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CHAP. XXI. ry; and there is that lifteth up his head from 2 Flee from sin as from a serpent. 12 Differe a low estate.
ences between the fool and tbe wise. 12 There is that buyeth much for a little, M y son, hast thou sinned ? do so no more, and repayeth it seven fold.
I but ask pardon for thy former sins. 13 A wise man by his words maketh him- il 2 ( Flee from sin as from the face of a self beloved : but the graces of fools shall be serpent : for if thou comest too near it, it poured out.
will bite thee : the teeth thereof are as the 14 The gift of a fool shall do thee no good teeth of a lion, slaying the souls of men. when thou hast it ; neither yet of the envious S All iniquity is as a two-edged sword, the for his necessity ; for he looketh to receive || wounds whereof cannot be healed. many things for one.
4 To terrify and do wrong will waste 15 He giveth little, and upbraideth much; riches : thus the house of proud men shall he openeth his mouth like a crier ; to-day l be made desolate. he lendeth, and tomorrow will he ask it | 5 A prayer out of a poor man's mouth again : such a one is to be hated of God and | reacheth to the ears of God, and his judgment
cometh speedily. 16 The fool saith, I have no friends, I have | 6 He that hateth to be reproved is in the no thanks for all my good deeds, and they | way of sinners : but he that feareth the Lord that eat my bread speak evil of me.
will repent from his heart. 17 How oft, and of how many shall he be 7 An eloquent man is known far and near; laughed to scorn! for he knoweth not aright but a man of understanding knoweth when what it is to have ; and it is all one unto him he slippeth. as if he had it not.
8 He that buildeth his house with other 18 q To slip upon a pavement is better men's money is like one that gathereth himthan to slip with the tongue : so the fall of self stones for the tomb of his burial. the wicked shall come speedily.
9 The congregation of the wicked is like 19 An unseasonable tale will always be in tow wrapped together : and the end of them the mouth of the unwise.
is a flame of fire to destroy them. 20 A wise sentence shall be rejected when 10 The way of sinners is made plain with it cometh out of a fool's mouth; for he will stones, but at the end thereof is the pit of bell. not speak it in due season.
11 He that keepeth the law of the Lord 21 There is that is hindered from sinning getteth the understanding thereof : and the through want : and when he taketh rest, he perfection of the fear of the Lord is wisdom. shall not be troubled.
12 Ç He that is not wise will not be taught : 22 There is that destroyeth his own soul 1 but there is a wisdom which multiplieth bitthrough bashfulness, and by accepting of per | terness. sons overthroweth himself.
15 The knowledge of a wise man shall 23 There is that for bashfulness promiseth abound like a flood: and his counsel is like a to his friend, and maketh him his enemy for pure fountain of life. nothing.
14 The inner parts of a fool are like a 24 (A lie is a foul blot in a man, yet it is broken vessel, and he will hold no knowledge continually in the mouth of the untaught. I as long as he liveth.
25 A thief is better than a man that is ac- l 15 If a skilful man hear a wise word, be customed to lie: but they both shall have will commend it, and add unto it: but as destruction to heritage.
soon as one of no understanding heareth it, 26 The disposition of a liar is dishonoura- it displeaseth him, and he casteth it behind ble, and his shame is ever with him.
his back. 27 A wise man shall promote himself to 16 The talking of a fool is like a burden bonour with his words: and he that hath un in the way : but grace shall be found in the derstanding will please great men.
lips of the wise. 28 He that tilleth his land shall increase 17 They inquire at the mouth of the wise his heap : and he that pleascth great men man in the congregation, and they shall pon. shall get pardon for iniquity.
der his words in their heart. 29 Presents and gifts blind the eyes of the 18 As is a house that is destroyed, so is wise, and stop up his mouth that he cannot wisdom to a fool : and the knowledge of the reprove.
unwise is as talk without sense. • 30 Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that 19 Doctrine unto fools is as fetters on the is hoarded up, what profit is in them both? feet, and like manacles on the right hand.
s1 Better is he that hideth his folly than 20 A fool lifteth up his voice with laugha man that hideth his wisdom.
ter ; but a wise man doth scarce smile a little. 32 Necessary patience in seeking the Lord 21 Learning is unto a wise man as an oris better than he that leadeth his life without nament of gold, and like a bracelet upon his a guide.
