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27 And thou shalt have goats' | milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy houshold, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.

CHAP. XXVIII. The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. : 2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof : but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotouz men shameth his father.

8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall bave good things in possession.

11 The rich man is wise in bis own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper : but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.

17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.

18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

21 To have respect of persons is not good : for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat

26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that bideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves : but when they perish, the righteous increase.


HE, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice : but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father : but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.

4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiverb gifts overthroweth it.

5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor : but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together : the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.

14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.

17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words ? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.

22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.


14 There is a generation, whose

teeth are as swords, and their jaw The words of Agur the son of teeth as knives, to devour the poor Jakeh, even the prophecy : the man from off the earth, and the needy spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel from among men. and Ucal,

15 The horseleach hath two 2 Surely I am more brutish than daughters, crying, Give, give. There any man, and have not the under are three things that are never satisstanding of a man.

fied, yea, four things say not, It is 3 I neither learned wisdom, nor enough: have the knowledge of the holy.

16 The grave; and the barren 4 Who hath ascended up into womb; the earth that is not filled heaven, or descended? who hath with water; and the fire that saith gathered the wind in his fists? who not, It is enough. hath bound the waters in a garment? 17 The eye that mocketh at his who hath established all the ends of father, and despiseth to obey his the earth? what is his name, and mother, the ravens of the valley what is his son's name, if thou canst shall pick it out, and the young tell ?

eagles shall eat it. 5 Every word of God is pure: he 18 There be three things which is a shield unto them that put their are too wonderful for me, yea, four trust in him.

which I know not: 6 Add thou not unto his words, 19 The way of an eagle in the lest he reprove thee, and thou be air; the way of a serpent upon a found a liar.

rock; the way of a ship in the 7 Two things have I required of midst of the sea ; and the way of thee; deny me them not before I die: a man with a maid.

8 Remove far from me vanity and 20 Such is the way of an adulterlies : give me neither poverty nor ous woman; she eateth, and wipeth riches ; feed me with food conveni her mouth, and saith, I have done ent for me:

no wickedness. 9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, 21 For three things the earth is and say, Who is the Lord? or lest disquieted, and for four which it canI be poor, and steal, and take the not bear: name of my God in vain.

22 For a servant when he reign10 Accuse not a servant unto his eth; and a fool when he is filled master, lest he curse thee, and thou with meat; be found guilty.

23 For an odious woman when 11 There is a generation that curs she is married; and an handmaid eth their father, and doth rot bless that is heir to her mistress. their mother.

24 There be four things which are 12 There is a generation that are little upon the earth, but they are pure in their own eyes, and yet is exceeding wise: not washed from their filthiness.

25 The ants are a people not 13 There is a generation, O how strong, yet they prepare their meat lofty are their eyes! and their eye in the summer; lids are lifted up.

26 The conies are but a feeble

folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.

29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going :

30 A lion, which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;

31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.

32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.

33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood : so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. - 10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies..

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. be

14 She is like the merchants' ships ; she bringeth her food from afar.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her houshold, and a portion to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good : her candle goeth not out by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the dis



The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

2 What, my son ? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink :

5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. -6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her houshold: for all her houshold are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24 She maketh fine linen, and sell- | 28 Her children arise up, and call eth it; and delivereth girdles unto her blessed; her husband also, and the merchant.

he praiseth her. 25 Strength and honour are her · 29 Many daughters have done clothing; and she shall rejoice in virtuously, but thou excellest them time to come.

all. 26 She openeth her mouth with 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty wisdom; and in her tongue is the is vain : but a woman that feareth law of kindness.

the LORD, she shall be praised. 27 She looketh well to the ways 31 Give her of the fruit of her of her houshold, and eateth not the hands; and let her own works praise bread of idleness.

ll her in the gates.


CHAP. I. The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king of Jerusalem.

2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

4. One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh : but the earth abideth for ever.

5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.

7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done : and there is no new thing under the sun.

10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

11 There is no remembrance of former things ; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.

14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight : and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

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