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514 The use of proverbs. PROVERBS. Exhortation to avoid sinners. ever and ever : he hath made a decree 1 4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his which shall not pass.

people : he will beautify the meek with 7 Praise the LORD from the earth, ye salvation. dragons, and all deeps :

5 Let the saints be joyful in glory : let 8 Fire, and hail ; snow, and vapour ; them sing aloud upon their beds. stormy wind fulfilling his word :

6 Let the high fraises of Gol be in their 9 Mountains, and all hills ; fruitful mouth, and a two-edged sword in their trees, and all cedars :

hand ; 10 Beasts, and all cattle ; creeping li 7 To execute vengcance upon the heathings, and flying fowl :

then, and punishments upon the people ; 11 Kings of the earth, and all people;ll 8 To bind their kings with chains, and princes, and all judges of the earth : their nobles with fetters of iron;

12 Both young men, and maidens; old 9 To execute upon them the judgment men, and children:

I written : this honour have all his saints. 13 Let them praise the name of the Praise ye the LORD. LORD : for his name alone is excellent ;

PSAL. CL. his glory is above the earth and heaven. 1 An exhortation to praise God, 3 with all 14 He also exalteth the horn of his

kind of instruments. people, the praise of all his saints ; even PRAISE ye the Lord. Praise God in of the children of Israel, a people near I his sanctuary: praise him in the firunto him. Praise ye the LORD.

mament of his power. PSAL. CXLIX.

2 Praise him for his mighty acts : praise 1 The prophet exhorteth top raise God for him according to his excellent greatness.

his love to the church, 5 and for that pow-| 3 Praise him with the sound of the

er which he hath given to the church. I trumpet : praise him with the psaltery PRAISE ye the LORD. Sing unto the and harp. I Lord a new song, and his praise in 4 Praise him with the timbrel and the congregation of saints.

| dance : praise him with stringed instru2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made i ments and organs. him : let the children of Zion be joyful in 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals : their King.

praise him upon the high sounding cym3 Let them praise his name in the bals. dance : let them sing praises unto him 6 Let every thing that hath breath with the timbrel and harp.

ll praise the Lord. Praise ye the LORD.

THE PROVERBS.
CHAP. I.

10 9 My son, if sinners entice thee, 1 The use of the firoverbs. 7 Anexhortation consent thou not.

to fear God, and believe his word : 10 to 11 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay avoid the enticings of sinners. 20 Wist | wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the dom complaineth of her contempt : 24 | innocent without cause : she threateneth her contemners.

12 Let us swallow them up alive as THE proverbs of Solomon the son of the grave; and whole, as those that go 1 David, king of Israel;

down into the pit : 2 To know wisdom and instruction ; to 13 We shall find all precious substance, perceive the words of understanding; we shall fill our houses with spoil :

3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all justice, and judgment, and equity ; have one purse :

4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the 15 My son, walk not thou in the way young man knowledge and discretion. with them ; refrain thy foot from their

5 A wise man will hear, and will in- path : crease learning ; and a man of under- 16 For their feet run to evil, and make standing shall attain unto wise counsels : haste to shed blood.

6 To understand a proverb, and the 17 Surely in rain the net is spread in interpretation ; the words of the wise, the sight of any bird. and their dark sayings.

18 And they lay wait for their own 7 1 The fear of the LORD is the be- blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. ginning of knowledge : but fools despise 19 So are the ways of every one that wisdom and instruction.

is greedy of gain ; which taketh away the 8 My son, hear the instruction of thy life of the owners thereof. father, and forsake not the law of thy 20 9 Wisdom crieth without; she ute ·mother :

tereth her voice in the streets : * 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace 21 She crieth in the chief place of conunto thy head, and chains about thy neck. Il course, in the openings of the gates : in

Wisdom threateneth her contemners. CHAP. II, II. She promiseth direction. 515 the citv she uttereth her words, saying, || 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, un

22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye derstanding shall keep thee: love simplicity and the scorners delight 12 To deliver thee from the way of in their scorning, and fools hate knowl-the evil man, from the man that speaketh edge ?

froward things ; 23 Tum you at my reproof: behold, I | 13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, will pour out my spirit unto you, I will || to walk in the ways of darkness; make known my words unto you.

