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3 Be not desirous of his dainties: || 20 Be pot among winebibbers; for they are deceitful meat.

among riotous eaters of Aesh: 4 Labour not to be rich: cease 21 For the drunkard and the glutfrom thine own wisdom.

ton shall come to poverty: and 5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon drowsiness shall clothe a man with that which is not? for riches certain rags. ly make themselves wings; they fly 22 Hearken unto thy father that away as an eagle toward heaven. begat thee, and despise not thy mo

6 Eat thou not the bread of him ther when she is old. that hath an evil eye, neither desire 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; thou his dainty meats :

also wisdom, and instruction, and 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, understanding. so is he: Eat and drink, saith he 24 The father of the righteous to thee; but his heart is not with shall greatly rejoice: and he that thee.

begetteth a wise child shall have joy 8 The morsel which thou hast eaten of him. shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy 25 Thy father and thy mother sweet words.

shall be glad, and she that bare thee y Speak not in the ears of a fool: shall rejoice. for he will despise the wisdom of 26 My son, give me thine heart, thy words.

and let thine eyes observe my ways. 10 Remove not the old landmark; 27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and enter not into the fields of the and a strange woman is a narrow pit. fatherless :

28 She also lieth in wait as for a 11 For their redeemer is mighty; prey, and increaseth the transgreshe shall plead their cause with thee. sors among men.

12 Apply thine heart unto instruc 29 Who hath woe. who hath sortion, and thine ears to the words of row? who hath contentions ? who knowledge.

hath babbling? who hath wounds 13 Withhold not correction from without cause? who hath redness of the child : for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

30 They that tarry long at the 14 Thou shalt beat him with the wine; they that go to seek mixed rod, and shalt deliver his soul from wine. hell.

31 Look not thou upon the wine 15 My son, if thine heart be wise, when it is red, when it giveth his my heart shall rejoice, even mine. colour in the cup, when it moveth

16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, itself aright. when thy lips speak right things. 32 At the last it biteth like a ser

17 Let not thine heart envy sin pent, and stingeth like an adder. ners : but be thou in the fear of the 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange LORD all the day long.

women, and thine heart shall utter 18 For surely there is an end; perverse things. and thine expectation shall not be 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that cut off.

lieth down in the midst of the sea, 19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, or as he that lieth upon the top of a and guide thine heart in the way.


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35 They have stricken me, shalt || dom be unto thy soul: when thou thou say, and I was not sick; they hast found it, then there shall be a have beaten me, and I felt it not: reward, and thy expectation shall when shall I awake? I will seek it not be cut off. yet again.

15 Lay not wait, 0 wicked man,

against the dwelling of the rightCHAP. XXIV.

eous; spoil not his resting place :

16 For a just man falleth seven BE not thou envious against evil times, and riseth up again : but the men, neither desire to be with them. wicked shall fall into mischief.

2 For their heart studieth de 17 Rejoice not when thine enemy struction, and their lips talk of mis falleth, and let not thine heart be chief.

glad when he stumbleth : 3 Through wisdom is an house 18 Lest the LORD see it, and it builded; and by understanding it is displease him, and he turn away his established:

wrath from him. 4 And by knowledge shall the 19 Fret not thyself because of chambers be filled with all precious evil men, neither be thou envious at and pleasant riches.

the wicked; .5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man 20 For there shall be no reward of knowledge increaseth strength. to the evil man; the candle of the , 6 For by wise counsel thou shalt wicked shall be put out. make thy war: and in multitude of 21 My son, fear thou the LORD counsellors there is safety.

and the king: and meddle not with 7 Wisdom is too high for a fool : them that are given to change: he openeth not his mouth in the · 22 For their calamity shall rise gate.

suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin 8 He that deviseth to do evil shall of them both ? be called a mischievous person.

23 These things also belong to the 9 The thought of foolishness is wise. It is not good to have respect sin : and the scorner is an abomina of persons in judgment. tion to men.

24 He that saith unto the wicked, 10 If thou faint in the day of Thou art righteous; him shall the adversity, thy strength is small. people curse, nations shall abhor 11 If thou forbear to deliver them

him : that are drawn unto death, and those 25 But to them that rebuke him that are ready to be slain;

shall be delight, and a good blessing 12 If thou sayest, Behold, we shall come upon them. knew it not; doth not he that pon 26 Every man shall kiss his lips dereth the heart consider it? and he that giveth a right answer. that keepeth thy soul, doth not be 27 Prepare thy work without, and know it? and shall not he render make it fit for thyself in the field; to every man according to his works ? and afterwards build thine house.

13 My son, eat thou honey, be 28 Be not a witness against thy cause it is good; and the honey neighbour without cause; and decomb, which is sweet to thy taste: ceive not with thy lips.

14 So shall the knowledge of wis- 29 Say not, I will do so to him

ás he hath done to me: I will ren- ï end thereof, when thy neighbour der to the man according to his hath put thee to shame. work.

