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Sefore 14° To fear the Lord, is the beginning 9 Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, abefale chritt of wisdom: and it was created with the

of wisdom : and it was created with the and for everlasting joy and mercy.
faithful in the womb.

10 Look at the generations of old, and
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fear, and was forsaken? or whom did he
16 To fear the Lord, is fulness of wisdom, ever despise, that called upon him ?
and filleth men with her fruits.

11 For the Lord is full of compassion
17 She filleth all their house with things and mercy, long-suffering, and very pitiful,
desirable, and the garners with her increase. and forgiveth fins, and saveth in time of afá

18 The fear of the Lord is a crown of fliction.
wisdom, making peace and perfect health 12. Wo be to fearful hearts, and faint
to flourish : both which are the gifts of hands, and the finner that goeth two ways.
God : and it enlargeth their rejoycing that 13 Wo unto him that is faint-hearted,
love him.

for he believeth not, therefore shall he not
19 Wisdom raineth down skill and know- be defended.
ledge of understanding, and exalteth them to 14 Wo unto you that have lost patience :
honour that hold her fast.

and what will ye do when the Lord shall
20 The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord,

visit you? and the branches thereof are long life.

15 They that fear the Lord, will not dif21 The fear of the Lord Sriveth away obey his word, and they that love him wil • Joho 14.133 sins : and where it is present, it turneth a- keep his ways.

16 They that fear the Lord, will seek that i, escape pana 22 A furious man cannot be justified, for which is well-pleasing unto him, and they that

the sway of his fury shall be his destruction. love him shall be filled with the law.

23 A patient man will bear for a time, and 17 They that fear the Lord, will prepare "

afterward joy shall spring up unto him. their hearts,and humble their souls in his fight,

He will hide his words for a time, and 18 Saying, We will fall into the hands of a Sam. 1989i the lips of many shall declare his wisdom. the Lord, and not into the hands of men ;

25 The parables of knowledge are in the for as his majesty is, fo is his mercy, treasures of wisdom: but godliness is an abo

CH A P. III. mination to a sinner.

ż Children must honour and help both their
26 If thou desire wisdom, keep the com- parents. 21 We may not desire to know all
mandments, and the Lord shall give her un- things. 26 The incorrigible must needs pe-
to thee,

rish. 30 Alms are rewarded.
27 For the fear of the Lord is wisdom Ear me your father, O children, and
and instruction: and faith and meekness are do thereafter, that ye may be safe.
his delight.

2 For the Lord hath given the father ho- €80d. 10.1% 28 Distrust not the fear of the Lord nour over the children, and hath confirmed Deut. 5.16. when thou art poor : and come not unto the * authority of the mother over the fons. Mark 7. 10, him with a double heart.

3. Whoso honoureth his father, maketh +0s, judgmento
29 Be not an hypocrite in the sight of men, an atonement for his fins.
and take good heed what thou speakest.

4 And he that honoureth his mother, is
30 Exalt not thy self, left thou fall, and as one that layeth up treasure.
bring dishonour upon thy soul, and so God 5 Whoso honoureth his father, shall have
discover thy secrets, and cast thee down in joy of his own children, and when he mak-
the midft of the congregation, because thou eth his prayer, he shall be heard.
camest not in truth to the fear of the Lord, 6 He that honoureth his father, shall have
but thy heart is full of deceit.

a long life, and he that is obedient unto the

Lord, shall be a comfort to his mother.
i Gods fervants must look for trouble, 7 and 7 He that feareth the Lord, will honour
be patient, and trust in him. 12 For wo his father, and will do service unto his

to them that do not fo. 15 But they that rents, as to his masters.
fear the Lord, will do so.

8 6 Honour thy father and mother, both Veto ii Y fonif thou come to serve

in word and deed, that a prepare thy soul for

come upon thee from them. 13 2 Set thy heart aright, and constantly en- 9 For • the blessing of the father establish-.