14 Who rejoice to do evil, and deligit 24 | Because I have called, and ye re || in the frowardness of the wicked; fused ; I-have stretched out my hand, 15 Whose ways are crooked, and they and no man regarded ;

froward in their paths; 25 But ye have set at naught all my 16 To deliver thee from the strange counsel, and would none of my reproof : woman, even from the stranger which

26 I also will laugh at your calamity ; | flattereth with lier words ; I will mock when your fear cometh ; 17 Which forsaketh the guide of her

27 When your fear cometh as deso- youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her lation, and your destruction cometh as a God. whirlwind ; when distress and anguishi 18 For her house inclineth unto death, cometh upon you.

and her paths unto the dead. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but 19 None that go unto her return aI will not answer ; they shall seek me gain, neither take they hold of the paths early, but they shall not find me :

of life. 29 For that they hated knowledge, and 20 That thou mayest walk in the did not choose the fear of the Lord: way of good men, and keep the paths of

30 They would none of my counsel : the righteous. they despised all my reproof.

I 21 For the upright shall dwell in the 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit land, and the per fect shall remain in it. of their own way, and be filled with their 22 But the wicked shall be cut off own devices.

from the earth, and the transgressors 32 For the turning a way of the simple shall be rooted out of it. shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools

CHAP. III. shall destroy them.

1 An exhortation to obedience, 5 to faith, 35 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall 7 to mortification, 9 to devotion, 11 to dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear patience. 13 The happy gain of qvisof evil.

dom. 19 The power, 21 and benefits CHAP. JI.

of wisdom. 27 An exhortation to char1 Wisdom promiseth godliness to her chil itableness, 30 peaceableness, 31 and

dren, 10 and safety from evil compa contentedness.33 The cursed state of

ny, 20 and direction in good ways. the wicked. M Y son, if thou wilt receive my words, M Y son, forget not my law ; but let

M and hide my commandments with I thine heart keep my commandthee;

ments : 2 So that thou incline thine ear unto i 2 For length of days, and long life, and wisdom, and apply thine heart to under Il peace shall they add to thee. standing ;

3 Let not miercy and truth forsake .3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, ll thee : bind them about thy neck ; write and liftest up thy voice for understanding; them upon the table of thine heart:

4 If thou seekest her as silver, and 4 So shalt thou find favour and good searchest for her as for hid treasures; understanding in the sight of God and

5 Then shalt thou understand the fear man. of the LORD, and find the knowledge of 5 | Trust in the LORD with all thine God.

heart ; and lean not unto thine own un.6 For the LORD giveth wisdom : out derstanding. of his mouth cometh knowledge and un 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, derstanding.

and he shall direct thy paths. 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes : righteous : he is a buckler to them that | fear the Lord, and depart from evil. walk uprightly.

8 It shall be health to thy navel, and 8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, maridw to thy bones. and preserveth the way of his saints. 9 Honour the LORD with thy sub

9 Then shalt thou understand riglit stance, and with the first-fruits of all epusness, and judgment, and equity; yea, thine increase : every good path.

10 So shall thy barns be filled with 10 | When wisdom enterethi into thine Il plenty, and thy presses shall burst out heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto with new wine. thy soul;

1 11 ? My son, despise not the chasten. 516 The benefits of wisdom. PROVERBS. Solomon persuades to obedience. ing of the LORD; neither be weary of his 11

CHAP. IV. correction :

1 Solomon, to persuade to obedience, 3 12 For whom the LORD loveth he cor sheweth what instruction he had of his recteth ; even as a father the son in whom parents, 5 and to study wisdom, 14 and he delighteth.

to shun the path of the wicked. 20 He 13 | Happy is the man that findeth exhorteth to faith, 23 and sanctification. wisdom, and the man that getteth under L EAR, ye children, the instruction of standing.

Il a father, and attend to know un14 For the merchandize of it is better || derstanding. than the merchandize of silver, and the 2 For I give you good doctrine, forgain thereof than fine gold.

sake ye not my law. 15 She is more precious than rubies : 13 For I was my father's son, tender and and all the things thou canst desire are only beloved in the sight of my mother. not to be compared unto her.

1 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, 16 Length of days is in her right hand ; || Let thine heart retain my words: keep and in her left hand riches and honour. my commandments, and live.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, l 5 Get wisdom, get understanding : forand all her paths are peace.

get it not ; neither decline from the 18 She is a tree of life to them that || words of my mouth. lay hold upon her: and happy is every 6 Forsake hernot, and she shall preserve one that retaineth her.

thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 19 The LORD by wisdom hath found- | 7 Wisdom is the principal thing ; ed the earth; by understanding hath he therefore get wisdom; and with all thy established the heavens.

getting get understanding. 20 By his knowledge the depths are i 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote broken up, and the clouds drop down thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when the dew.

thou dost embrace her. 21 I My son, let not them depart from 9 She shall give to thine head an ornathine eyes : keep sound wisdom and dis- ment of grace: a crown of glory shall she cretion :

deliver to thee. 22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, 10 Hear, () my son, and receive my and grace to thy neck.

