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Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.
Chap. xxx. Verse 8.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.*
Chap. 1. Verse 2.
There is no new thing under the sun.
All is vanity and vexation of spirit.
For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Chap. 1. Verse 18.
A living dog is better than a dead lion.
The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.
* See also chapter xii. verse 8.
Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!
Chap. х. Verse 16.
Cast thy bread upon the waters ; for thou shalt find it after many days.
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave
it. Chap. XII.
Of making many books there is no end ; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
THE SONG OF SOLOMON.
For love is strong as death : jealousy is cruel as
Chap. viii. Verse 6.
Many waters cannot quench love.
Watchman, what of the night?
Precept upon precept ; line upon line, .
Set thine house in order.
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench.
Peace, peace, when there is no peace.
Is there no balm in Gilead ? is there no physician there?
Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots ?
And their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
Chap. 1, Verse 16.*
'Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.
I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils.
* See also Ezekiel x. 10.
And ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning. *
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks ; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any
But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig-tree,
Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. Chap. I. Verse 2.
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.
* Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire ?
Zechariah, chap. III. verse 2.