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19 “ For the master is not at home,
“ He is gone a long journey; 20 “ He hath taken a purse of money with him,
“ And will come home at the time appointed.” 21 She allured hiin with her much-persuasive speech,
With the flattery of her lips she seduced him. 22 He follows her immediately,
As an ox goeth to the slaughter,
Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, 23 Till a dart strike through his liver;
Or as a bird hasteth to the snare,
And knoweth not that it is set for its life. 24 And now, O youths, hearken unto me,
And attend to the words of my mouth ; 25 Let not thine heart incline to her ways;
Go not astray in her paths. 26 For she hatủ cast down many wounded, ! And very many are all those that have been slain
by her. 27 Her house is the way to Hades,
Going down to the chambers of death.
1 Doth not wisdom make proclamation?
And understanding send forth her voice? . 2 On the top of the high places by the ways; .
In the paths she taketh up her station : 3 At the gates, at the entrance of the city,
At the door-ways she exclaimeth ; 4 “ To you, O men, I make proclamation ;
“And my voice is addressed to the sons of men.
5. " O ye simple, exercise prudence;
“ And, ye fools, be of an understanding heart. 6 “ Hear, for I will speak excellent things, “And the opening of my lips shall be right
things. . 7 “ For my mouth shall speak truth ;
“And wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8" Righteous are all the words of my mouth;
“ There is nothing in them crooked or perverse. 9 “ They are all plain to him that understandeth,
“ And right to them that find knowledge. 10 “ Receive my instruction, and not silver,
“And knowledge rather than fine gold: . 11 “ For wisdom is better than gems, “And all the things that can be desired are not
to be compared to it.
12 “ I Wisdom dwell with prudence;
“I present the knowledge of discreet things. 13 “ The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil;
“ Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way,
“And princes decree justice. 16 “ By me princes rule,
“ And all the judges of the earth are illustrious. 17 “ I love them that love me,
" And those that seek me diligently shall find me. 18 “ Riches and honour are with me;
“ Even durable riches, and righteousness.
19 “ My fruit is better than gold, even solid gold;
" And my produce than choice silver. 20 “ I march in the way of righteousness,
“ In the midst of the paths of justice; 21 “ That I may cause those that love me to inherit
true riches; “ And that I may make their treasures full. 22 “ Jehovah possessed me, the Beginning of his way,
“ Before his works of old. 23.“ I was anointed from everlasting,
“ From the beginning, before the world was. 24 “ When there were no depths I was born; / “ When there were no fountains abounding with
water. 25 “ Before the mountains were settled,
“ Before the hills were, I was born. / 26 “ While he had not yet made the earth, nor the
plains, “ Nor the summits of the dust of the world. 27 “ When he prepared the heavens, I was there ; ; “ When he traced out the circle above the face
of the deep; 28 “ When he established the clouds above;
“ When he strengthened the fountains of the deep; 29 “ When he gave to the sea its bounds,
“ That the waters should not pass its limits; !
“ When he traced out the foundations of the earth ; 30.“ Then , the Fabricator, was by him;
“ And I was his daily delight,
“ Rejoicing always in his sight; 31 “ Rejoicing in his whole creation;
“ But my delight is with the sons of men..
32 “ And now, O children, hearken unto me,
“For happy are they that keep my ways. 33.“ Hear instruction, and be wise,
“ And reject it not. 34.“ Happy is the man that heareth me,
“ Watching daily at my gates,
“ Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 “ For he that findeth me findeth life,
“ And shall obtain favour from Jehovah; 36 “ But he that wanders from me injures his own
I WISDOM bath built her house ;
She hath hewn out her seven pillars; 2 She hath killed her fatlings;
She hath mingled her wine;
She hath also furnished her table; 3 She hath sent forth her maidens;
She proclaimeth upon the highest places of the city 4 “ Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither;"
To him that wanteth understanding, she saith, 5 “ Come, eat of my bread,
“And drink of the wine which I have mingled; 6 “ Forsake the foolish, and live;
“ And go in the way of understanding. 7 “ He that reproveth a scomer getteth disgrace,
“And he that showeth the wicked his faults. 8 “ Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee:
“ Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 “Give reproof to a wise man, and he will become
still wiser, “ Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in
true knowledge, 10 “ The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; “ And the knowledge of the Holy-One is under
standing. 11 “ For by me thy days shall be multiplied,
“And the years of thy life shall be increased.' 12 “ If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself;
“ But if thou be a scorner, thou alone shall bear ī the punishment." 13 A foolish woman is clamorous,
She is simple, and regardeth nothing; ! 14 And she sitteth at the door of her house,
On a lofty seat, in the high places of the city, 15 Inviting the passengers,
Who are proceeding on their ways; saying, 16 “ Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither;"
And to him that wanteth understanding, she saith, 17 “ Stolen waters are sweet,
“And the bread of concealment is pleasant." 18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there,
That her guests are in the depths of Hades,
1 The Proverbs of Solomon.
A wise son maketh a glad father ;
But a foolish son is the grief of his mother. 2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing;
Bụt righteousness delivereth from death,