thy heart. out remedy.

4. Say unto Wisdom, Thou art my sis16. These six things doth the LORD hate; ter; and call Understanding thy kinswoman: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 5. That they may keep thee from the

17. A proud look, a lying tongue, and strange woman, from the stranger which hands that shed innocent blood,

flattereth with her words. 18. A heart that deviseth wicked imagi- 6. For at the window of my house I looknations, feet that be swift in running to ed through my casement, mischief,

7. And beheld among the simple ones, I 19. A false witness that speaketh lies, and discerned among the youths, a young man him that soweth discord among brethren. void of understanding,

20. My son, keep thy father's command 8. Passing through the street near her corment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: ner; and he went the way to her house;

21. Bind them continually upon thy heart, 9. In the twilight, in the evening, in the and tie them about thy neck.

black and dark night: 22. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; L 10. And, behold, there met him a woman, when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and with the attire of an harlot, and subtle of when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. heart.

23. For the commandment is a lamp, and 11. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet the law is light; and reproofs of instruction | abide not in her house: are the way of life:

12. Now is she without, now in the streets, 24. To keep thee from the evil woman, and lieth in wait at every corner.) from the flattery of the tongue of a strange 13. So she caught him, and kissed him, woman.

and with an impudent face said unto him, 25. Lust not after her beauty in thy heart; 14. I have peace-offerings with me; this neither let her take thee with her eyelids: day have I paid my vows:

26. For by means of a whorish woman a 15. Therefore came 1 forth to meet thee, man is brought to a piece of bread; and diligently to seek thy face; and I have found the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. | thee.

27. Can a man take fire in his bosom, 16. I have decked my bed with coverings and his clothes not be burnt ?

of tapestry, with carved works, with fine 28. Can one go upon hot coals, and his linen of Egypt. feet not be burnt ?

17. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, 29. So he that goeth in to his neighbour's J aloes, and cinnamon. wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be 18. Come, let us take our fill of love until innocent.

the morning; let us solace ourselves with 30. Men do not despise a thief, if he steal loves : to satisfy his soul when he is hungry:

19. For the good man is not at home, he 31. But if he be found, he shall restore is gone a long journey : seven-fold; he shall give all the substance 20. He hath taken a bag of money with of his house.

him, and will come homeat the day appointed. 32. But whoso committeth adultery with 21. With much fair speech she caused a woman lacketh understanding: he that him to yield, with the flattering of her lips doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

she forced him. 33. A wound and dishonour shall he get, | 22. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the 20. I lead in the way of righteousness, correction of the stocks;

in the midst of the paths of judgment: 23. Till a dart strike through his liver, as 21. That I may cause those that love me a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth to inherit substance; and I will fill their not that it is for his life.

treasures. 24. Hearken unto me now, therefore, O 22. The LORD possessed me in the begin. ye children, and attend to the words of my ning of his way, before his works of old. mouth:

23. I was set up from everlasting, from 25. Let not thy heart decline to her ways, the beginning, or ever the earth was. go not astray in her paths :

24. When there were no depths, I was 26. Forshe hath cast down many wounded; || brought forth; when there were no fountains yea, many strong men have been slain by her. abounding with water.

27. Her house is the way to hell, going || 25. Before the mountains were settled, down to the chambers of death.

before the hills was I brought forth : CHAP. VIJI.

26. While as yet he had not made the Wisdom is to be desired for the blessedness it bringeth. || earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of 1.7 OTH not Wisdom cry? and Under- | the dust of the world. standing put forth her voice?

