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The excellencies of wisdom: PROVERBS. Its discipline and doctrine.

25 Let not thy heart decline to her 25 Before the mountains were settled, ways, go not astray in her paths. before the hills was I brought forth.

ž6 For she hath cast down many wound- 26 Wbile as yet he had not made the ed: yea, many strong men have been slain earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of

the dust of the world. 27 Her house is the way to hell, going 27 When he prepared the heavens, I down to the chambers of death.

was there: when he set a compass upon CHAP. VIII.

the face of the depth: DOTH

OTH not wisdom cry? and under- 28 When he established the clouds

standing put forth her voice? above: when he strengthened the foun2 She standeth in the top of high places, stains of the deep: by the way in the places of the paths. 29 When he gave to the sea his decree,

3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of that the waters should not pass his comthe city, at the coming in at the doors : mandment; when he appointed the found

4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my ations of the earth : voice is to the sons of man.

30 Then I was by him, as one brought 50 ye simple, understand wisdom: and up with him: and I was daily his delight, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. rejoicing always before him;

6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent 31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of things; and the opening of my lips shall his earth; and my delights were with the be right things.

sons of men." 7 For my mouth shall speak truth: and 32 Now therefore hearken unto me, wickedness is an abomination to my lips. ye children: for blessed are they that keep

8 All the words of my mouth are in my ways. righteousness; there is nothing froward or 33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and perverse in them.

refuse it not. 9 They are all plain to him that under- 34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, standeth, and right to them that find know- watching daily at my gates, waiting at the ledge.

posts of my doors. 10 Receive my instruction, and not sil- 35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, ver; and knowledge rather than choice and shall obtain favour of the Lord. gold.

36 But he that sinneth against me 11 For wisdom is better than rubies; wrongeth his own soul : all they that bate and all the things that may be desired are me love death. not to be compared to it.

CHAP. IX. 12 I Wisdom dwell with prudence, and TISDOM hath house, she

13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: 2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, mingled her wine ; she hath also furnished and the froward

mouth, do I hate. her table. 14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom : 3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she I am understanding ; I have strength. crieth upon the highest places of the city,

15. By me kings reign, and princes de- 4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in cree justice.

hither: as for him that wanteth under16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even standing, she saith to him, all the judges of the earth. 17 I love them that love me: and those the wine which I have mingled.

5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of that seek me early shall find me.

6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go 18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, in the way of understanding. durable riches and righteousness.

7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to 19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than himself shame and he that rebuketh a fine gold; and my revenue than choice wicked man getteth himself a blot. silver. 20 I lead in the way of righteousness, thee : rebuke a wise man, and he will love

8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate in the midst of the paths of judgment: thee.

21 That I may cause those that love me 9 Give instruction to a wise man, to inherit substance; and I will fill their he will be vet wiser: teach a just man, treasures.

and he will increase in learning. 22 The LORD possessed me in the be

10 The fear of the Lord is the begin. ginning of his way, before his works of old, ning of wisdom and the knowledge of the

23 I was set up from everlasting, from holy is understanding. the beginning, or ever the earth was. 24 When there were no depths, I was plied, and the years of thy life shall be in

11 For by me thy days shall be multibrought forth; when there were no foun- creased. tains abounding with water.

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Of sundry moral virtues, CHAP. 1, XÌ. and their contrary vices, for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone seth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips shalt bear it.

lis wise. 13 | A foolish woman is clamorous : 20 The tongue of the just is as choice she is simple, and knoweth nothing. silver: the heart of the wicked is little

14 Forshe sitteth at the door of her house, worth. on a seat in the high places of the city, 21 The lips of the righteous feed many:

15 To call passengers who go right on but fools die for want of wisdom. their ways:

22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketb 16 Wħoso is simple, let him turn in rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. hither: and as for him that wanteth un- 23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: derstanding, she saith to him,

but a man of understanding hath wisdom. 17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread 24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come eaten in secret is pleasant.

upon him: but the desire of the righteous 18 But he knoweth not that the dead shall be granted. are there; and that her guests are in the 25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the depths of hell.

wicked no more : but the righteous is an CHAP. X.

everlasting foundation. THE proverbs of Solomon. A wise son 26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as

maketh a glad father: but a foolish smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to son is the heaviness of bis mother.

