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and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. 15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. 16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. 17. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. 18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. . 19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will heartheir cry, and will save them. 20 The Lo RD preserveth all them that love him : but all the wicked will he destroy. 21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LoRD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. PSAL. CXLVI. 1 The fisalinist voweth fier/irtual/iraises to God. 3 He erhorseth not to trust in man. 5 God for his flower, justice, mercy, and kingdom, is only worthy to be trusted in. RAISE ye the LoRD. LoRD, O my soul.
2. While I live will I praise the Lord : |
H will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. 3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his - thoughts perish. 5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LoRD his God: 6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: 7 Which executeth judgment for the cppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. ... The Lord looseth the prisoners: 8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lond raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lok D loveth the righttous: 9 The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatheriess and widow : but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. 10 The LoRD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord. PSAL. CXLVII. 1 Thefiroshet exhortethto/iraise God for his care ofthe church, 4 his/hower, 6 and his mercy; 7 for his firovidence; 12 for his blessings usion the kingdom ; 16 for his flower over the meteors ; 19 and for his ordinances in the church. RAISE ye the Lord ; for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it
pleasant ; and praise is comely. 2 The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. 3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. 4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. 5 Great is our LoRD, and of great power : his understanding is infinite. 6 The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. 7 Sing unto the Lo RD with thanksgiving ; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: 8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. 9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. 10 He lion not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. 11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. 12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem ; praise thy God, O Zion. 13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee. - 14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. 15 He sendeth forth his commandment usion earth: his word runneth very swiftly. 16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes. 17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? 18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them : he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow. 19 Heslieweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. 20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise we the Lok D. PSAL. CXLVIII. 1 The /salmist erhorteth the celestial, 7 the terrestrial, 11 and the rational creatures to fraise God. RAISE, ye the Lord. Praiseye the LoRD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all i. hosts. 3 Praiseye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. 5 Let them praise the name of the LoRD : for he commanded, and they were created.
6 He hath also stablished them for
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ever and ever : he hath made a decree which shall not pass. 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: 8 Fire, and hail ; snow, and vapour ; stormv wind fulfilling his word : 9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars : 10 Beasts, and all cattle ; creeping things, and flying fowl : 11 Kings of the earth, and all people ; princes, and all judges of the earth : 12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: 13 Let them praise the name of the LoR D : for his name alone is excellent ; his glory is above the earth and heaven. 14. He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints ; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LoRD. PSAL. CXLIX. 1 The firoshet exhorteth to fraise God for his love to the church,5and for that flower which he hath given to the church. RAISEye the LoRD. Sing unto the LoRD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of Saints. 2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him : let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3 Let them praise his name in the dance : let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people : he will beautify the meek with | Salvation. 5 Let the saints be joyful in glory : let them sing aloud upon their beds. 6 Let the high/raises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand ; 7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; 8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute upon them the judgment written : this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lor D. | PSAL. CL. 1 An earhortation to firaise God, 3 with all Aind of instruments. HD RAISE ye the LoR D. Praise God in - his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. | .2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet : praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him * the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cym
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CHAP. I. 1The use of thefiroverbs. 7.4n exhortation to fear God, and believe his word: 10 to avoid the enticings of sinners. 20 losisdom com/laineth of her contempt : 24 she threateneth her contemmers. Th; proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity ; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the yoko knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning ; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation ; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 7 * The fear of the Lor D is the beginning of knowledge : but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy ‘mother : 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
10 T My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave ; and, whole, as those that go down into the pit: 13 We shall find all precious substance. we shall fill our houses with spoil: 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse : 15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them ; refrain thy foot from their path : 16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain ; nihich taketh away the life of the owners thereof. 20 "I Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets : ` 21 She crieth in the chief place of con
course, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 22 How lo; ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight o oir scorning, and fools hate knowlge : 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused ; I-have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded ; 25 But ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind ; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer ; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lok D : 30 They would none of my counsel : they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33 But whosohearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear
Wisdom threateneth her contemmers. Ch Ap. 11, 111. She fromiseth direction. 515 PROVERBS. Solomon fiersuades to obedience.
