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whom he delighteth. If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not ; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? My son, eat thou honey, because it is good ; and the honey-comb, which is sweet to thy taste : su shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul; when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thoa not. If they say, Come with us, cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: my son, walk not thou in the way with them ; refrain thy foot from their path: for their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: to deliver thee from the way. of the evil man, from the man that speaketh from
ward things; who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the way of darkness; who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths. Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats : for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he; eat and drink, saith he to thee, but his heart is not with thee. Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge; that thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. Fear thou the Lord and the king; and meddle not with them that are given to change: for their calamity shall rise suddenly ; and who knoweth the ruin of them both? Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee. Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself, and discover not a secret to another; lest he that hearethit put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away. Curse not the king, no, not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy, bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter. Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest, yea be shall.give delight unto thy
soul. Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. Boast not thyself of to.morrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
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My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left; remove thy foot from evil. Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in the latter end. Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou incline thine car unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou criest after kaowledge,
and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom : out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous; he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgement, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgement, and equity; yea, every good path.
My son, prove thy soul in thy life, and see what is evil for it, and give not that unto it. Remember that death will not be long in coming, and that the covenant of the grave is not shewed unto thee. Defraud not thyself of the good day, and let not the part of a good desire overpass thee. Do no evil, so shall no harm come unto thee. Depart from the unjust, and iniquity shall turn away from thee. As near as thou canst guess at thy neighbour, and consult with the wise. Let thy talk be with the wise, and all thy communication in the law of the Most High. Let just men eat and drink with thee; and let thy glorying be in the fear of the Lord. Be sted fast in thy covenant, and be conversant therein, and wax old in thy work. Flee from sin as from the face of a serpent: for if thou comest too near it, it will bite thee: the teeth thereof are as the teeth of a lion, slaying the souls of men. All iniquity is as a two-edged sword, the wounds whereof cannot be healed. Say not thou, It is through the Lord that I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do the things that he hateth. Say not thou, He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of the sinful man. The Lord hateth all abomination ; and they that fear God love it not. He himself made man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of his counsel; if thou wilt, to keep the commandments, and to perform acceptable faithfulness. He hath set fire and water before thee: stretch forth thy hand unto whether thou wilt. Before man is life and death; and whether him liketh shall be given him. Who will pity a charmer that is bitten with a serpent, or any such as come nigh wild beasts? So one that goeth to a sinner, and is defiled, with him in his sins, who will pity? If thou followest righteousness thou shalt obtain her, and put her on as a glorious long robe. The