them that send him. 2 Treasures of wickedness proht nothing: 27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth but righteousness delivereth from death. days: but the years of the wicked shall be

3 The Lord will not suffer the soul of shortened. the righteous to famish: but he casteth 28 The bope of the righteous shall be away the substance of the wicked. gladness : but the expectation of the wick

4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a ed shall perish. slack hand: but the band of the diligent 29 The way of the Lord is strength to maketh rich.

the upright: but destruction shall be to the 5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise workers of iniquity. son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a 30 The righteous shall never be removed: son that causeth shame.

but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. 6 Blessings are upon the head of the 31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth just: but violence covereth the mouth of wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be the wicked.

cut out. The memory of the just is blessed : 32 The lips of the righteous know what but the name of the wicked shall rot. is acceptable : but the mouth of the wicked

8 The wise in heart will receive com- speakeih frowardness. mandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

CHAP. XI. og He that walketh uprightly walketh A Lord: but a just weight is his delight,

FALSE balance is abomination to the surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

2 When pride cometh, then cometh 10 He that winketh with the eye causeth shame : but with the lowly is wisdom. sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall. 3 The integrity of the upright shall

11 The mouth of a righteous man is a guide them: but the perverseness of transwell of life: but violence covereth the gressors sball destroy them. mouth of the wicked.

4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath; 12 Hatred stirreth up strifes : but love but righteousness delivereth from death. covereth all sins.

5 The righteousness of the perfect shall 13. In the lips of him that hath under-direct his way; but the wicked shall fall standing wisdom is found: but a rod is for by his own wickedness. the back of him that is void of understand- 6 The righteousness of the upright shall ing.

deliver them: but transgressors shall be 14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the taken in their own naughtiness. mouth of the foolish is near destruction. 7 When a wicked man dieth, his ex

15 The rich man's wealth is his strong pectation shall perish: and the hope of city: the destruction of the poor is their unjust men perisheth. poverty.

8 The righteous is delivered out of trou. 16 The labour of the righteous tendei. ble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin. 9. A hypocrite with his mouth destroy

17 He is in the way of life that keepeth leth his neighbour: but through knowledge instruction: but he that refuseth reproof shall the just be delivered. erreth.

10 When it goeth well with the right. 18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, eous the city rejoiceth; and when the and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. wicked perish, there is shouting. 19 In the multitude of words there want-l" 11 By the blessing of the upright the

Of sandry moral virtues, PROVERBS. and their contrary vices. city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will mouth of the wicked.

he condemn. 12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth 3 A man shall not be established by his neigbbour: but a man of understanding wickedness : but the root of the righteous holdeth his peace.

shall not be moved. 13 A tale-bearer revealeth secrets: but 4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her be that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the husband : but she that maketh ashamed is matter.

as rottenness in bis bones. 14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: 5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but in the multitude of counsellors there is but the counsels of the wicked are deceit

. safety.

6 The words of the wicked are to lie 15 He that is surety for a stranger shall in wait for blood: but the mouth of the smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship upright shall deliver them. is sure.

7 The wicked are overthrown, and are 16 A gracious woman retaineth honour : not: but the house of the righteous shall and strong men retain riches.

stand. 17 The merciful man doeth good to his 8 A man shall be commended accordown soul : but he that is cruel troubleth his ing to his wisdom: but he that is of a own flesh.

perverse heart shall be despised. 18 The wicked worketh a deceitful 9 He that is despised, and hath a ser. work: but to him that soweth righteousness vant, is better than he that honoureth bimshall be a sure reward.

self, and lacketh bread. 19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so 10 A righteous man regardeth the life He that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own of his beast: but the tender mercies of death.

the wicked are cruel. 20 They that are of a froward heart are 11 He that tilleth his land shall he satisabomination to the Lord: but such as are fied with bread: but he that followeth upright in their way are his delight. vain persons is void of understanding:

21 Though hand join in hand, the wick- 12" The wicked desireth the net of evil ed shall not be unpunished: but the seed men: but the root of the righteous yieldof the righteous shall be delivered.

eth fruit. 22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, 13 The wicked is snared by the trans. 80 is a fair woman which is without discre-gression of his lips: but the just shall tion.

come out of trouble. 23 The desire of the righteous is only 14 A man shall be satisfied with good good: but the expectation of the wicked by the fruit of his mouth: and the recomis wrath.

pence of a man's hands shall be rendered 24 There is that scattereth, and yet in- unto him. creaseth; and there is that withholdeth 15 The way of a fool is right in his own more than is meet, but it tendeth to po- eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel verty.

is wise. 25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: 16 A fool's wrath is presently known : and he that watereth shall be watered also but a prudent man covereth shame. himself.

