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The excellency of wisdom. CHAP. IX, X. 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 gutes, 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, 4 and doctrine of wisdom. 12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and 13 The custom, 16 and error of folly. find out knowledge of witty inventions. W ISDOM hath builded her house, she
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate W 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, she saith to him, 17 I love them that love me ; and Il 5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink those that seek me early shall find me. ll of the wine which I have mingled.
18 f 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 : tcach 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 fortlı. 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 9 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 of her house, 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 to the five and twentieth, his earth ; and my delights were with are sundry observatioris of moral virtues the sons of men.
and their contra vices. 32 Now therefore hearken unto me, | THE proverbs of Solomon. A wise Oye children : for blessed are they that l 1 son maketh a glad father : but a keep my ways.
Il foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
520 The blessings of the just. PROVERBS. Of the righteous and wickel.
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: ! 27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth but righteousness delivereth' from death. I days : but the years of the wicked shall
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 dealeth with ed 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 liead 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 spcaketh frowardness. 9 He that walketh uprightly walketh
CHAP. XI. surely : but he that perverteth his ways A FALSE: balance is abomination to shall be known.
El the LORD: but a just weight is his 10 He that winketh with theeve 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 li 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. 8 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.
leth his neighbour : but through knowl18 He that hidetlı hatred Tvith lying lips, | edge shall the just be delivered and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. 10 When it goeth well with the right
19 In the multitude of words there eous, the city rejoiceth: and when the
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 wicked. 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 addeth 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.
ll his own flesh.
Of the righteous and quicked. CHAP. XII, XIII. The praise of virtue, &c. 521,
18 The wicked worketh a deceitfuli 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 pursucth 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 1 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 tendeth topoverty. I own eyes : but he that hearkeneth unto
25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: | counsel is wise. and he that watereth shall be watered also il 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 forti ple shall curse him : 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 seeketh wise 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 evilhappen 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 W H OSO loveth instruction loveth || foolishness.
W knowledge: but he that hateth re 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 mak. le 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 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 l 28 In the way of righteousness is life ; deceit.
| and in the path-way thereof 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.
A WISE son heareth his father's in7 The wicked are overthrown, and are A struction : but a scorner heareth not not : but the house of the rightcous shall uke. 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 tai violence. perverse betrt shall be despiseci.
3 Bc that keepeth his mouth keepeth 522 Of righteousness, riches, &C. PROVERBS. Of wisdom, folly; . 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 hateth lying : but | preserve them. a wicked man is loathsome, and corneth 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, L 6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findyet hath nothing : there is that maketh eth it not : but knowledge is easy unto Irimself 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. man, when thou perceivest not in him the
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth : | lips of knowledge. but the lamp of the wicked shall be put 's The wisdom of tlie 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 a
11 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.
1 ness; and a stranger doth not interined12 Hope deferred maketh the heart | dle with his joy. sick : but when the desire cometh, it is a 11 The liouse 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 the end of that mirth is but the way of transgressors is hard. heavine-s.
16 Every prudent man dealeth with 1 14 The backslider in heart shall be fillknowledge ; but a fool layeth open his led with his own ways : and a good man folly.
shall be satisfied from himself. i7 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 1ở A wise man feareth, and departeth gardeth reproof shall be honoured. from evil : but the fool ragetli, and is
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to confident. the soul ; but it is abommation to fools to! 17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishdepart from evil.
Ily: 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 gool man leaveth an inheritance neighbour: buł the rich hain many friends. to his children's chillien : and the wealth | 21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinof 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 li 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 tondeth 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 foolislmess of fools is folly. wicked shall want.
25 A true witness delivereth souls: but CHAP. XIV.
1 a deceitful witness speaketh lies. T VERY wise woman buildeth her | 26 In the fear of the Lord is strong
house: but the foolish plucketh it li confidence: and his children shall hare down with her hands,
|| a place of refuge.
Of qurath, oppression, &c. Chap. XV. XVI. Of the avise, foolish, &c. 523
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain. 16 Better is little with the fear of the of life, to depart from the snares of death. || LORD, than great treasure and trouble
28 In the multitude of people is the therewith. king's honour: but in the want of people 17 Better is a dinner of herbs where is the destruction of the prince.
| love is, than a stalled ox and hatrer! 29 He that is slow to wrath is of great || therewith. understanding : but he that is hasty of 18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but spirit exalteth folly.
he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. 30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh : 1 19 The way of the slothful man is as but envy the rottenness of the bones. iin hedge of thorns : but the way of the
31 He that oppresseth the poor re. righteous is made plain. proacheth his Maker: but he that hon 20 A wise son maketh a glad father : oureth lim hath mercy on the poor. but a foolįsh man despiseth his mother.
32 The wicked is driven away in his 21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute wickedness : but the righteous hath hope of wisdom : but a man of understanding in his death.
walketh uprightly. 33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him 22 Without counsel purposes are disthat hath understanding : but that which appointed : but in the multitude of is in the midst of fools is made known. counsellors they are established.
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation : but 23 A man hath joy by the answer of sin is a reproach to any people.
his mouth : and a word spoken in due sca35 The king's favour is toward a wise | son, how good is it ! servant: but his wrath is against him that 24 The way of life is above to the wise, causeth shame.
that he may depart from hell beneath. CHAP. XV.
25 The LORD will destroy the house of A SOFT answer tubeth away wrath : the proud : but he will establish the borH but grievous words stir up anger. ll der of the widow.
2 The tongue of the wise useth knowl-1 26 The thoughts of the wicked are an edge aright: but the mouth of fools abomination to the LORD : but the words poureth out foolishness.
of the pure are pleasant words. 3 The eyes of the Lord are in every 27 He that is greeciy of gain troubleth place, beholding the evil and the good. his own house ; but he that hateth gifts
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life : shall live. but perverseness therein is a breach in 28 The heart of the righteous studieth the pirit.
to answer : but the mouth of the wicked 5 A fooldespiseth his father's instruction: poureth out evil ihings. but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. 29 The Lord is far from the wicked :
6 In the house of the righteous is but he heareth tlie prayer of the rightmuch treasure : but in the revenues of eous. the wicked is trouble.
30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the 7 The lips of the wise disperse knowl heart: and a good report maketh the edge : but the heart of the foolish doeth bones fat. not so.
31 The ear that heareth the reproof of 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an a- | life abicleth among the wise. bomination to the LORD : but the prayer 32 He that refuseth instruction despis. of the upright is his delight.
eth his own soul : but he that heareth 9 The way of the wicked is an abom reproof getteth understanding. ination unto the LORD : but he loveth 33 The fear of the Lord is the inhim that followeth after righteousness. struction of wisdom; and before honour
10 Correction is grievous unto him || that forsaketh the way : and he that hat
CHAP. XVI. eth reproof shall die.
T'HE preparations of the heart in man, 11 Hell and destruction are before the | 1 and the answer of the tongue, is from Lord:h. much more then the hearts the LORD. of the children of men ?
2 All the ways of a man are clean in 12 A scorner loveth not one that reprov- his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth eth him : neither will he go unto the wise, the spirits.
13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful 3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, countenance : but by sorrow of the heart and thy thoughts shall be established. the spirit is broken.
4 The Lord hath made all things for 14. The heart of him that hath under phimself: yea, even the wicked for the standing seeketh knowledge : but the day of evil. mouth of fools feedicth on foolishness. 5 Every one that is proud in heart is
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: an abomination to the LORD : though but he that is of a merry heart hath a hand join in hand, he shall not be un continul feast.