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IVisdom promiseth safety CHAP. II.

from cvil company 10 1 My son, if sinners entice thee, 31 Therefore shall key eat of the consent tou not.

fruit of their own wily, and be filled 11 If they say, Come with us, let us with their own devices. lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily 32 For the turning away of the simfor the conocent without cause: ple shall slay them, and the prospera

12 I.ct ug swallow them up alive as ty or lools shall destroy them. the

grave; and whole, as tliose that 33 But whogo hearkenet unto me go down into the pit :

shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet 13 We shall find all precious sub- liom fear of evil. stance, we shall fill our houses witly

14 Cast in thy lot anong us; let us


my all have one purse.

words, and hide my command15 NIy son, walk not thou in the way ments with thee; with thein: refrain Diy foot from 2 So that thou incline thine ear unto their path :

wisdom, and apply thy heart to under: 16 For their feet run to evil, and standing: make laste to shed oolod.

3 Yea, li thou criest aller knowledge, 17 Surely in vain the net is spread in and lillest up ty voice for under the sight of any bird.

standing; 18 And they Jay wait for their 0907 4 If thou seekest ber as silver, and blood; they lurk privily for their searchest los lier as for liiil treilsures; Olen lives.

6 Tlien salt thou Nderst:ud the 19 So are the ways of every one that fear of the Lord, and sind die knows is greedy of gain; which takrth away leilge or God. the life of the owners thereot.

6 For the Lond givell wisdom: 01!: 20 11 Wisdom criell without; she of his mouth cometh knowledge ani ultereth ber voice in the streets: understandig.

21 She crieth in the cbiel place or 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for thic concourse, in the openings of the righteous; he is a buckler to them that yales: in tlie city she utiereth ler walk upriglitly. words, saying,

S He keppeth the paths of judyineni, 2.2 IIow long, ye simple ones, will ge and preserveth the way of his saints. love simplicity? and the scorners de. 9 Then shalt thou uiderstand right. light in their scorning, and fools late cousness, and jurigment, and equity' ; knowledge?

yen, every good path. 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, 10 When wisdom enteretli inio I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I thy lieart, and knowledge is pleasant will make known my words unto you. unto thy soul,

24 1 Because ' have called, and yel 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, un refused; I have stretched out my derstandin stall keep thee; band, and no man regarded;

12 To deliver thee from the way of 25 But ye bave set at nought all my the evil man, from the man that counsel, and would none of my re-speaketh froward thinga; proof:

13 Who leave the pacis op npriglır. 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; nees, to walk in the way's of daikness; I will mock when your lear cometh; 14 Who rejoice to do evil, and de

27 When your sear cometh as desola- light in the frowardness of the wicked tion, and your destruction cometli is a 15 Whose ways are crooked, anil whirlwind; wlien distress and ui- they croward in their paths : guish cometh upon you.

16 To deliver thee from the strane 28 Then shall they call upon me, but woman, even from the stranger whicn I will not answer; they shall seek me datterech with her words; early, but they shall not find me : 17 Which forsnketh the guide of her

29 For that they hated knowledge, youth, and forgetteth the covenant of und did not choose the rear of the ber God. LORD :

18 For her house inclinelli unto 330 They would none of my counsel : deall, and her paths to the dead. they despised all ny reprool.

19 None that go into lier irlurri

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of the wickedl. again, neither take they hold of the play hold upon ber: and liappy is every palks of life.

one that retaineth ler. 20 That thou mayest walk in the 19 The Lord by wisdom bath sound. way of good men, and keep the paths ed the earth; by understanding bath of the righteous.

be established the heavens. 21 For the upright slall dwell in the 20 By liis knowledge the depths are land, and the perfect sball remain in it. broken up, and the clouds drop down

22 But the wicked shall be cul oll' the dew. from the earth, and the transgressors 21 | Ny son, let not the depart shall be rooted out of it,

from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom

and discretion : CHAP. III.

