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Of sundry moral virtues, CHAP. XVII, XVIII. and their contrary vices.

26 He that laboureth laboureth for him- hands, and becometh surety in the preself; for his mouth craveth it of him. sence of his friend.

27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: . 19 He loveth transgression that loveth and in his lips there is as a burning fire. strife : and he that exalteth his gate seek

28 A froward man soweth strife: and a eth destruction. whisperer separateth chief friends. 1 20 He that hath a froward heart findeth

29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, no good : and he that bath a perverse and leadeth him into the way that is not tongue falleth into mischief.

| 21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to 30 He shutteth his eyes to devise fro-his sorrow; and the father of a fool hath no ward things: moving his lips he bringeth joy. evil to pass.

22 A merry heart doeth good like a 31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the lif it be found in the way of righteousness. bones.

32 He that is slow to anger is better than 23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, the bosom to pervert the ways of judgthan he that taketh a city.

ment. 33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the 24 Wisdom is before him that hath unwhole disposing thereof is of the LORD. derstanding; but the eyes of a fool are in * CHAP. XVII.

the ends of the earth. RETTER is a dry morsel, and quiet- 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father,

D ness therewith, than an house full of and bitterness to her that bare him. sacrifices with strife.

1 26 Also to punish the just is not good, 2 A wise servant shall have rule over a nor to strike princes for equity. son that causeth shame, and shall have part] 27 He that hath knowledge spareth his of the inheritance among the brethren. words: and a man of understanding is of | 3 The fining pot is for silver, and the an excellent spirit. urnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his learts.

peace, is counted wise : and he that shut4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false teth his lips is esteemed a man of underips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty standing. pngue.

CHAP. XVIII. 5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth THROUGH desire, a man, having seis Maker: and he that is glad at calami- . parated himself, seeketh and interes shall not be unpunished.

meddleth with all wisdom. 6 Children's children are the crown of 2 A fool hath no delight in understandId men; and the glory of children are ing, but that his heart may discover itheir fathers.

self. 7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool : 3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh luch less do lying lips a prince.

also contempt, and with ignominy re8 A gift is as a precious stone in the proach. es of him that hath it; whithersoever it 4 The words of a man's mouth are as rneth, it prospereth.

deep waters, and the well-spring of wisdom 9 He that covereth a transgression seek-as a flowing brook. h love ; but he that repeateth a matter 5 It is not good to accept the person of parateth very friends.

the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in 10 A reproof entereth more into a wise judgment. an than an hundred stripes into a fool. I 6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and

11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion : his mouth calleth for strokes. prefore a cruel messenger shall be sent A fool's mouth is his destruction, and ainst him.

his lips are the snare of his soul. 12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet 8 The words of a tale-bearer are as nan, rather than a fool in his folly. wounds, and they go down into the inner13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil most parts of the belly. ul not depart from his house.

1 9 He also that is slothful in his work is 14 The beginning of strife is as when brother to him that is a great waster. > letteth out water : therefore leave off 10 The name of the LORD is a strong Itention, before it be meddled with. tower : the righteous runneth into it, and is 15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he safe. t condemneth the just, even they both 11 The rich man's wealth is his strong abomination to the LORD.

city, and as an 'high wall in his own con6 Wherefore is there a price in the ceit. d of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath 12 Before destruction the heart of man is heart to it?

haughty, and before honour is humility. 7 A friend loveth at all tiines, and a 13 He that answereth a matter before ther is boru for adversity.

The heareth it it is folly and shame unto 8 A man void of understanding striketh him.

Of sundry moral virtues, PROVERBS.

and their contrary vices. 14 The spirit of a man will sustain his father: and the contentions of a wife are infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can a continual dropping. bear?

14 House and riches are the inheritance 15 The heart of the prudent getteth of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the kuowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh LORD. knowledge.

| 15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; 16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. and bringeth him before great men.

16 He that keepeth the commandment 17 He that is first in his own cause seem-keepeth his own soul : but he that despiseth eth just; but his neighbour cometh and his ways shall die. searcheth him.

