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Of sundry moral virtues, CHAP. XVI, XVII. and their contrary vices. spiseth his own soul: but he that heareth life unto him that hath it: but the instrucreproof getteth understanding.

tion of fools is folly. 33 The fear of the Lord is the instruc- 23 The heart of the wise teacheth his tion of wisdom; and before honour is mouth and addeth learning to his lips. humility.

24 Pleasant words are as a honeyCHAP. XVI.

comb, sweet to the soul, and health to the THE THE preparations of the heart in man, bones.

and the answer of the tongue, is from 25 There is a way that seemeth right the Lord.

unto a man, but the end thereof are the 2 All the ways of a man are clean in ways of death. his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the 26 He that laboureth,laboureth for him. spirits.

self; for his mouth craveth it of him. 3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, 27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and thy thoughts shall be established. and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

4 The Lord hath made all things for 28 A froward man soweth strife: and a himself: yea, even the wicked for the day whisperer separateth chief friends. of evil.

29 A violent man enticeth his neigh5 Every one that is proud in heart is an bour, and leadeth him into the way thut is abomination to the LORD : though hand not good. join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. 30 He shutteth his eyes to devise fro

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: ward things : moving his lips he bringeth and by the fear of the LORD men depart evil to pass. from evil.

31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, 7 When a man's ways please the LORD, if it be found in the way of righteousness. be maketh even bis enemies to be at peace 32 He that is slow to anger is better with him.

than the mighty; and he that ruleth his 8 Better is a little with righteousness, spirit, than he that taketh a city. than great revenues without right.

33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the 9 A man's heart deviseth bis way: but whole disposing thereof is of the LORD. the LORD directeth his steps.

CHAP. XVII. king: his mouth transgresseth not in judg- ness therewith, than a house full of ment.

sacrifices with strife. 11 A just weight and balance are the 2 A wise servant shall have rule over a LORD's: all the weights of the bag are his son that causetb shame, and shall have work.

part of the inheritance among, the brethren. 12 It is an abomination to kings to com- 3 The fining-pot is for silver, and the mit wickedness : for the throne is esta- surnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the blished by righteousness.

hearts. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of 4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false kings; and they love him that speaketh lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty right.

tongue. 14 The wrath of a king is as messengers 5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth of death : but a wise man will pacify it. his Maker: and he that is glad at calami.

15 In the light of the king's countenance ties shall not be unpunished. is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the 6 Children's children are the crown of latter rain.

old men; and the glory of children are 16 How much better is it to get wisdom their fathers. than gold? and to get understanding rather 7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: to be chosen than silver?

much less do lying lips a prince. 17 The highway of the upright is to 8 A gift is as a precious stone in the depart from evil: he that keepeth his way eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it preserveth his soul.

turneth, it prospereth. 18 Pride goeth before destruction, and 9 He that covereth a transgression seeko a haughiy spirit before a fall.

eth love; but he that repeateth a matter, 19 Beiter it is to be of an humble spirit separateth very friends. with the lowly, than to divide the spoil 10 A reproof entereth more into a wise with the proud.

man than a hundred stripes into a fool. 20 ile that handleth a matter wisely 11 An evil inan seeketh only rebellion: shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent Lord, happy is he.

against him. 21 The wise in heart shall be called 12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet prudent: and the sweetness of the lips in- a man, rather thau a fool in his folly; creaseth learning:

13 Whoso rewardeih evil for good, evil 22 Understanding is a well-spring of shall not depart from bis house.


Of sundry moral virtues, PROVERBS. and their contrary dices.

14 The beginning of strife is as when 10 The name of the LORD is a strong one letteth out water: therefore leave off tower: the righteous runneth into it, and contention, before it be meddled with. is safe.

15 He that justifieth the wicked, and 11 The rich man's wealth is his strong he that condemneth the just, even they city, and as a high wall in bis own conboth are abomination to the Lord. ceit.

16 Wherefore is there a price in the 12 Before destruction the heart of man hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he is haughty, and before honour is humility. hath no heart to it?

13 He that answereth a matter before 17 A friend loveth at all times, and a he hearethit, it is folly and shameunto him, brother is born for adversity.

14 The spirit of a man will sustain his 18 A man void of understanding striketh infirmity ; but a wounded spirit who can hands, and becometh surety in the pre- bear? sence of his friend.