22 So shall tbey be lise unto thy soul, Y son, forget not my law; but and grace lo tly neck.

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safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. 2 For length of days, and long life, 24 When thou liest down, tliou shalt and peace, shall tliey add to thee. not be afraid: sealhou shalt lie dowli,

3 Lei not inercy und truth forsake and they sleep shall be sweet. thee: bind them about thy neck; write 25 Be not afraid of sudden sear, nei. tliem upon the table of thy heart : ther of the desolation of the wicked,

4 So shalt thou find lavour and good when it comell. understanding in the sight of God and 26 For the Lord shall be tly confi

Idence, and shall keep thy foot from 51 Trust in the LORD with all thy (being taken. heart; and lean not into thine owi 27 1 Withhold not good from thew understanding

to whom it is due, wlien it is ju llora 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, power of thy land to do it. and he shall direct thy patlis.

28 Say not unto thy neighbour, GO 7 | Be not wise in lline own eyes : and come again, and lo-morrow I wil! fear the Lon, and depart from evil. give; when thou hast it by thee,

s It shall be health to lhy navel, and 29 Devise not evil against thy neigli marrow to thy bones.

bour, seeing he dwelleth securely by 9 Honour the LORD with thy subtlee. stance, and with the first-li'uils of all 30 1 Strive not with a man willovi thiue increase :

cause, il le have donc thee no harm. JO Su shall thy bring be filled with 31 1 Envy tliou not the oppressur, plenty, and thy presses sball burst out choose none of his ways. with new wive.

32 For the froward is abomination to 11 1 My son,despise not the chasten- the LORD: but his secret is with the ing of the LORD; neither be weary rigliteoue. of his correction.

33 T The curse of the Lord is in the ] 2 For whoin the LORD lovethi he lose or the wicked: but lie blesseile correcteu, even as a satber the son the liabitations of the just. in whon be delightelli.

34 Surely lie scornetli the scorrers 13. | Happy is the man that findeth but he giveth grace unto the lowly. wisdom, and the man that gelteth un- 35 The wise sball inherit glory: but derstanding

shame shall be the promotion of fools, 14 For the merchandise of it is beller

CHAP. IV. than the merchandise of silver, and TEAR, ye children, the instruction

thereof than fine gold. 16 She is more precious than rubies : understanding. and all the things thou canst desire 2 For I give you good doctrine, lor. are not to be compared unto her. sabe ye not my law. 16 Length of days is in her right 3 For I was my father's


tender hand; and in her left hand riches and and only beloved in the sight of my honour.

imother. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasant. 4 He taught me also, and said urilo 11€59, and all her patlıs are peace. nie, Let thy beart retain nis words: 18 S're is a tree of life to them that keep my commandments, and live.

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the study of wisdon 5 Get wisdom, get understanding: 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and forget it not: neither decline fiom the let all thy ways be established. words of iny mouth.

27 Turn not to the riglit land nor to 6 Forsake her not, and she sball pre- llie les: remove thy foot from evil. serve thec: love her, and she shall

CHAP. V. deep thee.

Y son, attend upto my wisdom, 7 Wisdom is the principal thing;

to there fora get wisdom; and with all standing. thy getting get understanding. 2 Tbat thou mayest regard discretion,

S Exalt lier, and she shall promote and that thy lips may keep knowledge. thee: she shall bring thee to honour, 3 | For the lips of a strange woman when thou dost embrace her.

drop as a honeycomb, and Ger mouli 9 She sliall give to thy head an oma is sinoother than oil : ment of grace: a crown of glory shall 4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, she deliver to thee.

sbarp as a two-cdged sword. 10 Hear, O my 800, and receive iny 5 Her feet go down to death; her sayings; and the years of tby life shall steps take hold on liell

6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path 11 I have taught thee in the way or of life, her ways are moveable, that wisdom; I bare led thee ia right palbe. thou canst not know thein.

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall 7 Hear me now therefore, O ye chilnol be straitened; and when thou run- dren, and depart not from the words ilest, thou shalt not stuinble.

of my mouth. 13 Take fast hold of instruction; 8 Remove lliy way far froin lier, and let her not go: keep licr; for slic is come not nigh the door or ber bouge: tly life.

9 Lest thou give thine honour unto 14 Enter not into the path of the others, and thy years unto the cruel: wicked, and go not in the way or evil 10 Lest strangers be filled with thy

wealth ; and thy labours be in we 15 Avoid it, pass not by is, turu (ron bouge of a stranger; it, and pass away.

