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Apocrypba. 5 The furnace proveth the potter's ves-ll 28 Mockery and reproach are from the sels; so the trial of man is in his reasoning. proud ; but vengeance, as a lion, shall lie in

6 The fruit declareth if the tree have been wait for them. dressed; so is the utterance of a conceit in 29 They that rejoice at the fall of the the heart of man.

righteous shall be taken in the snare ; and an7 Praise no man before thou hearest him || guish shall consume them before they die. speak; for this is the trial of men.

30 Malice and wrath, even these are abom8 If thou followest righteousness, thou shalt | inations ; and the sinful man shall have them obtain her, and put her on, as a glorious long both. robe.

CHAP. XXVIII. 9 The birds will resort unto their like; so 1 Against revenge, 8 quarrelling, 10 anger, 15 will truth return unto them that practise in

and backbiting. her.

L E that revengeth shall find vengeance 10 As the lion lieth in wait for the prey ; | 11 from the Lord, and he will surely keep so sin for them that work iniquity.

his sins (in remembrance.] 11 The discourse of a godly man is always 2 Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he with wisdom ; but a fool changeth as the hath done unto thee, so shall thy sins also moon.

be forgiven when thou prayest. 12 If thou be among the indiscreet, ob- 3 One man beareth hatred against anserve the time; but be continually among other, and doth he soek pardon from the men of understanding.

Lord ? 13 The discourse of fools is irksome, and I 4 He sheweth no mercy to a man, which their sport is in the wantonness of sin. is like himself: and doth he ask forgiveness

14 The talk of him that sweareth much of his own sias? maketh the hair stand upright; and their 5 If he that is but flesh nourish hatred, who brawls make one stop his ears.

will entreat for pardon of his sins ? 15 The strife of the proud is bloodshed- || 6 Remember thy end, and let enmity cease; ding, and their revilings are grievous to the [remember) corruption and death, and abide

in the commandments. 16 Whoso discovereth secrets loseth his 7 Remember the commandments, and bear credit ; and shall never find a friend to his no malice to thy neighbour : [remember the mind.

covenant of the Highest, and wink at ig17 Love thy friend, and be faithful unto norance. him: but if thou bewrayest his secrets, fol 1 8 ( Abstain from strife, and thou shalt dilow no more after him.

minish thy sins : for a furious man will kin18 For as a man hath destroyed his enemy; || dle strife.' 30 hast thou lost the love of thy neighbour. 1 9 A sinful man disquieteth friends, and

19 As one that letteth a bird go out of his maketh debate among them that be at peace. hand, so hast thou let thy neighbour go, and 10 As the matter of the fire is, so it burnshalt not get him again.

eth : and as a man's strength is, so is his 20 Follow after him no more, for he is too wrath ; and according to his riches his anger far off; he is as a roe escaped out of the snare. risetb; and the stronger they are which con

21 As for a wound, it may be bound up ; tend, the more they will be inflamed. and after reviling there may be reconcile 11 An hasty contention kindleth a fire : ment: but he that bewrayeth secrets is with || and an hasty tighting sheddeth blood. out hope.

12 If thou blow the spark, it shall burn : 22 He that winketh with the eyes work. || if thou spit upon it, it shall be quenched : and eth evil : and he that knoweth him will de- || both these come out of thy mouth. part from him.

Il 19 Curse the whisperer and double tongu23 When thou art present, he will speak | ed: for such have destroyed many that were sweetly, and will admire thy words : but at at peace. the last he will writhe his mouth, and slander || 14 A backbiting tongue hath disquieted thy sayings.

| many, and driven them from nation to na24 I have hated many things, but nothing tion: strong cities hath it pulled down, and like him ; for the Lord will hate him. overthrown the houses of great men.

25 ( Whoso casteth a stone on high cast. 15 ( A backbiting tongue hach cast out eth it on his own head ; and a deceitful stroke | virtuous women, and deprived them of their shall make wounds.

labours. 26 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein : || 16 Whoso hearkeneth unto it shall never and he that setteth a trap shall be taken | find rest, and never dwell quietly. therein.