sayings ; and the years of thy life shall 23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way 1 be many. safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. 11 I have taught thee in the way of

24 When thou liest down, thou shalt wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. not be afraid : yea, thou shalt lie down, 12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not and thy sleep shall be sweet.

be straitened ; and when thou runnest, 25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, nei thou shalt not stumble. ther of the desolation of the wicked, when 1 13 Take fast hold of instruction ; let it cometh.

her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. 26 For the LORD shall be thy confi 14 Enter not into the path of the dence, and shall keep thy foct from be- wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from 27 1 Withhold not good from them | it, and pass away. to whom it is due, when it is in the power | 16 For they sleep not, except they have of thine hand to do it.

done mischief ; and their sleep is taken 28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, | away, unless they cause some to fall. and come again, and to-morrow I will | 17 For they eat the bread of wickedgive; when thou hast it by thee.

ness, and drink the wine of violence. 29 Devise not evil against thy neigh-1 18 But the path of the just is as the bour, seeing he dwelleth securely by shining light, that shineth more and more thee.

unto the perfect day. 30 Strive not with a man without I 19 The way of the wicked is as darkcause, if he have done thee no harm. ness: they know not at what they stumble,

31 | Envy thou not the oppressor, and 20 | My son, attend to my words ; inchoose none of his way 8.

cline thine car unto my sayings. 32 For the froward is abomination to | 21 Let them not depart from thine the Lord: but his secret is with the right- lleves ; keep them in the midst of thino eous.

heart. 33 | The curse of the Lord is in the 22 For they are life unto those that house of the wicked: but he blesseth the ll find them, and health to all their flesh, habitation of the just.

23 9 Keep thy heart with all diligence ; 34 Surely he scorneth the scorners : 1 for out of it are the issues of life. but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

24 Put away from thee a froward 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but || mouth, and perverse lips put far from shame shall be the promotion of fools. thee,

ing taken.

Solomon recommends wisdom. CHAP. V, vi.

Against idleness. 517 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let wicked himself, and he shall be holden Shine eyelids look straight before thee. with the cords of his sins.

26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and 23 He shall die without instruction ; let all thy ways be established.

and in the greatness of his folly he shall 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to go astray. the left : remove thy foot from evil.

CHAP. VI.
CHAP. V.

1 Against suretishisi, 6 idleness, 12 and 1 Solomon exhortethto the study of wisdom.) mischievou81088, 20 The blessings of o

3 He shequrth the mischief of whoredom i brdience. 25 The mischiefs of thoredom. and riot. 15 Heerhorteth to contented. M Y son, if thou be surety for thy ness, libcrality, and chastity. 22 The M friend, if thou hast stricken thy

wicked overtaken with their own sins. | hand with a stranger, M Y son, attend unto my wisdom, 2 Thou art snared with the words of

IV and bow thine ear to my under- thy mouth, thou art taken with the words standing:

of thy mouth. 2 That thou mayest regard discretion, 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver and that thy lips may keep knowledge. thyself, when thou art come into the

3 | For the lips of a strange woman || hand of thy friend ; go, humble thyself, drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is and make sure thy friend, smoother than oil ;

4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor 4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, slumber to thine eyelids. sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Deliver thyself as å roe from the 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps hand of the hunter, and as a bird from take hold on hell.

the hand of the fowler. 6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path 61 Go to the ant, thou sluggard ; conof life, her ways are moveable, that thou sider her ways, and be wise : canst not know them.

7 Which having no guide, overseer, or 7 Hear me now therefore, () ye chil ruler, dren, and depart not from the words of 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, my mouth.

and gathereth her food in the harvest. 8 Remove thy way far from her, and I 9How long wilt thou sleep, sluggard? come not nigh the door of her house : when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

9 Lest thou give thine honour unto 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, others, and thy years unto the cruel : a little folding of the hands to sleep :

10 Lest strangers be filled with thy 11 So shall thy poverty come as one wealth ; and thy labours be in the house || that travelleth, and thy want as an armof a stranger ;

ed man. 11 And thou mourn at the last, when 12 | A naughty person, a wicked man, thy flesh and thy body are consumed, | walketh with a froward mouth.

12 And say, How have I hated instruc- 13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaktion, and my heart despised reproof; eth with his feet, he teachetil with his

13 And have not obeyed the voice of |fingers ; my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to 14 Frowardness is in his heart, he dethem that instructed me!

| viseth mischief continually ; he soweth 14 I was almost in all evil in the midst | discord. of the congregation and assembly.