17 He that hath pity upon the poor, 18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he and parteth between the mighty.

hath given will he pay him again. 19 A brother offended is harder to be 18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, won than a strong city; and their conten- and let not thy soul spare for his crying. tions are like the bars of a castle.

19 A man of great wrath sball suffer 20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet the fruit of his mouth; and with the in-thou must do it again. crease of his lips shall he be filled.

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, 21 Death and life are in the power of the that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. tongue: and they that love it shall eat the 21 There are many devices in a man's fruit thereof.

| heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, 22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good that shall stand. thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. 22 The desire of a man is his kindness:

23 The poor useth entreaties; but the and a poor man is better than a liar. rich answereth roughly.

23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: 24 A man that hath friends must shew and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he himself friendly : and there is a friend that shall not be visited with evil. sticketh closer than a brother.

| 24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his CHAP. XIX.

bosom, and will not so much as bring it to PETTER is the poor that walketh in his mouth again.

D his integrity, than he that is perverse 25 Smite a scorner and the simple will in his lips, and is a fool.

beware: and reprove one that hath un2 Also, that the soul be without know-derstanding, and he will understand knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth ledge. with his feet sinneth.

26 He that wasteth his father, and 3 The foolishness of man perverteth chaseth away his mother, is a son that his way: and his heart fretteth against causeth shame, and bringeth reproach. the LORD.

1 27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruc4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the tion that causeth to err from the words of poor is separated from his neighbour knowledge.

5 A false witness shall not be unpunish- 28 An ungodly witness scorneth judged, and he that speaketh lies shall not es-ment: and the mouth of the wicked deсаре.

voureth iniquity. 6 Many will entreat the favour of the 29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, prince: and every man is a friend to him and stripes for the back of fools. that giveth gifts.

CHAP. XX. , 7 All the brethren of the poor do hate W INE is a mocker, strong drink is him: how much more do his friends go far W raging: and whosoever is deceived from him? he pursueth them with words, thereby is not wise. yet they are wanting to him.

T 2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of 8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sin soul : he that keepeth understanding shall neth against his own soul. find good.

| 3 It is an honour for a man to cease 9 A false witness shall not be unpu- from strife: but every fool will be mednished, and he that speaketh lies shall|dling. perish.

4 The sluggard will not plough by rea10 Delight is not seemly for a fool ; son of the cold; therefore shall he beg in much less for a servant to have rule over harvest, and have nothing. princes.

15 Counsel in the heart of man is like 11 The discretion of a man deferreth his deep water; but a man of understanding anger; and it is his glory to pass over a will draw it out. transgression.

6 Most men will proclaim every one his 12 The king's wrath is as the roaring own goodness: but à faithful man who can of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the find ? rass.

17 The just man walketh in his integrity : 13 A foolish son is the calamity of his his children are blessed after him.

Of sundry moral virtues, CHAP. XXI.

and their contrary vices. 8 A king that sitteth in the throne of 2 Every way of a man is right in his judgment, scattereth away all evil with his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the eyes.

hearts. | 9 Who can say, I have made my heart 3 To do justice and judgment is more clean, I am pure from my sin ?

acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. | 10 Divers weights, and divers measures, 4 An high look, and a proud heart, and both of them are alike abomination to the the ploughing of the wicked, is sin. LORD.

5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only 11 Even a child is known by his doings, to plenteousness; but of every one that is whether his work be pure, and whether it hasty only to want. be right.

16 The getting of treasures by a lying | 12 The hearing ear, and the seeing tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them bye, the LORD hath made even both of that seek death. hem.

1 7 The robbery of the wicked shall de| 13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to po- stroy them; because they refuse to do erty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be judgment. atisfied with bread.

s 8 The way of man is froward and 14 It is nought, it is nought, saith the strange: but as for the pure, his work is uyer : but when he is gone his way, then right. e boasteth.

| 9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the 15 There is gold, and a multitude of ru- house-top, than with a brawling woman in es : but the lips of knowledge are a pre- a wide house. ous jewel.

10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: 16 Take his garment that is surety for a his neighbour findeth no favour in his ranger: and take a pledge of him for a eyes. range woman.

11 When the scorner is punished, the 17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but simple is made wise: and when the wise is erward his mouth shall be filled with instructed, he receiveth knowledge. avel.

