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all things to praise God. them : he causeth his wind to blow, and

PSALM CXLIX. the waters flow.

DRAISE ye the LORD. Sing unto tne 19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his 1 LORD a new song, and his praise in statutes and his judgments unto Israel. the congregation of saints.

20 He hath not dealt so with any nation : 2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made and as for his judgments, they have not him : let the children of Zion be joyful in known them. Praise ye the Lord. their King. PSALM CXLVIII.

| 3 Let them praise his name in the dance: DRAISE ye the LORD. Praise ye the let them sing praises unto him with the 1. LORD from the heavens : praise him timbrel and harp. in the heights.

4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his 2 Praise ye him, all his angels : praise people: he will beautify the meek with ve birn, all his hosts.

salvation. 3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise 5 Let the saints be joyful in glory : let him, all ye stars of light.

them sing aloud upon their beds. 4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and 6 Let the high praises of God be in their ye waters that be above the heavens. mouth, and a two-edged sword in their

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: hand; for he commanded, and they were cre- 7 To execute vengeance upon the heaated.

then, and punishments upon the people; 6 He hath also stablished them for ever 8 To bind their kings with chains, and and ever: he hath made a decree which their nobles with fetters of iron; shall not pass.

9 To execute upon them the judgment 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, ye written : this honour have all his saints. dragons and all deeps :

|Praise ye the LORD. 8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour;

PSALM CL. stormy wind fulfilling his word :

I PRAISE ye the Lord. Praise God in 9 Mountains, and all hills ; fruitful trees, 1 his sanctuary : praise him in the firand all cedars :

mament of his power. 10 Beasts, and all cattle ; creeping 2 Praise him for his miglity acts : praise things, and flying fowl :

Thim according to his excellent greatness. 11 Kings of the earth, and all people ; 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumprinces, and all judges of the earth: pet : praise him with the psaltery and | 12 Both young men, and maidens; old harp. men, and children:

| 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: 13 Let them praise the name of the praise him with stringed instruments and LORD : for his name alone is excellent; his organs. glory is above the earth and heaven. 15 Praise him upon the loud cymbals : | 14 He also exalteth the horn of his peo-praise him upon the high sounding cymple, the praise of all his saints ; eten of the bals. children of Israel, a people near unto him. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise Praise ye the LORD.

Ithe LORD. Praise ye the Lord.


1 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace THE proverbs of Solomon the son of unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. 1 David, king of Israel; .

| 10 | My son, if sinners entice thee, con2 To know wisdom and instruction; to sent thou not. perceive the words of understanding ; 11 If they say, Come with us, let us | 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for ustice, and judgment, and equity; the innocent without cause :

4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the oung man knowledge and discretion. grave; and whole, as those that go down

5 A wise man will hear, and will increase into the pit: arning; and a man of understanding 13 We shall find all precious substance, hall attain unto wise counsels:

we shall fill our houses with spoil : 6 To understand a proverb, and the in- 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all rpretation : the words of the wise, and have one purse : leir dark sayings.

15 My son, walk not thou in the way 7 [ The fear of the Lord is the begin with them; refrain thy foot from their path: ing of knowledge: but fools despise wis- 16 For their feet run to evil, and make om and instruction,

haste to shed blood. 8 My son, hear the instruction of thy fa- 17 Surely in vain the net is spread in her, and forsake not the law of thy mother:Ithe sight of any bird.


IVisdom promises

PROVERBS. godliness to her children. 18 And they lay wait for their own blood ;sness, and judgment, and equity ; yea, they lurk privily for their own lives. every good path.

