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1 EVERY wise woman (wife) buildeth her house;

But the foolish pulleth it down with her hands.. 2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth Jehovah;

But he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride;

But the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

4 Where no oxen are the crib is clean ;

But much produce is by the strength of the ox. 5 A faithful witness will not lie;

But a false witness will utter lies. 6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not; But knowledge is easy to him that hath under

standing. 7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, When thou perceivest not in him the lips of know

ledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his

way; But the folly of fools is deceitful. 9 Fools make a mock at sin;

But among the upright there is favour.

10 The heart knoweth its own bitterness;

And a stranger doth not intermeddle with its joy. 11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown;

But the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man;

But the end thereof are the ways of death.

13 Even by laughter the heart is made sorrowful;

And the end of mirth is sadness.

14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his

own ways; And a good man shall be filled with his. 15 The simple believeth every word; • But a prudent man considereth his going.

16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil; 1 But the fool transgresseth, and is confident.

17 He that is soon angry acteth foolishly; . And a man of wicked devices is hated. 18 The simple inherit folly;

But the prudent shall be crowned with knowledge.

19 The evil bow before the good;

And the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor is hated even by his own neighbour; X But the rich have many friends.

21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth ;

But he that hath mercy on the poor-happy is he. 22 Do they not err that devise evil ? But mercy and truth shall be to them that devise

good. 23 In all labour there is profit; .

But the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

; . Among 24 The crown of the wise is their riches; . But the opulence of fools is folly.

25 A faithful witness delivereth souls;

But a deceitful witness speaketh lies. 26 In the fear of Jehovah is strong confidence;

And his children shall have a place of refuge. 27 The fear of Jehovah is a fountain of life,

To avoid the snares of death. 28 In the multitude of people is the king's honour; But in the want of people is the destruction of the

prince. 29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding ;

But he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. 30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh;

But envy the rottenness of the bones. 31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his

But he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness;

But the righteous hath hope in his death. 33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath

understanding; But that which is in the midst of fools is known.

34 Righteousness exalteth a nation;

But sin is a reproach to any people.

35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant;

But his wrath is against him that causeth shame. CHAPTER XV.

1 A soft answer turneth away wrath ;

But grievous words stir up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise maketh knowledge agree- !

able; But the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. 3 The eyes of Jehovah are in every place,

Beholding the evil and the good. 4 The healing medicine of the tongue is a tree of life;

But perverseness therein afflicteth the spirit. 5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction;

But he that regardeth reproof becometh prudent. 6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure;

But in the revenues of the wicked is trouble. 7 The lips of the wise disseminate knowledge;

But the heart of the foolish doeth not so. 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to

Jehovah; But the prayer of the upright is his delight. 9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to

Jehovah; But he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. 10 Correction is grievous to him that forsaketh the way;

And he that hateth reproof shall die.
11 Hades and the seats of destruction are open to

Jehovah ;
How much more the hearts of the children of men?

12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him,

Neither will he go unto the wise.

13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance;

But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh

• knowledge ;
But the mouth of fools feedeth on folly.

15 All the days of the afflicted are evil; But he that is of a merry heart hath a continual


16 Better is a little with the fear of Jehovah,

Than great treasure, and trouble therewith.

17 Better is a repast of herbs where love is,

Than a stalled ox, and hatred therewith.

18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife;

But be that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

19 The way of the slothful man is like an hedge of

But the way of the righteous is made plain.

20 A wise son maketh a glad father ;

But a foolish man despiseth his mother.

21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom ;

But a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

· 22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed ;

But in the multitude of counsellors they are


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