15 Therefore shall his calamity come 15 | Drink waters out of thine own cis- suddenly ; suddenly shall he be broken tern, and running waters out of thine own without remedy. well.

16 | These six !hings doth the Lord 16 Let thy fountains be dispersed an hate : yea, seven are an abomination unbroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. to him:

17 Let them be only thine own, and 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and not strangers with thee.

| hands that shed innocent bloocl, 18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imagrejoice with the wife of thy yonth.

inations, feet that be swift in running to 19 Let her be as the loving bind and mischief, pleasant roe ; let her breasts satisfy thee | 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, at all times; and be thou ravished always and him that soweth discord among with her love.

brethren. 20 And why wilt thou, my son, be rav- 20 9 My son, keep thy father's comished with a strange woman, and em- mandment, and forsake not the law of brace the bosom of a stranger?

thy mother: 21 For the ways of man are before / 21 Bind them continually upon thine the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth heart, and tie them about thy neck. all his goings.

22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; 22 ? His own iniquities shall take then, when thou slcepest, it shall keep thee;

518 The cunning of a harlot. PROVERBS. The folly of a deluded youth. and when thou awakest, it shall talk | 10 And behold, there met him a womwith thicc.

an with the attire of an harlot, and subtil 23 For the commandment is a lamp ; of heart. and the law is light; and reproofs of in- 11 (She is loud and stubborn ; her feet struction are the way of life :

| abide not in her house : 24 To keep thee from the evil woman, 12 Now is she without, now in the from the flattery of the tongue of al streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) strange woman.

13 So she caught him, and kissed him, 25 Lust not after her beauty in thine | and with an impudent face said unto him, heart; neither let her take thee with her | 14 I have peace-offerings with me; eyelids.

this day have I paid my vows. 26 For by means of a whorish woman 15 Therefore came I forth to meet a man is brought to a piece of bread : and thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I the adulteress will hunt for the precious have found thee. life.

16 I have decked my bed with cover27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, || ings of tapestry, with carved works, with and his clothes not be burned ?

fine linen of Egypt. 28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, feet not be burned?

aloes, and cinnamon. 29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's 18 Come, let us take our fill of love wife ; whosoever toucheth her shall not until the morning: let us solace ourselves be innocent.

with loves. 30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal 19 For the good-man is not at home, to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; he is gone a long journey :

31 But if he be found, he shall restore 20 He hath taken a bag of money with scvenfold; he shall give all the substance him, and will come home at the day cf his house.

appointed. 32 But whoso committeth adultery ! 21 With her much fair speech she with a woman lacketh understanding: he caused him to yield, with the fiattering of that doeth it destroveth his own soul. her lips she forced him.

33 A wound and dishonour shall be 22 He goeth after her straightway, get; and his reproach shall not be wiped as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a away.

fool to the correction of the stocks ; 34 l'or jealousy is the rage of a man : 23 Till a dart strike through his liver ; therefore he will not spare in the day of l as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knowrengcance.

eth not that it is for his life. 35 He will not regard any ransom ; | 24 | Hearken unto me now therefore, neither will he rest content, though thou O ye children, and attend to the words givest many gifts.

of my mouth. CHAP. VII.

25 Let not thine heart decline to her 1 Solomon persuadeth toa sincercanul kind ways, go not astray in her paths.

familiarity with wisdom. 6 In an er- 26 For she hati cast down many ample of his ogun experience, hesheweth wounded : yea, many strong men have 10 the cunning ofa letud woman, 22 and been slain by her. the desperate folly of a deludod youth. 27 Her house is the way to hell, going 24 He dissuadcth from such wickedness. | down to the chambers of death. Y son, keep my words, and lay up

CHAP. VIII. V my commandinents with thee. 1 The fame, 6 and evidence of wisdom. 10

2 Keep my commandments, and live; The excellency, 12 the nature, 15 the and my law as the applo of thine eye. power, 18 the riches, 22 and ihe eter

3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write nity of it. them upon the table of thine heart. NOTH not wisdom cry? and under

4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; \ U standing put forth her voice? and call understanding thy kinswoman: 2 She standeth in the top of high places,

5 That they may keep thee from the by the way in the places of the paths. strange woman, from the stranger which 3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry flattereth with her words.

of the city, at the coming in at the doors. 6. For at the window of my house 4 Unto you, () men, I call ; and my I looked through my casement,

voice is to the sons of man. 7 And beheld aniong the simple ones, 5 () ye simple, understand wisdom: and I discerned among the youths, a young ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. man void of understanding,

6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent 8 Passing through the street pear her things; and the opening of my lips shall corner; and he went the way to her house. be right things.

9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the 7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and black and dark night :

wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

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