Gen. 27.291 D's bafte not. dure, and * make not ħafte in time of trouble. eth the houses of children, but the curse of 3 Cleave unto him, and depart not away,

the mother rooteth out foundations.
that thou mayst be increased at thy last end. 10 Glory not in the dishonour of thy fa-

4 Whatsoever is brought upon thee, take ther, for thy fathers dishonour is no glory
cheerfully, and be patient when thou art unto thee:
changed to a low estate.

u For the glory of a man is from the
5 For gold is tried in the fire, and ac- honour of his father; and a mother in dis-
ceptable men in the furnace of adversity. honour, is a reproach unto the children.

6 Believe in him, and he will help thee; 12 My son, help thy father in his age,
order thy way aright, and trust in him. and grieve him not as long as he liveth.
7 Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mer- : 13 And if his understanding fail, have
go not aside, left ye fall.
patience with him, and despise him not

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Before For the relieving of thy father shall not needy, and give him none occasion to curse Before Chziữ be forgotten: and in itead of fins it shall be

Chic added to build thee up.

6 For if he curse thee in the bitterness of 15 In the day of thine affliction it shall be his soul, his prayer shall be heard of him that remembred; thy sins also fhall melt away, as

made him. the ice in the fair warm weather.

7 Get thy self the love of the congrega16 He that forsaketh his father, is as a blaf- tion, and bow thy head to a great man. phemer, and he that angreth his mother, is 8 Let it not grieve thee to bow down thine cursed of God.

ear to the poor, and give him a friendly an

swer with meekness.
17 My son, go on with thy business in
meekness, so thalt thou be beloved of him 9 Deliver him that suffereth wrong, from
that is approved.

the hand of the oppressor, and be not faint-
18 The greater thou art, the more hum-hearted when thou sittest in judgment.
ble thy self, and thou shalt find favour be- 10 b Be as a father unto the fatherless, Job,
fore the Lord.
and in ftead of an husband unto their mo- James 1.'.r

. 19 Many are in high place, and of re- ther': so shalt thou be as the son of the most Pfal. 19.9,14. nown: but mysteries are revealed unto the High, and he shall love thee more than thy meek.

mother doth.
20 For the power of the Lord is great, 11 Wisdom exalteth her children, and lay-
and is honoured of the lowly.

eth hold of them that seek her.
Seek not out the things that are too 12 He that loveth her, loveth life ; and
hard for thee, neither search the things that they that seek to her early, shall be filled
are above thy strength.

22 But what is commanded thee, think 13 He that holdeth her fast shall inherit
thereupon with reverence ; for it is not need- glory, and wherefoever the entreth the Lord
ful for thee, to see with thine eyes the things

things will bless. that are in fecret.

14 They that serve her, shall minister to tOr, in the fans 23 Be not curious in unnecessary matters : the holy One: and them that love her, the for more things are thewed unto thee, than Lord doth love. men understand.

15 Whofo giveth ear unto her, shall judge 24 For many are deceived by their own

the nations: and he that attendeth unto her, vain opinion, and an evil suspicion hath 0

thall dwell securely.
verthrown their judgment:

16 If a man commit himself unto her, he
25 Without eyes thou shalt want light : shall inherit her; and his generation shall hold
profess not the knowledge therefore that thou her in possession.
haft not.

17 For at the first she will walk with him
26 A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the by crooked ways, and bring fear and dread
last: and he that loveth danger, shall perish upon him, and torment him with her disci-

pline, until the may trust his soul, and try him
27 An obstinate heart shall be laden with by her laws.
sorrows, and the wicked man fhall heap sin 18 Then will she return the straight way

unto him, and comfort him, and thew him
28 $ In the punishment of the proud there

her secrets.
To nie mordacaled is no remedy : for the plant of wickedness 19 But if he go wrong, she will forsake
hath taken root ir. him.

him, and give him over to his own ruin.
29 The heart of the prudent will under- 20 Observe the opportunity, and beware
stand a parable, and an attentive ear is the of evil; and be not alhamed when it con-
defire of a wise man.

cerneth thy soul.
& Pfal. 41.1,&c. 30 : Water will quench a flaming fire, and 21 For there is a shame that bringeth
alms maketh an atonement for sins.

sin, and there is a shame which is glory and
31 And he that requiteth good turns, is grace.
mindful of that which may come hereafter : 22 Accept no person against thy soul, and
and when he falleth he shall find a stay. let not the reverence of any man cause thee

to fall.
i We may not despise the poor or fatherless, 23 And refrain not to speak, when there #Gr. in time of

II but seek for wisdom, 20 and not be is occasion to do good, and hide not thy saving
ashamed of some things, nor gainsay the wisdom in her beauty.
truth, 30 nor be as lions in our hou- 24 For by speech wisdom shall be known,

and learning by the word of the tongue.