17 The stroke of the whip maketh marks. 27 He that worketh mischief, it shall fall in the flesh : but the stroke of the tongue upon him, and he shall not know whence it || breaketh the bones. cometh,

18 Many have fallen by the edge of the


Afscrafts. wurd: but not so many as have fallen by 1 12 Shut up alres in thy store houses : and the torque.

it shall deliver thee from all affliction. 19 Wel is he that is defended from it, and 13 It shall fight for thee against thine enhath no pa'ed through the venon thereof; emies better than a mighty shield and strong who liath noe drawn the yrke thereof, nor speu. halı been bound in her bards.

1 14 An honest man is surety for his neigb20 Por the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, il bour : but he that is impudent will forsake and the bands thereof are bands of brass. him.

21 The death thereof is an evil death, the 1 15 Forget not the friendship of thy surety, grave were better than it.

for he hath given his life for thee. 22 It shall not have rule over them that 16 A sinner will overthrow the good es. fear God, neither shall they be burned with tate of his surety: the flame thereof.

17 And he that is of an unthankful mind 23 Such as forsake the Lord shall fall into will leave him (in danger that delivered him. it; and it shall burn in them, and not be 18 Suretiship hath undone many of good quenched; it shall be sent upon them as a il estate, and shaken them as a wave of the hon, and devour them as a leopard.

sea : mighty men hath it driven from their 21 Look that thou hedge thy possession houses, so that they wandered among strange about with thorns, and bind up thy silver and nations. gold :

19 A wicked man transgressing the com25 And weigh thy words in a balance, il mandments of the Lord shall fall into sureand make a door and bar for thy mouth. tiship: and he that undertaketh and follow.

26 Beware thou slide not by it, lest thou eth other men's business for gain shall fall fall before him that licth in wait.

into suits. CHAP. XXIX.

20 Help thy neighbour according to thy 1 We must show mercy and lend : 4 but the power, and beware that thou thyself fall not

borrower must not defraud the lender. 9 Of || into the same. giving alms.

21 The chief thing for life is water, and ITE that is merciful will lend unto his bread, and clothing, and an house to cover IT neighbour ; and he that strengtheneth

shame. his hand kecpeth the commandments.

22 Better is the life of a poor man in a 2 Lend to thy neighbour in time of his mean cottage, than delicate fare in another need, and pay thou thy neighbour again in man's house. duc season.

23 Be it little or much, hold thce content3 Keep thy word, and deal faithfully with | ed, that thou hear not the reproach of thy him, and thou shalt always find the thing house. that is necessary for thee.

24 For it is a miserable life to go from 4. Many, when a thing was lent them, house to house : for where thou art a stranreckoned it to be found, and put them to ger, thou darest not open thy mouth. trouble that helped them.

25 Thou shalt entertain, and feast, and 5 Till he hath received, he will kiss a man's have no thanks: morcover, thou shalt hear lund; and for his neighbour's money be bitter words : will speak submissly : but when he should 26 Come, thou stranger, and furnish a tarepay, he will prolong the time, and return || ble, and feed me of that thou hast ready. words of grief, and complain of the time. | 27 Give place, thou stranger, to an hon

6 If he prevail, he shall hardly receive the lourable man; my brother cometh to be lodgball, and he will count as if he had found it: | ed, and I have need of mine house. if not, he hath deprived him of his money, l 28 These things are grievous to a man of and he hath gotten him an enemy without understanding; the upbraiding of house room, cause : he payeth him with cursings and rail. || and reproaching of the lender. ings; and for honour he will pay him disgrace.

CHAP. XXX. 7. Many therefore have refused to lend for il 1 It is good to correct our cbildren, 7 and not ta other men's ill dealing, fearing to be defrauded, be too fond of them. 14 Health is better tbar

8 Yet have thou patience with a man in wealıb. poor estate, and delay not to shew him mercy. I use that loveth his son causeth him oft to

9 Help the poor for the commandment's I feel the rod, that he may have joy of sake, and turn him not away because of his him in the end. poverty.

2 He that chastiseth his son shall have joy 10 Lose thy money for thy brother and in him, and shall rejoice in him among his thy friend, and let it not rust under a stone | acquaintance. to be lost.

3 He that teacheth his son grieveth the 11 Lay np thy treasure according to the enemy: and before his friends he shall recommandments of the Most High, and it shall joice of him. bring thee more profit than gold.

4 Though his father die, yet he is as though

Chap. XXXI.