17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth 26 He that withboldeth corn, the peo- righteousness: but a false witness deceit. ple shall curse him: but blessing shall be 18. There is that speaketh like the upon the head of bim that selleth it. piercings of a sword: but the tongue of

27 He that diligently seeketh good pro- the wise is health. cureth favour: but he that seeketh mis- 19 The lip of truth shall be established chief, it shall come unto bim.

for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a 28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: moment. but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. - 20 Deceit is in the heart of them that

29 He that troubleth his own house shall imagine evil: but to the counsellors of inherit the wind: and the fool shall be ser- peace is joy. vant to the wise of heart.

21 There shall no evil happen to the 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree ljust: but the wicked shall be filled with of life ; and he that winneth souls is wise. mischief.

31 Behold, the righteous shall be re- 22 Lying lips are abomination to the coinpensed in the eartb : much more the Lord: but they that deal truly are his wicked and the sinner,

delight. CHAP. XII.

23 A prudent man concealeth know knowledgehateth reproof is brutish.

24 The hand of the diligent shall bear 2 A good man obtaineth favour of the rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

WHOso ledoveth instruction loveth ledge, but the heart of fools proclaimeth

the ox.

Of sundry moral verbues, CHAP. XIII, XIV. and their contrary vices.

25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh 21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the it stoop : but a good word maketh it glad. righteous, good shall be repaid.

26 The righteous is more excellent than 22 A good man leaveth an inheritance his neighbour: but the way of the wicked to his children's children: and the wealth seduceth them.

of the sinner is laid up for the just. 27 The slothful man roasteth not that 23 Much food is in the tillage of the which he took in hunting : but the sub-poor: but there is that is destroyed for stance of a diligent man is precious. want of judgment.

28 In the way of righteousness is life; 24 He that spareth his rod hateth his and in the pathway thereof there is no son: but he that loveth him chasteneth death.

him betimes. CHAP. XIII.

25 The righteous eateth to the satisfy. A

WISE son heareth his father's in-ing of his soul: but the belly of the wicked

struction : but a scorner heareth not shall want. rebuke.

CHAP. XIV. . bu ke man shall eat good by the fruit of EERSE: Houte the foolish plucketh it his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

down with her hands. 3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his 2 He that walketh in his uprightness life: but he that openeth wide his lips feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse shall have destruction.

in his ways, despiseth him. 4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, 3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of and hath nothing : but the soul of the dili- pride: but she lips of the wise shall pregent shall be made fat.

serve them. 5 A righteous man hateth lying : but a 4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to but much increase is by the strength of shame.

6 Righteousness keepeth him that is 5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a upright in the way: but wickedness over- false witness will utter lies. throweth the sinner.

6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and find-. 7 There is that maketh himself rich, eth it not : but knowledge is easy unto him yet hath nothing: there is that maketh that understandeth. himself poor, yet hath great riches. 7 Go from the presence of a foolisha

8 The ransom of a man's life are bis man, when thou perceivest not in him the riches : but the poor heareth not rebuke. lips of knowledge.

9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to unbut the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. derstand his way : but the folly of fools as

10 Only by pride cometh contention : deceit. but with the well-advised is wisdom. 9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among

11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be the righteous there is favour. diminished: but he that gathereth by la- 10 The heart knoweth his own bitterbour shall increase.

ness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle 12 Hope deferred maketh the heart with bis joy. sick : but when the desire cometh, it is a 11 The house of the wicked shall be tree of life.

overthrown: but the tabernacle of the 13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be upright shall Aourish. destroyed: but he that feareth the com- 12 There is a way which seemeth right mandment shall be rewarded.

unto a man, but the end thereof are the 14 The law of the wise is a fountain of ways of death. life, to depart from the snares of death. 13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrow

15 Good understanding giveth favour: ful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness. but the way of transgressors is hard. 14 The backslider in heart shall be

16 Every, prudent man dealeth with filled with his own ways: and a good man knowledge but a fool layeth open his folly. shall be satisfied from himself.