Apocrypha. 22 A foolish man's foot is soon in his from him, and thou shalt find rest, and never (neighbour's) house: but a man of experience be disquieted with madness. is ashamed of him.
| 14 What is heavier than lead ? and what 23 A fool will peep in at the door into is the name thereof, but a fool ? the house: but he that is well nurtured will 15 Sand, and salt, and a mass of iron, is stand without.
easier to bear than a man without under24 It is the rudeness of a man to hearken standing. at the door : but a wise man will be grieved 16 As timber girt and bound together in with the disgrace.
a building cannot be loosed with shaking : so 25 The lips of talkers will be telling such | the heart that is stablished by advised counthings as pertain not unto them : but the sel shall fear at no time. words of such as have understanding are 17 A heart settled upon a thought of unweighed in the balance.
derstanding is as a fair plastering on the wall 26 The heart of fools is in their mouth : | of a gallery. but the mouth of the wise is in their heart. 18 Pales set on an high place will never
27 When the ungodly curseth Satan, he stand against the wind : so a fearful heart in curseth his own soul.
| the imagination of a fool cannot stand against 28 A whisperer defileth his own soul, and any fear. is hated wheresoever he dwelleth.
19 He that pricketh the eye will make CHAP. XXII.
tears to fall : and he that pricketh the heart I of the slotbful man, 3 and a foolish daugh- || maketh it to shew her knowledge. ter. 20 What will lose a friend.
20 ( Whoso casteth a stone at the birds A SLOTHFUL man is compared to a filo | frayeth them away: and he that upbraideth A thy stone, and every one will hiss him his friend breaketh friendship. out to his disgrace.
21 Though thou drewest a sword at thy 2 A slothful man is compared to the filth || friend, yet despair not: for there may be a of a dunghill : every man that takes it up returning to favour.] will shake his hand.'
22 If thou hast opened thy mouth against 3 An evil nurtured son is the dishonour thy friend, fear not; for there may be a reof his father that begat him: and a (foolish] conciliation: except for upbraiding, or pride, daughter is born to his loss.
or disclosing of secrets, or a treacherous 4 A wise daughter shall bring an inherit-wound : for, for these things every friend ance to her husband : but she that liveth 1 will depart. dishonestly is her father's heaviness.
23 Be faithful to thy neighbour in his pov5 She that is bold dishonoureth both her erty, that thou mayest rejoice in his prosperfather and her husband, but they both shall ity : abide steadfast unto him in the time of despise her.
his trouble, that thou mayest be heir with 6 A tale out of season (is as) musick in him in liis heritage : for a mean estate is not mourning : but stripes and correction of || always to be contemned: nor the rich that is wisdom are never out of time.
foolish to be had in admiration. 7 Whoso teacheth a fool is as one that 24 As the vapour and smoke of a furnace glueth a potsherd together, and as he that goeth before the fire; so reviling before blood. waketh one from a sound sleep.
25 I will not be ashamed to defend a 8 He that telleth a tale to a fool speaketh friend; neither will I hide myself from him. to one in a slumber : when he hath told his | 26 And if any evil happen unto me by him, tale, he will say, What is the matter?
every one that heareth it will beware of him. 9 If children live honestly, and have where I 27 Who shall set a watch before my mouth, withal, they shall cover the baseness of their and a seal of wisdom upon my lips, that I fall parents.
not suddenly by them, and that my tongue 10 But children, being haughty, through || destroy me not. disdain and want of nurture do stain the no.
CHAP. XXIII bility of their kindred.
1 A prayer for grace to flee sin. 23 The adul ií Weep for the dead, for he hath lost the
terous wife sinneth many ways. light : and weep for the fool, for he wanteth LORD, Father and Governor of all my understanding : make little weeping for the whole life, leave me not to their coundead, for he is at rest : but the life of the sels, and let me not fall by them. fool is worse than death.
2 Who will set scourges over my thoughts, 12 Seven days do men mourn for him that and the discipline of wisdom over mine heart? is dead; but for a fool and an ungodly man that they spare me not for mine ignorances, all the days of his life.
and it pass not by my sins: 13 Talk not much with a fool, and go not 1 3 Lest mine ignorances increase, and my to him that hath no understanding : beware || sins abound to my destruction, and I fall be. of him, lest thou have trouble, and thou shalt fore mine adversaries, and mine enemy rejoice never be defiled with his fooleries: depart over me, whose hope is far from thy mercy.
