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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 the perverse mouth do I hate.
“ Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom,
I am understanding; I have strength.
“ By me kings reign,

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

“ And all they that hate me love death."


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,

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