17 A wicked messenger falleth into mis- 15 The simple believeth every word: chief: but a faithful ambassador is health. but the prudent man looketh well to his

18 Poverty and shame shall be to bim going. that refuseth' instruction : but he that re- 16 A wise man feareth, and departeth gardeth reproof shall be honoured. from evil: but the fool 'rageth, and is

19 The desire accomplished is sweet to confident. the soul: but it is abomination to fools to 17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolish. depart from evil.

ly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. 20 He that walketh with wise men sball 18 The simple inherit folly : but the be wise : but a companion of fools shall prudent are crowned with knowledge. be destroyed.

19 The evil bow before the good; and

Of sundry moral virtues, PROVERBS. and their contrary dices. the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 9 The way of the wicked is an abomi.

20 The poor is hated even of his own nation unto the Lord; but he loveth him neighbour: but the rich hath many friends. that followeth after righteousness.

21 He that despiseth his neigbbour sin- 10 Correction is grievous unto him that neth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, forsaketh the way: and he that hateth rehappy is be.

proof shall die. 22 Do they not err that devise evil? but 11 Hell and destruction are before the mercy and truth shall be to them that de- LORD: how much more then the hearts of vise good.

the children of men? 23 In all labour there is profit: but the 12 A scorner loveth not one that retalk of the lips tendeth only to penury: proveth him: neither will he go unto the

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

13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful 25 A true witness delivereth souls : but countenance : but by sorrow of the heart a deceitful witness speaketh lies. the spirit is broken.

26 In the fear of the LORD is strong 14 The heart of him that hath underconfidence : and his children shall have a standing, sceketh knowledge: but the place of refuge.

mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. 27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain 15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: of life, to depart from the snares of death. but he that is of a merry heart hath a con

28 In the multitude of people is the tinual feast. king's honour: but in the want of people 16 Better is little with the fear of the is the destruction of the prince. LORD, than great treasure and trouble

99 He that is slow to wrath is of great therewith. understanding: but he that is hasty of 17 Better is a dinner of berbs where love spirit exalteth folly.

is, than a stalled ox and hatred there30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: with. but envy the rottenness of the bones. 18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but

31 He that oppresseth the poor reproach- he that is slow to anger appeaseth strise. eth his Maker: but he that honoureth him 19 The way of the slothful man is as a hath mercy on the poor.

hedge of thorns : but the way of the 32 The wicked is driven away in his righteous is made plain. wickedness: but the righteous hath hope 20 A wise son maketh a glad father : in his death.

but a foolish man despiseth his mother. 33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him 21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute that hath understanding : but that which is of wisdom : but a man of understanding in the midst of fools is made known. walketh uprightly.

34. Righteousness exalteth a nation: 22 Without counsel purposes are disapbut sin

is a reproach to any people. pointed: but in the multitude of counsel35 The king's favour is toward a wise lors they are established. servant: but his wrath is against him that 23 A man hath joy by the answer of his causeth shame.

mouth : and a word spoken in due season, CHAP. XV.

how good is it! SOFT answer turneth away wrath : 24 The way of life is above to the wise,

that he may depart from hell beneath. 2 The tongue of the wise useth know- 25 The Lord will destroy the house of ledge aright: but the mouth of fools pour- the proud: but he will establish the boreth out foolishness.

der of the widow, 3 The eyes of the Lord are in every 26 The thoughts of the wicked are an place, beholding the evil and the good. abomination to the LORD: but the words of

4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: the pure are pleasant words. but perverseness therein is a breach in the 27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth spirit.

his own house ; but he that hateth gifts 5 A fool despiseth his father's instruc- shall live. tion: but he that regardeth reproof is 28 The heart of the righteous studieth prudent.

to answer: but the mouth of the wicked 6 In the house of the righteous is much poureth out evil things. treasure : but in the revenues of the wick- 29 The Lord is far from the wicked ed is trouble.

but he heareth the prayer of the righteous 7 The lips of the wise disperse know- 30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the ledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth heart: and a good report maketh the not so.

bones fat. 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an 31 The ear that heareth the reproof of I abomination to the LORD: but the prayer life abideth among the wise. of the upright is his delight.

32 He that refuseth instruction de


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