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understanding; neither is it convenient to magnify a sinful man.

Necessary patience in seeking the Lord is better than he that leadeth his life without a guide.

He that is hasty to give credit, is light minded; and he that sinncth shall offend against his own soul.

Whoso taketh pleasure in wickedness shall be condemned: but he that rcsisteth pleasures crowneth his life.

A man of counsel will be considerate; bui a strange and proud man Ls not daunted with fear, evert when of himself he hath done without counsel.

He that worketh mischief, it shall fall upon him, and he shall not know whence it cometh.

The heart of a man changeth his countenance, whether it be for good or evil: and a merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.

A cheerful countenance is a token of a heart that is in prosperity; and the finding out of parables is a wearisome labour of the mind.

A man may be known by his look, and one that hath understanding by his countenance, when thou meetest him.

A man's attire, and excessive laughter, and gait, shew what he is.

A fool will upbraid churlishly, and a gift of the envious consumeth the eyes.

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A man that hath travelled knoweth manythings; and he that hath much experience will declare wisdom.

There be three things that mine heart feareth; the slander of a city, the gathering together of an unruly multitude, and a false accusation.

There be two things that grieve my heart; and the third maketh me angry: a man of war that suffereth poverty; and men of understanding that are not set by; and one that returneth from righteousness to sin; the Lord prepareth such an one for the sword.

In three things I was beautified, and stood up beautiful both before God and men: the unity of brethren, the love of neighbours, a man and a wife that agree together.


It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting; for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourn-ing; hut the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

A fool's voice is known by multitude of words, for in many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

Wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discemeth both time and judgement.


Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Better is a dinner of herbs wnere love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacritices with strife.

Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.

Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, chough he be rich.

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance; hut by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual foast.

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: hut a good word maketh it glad.

Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well-advised is wisdom.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire coineth, it is a tree of life.

'Whoso despisetn tne word shall be destroyed: hut he that feareta the commandment shall be rewarded.

The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares ot death.

Many seek the rulei's favour; but every man's judgement cometh from the Lord.

Mercy and truth preserve the king: and hi* throne is upholden by mtrcy.

The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

Whoso rewardeth evil tor good, evil shall not depart from his house.

As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

As a madman, who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death; so is the man that deceiveth bis neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

Whoso diggcth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

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