Y son, defraud not the poor of his li- 25 In no wise speak against the truth, but

ving, and make not the needy eyes be abashed of the error of thine ignorance. to wait long.

26 Be not ashamed to confess thy sins,

not againfi zbe
2 Make not an hungry foul forrowful, nei- and force not the course of the river.
ther provoke a man in his distress.

27 Make not thy self an underling to a
3 Add not more trouble to an heart that foolish man, neither accept the person of
is vexed, and defer not to give to him that the mighty.
is in need.

28 Strive for the truth unto death, and the
4 Reject not the fupplication of the affi- Lord shall fight for thee.
Aed, neither turn away thy face from a 29 Be not hasty in thy tongue, and in thy
poor man.

deeds flack and remiss.
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Chrit 31 Let not thine hand be stretched out 6 Be in peace with many : nevertheless De 200.

have but one counseller of a thousand.

cit. 200. to receive, and shut when thou shoulditt repay.

7 If thou wouldst get a friend, I prove or get buiten in CHA P. V. him first, and be not hafty to credit hiin.

the time of trenbiso 1 We must not prefume of our wealth and

8 For some man is a friend for his own strength, 6 nor of the mercy of God to fin. occasion, and will not abide in the day of 9 We must not be double-tongued, 12 nor

thy trouble. an fwer without knowledge.

9 And there is a friend who being turned to Et not thy heart upon thy goods, and say. enmity and strife, will discover thy reproach... not, I have enough for my life.

Again some friend is a companion Chap. 57. Si 2 Follow not thine own mind, and thy at the table, and will not continue in the strength to walk in the ways of thy heart': day of thy affliction.

3 And say not, Who shall controul me 11 But in thy prosperity he will be as thy for my works ? for the Lord will surely re- self, and will be bold over thy servants. venge thy pride.

12 If thou be brought low, he will be 4 Say not, I have sinned, and what harm against thee, and will hide himself from thy al

hath happened unto me? for the Lord is face.
long-suffering, he will in no wise let thee

go. 13 Separate thy self from thine enemies, hap. 21.

5 Concerning propitiation, 6 be not with- and take heed of thy friends. out fear to add sin unto sin :

14 A faithful friend is a strong defence : 6 And say not, His mercy is great, he will

and he that hath found such an one, hath hap. 16. 13. be pacified for the multitude of my sins : found a treasure.

for mercy and wrath come from him, and 15 Nothing doth countervail a faithful
his indignation resteth upon sinners. friend, and his excellency is unvaluable.

7 Make no tarrying to turn to the Lord, 16 A faithful friend is the medicine of life,
and put not off from day to day : for sud- and they that fear the Lord shall find him.
denly shall the wrath of the Lord come 17 Whoso feareth the Lord shall direct
forth, and in thy security thou shalt be de- his friendship aright : for as he is, so shall
stroyed, and perish in the day of vengeance. his neighbour be also.

8°Set not thine heart upon goods un- 18 My son, gather instruction from thy cek 7:19. justly gotten, for they shall not profit thee youth up : so ihalt thou find wisdom til in the day of calamity:

thine old age. 9

Winnow not with every wind, and go 19 Come unto her as one that ploweth not into every way : for fo doth the sinner and soweth, and wait for her good fruits : that hath a double tongue.

for thou shalt not toil much in labouring a10 Be stedfast in thy understanding, and bout her, but thou shalt eat of her fruits let thy word be the same.

right foon. James 1. 19.

