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IT When the scorner is
punished, the simple is made
the hand of the Lord, is instructed, he receiveth as the rivers of water: he knowledge. turneth it whitherfoever he 12 The righteous man will.
wisely confidereth the house 2 Every way of a man is of the wicked : but God overright in his own eyes : but throweth the wicked for their the Lord pondereth the wickedness. hearts.
13 Whofo stoppeth his 3 To do justice and judg- ears at the cry of the poor, ment is more acceptable to he also shall cry himself, but the Lord than facrifice. shall not be heard.
4 An high look, and a 14 A gift in secret paciproud heart, and the plowing fieth anger, and a reward in of the wicked, is fin. the bosom, strong wrath.
5 The thoughts of the di 15 It is joy to the just to ligent tend only to plenteouf- do judgment: but destrucnefs: but of every one that is tion ball be to the workers hasty, only to want.
of iniquity: 6. The getting of treasures 16 The man that wanderby a lying tongue is a vanity eth out of the way of undertofled to and fro of them that standing shall remain in the seek death.
congregation of the dead. 7. The robbery of the 17 He that loveth pleasure wicked shall destroy them : mall be a poor man: he that because they refuse to do loveth wine and oil shall not judgment.
be rich, 8 The way of man is frow 18 The wicked shall be a ard and strange : but as for ransom for the righteous, and the pure, his work is right. the transgressor for the up,
9. It is better to dwell in a right. corner of the house-top, than 19 It is better to dwell in with a brawling woman in a the wilderness, than with a wide house.
contentious and an angry 10 The soul of the wicked woman. desireth evil : his neighbour 20 There is treasure to be findeth no favour in his desired, and oil in the dweleyes.
ling of the wise: but a fool
ish man spendeth it up.
CHAP. XXII. righteousness and mercy,find
Good name is rather eth life, righteousness, and
chosen than honour.
great riches, and loving fa22 A wise man scaleth the vour rather than silver and city of the mighty, and cast- gold. eth down the strength of the
2 The rich and poor meet confidence thereof.
together: the Lord is the 23 Whoso keepeth his maker of them all. mouth and his tongue keep
3 A prudent man foreseeth eth his soul from troubles. the evil, and hideth himself;
24 Proud and haughty but the simple pass on, and fcorner is his name who deal are punished. etha in proud wrath.
4 By humility and the 25 The desire of the floth fear of the Lord' are riches, ful killeth him; for his hands honour, and life. refuse to labour:
5 Thorns and snares are 26 He coveteth greedily in the way of the froward : all the day long: but the he that doth keep his soul righteous giveth and spareth shall be far from them. not.
6 Train up a child in the 27 The sacrifice of the way he should and when wicked is abomination : how he is old, he will not depart much more, when he bring- from it. eth it with a wicked mind? 7 The rich ruleth over
28 A false witness shall the poor, and the borrower is perish: but the man that servant to the lender. heareth speaketh constantly.
8 He that soweth iniquity 29 A wicked man hard- shall reap vanity, and the rod enéth his face: but as for of his anger shall fail. the upright, he directeth his
He that hath a bountiful way.
shall be blessed : for he 30 There is no wisdom giveth of his bread to the nor understanding nor coun-poor. sel against the Lord.
10 Caft out the scorner, 31 The horse is prepared and contention shall go out ; against the day of battle : yea, strife and reproach fhall but fafety is of the Lord.
u He that loveth pureness the words of truth : that thou of heart, for the grace of his mightest answer the words lips the king hall be his of truth to them that fend friend.
unto thee? 12 The eyes of the Lord 22 Rob not the
bepreserve knowledge, and he cause he is poor: neither opoverthroweth the words of press the afflicted in the gate : the transgressor.
23 For the Lord will 13 The flothful man saith, plead their cause, and spoil There is a lion without, I shall the soul of those that spoiled be flain in the streets.
them. The mouth of strange 24 Make no friendship women is a deep pit; he with an angry man, and with that is abhorred of the Lord a furious man thou shalt not thall fall therein.
go: 15 Foolishness is bound 25 Left thou learn his in the heart of a child: but ways, and get a snare to thy the rod of correction shall foui. drive it far from him.
26 Be not thou one of them 16 He that opprefleth the that strike hands, or of them poor to increase his riches, that are sureties for debts. and he that givcth to the rich, 27
If thou hast nothing to jhall surely come to want. pay, why should he take away
17 Bow down thine ear, thy bed from under thee? and hear the words of the 28 Remove not the anwise, and apply thine heart cient land-mark which thy unto my knowledge. fathers have set.
