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33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom : and before honour is humility.

'HE preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of

the tongue, is from the Lord.

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.

3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

4 The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though land join in hand, he shall not be uupunished.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

7 When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even, bis enemies to be at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousness,'' than great revenues without right.

9 A man's heart deviseth his way : but the Lord directeth his steps.

10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

11 A just weight and balance are the Lord's: all the weights of the bag are his work.

12 if is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness.: for the throne is established by righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

14 The wrath of a king a* as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

10 How much beltpr is it to get wisdom than gold? and to get understandmg rather to be chosen than silver?

17 The highway of the upright is to <Itpart irom tvil: he that ket-peih his way preserveth his soul.



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18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy h he.

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

22 Understanding is a well-spring of life unto kim that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and adduth learning to his lip;.

24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

25 There is a way that secmeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

26 He that laboureth laboureth for lumself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

27 -An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

28 A froward man Soweth strife, and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, ami IcadetU him into the way that is not good.

30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, ij it be found in the way of righteousness.

32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.

33. The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

CHAP. XVII. 'OETTER is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices icith strife. 2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causcth shame, an 1 shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

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3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furrace for geld: 'but the Lord trieth the hearts.

4 A wicked doer givetli heed to false lips; and a liargiveth ear to a n .nighty tongue.

5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maktr; and he that is . hid at calamities shall not I e unpunished.

6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fatheis.

7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: u.uch less do ljing lips a prince.

8 A gilt is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it tmnclli, it prospercth.

9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that rcpeateth a matter separateth very friends.

10 A reproof enterelh more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart fr»m his house.

14 The beginning of strife is as when one lctteth out water: therefore leave off contention before it be meddled with.

15 He that justiiieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.

16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it i

17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

. 18 A man void of understanding striteth hands, end becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

10 I»e loveth transgression that loveth strife-: and he that e\;ilti ;h his gate,seeketh destruction.

20 lie that hath a froward hcait findc<.h no good: and he thatlufth a perverse torgue tailetli into mischief,

21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his borrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding ; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

2j A foolish son is a gritf to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.'

• 26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of un

. deI.• lauding.

CHAP. XVIII. rPHROUGH desire a man having separated himself, seekelh and intenneddleth with all wisdom. 1 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

S When the wickrd cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

4 The words ofa man's mouth are as deep waters, and the well-spring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips arc the snare of his soul.

8 The words of a tale-bearer arc as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

9 He ill*> thai is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

10 The name of the Lor D is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is s;ifu.

11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

17 He that is first in his own cause seemelh just; but his neighbour cometli and searcheth him.

18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

19 A brother offended is harder to be icon than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

22 Whoso findeth a w ife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly. ,

24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

CHAP. XIX. "DETTER is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge if is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart frctteth against the Lord.

4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

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