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528 The uncertainty of riches, &c. PROVERBS. Of drunkenness, envy, &c.

21 That I might make thee know the , but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the certainty of the words of truth; that thou day long. mightest answer the words of truth to 18 For surely there is an end; and thine them that send unto thee?

expectation shall not be cut off. 22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: 19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and neither oppress the afflicted in the gate : guide thine heart in the way:

23 For the LORD will plead their cause, 20 Be not among wine-bibbe rs ; among and spoil the soul of those that spoiled riotous eaters of flesh : them.

21 For the drunkard and the glutton 24 Make no friendship with an angry shall come to poverty : and drowsiness man: and with a furious man thou shalt shall clothe a man with rags. not go :

22 Hearken unto thy father that begat 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a thee, and despise not thy mother when snare to thy soul.

she is old. 26 Be not thou one of them that strike 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not ; also hands, or of them that are sureties for wisdom, and instruction, and understanddebts.

ing. 27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why 24 The father of the righteous shall should he take away thy bed from under greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a thce?

wise child shall have joy of him. 28 Remove not the ancient landmark, 25 Thy father and thy mother shall be which thy fathers have set.

glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. 29 Seest thou a man diligent in his busi- 26 My son, give me thine heart, and let ness? he shall stand before Kings; he shall thine eyes observe my ways. not stand before mean men.

27 For an whore is a deep ditch ; and a CHAP. XXIII.

strange woman is a narrow pit. W

HEN thou sittest to eat with a ruler, 28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and

consider diligently' what is before increaseth the transgressors among men. thee :

29 Who hadi wce? who hath sorrow ? 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou who hath contentions? who hath babbe a man given to appeti

bling? who hath wounds without cause ? 3 Be not desirous of his dainties : for who hath redness of eyes? they are deceitful meat.

30 They that tarry long at the wine ; 4 Labour not to be rich : cease from they that go to scek mixed wine. ibine own wisdom.

31 Look not thou upon the wine when 5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that it is red, when it giveth his colour in the which is not ? for riches certainly make cup, when it moveth itself aright. themselves wings; they fly away as an 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, cagle toward heaven.

and stingeth like an adder. 6 Eat thou not the bread of him that 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his women, and thine heart shall utter perdainty meats :

verse things. 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is 34 Yea, thou sbalt be as he that lieth he: Eat and drink, saith he to thice; but down in the midst of the sea, or as he that his heart is not with thee,

lieth upon the top of a mast. 8 The morsel which thou hast eaten 35 They liave stricken me, shalt thoz shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet say, and I was not sick ; they have beaten words.

me, and I felt it not : when shall I awake? 9 Speak not in the ears of a fool : for I will seek it yet again. he will despise the wisdom of thy words.


E mter not into the fields of the fatherless : neither desire to be with theni :

11 For their redeemer is mighty ; he 2 For their heart studieth destruction, shall plead their cause with thee.

and their lips talk of mischief. 12 Apply thine lieart unto instruction, 3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and thine ears to the words of knowledge. and by understanding it is established:

13 Withhold not correction from the 4 And by knowledge shall the chamchild; for if thou beatest him with the bers be filled with all precious and pleasrod, he shall not die.

ant riches. 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, 5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of and shalt deliver his soul from hell. knowledge increaseth strength.

15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my 6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make heart shall rejoice, even mine.

thy war: and in multitude of counsellors 16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when here is safety: thy lips speak right things.

7 Wisdom is too high for a fcol : he 17 ! et not thine heart envy sinners : ll opencth not his mouth in the gate.

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Fear God, and honour the king. CHAP. XXV. Quarrels to be avoided. 529

8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be 31 And lo, it was all grown over with called a mischievous person.

thorns, and nettles had covered the face 9 The thought of foolishness is sin : and thereof, and the stone wall thereof was the scorner is an abomination to men. broken down.

10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, 32 Then I saw, and considered it well : thy strength is sinall.

I looked upon it, and received instruction. 11 If thou fortear to deliver them that 33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a are drawn unto death, and those that are little folding of the hands to sleep: ready to be slain ;

34 So shall thy poverty come as one 12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knewit not; that travelleth ; and thy want as an armdoth not he that pondereth the heart con- ed man. siderit? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth

CHAP. XXV. not he know it? and shall noi he render | 1 Observations on kings, 8 and about ato every man according to his works? voiding of quarrels, and sundry causes 13 My son, eat thou honey, because it thereof.

