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understanding, will please! great men.

28 He that tilleth his land, fhall increase his heap: and he that pleaseth great men, fhall get pardon for iniquity. 29 Prefents and gifts blind the eyes of the wife, and ftop up his mouth that he

cannot reprove.

30 Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is hoarded up, what profit is in them both?

31 Better is he that hideth his folly, than a man that hideth his wifdom.

32 Neceffary patience in feeking the Lord, is better than he that leadeth his life without a guide.

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5 A prayer out of a poor man's mouth reacheth to the ears of God, and his judgment cometh speedily.

6 He that hateth to be reproved, is in the way of finners: but he that feareth the Lord, will repent from his heart.

7 An eloquent man is known far and near; but a man of understanding knoweth when he flippeth.

8 He that buildeth his houfe with other men's money, is like one that gathereth himself ftones for the tomb of his burial.

9 The congregation of the wicked is like tow wrapped together: and the end of them is a flame of fire to deftroy them.

10 The of finners is way made plain with ftones, but at the end thereof is the pit of hell.

II He that keepeth the law of the Lord, getteth the

2 ¶ Flee from fin as from the face of a ferpent: for if thou comeft too near it, it understanding thereof: and

will bite thee: the teeth thereof are as the teeth of a lion, flaying the fouls of men.

the perfection of the fear of the Lord is wisdom.

12 ¶ He that is not wife, 3 All iniquity is as a two-will not be taught: but there edged fword, the wounds is a wifdom which multipliwhereof cannot be healed. eth bitterness.

4 To terrify and do wrong will wafte riches: thus the houfe of proud men fhall be made defolate.

13 The knowledge of a wife man fhall abound like a flood: and his counsel is like a pure fountain of life.

14 The inner parts of a fool are like a broken vessel, and he will hold no knowledge as long as he liveth.

rience is afhamed of him, 23 A fool will peep in at the door into the house: but he that is well-nurtured will ftand without.

15 If a skilful man hear a wife word, he will commend 24 It is the rudeness of a it, and add unto it: but as man to hearken at the door; foon as one of no under- but a wife man will be grievstanding heareth it, it dif-ed with the disgrace. pleaseth him, and he cafteth it behind his back.

16 The talking of a fool is like a burden in the way: but grace fhall be found in the lips of the wife.

17 They enquire at the mouth of the wife man in the congregation, and they fhall ponder his words in their heart.

18 As is a house that is destroyed, fo is wisdom to a fool: and the knowledge of the unwife is as talk without fense.

19 Doctrine unto fools is as fetters on the feet, and

25 The lips of talkers will be telling fuch things as pertain not unto them: but the words of fuch as have understanding, are weighed in the balance.

26 The heart of fools is in their mouth: but the mouth of the wife is in their heart.

27 When the ungodly curfeth Satan, he curfeth his own soul.

28 A whisperer defileth his own foul, and is hated wherefoever he dwelleth.


Slothful man is com

like manacles on the right Apared to a filthy ftone,


20 A fool lifteth up his voice with laughter; but a wife man doth fcarce fmile a little.

21 Learning is unto a wife man as an ornament of gold, and like a bracelet upon his right arm.

and every one will hiss him out to his disgrace.

2 A flothful man is compared to the filth of a dunghill: every man that takes it up, will shake his hand.

3¶ An evil-nurtured fon is the difhonour of his father 22 A foolish man's foot is that begat him: and a [foolfoon in his neighbour's] ifh] daughter is born to his houfe but a man of expe


4 A wife

4 A wife daughter fhall | 12 Seven days do men bring an inheritance to her mourn for him that is dead; husband but the that liveth but for a fool and an ungoddifhoneftly, is her father's ly man, all the days of his heaviness. life.

5 She that is bold, difhonoureth both her father and her husband, but they both shall despise her.

6 A tale out of feafon [is as] mufick in mourning: but ftripes and correction of wisdom are never out of


13 Talk not much with a fool, and go not to him that hath no understanding: beware of him, left thou have trouble, and thou fhalt never be defiled with his fooleries: depart from him, and thou fhalt find rest, and never be difquieted with his madness. 14 What is heavier than

7 Whofo teacheth a fool, is as one that glueth a pot-lead? and what is the name fherd together, and as he thereof, but a fool ? that waketh one from a found fleep.

8 He that telleth a tale to a fool, speaketh to one in a flumber when he hath told his tale, he will fay, What is

the matter?

