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30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek A.C. 964.
mixed wine.
31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it
gireth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like
an adder.

33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine
heart shall utter perverse things.

34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down t in the midst Heb, in the of the sea

, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. 35 They have strieken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick ; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I Heb. I knew awake! I will seek it yet again.

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1, &c. & lxxiii 3. ch. xxiii. 17. ver. 19.

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creaseth strength.

strength. R Heb.

kch, xi. 14. * xv. 22. & XX.


month in the gate.

1 Be not thou benvious against cvil men, neither desire 5 Ps. xxxvii. to be with them. 2 i For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips PE talk of mischief.

3 Through wisdom is an house builded ; and by understanding it is established:

4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

5 A wise man gis strong; yea, a man of knowledge || in Heb. io in 6 • For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and Strengtheneth in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

7 Wisdom is too high for a fool : he openeth not his 18. 8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

9 The thought of foolishness is sin : and the scorner is an abomination to men.

10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is

1) 'If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto 1 Ps. Ixxxii. 4. death, and those that are ready to be slain;

12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he
that pandereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth
thy soul

, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to
every man "according to his works!

13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the li. n honeycomb, which is sweet + to thy taste :

14. So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul : + Heb, upon when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and no xix. io. thy expectation shall not be cut off.




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Job v. 19.

Xxxiv. 19.

9 Job xxxi. 29. Ps. xxxv. 15. ch. xvii. 5.

Heb. it de evil in his eyes.

turn away

1. ch. xxiii. 17.

not company with the wick. cd.

6. ch. xiii.9.

j Heb changers.

t lev. xix. 15. Deut. I. 17.& xvi. 19. ch. xviii. 5. & xxviii, 21.

A.C. 984. 15 Lay not wait, 0 wicked man, against the dwelling of

the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

16 P For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up & xxxvii. 24. again : but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

17. 9 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: 18 Lest the LORD see it, and * it displease him, and he

his wrath from him. r Ps. xxxvii. 19 ++ Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou

envious at the wicked; + Or, Keep

20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; ' the

#candle of the wicked shall be put out. Job xvili. 5, 21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and Or, lamp. meddle not with & them that are given to change:

22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both ?

23 These things also belong to the wise. 'It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

24 u He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous ; John Xiv: 2:15. him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him

: 25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a ing of good. good blessing shall come upon

them. 26 Every man shall kiss his lips * that giveth a right answer.

27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field ; and afterwards build thine house.

28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause ; and deceive not with thy lips.

29 * Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

32 Then I saw, and + considered it well : I looked upon

it, and received instruction. ch, vi. 9, ốc. 33 y Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of

the hands to sleep:

34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth ; and t Heb, a man thy want as fan armed man: of shield

Is. v. 23. | Heb. a bless

• Heb. that answereth right words.

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Heb, there is no search ing.


out thy glory.


8, 9, 10.


1 Okeertations about kings, 8 and about avoiding cause of quarrels, and sundry

causes thereof.
1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of A.C. 984.
Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

2 It is the glory of God to conceal-a thing ; but the ho-
nour of kings is to search out a matter.

3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the
heart of kings * is unsearchable.

4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall
come forth a vessel for the finer.
5 : Take away the wicked from before the king, and his z ch. XX. 8.
throne shall be established in righteousness.

6 + Put not forth thyself in tħe presence of the king, and Heby Set noi
stand not in the place of great men:

7 . For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up a Luke xiv.
hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the pre-
sence of the prince whom thine eyes

have seen.
8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what
to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee
to shame.

9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and Matt, v. 25.
| discover not a secret to another :

10 Lest be that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine wanorders
infamy turn not away.

11 A word & fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures Het spoken
of silver.

12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold,
50 is a wise
reprover upon

an obedient ear.
13 • As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a cch. xlii. 17.
faithful messenger to them that send him : for he refresheth
the soul of his masters.

14 Whoso boasteth himself | of a false gift is like clouds | Heb. In a and wind without rain.

gift of false. 15 4 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft a Gen. xxxii. tongue breaketh the bone.

16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient sa for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.


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4, &c. I Sam Xxv. 24. &e. ch, xv, I. &

" Part the fourth is supposed to have been selected from a larger collection of
Proverbs by the men of Hezekiah ; that is, by the prophets whom he employed
to restore the service and writings of the church, as Eliakim, and Joah, and

and probably Hosea, Micah, and even Isaiah. All these flourished in
le reign of Hezekiah, and endeavoured to revive true religion among the Jews.


foot be seldom

A.C. 981. 17 * Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house ; lest

he be weary of thee, and so hate thee. Or, Let thy

18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighin thy neigh Boxer nouse. bour is a maul, a sword, and a sharp arrow.

19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat ; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink :

22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and

the LORD shall reward thee. + Or, The

23 + The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry bringeth foren countenance a backbiting tongue.

24 . It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from & xxi. 9, 19, a far country.

26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

27 It is not good to eat much honey : so for men to search their own glory is not glory:

28 'He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

rain : so doth
a backbiting
tongue an
angry counte.
ech. xix. 13.,

fch. xvi. 32,

ch. X. 13.

PROVERBS XXVI. 1 Observations about fools, 13 about sluggards, 17 and about contentious busy

bodies. 1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour. is not seemly for a fool.

2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so

the curse causeless shall not come. 8. Ps. xxxii. 9.

3 8 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in I his own conceit.

6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool Or, violence. cutteth off the feet, and drinketh & damage. | Heb. are

7 The legs of the lame || are not equal: so is a parable in üfted up. the mouth of fools. Or, As he

8 • As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that that putteth a precious stone giveth honour to a fool.

9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

1 Heb. his own

in an heap of stones.


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10 "The great God that formed all things both rewardeth A. C. 984. the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

Or, A great 11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool + returneth man griebeth

hireth the fool, 12 Seest thou a man wise in bis own conceit? there is transgressors

. more hope of a fool than of him.

eth his folly. 13 i The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a

ich. xxiL 13. lion is in the streets.

14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 15 * The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom ; fit k ch. xix: 24.

grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven
men that can render a reason.
17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belong-1 Or, is on.

ing not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
18 As a mad man who casteth || firebrands, arrows, and Heb. Rames,

or. 19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport!

20 * Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so Heb.withwhere there is no ttalebearer, the strife I ceaseth.

21 “ As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so peres is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22 " The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they be this go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd bers. covered with silver dross.

24 He that hateth | dissembleth with his lips, and layeth Or, is known. up deceit within him;

25 . When he * speaketh fair, believe him not: for there P. xxvili, are seven abominations in his heart.

26 + Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness graciosos shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

27 : Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein : and he that percent
polleth a stone, it will return upon

28 A lying tongue bateth those that are afflicted by it;
and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

I Obereations of weiflove, 5 of true love, 11 of care to avoid offences, 23 and of

the houshold care.
1 Boast not thyself of Ito morrow; for thou knowest gluke xii. 19,
not what a day may bring forth.

2 let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth ; morrow'day. a stranger

, and not thine own lips.


1 Heb. isa
mch. xv. 18.

n eh, xviii. 8.

Heb. chan.


3. Jer. ix. 8.

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Ps. vii. 15, Pe.& ix. 15. Eccles. X. 8.

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