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528 The uncertainty of riches, &c. PROVERBS.

21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee * 22 loob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate : 23 For the LoRD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. 24 Make no friendship with an an man: and with a furious man thou shalt

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not go : 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul. 26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts. 27. If thou hast nothin should he take away thy §. thce 2 28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. 29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean mem. CHAP. XXIII. HEN thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before

thee : 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetic. 3 Be not desirous of his dainties : for they are deceitful meat. 4 Labour not to be rich : cease from 4hine own wisdom. 5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not 2 for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an cagle toward heaven. Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dog meats : o 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thcc; but his heart is not with thee. 8 The morsel. Twhich thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. 9 Speak not in the ears of a fool : for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. 10 Remove not the old landmärk; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless : 11 For their redeemer is mighty ; he shall plead their cause with thee. i 12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. 13 Withhold not correction from the child; for is thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 14 Thou shalt heat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. 15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. 16 Yea, may reins shall rejoice, when thv lips speak right things. 17 let not thine heast envy sinners:

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Qf drunkenness, envy, &c. but be thou in the fear of the Lord all thc day long, 18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. 19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. 20 Be not among wine-bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty : and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. 22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not ; also wisdom, and instruction, and understand

ingo. §4 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. 25 Thy father and thy mothershall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. 26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. 27 For an whore is a deep ditch ; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. 28 She alsoliethin waitas for aprey, and increaseth the transgressors among men. 29 Who hath woe 2 who hath sorrow * who hath contentions 2 who hath babbling who hath wounds without cause * who hath redness of eyes 2 30 They that tarry long at the wine ; they that go to seek mixed wine. 31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. $2 At the last it biteth iike a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 33 Thine cyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. S4 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. 35 They have stricken me, shalt thout say, and I was not sick ; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. CHAP. XXIV. 8 F. not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them : 2 For their heart studicth destruction, and their lips 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 is strong ; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. 6 *.*. wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety. 7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he opencih not his mouth in the gate.

Fear God, and honour the king. CHAP. xxv.

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 small. 11 If thou folbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain ; 12 If thousayest, Behold, we knewitnot; doth not he that pondereth the heart considerit o' and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it 2 and shall not he render to every man according to his works 13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good ; and the honey-comb, which is sweet to thy taste: 14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul : when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off. 15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the rightcous; spoil not his resting-place: 16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again : but the wicked shall fall into mischief. 17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth : 18 Lest the Lord see it, and it dislease him, and he turn away his wrath rom him. 19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou &nvious at the wicked; 20 For there shall be no reward to the evil mun , the candie of the wicked shall be put out. 21 My son, fear thou the Lop D and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: 22 For their calimity shall rise suddenly; and whoknoweth the ruinof them both? 23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. , 24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: 25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon thern. .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 resider 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 ;

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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. 33 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 thy want as an arm

ed man. CHAP. XXV. 1 Observations on kings, 8 and about avoiding of quarrels, and sundry causes thereof. HESE are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out. 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing : but the honour 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 throne shall be established in righteousness. 6. Put no forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great on to :

thee, Come up hither ; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen. 8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou A now not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hathput theetoshame. 9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: 10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away. 11. A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures cf silver. 12.4s an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear. 13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a 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 and wind without rain. 15 By long forbearing is a prince per

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there with, and vomit it. 17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neigh

bour's house ; test he be weary of thee,

and so hate thee, 13 A man that beareth false witness

7 For better it is that it be said unto 530 Of fools, sluggards, ag inst his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow. 19 Considence 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 hea upon his head, and the ward thee. 23 The north wind driveth away rain: so dosh an angry countenance a backbiting tongue. 34. It is better to dwell in a corner of the house-top, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house. 25 .1s cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. 36 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 :

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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 his own conceit. 6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. 7. The legs cf the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. 9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouti, of fools. 10 The great Go! that formed all

things both rewardeth the fool, and re

wardeth transgressors. 11. As a dog returneth to his vomit, so

a fool reurneth to his folly.