9 If children live honeftly, and have wherewithal, they fhall cover the bafenefs of their parents.

10 But children being haughty through difdain and want of nurture, do ftain the nobility of their kindred.

11 Weep for the dead, for he hath loft the light: and weep for the fool, for he wanted understanding: make little weeping for the dead, for he is at rest: but the life of the fool is worfe than death.

15 Sand, and falt, and a mass of iron, is easier to bear, than a man without understanding.

16 As timber girt and bound together in a building, cannot be loofed with fhaking: fo the heart that is ftablished by advised counsel, fhall fear at no time.

17 A heart fettled upon a thought of understanding, is as a fair plaiftering on the wall of a gallery.

18 Pales fet on an high place will never ftand against the wind: fo a fearful heart, in the imagination of a fool, cannot stand against any fear.

19 He that pricketh the eye, will make tears to fall: and he that pricketh the heart, maketh it to fhew her




20 ¶ Whofo cafteth a ftone at the birds, frayeth them away: and he that upbraideth his friend, breaketh friendship.

21 Though thou dreweft a fword at thy friend, yet defpair not for there may be a returning [to favour.]

of him.

27 Who shall set a watch before my mouth, and a seal of wifdom upon my lips, that I fall not fuddenly by them, and that my tongue deftroy me not?


22 If thou haft opened thy Lord, Father and Go


vernor of all whole my leave me not to their counfels, and let me not fall by them,

mouth against thy friend, fear not for there may be a reconciliation; except for upbraiding, or pride, or difclofing of fecrets, or a treacherous wound: for, for these things every friend will de-mine heart? that they spare


23 Be faithful to thy neighbour in his poverty, that thou mayeft rejoice in his profperity: abide ftedfaft unto him in the time of his trouble, that thou mayeft be heir with him in his heritage for a mean eftate is not always to be contemned; nor the rich that is foolish, to be had in admiration.

24 As the vapour and smoke of a furnace goeth before the fire; fo reviling before blood.

25 I will not be afhamed to defend a friend; neither will I hide myself from him.

26 And if any evil happen unto me by him, every one that heareth it will beware

2 Who will fet fcourges over my thoughts, and the difcipline of wisdom over

me not for mine ignorances, and it pass not by my fins:

3 Left mine ignorances increafe, and my fins abound to my deftruction, and I fall before mine adverfaries, and mine enemy rejoice over me, whofe hope is far from thy mercy,

4 O Lord, Father and God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from thy fervants always a haughty mind.

5 Turn away from me vain hopes, and concupifcence, and thou fhalt hold him up that is defirous always to ferve thee.

6 Let not the greediness of the belly, nor luft of the flesh take hold of me, and give

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not over me thy fervant into an impudent mind.

7 Hear, O ye children, the difcipline of the mouth: he that keepeth it, fhall never be taken in his lips.

8 The finner fhall be left in his foolishness: both the evil-speaker and the proud fhall fall thereby.

13 Ufe not thy mouth to intemperate fwearing, for therein is the word of fin.

14 Remember thy father. and thy mother, when thou fitteft among great men. Be not forgetful before them, and fo thou by thy custom become a fool, and wifh that thou hadst not been born, and curfe the day of thy nati

9 Accuftom not thy mouth to fwearing neither ufe thy-vity. felf to the naming of the Holy One.

15 The man that is accuftomed to opprobrious 10 For as a fervant that words, will never be reformis continually beaten, fhall ed all the days of his life. not be without a blue mark: 16 Two forts of men mulfo he that sweareth, and nam-tiply fin, and the third will eth God continually, fhall bring wrath: a hot mind is not be faultless. as a burning fire, it will never be quenched till it be confumed: a fornicator in the body of his flesh will never ceafe till he hath kindled a fire.

II A man that ufeth much fwearing, fhall be filled with iniquity, and the plague fhall never depart from his houfe: if he fhall offend, his fin fhall be upon him: and if he acknowledge not his fin, he maketh a double offence; and if he fwear in vain, he fhall not be innocent, but his house shall be full of calamities.

12 There is a word that is clothed about with death: God grant that it be not found in the heritage of Jacob: for all fuch things fhall be far from the godly, and they fhall not wallow in their fins.

17 All bread is sweet to a whoremonger, he will not leave off till he die.

18 A man that breaketh wedlock, faying thus in his heart, Who feeth me! I am compaffed about with darknefs, the walls cover me, and nobody feeth me; what need I to fear? the most High will not remember my fins:

19 Such a man only feareth the eyes of men, and knoweth not that the eyes


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