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Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea; or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
It is not for kings, Ŏ Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink; lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
Be not among wine bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last, it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder.
Wo unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them. And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands.
Wo unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink.
Wo to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine.
Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, drunkenness,
Isaiah 5: 11-22. Isaiah 28: 1.
Prov. 20: 21. Prov. 31 4, 5. Prov. 23: 20-32.
revellings and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty: open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread. The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thy hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
Let him that stole steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
When we were with you, this we commanded you,
Prov. 6: 9-11. Prov. 20: 13. Prov. 13: 4. Eccl. 11: 6. Eph. 4: 29. 1 Thess. 4: 11, 12.
Prov. 23: 21. Prov. 12: 11. Eccl. 5: 12. 2 Thess. 3: 10-14.
that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; and, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone-wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well; I looked upon it, and received instruction.
By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
DUTIES OF MASTERS AND SERVANTS
SERVANTS, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will
Prov. 6: 6-8. Prov. 19: 24. Prov. 20: 4. Prov. 24: 30-32. Eccl. 10: 18. Prov. 19: 15.
doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men ; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong, shall receive for the wrong which he hath done and there is no respect of persons.
Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation. hath appeared to all men, teaching us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thank-worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with Gad. For even hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.
Let as many servants as are under the yoke count
Col. 3: 22-25. Titus 2: 9-12. 1 Peter 2: 18-23. 1 Tim. 6: 1, 2.
their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
Thou shalt not oppress a hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates; at his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it; lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee.
If I did despise the cause of my man-servant, or of my maid-servant, when they contended with me; what then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
SUBMIT yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with welldoing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and
Col. 4: 1. Deut. 24: 14, 15. Job 31: 13-15. 1 Peter 2: 13-17. Tit. 3: 1.