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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 thiec.

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 a streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) strange woman.

13 So she caught him, and kissed him, 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 he 22 He goeth after her straightway, get; and his reproach shall not be wiped as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a

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

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 sinccreanul kind ways, go not astray in her paths. familiarity with wisdom. 6 In an er- 26 For she hath cast down many ample of his own experience, hesheweth wounded: yea, many strong men have 10 the cunning of a letud roman, 22 and been slain by her. the desperate folly of a deluded youth. 27 Her house is the way to hell, going 24 He dissuadeth from such wickedness. down to the chambers of death. son, keep my words, and lay up

CHAP. VIII. my commandments 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 apple of thine eye. power, 18 the riches, 22 and the eter

3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write nity of it. them upon the table of thine heart.


OTH not wisdom cry? and under4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; 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 lier words.

of the city, at the coming in at the doors. 6.9 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 Oye 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.


The excellency
of wisdom.

The doctrine of it. 519 8 All the words of my mouth are in 33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and righteousness; there is nothing froward | refuse it not. or perverse in them.

34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, 9 They are all plam to him that under- | watching daily at my gates, waiting at the standeth, and right to them that find posts of my doors. knowledge.

35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, 10 Receive my instruction, and not sil- | and shall obtain favour of the LORD. ver; and knowledge rather than choice 36 But he that sinneth against me gold.

wrongeth his own soul : all they that hate 11 For wisdom is better than rubies; me love death. and all the things that may be desired

CHAP. IX. are not to be compared to it.

1 The discipline, 4and doctrine of tuisdom. 12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and 13 The custom, 16 and error of folly. find out knowledge of witty inventions. 13 The fear of the Lord is too hate WISDOM hath buiided her house, she

hath hewn out her seven pillars : evil : pride, and arrogancy, and the evil 2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. mingled her wine ; she hath also furnish

14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: ed her table. I am understanding ; I have strength. 3 She hath sent forth her maidens : she

15 By me kings reign, and princes | crieth upon the highest places of the city, decree justice.

4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, | hither : as for him that wanteth undereven all the judges of the earth.

standing, slie saith to him, 17 I love them that love me ; and 5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink those that seek me early shall find me. of the wine which I have mingled.

18 Riches and honour are with me ; 6 Forsake the foolish, and live ; and yea, durable riches and righteousness. go in the way of understanding.

19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, 7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth than fine gold ; and my revenue than to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a choice silver.

wicked man gelteth himself a blot. 20 I lead in the way of righteousness, 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate in the midst of the paths of judgment : thee : rebuke a wise man, and he will

21 That I may cause those that love love thee. me to inherit substance ; and I will fill 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and their treasures.

he will be yet wiser : teach a just man, 22 The Lord possessed me in the be- || and he will increase in learning. ginning of his way, before his works of ald. 10 The fear of the Lord is the begin

23 I was set up from everlasting, from ning of wisdom : and the knowledge of the beginning, or ever the earth was. the holy is understanding.

24 When there were no depths, I was 11 For by me thy day's shall be multibrought forth; when there were no foun- | plied, and the years of thy life shall be tains abounding with water.

increased. 25 Before the mountains were settled, 12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise before the hills was I brought forth. for thyself : but if thou scornest, thou

26 While as yet he had not made the alone shalt bear it. earth, nor the fields, nor the highest 13 4 A foolish woman is clamorous : part of the dust of the world.

she is simple, and knoweth nothing. 27 When he prepared the heavens, I 14 For shesitteth at the door ofherhouse, was there: when he set a compass upon on a seat in the high places of the city, the face of the depth :

15 To call passengers who go right on 28 When he established the clouds a

their ways : bove : when he strengthened the foun- 16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in tains of the deep :

hither : and as for him that wanteth un29 When he gave to the sea his decree, derstanding, she saith to him, that the waters should not pass his com- 17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread mandment : when he appointed the foun- eaten in secret is pleasant. dations of the earth :

18 But he knoweth not that the dead 30 Then I was by him, as one brought are there; and that her guests are in the up with him : and I was daily his delight, depths of hell. rejoicing always before him ;

CHAP. X. 31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of From this chapter tothe five and twentieth, his earth; and my delights were with are sundry observations of moral virtues the sons of men.

and their contra vices.