19 So are the ways of every one that is 10 9 When wisdom entereth into thine greedy of gain; which taketh away the heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy life of the owners thereof.

soul; 20 I Wisdom crieth without; she utter- 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, undereth her voice in the streets:

standing shall keep thee: 21 She crieth in the chief place of con- 12 To deliver thee from the way of the course, in the openings of the gates : in evil man, from the man that speaketh frothe city she uttereth her words, saying, ward things;

22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye 13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, love simplicity ? and the scorners delight to walk in the ways of darkness; in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge ? 14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight

23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I in the frowardness of the wicked; will pour out my spirit unto you, I will 15 Whose ways are crooked, and they make known my words unto you. froward in their paths:

24 4 Because I have called, and je re- 16 To deliver thee from the strange wofused; I have stretched out my hand, and man, even from the stranger which flatterno man regarded; .

eth with her words; 25 But ye have set at nought all my 17 Which forsaketh the guide of her counsel, and would none of my reproof: youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her

26 I also will laugh at your calamity: 1 God. will mock when your fear cometh;

18 For her house inclineth unto death, 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and her paths unto the dead. and your destruction cometh as a whirl- 19 None that go unto her return again, wind; when distress and anguish cometh neither take they hold of the paths of upon you.

Mife. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I 20 That thou mayest walk in the way will not answer ; they shall seek me early, of good men, and keep the paths of the but they shall not find me;

righteous. 29 For that they hated knowledge, and 21 For the upright shall dwell in the did not choose the fear of the LORD : land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

30 They would none of my counsel : 22 But the wicked shall be cut off from they despised all my reproof.

the earth, and the transgressors shall be 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit rooted out of it. of their own way, and be filled with their

CHAP. III. own devices.

TTY son, forget not my law; but let 32 For the turning away of the simple I thinè heart keep my commandments : shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools 2 For length of days, and long life, and shall destroy them.

peace shall they add to thee. 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of bind them about thy neck; write them

upon the table of thine heart: CHAP. II.

4 So shalt thou find farour and good unM Y son, if thou wilt receive my words, derstanding in the sight of God and man.

N and hide my commandments with 5 I Trust in the LORD with all thine thee;

heart; and lean not unto thine own under2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wis-standing. dom, and apply thine heart to understand. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and

The shall direct thy paths. 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, 7 9 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear and liftest up thy voice for understand the LORD, and depart from evil. ing;

8 It shall be health to thy navel, and 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and marrow to thy bones. searchest for her as for hid treasures; 9 Honour the LORD with thy substance,

5 Then shalt thou understand the fear and with the first-fruits of all thine inof the LORD, and find the knowledge of crease : God.

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plen6 For the LORD giveth wisdom : out of ty, and thy presses shall burst out with new his mouth cometh knowledge and under-| wine. standing.

| 11 | My son, despise not the chastening 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the of the LORD; neither be weary of his corrighteous : he is a buckler to them that rection : walk uprightly:.

12 For whoin the LORD loveth he cor8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and recteth; even as a father the son in whoix preserveth the way of his saints.

The delighteth. 9 Then shalt thou understand righteous! 13 1 Happy is the man that findeth wis


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Solomon persuades to obecence. CHAP. IV, V.

He exhorts to faith. dom, and the man that getteth understand- Let thine leart retain my words: keep my ing.

commandments, and live. 14 For the merchandise of it is better 5. Get wisdom, get understanding : forthan the merchandise of silver, and the get it not; neither decline from the words gain thereof than fine gold.

of my mouth. 15 She is more precious than rubies: and 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preall the things thou canst desire are not to serve thee : love her, and she shall keep be compared unto her.

thee. 16 Length of days is in her right hand; 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; thereand in her left hand riches and honour. fore get wisdom: and with all thy getung

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, get understanding. and all her paths are peace.

8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee; 18 She is a tree of life to them that lay she shall bring thee to honour, when thou hold upon her: and happy is every one that dost embrace her. retaineth her.

9 She shall give to thine head an orna19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded ment of grace: a crown of glory shall she the earth ; by understanding hath he es- deliver to thee. tablished the heavens.

10 Hear, O my son, and receive my 20 By his knowledge the depths are sayings; and the years of thy life shall be broken up, and the clouds drop down the many. dew.

11 I have taught thee in the way of wis21 My son, let not them depart from dom; I have led thee in right paths. thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and dis 12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not cretion :

be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou 22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, shalt not stumble. and grace to thy neck.

13 Take fast hold of instruction ; let her 23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way not go: keep her; for she is thy life. safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. 14 Enter not into the path of the wick

24 When thou liest down, thou shalt noted, and go not in the way of evil men. be afraid : yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, iurn from it, sleep shall be sweet.

and pass away. 25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither 16 For they sleep, not, except they have of the desolation of the wicked, when it done mischief; and their sleep is taken cometh.

away, unless they cause some to fall. 26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, 17 For they eat the bread of wickedand shall keep thy foot from being taken.'ness, and drink the wine of violence.

