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Four qvicked generations. CHAP. XXXI.

Lemuel's lesson. 533 master, lest he curse thee, and thou be no se bringeth forth blond: so the forcing found guilty.

of wrath bringeth forth strife. 11 There is a generation that curseth

CHAP. XXXI. their father, and doth not bless their mo 1 Lemurl's lesson of chasiity and tempether.

rance. 6 The afflicted are to be comfort12 There is a generation that are pure ed and defended. 10 The praise and in their own eyes, and yet is not washed h nerties of a good wife. from their filthiness.

13 There is a generation, O how Icfty phecy that his mother taught him. are their eyes! and their eyelids are lift- 2 What, my son and what, the son of

my womb ? and what, the son of my 14 There is a generation, whose teeth vows? are as swords, and their jaw-teeth as 3 Give not thy strength unto women, knives, to devour the poor from off the nor thy ways to that which destroyeth earth, and the needy from among men. kings.

15 The horse-leech hath two daugh- 4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is ters, crying, Give, give. There are three not for kings to drink wine; nor for printhings ihat are never satisfied, yea, four ces strong drink : things say not, It is enough:

5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, 16 The grave; and the barren womb; and pervert the judgment of any of the the earth that is not filled with water; afflicted. and the fire that saith not, It is enough. 6 Give strong drink unto him that is

17 The eye that mocketh at his father, ready to perish, and wine to those that and despiseth to obey his mother, the ra- be of heavy hearts. vens of the valley shall pick it out, and 7 Let him drink, and forget his poverthe young eagles shall eat it.

ty, and remember his misery no more. 13 There be three things which are 8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the too wonderful for me, yea, four which I cause of all such as are appointed to deknow not :

struction. 19 The way of an eagle in the air; the 9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, way of a serpent upon a rock; the way and plead the cause of the poor and needy. of a ship in the midst of the sea ; and the 10 TWho can find a virtuous woman? way of a man with a unaid.

for her price is far above rubies. 20 Such is the way of an adulterous 11 The heart of her husband doth safewoman ; she eateth, and wipeth her ly trust in her, so that he shall have no mouth, and saith, I have done no wicked- | need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil 21 f For three things the earth is disqui- all the days of her life. eted, and for four which it cannot bear: 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and

22 For a servant when he reigneth ; || worketh willingly with her hands. and a fool when he is filled with meat; 14 She is like the merchant's ships;

23 For an odious woman when she is she bringeth her food from afar. married ; and an handmaid that is heir 15 Sie riseth also while it is yet night, to her mistress.

and giveth meat to her household, and a 24 There be four things which are lit-portion to her maidens. tle upon the carth, but they are exceeding 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth wise :

it: with the fruit of her hands she plant25 The ants are a people not strong, yet eth a vineyard. they prepare their meat in the summer; 17 She girdeti her loins with strengti,

26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet and strengiheneth her arm. make they their houses in the rocks ; 18 She perceiveth that her merchan

27 The locusts have no king, yet go dise is good : her candie goeth not out by they forth all of them by bands;

night. 28 The spider taketh hold with her 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, hands, and is in king's palaces.

and her hands hold the distaff. 29 There be three things which go 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the well, yea, four are comely in going : poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands

30 A lion, which is strongest among to the needy. beasts, and turneth not away i r any ;

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her 31 A greyhound; an he-goat also; and household: for all her household are clotha king, against whom there is no rising up.ed with scarlet.

32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting 22 She maketh herself coverings of taup thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, pestry; her clothing is silk and purple. lay thine hand upon thy mouth.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, 33 Surely the churning of milk bring- when he sitteth among the elders of the eth forth butter, and the wringing of the "land.

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554 Human courses are vain. ECCLESIASTES. The vanily of theia.

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth: 28 Her children arise up, and call her it ; and delivereth girdles unto the mer-blessed; her husband also, and he praischant.

eth her. 25 Strength and honour are her cloth- 29 Many daughters have done virtuing; and she shall rejcice in time to come. ously, but thou excellest them all.

25 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is and in her tongue is the law of kindness. vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, 27 She looketh well to the ways of her she shall be praised.

hold, and eateth not the bread of 31 Giveher of the fruit of her hands; and idleness.

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ECCLESIASTES, OR THE PREACHER.
CHAP. I.

16 I communed with mine own heart, 1 The preacher she weth that all human saying, Lo, I am come to great estate,

course's arc vain ; 4 because the crta- and liave gotten more wisdom than all tures are restices in their courses ; they that have been before me in Jerusa9 they bring forth nothing new, and lem: yea, my heart had great experience all old things are forgotten.

of wisdom and knowledge. THE Words of the preacher, the son 17 And I gave my heart to know wis

dom, and to know madness and flly: I 2 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, perceived that this also is vexation of spivanity of vanities; all is vanity.