12 Seest thou a man wise in his own || conceit * there is more hope of a fool than of him. |

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uon in the way: a lion is in the streets. 14 .1s the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom ; it seen him to bring it again to his mouth. 16 The sluggardis wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a

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17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a d g by the ears. 18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport 2 20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no tale-bearer, the strife ceaseth. 21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire ; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. 22 The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. 24. He that hateth dissembleth with his

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25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. - * 26 Pl'hose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. 27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein : and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. 28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it ; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. CHAP. XXVII. 1 Observations of self love, 5 of true love, 11 of care to avoid offences, 23 and of the household care. OAST not thyself of to-morrow ; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. - 2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth ; a stranger, and not thine own lips. 3. A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both. 4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy 2 5 Open rebuke is better than secret love. 6 Faihful are the wounds of a friend ; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. 7. The full soul loatineth an honey-comb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. 8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from 9 Ointment and perfume rejoice une, heart : So doth the sweetness of a man's friend oy hearty counsel. 10 Thine own fiend, and thy father's friend, forsake not ; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a or that is near, than a brother far o 11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glid, that I may answer him that reproacheth me. 12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. 13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange Wonnan. 14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him. 15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. 16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand zwhich bewrayeth itself. 17 Iron sharpeneth iron ; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. 18 Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured. 19 As in water face ansovereth to face, so the heart of man to man. 20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

13 The slothful man saith, There is a his place.

Observations on true love, &c. CIIAP. xxv.111.

21 As the fining-pot for silver, and the

furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise. 22 Though thou shouldest bray a foolin a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him. 23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy fiocks, and look well to thy herds. 24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation 2 25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the Inountains are gathered. 26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. 27 And thou shalt have goats milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for maintenance for thy

maidens. CHAP. XXVIII. General observations of impiety and religious integrity. To wicked flee when no man sueth: but the righteous are as a lion. 2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged. 3. A poor man that oppre-seth the poor is "ke a sweeping rain which leaveth no food. o

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On impiety and integrity. 531 4. They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. 5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lok D understand all things. 6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. 7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father. . 8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. 9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. 10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession. 11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit ; but the that hath understanding o him out. 12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hid 13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. 14 Happy is the man that feareth always : but he that hardcneth his heart shall fall into mischief. 15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people. 16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he ...ital covetousness shall prolong his days. 17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him. 18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall Le saved : but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once. 19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain fiersons shall have poverty enough. 20. A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. 21 To have respect of persons is not good: for, for a piece of bread that man will transgress. 22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him. §3. He that rebuketh a man afterward shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue, 24 Whoso robbeth his father or his | mother, and saith, It is no transgression; # the same is the companion of a destroyer. 25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat. 26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. 27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack : but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. 28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase. CHAP. XXIX. 1 Observations of hublick government, 15 and of frivate. 22 Of anger, firide, thievery, cowardice, and corrushtion. E. that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. 2. When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bearesh rule, the people mourn. 3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father : but he that keepeth company with harl, is spendeth his substance. 4 The king by judgment establisheth the land : but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it. 5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet. 6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice. 7. The righteous considereth the cause of the poor : but the wicked regardeth not to know it. 8 Scornful men bring a city into a , snare: but wise men turn away wrath. 9 If a wise, man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest. 10 The blood-thirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul. 11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. 12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked. 13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LoRD lighteneth both their eves. 14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever. 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mo her to shame. 16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth : but the rightcous shall see their fall. 17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. 18 Where there is no vision, the people erish : but he that keepeth the law, appy is he. 19 A servant will not be corrected by

s32 of hubick government, &c. PROVERBs.

Of anger, firide, &c. words: for though he understand he will not answer. 20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. 21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length. 22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. 23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the i. in spirit. 24 Whosois partner with a thief hateth his own soul : he heareth cursing, and be wraveth it not. 25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. 26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the Lo R.D. 27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked. CHAP. XXX. 1 Agur's confession of his faith. 7 The two foints of his firayer. 10 The meanest are not to be wronged. 11 Four wicked generations. 15 Four things insatiable. 17 Parents are not to be desfiised. 181'our things hard to be known. 21 Four things intolerahle. 24 Four things exceeding rvise. 29 Four things stately. 32 l/'rath is to be fireventral. # words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal, 2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man. 3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy. 4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended ? who hath gathered the wind in his fists 2 who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth 2 what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell? 5 lovery word of God is pure: he is a .." unto them that put their trust in linn. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. 7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I q.e.: 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lo R D 2 or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in train. 10 Accuse not a servant unto his

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