27. When he prepared the heavens, I was 2. She standeth in the top of high places, || there; when he set a compass upon the face by the way in the places of the paths; l of the depth;

3. She crieth at the gates, at the entry || 28. When he established the clouds above; of the city, at the coming in at the doors; when he strengthened the fountains of the

4. Unto you, O men, I call; and my || deep; voice is to the sons of man.

29. When he gave to the sea his decree, 5. O ye simple, understand wisdom; and, that the waters should not pass his comye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. || mandment; when he appointed the founda

6. Hear; for I will speak of excellent | tions of the earth : things; and the opening of my lips shall be 30. Then I was by him, as one brought right things.

up with him; and I was daily his delight, re7. For my mouth shall speak truth; and joicing always before him ; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. | 31. Rejoicing in the habitable part of his

8. All the words of my mouth are in earth; and my delights were with the sons of righteousness; there is nothing froward or men. perverse in them.

32. Now, therefore, hearken unto me, O 9. They are all plain to him that under- || ye children: for blessed are they that keep standeth, and right to them that find know- my ways. ledge.

33. Hear instruction, and be wise, and re10. Receive my instruction, and not sil- || fuse it not. ver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. | 34. Blessed is the man that heareth me,

11. For wisdom is better than rubies; and watching daily at my gates, waiting at the all the things that may be desired are not to l posts of my doors. be compared to it.

35. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and 12. I Wisdom dwell with Prudence, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. find out knowledge of witty inventions.

36. But he that sinneth against me wrong. 13. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: | eth his own soul: all they that hate me love pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and death. the froward mouth, do I hate.

CHAP. IX. 14. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom:

The discipline and doctrine of wisdom. I am understanding; I have strengths W ISDOM hath builded her house,

15. By me kings reign, and princes decree V she hath hewn out her seven pillars: justice.

2. She hath killed her beasts; she hath 16. By me princes rule, and nobles, even mingled her wine; she hath also furnished all the judges of the earth.

her table: 17. I love them that love me; and those 3. She hath sent forth her maidens: she that seek me early shall find me.

crieth upon the highest places of the city, 18. Riches and honour are with me; yea, 4. Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: durable riches and righteousness.

as for him that wanteth understanding, she 19. My fruit is better than gold, yea, saith to him, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice 5. Come, eat of my bread, and drink of

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6. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go | surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall in the way of understanding.

be known. 7. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to 10. He that winketh with the eye caushimself shame; and he that rebuketh a wick- | eth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall. ed man gelteth himself a blot.

11. The mouth of a righteous man is a 8. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate well of life: but violence covereth the mouth thee : rebuke a wise man, and he will love of the wicked.

12. Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love 9. Give instruction to a wise man, and he covereth all sins. will be yet wiser; teach a just man, and he 13. In the lips of him that hath underwill increase in learning.

standing wisdom is found: but a rod is for 10. The fear of the LORD is the beginning the back of him that is void of understandof wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy | ing. is understanding.

14. Wise men lay up knowledge: but the 11. For by me thy days shall be multi-mouth of the foolish is near destruction. plied, and the years of thy life shall be in 15. The rich man's wealth is his strong creased.

city: the destruction of the poor is their po12. If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise

verty. for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone 16. The labour of the righteous tendeth shalt bear it. .

to life; the fruit of the wicked to sin 13. A foolish woman is clamorous; she 17. He is in the way of life that keepeth is simple, and knoweth nothing.

instruction: but he that refuseth reproof 14. For she sitteth at the door of her erreth. house, on a seat in the high places of the 18. He that hideth hatred with lying city,

lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. 15. To call passengers who go right on 19. In the multitude of words there wanttheir ways;

eth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips 16. Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: is wise. and as for him that wanteth understanding, 20. The tongue of the just is as choice she saith to him,

silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. 17. Stolen waters are sweet, and bread | 21. The lips of the righteous feed many : eaten in secret is pleasant.

but fools die for want of wisdom. 18. But he knoweth not that the dead are 22. The blessing of the Lord, it maketh there; and that her guests are in the depths rich; and he addeth no sorrow with it. of hell.

23. It is as a sport to a fool to do mischief: CHAP. X.

but a man of understanıling hath wisdom. From this chapter to the five and twentieth, are sundry ob

24. The fear of the wicked, it shall come sertations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices. upon him: but the desire of the righteous 1. THE proverbs of Solomon. A wise | shall be granted.