3 What profit hath a man of all his 18 For in much wisdom is much grief: labour which he taketh under the sun ? and he that increaseth knowledge increas

4 One generation passeth away, and eth sorrow. another generation cometh : but the earth

CHAP. II. abideth for ever.

1 The vanity of human courses in the 5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun works of pleasure. 12 Though the wise goeth down, and hasteth to his place be better than the fool, yet both have where he arose.

6. The wind greth toward the south, and I SADDe in mine heart, Gotonow. I will about continually, and the wind return- pleasure: and behold, this also is vanity. eth again according to his circuits.

2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of 7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the mirth, What doeth it? sea is not full, unto the place from whence 3 I sought in mine heart to give myself the rivers come, thither they return again. unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart

8 All things are full of labour; man with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till cannot utter it : the eye is not satisfied I might see what was that good for the with seeing, nor the caríilled with hearing i sons of men, which they should do under

9 The thing that hath been, it is that the heaven all the days of their life. which shall be; and that which is done 4 I made me great works; I builded is that which shall be done: and there is me houses; I planted me vineyards : no new thing under the sun).

5 I made me gardens and orchards, and 10 Is there any thing whereof it may | I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits : be said, See, this is new? it hath been 6 I made me pouls of water, to water already of old time, which was before us. therewith the wood that bringeth forth

11 There is no remembrance of former trees : things; neither shall there be any remem- 7 I got me servants and maidens, and brance of things that are to come with had servants born in my house ; also I those that shali come after.

had great possessions of great and small 12 | I the preacher was king over Is- cattle above all that were in Jerusalem rael in Jerusalem.

before me : 13 And I gave my heart to seek and 8 ! gathered me also silver and gold, search out by wisdom concerning all and the peculiar treasure of kings, and of things that are done under heaven: this the provinces: I gat me men-singers and sore travail hath God given to the sons of women-sigers, and the delights of the man to be exercised therewith.

sons of men, as musical instruments, and 14 Ilave seen all the works that are

that of all sorts. done under the sun; and behold, ail is 9 So I was great, and increased more vanity and vexation of spirit.

than all that were before me in Jerusa15 That which is crooked cannot be lem: also my wisdom remained with me. made straight; and that which is want- 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired ing cannot be numbered.

I kept not from them, I withheld not my The vanity of human labour.

CHAP. IL. A time for every thing. $35 heart from any joy ; for my heart re- to him that is good before God. This also joiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.

CHAP. III. 11 Then I looked on all the works that 1 Bythe necessary change of times,vanilyis my hands had wrought, and on the la- increased. 11 God's worksare excellent. bour that I had laboured to do: and be- 16 But as for man, God shall judgr his hold, all was vanity and vexation of spir- works hereafier, and here he shall be it, and there was no profit under the sun. like a beast. dom, and madness, and folly : for what a time to every purpose under the can the man do that cometh alter the heaven : king? even that which hath been al- 2 A time to be born, and a time to ready done.

clie; a time to plant, and a time to pluck 13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth up that which is planted; folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal ;

14 The wise man's eyes are in his a time to break down, and a time to head ; but the fool walketh in darkness : | build up; and I myself perceived also that one event 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; happeneth to them all.

a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 15 Then said I in my heart, As it 15 A time to cast away stones, and a time happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth to gather stones together ; a time to even to me ; and why was I then mose embrace, and a time to refrain from emwise? Then I said in my heart, that this | bracing ; also is vanity.

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a 16 For there is no remembrance of the time to keep, and a time to cast away ; wise more than of the food for ever ; see- 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a ing that which now is in the days to time to keep silence, and a time to speak; come shall all be forgotten. And how 8 A time to love, and a time to date ; dieth the wise man? as the fool.

a time of war, and a time of peace. 17 Therefore I hated life; because the 9 What profit hath he that worketh in work that is wrought under the sun is that wherein he laboureth? grievous unto me : for all is vanity and 10 I have seen the travail, which God vexation of spirit.

hath given to the sons of men to be excr18 1 Yea, I hated all my labour which I cised in it. had taken under the sun: because I should 11 lle hath made every thing beanleave it into the man that shall be after me. tiful in his time; also he hath set the.