Apocrypbs. 4 O Lord, Father and God of my life, give || 20 He knew all things ere ever they were me not a proud look, but turn away from created ; so also after they were perfected he thy servants always a haughty mind.
looked upon them all. '5 Turn away from me vain hopes and 21 This man shall be punished in the concupiscence, and thou shalt hold him up | streets of the city, and where he suspecteth that is desirous always to serve thee.
not he shall be taken. 6 Let not the greediness of the belly nor 22 Thus shall it go also with the wife that lust of the flesh take hold of me; and give | leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir not over me thy servant into an impudent by another. mind.
23 & For first, she hath disobeyed the 7 Hear, o ye children, the discipline of law of the Most High; and secondly, she the mouth: he that keepeth it shall never hath trespassed against her own husband; be taken in his lips.
and thirdly, she hath played the whore in 8 'The sinner shall be left in his foolish- | adultery, and brought children by another ness : both the evil speaker and the proud | man. shall fall thereby.
24 She shall be brought out into the con9 Accustom not thy mouth to swearing; || gregation, and inquisition shall be made of neither use thyself to the naming of the Holy || her children. One.
25 Her children shall not take root, and 10 For as a servant that is continually her branches shall bring forth no fruit. beaten shall not be without a blue mark: so 26 She shall leave her memory to be curshe that sweareth and nameth God continual ed, and her reproach shall not be blotted out. ly shall not be faultless.
27 And they that remain shall know that 11 A man that userh much swearing shall | there is nothing better than the fear of the be filled with iniquity, and the plague shall Lord, and that there is nothing sweeter than never depart from his house: if he shall offend, to take heed unto the commandments of the his sin shall be upon him : and if he acknowl- || Lord. edge not his sin, he maketh a double offence : 28 It is great glory to follow the Lord, and if he swear in vain, he shall not be inno- | and to be received of him is long life. cent, but his house shall be full of calamities.
CHAP. XXIV. 12 There is a word that is clothed about || 1 Wisdom doth praise herself, sbewett ber begir. with death : God grant that it be not found ning, 4 ber dwelling, 13 ber glory, 17 ber in the heritage of Jacob; for all such things Il fruit, 26 ber increase and perfection. shall be far from the godly, and they shall ÚVISDOM shall praise herself, and shall not wallow in their sins.
w glory in the midst of her people. 13 Use not thy mouth to intemperate 2 In the congregation of the Most High swearing, for therein is the word of sin. shall she open her mouth, and triumph be
14 Remember thy father and thy mother, fore his power. when thou sittest among great men. Be 3 I came out of the mouth of the Most not forgetful before them, and so thou by High, and covered the earth as a cloud. thy custom become a fool, and wish that 4 I dwelt in high places, and my throne thou hadst not been born, and curse the day is in a cloudy pillar. of thy nativity.
5 I alone compassed the circuit of heaven, 15 The man that is accustomed to oppro- || and walked in the bottom of the deep. brious words will never be reformed all the 1 6 In the waves of the sea, and in all the days of his life.
earth, and in every people and nation, I got 16 Two sorts of men multiply sin, and a possession. the third will bring wrath : a hot mind is 1 7 With all these I sought rest : and in as a burning fire, it will never be quenched whose inheritance shall I abide ? till it be consumed : a fornicator in the body 8 So the Creator of all things gave me a of his flesh will never cease till he hath kin commandment, and he that made me caused dled a fire.
my tabernacle to rest, and said, Let thy 17 All bread is sweet to a whoremonger, dwelling be in Jacob, and thine inheritance he will not leave off till he die.
in Israel. 18 A man that breaketh wedlock, saying | 9 He created me from the beginning bethus in his heart, Who seeth me? I am com fore the world, and I shall never fail. passed about with darkness, the walls cover 10 In the holy tabernacle I served before me, and no body seeth me; what need I to fear? || him ; and so I was established in Sion. the Most High will not remember my sins : | 11 Likewise in the beloved city he gave
19 Such a man only feareth the eyes of me rest, and in Jerusalem was my power. men, and knoweth not that the eyes of the 12 And I took root in an honourable peoLord are ten thousand times brighter than ple, even in the portion of the Lord's inherthe sun, beholding all the ways of men, and itance. considering the most secret parts.