15 The heart of the prudent getteth 19 He loveth transgression that loveth knowledge ; and the ear of the wise seekstrife: and he that exalteth his gate seek-eth knowledge. eth destruction.

16 A man's gift maketh room for him, 20 He that hath a froward heart findeth and bringeth him before great men. no good: and he that hath a perverse 17 He that is first in his own cause seem. tongue falleth into mischiet,

eth just; but his neighbour cometh and 21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to searcbeth him. his sorrow : and the father of a fool bath 18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, no joy.

and parteth between the mighty. 1 22 A merry heart doeth good like a 19 A brother offended is harder to be medicine : but a broken spirit drieth the won than a strong city; and their contenbones.

tions are like the bars of a castle. 23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of 20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. the fruit of his mouth; and with the in

24 Wisdom is before him that hath un- crease of his lips shall be be filled. derstanding ; but the eyes of a fool are 21 Death and life are in the power of in the ends of the earth.

the tongue : and they that love it shall eat 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, the fruit thereof. and bitterness to her that bare him. 22 Whoso findeth a wife, findeth a good

26 Also to punish the just is not good, thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. nor to strike princes for equity.

23 The poor useth entreaties; but the 27 He thai hath knowledge spareth his rich answereth roughly. words: and a man of understanding is of 24 A man that hath friends must shew an excellent spirit.

himself friendly: and there is a friend 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his that sticketh closer than a brother. peace, is


ETTER is poor standing. CHAP. XVIII.

in his lips, and is a fool. NHROUGH desire, a man, having se- 2 Also, that the soul be without know.

parated himself, seeketh and inter- ledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth meddleth with all wisdom.

with his feet sinneth. 2 A fool hath no delight in understand- 3 The foolishness of man perverteth ing, but that his heart may discover itself. his way: and his heart fretteth against

3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh the Lord. also contempt,and with ignominy reproach. 4 Wealth maketh many friends; but

4 The words of a man's mouth are as the poor is separated from his neighbour. deep waters, and the well-spring of wis- 5'A false witness shall not be unpunishdom as a flowing brook.

ed, and he that speaketh lies shall not es5 It is not good to accept the person of cape. the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in 6 Many will entreat the favour of the judgment.

prince: and every man is a friend to him 6 A fool's lips enter into contention, that giveth gifts. and his mouth calleth for strokes.

7 All the brethren of the poor do hate 7. A fool's mouth is his destruction, and him: how much more do his friends go his lips are the snare of his soul. far from him ? he pursueth them with words,

8 The words of a tale-bearer are as yet they are wanting to him. wounds, and they go down into the inner-8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his most parts of the belly.

own soul : he that keepeth understanding 9 He also that is slothful in his work is shall find good. brother to bim that is a great waster, 9 A false witness shall not be unpuz


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Of sundry moral virtues, CHAP. XX. and their contrary vices. nished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.I. 3 It is an honour for a man to cease

10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; from strife : but every fool will be medmuch less for a servant to have rule over dling. princes.

4 The sluggard will not plough by reau The discretion of a man deferreth son of the cold ; therefore shall he beg in his anger; and it is his glory to pass over harvest, and have nothing. a transgression.

5 Counsel in the heart of man is like 12 The king's wrath is as the roaring deep water ; but a man of understanding of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon will draw it out. the grass.

6 Most men will proclaim every one his! 13 A foolish son is the calamity of his own goodness : but a faithful man who father: and the contentions of a wife are can find ? a continual dropping.

7 The just man walketh in his integrity: 1 14 House and riches are the inheritance his children are blessed after bim. of fathers : and a prudent wife is from the 8 A king that sitteth in the throne of LORD.

judgment, scattereth away all evil with his 15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep eyes. sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. 9 Who can say, I have made my heart

16 "He that keepeth the commandment clean, I am pure from my sin? keepeth his own soul: but he that despiseth 10 Divers weights, and divers meahis ways shall die.

sures, both of them are alike abomination 17 He that hath pity upon the poor, to the LORD. lendeth unto the LORD; and that which 11 Even a child is known by his doings, he hath given will he pay him again. whether his work be pure, and whether it

18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, be right. and let not thy soul spare for his crying. 12 The bearing ear, and the seeing 19 A man of great wrath shall suffer eye, the LORD hath made even both of

1 punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet them. thou must do it again.