19 And who knoweth whether he shall world in their heart, so that no man can be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have find out the work that God maketh from rule over all my labour wherein I have la- the beginning to the end. boured, and wherein I have shewed my- 12 I know that there is no good in self wise under the sun. This is also vanity them, but for a man to rejoice, and to

20 Therefore I went about to cause do good in his life. my heart to despair of all the labour 13 And also that every man should cat which I took under the sun,

and drink, and enjoy the good of all his 21 For there is a man whose labour is labour, it is the gift of God. in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equi- 14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, ty ; yet to a man that hath not laboured || it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to therein shall he leave it for his portion. | it, nor any thing taken from it, and God This also is vanity and a great evil. doeth it, ihat men should fear before hiol.

22 For what hath man of all his labour, 15 That which hath been is now; anch and of the vexation of his heart, wherein that which is to be hath already been; and he hath laboured under the sun ?

God requireth that which is past. 23 For all his days are sorrows, and 16 9 And moreover I saw under the his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not sun the place of judgment, that wickerrest in the night. This is also vanity. iXss was there ; and the place of right

24 There is nothing better for a man OUS!.es, that iniquity Tis there. than that he should eat and drink, and 17 I said in mine heart, God shall that he should nake his soul enjoy good judge the rigliteous and the wicked : for in his labour. This also I saw, that is huic is a time there for every purpose was from the hand of God.

and for every work. 25 For who can eat, or who else can 18 I said in mine heart concerning the hasten hereundo more than I ?

state of the sons of men, that Gincangan 26 For God giveth to a man that is gourmanitost them, aid that they might seems in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and hat the themselves are lett. joy : but to the simmer he giveu cravidi, is 19 Fitilat which betalice che susci gather and to leaji lip, that he was give men Leitleiil Louis; evtid (le thingles

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336 Of oppression, cnvy, &c. ECCLESIASTES. The vanity of richies. falleth them : as the one dieth, so dieth 15 I considered all the living which the other; yea, they have all one breath ; walk under the sun, with the second child so that a man hath no pre-eminence above that shall stand up in his stead. a beast : for all is vanity.

16 There is no end of all the people, 20 All go unto one place; all are of the even of all that have been before them : dust, and all turn to dust again.

they also that come after shall not rejoice 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man in him. Surely this also is vanity and that goeth upward, and the spirit of the vexation of spirit. beast that goeth downward to the earth?

CHAP. V. 22 Wherefore I perceive that there is 1 Vanities in divine service, 8 in murmurnothing better, than that a man should ing against oppression, 9 and in riches. rejoice in his own works; for that is his 18 Joy in riches is the gift of God. portion : for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

house of God, and be more ready CHAP. IV.

ti near, than to give the sacrifice of fools : 1 Vanity is increased unto men by oppres- for they consider not that they do evil.

sion, 4 by envy, 5 by idleness, 7 by covet- 2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let ousness, 9 by solitariness, 13 by wilful- not thine heart be hasty to utter any

thing before God: for God is in heaven, pressions that are done under the sun words be few. and bchold the tears of such as were op- 3 For a dream cometh through the pressed, and they had no comforter; and multitude of business ; and a fool's voice on the side of their oppressors there was is known by multicule of words. power; but they had no comforter.

4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, 2 Wherefore I praised the dead which defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure are already dead more than the living in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. which are yet alive.

5 Better is it that thou shouldest not 3 Yea, better is he than both they, which vow, than that thou shouldest vow and fiath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun. 6 Sufler not thy mouth to cause thy

4 | Again, I considered all travail, and fiesh to sin ; ncitlier say thou before the every right work, that for this a man is , angel, that it was an error: wherefore envied of his neighbour. This is also van- should God be angry at thy voice, and ity and vexation of spirit.

destroy the work of thine hands? *5 The fool foldeth leis hands togetli- 7 For in the inultitude of dreams and er, and eateth his own flesh.

many words there are also divers vani6 Better is an handful with quietness, | ties : but fear thou God. than both the hands full will travail and 8 9 If thou seest the oppression of the vexation of spirit.

poor, and violent perverting of judgment 7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity, and justice in a province, marvel not at under the sun.

the matter : for he that is higher than the 8 There is one alone, and there is not a highest regardeth; and there be higher second ; yea, he hath neither chill nor than they. brother: yet is there no end of all lois la- 9 Moreover, the profit of the carth is bour; neither is his eye satistied with rich for all: the ting himself is served by the (s; neither saith he, For whom do I la- ' field. bour, and bereave my soul of good? This 101le that loveth silver shall not be satisis also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail. fied with silver; nor he that loveth abun

9 4 Two are better than one; because dance with increase : this is also vanity. they have a good reward for their labour. 11 When goods iocrease, they are in

10 For if they fall, the one will lift up creased that cat them: and what good is his fellow : but woe to him thul is alone here to the owners thereof, saving the when he falleth; for he hath not another to beholding of them with their eyes? help him up.