# 13 1 I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus,
Apocrypka. and as a cypress tree upon the mountains of
CHAP. XXV. Hermon.
|| 1 Wbat things are beautiful, and what bateful. 14 I was exalted like a palm tree in En 13 Nothing worse than a wicked woman. gaddi, and as a rose plant in Jericho, as a | TN three things I was beautified, and stood fair olive tree in a pleasant field, and grew up | up beautiful both before God and men : as a plane tree by the water.
the unity of brethren, the love of neighbours, 15 I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and a man and a wife that agree together. aspalathus, and I yielded a pleasant odour 2 Three sorts of men my soul hateth, and like the best myrrh, as galbanum, and onyx, I am greatly offended at their life : a poor and sweet storax, and as the fume of frank man that is proud, a rich man that is a liar, incense in the tabernacle.
and an old adulterer that doateth. 16 As the turpentine tree I stretched out 3 If thou hast gathered nothing in thy my branches, and my branches are the l vouth, how canst thou find any thing in branches of honour and grace.
thine age? 17 ( As the vine brought I forth a pleas 4 O how comely a thing is judgment for ant savour, and my flowers are the fruit of gray hairs, and for ancient men to know honour and riches.
counsel ! 18 I am the mother of fair love, and fear, 5 O how comely is the wisdom of old men, and knowledge, and holy hope: I therefore, || and understanding and counsel to men of being eternal, am given to all my children honour ! which are named of him.
6 Much experience is the crown of old 19 Come unto me, all ye that be desirous | men, and the fear of God is their glory. of me, and fill yourselves with my fruits. 1 7 There be nine things which I have judg
20 For my memorial is sweeter than honey, | ed in mine heart to be happy, and the tenth and mine inheritance than the honey comb. || I will utter with my tongue: A man that
21 They that eat me shall yet be hungry, hath joy of his children ; and he that liveth and they that drink me shall yet be thirsty. to see the fall of his enemy :
22 He that obeyeth me shall never be 8 Well is him that dwelleth with a wife confounded, and they that work by me shall of understanding, and that hath not slipped not do amiss.
with his tongue, and that hath not served a 23 All these things are the book of the man more unworthy than himself : covenant of the most high God, even the law 9 Well is him that hath found prudence, which Moses commanded for an heritage and he that speaketh in the ears of them that unto the congregations of Jacob.
will hear : 24 Faint not to be strong in the Lord: that I 10 O how great is he that findeth wishe may confirm you, cleave unto him : for | dom ! yet is there none above him that fearthe Lord Almighty is God alone, and beside eth the Lord. liim there is no other Saviour.
11 But the love of the Lord passeth all 25 He filleth all things with his wisdom, things for illumination : he that holdeth it, as Phison and as Tigris in the time of the whereto shall he be likened ? new fruits.
12 The fear of the Lord is the beginning 26 G He maketh the understanding to | of his love : and faith is the beginning of abound like Euphrates, and as Jordan in the cleaving unto him. time of the harvest.
13 I (Give me) any plague, but the plague 27 He maketh the doctrine of knowledge || of the heart : and any wickedness, but the appear as the light, and as Geon in the time ||
|| wickedness of a woman: of vintage.
14 And any affliction, but the affliction 28 The first man knew her not perfectly :|| from them that liate me: and any revenge, no more shall the last find her out.
but the revenge of enemies. 29 For her thoughts are more than the sea, 15 There is no head above the head of a and her counsels profounder than the great serpent; and there is no wrath above the deep.
wrath of an enemy. 30 I also came out as a brook from a river, 16 I had rather dwell with a lion and a and as a conduit into a garden.
dragon, than to kecp house with a wicked 31 ) said, I will water my best garden, woman. and will water abundantly my garden bed : | 17 The wickedness of a woman changeth and lo, my brook became a river, and my | her face, and darkeneth her countenance like river became a sea.
sackcloth. 32 I will yet make doctrine to shine as the 18 Her husband shall sit among his neighmorning, and will send forth her light afar off. bours ; and when he heareth it shall sigh
33 I will yet pour out doctrine as prophe bitterly. cy, and leave it to all ages for ever.
19 All wickedness is but little to the wick34 Behold that I have not laboured foredness of a woman : let the portion of a sia. myself only, but for all them that seek wisdom. ner fall upon her.