Apocrypha. he were not dead : for he hath left one be- || 2 Watching care will not let a man slumhind him that is like himself.

| ber, as a sore disease breaketh sleep. 5 While he lived, he saw and rejoiced in 3 The rich hath great labour in gathering him: and when he died, he was not sorrowful. riches together; and when he resteth, he is

6 He left behind him an avenger against filled with his delicates. his enemies, and one that shall requite kind 4 The poor laboureth in his poor estate; ness to his friends.

and when he leaveth of, he is still needy. 79 He that maketh too much of his son 5 He that loveth gold shall not be justified, shall bind up his wounds; and his bowels will and he that followeth corruption shall have be troubled at every cry.

enough thereof. 8 An horse not broken becometh head 6 Gold hath been the ruin of many, and strong: and a child left to himself will be wilful. | their destruction was present.

9 Cocker thy child, and he shall make thee | 7 It is a stumbling block unto them that afraid : play with him, and he will bring thee sacrifice unto it, and every fool shall be taken to heaviness.

therewith. 10 Laugh not with him, lest thou have 8 Blessed is the rich that is found without sorrow with him, and lest thou gnash thy | blemish, and hath not gone after gold. teeth in the end.

9 Who is he? and we will call him bless11 Give him no liberty in his youth, and ed : for wonderful things hath he done wink not at his follies. .

among his people. 12 Bow down his neck while he is young, 10 Who hath been tried thereby, and and beat him on the sides while he is a child, found perfect ? then let him glory.' Who lest he wax stubborn, and be disobedient un might offend, and hath not offended ? or to thee, and so bring sorrow to thine heart. done evil, and hath not done it?

13 Chastise thy son, and hold him to la 11 His goods shall be established, and the bour, lest his lewd behaviour be an offence | congregation shall declare his alms. unto thee.

12 ( If thou sit at a bountiful table, be 14 ( Better is the poor, being sound and not greedy upon it, and say not, There is

much meat on it. is afflicted in his body.

13 Remember that a wicked eye is an 15 Health and good estate of body are evil thing: and what is created more wicked above all gold, and a strong body above infi than an eye? therefore it weepeth upon evnite wealth.

ery occasion. 16 There is no riches above a sound body, 14 Stretch not thine hand whithersoever and no joy above the joy of the heart. it looketh, and thrust it not with him into

17 Death is better than a bitter life or con the dish. tinual sickness.

15 Judge of thy neighbour by thyself : 18 Delicates poured upon a mouth shut || and be discreet in every point. up are as messes of meat set upon a grave. l 16 Eat, as it becometh a man, those things

19 What good doeth the offering unto an which are set before thee; and devour not, idol ? for neither can it eat nor smell : so is | lest thou be hated. he that is persecuted of the Lord.

17 Leave off first for manners sake ; and 20 He seeth with his eyes and groaneth, be not unsatiable, lest thou offend. as an eunuch that embraceth a virgin and 13 When thou sittest among many, reach sigheth.

not thine hand out first of all. 21 Give not over thy mind to heaviness, 19 A very little is sufficient for a man well and afflict not thyself in thine own counsel. | nurtured, and he fetcheth not his wind short

22 The gladness of the heart is the life of upon his bed. man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth 1 20 Sound sleep cometh of moderate eathis days.

ing: he riseth early, and his wits are with 23 Love thine own soul, and comfort thy him : but the pain of watching, and choler, heart, remove sorrow far from thee: for sor and pangs of the belly, are with an unsatiable row hath killed many, and there is no profit man, therein.

21 And if thou hast been forced to eat, 24 Envy and wrath shorten the life, and I arise, go forth, vomit, and thou shalt have rest. carefulness bringeth age before the time.

22 My son, hear me, and despise me not, 25 A cheerful and good heart will have a l and at the last thou shalt find as I told thee: care of his meat and diet.

in all thy works be quick, so shall there no CHAP. XXXI.

sickness come unto thee. 1 Of the desire of riches, 12 of moderation and 23 Whoso is liberal of his meat, men shall

excess in eating, or drinking wine. speak well of him; and the report of his good W A TCHING for riches consumeth the || house keeping will be believed.