11 And tlou noun at tlie last, wlien 16 For they sleep not, except they thy flesh and thy body are congiuned, nove done mischier; and their sleep 12 And say, How lave I hated inis taken away, unless they cause some struction, and my heari despised reto fill.

proof; 17 For they eat the bread of wicked.|' 13 Aud bave not obeyed the voice of 11039, and drink the wine of violence.

my teachers, vor inclined mine car to 18 But the path of the just is as the them that instructed me i sliining light, that shineth more and 14 I was almost in all evil in the inore unto the perfect day.

midst of the congregation and issein 19 The way of the wicked is as dark- bly. 11693 : they know not at what they 15 1 Drink waters out of thine own stumble.

cistern, and running waters out of 20 1 NIy son, attend to my words; thine own wel. incline thine ear unto my sayings. 16 Let thy fountains be dispersed]

21 Let them not depart from thine abroad, and rivers of waters in the eyes; kecp them in the midst of thy streets. lieart.

17 Let them be only thine own, and 22 For they are lise unto those that not strangers' with thee. find them, and health to all their scsh. 18 Let thy fountain be blessed ; and

23 I Keep thy heart with all dili- rejoice with the wife of thy youth. gence: for out of it are the issues of 19 Let her be as the loving hind and life,

pleasant roe; let lier breasts satisfy 21 Put away from thee a froward thee at all times; and be thou rivistiinouth, and perverse lips put far from ed always with ber love. Shee.

20 And why wilt thou, my son, be 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and ravislied with a strange woman, and let thine eyelids look straight before embrace the bosom of a stranger? Il'ec.

21 For the ways of man are before

is ment is a lamp;

against suretiship, PROVERBS.

idleness, fc. tie eyes of the LORD, and he ponder- and him that soweth discord among Etli all his goings.

brethren. 22 His own iniquities shall take the 20 | My son, keep thy father's comwicked hiinsell, and he shall be holden mandment, and sorsake not llie law or 'vill the corde orbis sins.

thy molber: 23 He shall die without instruction; 21 Blud thcm continually upon thy aud in the greatness of his folly he heart, and tie thein about lliy neck. shall go astray.

22 IVhen thou goest, it shall lead

thee; when thou sleepest, it shall CHAP, VÍ.

keep thee; and when thou a wakest, it Y son, if thou be surety for uy shall talk with thee. hand with a stranger,

and the law is light; and reproots of 2 Thou art shared with the words instruction ure the way of life: of this mouth, lhou art taken with lle 24 To keep thee from the evil wo. words of thy wouth.

man, from the lattery of the tongue 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver of a strange woman. thysell, when thou art coine into the 25 Lust not aller her beauty in thy hand of thy friend; yo, humble this heart; neillier let her take thee will sell and make sure the friend. her eyelids:

Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor 26 For by means of a whorishi woblumber to thine eyelids.

inan a man is broughi to a picce or 5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the bread; and the adultcress will lunt for hand of the hunter, and as a wird the precious life. from the land of the fowler,

27 Can a man take fire in his bosoin, 6 T Go to the aunt, thou sluggard, and liis clolbes 11ot be burned ? consider her ways, and be wise: 28 C:in one go upon hot coals, and

7 Wlich having no guide, oversecr, his faet not be burned ? or ruler,

29 So he that goeth in to his neigh 8 Provide the lier ineat in the summer, bour's le; whosoever toucheth he: Dilul gathereth ler food in the harvest. shall not be innocent.

9 How long wilt thou sicer, o slug 30 Men do vot despise a thief, if he gard? wlicar wilt thou arise OoL of thy steal to satily his soul when lie sleep?

lungry: 10 let a little eleer, a little slumber, 31 But if lie be found, he shall rea lilile folding of the hands to sleep: store seven-fold ; lie shall give all the

11 So shall llig poverty come as one substance of his louse. that livelleth, und thy wint as an

132 But whoso committeth adultery arned inan.

with a woman lackcth understanding 12 TA naughty person, a wickedle that doelb it destroyeth his own man, walketh with a floward mouthi. suul.