12 The righteous man wisely consider18 Every purpose is established by coun-eth the house of the wicked: but God : and with good advice make war. overthroweth the wicked for their wicked19 He that goeth about as a tale-bearer ness. ealeth secrets: therefore meddle not 13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry h him that flattereth with his lips. of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but 20 Whoso curseth his father or his mo- shall not be heard. r, his lamp shall be put out in obscure 14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: anu kness.

a reward in the bosom strong wrath. 1 An inheritance may be gotten hastily! 15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: he beginning; but the end thereof shall but destruction shall be to the workers of be blessed.

iniquity. 2 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; 16 The man that wandereth out of the wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. way of understanding shall remain in the 3 Divers weights are an abomination congregation of the dead. the LORD; and a false balance is not 17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor

man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not Man's goings are of the LORD; how be rich. a man then understand his own way? 16 The wicked shall be a ransom for | It is a snare to the man who devour- the righteous, and the transgressor for the that rohich is holy, and after vows to upright. e inquiry.

I 19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, A wise king scattereth the wicked, than with a contentious and an angry wobringeth the wheel over them.

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

man spendeth it up. Mercy and truth preserve the king: 21 He that followeth after righteousness, is throne is upholden by mercy. and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and The glory of young men is their honour. gth: and the beauty of old men is the 22 A wise man scaleth the city of the head.

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

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

24 Proud and haughty scorner is his E king's heart is in the hand of the name, who dealeth in proud wrath. ORD, as the rivers of water: he turn- 25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; whithersoever he will.

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On sundry-moral virtues, PROVERBS

and their contrary vices. 26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: 20 Have not I written to thee excellent but the righteous giveth and spareth not. things in counsels and knowledge,

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomiz 21 That I might make thee know the nation : how much more, when he bringeth certainty of the words of truth; that thou it with a wicked mind ?

Imightest answer the words of truth to them 28 A false witness shall perish: but the that send unto thee? man that heareth speaketh constantly. 22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor:

29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: but as for the upright, he directeth his 23 For the LORD will plead their cause, way.

land spoil the soul of those that spoiled 30 There is no wisdom nor understand. them. ing nor counsel against the Lord.

24 Make no friendship with an angry 31' The horse is prepared against the man; and with a furious man thou shalt day of battle: but safety is of the LORD. (not go : CHAP. XXII.

| 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a A GOOD name is rather to be chosen snare to thy soul. A than great riches, and loving favour 26 Be not thou one of them that strike rather than silver and gold.

hands, or of them that are sureties for 2 The rich and poor meet together : the debts. LORD is the maker of them all.

1 27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why 3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and should he take away thy bed from under hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and thee? are punished.

| 28 Remove not the ancient landmark, 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord which thy fathers have set. are riches, and honour, and life.

29 Seest thou a man diligent in his busi5 Thorns and snares are in the way of ness ? he shall stand before kings; he shall the froward : he that doth keep his soul not stand before mean men, shall be far from them.

CHAP. XXIII. 6 Train up a child in the way he should W H EN thou sittest to eat with a ruler, go: and when he is old, he will not depart. W consider diligently what is before from it.

thee: :7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou borrower is servant to the lender.

be a man given to appetite. 8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap 3 Be not desirous of his dainties : for vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail, they are deceitful meat.

9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be 4 Labour not to be rich; cease from blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the thine own wisdom. poor.

15 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that 10 Cast out the scorner, and contention which is not ? for riches certainly make shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall themselves wings; they fly away as an eacease.

gle toward heaven. 11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for 6 Eat thou not the bread of him that the grace of his lips the king shall be his hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his friend.

dainty meats : 12 The eyes of the Lord preserve 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is knowledge, and he overthroweth the words he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but of the transgressor.

This heart is not with thee. 13 The slothful man saith, There is a 8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt lion without, I shall be slain in the streets. thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

14 The mouth of strange women is a 9 Speak not in the ears of a !ool : for he deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD will despise the wisdom of thy words. shall fall therein.

| 10 Remove not the old landmark; and 15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of enter not into the fields of the fatherless : a child; but the rod of correction shall 11 For their Redeemer is mighty; he drive it far from him.

shall plead their cause with thec. 16 He that oppresseth the poor to in- 12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, crease his riches, and he that giveth to the and thine ears to the words of knowledge, rich, shall surely come to want.