13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to 20 Hear counsel, and receive instruc- poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt tion, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter be satisfied with bread. end.

14 It is nought, it is nought, saith the 21 There are many devices in a man's buyer: but when he is gone his way, then heart; nevertheless the counsel of the he boasteth. LORD, that shall stand.

15 There is gold, and a multitude of 22 The desire of a man is his kindness : rubies : but the lips of knowledge are a and a poor man is better than a liar. precious jewel.

23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: 16 Take bis garment that is surety for and he that hath it shall abide satisfied ; a stranger: and take a pledge of him for he shall not be visited with evil.

a strange woman. 24 A slothful man hideth his hand in 17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; his bosom, and will not so much as bring but afterwards his mouth shall be filled it to his mouth again.

with gravel. 25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will 18 Every purpose is established by beware: and reprove one that hath un- counsel : and with good advice make war. derstanding, and he willunderstand know- 19 He that goeth about as a tale-bearer ledge.

revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not 26 He that wasteth his father, and with him that flattereth with his lips. chaseth away his mother, is a son that 20 Whoso curseth his father or his mocauseth shame, and bringeth reproach. ther, his lamp shall be put out in obscure

27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruc- darkness. tion that causeth to err from the words of 21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily knowledge.

at the beginning; but the end thereof shall ! 28 An ungodly witness scorneth judg- not be blessed. ment: and the mouth of the wicked de- 22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; voureth iniquity.

but wait on the LORD, and he shall save 29 Judgments are prepared for scorn- tbee. ers, and stripes for the back of fools. 23 Divers weights are an abomination CHAP. XX.

unto the LORD; and a false balance is not TINE is a mocker, strong drink is good.

24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how ed thereby is not wise.

can a man then understand his own way? 2 The fear of a king is as the roaring 25 It is a snare to the man who devourof a lion: æhoso provoketh him to anger eth that which is boly, and after vows to sinneth against his own soul.

make inquiry.

O sundry moral virtues, PROVERBS. and their costirary vices.

26 A. wise king scattereth the wicked, than with a contentious and an angry woe and bringeth the wheel over them. man.

27 The spirit of man is the candle of 20 There is treasure to be desired, the LORD, searching all the inward parts and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a of the belly.

foolish man spendeth it up. 28 Mercy and truth preserve the king : 21 He that followeth after righteousness and his throne is upholden by mercy, and mercy,findeth life, righteousness, and

29 The glory of young men is their honour. strength: and the beauty of old men is 22 A wise man, scaleth the city of the the gray head.

mighty, and casteth down the strength of 30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth the confidence thereof. away evil : so do stripes the inward parts 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his of the belly,

tongue, keepeth his soul from troubles. CHAP. XXI.

24 Proud and haughty scorner is his T'Eking's hottest cicers hoe haradert

: he THE king's heart is in the hand of the name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

25 The desire of the slothful killeth turneth it whithersoever he will. him ; for his hands refuse to labour.

1 2 Every way of a man is right in his own 26 Hecoveteth greedily all the day long: 1 eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. but the righteous giveth and spareth no!.

3 To do justice and judgment is more 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomi| acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. nation : how much more, when he bringeth

4 A high look, and a proud heart, and it with a wicked mind? the ploughing of the wicked, is sin. 28 A false witness shall perish: but the

5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only man that heareth, speaketh constantly. to plenteousness; but of every one that is 29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: basty, only to want.

butas for the upright, he directeth his way. 6. The getting of treasures by a lying 30 There is no wisdom nor understandtongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them ing nor counsel against the LORD. that seek death.

31 The horse is prepared against the :7 The robbery of the wicked shall de- day of battle : but safety is of the LORD. stroy them ; because they refuse to do

CHAP. XXII. judgment. 8 The way of. man is froward and A GOOD name is rather to be chosen

than great riches, and loving favour strange: but as for the pure, his work is rather than silver and gold. right.

2 The rich and poor meet together: the 9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the Lord is the maker of them all. house-top, than with a brawling woman in 3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and a wide house.

hideth himself: but the simple pass on, 10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: and are punished. his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes. 4 By humility and the fear of the LORD

11. When the scorner is punished, the are riches, and honour, and life. simple is made wise : and when the wise 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of is instructed, he receivęth knowledge. the froward: he that doth keep his soul

12 The righteous man wisely consider- shall be far from them. eth the house of the wicked: but God 6 Train up a child in the way he should overthroweth the wicked for their wicked-go: and when he is old, he will not depart ness.

from it. 13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry 7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but borrower is servant to the lender. shall not be heard.