I son maketh a glad father: but a fool | 25. As the whirlwind passeth, so is the ish son is the heaviness of his mother. wicked no more : but the righteous is an

2. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: | everlasting foundation. but righteousness delivereth from death. 26. As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke

3. The Lord will not suffer the soul of the to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that righteous to famish: but he casteth away the send him. substance of the wicked.

27. The fear of the Lord prolongeth 4. He becometh poor that dealeth with a | days: but the years of the wicked shall be slack hand: but the hand of the diligent shortened. maketh rich.

28. The hope of the righteous shall be 5. He that gathereth in summer is a wise | gladness: but the expectation of the wicked son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son shall perish. that causeth shame.

29. The way of the Lord is strength to 6. Blessings are upon the head of the the upright; but destruction shall be to the just: but violence covereth the mouth of workers of iniquity. the wicked.

30. The righteous shall never be remov-7. The memory of the just is blessed: but | ed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. the name of the wicked shall rot.

31. The mouth of the just bringeth forth 8. The wise in heart will receive com- || wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut mandments: but a prating fool shall fall. | out. 1 9 He that walketh uprightly walketh 32. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked , ed shall not be unpunished: but the seed speaketh frowardness.

of the righteous shall be delivered. * CHAP. XI.

22. As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, 1. A FALSE balance is abomination to so is a fair woman which is without dis

A the LORD: but a just weight is his cretion. delight.

23. The desire of the righteous is only 2. When pride cometh, then cometh shame: good: but the expectation of the wicked is but with the lowly is wisdom.

wrath. 3. The integrity of the upright shall guide 24. There is that scattereth, and yet inthem: but the perverseness of transgressors creaseth; and there is that withholdeth more shall destroy them.

than is meet, but it lendeth to poverty. 4. Riches profit not in the day of wrath: | 25. The liberal soul shall be made fat: but righteousness delivereth from death. l and he that watereth shall be watered also

5. The righteousness of the perfect shall || himself. direct his way: but the wicked shall fall | 26. He that withholdeth corn, the people by his own wickedness.

shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon 6. The righteousness of the upright shall || the head of him that selleth it. deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken 27. He that diligently seeketh good proin their own naughtiness.

cureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, 7. When a wicked man dieth, his ex-it shall come unto him. pectation shall perish: and the hope of un- 28. He that trusteth in his riches shall just men perisheth.

fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a 8. The righteous is delivered out of trou- | branch. ble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. 29. He that troubleth his own house shall

9. An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth | | inherit the wind: and the fool shall be serhis neighbour: but through knowledge shall vant to the wise of heart. the just be delivered.

30. The fruit of the righteous is a tree 10. When it goeth well with the righte of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. ous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wick | 31. Behold, the righteous shall be recomed perish, there is shouting.

pensed in the earth: much more the wick11. By the blessing of the upright the city | ed and the sinner. . is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth

CHAP. XII. of the wicked.

1. W H OSO loveth instruction loveth 12. He that is void of wisdom despiseth V knowledge: but he that hateth rehis neighbour: but a man of understanding || proof is brutish. holdeth his peace.

2. A good man obtaineth favour of the 13. A tale-bearer revealeth secrets: but LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the he condemn. matter.

3. A man shall not be established by 14. Where no counsel is, the people fall: wickedness: but the root of the righteous but in the multitude of counsellors there is | shall not be moved. safety.

4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her

smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship | as rottenness in his bones. is sure.