Be swift to hear, and let thy life be 20 She is very unpleasant to the unlearnsincere, and with patience give answer. ed : he that is without | understanding will 60s, bearti

12 If thou hast understanding, answer thy not remain with her.
neighbour ; if not, lay thy hand upon thy 21 She will lie upon him as a mighty • zech. 12. 3o

stone of trial, and he will cast her from him
13 f Honour and shame is in talk : and ere it be long
the tongue of man is his fall.

22 For wisdom is according to her name,
14 8 Be not called a whisperer, and lie

and she is not manifest unto many.
not in wait with thy tongue : for a foul 23 Give ear, my son, receive my advice,
Tame is upon the thief, and an evil con- and refufe not my counsel,

the double tongue.

24 And put thy feet into her fetters, and
15 Be not ignorant of any thing, in a great thy neck into her * chain.
matter or a small.

25 Bow d down thy shoulder, and bear . Matth. 11.19, CH A P. V I.

her, and be not grieved with her bonds.
2 Do not extol thine own conceit, 7 but 26 Come unto her with thy whole heart,

make choice of a friend. 18 Seek wisdom and keep her ways with all thy power.
betimes : 20 it is grievous to some, 28 yet

27 Search and seek, and she shall be made
the fruits thereof are pleasant. 35 Be known unto thee : and when thou haft got
ready to hear wise men.

hold of her, let her not go.
N stead of a friend become not an enemy; 28 For at the last thou shalt find her rest,

for [ thereby ] thou shalt inherit an ill and that shall be turned to thy joy.
name, ħame and reproach : even so shall a 29

Then shall her fetters be a Itrong defence sinner that hath a double tongue.

for thee, and her chains a robe of glory. 2 Extol not thy self in the counsel of thine 30 For there is a golden ornament upon own heart ; that thy soul be not torn in pieces her, and her bands are † purple lace. tos, a ribband as a bull [ straying alone. ]

31 Thou lhalt put her on as a robe of 3 Thou shalt eat up thy leaves, and lose honour : and thalt put her about thee as a thy fruit, and leave thy self as a dry tree. crown of joy.

4 A wicked soul shall destroy him that 32 My son, if thou wilt, thou halt be hath it, and shall make him to be laughed taught : and if thou wilt apply thy mind, to scorn of his enemies.

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2Befoje 33 If thou love to hear, thou shalt receive 19 Forgo not a wife and good woman : Before
Chritt understanding : and if thou bow thine ear, , for her grace is above gold.
thou shalt be wife.

20 Whereas thy servant worketh truly,
34 Stand in the multitude of the elders, entreat him not evil, nor the hireling that
•Chap 8 9.
and cleave unto him that is wise.

bestoweth himself wholly for thee.
35 Be willing to hear every godly dif- 21 Let thy soul love a good servant, and
course, and let not the parables of under- defraud him not of liberty.
standing escape thee.

f Hast thou cattle ? have an eye to 'Deut. 25. 4.
36 And if thou seest a man of understan- them : and if they be for thy profit, keep
ding, get thee betimes unto him, and let thy them with thee.
foot wear the steps of his door.

23 Haft thou children? instruct them, and
37 Let thy mind be upon the ordinances bow down their neck from their youth.
of the Lord, and meditate continually in 24 Haft thou daughters ? have a care of
his commandments: he shall eitablish thine their body, and shew not thy self cheerful
heart, and give thee wisdom at thine own

toward them.

25 Marry thy daughter, and so fhalt thou CH A P. VII.

have performed a weighty matter: but give
i We are dehorted from fin, 4 from ambi- her to a man of understanding.

tion, 8 presumption, 10 and fainting in 26 Hast thou a wife after thy mind? for-
prayer : 12 from lying and backbiting: 18 fake her not : but give not thy self over to
How to esteem a friend: 19 a good wife :

a * light woman.
20 ? servant : 22 our cattle : 23 our 27 % Honour thy father with thy whole Tob. 4. 3.
children and parents : 31 the Lord and heart, and forget not the sorrows of thy Chap.3.2, &si
his priests : 32 the poor and those that mother.