12 The sleep of a labouring man is 11 Again, if two lie together, then they i sweet, whether he eat little or niuch: but haveheat:but how canonebe warmalone? i the abundance of the rich wül not sutier

12 And if one prevail against him, twe: hiin to sleep. shall withstand hirn; and a threefoid cord 13 There is a sore evil which I have is not quickly broken.

seen under the sun, namel, riches kept 13 $ Better is a poor and a wise child, i for the owners thereof to their hurt. than an old and foolish king, who will no 14 But uiose riches perish by evil travmore be admonished:

ail: and he begetteth a son, and there is 14 For out of prison he cometh to i noihing in his hand. reign; whereas also he that is born in his 15 As he came forth of his mcther's kingdom becometh poor.

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The vanity of riches, &c. CHAP. VI, VII. Remedies againsi vanity. 537 came, and shall take nothing of his la- || 12 For who knoweth what is good for bour, which he may carry away in his hand. man in this life, all the days of his vain

16 And this also is a sure evil, that in life which he spendeth as a shadow ? for all points as he came, so shall be go: and who can tell a man what shall be after what profit hath he that hath laboured for him under the sun ? the wind ?

CHAP. VII. 17 All his days also he eateth in dark- 1 Remedies against vanily, are a good ness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath name, 2 mortification, 7 patience, 11 wiswith his sickness.

dom. 23 The difficulty of getting wisdom. is good and comely for one to eat and to ointment ; and the day drink, and to enjoy the good of all his than the day of one's birth. labour that he taketh under the sun all 21 It is better to go to the house of the days of his life, which God giveth mourning, than to go to the house of him : for it is his portion.

feasting : for that is the end of all men ; 19 Every man also to whom God hath and the living will lay it to his heart. given riches and wealth, and hath given. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter : for him power to eat thereof, and to take his by the sadness of the countenance the portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this heart is made better. is the gift of God.

4 The heart of the wise is in the house 20 For he shall not much remember the of mourning; but the heart of fools is in days of his life ; because God answereth the house of mirth. him in the joy of his heart.

5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the CHAP. VI.

wise, than for a man to hear the song of 1 The vanity of riches without use, 3 of fools.

children, 6 and old age without riches. 6 For as the crackling of thorns under 9 The vanity of sighi, and wandering a pot, so is the laughter of the fool : this

desires. 11 The conclusion of vanities. I also is vanity. THI *HERE is an evil which I have seen 7 9 Surely oppression maketh a wise

under the sun, and it is common man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart. among men :

8 Better is the end of a thing than the 2 A man to whom God hath given rich- || beginning thereof: and the patient in spires, wealth, and honour, so that he want- it is better than the proud in spirit. eth nothing for his soul of all that he de- 9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: sireth, yet God giveth him not power to for

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resteth in the bosom of fools. eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this 10 Say not thou, What is the cause that is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

the former days were better than these? 3 4 If a man beget an hundred chil- for thou dost not inquire wisely concerndren, and live many years, so that the ing this. days of his years be many, and his soul 11 f Wisdom is good with an inheritbe not filled with good, and also that he ance : and by it there is profit to them have no burial; I say, that an untimely that see the sun. birth is better than he.

12 For wisdom is a defence, and mon4 For he cometh in with vanity, and ey is a defence : but the excellency of departeth in darkness, and his name shall knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to be covered with darkness.

them that have it. 5 Moreover he hath not scen the sun, 13 Consider the work of Gol: for who nor known any thing : this hath more rest can make that straight, which he hath than the other.

made crooked? 6 Yea, though he live a thousand years 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do but in the day of adversity consider: God not all go to one piace?

also hath set the one over against the oth7 All the labour of man is for his er, to the end that man should find nothmouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. ing after him.

8 For what hath the wise more than 15 All things have I seen in the days of the fool? what hath the poor, that know- my vanity: there is a just man that pereth to walk before the living?

isheth in his righteousness, and there is 9 s Better is the sight of the eyes than a wicked man that prolongeth his life in the wandering of the desire : this is also his wickedness. vanity and vexation of spirit.

16 Be not righteous over much ; nei10 That which hath been is named al- | ther make thyself over wise : why shouldready, and it is known that it is man : est thou destroy thyself? neither may he contend with him that is 17 Be not over much wicked, neither mightier than he.

be thou foolish : why shouldest thou die 11 Seeing there be many things that before thy time? increase vanity, what is man the better? 18 It is good that thou shouldest take

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