HE proverbs of Oye children : for blessed are they that keep my ways.

foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

20Now therefore hearken unto me: To maketh a glad father : but a 2 Treasuresof wickedness Profindiening days : but the years of the wicked shall

520 The blessings of the just. PROVERBS. Of the righteous and wickel.

27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth but righteousness delivereth from death.

3 The Lord will not suffer the soul of be shortened. the righteous to famish : but he casteth 28 The hope of the righteous shall be away the substance of the wicked. gladness: but the expectation of the wick

4 He becometh poor that deleth with cd shall perish. a slack hand: but the hand of the dili- 29 The way of the Lord is strength to gent maketh vich.

the upright : but destruction shall be to 5 He that gathereth in summer is a the workers of iniquity. wise son : but he that sleepeth in harvest 30 The righteous shall never be reis a son that causeth shame.

moved: but the wicked shall not inhabit 6 Blessings are upon the head of the th earth. just : but violence covereth the mouth of 31 The mouth of the just bringeth the wicked.

forth wisdom : but the froward tongue 7. The memory of the just is blessed : shall be cut out. but the name of the wicked shall rot. 32 The lips of the righteous know

8 The wise in heart will receive com- what is acceptable : but the mouth of the mandments: but a prating fool shall fall. wicked sjucaketh frowardness.

CHAP. XI. surely: but he that pervertetủ his ways A the Lord: but a just weight is his shall be known.

10 He that winketh with the eve causeth delight. sorrow : but a prating tool shall fall. 2 When pride cometh, then cometh

11 The mouth of a righteous man is shame : but with the lowly is wisdom. a well of life : but violence covereth the 3 The integrity of the upright shall mouth of the wicked.

guide them : but the preverseness of 12 Hatred stirreth up strifes : but love | transgressors shall destroy them. covereth all sins.

4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath : 13 In the lips of him that hath under but righteousness delivereth from death. standing wisdom is found: but a rod is 5 The righteousness of the perfect shall for the back of him that is void of under- direct his way : but the wicked shall fall standing

by his own wickedness. 14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the 6 The righteousness of the upright shall mouth of the foolish is near destruction. deliver them : but transgressor's shall be

15 The rich man's wealth is his strong taken in their own naughtiness. city: the destruction of the poor is their 7 When a wicked man dieth, his expoverty.

pectation shall perish: and the hope of 16 The labour of the righteous tendeth unjust men perisheth. to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin. & The righteous is delivered out of trou

17 Ile is in the way of life that keepeth ble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. instruction : but he that refuseth reproof 9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyerreth.

eth his neighbour : but through knowl18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, edge shall the just be delivered and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. 10 When it gneth well with the right

19 In the multitude of words there eous, the city rejoiccth: and when the wanteth not sin; but he that refraineth wicked perish, there is shouting. his lips is wise.

11 By the blessing of the upright the 20 The tongue of the just is as choice city is exalted : but it is overthrown by silver : the heart of the wicked is little the mouth of the wickedl. worth.

12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth 21 The lips of the righteous feed many : his neighbour : but a man of understandbut fools die for want of wisdom.

ing holdeth his peace. 22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh 13 A tale-bearer revealeth secrets : but rich, and he addech no sorrow with it. he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth

23 It is as sport to a fool to do mis- the matter. chief: but a man of understanding hath 14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: wisdom.

but in the multitude of counsellors there 24 The fear of the wicked, it shall is safety. come upon him : but the desire of the 15 He that is surety for a stranger shall righteous shall be granted.

smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship 25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the is sure. wicked no more : but the righteous is an 16 A gracious woman retaineth honeverlasting foundation.

our: and strong men retain riches. 26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as 17 The merciful man doeth good to his smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth. them that send him.

his own flesh.