'HESE are also proverbs of Solomon, :

which the men of Hezekiah king of 14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be Judalı copied out. unto thy soul : when thou hast found it, 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a then there shall be a reward, and thy ex- thing: but the honour of kings is to pectation shall not be cut off.

search cut a matter. 15 Lay not wait, () wicked man, a- 3 The heaven for height, and the earth gainst the dwelling of the righteous ; spoil for depth, and the heart of kings is unnot his resting-place:

searchable. 16 For a just man falleth seven times, 4 Take away the dross from the silver, and riseth up again : but the wicked shall and there shall come forth a vessel for the fall into mischict.

finer. 17 Rejoice not when thine enemy fall- 5 Take away the wicked from before eth, and let not thine heart be glad when the king, and his throne shall be estabhe stumbleth :

lished in righteousness. 18 Lest the LORD see it, and it dis

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forth thyself in the presence please him, and he turn away his wrath of the king, and stand not in the place of frorn him.

great min: 19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, 7 For better it is that it be said unto neither be thou envious at the wicked ; thee, Come up hither ; than that thou

20 Fur there shall be no reward to the shouldest be put lower in the presence of evil muil ; the candie of the wicked shall the prince whom thine eyes have seen. be put out.

8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou 21 My son, fear thou the LORD and know not what to do in the end thereof, the king: and meddle not with them that when thy neighbour hath put theetoshame. are given to change :

9 Debate thy cause with thy neigh22 For their caliimity shall rise sudden- bour himself; and discover not a secret to ly; and whoknoweth the ruinof them both? | another:

23 These things also belong to tlie wise. 10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to It is not good to have respect of persons shame, and thine infamy turn not away. in judgment.

11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of 24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou | gold in pictures of silver. art righteous; him shall the people curse, 12 As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornations shall abhor him :

nament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover 25 But to them that rebuke him shall | upon an obedient ear. be delight, and a good blessing shall come 13 As the coll of snow in the time of

harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them 26 Every man shall kiss his lips that that send him : for he refresheth the soul giveth a right answer.

of his masters. 27 Prepare thy work without, and 14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false make it fit for thyself in the field; and gift is like clouds and wind without rain. afterwards build thine house.

15 By long forbearing is a prince per23 Be not a witness against thy neigh- suaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bour wiihout cause; and deceive not with bone. thy lips.

16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much 29 Suy not, I will do so to him as he as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled hath done to me: I will render to the , herewith, and vomit it. man according to his work.

17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neigh30 I went by the field of the slothful, bour's house ; lest he be weary of thee, and by the vmeyard of the man void of and so hate thee. understanding ;

18 A man that leareth false witness

upon them.


550 Of.fools, sluggards, PROVERBS. and contentious busy-bodies. ag..inst his neighbour is a maul, and a uon in the way: a lion is in the streets. sword, and a sharp arrow.

14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, 19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in so doth the slothful upon his bed. time of trouble is like a broken tooth, 15 The slothful hideth his hand in his and a foot out of joint.

bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again 20 As he that taketh away a garment to his mouth. in cold weather, and as vinegar upon 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own connitre : so is he that singeth songs to an ceit than seven men that can render a heavy heart.

21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him 17 He that passeth by, and meddleth bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give with strife belonging not to him, is like him water to drink :

one that taketh a dig by the ears. 22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire 18 As a mad man who casteth fireupon his head, and the LORD shall re- brands, arrows, and death, ward thee.

19 So is the man that deceiveth his 23 The north wind driveth away rain: neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport? sodoth an angry countenance a backbiting 20 Where no wood is, there the fire tongue.

goeth out: so where there is no tale-bear24 It is better to dwell in a corner ofer, the strife ceaseth. the house-top, than with a brawling wom- 21 As coals are to burning coals, and an and in a wide house.

wood to fire ; so is a contentious man to 25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so kindle strite. is good news from a far country:

22 The words of a tale-bearer are as 26 A righteous man falling down be-wounds, and they go down into the infore the wicked is as a troubled fountain, nermost parts of ihe belly. and a corrupt spring.

23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are 27 It is not good to eat much honey : like a potsherd covered with silver dross. so for men to search their own glory is not 24 He that hateth dissembleth with his glory.

lips, and layeth up deceit within him ; 28 He that hath no rule over his own 25 When he speaketh fair, believe him spirit is like a city that is boken down, not: for there are seven abominations in and without walls.

his heart. CHAP. XXVI.