13 He wiukell with his eyes, he 33 A wound and dishonour shall be ajeaketh with leis feet, he teachelb gel; and his reproach sliall not be with his fingers;

wiped away 14 Frowardness is in his leart, he de- 34 For jealousy is tlie rage of a man; viselh mischief continually; be soweth (thertsore he will not spare in the day discord.

of vengeance. 15 Therefore shall bis calamity come 35 He will not regard any ransom; suddenly; sudilenly shall lie be brok- neither will he rest content, though en without remedy.

thou giveel many girls, 36 | Tliese six things cloth the LORD

CHAP. VII. lute; vea, seven are an abomination auto hin? :

my comniandinents will tree, hands that slied innocent blood, -2 Keep my conimandments, and live;

18 A heart that deviseth wicked in and my law as the apple of thine eye. nginalions, feet that be swist in running 3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write lo mischiel,

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the table of thy licart. 19 A false witness that speaketlilies,l 1 Say tuto wisdom, Tliou art my

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of wisdun. cister; and call understanding thy, wounded : yea, many strong men have kinswoman:

been slain by her. 5 That they mas keep thee from the 27 Her liouse is the way to bell, going strange woman, from the stranger down to the chambers of death. which Nattereth witli her words.

CHAP. VIII. 6 T For at the window of my house OTH not wisdom cry? and underI looked through my casement,

standing 7 And beheld among the simple ones, 2 She standeth in lie top of higir I discerned among the youths, a young places, by the way in the places of die man void of understanding,

paths; 8 Passing through the street near ber 3 She crieth at the gales, at the encorner; and he went the way to her try of the city, at the coming in at the house,

9 la the twilight, in the evening, in 4 Unto you, O I call; and my the black and dark niglit;

voice is to the sons of man. 10 And, behold, there met him a wo- 50 ye simple, understand wisdom; man with the attire of a barlot, and and, ye fools, be ye of an understandsulitle of heart.

il (Slic's loud and stubborn; her feet 6 Hear; for I will speak or excellent abide not in her house:

things; and the opening of my lips 12 Now. is she without, now in the shall be right things. streels, and lietu in wait at every cor 7 For my mouth shall speak trutlı; ner.)

and wickedness is an abomination to 13 So she caught him, and kissed my lipg. lin, and with an impudent sace said 8 All the words of niy mouth are in unto hiin,

righteousness: there is nothing frolt I have peace offerings with me; ward or perverse in uem, this day bave I paid my vows. 9 They are all plan to him that un

15 Therefore came i forth to meet derstandeth, and right to them that thee, (liligently to seek thy face; and find knowledge. I have found thee.

10 Receive mine instruction, and not 16 I have decked my bed with cover- silver; and knowledge rather than mys of tapestry, with carved works, choice gold. with fine linen of Egypt.

11 For wisdom is better than rubies; 17 I have perfumed my bed with and all the things that may be desired myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

are not to be compared to it. 19 Come, let us take our fill of lore 12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, until the inorning; let us solace our and find out knowledge of willy in venBelves with loves.

19 For the good man is not at home, 13 The rear of the LORD is to late be is gone a long journey:

evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the 20 He hallı taken a bag of money evil way, and the froward inouth, do with him, and will come home at the I hate. day appointed.

14 Counsel is mine, and sound wis. 21 With her much fair speech she coin: I am understanding; I have caused bim to yield, with the flattering strength. of her lips she forced hiin.

15 By me kings reign, and princes 22 He goetli aller her straitway, as decree justice. an ox gocth to the slaughter, or as a 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, Tool to the correction of the stocks; even all the judges of the earth.

23 Till a dart strike through his liver; 17 I lore them that love me; and As a bird basteth to the snare, and those that seek me early shall find me. krowetli not that it is for his lifc. 18 Ricles and honour are with me;

24 | Henrken unto ine now there-yca, durable riches and righteousness. fore, o ye children, and attend to the 19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, words of my mouth.

than fine gold; and my revenue than 25 Let not thy heart decline to her choice silver. wilys, go uot nstray in her paths. 20 I lead in the way of rigliteousness, 26 For she hath cast down many in the midst of the paths op judgment:


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