of evil. * CHAP. II. 1 Wisdom fromiseth godliness to her children, 10 and safety from evil comfiany, 20 and direction in good ways. Y son, if thou wilt receive my words, th and hide my commandments with ce; 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 voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear § the Lo RD, and find the knowledge of od. 6 For the Lo RD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh 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. 9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity ; yea, every good path. 10 s. 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 of the wicked ; 15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: 16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words ; 17. Which forsakoth the guide of her i youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her | God. 18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. 20 That thou mavest 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 perfect shall remain in it. 22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. HAP. III. 1 An exhortation to obedience, 5 to faith, 7 to mortification, 9 to devotion, 11 to flatience. 13 The has/ly gain of ovisdom. 19 The flower, 21 and benefits of wisdom. 27.1n exhortation to charitableness, 30 ficaceableness, 31 and contentedness. 33 The cursed state of the quicked. MY son, forget not my law ; but let thine heart keep my commandlinents : 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck ; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and loan. 5 T Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 || Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 9 Honour the Lor D with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine increase : 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out
with new wine. - 11 * My son, despise not the chasten516. The benefits of wisdom.
ing of the Lord ; neither be weary of his Correction: 12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth ; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. 13 || Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 14 For the merchandize of it is better than the merchandize 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 upon her; and happy is every one that retaineth her. 19 The Lok D by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. 20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. 21 || My son, let not them depart from thine eyes : keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. 23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot 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 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 from them to whom it is due, 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, secing he dwelleth securely by thee. 30 s Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. 31 "I Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways, 32 For the froward is abomination to the LoR D : but his secret is with the righteous. 33 || The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked : but he blesseth the habitation of the just. g 34 || Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but
shame shall be the promotion of fools.
CHAP. IV. 1 Solomon, to fiersuade to obedience, 3 sheveth what instruction he had of his flarents, 5 and to study wisdom, 14 and to shun the fath of the rvicked. 20. He exhorteth to faith, 23 and sanctification. EAR, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3 For I was my father's son, tender and only he/oved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not ; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 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 loxalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 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 ; and 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 go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn 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 's My son, attend to my words; incline thine car 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 health to all their flesh. 23 || Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. 24, Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from
Solomon recommends wisdom.
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. CHAP. V. 1 Solomon eachortets, to the study of wisdom. 3 He shew, th the mischief of whoredom and riot. 15 /fe erhorted/ to contentedness, liberality, and chastity. 22 The wicked overtaken ovith their own sins. M’. son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: 2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. 3 * For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil ; 4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Wi. feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. 6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. 7 Hear me now therefore, O ye chil
dren, and depart not from the words of
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 labours be in the house of a stranger ; 11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body 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 congregation and assembly. 15 "I Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running watcrs out of thine own Ywell. 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 thee. 18 Let thy fountain be blessed : and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe ; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. 20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger ? 21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lok D, and he pondereth all his goings. 22 *. His own iniquities shall take thco
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wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. 23 He shall die without instruction ;
| and in the greatness of his folly he shall
aStray. go y CHAP. VI. 1 Against suretis/lift, 6 idleness, 12 and mischievousness, 20 The blessings of odedience. 25 The mischief of whoredom. Y son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thcu hast strickcn thy hand with a stranger, 2 Thou art snarcd with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thv mouth. 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. 5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. 6 "I Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Winich having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Providcth her meat in the summer, d gathereth her food in the harvest. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep 2 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep : 11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. 12 || A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. 13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his
14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually ; he soweth discord. 15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly ; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy. 16 || These six thing's doth the Lon D hate : yea, seven are an abomination unto him : 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 Anheart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. 20 * My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother : 21 Bid them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. 22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee;