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Apocrypba. 6 In the congregation of the ungodly shall time he made then he disposed the parts a fire be kindled ; and in a rebellious nation thereof. wrath is set on fire.

27 He garnished his works for ever, and 7 He was not pacified toward the old gi- || in his hand are the chief of them unto all ants who fell away in the strength of their generations : they neither labour, nor are foolishness.

weary, nor cease from their works. 8 Neither spared he the place where Lot 28 None of them hindereth another, and sojourned, but abhorred them for their pride. they shall never disobey his word.

9 He pitied not the people of perdition, 29 After this the Lord looked upon the who were taken away in their sins :

earth, and filled it with his blessings. 10 Nor the six hundred thousand foot- 30 With all manner of living things hath men, who were gathered together in the | he covered the face thereof ; and they shall hardness of their hearts.

return into it again. 11 And if there be one stiffnecked among

CHAP. XVII. the people, it is marvel if he escape unpun- 1 How Ged created and furnished man. - 14 TO ished: for mercy and wrath are with him avoid all sin : 19 for God seeth all things. he is mighty to forgive, and to pour out dis- 'HE Lord created man of the earth, and pleasure.

12 As his mercy is great, so is his correc- 9 He gave them few days, and a short tion also : he judgeth a man according to time, and power also over the things therein. his works.

3 He endued them with strength by them13 The sinner shall not escape with his selves, and made them according to his image, spoils : and the patience of the godly shall 4 And put the fear of man upon all flesh, not be frustrate.

and gave him dominion over beasts and fowls. 14 Make way for every work of mercy: 5 [They received the use of the five opefor every man shall find according to his rations of the Lord, and in the sixth place works.

he imparted them understanding, and in the 15 The Lord hardened Pharaoh, that he seventh speech, an interpreter of the cogita. should not know him, that his powerful tions thereof.] works might be known to the world.

6 Counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, ears, 16 His mercy is manifest to every crea- and a heart, gave he them to understand. ture; and he hath separated his light from 7 Withal he filled them with the knowlthe darkness with an adamant.

edge of understanding, and shewed them 17 Say not thou, I will hide myself from good and evil. the Lord : shall any remember me from 8 He set his eye upon their hearts, that above? I shall not be remembered among so he might shew them the greatness of his works. many people : for what is my soul among 9 He gave them to glory in his marvelsuch an infinite number of creatures ? lous acts for ever, that they might declare

18 Behold, the heaven, and the heaven of his works with understanding. heavens, the deep, and the earth, and all that 10 And the elect shall praise his holy name, therein is, shall be moved when he shall u Beside this he gave them knowledge, visit.

and the law of life for an heritage. 19 The mountains also and foundations of 12 He made an everlasting covenant with the earth shall be shaken with tremoling, them, and shewed them his judgments. when the Lord looketh upon them.

13 Their eyes saw the majesty of his glo. 20 No heart can think upon these things ry, and their cars heard his glorious voice. worthily : and who is able to conceive his 14 And he said unto thein, Beware of all ways ?

unrighteousness ; and he gave every man 21 It is a tempest which no man can see : commandment concerning his neighbour. for the most part of his works are hid. 15 Their ways are ever before him, and

22 Who can declare the works of his jus- shall not be hid from his eyes. tice? or who can endure them? for his cov- 16 Every man from his youth is given to enant is afar off, and the trial of all things is evil ; neither could they inake to themselves in the end.

fleshly hearts for stony. 23 He that wantcth understanding will 17 For in the division of the nations of the think upon vain things : and a foolish man whole earth he set a ruler over every peoerring imagineth follies.

ple ; but Israel is the Lord's portion : 24 My son, hearken unto me, and learn 18 Whom, being his first born, he nourknowledge, and mark my words with thy | isheth with discipline, and giving him the heart.

light of his love doth not forsake him. 25 I will shew forth doctrine in weight, 19 , Therefore all their works are as the and declare his knowledge exactly.

sun before him, and his eyes are continually 26 The works of the Lord are done in upon their ways. judgment from the beginning : and from the 20 None of their unrighteous deeds are hid


Apocrypba. from him, but all their sins are before the 9 f The number of a man's days at the Lord.

most are an hundred years. 21 But the Lord being gracious, and know- 10 As a drop of water unto the sea, and a ing his workmanship, neither left nor forsook gravel stone in comparison of the sand; so them, but spared them.

are a thousand years to the days of eternity. 22 The alms of a man is as a signet with Il Therefore is God patient with them, him, and he will keep the good deeds of man and poureth forth his mercy upon them. as the apple of the eye, and give repentance 12 He saw and perceived their end to be to his sons and daughters.

evil; therefore he multiplied his compassion. 23 Afterward he will rise up and reward 13 The mercy of man is toward his neighthem, and render their recompense upon their bour ; but the mercy of the Lord is upon all heads.

flesh : he reproveth, and nurtureth, and 24 But unto them that repent, he granted teacheth, and bringeth again, as a shepherd them return, and comforted those that failed his flock. in patience.

14 He hath mercy on them that receive 25 Return unto the Lord, and forsake thy discipline, and that diligently seek after his sins, make thy prayer before his face, and of- | judgments. fend less.

15 My son, blemish not thy good deeds, 26 Turn again to the Most High, and turn neither use uncomfortable words when thou away from iniquity: for he will lead thee out | givest any thing. of darkness into the light of health, and hate 16 Shall not the dew assuage the heat ? thou abomination vehemently.

so is a word better than a gift. 27 Who shall praise the Most High in the 17 Lo, is not a word better than a gift ? grave, instead of them which live and give but both are with a gracious man. thanks ?

18 A fool will upbraid churlishly, and a 28 Thanksgiving perisheth from the dead, || gift of the envious consumeth the eyes. as from one that is not : the living and sound 19 Learn before thou speak, and use phy. in heart shall praise the Lord.

sick or ever thou be sick. 29 How great is the loving kindness of the 20 Before judgment examine thyself, and Lord our God, and his compassion unto such in the day of visitation thou shalt find mercy. as turn unto him in holiness!

21 Humble thyself before thou be sick, 30 For all things cannot be in men, because and in the time of sins shew repentance. the son of man is not immortal.

22 Let nothing hinder thee to pay thy 31 What is brighter than the sun ? yet || vow in due time, and defer not until death the light thereof faileth: and flesh and blood to be justified. will imagine evil.

23 Before thou prayest, prepare thyself; 32 He vieweth the power of the height of and be not as one that tempteth the Lord. heaven ; and all men are but earth and ashes. 24 Think upon the wrath that shall be at CHAP. XVIII.

the end, and the time of vengeance, when he 4 God's works are to be wondered at : 9 man's shall turn away his face. life is short : 11 God is merciful.

25 When thou hast enough, remember "E that liveth for ever created all things the time of hunger : and when thou art rich,

think upon poverty and need. 2 The Lord only is righteous, and there is 26 From the morning until the evening none other but he,

the time is changed, and all things are soon 3 Who governeth the world with the palm done before the Lord. of his hand, and all things obey his will : for 27 A wise man will fear in every thing, he is the King of all, by his power dividing and in the day of sinning he will beware of holy things among them from profane. offence : but a fool will not observe time.

4 9 To whom hath he given power to de- 28 Every man of understanding knoweth clare his works ? and who shall find out his wisdom, and will give praise unto him that noble acts ?

found her. 5 Who shall number the strength of his 29 They that were of understanding in majesty ? and who shall also tell out his mer- sayings became also wise themselves, and cies?

poured forth exquisite parables. 6 As for the wonderous works of the Lord, 30 Go not after thy lusts, but refrain thythere may nothing be taken from them, nei- self from thine appetites. ther may any thing be put unto them, neither 31 If thou givest thy soul the desires that can the ground of them be found out. please her, she will make thee a laughing

7 When a man liath done, then he begin stock to thine enemies that malign thee. neth; and when he leaveth off, then he shall 32 Take not pleasure in much good cheer, be doubtful.

neither be tied to the expense thereof. 8 What is man, and whereto serveth he? 33 Be not made a beggar by banqueting wliat is his good, and what is his eril! upon borrowing, when thou hast nothing in

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him. CHAP. XIX.

22 The knowledge of wickedness is not 2 Wine and women seduce wise men. 7 Say not wisdom, neither at any time the counsel of

all tbou bearest. 17 Reprove tby friend with sinners prudence. out anger.

23 There is a wickedness, and the same LABOURING man that is given to an abomination; and there is a fool wanting that contemneth small things shall fall by lit- 24 He that hath small understanding, and tle and little,

feareth God, is better than one that hath 2 | Wine and women will make men of much wisdom, and transgresseth the law of understanding to fall away : and he that the Most High. cleaveth to harlots will become impudent. 25 There is an exquisite subtilty, and the

3 Moths and worms shall have him to same is unjust; and there is one that turnetla heritage, and a bold man shall be taken away. aside to make judgment appear ; and there

4 He that is hasty to give credit is light is a wise man that justifieth in judgment. minded : and he that sinneth shall offend 26 There is a wicked man that hangeth against his own soul.

down his head sadly ; but inwardly he is full 5 Whoso taketh pleasure in wickedness of deceit, shall be condemned: but he that resisteth 27 Casting down his countenance, and pleasures crowneth his life.

making as if he heard not : where he is not 6 He that can rule his tongue shall live known, he will do thee a mischief before thou without strife; and he that hateth babbling be aware. shall have less evil.

28 And if for want of power he be hinder7 Rehearse not unto another that which | ed from sinning, yet when he findeth opporis told unto thee, and thou shalt fare never tunity he will do evil. the worse.

29 A man may be known by his look, and 8 Whether it be to a friend or foe, talk one that hath understanding by his countenot of other men's lives; and if thou canst nance, when thou meetest him. without offence, reveal them not.

30 A man's attire, and excessive laughter, 9 For he heard and observed thee, and and gait, shew what he is. when time cometh he will hate thee.

CHAP. XX. 10 If thou hast heard a word, let it die | 1 Of silence and speaking : 10 of gifts and gain : with thee; and be bold, it will not burst thee. 18 of slipping by the tongue : 24 of lying. 11 A fool travaileth with a word, as a THI

"HERE is a reproof that is not comely : woman in labour of a child.

again, some man holdeth his tongue, and 12 As an arrow that sticketh in a man's || he is wise. thigh, so is a word within a fool's belly. 2 It is much better to reprove, than to be

13 Admonish a friend, it may be he hath angry secretly : and he that confesseth his not done it: and if he have done it, that he fault shall be preserved from hurt. do it no more.

3 How good is it, when thou art reproved, 14 Admonish thy friend, it may be he to shew repentance ! for so shalt thou escape hath not said it: and if he have, that he speak wilful sin. it not again.

4 As is the lust of an eunuch to deflower 15 Admonish a friend : for many times it 2 virgin; so is he that executeth judgment is a slander, and believe not every tale. with violence.

16 There is one that slippeth in his speech, 5 There is one that keepeth silence, and is but not from his heart; and who is he that found wise : and another by much babbling hath not offended with his tongue ?

becometh hateful. 17 ( Admonish thy neighbour before 6 Some man holdeth his tongue, because thou threaten him; and not being angry, he hath not to answer : and some keepeth give place to the law of the Most High. silence, knowing his time.

18 The fear of the Lord is the first step to 7 A wise man will hold his tongue till he be accepted (of him,) and wisdom obtaineth see opportunity : but a babbler and a fool will his love.

regard no time. 19 The knowledge of the commandments 8 He that useth many words shall be ab. of the Lord is the doctrine of life: and they horred; and he that taketh to himself authorthat do things that please him shall receive ity therein shall be hated. the fruit of the tree of immortality.

9 There is a sinner that hath good success 20 The fear of the Lord is all wisdom ; || in evil things ; and there is a gain that turnand in all wisdom is the performance of the eth to loss. law, and the knowledge of his omnipotency. 10 g There is a gift that shall not profit

21 If a servant say to his master, I will thee ; and there is a gift whose recompense not do as it please!h thee; though afterward ! is double,


Apocrypbe. 11 There is an abasement because of glo

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, son, hast thou sinned ? do so no more, and repayeth it seven fold.

13 A wise man by his words maketh him. 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 3 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 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 man.

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 I 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 hell. 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 F He that is not wise will not be taught: 22 There is that destroyeth his own soul | 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. as long as he liveth.

25 A thief is better than a man that is ac- 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 bunour 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 pleaseth great men man in the congregation, and they shall ponshall 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.

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any fear,


Chap. XXIII.

Aporrypba. 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 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 slothful man, 3 and a foolish daugh-maketh it to shew her knowledge. 20 What will lose a friend.

20 ( Whoso casteth a stone at the birds A a upbraideth

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 9 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

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 shallity: 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 teacherh 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- 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 adulo 11 Weep for the dead, for he hath lost the teroits wife sinneth many ways. light : and weep for the fool, for he wantenha o whole life, leave me not to their

coununderstanding : make little weeping for the dead, 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 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 dealed with his fooleries: depart over me, whose hope is far from thy mercy.

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