V flesh, and the care thereof driveth a 24 But against him that is a niggard of way sleep.

his meat the whole city shall murmur; and


Apocrypha. the testimonies of his niggardness shall not || 14 ( Whoso feareth the Lord will receive be doubted of.

his discipline ; and they that seek him early 25 Shew not thy valiantness in wine ; for shall find favour. wine hath destroyed many.

15 He that seeketh the law shall be filled 26 The furnace proveth the edge by dip- || therewith : but the hypocrite will be offend. ping : so doth wine the hearts of the prouded thereat. by drunkenness.

16 They that fear the Lord shall find 27 Wine is as good as life to a man, if it judgment, and shall kindle justice as a be drunk moderately : what is life then to light. a man that is without wine? for it was made 17. A sinful man will not be reproved, but to make men glad.

findeth an excuse according to his will. 28 Wine measurably drunk and in season 18 A man of counsel will be consider bringeth gladness of the heart, and cheerful ate; but a strange and proud man is not ness of the mind:

daunted with 'ear, even when of himself he 29 But wine drunken with excess maketh hath done without counsel. bitterness of the mind, with brawling and 19 Do nothing without advice; and when quarrelling.

thou hast once done, repent not. 30 Drunkenness increaseth the rage of a 20 Go not in a way wherein thou mayest fool will le vifend: it diminisheth strength, |! fall, and stumble not among the stones. and maketh wounds.

21 Be not confident in a plain way. 31 Rebuke not thy neighbour at the wine, 22 And beware of thine own children. • and despise him not in his mirth: give him 23 f In every good work trust thiy own no despiteful words, and press not upon him soul; for this is the keeping of the commandwith urging him sto drink.)

ments. CHAP. XXXII.

24 He that believeth in the Lord taketh i Of bis duty that is chief or master in a feast. | heed to the commandment; and he that

14 Of the fear of God. 18 Of counsel. 23 || trustcth in him shall fare never the worse. Trust not to any but to thyself, and to God.

CHAP. XXXII. TF thou be made the master of a feast, lift | 1 Tbe safety of bim that feareth the Lord. I not thyself up, but be among them as one

Times and seasons are of God. of the rest, take diligent care for them, and THERE shall no evil happen unto him so sit down.

I that feareth the Lord; but in tempta2 And when thou hast done all thy office, |tion even again he will deliver him. take thy place, that thou mayest be merry 2 A wise man hateth not the law; but he with them, and receive a crown for thy well that is an hypocrite therein is as a ship in a ordering of the feast.

storm. 3 Speak, thou that art the elder, for it be- || 3 A man of understanding trusteth in the cometh thee, but with sound judgment; and law; and the law is faithful unto him, as an hinder not musick.

oracle. 4 Pour not out words where there is a mu 4 Prepare what to say, and so thou shalt sician, and shew not forth wisdom out of time. be heard: and bind up instruction, and then

5 A concert of musick in a banquet of make answer. wine is as a signet of carbuncle set in gold. 5 The heart of the foolish is like a cart

6 As a signet of an emerald set in a work wheel; and his thoughts are like a rolling of gold, so is the melody of musick with axletree. pleasant wine.

6 A stallion horse is as a mocking friend, 7 Speak, young man, if there be need of | he neigheth under every one that sittech upon thee : and yet scarcely when thou art twice him. asked.

7 9 Why doth one day excel another, 8 Let thy speech be short, comprehending || when as all the light of every day in the year much in few words ; be as one that knoweth | is of the sun ? and yet holdeth his tongue.

8 By the knowledge of the Lord they 9 If thou be among great men, make not || were distinguished : and he altered seasons thyself equal with them; and when ancient ll and feasts. men are in place, use not many words.

9 Some of them hath he made high days, 10 Before the thunder goeth lightning; and and hallowed them, and some of them hath before a shamefaced man shall go favour. he made ordinary days.

11 Rise up betimes, and be not the last ; || 10 And all men are from the ground, and but get thee home without delay.

Adam was created of earth. 12 There take thy pastime, and do what 11 In much knowledge the Lord hath dithou wilt: but sin not by proud speech. || vided them, and made their ways diverse.

13 And for these things bless him that I 12 Some of them hath he blessed and ex. made thee, and hath replenished thee with || alted, and some of them hath he sanctified, his good things.

ll and set near himself: but some of them hath

Cuar. XXXIV.

