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Of wisdom, folly, riot, foc. ECCLESIASTES. Directions for chariy.

15 Now there was found in it a poor decayeth; and through idleness of the wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered hands the house droppeth through. the city; yet no man remembered that 19 A feast is made for laughter, and same poor man.

wine maketh merry: but money answereth 16 Then said I, wisdom is better than all things. strength: nevertheless the poor man's wis 20 T Curse not the king, no,not in thy. dom is despised, and his words are not thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedheard.

chamber: for a bird of the air shall carry 17 The words of wise men are heard in the voice, and that which bath wings shall quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth tell the matter.

CHAP, XI. non Wisdom is better thàn weapons of Castu shalt had it after many days.

thy bread for war: but one sinner destroyeth much good. CHAP. X.

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apothecary to send forth a be upon the savour: so doth a little folly him that is in 31f the clouds-be full of rain, they empty reputation for wisdom and honour. themselves upon the earth : and if the tree

2 A wise man's heart is at his right fall toward the south, or toward the hand; but a fool's heart is at his left. north, in the place where the tree falleth,

3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walk- there it shall be. eth by the way, his wisdom faileth him, 4 He that observeth the wind shall not and he saith to every one that he is a sow; and he that regardeth the clouds fool.

4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against 5 As thou knowest not what is the way thee, leave not thy place; for yielding of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow pacifieth great offences.

in the womb of her that is with child: even 5 There is an evil which I have seen so thou knowest not the works of God who under the sun, as an error which proceed- maketh all. eth from the ruler:

6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in 6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the the evening withhold not thine hand: for rich sit in low place.

thou knowest not whether shall prosper, 7 I have seen servants upon horses, and either this or that, or whether they both princes walking as servants upon the earth. shall be alike good.

8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; 7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleaand whoso breaketh a hedge, a serpent sant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: shall bite him.

8 But if a man live many years, and re9 Whošo removeth stones shall be hurt joice in them all; yet let him remember the therewith; and he that cleaveth wood days of darkness; for they shall be many. shall be endangered thereby.

All that cometh is vanity. 10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not 9 T Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; whet the edge, then must he put to more and let thy beart cheer thee in the days of strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine

11 Surely the serpent will bite without heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but enchantment; and a babbler is no better. Iknow thou, that for all these things God

12 The words of a wise man's mouth will bring thee into judgment. ore gracious; but the lips of a fool will 10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy swallow up himself.

heart, and put away evil from thy fesla 13 The beginning of the words of his for childhood and youth are vanity. mouth is foolishness: and the end of his

CHAP. XII. talk is miscbievous madness.

EMEMBER now thy Creator in the cannot tell what shall be; and what shall come not, nor the years draw nigh, when be after him, who can tell him?

thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; • 15 The labour of the foolish wearieth 2 While the sun, or the light, or the every one of them, because he knoweth moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor not how to go to the city.

the clouds return after the rain : 16 T Wo to thee, O land, when thy king 3 In the day when the keepers of the is a child, and thy princes eat in the house shall tremble, and the strong men morning!

sball bow themselves, and the grinders. 17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy cease because they are few, and those that king is the son of nobles, and thy princes look out of the windows be darkened, eat in due season, for strength, and not for 4 And the doors shan be shut in the drunkenness!

streets, when the sound of the grinding is 18 s By much slothsulness the building low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the

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The Creator to be remembered. CHAP. I, 11. The church's love to Christ. bırd, and all the daughters of music shall ledge: yea, he gave good heed, and sought be brought low;

out, and set in order many proverbs. 5 Also when they shall be afraid of that 10 The Preacher sought to find out acwhich is high, and fears shall be in the way, ceptable words: and that which was writand the almond-tree shall flourish, and the ten, was upright, even words of truth. grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire 11 The words of the wise are as goads, shall fail : because man goeth to his long and as nails fastened by the masters of ashome, and the mourners go about the semblies, which are given from one shepstreets:

herd. 6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or 12 And further, by these, my son, he the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher admonished: of making many books there y be broken at the fountain, or the wheellis no end; and much study is a weariness broken at the cistern.

of the flesh. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth 13 | Let us hear the conclusion of the as it was: and the spirit shall return unto whole matter: Fear God, and keep his God who gave it.

commandments: for this is the whole duty 8 T Vanity of vanities, saith the Preach- of man. er; all is vanity.

