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23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth ; when there were no fountains abounding with wa


and wickedness is an abomination to 11 my lips.

8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. · 9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. · 10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.

19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

22 The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:

26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there : when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

28 When he established the clouds above : when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: wben he appointed the foundations of the earth :

30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.


in hither: and as for him that want

eth understanding, she saith to him, WISDOM hath builded her house, 17 Stolen waters are sweet, and she hath hewn out her seven pillars: bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

2 She hath killed her beasts; she 18 But he knoweth not that the hath mingled her wine; she hath also dead are there; and that her guests furnished her table.

are in the depths of hell. 3 She hath sent forth ber maidens: she crieth upon the highest

CHAP. X. places of the city,

4 Whoso is simple, let him turn THE proverbs of Solomon. A wise in hither : as for him that wanteth son maketh a glad father: but a understanding, she saith to him, foolish son is the heaviness of his

5 Come, eat of my bread, and mother. drink of the wine which I have min 2 Treasures of wickedness profit gled.

nothing: but righteousness deliver6 Forsake the foolish, and live; eth from death. and go in the way of understand 3 The Lord will not suffer the ing.

soul of the righteous to famish: but 7 He that reproveth a scorner he casteth away the substance of the getteth to himself shame : and he wicked. that rebuketh a wicked man getteth 4 He becometh poor that dealeth bimself a blot.

with a slack hand: but the hand of 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he the diligent maketh rich. hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and 5 He that gathereth in summer is he will love thee.

a wise son : but he that sleepeth in 9 Give instruction to a wise man, harvest is a son that causeth shame. and he will be yet wiser : teach a 6 Blessings are upon the head of just man, and he will increase in the just: but violence covereth the learning.

mouth of the wicked. 10 The fear of the LORD is the 7 The memory of the just is blessbeginning of wisdom: and the know ed: but the name of the wicked shall ledge of the holy is understanding.

rot. 11 For by me thy days shall be 8 The wise in heart will receive multiplied, and the years of thy life commandments : but a prating fool shall be increased. The

shall fall. 12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be 9 He that walketh uprightly walkwise for thyself: but if thou scorn-. eth surely : but he that perverteth est, thou alone shalt bear it.

his ways shall be known. 13 A foolish woman is clamorous : 10 He that winketh with the eye she is simple, and knoweth nothing. causeth sorrow : but a prating fool

14 For she sitteth at the door shall fall. of her house, on a seat in the high 11 The mouth of a righteous man places of the city,

is a well of life: but violence cover15 To call passengers who go eth the mouth of the wicked. right on their ways:

12 Hatred stirreth up strifes : but 2016 Whoso is simple, let him turn love covereth all sins.

be gladness : but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

30 The righteous shall never be removed : but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

32 The lips of the righteous know? what is acceptable : but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found : but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

14 Wise men lay up knowledge : but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. .

15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction : but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin : but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

27 The fear of the Lord prolongeth days : but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

28 The hope of the righteous shall

| CHA P. XI. A False balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the wisdom.

3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them : but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath : but righteousness delivereth from death.

5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.

8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.

9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but

through knowledge shall the just | 24 There is that scattereth, and be delivered.

yet increaseth ; and there is that 10 When it goeth well with the withholdeth more than is meet, but righteous, the city rejoiceth : and it tendeth to poverty. when the wicked perish, there is 25 The liberal soul shall be made shouting..

fat: and he that watereth shall be 11 By the blessing of the upright watered also himself. the city is exalted: but it is over 26 He that withholdeth corn, the thrown by the mouth of the wicked. people shall curse him : but blessing

12 He that is void of wisdom shall be upon the head of him that despiseth his neighbour: but a man selleth it. of understanding holdeth his peace. 27 He that diligently seeketh

13 A talebearer revealeth secrets : good procureth favour : but he that but he that is of a faithful spirit con seeketh mischief, it shall come unto cealeth the matter.

him. 14 Where no counsel is, the peo 28 He that trusteth in his riches ple fall: but in the multitude of 1 shall fall: but the righteous shall counsellors there is safety.

flourish as a branch. 15 He that is surety for a stran 29 He that troubleth his own ger shall smart for it: and he that house shall inherit the wind : and hateth suretiship is sure.

the fool shall be servant to the wise 16 A gracious woman retaineth of heart. honour: and strong men retain rich 30 The fruit of the righteous is a es.

tree of life; and he that winneth 17 The merciful man doeth good souls is wise. to his own soul : but he that is cruel 31 Behold, the righteous shall be troubleth his own fesh.

recompensed in the earth : much 18 The wicked worketh a deceit more the wicked and the sinner. ful work : but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

CHAP. XII. 19 As righteousness tendeth to life : so he that pursueth evil pursu

W HOSO loveth instruction loveth eth it to his own death.

knowledge: but he that hateth re20 They that are of a froward proof is brutish. beart are abomination to the LORD: 2 A good man obtaineth favour of but such as are upright in their way the LORD: but a man of wicked deare his delight.

vices will he condemn. 21 Though hand join in hand, the 3 A man shall not be established wicked shall not be unpunished : but by wickedness: but the root of the the seed of the righteous shall be righteous shall not be moved. delivered.

4 A virtuous woman is a crown to · 22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's her husband : but she that maketh snout, so is a fair woman which is ashamed is as rottenness in his without discretion.

bones. 23 The desire of the righteous is 5 The thoughts of the righteous only good; but the expectation of are right: but the counsels of the the wicked is wrath.

wicked are deceit.

6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood : but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom : but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips : but the just shall come out of trouble.

14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes : but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

20 Deceit is in the heart of them

that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

22 Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.

23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting : but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.


A Wise son heareth his father's instruction : but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

5 A righteous man hateth lying : but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.

6 Righteousness keepeth him that

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