Of the righteous and wicked. CHAP. XII, X111. Thefraise of virtue, &c. 521,

18 The wicked worketh a deceitful 9 He that is despised, and hath a serwork: but to him that soweth righteous- vant, is better than he that honoureth ness shall be a sure reward.

himself, and lacketh bread. 19 As righteousness, tendeth to life : so | 10 A righteous man regardeth the life he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his of his beast : but the tender mercies of own death.

the wicked are cruel. 20 They that are of a froward heart 11 He that tilleth his land shall be satare abomination to the Lord: but such as isfied with bread : but he that followeth are upright in their way are his delight. vain persons is void of understanding.

21 Though hand join in hand, the wick- 12 The wicked desireth the net of evil ed shall not be unpunished : but the seed men : but the root of the righteous yieldof the righteous shall be delivered. eth fruit.

22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's 13 The wicked is snared by the transsnout, so is a fair woman which is with-gression of his lips : but the just shall out discretion.

come out of trouble. 23 The desire of the righteous is only 14 A man shall be satisfied with good good : but the expectation of the wicked by the fruit of his mouth : and the recis wrath.

ompense of a man's hands shall be ren24 There is that scattereth, and yet in- dered unto him. creaseth ; and there is that withholdeth 15 The way of a fool is right in his more than is meet, butit tcndeth topoverty. own eyes : but he that hearkeneth unto

25 The liberal soul shall be made fať: | counsel is wise. and he that watereth shall be watered also 16 A fool's wrath is presently known : himself.

but a prudent man covereth shame. 26 He that withholdeth corn, the peo- 17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth ple shall curse bim : but blessing shall be righteousness : but a false witness deceit. upon the head of him that selleth it. 18 There is that speaketh like the pierc

27 He that diligently sceketh good | ings of a sword : but the tongue of the procureth favour : but he that seekethwise is health. mischief, it shall come unto him.

19 The lip of truth shall be established 28 He that trusteth in his riches shall | for ever : but a lying tongue is but for a fall : but the righteous shall flourish as a moment. branch.

20 Deceit is in the heart of them that 29 He that troubleth his own house | imagine evil : but to the counsellors of shall inherit the wind : and the fool shall peace is joy. be servant to the wise of heart.

21 There shall no evil happen to the just: 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree | but the wicked shall be filled with mischief. of life ; and he that winneth souls is wise. 22 Lying lips are abomination to the

31 Behold, the righteous shall be rec- LORD : but they that deal truly are his ompensed in the earth : much more the delight. wicked and the sinner.

23 A prudent man concealeth knowlCHAP. XII.

edge : but the heart of fools proclaimetli WHOSoloveth instruction Joveth foolishness; knowledge: but

24. The hand of the diligent shall bear proof is brutish

rule: but the slothful shall be under 2 A good man obtaineth favour of the tribute. Lord; but a man of wicked devices will 25 Heaviness in the heart of man makhe condemn.

eth it stoop : but a good word maketh it 3 A man shall not be established by | glad. wickedness : but the root of the righteous 26 The righteous is more excellent than shall not be moved.

his neighbour: but the way of the wicked 4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her l seduceth them. husband : but she that maketh ashamed 27 The slothful man roasteth not that is as rottenness in his bones.

which he took in hunting : but the sub5 The thoughts of the righteous are stance of a diligent man is precious. right: but the counsels of the wicked are 28 In the way of righteousness is life ; deceit.

and in the path-way ihereof there is no 6 The words of the wicked are to lie | death. in wait for blocd : but the mouth of the

CHAP. XIII. upright shall deliver them. 7 The wicked are overthrown, and are

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struction : but a scorner heareth not not : but the house of the righteous shall Juke. stand.