14 For God shall bring every work into 9 And moreover, because the Preacher judgment, with every secret thing, whewas wise, he still taught the people know-sther it be good, or whether it be evil.

1 The Song of SOLOMON. CHAP. I.

unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my T THE Song of songs, which is Solomon's. breasts.

2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of 14 My beloved is unto me as a cluster of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. camphire in the vineyards of En-gedi.

3 Because of the savour of thy good 15 Behold, thou art fair, my love; beointments thy name is as ointment poured hold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. eyes.

4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the 16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, king hath brought me into his chambers: yea, pleasant': also our bed is green. we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we 17 The beams of our house are cedar, will remember thy love more than wine : and our rafters of fir. the upright love thee.

CHAP. II. 5 Jam black, but comelyone daugh: I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of

of the curtains of Solomon.

2 As the lily among thorns, so is my 6 Look not upon me, because I am love among the daughters. black, because the sun hath looked upon 3 As the apple-tree among the trees of me: my mother's children were angry with the wood, so is my beloved among the me; they made me the keeper of the vine- sons. I sat down under his shadow with yards; but mine own vineyard have I not great delight, and his fruit was sweet to kept.

7 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, 4 He brought me to the banqueting where thou feedest, where thou makest thy house, and his banner over me was love. stock to rest at noon: for why should I be 5 Stay me with flagons, comfort me with as one that turneth aside by the flocks of apples: for I am sick of love. thy companions?

6 His left hand is under my head, and 8 TIf thou know not, O thou fairest his right hand doth embrace me. among women, go thy way furth by the 7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerufootsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids salem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the beside the shepherds' tents.

field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my 9 I have compared thee, O my love, to love, till he please. a company of horses in Pharaoh's cha 8 The voice of my beloved! behold, he riots.

cometh leaping upon the mountains, skip. 10 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of ping upon the hills. jewels, thy neck with chains of gold. 9 My beloved is like a roe, or a young

11 We will make thee borders of gold hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, with studs of silver.

he looketh forth at the windows, shewing 12 T While the King sitteth at his table, himself through the lattice. my spikenard sendeih forth the smell

10 My beloved spake, and said unto thereof.

me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and 13 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved come away.

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Christ's care of the church. SOLOMON'S SONG. The graces of the church. -11 For lo, the winter is past, the rain is day of his espousals, and in the day of the over and gone;

gladness of his heart. 12 The flowers appear on the earth:

CHAP. IV. the time of the singing of birds is come, EHOLD, thou art fair, my love; beand the voice of the turtle is heard in our hold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' land;

eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a 13 The fig-tree putteth forth her green fock of goats, that appear from mount figs, and the vines with the tender grape Gilead. give a good smell. Arise, my love, my 2 Thy teeth are like a fock of sheep that fair one, and come away.

are even shorn, which came up from the 14 TO my dove, that art in the clefts washing; whereof every one bear twins, of the rock, in the secret places of the and none is barren among them. stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me 3 Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and and thy speech is comely: thy temples are thy countenance is comely.

like a piece of a pomegranate within thy 15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, locks. that spoil the vines: for our vines have 4 Thy neck is like the tower of David

builded for an armoury, whereon there '16 † My beloved is mine, and I am hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of his: he feedeth among the lilies. mighty men.

17 Until the day break, and the shadows 5 Thy two breasts are like two young Alee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou roes that are twins, which feed among the like a roe or a young hart upon the moun- lilies. tains of Bether.

6 Until the day break, and the shadows CHAP. III.

flee away, I will get me to the mountain of Y night on my bed I sought him whom myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.

my soul loveth: I sought him, but I 7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no found him not.

spot in thee. 2 I will rise now, and go about the city 8 Come with me from Lebanon, my in the streets, and in the broad ways I.will spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir him, but I found him not.

and Hermon, from the lions' dens, fron 3 watchinen that go about the city the mountains of the leopards. found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him 9 Thou, hast ravished my heart, my whom my soul loveth?

sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my 4 It was but a little that I passed from heart with one of thine eyes, with one them, but I found him whom my soul chain of thy neck. loveth: I held him, and would not let him 10 How fair is thy love, my sister, ny go, until I had brought him into my spouse! how much better is thy love than mother's house, and into the chamber of wine! and the smell of thine ointments her that conceived me.