5. The thoughts of the righteous are 16. A gracious woman retaineth honour; right: but the counsels of the wicked are and strong men retain riches.

deceit. 17. The merciful man doeth good to his 6. The words of the wicked are to lie in own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his wait for blood : but the mouth of the upright own flesh.

shall deliver them. 18. The wicked worketh a deceitful work: | 7. The wicked are overthrown, and are but to him that soweth righteousness shall not: but the house of the righteous shall be a sure reward.

stand. 19. As righteousness tendeth to life; so 8. A man shall be commended according he that pursueth evil, pursueth it to his own to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse death.

heart shall be despised. 20. They that are of a froward heart | 9. He that is despised, and hath a servant, are abomination to the LORD: but such as lis better than he that honoureth himself, are upright in their way are his delight. and lacketh bread.

21. Though hand join in hand, the wick- 10. A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the 4. The soul of the sluggard desireth, and wicked are cruel.

hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent 11. He that tilleth his land shall be satis- shall be made fat. fied with bread: but he that followeth vain 5. A righteous man hateth lying: but a wickpersons is void of understanding.

ed man is loathsome, and cometh to shame. 12. The wicked desireth the net of evil men: 6. Righteousness keepeth him that is upbut the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit. right in the way: but wickedness over

13. The wicked is snared by the trans- throweth the sinner. gression of his lips : but the just shall come 7. There is that maketh himself rich, yet out of trouble.

| hath nothing; there is that maketh himself 14. A man shall be satisfied with good poor, yet hath great riches. by the fruit of his mouth; and the recom-| 8. The ransom of a man's life are his pense of a man's hands shall be rendered riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke. unto him.

9. The light of the righteous rejoiceth: 15. The way of a fool is right in his own but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel | 10. Only by pride cometh contention : is wise.

but with the well-advised is wisdom. 16. A fool's wrath is presently known: but 11. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be dja prudent man covereth shame.

minished: but he that gathereth by labour 17. He that speaketh truth showeth forth shall increase. righteousness: but a false witness deceit. 12. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick:

18. There is that speaketh like the pierc- but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. ings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise 13. Whoso despiseth the word shall be is health.

destroyed: but he that feareth the com19. The lip of truth shall be established mandment shall be rewarded. for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a mo 14. The law of the wise is a fountain of ment.

life, to depart from the shares of death. 20. Deceit is in the heart of them that | 15. Good understanding giveth favour: imagine evil : but to the counsellors of peace but the way of transgressors is hard. is joy.

16. Every prudent man dealeth with 21. There shall no evil happen to the just: knowledge: but a foo) layeth open his folly. but the wicked shall be filled with mischief. 17. A wicked messenger falleth into mis

22. Lying lips are abomination to the chief: but a faithful ambassador is health. LORD: but they that deal truly are his de- 18. Poverty and shame shall be to him light.

that refuseth instruction: but he that re-, 23. A prudent man concealeth know- gardeth reproof shall be honoured.. ledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth 19. The desire accomplished is sweet to foolishness.

the soul : but it is abomination to fools to 24. The hand of the diligent shall bear | depart from evil. rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. 20. He that walketh with wise men shall

25. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh | be wise: but a companion of fools shall be it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. destroyed.

26. The righteous is more excellent than 21. Evil pursueth sinners : but to the his neighbour: but the way of the wicked righteous, good shall be repaid. seduceth them.

22. A good man leaveth an inheritance, 27. The slothful man roasteth not that to his children's children; and the wealth which he took in hunting: but the substance of the sinner is laid up for the just. of a diligent man is precious.

23. Much food is in the tillage of the 28. In the way of righteousness is life; and poor: but there is that is destroyed for want in the pathway thereof there is no death. of judgment. CHAP. XIII.

24. He that spareth his rod hateth his · 1. A WISE son heareth his father's in- son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him

A struction: but a scorner heareth not | betimes. rebuke.

25. The righteous eateth to the satisfying 2. A man shall eat good by the fruit of of his soul : but the belly of the wicked shall his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors want. shall eat violence.

CHAP. XIV. 3. He that keepeth his mouth keepeth 1: LA VERY wise woman buildeth her his life: but he that openeth wide his lips house: but the foolish plucketh it shall have destruction.

Il down with her hands.

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