27 Withhold not good from them to 18 But the path of the just is as the whom it is due, when it is in the power of shining light, that shineth more and more thine hand to do it.

unto the perfect day. 28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and 19 The way of the wicked is as darkcome again, and to-morrow I will give; ness: they know not at what they stumble. when thou hast it by thee.

20 I My son, attend to my words; in29 Devise not evil against thy neigh- cline thine ear unto my sayings. bour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes;

30 Strive not with a man without cause, keep them in the midst of thine heart. if he have done thee no harm.

22 For they are life unto those that find 31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and them, and health to all their flesh. choose none of his ways.

23 ( Keep thy heart with all diligence: 32 For the froward is abomination to for out of it are the issues of life. the LORD: but his secret is with the right 24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, eous.

and perverse lips put far from thee. 33 I The curse of the LORD is in the 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let house of the wicked: but he blesseth the thine eyelids look straight before thee. habitation of the just.

26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let 34 Surely he scorneth the scorners | all thy ways be established. but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

27 "Turn not to the right hand nor to the 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but left: remove thy foot from evil. shame shall be the promotion of fools.


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bow thine ear to my understanding : ,

2 That thou mayest regard discretion, standing

and that thy lips may keep knowledge. 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake 3 1 For the lips of a strange woman drop ye not my law.

as an honey-comb, and her mouth is 3 For I was my father's son, tender and smoother than oil : only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, sharp as a two-edged sword.

Solomo". wisdom. PROVERBS. The blessings of obedience.

5 H 1:.. des to death; her steps 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or take i sun toile

ruler, Hi Tecnolog ie minder the path of 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and lippines to inssin Der that thou canst gathereth her food in the harvest. ali kol tué

9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? i to, po DNW Voeg, h, i ve children, when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? on my art from this words of my 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a

little folding of the hands to sleep : og festlove tir y far from hier, and 11 So shall thy poverty come as one Lorinn svip door of her house : that travelleth, and thy want as an armed Dixit und give thine honour unto man, yring til ny years unto the cruel: 12 1 A naughty person, a wicked man,

1 - strangers be filled with thy walketh with a froward mouth. berlin. nd thy labours be in the house of 13 He winketh with his eyes, he speakIrai ger;

eth with his feet, he teacheth with his 1. And thou mourn at the last, when thy fingers; flesh and thy body are consumed, | 14 Frowardness is in his heart, he de

12 And say, How have I hated instruc- viseth mischief continually; he soweth tion, and my heart despised reproof; discord.

13 And have not obeyed the voice of my 15 Therefore shall his calamity come teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken instructed me!

without remedy. 14 I was almost in all evil in the midst 16 9 These six things doth the LORD of the congregation and assembly.

hate ; yea, seven are an abomination unto 15 1 Drink waters out of thine own cis-him: tern, and running waters out of thine own 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and well.

hands that shed innocent blood, 16 Let thy fountains be dispersed 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaabroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. ginations, feet that be swift in running to

17 Let them be only thine own, and not mischief, strangers' with thee.

| 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, 18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and re- and him that soweth discord among joice with the wife of thy youth.

brethren. 19 Let her be as the loving hind and 20 9 My son, keep thy father's compleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at mandment, and forsake not the law of thy all times; and be thou ravished always with mother: her love.

21 Bind them continually upon thine 20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravish-heart, and tie them about thy neek. ed with a strange woman, and embrace thel 22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; bosom of a stranger?

when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; 21 For the ways of man are before the and when thou awakest, it shall talk with eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his thee. goings.

123 For the commandment is a lamp ; 221 His own iniquities shall take the and the law is light; aud reproofs of inwicked himself, and he shall be holden with struction are the way of life: the cords of his sins.

| 24 To keep thee from the evil woman, 23 He shall die without instruction: from the flattery of the tongue of a strange and in the greatness of his folly he shall go/woman. astray.

| 25 | Lust not after her beauty in thine CHAP, VI.

| heart; neither let her take thee with her M Y son, if thou be surety for thy friend, eyelids. 11 if thou hast stricken thy hand with a 26 For by means of a whorish woman a stranger,

man is brought to a piece of bread : and 2 Thou art snared with the words of thy the adulteress will hunt for the precious mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy life. mouth.