8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap .14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and vanity : and the rod of his anger shall fail. fi reward in the bosoin strong wrath. 9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be

15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the but destruction shall be to the workers of poor. üniquity.

10 Cast out the scorner, and contention 16 The man that wandereth out of the shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall way of understanding shall remain in the cease. congregation of the dead.

11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for 17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a the grace of his lips the king shall be his poor man: be that loveth wine and oil friend. shall not be rich.

12 The eyes of the LORD preserve 18. The wicked shall be a ransom for knowledge, and he overthroweth the words the righteous, and the transgressor for the of the transgressor. upright.

13 The slothful man saith, There is a 19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, llion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

Of sundry moral virtues, CHAP. XXIII. and therr contrary vices.

14 The mouth of strange women is a thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD 9 Speak not in the ears of a fool : for he sball fall therein.

will despise the wisdom of thy words. 15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of 10 Remove not the old landmark; and a child; but the rod of correction shall enter not into the fields of the fatherless : drive it far from him.

11 For their Redeemer is mighty; he 16 He that oppresseth the poor to in- shall plead their cause with thee. crease his riches, and he that giveth to the 12 Apply thy heart unto instruction, rich, shall surely come to want.

and thine ears to the words of knowledge 11 Bow down thine ear, and hear the 13 Witbhold not correction from the words of the wise, and apply thy heart child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, unto my knowledge.

he shall not die. 18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, them within thee; they shall withal be and shalt deliver his soul from hell. fitted in thy lips.

15 My son, if thy heart be wise, my 19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, heart shall rejoice, even mine. I have made known to thee this day, even 16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when to thee.

thy lips speak right things. 20 Have not I written to thee excellent 17 Let not thy heart envy sinners. things in counsels and knowledge, but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the

21 That I might make thee know the day long. certainty of the words of truth; that thou 18 For surely there is an end; and thine mightest answer the words of truth to them expectation shall not be cut off. that send unto thee?

19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and 22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: guide thy heart in the way. neither oppress the afilicted in the gate: 20 Be not among wine-bibbers; among

23 For the LORD will plead their cause, riotous eaters of flesh: and spoil the soul of those that spoiled 21 For the drunkard and the glutton them.

shall come to poverty: and drowsiness 24 Make no friendship with an angry shall clothe a man with rags. man; and with a furious man thou shalt 22 Hearken unto thy father that begai not go:

thee, and despise not thy mother when she 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a is old. snare to thy soul.

23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wis26 Be not thou one of them that strikedom, and instruction, and understanding; hands, or of them that are sureties for debts. 24 The father of the righteous shall

27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a should he take away thy bed from under wise child shall have joy of him. thee?

25 Thy father and thy mother shall be 28 Remove not the ancient landmark, glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. which thy fathers have set.

26 My son, give me thy heart, and let 29 Seest thou a man diligent in his bu- thine eyes observe my ways. siness? he shall stand before kings; he 27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a shall not stand before mean men. strange woman is a narrow pit. CHAP. XXIII.

28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and THEN thou sittest to eat with a ru- increaseth the transgressors among men.

ler, consider diligently what is be- 29 Who hath wo? who hath sorrow? who fore thee:

hath contentions? who hath babbling? who 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou hath wounds without cause? who hath redbe a man given to appetite.

ness of eyes? 3 Be not desirous of his dainties : for 30 They that tarry long at the wine; they are deceitful meat.

they that go to seek mixed wine. 4 Labour not to be rich: cease from 31 Look not thou upon the wine when thine own wisdom.

it is red, when it giveth his colour in the 5. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that cup, when it moveth itself aright. whicb is not? for riches certainly make 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, themselves wings; they fly away as an and stingeth like an adder. eagle toward heaven.

33 Thine eyes shall behold strange wo6 Eat thou not the bread of him that men, and thy heart shall utter perverse hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his things. dainty meats:

34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is down in the midst of the sea, or as he that he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but lieth upon the top of a mast. his heart is not with thee.

35 They have stricken me, shalt thou 8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt say, and I was not sick; they have beaten

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