than all spices! 5 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jeru 11 Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the salem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the honey-comb: honey and milk are under field, that ye sur not up, nor awake my thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments love, till he please.

is like the smell of Lebanon. 6'T Who is this that cometh out of the 12 A garden enclosed is my sister, my wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. with myrrh and frankincense, with all 13 Thy plants are an orchard of pomepowders of the merchant?

granates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, 7 Behold his bed, which is Solomon's: with spikenard, threescore valiant men are about it, of the 14 Spikenard and saffron; calamus and valiant of Israel.

cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; 8 They all hold swords, being expert in myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices. war: every man hath bis sword

upon his 15 A fountain of gardens, a well of living thigh because of fear in the night. waters, and streams from Lebanon.

9 King Solomon made himself a chariot 16 " Awake, O north wind; and come, of the wood of Lebanon.

thou south; blow upon my garden, that 10 He made the pillars thereof of sil- the spices thereof may flow out. Let my ver, the bottom thereof of gold, the cover- beloved come into his garden, and eat his ing of it of purple, the midst thereof being pleasant fruits. paved with love, for the daughters of Je

CHAP. V. rusalem.

*AM come into my garden, my sister, 11 Go forth, Oye daughters of Zion, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh and behold king Solomon with the crown with my spice; I have eaten my hones, wherewith his mother crowned bim in the coinb with my honey; I have drunk my

from me,

.description of Christ. CHAP. VI, VII. The

gruces of the church. wine with my milk: eat, О friends; drink. Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as yea, drink abundantly, o beloved.

an army with banners. 2 1 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is 5 Turn away thine eyes

for the voice of my beloved that knocketh, they have overcome me: thy hair is as a saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, flock of goats that appear from Gilead. my dove, my undefiled: for my head is 6 Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep filled with dew, and my locks with the which go up from the washing, whereof drops of the night.

every one beareth twins, and there is not 3 I have put off my coat; how shall I one barren among them. put it on? I have washed my feet; how 7 As a piece of a pomegranate are thy shall I defile them?

temples within thy locks. 4 My beloved put in his hand by the 8 There are threescore queens, and hole of the door, and my bowels were fourscore concubines, and virgins without moved for him.

number. 5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and 9 My dove, my undefiled is but one; she my bands dropped with myrrh, and my is the only one of her mother, she is the fingers with sweet-smelling myrrh, upon choice one of her that bare her. The the handles of the lock.

daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, 6 I opened to my beloved; but my be the queens and the concubines, and they loved had withdrawn himself, and was praised her. gone: my soul failed when he spake: 1 10 T Who is she that looketh forth as sought him, but I could not find him; I the morning, fair as the moon, clear as called him, but he gave me no answer. the sun, and terrible as an army with

7 The watchmen that went about the banners? city found me, they smote me, they wound 11 I went down into the garden of nuts ed me: the keepers of the walls took to see the fruits of the valley, and to see away my vail from me.

whether the vine flourished, and the pome8 I charge you, o daughters of Jerusa- granates budded. lem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell 12 Or ever I was aware, my soul made bim, that I am sick of love.

me like the chariots of Ammi-nadib. 9'What is thy beloved more than ano 13 Return, return, O Shulamite; return, ther beloved, 0 thou fairest among wo- return, that we may look upon thee. What men? what is thy beloved more than ano- will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were ther beloved, that thou dost so charge us ? the company of two armies. 10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the

CHAP. VII. chiefest among ten thousand.

11 His head is as the most fine gold, his HOW beautiful are thy feet with shoes, locks are bushy, and black as a raven. thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the

12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by hands of a cunning workman. the rivers of waters, washed with milk, 2 Thy navel is like a round goblet, and fitly set.

which wanteth not liquor; thy belly is like 13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as a heap of wheat set about with lilies. sweet flowers! his lips like lilies, dropping 3 Thy two breasts are like two young sweet-smelling myrrh.

roes that are twins. 14 His hands are as gold rings set with 4 Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory over- eyes like the fish-pools in Heshbon, by laid with sapphires.

the gate of Bath-rabbim: thy nose is as15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set the tower of Lebanon which looketh toupon sockets of fine gold: his countenance ward Damascus. is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. 5 Thine head upon thee is like Carmel,

16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is and the hair of thine head like purple; altogether lovely. This is my beloved, the King is held in the galleries. and this is my friend, o daughters of Je 6 How fair and how pleasant art thou, rusalem.