13 Withhold not correction from the 17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the child: for if thou beatest him with a rod, words of the wise, and apply thine heart he shall not die. unto my knowledge.

1 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, 18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep and shalt deliver his soul from hell. them within thee; they shall withal be fitted 15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my in thy lips.

heart shall rejoice, even mine. 19 That thự trust may be in the LORD, 16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy I have made known to thee this day, even lips speak right things. to thee.

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Of sundry moral virtues, CHAP. XXI.

and their contrary víceš. be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day S He that deriseth to do evil shall be long.

called a mischievous person. 18 For surely there is an end; and thine 9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and expectation shall not be cut off.

the scorner is an abomination to men. 19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and 10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, guide thinc heart in the way.

thy strength is small. 20 Be not among wine-bibbers; among 11 If thou forbear to deliver them that riotous eaters of flesh :

are drawn unto death, and those that are 21 For the drunkard and the glutton ready to be slain ; shall come to poverty: and drowsiness 12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it shall clothe a man with rags.

not; doth not he that pondereth the heart 22 Hearken unto thy father that begat consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, thee, and despise not thy mother when she doth not he know it ? and shall not he renis old.

der to every man according to his works? 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also 13 My son, eat thou honey, because it wisdom, and instruction, and understand is good; and the honey-comb, which is ing.

sweet to thy taste: 24 T'he father of the righteous shall 14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a unto thy soul : when thou hast found it, wise child shall have joy of him.

then there shall be a reward, and thy ex25 Thy father and thy mother shall be pectation shall not be cut off. glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. 15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against

26 My son, give me thine heart, and let the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his thine eyes observe my ways:

resting-place : 27 For an whore is a deep ditch; and a 16 For a just man falleth seren times, strange woman is a narrow pit.

and riseth up again : but the wicked shall 28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, fall into mischief. and increaseth the transgressors among

17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, men.

and let not thine heart be glad when he 29 Who hath wo? who hath sorrow ? stumbleth : who hath contentions ? who hath babbling? 18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease who hath wounds without cause ? who hath him, and he turn away his wrath from him. redness of eyes ?

19 Fret not thyself because of evil men 30 They that tarry long at the wine; neither be thou envious at the wicked; they that go to seek mixed wine.

20 For there shall be no reward to the 31 Look not thou upon the wine when evil man ; the candle of the wicked shall it is red, when it giveth his colour in the be put out. cup, when it moveth itself aright.

21 My son, fear thou the Lord and the 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, king: and meddle not with them that are and stingeth like an adder.

given to change : 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange wo 22 For their calamity shall rise suddenmen, and thine heart shall utter perverse ly; and who knoweth the ruin of them things.

both ? 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth 23 These things also belong to the wise. down in the midst of the sea, or as he that It is not good to have respect of persons lieth upon the top of a mast.

in judgment. 35 They have stricken me, shalt thou 24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou say, and I was not sick ; they have beaten art righteous; him shall the people curse, me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? nations shall abhor him : I will seek it yet again.

25 But to them that rebuke him shall be CHAP. XXIV.

delight, and a good blessing shall come BE not thou envious against evil men, upon them, neither

26 Every man shall kiss his lips that 2 For their heart studieth destruction, giveth a right answer. and their lips talk of mischief.

27 Prepare thy work without, and make 3 Through wisdonu is an house builded; it fit for thyself in the field; and afterward and by understanding it is established : build thine house.

4 And by knowledge shall the chambersi, 28 Be not a witness against thy neighbe filled with all precious and pleasant bour without cause ; and deceive not with riches.

thy lips. 5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of 29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath knowledge increaseth strength.

done to me: I will render to the man ac6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make cording to his work. thy war: 'and in multitude of counsellors 30 I went by the field of the slothful, there is safety.

and by the vineyard of the man void of un7 Wisdom is too bigh for a fool: he derstanding; openeth not his mouth in the gate.

31 And lo, it was all grown over with

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