28 Remember that thou wast begot of
O no evil, so shall no harm come unto them, and how canst thou recompense them

the things that they have done for thee?
2 Depart from the unjust, and iniquity 29 Fear the Lord with all thy soul, and
shall turn away from thee.

reverence his priests.
3. My son, "fow not upon the furrows of 30 Love him that made thee with all thy
unrighteousness, and thou shalt not reap them strength, and forsake not his ministers.

31 Fear the Lord, and honour the priest:
4 Scek not of the Lord preeminence, nei- and give him his portion, has it is commanded Lev. 2.3, 10.
ther of the king the seat of honour.

thee ; the first-fruits, and the trespass-offe- . de 7.7 Job 9. 20. Pfal. 5. Justifie not thy self before the Lord, ring, and the gift of the shoulders, and the 9 & 10.8, 15: 7.16. Luke 18. and boat not of thy wisdom before the king. sacrifice of fanctification, and the first-fruits 6 Seck not to be judge, being not able to

of the holy things. take away iniquity, lest at any time thou fear 32 · And stretch thine hand unto the poor, ' Deat. Isoto. the person of the mighty, and lay a stum- that † thy blessing may be perfected. bling-block in the way of thy uprightness. 33 A gift hath grace in the light of every

Offend not against the multitude of a man living, and for the dead detain it not.
city, and then thou shalt not cast thy self

k Fail not to be with them that

down among the people.

and mourn with them that mourn.
8 Bind not one fin upon another, for in 35 'Be not flow to visit the sick: for that Matth, 25136
one thou shalt not be unpunished.

shall make thee to be beloved.
9 Say not, God will look upon the mul- 36 Whatsoever thou takeft in hand, re-
titude of my oblations, and when I offer to member the end, and thou shalt never do
the most high God, he will accept it.

10 Be not faint-hearted when thou makest

thy prayer, and neglect not to give alms. 1 Whom we may not strive with, 8 nor de-

1 Laugh no man to scorn in the bitter- Spise, 10 nor provoke, 15 nor have to do
ness of his soul : for there is one which with.
humbleth and exalteth.

Trive not with a mighty man, lelt thou
12 * Devise not a lie against thy brother: fall into his hands.
neither do the like to thy friend.

2 . Be not at variance with a rich man, left Marth. s. 19 13 Use not to make any manner of lie ; he overweigh thee : for gold bhath destroyed Chap. 31. 6. for the custom thereof is not good.

many, and perverted the hearts of kings. 14 Use not many words in a multitude of 3 Strive not with a man that is * full of *Os, of an evil . Matth. 6.5, 7. elders, dand make not f much babbling when tongue, and heap not wood upon his fire. +01, vain repes thou prayeit.

4 Jest not with a rude man, lest thy an15 Hate not laborious work, neither huf- cestors be disgraced. #Gre created. bandry, which the most High hath & ordai- 5 °Reproach not a man that turneth from 2 Cor. 2. 6i ned.

sin, but remember that we are all worthy of Gal. 6. 20
16 Number not thy self among the mul- punishment.
titude of sinners, but remember that wrath 6 a Dishonour not a man in his old age : Lev. 16. 32:
will not tarry long.

for even some of us wax old.
17 Humble.thy soul greatly: for the ven- 7 Rejoyce not over thy greatest enemy be-
geance of the ungodly is fire and worms. ing dead, but remember that we die all.

18 Change not a friend for any good by 8 Despise not the discourse of the wise, but
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thou knowest not what shall be his end, Chrić to serve great men with ease.

Chit 9 · Mifs not the discourse of the elders : 12 Delight not in the thing that the untit. 200. for they also learned of their fathers, and of godly have pleasure in; but remember they

cir. 200, •Chap: 6.34 them thou shalt learn understanding, and to

ihall not go unpunished unto their grave. give answer as need requireth.

