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25 Lest thou learn his ways,

And get a snare to thy soul. 26 Be thou not of them that strike hands,

Or of them that are sureties for debts; 27 If thou hast not wherewith to pay, Why should he take away thy bed from

under thee?

28 Remove not the ancient landmark,

Which thy fathers have set. 29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business?

he shall stand before kings;
He shall not stand before mean men.

26

As snow in summer, and as rain in har.

vest, So honour is not seemly for a fool. 2 As the wandering sparrow, as the flying

swallow, So the curse that is causeless shall come

home.

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass,

And a rod for the back of fools.

4 Answer not a fool according to his folly,

Lest thou also be like unto him.

5 Answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest he be wise in his own eyes. 6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a

fool Cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh dam. 7 The legs hang limp from the lame;

age.

So is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8 As a small stone in a heap of stones,

So is he that giveth honour to a fool. 9 As a thorn that cometh into the hand of a

drunkard, So is a parable in the mouth of fools. 10 A master performeth all things; But he that stoppeth a fool is as one that

stoppeth a flood. 11 As a dog that returneth to his vomit,

So is a fool that repeateth his folly. 12 Seest thou a man wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope of a fool than of him. 13 The sluggard saith: 'There is a lion in the

way; Yea, a lion is in the streets.' 14 The door is turning upon its hinges,

And the sluggard is still upon his bed. 15 The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish; It wearieth him to bring it back to his

mouth. 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes

Than seven men that give wise answer. 17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife

not his own, Is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. 18 As a madman who casteth firebrands,

Arrows, and death;

19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour,

And saith: ‘Am not I in sport?'

20 Where no wood is, the fire goeth out; And where there is no whisperer, contention

ceaseth. 21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to

fire;
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22 The words of a whisperer are as dainty mor

sels, And they go down into the innermost parts

of the body.

23 Burning lips and a wicked heart Are like an earthen vessel overlaid with

silver dross.

24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips,

But he layeth up deceit within him. 25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not; For there are seven abominations in his

heart. 26 Though his hatred be concealed with deceit, His wickedness shall be revealed before the

congregation.

27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein;

And he that rolleth a stone, it shall return

upon him.

28 A lying tongue hateth those that are crushed

by it;
And a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

The Good Wife 31

10 A woman of valour who can find?

For her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust

in her, And he hath no lack of gain. 12 She doeth him good and not evil

All the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool and flax,

And worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchant-ships;

She bringeth her food from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night,

And giveth food to her household,

And a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it; With the fruit of her hands she planteth a

vineyard. 17 She girdeth her loins with strength,

And maketh strong her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good;

Her lamp goeth not out by night. 19 She layeth her hands to the distaff,

And her hands hold the spindle. 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the

needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her house

hold; For all her household are clothed with scar

let. 22 She maketh for herself coverlets;

Her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates,

When he sitteth among the elders of the

land. 24 She maketh linen garments and selleth them;

And delivereth girdles unto the merchant. 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing;

And she laugheth at the time to come. 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom;

And the law of kindness is on her tongue. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her house

hold, And eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed;

Her husband also, and he praiseth her: 29 ‘Many daughters have done valiantly,

But thou excellest them all.' 30 Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall

be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands;

And let her works praise her in the gates.

JOB The Testing of Job THERE was a man in the land of Uz, whose 1

name was Job; and that man was wholehearted and upright, and one that feared God, and shunned evil. 2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. 3 His possessions also were seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the children of the east. sons used to go and hold a feast in the house

4 And his

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