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thy voice.

9, 12. Jam, i.

I Misdem promiseth godliness to her children, 10 and safety from evil company,

20 and direction in good ways. 1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my A.C. 984. commandments with thee;

2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and * liftest up thy . Heh, givest voice for understanding;

4. If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as h Matt. xiii. for hid treasures;

5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

6. For the Lord giveth wisdom : out of his mouth cometh 11 Kings iii. knowledge and understanding.

7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

ỹ Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things ;

13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness 15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths : 16 To deliver thee from the strange woman,

even from jch. v. 3. vii. 5. the stranger which flattereth with her words;

17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto

of the wicked;


the dead.

bold of the paths of life.

19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they 20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. 21 . For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the per- Ps. xxxvii.

lect shall remain in it.

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m Deut. viii.



o Ex. xiii. 9.

xxvii, 9.

r Rom. xii. 16.

A.C. 981. 22 ' But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and I Job xviii. 17.

the transgressors shall be * rooted out of it. Ps. xxxvii. 28. & civ. 35. * Or, plucked


1 An exhortation to obedience, 5 to faith, 7 to mortification, 9 to devotion, 11 to patience. 13 The happy gain of wisdom. 19 The power, 21 and the benefits of wisdom. 27 An exhortation to charitableness, 30 peaceableness, 31 and contentedness. 33 The cursed state of the wicked.

1 My son, forget not my law; " but let thine heart keep 1. & xxx. 16,

my commandments : + Heb. years

2 For length of days, and + long life, and "peace, shall n Ps. cxix. 165. they add to thee.

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: 'bind them about Deut. vi. 8.

thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart : p Ps. cxi. 10.

4 P So shalt thou find favour and † good understanding fest, good suc. in the sight of God and man.

5 I Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not

unto thine own understanding. 91 Chron. 6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct

thy paths.

7 q' Be not wise in thine own eyes : fear the LORD and

depart from evil. Heb. medi. 8 It shall be s health to thy navel, and || marrow to thy || Heb. water. bones. ing, or, moist.

9 » Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the & Ex. xxi. 2. first-fruits of all thine increase :

10 · So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy nem a Lüke presses shall burst out with new wine.

11 "My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction :

12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a Heb. xii. 5,6. father the son in whom he delighteth.

13 | Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and * the man that getteth understanding,

14 - For the merchandise of it is better than the merJob xxviis, chandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies : and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

16 Length of days is in her right hand ; and in her left
hand riches and honour.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths
are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold


her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by

understanding hath hc + established the heavens. parcd.



. 19. & Xxxiv. 26. Deut. xxvi. 2,

xiv. 13.
t Deut. xxviii.
u Job v. 17.
Ps. xciv, 12.

Rev. iii. 19. * Heb. the man that draweth out unutcrstand

13,&c. Ps. xix. 10. ch. ii. 4. & viii. 1), 19. & xvi. 16.

+ Or, pre

2. & Aci. 11, 12.

20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the A.C. 184.
clouds drop down the dew.

21 ( My son, let them not depart from thine eyes : keep
sound wisdom and discretion :

22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy
23 : Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot y Ps. xxxvii.
shall not stumble.

24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid : yea,
thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

26 For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

27 ( Withhold not good from * them to whom it is due, + Het the
when it is in the power

of thine hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again,
and to morrow I will give ; when thou hast it by thee.

29 + Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he + Or, Practise dwelleth securely by thee.

30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. 31 G*Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none ? Ps. xxxvii. I. 32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: a but a Ps. Ixv. 14. his secret is with the righteous.

33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the b Mal, ii. 2. wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just,

34 Surely he scorneth the scorners : but he giveth James iv. 6. grace unto the lowly. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be Heb.exalt. the promotion of fools.

owners there. of.

no evil.

of his ways.

Heb. a man of violence.

1 Pet. v. 5.

ith the fools.

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1 Sleman, to persuade obedience, 3 sheweth what instruction he had of his parents,
5 en study wisdom, 14 and shun the path of the wicked. 20 He exhorteth to
faith, 23 and sanctification

I Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and at-
tend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I
father's son,

a tender and only beloved in di Chron. the sight of my mother.

4* He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart el Chron. retain my words : keep my commandments, and live.

5. Get wisdom, get understanding : forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

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xxix. 1.

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xxviii. 9.

A.C. 981.


* Or, she shall compass thee wilh a crown of glory.


& Ps. i. 1.
ch. i. 10, 15.

6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

7 'Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom : and with all thy getting get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring

thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. ech. i. 9. 9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace :

a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

10 Hear, o my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; 1.Ps. xcì. ll, fand when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

13 Take fast hold of instruction ; let her not go : keep her; for she is thy life.

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, pass not by it, tuin from it, and pass away.

16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

20 | My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, and + Heb. mcdi- + health to all their flesh.

23 9 Keep thy heart # with all diligence; for out of it are all keeping. the issues of life.

Heb. fro. 24 Put away from thee $a froward mouth, and perverse mouth, and lips put far from thee. perverseness of

25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and || let all thy ways be established.

27 - Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.


Heb. above


|| Or, all thy
ways shall be
h Deut. v. 32.

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1 Salamint ezkorteth to the study of wisdom. 3 He sheweth the mischief of whore-
dan and rict. 15 He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and chastity.
1. The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.

1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to A.C. 081.
my understanding :

2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips
may keep knowledge.

3 q' For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honey- ich, u. 16. & comb, and her * mouth is smoother than oil:

4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two edged sword.

5 * Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on k ch. vii. 27. bell

6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways
are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

7 Hear me now therefore, ye children, and depart not
from the words of my mouth.

8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house :

9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: 10 Lest strangers be filled with + thy wealth; and thy + Heb. thy

strength. labours be in the house of a stranger;

11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy bods are consumed,

12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congrega

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15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.

17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with


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18 Let thy fountain be blessed : and rejoice with the

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wife of thy youth.

19 Lei her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let
her breasts | satisfy thee at all times; and § be thou 1 Heb. water
ravished always with her love.

20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange har lovers
woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

Heb. ert thou

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