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lips of knowledge.

8 The wisdom os the prudent is to understand his way : but the folly of fools is deceit.

9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is savour.

. io The heart knoweth his own bitterness, and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowsul; and the end of that mirth is heaviness,

14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways; and a good man jkall be satisfied from himself.

15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

16 A wise man seareth and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth and is confident.

17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are

crowned with knowledge.

19 The evil bow before the good: and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but

. the rich hath many friends.

21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth Jhall be to them that devise good.

23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.

25 A true witness delivereth fouls: but a deceitsul witness speaketh lies,

20 In the sear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a pla.ee of resuge.

27 The sear of the Lord is a fountain of lise, to depart from the snares of death,

28 In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

29 He that is fltfw to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

30 A found heart is the

lise of the flesh; but envy the rottenness of the bones.

31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness : but the righteous hath hope in his death.

33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.

34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

35 The king's savour is towards a wise servant: but his wrath is againJi him that causeth shame.

Chap. XV.

ASoft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of lise: but perverse ness therein is a breach in the spirit.

5 A fool despiseth his sather's instruction: but he

that regardeth reproofls prudent.

6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

11 Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither shall he go unto the wise.

13 A merry heart maketh a cheersul countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketb. knowledge: but the mouth of fools seedeth on foolishness.

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

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

_, 17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love if, than a. stalled ox, and hatred therewith.

.;18 A wrathsul man stirreth up strife, but he that is slow to anger appeafeth strife.

19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns.: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

20 A wife son maketh a glad sather: but a foolish man del'piseth his mother.

21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wiidom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

25 The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of

the widow. .,

26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.'

27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house: but he that hateth gifts shall live.

28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

29 The Lord is sar from the wicked: but he heareth. the prayer of the righteous.

30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones sat.

3t The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth a-, mong the wife.

32 He that resufeth instruction defpifeth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom: and before honour is humility.

Chap. XVI.

THE preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.

2 AU the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes;

but but the Lord weigheth the spirits. . .. .w.

3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts fliall be established.

4 The Lord hath made all things for himself; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unr-. punished.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the sear of the Lord men depart' from evil.

7 When a man's ways please the Lord, he makeih even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without righti

9 A man's heart deviTeth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps.

10 A divine sentence is in the Jips of the king: his mouth tranfgresseth not in judgment.

11 A just weight and balance are the Lord's ; all the weights of the hag are his work.

12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings: and they love him that sp'eaketh right.

14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

15 In the light of the king's countenance is lise; and his savour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

16 How much better is it to get wisdom, than gold? and to get understanding, rather to be chosen than silver?:

17 The high-way of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keep th his way preserveth his soul.

18 Pride' goeth before destruction, andan haughty spirit before a sall.

39 Better it is to be of an humble'spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20 He that handleth a matter wisely, shall sind good: and whoso trusteth in the Lo:d, happy is he.

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increafeth learning.

22 Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

23 The heart of the wise

teacheth teacheth his mouth, and ad deth learning to his lips.

24 Pleasant words are as an honey-comb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

2 5 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death,

26 He that laboureth, laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning sire.

28 A froward man foweth strife, and a whisperer separated chief friends.

29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and kadeth him into the way that is not good.

30 He ihutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

32 He that is flow to anger, is better than the mighty: and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the

Lord.

Chap. XVII.

BETTER/* a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house sull of sacrisices with strife.

2 A wife servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren. •

3 The sining-pot is for silver, and the surnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.

4 A wicked doer giveth heeid to false lips; ana a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their sathers.

7 Excellent speech becoineth not a fool; much less do lying lips a prince.

8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whitherfoeveritturneth, it prospereth.

9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

10 A reproof

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