26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, 1. Observations about fools, 13 sluggards, his wickedness shall be shewed before the

17 and contentious busy-bodies. whole congregation. A harvest so honour' is not seemig for in? and he that realiteten liseline, it wiherea fool.

turn upon him. 2. As the bird by wandering, as the 28 A lying tongue hateth those that are swallow by flying, so the curse causeless afflicted by it ; and a flattering mouth shall not come.

worketh ruin. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the

CHAP. XXVII. ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

1 Observations of self-love, 5 of true love, 4 Answer not a fool according to his 11 of care to avoid offences, 23 and of folly, lest thou also be like unto him. the household care.

Ś Answer a fool according to his folly, OAST not thyself of to-morrow ; for lest he be wise in his own conceit.

thou knowest not what a day may 6 He that sendeth a message by the bring forth. hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and 2 Let another man praise thee, and not drinketh damage.

thine own mouth ; a stranger, and not 7 The legs of the lame are not equal: thine own lips. so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

3 A stone is heavy, and the sand 8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than so is he that giveth honour to a fool. them both.

9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of 4 Wrath is cruel, and angeris outraga drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth eous; but wlio is able to stand before of fools.

envy 10 The great God that formed all 5 Open rebuke is better than secret lore. things both rewardeth the fool, and re- 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend ; wardeth transgressors.

but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. 11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so 7 The full soul loatheth an hones-comb; a fool reurneth to his folly.

but to the hungry soul every bitter thing 12 Seest thou a man wise in his own is sweet. conceit? there is more hope of a tool than 8 As a bird that wandereth from her of him

pest, so is a man that wandereth fivni 13 The slotful man saith, There is a luis place.


Observations on true love, &c. CAP. XXVIII. On impicty and integrity. 551 9 Ontment and perfume rejoice the 4 They that forsake the law praise the he:urt: so duch the sweetness of a man's wicked: but such as keep the law contend friend joy hearty counsel.

with them. 10 Thine own friend, and thy father's 5 Evil men understand not judgment : frieni, forsake not; neither go into thy but they that seek the Lord understand brother's house in the day of thy ca

all things. lamity: for better is a neighbour that is 6 Beiter is the poor that walketh in near, than a brother far off

his uprightness, than he that is perverse 11 My son, be wise, and make my in his ways, though he be rich. heart glid, that I may answer him that 7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise reproacheth me.

son: but he that is a companion of riotous 12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, men shameth his father. and hideth himself; but the simple pass 8 He that by usury and unjust gain inon, and are punished.

creaseth his substance, he shall gather it 13 Take his garment that is surety for for him that will pity the poor. a stranger, and take a pledge of him for 9 He that turneth away his ear from a strange woman.

hearing the law, even his prayer shall be 14 fe that blesseth his friend with a abomination. loud voice, rising early in the morning, 10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go it shall be counted a curse to him.

astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself 15 A continual dropping in a very rainy into his own pit : but the upright shall day and a contentious woman are alike. have good things in possession.

16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the 11 The rich man is wise in his own wind, and the ointment of his right hand conceit; but the poor that hath underwhich bewrayeth itself.

standing searcheth him out. 17 Iron sharpeneth iron ; so a man 12 When righteous men do rejoice, sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. there is great glory: but when the wick

18 Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall ed rise, a man is hidden. eat the fruit thereof : so he that waiteth 13 He that covereth his sins shall not on his master shall be honoured.

prosper : but whoso confesseth and for19 As in water face answerelh to face, sakein them shall have mercy. so the heart of man to man.

14 Happy is the man that feareth al20 Hell and destruction are never full; | ways : but he that hardeneth his heart so the eyes of man are never satisfied. shall fall into mischief.

21 As the fining-pot for silver, and the 15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging furnace for gold ; so is a man to his bear; 80 is a wicked ruler over the poor praise.

people. 22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in 16 The prince that wanteth undera mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet standing is also a great oppresscr : but will not his foolishness depart from him. he that hateth covetousness shall prolong

23 Be thou diligent to know the state his days. of thy fiocks, and Icok well to thy herds. 17 A man that doeth violence to the

24 For riches are not for ever: and doth blood of any person skall fee to the pit; the crown endure to every generation ? let no man stay him.