9 Debate thy cause with thy 30 I went by the field of the neighbour himself ; and discover not slothful, and by the vineyard of the a secret to another : man void of understanding;

10 Lest he that heareth it put 31 And, lo, it was all grown over thee to shame, and thine infamy with thorns, and nettles had covered turn not away. the face thereof, and the stone wall 11 A word fitly spoken is like thereof was broken down.

apples of gold in pictures of silver. 32 Then I saw, and considered it 12 As an earring of gold, and an well: I looked upon it, and received ornament of fine gold, so is a wise instruction.

reprover upon an obedient ear. 33 Yet a little sleep, a little slum 13 As the cold of snow in the ber, a little folding of the hands to time of harvest, so is a faithful messleep:

senger to them that send him: for 34 So shall thy poverty come as he refresheth the soul of his masters. one that travelleth ; and thy want as 14 Whoso boasteth himself of a an armed man.

false gift is like clouds and wind

without rain. CHAP. XXV.

15 By long forbearing is a prince

persuaded, and a soft tongue breakThese are also proverbs of Solo eth the bone. mon, which the men of Hezekiah 16 Hast thou found honey eat so king of Judah copied out.

much as is sufficient for thee, lest 2 It is the glory of God to con thou be filled therewith, and vomit ceal a thing : but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

17 Withdraw thy foot from thy 3 The heaven for height, and the neighbour's house; lest he be weary earth for depth, and the heart of of thee, and so hate thee. kings is unsearchable.

18 A man that beareth false wit4 Take away the dross from the ness against his neighbour is a maul, silver, and there shall come forth a and a sword, and a sharp arrow. vessel for the finer.

19 Confidence in an unfaithful 5 Take away the wicked from be man in time of trouble is like a brokfore the king, and his throne shall en tooth, and a foot out of joint. be established in righteousness.

20 As he that taketh away a gar6 Put not forth thyself in the ment in cold weather, and as vinegar presence of the king, and stand not upon nitre, so is he that singeth in the place of great men:

songs to an heavy heart. 7 For better it is that it be said 21 If thine enemy be hungry, give unto thee, Come up hither; than him bread to eat; and if he be that thou shouldest be put lower in thirsty, give him water to drink: the presence of the prince whom 22 For thou shalt heap coals of thine eyes have seen.

fire upon his head, and the LORD 8 Go not forth hastily to strive, shall reward thee. lest thou know not what to do in the 23 The north wind driveth away

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rain : so doth an angry countenance a t 10 The great God that formed all backbiting tongue.

things both rewardeth the fool, and 24 It is better to dwell in the rewardeth transgressors. corner of the house top, than with a 11 As a dog returneth to his vobrawling woman and in a wide mit, so a fool returneth to his folly. house.

12 Seest thou a man wise in his 25 As cold waters to a thirsty own conceit? there is more hope of a soul, so is good news from a far fool than of him. country,

13 The slothful man saith, There 26 A righteous man falling down is a lion in the way; a lion is in the before the wicked is as a troubled streets. fountain, and a corrupt spring.

14 As the door turneth upon his 27 It is not good to eat much hinges, so doth the slothful upon his honey: so for men to search their own bed. glory is not glory.

15 The slothful hideth his hand in 28 He that hath no rule over bis his bosom; it grieveth him to bring own spirit is like a city that is brok it again to his mouth. en down, and without walls.

16 The sluggard is wiser in his

own conceit than seven men that can CHA P. XXVI.

render a reason.

17 He that passeth by, and medAS snow in summer, and as rain in dleth with strife belonging not to him, harvest, so honour is not seemly for is like one that taketh a dog by the a fool.

ears. 2 As the bird by wandering, as 18 As a mad man who casteth the swallow by flying, so the curse firebrands, arrows, and death, causeless shall not come.

19 So is the man that deceiveth 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for his neighbour, and saith, Am not I the ass, and a rod for the fool's back. in sport?

4 Answer not a fool according to 20 Where no wood is, there the his folly, lest thou also be like unto fire goeth out: so where there is no him.

talebearer, the strife ceaseth. 5 Answer a fool according to his 21 As coals are to burning coals, folly, lest he be wise in his own con and wood to fire; so is a contentious ceit.

man to kindle strife. 6 He that sendeth a message by 22 The words of a talebearer are the hand of a fool cutteth off the as wounds, and they go down into feet, and drinketh damage.

the innermost parts of the belly. 7 The legs of the lame are not 23 Burning lips and a wicked equal: so is a parable in the mouth heart are like a potsherd covered of fools.

with silver dross. 8 As he that bindeth a stone in a 24 He that hateth dissembleth sling, so is he that giveth honour to with his lips, and layeth ụp deceit a fool.

within him; 9 As a thorn goeth up into the 25 When he speaketh fair, behand of a drunkard, so is a parable lieve him not: for there are seven in the mouth of fools.

abominations in his heart.

26 Whose hatred is covered by de- || ceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein : and be that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

CHAP. XXVII. BOAST not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.

17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.

22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him,

23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.

24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation ?

25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.

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