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3 Jehovah will not suffer the righteous to famish;

But he casteth off the iniquity of the wicked.

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4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand;

But the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son;
But he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that

causeth shame.
6 Blessings are upon the head of the righteous ;

But violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

7 The memory of the righteous is blessed;

But the name of the wicked shall rot.

8 The wise of heart will admit precepts;

But a prating fool shall fall.

9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely;

But he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow;

But a prating fool shall fall. 11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life;

But violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

12 Hatred stirreth up strifes ;

But love covereth all sins.

13 In the lips of the intelligent wisdom is found; But a rod is for the back of him that is void of


14 The wise treasure up knowledge ;

But destruction is near the mouth of the foolish.

15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city;

But the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life ;

But the produce of the wicked to destruction.

17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction;

But he that refuseth reproof erreth.

18 He that concealeth hatred hath lying lips; . And he that uttereth slander is a fool.

19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin ; ,

But he that refraineth his lips acts wisely. 20 The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver;

But the heart of the wicked is of little worth. 21 The lips of the righteous instruct many;

But fools die through the want of understanding. 22 The blessing of Jehovah ! it maketh rich ;

And he addeth not sorrow with it. 23 As it is a pleasure to a fool to do mischief;

So is wisdom a pleasure to a man of understanding. 24 The fear of the wicked! it shall come upon him;

But the desire of the righteous shall be granted. 25 When the tempest beats, the wicked are no more;

But the righteous have an everlasting foundation. 26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes;

So is a sluggard to them that send him. 27 The fear of Jehovah prolongeth days; · But the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

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28 The hope of the righteous is joyful; }

But the expectation of the wicked shall perish. 29 The way of Jehovah is strength to the upright; · But destruction to the workers of iniquity. 30 The righteous shall never be removed;

But the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. 31 The mouth of the righteous bringeth forth wisdom;

But the perverse tongue shall be cut out. 32 The lips of the righteous love what is acceptable;

But the mouth of the wicked loveth perverseness.

CHAPTER XI. 1 A PALSe balance is an abomination to Jehovah ;

But a just weight is his delight. 2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame;

But with the humble is wisdom. 3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them; But the perverseness of transgressors shall de

stroy them. 4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath;

But righteousness delivereth from death. 5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his

way; But the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. 6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver

them; But transgressors shall be taken by their own


7 When a wicked man dieth his hope perisheth;

And the expectation of the unjust perisheth. 8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble ;

And the wicked cometh in his stead. 9 With his mouth the hypocrite destroyeth his

neighbour; But through knowledge shall the just be delivered. 10 At the prosperity of the righteous the city re

But at the destruction of the wicked it exults.

11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted ;

But by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.

12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neigh

bour; But a man of understanding keepeth silence. 13 A talebearer walketh about revealing secrets ; But he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth a


14 Where no counsel is the people fall;

But in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. 15 A man shall suffer when he is surety for a

stranger; But he that hateth suretiship is sure. 16 A benevolent woman obtaineth honour,

As the mighty obtain riches.

17. The merciful man doth good to his own soul;

But he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

18 The wicked toil for a deceitful recompense; .

But he that soweth righteousness has a sure . reward.

19 Certainly righteousness tendeth to life ; But he that pursueth veil, pursueth it to his own

death. 20 The perverse of heart are an abomination to

Jehovah; But the upright in their way are his delight. A 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 right,

but yet it tendeth to poverty; 25 The liberal soul shall be made fat;

And he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

26 He that withholdeth corn the people will curse

him; But blessing shall be upon the head of him that

selleth it.

27 He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favour;

But he that searcheth evil, it shall come unto him. 28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall ;

But the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

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