25 The hay appeareth, and the tender 18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall Le grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the saved: but he that is perverse in his mountains are gathered.

ways shall fall at once. 26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and 19 He that tilleth his land shall have the goats are the price of the field. plenty of bread: but he that followeth

27 And thou shalt have goats milk after vain persons shall have poverty enough for thy food, for the food of thy enough. household, and for maintenance for thy 20 A faithful man shall abound with maidens.

blessings : but he that maketh haste to CHAP. XXVIII.

be rich shall not be innocent. General observations of impiety and re- 21 To have respect of persons is not ligious integrily.

good : for, for a piece of bread that man THE

sueth: but the righteous are bold 22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an as a lion.

consideretḥ not that poverty 2 For the transgression of a land many shall come upon him. are the princes thereof: but by a man of 23 He that rebuketh a man afterward understanding and knowledge the state shall find more favour than he that flatthereof shall be prolonged.

tereth with the tongue. 3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor 24 Weso robbeth his father or his is like a sweeping raiu which leaveti n10 mother, anci sath, It is notransgressi; food.

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532 Of publick government, &c. PROVERBS. Of anger, pride, &c.

25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth words: for though he understand he will up strife: but he that putteth his trust in not answer. the Lord shall be mule fat.

20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in 26 He that trusteth in his own heart his words? there is more hope of a fool is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he || than of him. shall be delivered.

21 He that delicately bringeth up his 27 He that giveth unto the poor shall servant from a child shall have him benot lack : but he that hideth his eyes come his son at the length. shall have many a curse.

22 An angry man stirreth up strife, 28 When the wicked rise, men hicle and a furious ian aboundeth in transthemselves : but when they perish, the gression. righteous increase.

23 A man's pride shall bring him low: CHAP. XXIX.

but honour shall uphold the humble in 1 Observations of publick government, 15 spirit.

and of private. 22 Of anger, pride, 24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth thirveru, cowardice, and corruption. his own soul : he heareth cursing, and He that being often reproved harden-bewrayeth it not

25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: stroyed, and that without remedy. but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD

2'When the righteous are in authority, || shall be safe. the people rejoice: but when the wicked 26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but beare:h rule, the people mourn.

every man's judgment cometh from the 3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his LORD. father : but he that keepeth company 27 An unjust man is an abomination with harlits spendeth his substance. to the just : and he that is upright in the

4 The king by judgment establishethway is abomination to the wicked. the land: but he that receiveth gifts over

CHAP. XXX. throweth it.

1 Agur's confession of his faith. 7 The 5 A man that flattereth his neighbour tovo points of his prayer. 10 The meanspreadeth a net for his feet.

est are not to be wronged. 11 Four 6 In the transgression of an evil man wicked generations. 15 Four things inthere is a snare: but the righteous doth satiable. 17 Parents are not to be desing and rejoice.

spised. 18 Four things hard to be known. 7 The righteous considereth the cause 21 Four things intolerable. 24 Four of the poor : but the wicked regardeth things exceeding wise. 29 Four things not to know it.

stately. 32 Wrath is to be prevented. 8 Scorful men bring a city into a


'HE words of Agur the son of Jakeh, snare: but wise men turn away wrath. even the prophecy : the man spake

9 If a wise man contendeth with a unto Ithiel, even untu Ithiel and Ucal, foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, 2 Surely I am more brutish than any there is no rest.

man, and have not the understanding of 10 The blood-thirsty hate the upright: a man. but the just seek his soul.

3 I neither learned wisdom, nor hare 11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a the knowledge of the holy. wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. 4 Who hath ascended up into lieaven,

12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his or descendeil? who hath gathered the servants are wicked.

wind in his fists? who hath bound the 13 The poor and the deceitful man waters in a garment? who hath establishmeet together : the Lord lighteneth both | ed all the ends of the earth? what is their eves.

his name, and what is his son's name, if 14 The king that faithfully judgeth the thou canst tell? poor, his throne shall be established for 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a

shield unto them that put their trust in 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom : him. but a child left to himself" bringeth his 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he mother to shame.

reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. 16 When the wicked are multiplied, 7 Two things have I required

thee; transgression increaseth : but the right- | deny me them not before Ide: eous shall see their fall.

8 Remove far from me vanity and 17 Correct thy son, and he shall give | lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto | feed me with food convenient for me:

9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and 18 Where there is no vision, the people say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, perish : but he that keepeth the law, I and steal, and take the name of my God

in vain. 19 A scrvant will not be corrected by 10 Accuse not a servant unto his


thy soul.

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