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He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
He that gathereth in summer is a wise son : bul he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.;
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul : but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. ; A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction : but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise..
The ants are a people not strong, yet they pre. pare their meat in the summer;
The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings palaces.
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. .
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
In all labour there is profit : but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. .
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
By wise counsel thou shalt make thy war; and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of know. ledge increaseth strength.
He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it; and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
Even a child is known by his doings whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
The rod and reproof give wisdom : but a child left' to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Most men will proclaiin every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find :
The just man walketh in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.
Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children are their fathers.
It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? i
All the ways of man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lurd pondereth the hearts.
'To do justice and judgement is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them. - A man's heart deviseth his way : but the Lord directeth his steps.
When a man's ways please the Lord, he make eth even his enemies to be at peace with him.
The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord. · The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. · He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die. · He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. - There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.
The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
ADVICE, ADMONITIONS, &c.
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments : for they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thet: biud them about thy neck, write them upon the table of thine heart : so shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes : fear the Lord, and depart from evil. Honour'the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be wary of his correction : for whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in