13 Keep thee far from the man that hatlı 10 Kindle not the coals of a sinner, left power to kill, so shalt thou not doubt the thou be burnt with the flame of his fire. fear of death : and if thou come unto him,

11 Rise not up (in anger ) at the presence make no fault, left he take away thy life tor, for thy of an injurious person, left he lie in wait t presently : remember that thou goeft in the to entrap thee in thy words.

midst of snares, and that thou walkest uponi
12 Lend not unto him that is mightier

the battlements of the city.
than thy felf; for if thou lendest him, count 14 As near as thou canst, guess at thy
it but lost.

neighbour, and consult with the wise.
· 13 Be not surety above thy power : for 15 Let thy talk be with the wife, and all
if thou be surety, take care to pay it.

thy communication in the law of the most
Go not to law with a judge, for they High.
* Or, opiniono will judge for him according to his & honour.

16 And let just men eat and drink with 15 Travel not by the way with a bold

thee, and let thy glorying be in the fear of fellow, left he become grievous unto thee : for

the Lord. he will do according to his own will, and

17 For the hand of the artificer, the work thou shalt perish with him through his folly. shall be commended : and the wife ruler of 16 8 Strive not with an angry man, and

the people, for his speech. go not with him into a solitary place : for

18 A man of an ill tongue is dangerous blood is as nothing in his fight, and where in his city, and he that is rath in his talk there is no help, he will overthrow thee.

shall be hated. 17 Consult not with a fool, for he cannot

CH A P. X. keep counsel.

I The commodities of a wise ruler. 4

God 18 Do no secret thing before a stranger, setteth him up. 7 The inconveniencies of for thou knoweft not what he will bring

pride, injustice, and covetousness. 14 forth.

What God hath done to the proud. 19 19 Open not thine heart to every man,

Who shall be honoured, 29 and who not.
left he requite thee with a shrewd turn.

Wise judge will instruct his people,
CH A P. I X.

and the government of a prudent man
1 We are advised to use our wives :

is well ordered.

3 what women to avoid : 10 and not to

2 . As the judge of the people is himself, . Prov. 19.12 change an old friend : 13 not to be fa- so are his officers; and what manner of man miliar with men in authority :

the ruler of the city is, such are all they to know our neighbours : 15 and to con

that dwell therein. verse with wise men.

3 An unwise king destroyeth his people, E not jealous over the wife of thy bo- but through the prudence of them which

fom, and teach her not an evil lesson are in authority, the city shall be inhabi-
against thy self.

2 Give not thy soul unto a woman to set 4 power of the earth is in the hand
her foot upon thy substance.

of the Lord, and in due time he will set

over it one that is profitable.
3 Meet not with an harlot, left thou
fall into her snares.

5 In the hand of God is the prosperity of
4 Use not much the company of a wo-

man : and upon the * person of the scribe * 01, face, *Os, playeth mpon man that * is a singer, left thou be taken shall he lay his honour. with her attempts.

6 6 Bear not hatred to thy neighbour for v Lev. 19.17. 5 Gaze not on a maid, that thou fall not every wrong, and do nothing at all by inby those things that are precious in her. jurious practices. 6 Give not thy soul unto harlots, that

7 Pride is hateful before God and man :
thou lose not thine inheritance.

and by both doth one commit iniquity.
7 Look not round about thee in the ftreets 8 Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries,
of the city, neither wander thou in the fo-, and riches got by deceit, the kingdom is
litary places thereof.

translated from one people to another.
g'b 'Turn away thine eye from a beauti- 9 Why is earth and ashes proud ? There

ful woman, and look not upon anothers is not a more wicked thing than a covetous Jadith 10. 19.

beauty ; for many have been deceived by man : for such an one fetteth his own soul
the beauty of a woman, for herewith love is to fale, because while he liveth he c: steth
kindled as a fire.

away his bowels.

Sit not at all with another mans wife, nor 10 The physician cutteth off a long dif-
sit down with her in thinė arms, and spend not ease, and he that is to day a king, to morrow

shall die.
thy money with her at the wine; left thine
heart incline unto her, and so through thy 11 For when a man is dead, he shall in-
desire thou fall into destruction.

herit · creeping things, beasts and worms. W. 14. 110
19 Forsake not an old friend, for the new is 12 The beginning of pride is, when one
not comparable to him : a new friend is as departeth from God, and his heart is turned
new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink away from his maker.
it with pleasure.

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