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CHAPTER XIV."

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

Maker;
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

feast.

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

thorns;
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

established.

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