Apocrypha. he cursed and brought low, and turned out || THE hopes of a man void of understand of their places.

1 ing are vain and false : and dreams lift 13 As the clay is in the potter's hand, to | up fools. fashion it at his pleasure: so man is in the L 2 Whoso regardeth dreams is like him hand of him that made him, to render to | that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth afthem as liketh him best.

ter the wind. 14 Good is set against evil, and life against 3 The vision of dreams is the resemblance death: so is the godly against the sinner, and of one thing to another, even as the likeness the sinner against the godly.

of a face to a face. 15 So look upon all the works of the I 4 Of an unclean thing what can be cleansMost High ; and there are two and two, one || ed? and from that thing which is false what against another.

truth can come? 16 I awaked up last of all, as one that 5 Divinations, and soothsayings, and gathereth after the grape gatherers : by the dreams, are vain : and the heart fancieth, as blessing of the Lord I profited, and filled my ll a woman's heart in travail. wine press like a gatherer of grapes.

6 Jf they be not sent from the Most High 17. Consider that I laboured not for my- || in thy visitation, set not thy heart upon them. self only, but for all them that seek learning. 7 For dreams have deceived many, and

18 Hear me, 0 ye great men of the peo- | they have failed that put their trust in them. ple, and hearken with your ears, ye rulers of 8 The law shall be found perfect without the congregation.

lies : and wisdom is perfection to a faithful 19 Give not thy son and wife, thy brother mouth. and friend, power over thee while thou livest, 9 A man that hath travelled knoweth maand give not thy goods to another : lest it ny things; and he that hath much experience repent thee, and thou entreat for the same will declare wisdom. again.

10 He that hath no experience knoweth 20 As long as thou livest and hast breath little : but he that hath travelled is full of in thee, give not thyself over to any.

prudence. 21 For better it is that thy children should 11 When I travelled, I saw many things ; seek to thee, than that thou shouldest stand and I understood more than I can express. to their courtesy.

12 I was oft times in danger of death : yet 22 In all thy works keep to thyself the I was delivered because of these things. preeminence; leave not a stain in thine hon 13 4 The spirit of those that fear the Lord our.

shall live; for their hope is in him that saveth 23 At the time when thou shalt end thy them. days, and finish thy life, distribute thine in 14 Whoso feareth the Lord shall not fear heritance.

nor be afraid ; for he is his hope. 24 Fodder, a wand, and burdens, are for | 15 Blessed is the soul of him that feareth the ass ; and bread, correction, and work, for the Lord: to whom doth he look ? and who a servant.

is his strength ? 25 If thou set thy servant to labour, thou 16 For the eyes of the Lord are upon shalt find rest : but if thou let him go idle, them that love him, he is their mighty prohe shall seek liberty.

tection and strong stay, a defence from heat, 26 A yoke and a collar do bow the neck : and a cover from the sun at noon, a preserso are tortures and torments for an evil ser vation from stumbling, and an help from vant.

falling 27 Send him to labour, that he be not idle; 17 He raiseth up the soul, and lighteneth for idlenegs teacheth much evil.

the eyes : he giveth health, life, and blessing. 28 Set him to work, as is fit for him : if 18' He that sacrificeth of a thing wronghe be not obedient, put on more heavy fetters. || fully gotten, his offering is ridiculous; and

29 But be not excessive toward any; and the gifts of unjust men are not accepted. without discretion do nothing.

19 The Most High is not pleased with 30 If thou have a servant, let him be un- | the offerings of the wicked; neither is he pato thee as thyself, because thou hast bought cified for sin by the multitude of sacrifices. him with a price.

20 Whoso bringeth an offering of the 31 If thou have a servant, entreat him as goods of the poor doeth as one that killeth a brother : for thou hast need of him, as of the son before his father's eyes. thine own soul : if thou entreat him evil, and 21 The bread of the needy is their life : he run from thee, which way wilt thou go to he that defraudeth him thereof is a man of seek him?

blood. CHAP. XXXIV.

| 22 He that taketh away his neighbour's 1 Of dreams. 13 Tbe praise and blessing of || living slayeth him; and he that defraudeth

them that fear the Lord. 18 The offering of the labourer of his hire is a blood shedder. the wicked, God accepteth net.

29 Wben one buildeth, and another pull

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