2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of 8 A man shall be commended accord- his mouth : but the soul of the transgresing to his wisdom : but he that is of a sors shall cai violence. perverse heitrt strall be despisedi.

3 Bc that keepeth his mouth keepeth 522 Of righteoudness, riches, &c. PROVERBS. Of wisdom, folly, c. his life: but he that openeth wide his lips 2 He that walketh in his uprightness shall have destruction.

feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse 4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and in his ways despiseth him. hath nothing : but the soul of the diligent 3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod shall be made fat.

of pride : but the lips of the wise shall 5 A righteous man liateth lying : but preserve them. a wicked man is loathsome, and coineth 4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: to shame.

but much increase is by the strength of 6 Righteousness keepeth him that is up- the ox. right in the way : but wickedness over- 5 A faithful witness will not lie : but throweth the sinner.

a false witness shall utter lies. 7 There is that maketh himself rich, 6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findyet hath nothing : there is that maketli eth it not : but knowledge is easy unto frimself poor, yet hath great riches. him that understandeth.

8 The ransom of a man's life are his 7 Go from the presence of a foolish riches : but the poor heareth not rebuke. i man, when thou perceivest not in him the

9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth : 1 lips of knowledge. but the lamp of the wicked shall be put 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to unout.

derstand his way ; but the folly of fools 10 Only by pride cometh contention : , is deceit. but with the well-advised is wisdom.

9 Fools make a mock at sin : but a11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be di- |mong the righteous there is favour. minished : but he that gathereth by la- 10 The heart knoweth his own bitterbour shall increase.

ness ; and a stranger doth not intermed12 Hope deferred maketh the heart dle with his joy. sick : but when the desire cometh, it is a 11 The house of the wicked shall be tree of life.

overthrown : but the tabernacle of the 13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be upright shall flourish. destroyed : but he that feareth the com- 12 There is a way which seemeth right mandment shall be rewarded.

unto a man, but the end thereof are the 14 The law of the wise is a fountain of ways of death. life, to depart from the shares of death. 13 Even in laughter the heart is sor

15 Good understanding giveth favour : | rowful ; and tlie end of that mirth is but the way of transgressors is hard. heavine-s.

16 Every prudent man dealeth with 14 The backslider in heart shall be fillknowledge : but a fool layeth open his ed with his own ways : and a good man folly.

shall be satisfied from himself. 17 A wicked messenger falleth into mis- 15 The simple believeth every word : chief: but a faithful ambassador is health. ' but the prudent man looketh well to his

18 Poverty and shame shall be to him going. that refuseth instruction : but he that re- 10 A wise man feareth, and departeth gardeth reproof shall be honoured. from evil : but the fool ragetii, and is

19 The desire accomplished is sweet to confident. the soul : but it is abomination to fools to 17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishdepart from évil.

ly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. 20 He that walketh with wise men shall 18 The simple inherit folly : but the be wise : but a companion of fools shall i prudent are crowned with knowledge, be destroyed.

19 The evil bow before the good ; and 21 Evil pursucth sinners : but to the the wicked at the gates of the righteous. righteous good shall be repaid.

20 The poor is hated even of his own 22 A good man leaveth an inheritance neighbour: but the rich hain many friends. to his children's chikiren : and the wealth 21 He that despiseth his neighboursinof the sinner is laid up for the just. neth : but he that hath mercy on the

23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor, happy is he. poor : but there is that is destroyed for 22 Do they not err that devise evil ? want of judgment.

but mercy and truth shall be to them that 24 He that spareth his rod hateth his devise good. son : but he that loveth him chasteneth 23 In all labour there is profit : but the him betimes.

talk of the lips tendheth only to penury. 25 The righteous eateth to the satis- 24 The crown of the wise is their riches : fying of his soul : but the belly of the but the foolistmess of fools is folly. wicked shall want.

25 A true witness delivereth souls: but CHAP. XIV.

a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

26 In the fear of the LORD is strong house; but the foolish plucketh it confidence: and his children shall have 'clown with her hands,

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