18 For it is a pleasant 29 Seeft thou a man dilithing if thou keep them with-gent in his business ? he shall in thee; they thall withal be it and before kings; he shalt fitted in thy lips.
not stand before mean men: 19 That thy trust may be in the Lord, I have made
CHAP. XXIII. known to thee this day, even HEN thou fittest to thee.
to eat with a ruler, 20 Have not I written to consider diligently what is tbce excellent things in coun- before thee : sels and knowledge,
2 And put a knife to thy 21 That I might make throat, if thou be a man given thee koow the certainty of to appetite.
3 Be not dersious of his ver his foul from hell. dainties: for they are de 15 My son, if thine heart ceitful meat.
be wife, my heart fall re4 Labour not to be rich : joice, even mine. cease from thine own wis 16 Yea, my reins shall redom.
joice, when thy lips speak 5 Wilt thou set thine eyes right things. upon that which is not ? for 17 Let not thine heart enriches certainly make them- vy finners : but be thou in selves wings; they fly away the fear of the Lord all the as an eagle toward heaven. day long :
6 Eat thou not the bread 18 For surely there is an of him that hath an evil eye, end ; and thiné expectation neither desire thou his dainty thall not be cut off. meats:
19 Hear thou, my son, 7 For as he thinketh in and be wise, and guide thine his heart, so is he: Eat and heart in the
way. drink, faith he to thee; but 20 Be not amongst winehis heart is not with thee. bibbers; amongst riotous
8 The morsel which thou .eaters of flesh : haft eaten thalt thou vomit 21 For the drunkard and up, and lose thy sweet words. the glutton shall come to po
9 Speak not in the ears of verty: and drowsiness shall a fool! for he will despise the clothe a man with rags. wisdom of thy words.
22 Hearken unto thy fa10 Remove not the old ther that begat thee, and defland-mark: and enter not in- pise not thy mother when the to the fields of the fatherless : is old.
II For their Redeemer is 23 Buy the truth, and fell mighty: he shall plead their it not; also wisdom, and in.cause with thee.
struction, and understand12 Apply thine heart unto ing. instruction, and thine ears to 24 The father of the the words of knowledge. righteous shall greatly re
13 With-hold not correc-joice: and he that begetteth -tion from the child : for, if a wise child shall have joy of thou beatest him with the him. rod, he shall not die :
25 Thy father and thy 14 Thou shalt beat him mother shall be glad, and the with the rod, and shalt deli- that bare thee shall rejoice.
26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine
CHAP. XXIV. ob,
eyes serve my ways.
E not thou envious 27
For ditch : and a strange woman ther desire to be with them : is a narrow pit.
2 For their heart studieth 28 She also lieth in wait destruction, and their lips as for a prey, and increaseth talk of mischief, the transgreffors among men. 3 Through wisdom is an
29 Who hath woe? who house builded ; and by unhath sorrow? who hath con- derstanding it is establishtentions? who hath bab-ed: bling? who hath wounds 4 And by knowledge shall without cause? who hath the chambers be filled with redness of eyes?
all precious and pleasant 30 They that tarry long riches. at the wine, they that go to 5 A wise man is strong : seek mixed wine,
yea, a man of knowledge in 31 Look not thou upon creaseth strength. the wine when it is red, when 6 For by wise counsel it giveth his colour in the thou shalt make thy war; cup, when it moveth itself and in multitude of counselaright.
lers there is safety. 32 At the last it biteth like 7 Wisdom is too high for a ferpent, and stingeth ļike a fool : he openeth not his an adder.
mouth in the gate. 33 Thine eyes shall be 8 He that deviseth to do hold strange women, and evil shall be called a mischievthine heart shallutter perverse ous person, things.
9 The thought of foolish34 Yea, thou shalt be as ness is fin: and the scorner he that lieth down in the is an abomination to men. midst of the fea, or as he that 10 If thou faint in the day Jieth
upon the top of a mast. of adversity, thy strength is 35 They have stricken small. me, shalt thou say, and I was 11 If thou forbear to denot fick: they have beaten liver them that are drawn unme, and I felt it not: when to death, and those that are Shall I awake? I will feek it ready to be sain ; yet again,
12 If thou fayeft, Behold,