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Of the righteous and wicked. CHAP. x
18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. 19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that ouen evil fursueth it to his own death. | 20. They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord : but such as are upright in their way are his delight. 21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished : but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. 22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion. 23 The desire of the righteous is only good; but the expectation of the wicked is wrath. 24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth ; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet,butit tendeth topoverty. 25 The liberal soul shall be made fat : and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. 26. He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him : but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. 27. He that diligently sceketh good procureth favour : but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him. 28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. 29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. 31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner. CHAP. XII. W HOSO loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2 A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord : but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband : but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blocq : but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. ! 7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not : but the house of the righteous shall stand. 8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom : but he that is of a perverse betro shall be despised. G6
II, x111. The firqise of virtue, &c. 521. 9. He that is despised, and hath a ser
| yant, is better than, he that honoureth | himself, and lacketh bread.
| 10. A righteous man regardeth the life
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Juke. 2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth : but the soul of the transgressors shall cat violence. * He that keepeth his mouth keepeth
nt shall bear shall be under
522 Of righteousness, riches, &c. PROV
'ERBS, Of wisdom, folly, &c.
but the foolishness of fools is folly.
25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies. 26 In the fear of the Lo R D is strong confidence: and his children shall have | a place of refuge,
of rurath, offiression, &c. CHAP.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. 28. In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince. 29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding : but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. 30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. 31 He that oppresseth the poor re. proacheth his §. but he |. honoureth him hath mercv on the poor. 32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death. 33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding : but that which is in the midst of fools is made known. 34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. 35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame. CHAP. XV. A SOFT answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright : but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. 3 The eyes of the Lor D are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. 4A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. 5A fooldespiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. 6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure : but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble. 7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge : but the heart of the foolish doeth not So. 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lo R D : but the prayer of the upright is his delight. , 9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lo R D : but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. 10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way : and he that hateth reproof shall die. 11 Hell and destruction are before the Lord : h - much more then the hearts of the children of men 2 12A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise. 13 A merry heart ... a cheerful countenance : but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. 14 The heart of him that hath understanding secketh knowledge : but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. 15. All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is cf a merry heart hath a continual feast,
16 Better is little with the fear of the Lor D, than great treasure and trouble there with. 17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred there with. 18A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. 19 The way of the slothful man is as on hedge of thorns : but the way of the righteous is made plain. 20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. 21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom : but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. 22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed : but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. 23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth : and a word ofioken in due season, how good is it ! 24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. 25 The Lorio will destroy the house of the proud : but he will establish the borcler of the widow. 26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lor D : but the words of the pure are pleasant words. * 27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house ; but he that hateth gifts shall live. 28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things 29 The Lok D is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. 30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat. 31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. 32 He that restiseth instruction despiseth his own soul : but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. 33 The fear of the Lo R p is the instruction of wisdom ; and before honour
is humility. CHAP. XVI. THE preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord. 2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LoRD weighctl. the spirits. §§oi. thy works unto the LoRD, and thy thoughts shall be established. . . 4 The Los D hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of oi 5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LoR D : though hand join in hand, he shall not be un
524 God trieth the heart. 6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lon D men depart from evil. 7 When a man's ways please the LoRD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right. 9 * man's heart deviseth his way: but the LoRD directeth his steps. 10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment. 11 A just weight and balance are the LoRD’s : all the weights of the bag are his work. 12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness : for the throne is established by righteousness. 13 Righteous lips are the o ofkings; and they love him that speaketh right. 14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of de th: but a wise man will pacify it. 15 in the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain. 16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold P and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver ? | 17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil : he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. | 18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil
with the proud. 20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find : and whoso trusteth in the LoRD, happy is he. 21 The wise in heart shall be called rudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. 22 Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. 23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. 24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. 25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. 26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him. 27. An ungodly man diggeth up evil : and in his lips there is as a burning fire. 28 A froward man soweth strife : and a whisperer separateth chief friends. 29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good 30 ward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass. -
He shutteth his eves to devise frc- |
Of righteousness, justice, &c. 31. The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of lighteousness. 32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty ; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city. 33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lorp. CHAP. XVII. B.T. is a dry morsel, and quietness there with, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. 2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brothl'en. 3 The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold : but the Lord trieth the hearts. 4. A wicked doer giveth heed to false
tongue. 5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. 6 Children's children are the crown of old men ; and the glory of children are their fathers. 7 Excellent speech becomethnot a fool: much less do lying lips a prince. 8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it : whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. 9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love: but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. 10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. 11 An evil man sceketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. 13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. 15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lo R.D. 16. Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdon , seeing he hath no heart to o; 17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend. 19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seekcth destruction. | 20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no *. : and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischicf.
Use and abuse of the tongue.
21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow ; and the father of a fool hath no Joy.
22 Amerry heart doeth good like a medicine : but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judg:
Inent. 24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. 26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity. 27. He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of under
standing. CHAP. XVIII. Tool desire a man, having separated himself, secketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom. 2 A fool hath no delight in underong. but that his heart may discover itself. 3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach. 4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the well-spring of wisdom as a flowing brook. 5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. 7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lins are the snare of his soul. 8 The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. 10 The name of the Lord is a stron tower: the righteous runneth into it, an is safe. 11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit. 12 Before destruction the heart of man is ho , and before honour is humility. 13. He à: answeretha matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. 14 The spirit of a man will sustain
his infirmity ; but a wounded spirit who
can bear 2 15 The heart of the P knowledge: and the ear o eth knowledge. 16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
rudent getteth the wise seek
Of the floor, rich, &c. 525 | 17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just ; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him. 18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty. 19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city; and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. 20. A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth ; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall. eat the fruit thereof. 22 JWhoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord. 23 The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly. 24. A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly : and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. CHAP. XIX. ETTER is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. " 2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth. 3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LoRD. 4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour. 5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. 6 Many will entreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. 7 All the brethren of the poor do hatc him : how much more do his friends go far from him 2 he pursueth them wit/. words, yet they are wanting to him. 8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good. 9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish. 10 Delight is not seemly for a fool : much less for a servant to have rule over princes. 11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. 12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass. 13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are | a continual dropping. | 14 House and riches are the inheritance | of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LoRD. | 15 Slothfulness casteth into a deepsleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.