O love, for delights!
CHAP. VI.

7 This thy stature is like to a palm-tree, thou fairest among women? whither

, I will the palm-tree, is thy beloved turned aside? that we may I will take hold of the boughs thereof: seek him with thee.

now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of 2 My beloved is gone down into his the vine, and the smell of thy nose like garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in apples; the gardens, and to gather lilies.

9 And the roof of thy mouth like the 3°I am my beloved's and my beloved best wine for my beloved, that goeth down is mine: he feedeth among the lilies. sweetly, causing the lips of those that are 4 T Thou art beautiful, O my love, as asleep to speak.

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The church's love to Christ. ISAIAH. Isaiah's complaint of Judah.

10 T I am my beloved's and his desire 6 1 Set me as a seał upon thine heart, is toward me.

as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong 11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth as death ; jealousy is cruel as the grave: into the field; let us lodge in the villages. the coals thereof are coals of fire, whick

12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; hath a most vebement fame. let us see if the vine flourish, whether the 7 Many waters cannot quench love,nei. tender grape appear, and the pomegra- ther can the floods drown it: if a man nates bud forth : there will I give thee my would give all the substance of his house loves.

for love, it would utterly be contemned. 13 The mandrakes give a smell, and at 8 1 We have a little sister, and she hath our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, no breasts : what shall we do for our sister new and old, which I have laid up for thee, in the day when she shall be spoken for! O my beloved.

9 If she be a wall, we will build upon CHAP. VIII.

her a palace of silver: and if she be a door O Tuched they weris as my brotinexhba! we will enclose her with boards of cedare when I should find thee without, I would towers: then was I in his eyes as one that kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised. found favour.

2 I would lead thee, and bring thee into 11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamy mother's house, who would instruct me: mon; he let out the vineyard unto keepI would cause thee to drink of spiced wine ers ; every one for the fruit thereof was of the juice of my pomegranate. to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

3 His left hand should be under my head, 12 My vineyard which is mine, is beand his right hand should embrace me. fore me : thou, O Solomon, must have a

4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusa- thousand, and those that keep the fruit lem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my thereof two hundred. love, until he please.

13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, 5 Who is this that cometh up from the the companions hearken to thy voice: wilderness, leaning upon her beloved ? I cause me to hear it. raised thee up under the apple-tree: there 14 | Make haste, my beloved, and be thy mother brought thee forth : there she thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon brought thee forth that bare thee.

the mountains of spices.

I The Book of the Prophet ISAIAH.
CHAP. I.

8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a THE

which he saw concerning Judah and den of cucumbers, as a besieged city: Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, 9 Except the Lord of hosts had left Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. unto us a very small remnant, we should

2 Hear, o heavens, and give ear, 0 have been as Sodom, and we should have earth : for the LORD hath spoken, I have been like unto Gomorrah. nourished and brought up children, and 10 | Hear the word of the LORD, ye they have rebelled against me.

rulers of Sodom: give ear unto the lazy of 3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the our God, ye people of Gomorrah. ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not 11 To what purpose is the multitude of know, my people doth not consider. your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD:

4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, iniquity, a seed of evil-doers, children that and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight are corrupters! they have forsakentbe LORD, not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel or of he-goats. unto anger, they are gone away backward. 12 When ye come to appear before me,

5 Why should ye be stricken any more? who hath required this at your hand, to Je will revolt more and more: the whole tread my courts ? head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 13 Bring no more vain oblations: in

6 From the sole of the foot even unto cense is an abomination unto me; the newthe head there is no soundness in it; but moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemwounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: blies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, they have not been closed, neither bound even the solemn meeting: up, neither mollified with ointment. 14 Your new-moons and your appointed

7 Your country is desolate, your cities feasts my soul hateth : they are a trouble are burned with fire : your land, strangers unto me; I am weary to bear them. devour it in your presence, and it is deso 15 And when ye spread forth your late, as overthrown by strangers. hands, I will hide mine eyes from you.:

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