27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thy- and his clothes not be burned ? self, when thou art come into the hand of 28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make feet not be burned ?* sure thy friend.

1 29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slum- wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be ber to thine eyelids.

innocent. 5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand 30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; of the fowler.

31 But if he be found, he shall restore 61 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; con- seven-fold; he shall give all the substance aider her ways, and be wise :

of his house.

Description of a harlot. CHAP. VII, VIII. The excellency of wisdom.

32 But whoso conmitteth adultery with as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth a woman lacketh understanding : he that not that it is for his life. doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

; 24 4 Hearken unto me now therefore, O 33 A wound and dishonour shall he ye children, and attend to the words of my get; and his reproach shall not be wiped mouth. away.

25 Let not thine heart decline to her 31 For jealousy is the rage of a man : ways, go not astray in her paths, therefore he will not spare in the day of 26 For she hath cast down many woundvengeance.

ed: yea, many strong men have been slain 35 He will not regard any ransom; by her. neither will he rest content, though thou 27 Her house is the way to hell, going givest many gifts.

down to the chambers of death. CHAP. VII.

CHAP. VIII. M Y son, keep my words, and lay up NOTH not wisdom cry? and under11 my commandments with thee. U standing put forth her voice?

2 Keep my commandments, and live;l. 2 She standeth in the top of high places, and my law as the apple of thine eye. by the way in the places of the paths.

3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write 3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of them upon the table of thine heart. the city, at the coming in at the doors :

4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; 4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my and call understanding thy kinswoman : voice is to the sons of inan.

5 That they may keep thee from the 5 () ye simple, understand wisdom : and strange woman, from the stranger which ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. flattereth with her words.

16 | Hear; for I will speak of excellent 6. For at the window of my house I things; and the opening of my lips shall looked through my casement,

be right things. 7 And beheld among the simple ones, Il 7 For my mouth shall speak truth, and discerned among the youths, a young man wickedness is an abomination to my lips. void of understanding,

18 All the words of my mouth are in 8 Passing through the street near her righteousness; there is nothing froward or corper; and he went the way to her house, perverse in them.

9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the 9 They are all plain to him that underblack and dark night:

standeth, and right to them that find know10 And behold, there met him a woman ledge. loith the attire of an harlot, and subtile of 10 | Receive my instruction, and not heart.

silver; and knowledge rather than choice 11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet gold. abide not in her house:

11 For wisdom is better than rubies; 12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and all the things that may be desired are und lieth in wait at every corner.)

not to be compared to it. 13 So she caught him, and kissed him, 12 1 I Wisdom dwell with Prudence, md with an impudent face said unto him, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

14 I have peace-offerings with me; this 13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: lay have I paid my vows.

pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, 15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, and the froward mouth, do I hate. iligently to seek thy face, and I have 14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom : bund thee.

I am 'understanding; I have strength. 16 I have decked my bed with coverings 15 { By me kings reign, and princes def tapestry, with carved works, with fine cree justice. nen of Egypt.

| 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, all the judges of the earth. 'oes, and cinnamon.

17 I love them that love me: and those 18 Come, let us take our fill of love until that seek me early shall find me. e morning : let us solace ourselves with 18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, ves.

durable riches and righteousness. 19 For the good-man is not at home, he 19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than gone a long journey :

fine gold; and my revenue than choice 20 He hath taken a bag of money with silver. m, and will come home at the day ap- 20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in inted.

the midst of the paths of judgment : 21 With her much fair speech she 21 That I may cause those that love me used him to yield, with the flattering of to inherit substance; and I will fill their r lips she forced him.

treasures. 22 He goeth after her straightway, as an 22 ( The LORD possessed me in the begoeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to ginning of his way, before his works of old. correction of the stocks;

23 I was set up from everlasting, from, 23 Till a dart strike through his liver ; the beginning, or ever the carth was.

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