. Apargpba. 20 As the climbing of a sandy way is to the Lord ; and there is nothing so moch tbe ieet of the aged, so is a wife full of words worth as a mind well instructed. to a quiet man
15 A sharefaced and a faithful womaa 21 Stumble not at the beauty of a woman, is a double grace, and her continent mind and desire her not for pleasure.
cannot be ralued. 22 A woman, if she maintain her hus # 16 As the sun when it ariseth in the high band, is full of anger, impudence, and much heavens ; so is the beauty of a good wife in reproach
I the ordering of her house. 23 A wicked woman abateth the courage 17 As the clear light is upon the holy canmaketh an beavy countenance and a wound 1 dlestick ; so is the beauty of the face in ripe ed heart: a woman that will not comtortage. her husband in distress maketh weak hands 18 As the golden pillars are upon the and feeble knees.
sockets of silver; so are the fair feet with a 24 Of the woman came the beginning of constant heart. sin, and through her we all die.
19 My son, keep the flower of thine age 25 Give the water no passage ; neither a sound; and give not thy strength to strangers wicked woman liberty to gad abroad.
20 When thou hast gotten a fruitful posses. 26 If she go not as thou wouldest have sion through all the field,sow it with thise own her, cur her off from thy flesh, and give her | seed, trusting in the goodness of thy stock. a bill of divorce, and let her go.
21 So tby race which thou leavest shall be CHAP. XXVI.
magnified, having the confidence of their good Of good and bad women.
descent. DLESSED is the man that hath a virtuous 22 An harlot shall be accounted as spittle,
D wife, for the number of his days shall be I but a married woman is a tower against double.
death to her husband. 2 A virtuous woman rejoiceth her hus 1 23 A wicked woman is given as a portion band, and he shall fulfil the years of his life to a wicked man: but a godly woman is in peace.
given to him that feareth the Lord. 3 A good wife is a good portion, which 24 A dishonest woman contemneth shame: shall be given in the portion of them that but an honest woman will reverence her husfear the Lord.
band. 4 Whether a man be rich or poor, if he 25 A shameless woman shall be accounted have a good heart toward the Lord, he shall at as a dog; but she that is shamefaced will all times rejoice with a cheerful countenance. fear the Lord.
5 There be three things that mine heart 26 A woman that honoureth her husband feareth ; and for the fourth I was sore afraid : shall be judged wise of all ; but she that disthe slander of a city, the gathering together honoureth him in her pride shall be counted of an unruly multitude, and a false accusa- ungodly of all. tion : all these are worse than death.
27 A loud crying woman and a scold shall 6 But a grief of heart and sorrow is a be sought out to drive away the enemies. woman that is jealous over another woman, 28 There be two things that grieve my and a scourge of the tongue which commu heart; and the third maketh me angry : a nicateth with all.
man of war that suffereth poverty; and men 7 An evil wife is a yoke shaken to and of understanding that are not set by; and fro : he that hath hold of her is as though one that returneth from righteousness to sin ; he held a scorpion.
the Lord prepareth such an one for the sword. 8 A drunken woman and a gadder abroad 29 A merchant shall hardly keep himself causeth great anger, and she will not cover from doing wrong: and an huckster shall her own shame.
not be freed from sin. 9 The whoredom of a woman may be
CHAP. XXVII. known in her haughty looks and eyelids. 1 Of sins in selling and buying. 25 He that 10 If thy daughter be shameless, keep her
diggetb a pit shall fall into it. in straitly, lest she abuse herself through || M ANY have sinned for a small matter ; overmuch liberty.
M and he that seeketh for abundance 11 Watch over an impudent eye : and will turn his eyes away. marvel not if she trespass against thee.
2 As a nail sticketh fast between the join. 12 She will open her mouth as a thirsty | ings of the stones ; so doth sin stick close traveller when he hath found a fountain, and between buying and selling. drink of every water near her : by every 3 Unless a man hold himself diligently in hedge she will sit down, and open her quiver the fear of the Lord, his house shall soon be against every arrow.
overthrown. 13 The grace of a wife delighteth her hus | 4 As when one sifteth with a sieve, the band, and her discretion will fatten his bones. Il refuse remaineth ; so the filth of man in his
14 A silent and loving woman is a gift of y talk,