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13 Withhold not correction from a child; When thou beatest him with the rod he shall not ·

die. 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod,

And shalt deliver his soul from Hades.

15 My son, if thy heart be wise,

My heart shall rejoice, even mine. 16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice,

When thy lips speak right things.

17 Let not thine heart envy sinners; But be thou in the fear of Jehovah all the day

long. 18 For surely there is a reward;}

And thy expectation shall not be cut off.

19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise,

And guide thine heart in the way.

20 Be not thou among wine-bibbers, Among those who are lavish of flesh upon them-/

selves. 21 For the drunkard and glutton shall come to poverty;

And drowsiness shall clothe itself with rags. 22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee;

And despise not thy mother when she is old.

23 Buy truth, and sell it not,

Also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. 24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice; And he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy

of him.

25 Therefore thy father and thy mother shall be glad;

And she that bare thee shall rejoice.

26 My son, give me thine heart,

And let thine eyes rejoice in my ways. 27 For a whore is a deep pit;

And a harlot is a narrow pit. 28 She also lieth in wait as a robber ;

And increaseth the transgressors among men.

29 Who hath woe? Who hath concupiscence? |

Who hath contentions? Who hath anxiety? /
Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath red-

ness of eyes?
30 They that tarry long at the wine ;

They that go to seek mixed wine. 31 Look not thou on the wine when it is red; When it sparkles in the cup, and goeth down

pleasantly. 32 At the last it will bite like a serpent,

And sting like an adder. 33 Thine eyes will gaze upon harlots; /

And thine heart will utter perverse things. 34 Yea, thou wilt be as he that lieth down in the

midst of the sea; And as he that lieth on the top of a mast. 35 Thou shalt say, “ They have stricken me, but I I felt no pain; “ They have beaten me, but I perceived it not: “ When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”


1 Envy thou not evil men;

Neither desire to be with them.

2 For their heart studieth destruction ;.

And their lips talk of mischief. 3 Through wisdom is a house builded ;

And by understanding it is established. 4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled,

With all precious and pleasant riches.

5 A wise man is strong;

And a man of knowledge increaseth strength. 6 For by wise counsel thou shalt wage thy war; And in the multitude of counsellors there is


7 Wisdom is too high for a fool;

He openeth not his mouth in the gate.

8 He that deviseth to do evil,

Shall be called a malicious person.

9 An evil thought is sin;

And the scorner is an abomination to men.

10 Dost thou faint in the day of adversity?

Let adversity give thee strength.

11 Deliver them that are hurried away unto death, And them that are about to be slain. If thou

- forbear;

12 Although thou say, “ Behold, we know not this

.man;" Will not be that weigheth the heart consider it ? And will not he that keepeth thy soul know it? And will he not render to every man according to

his works?

13 My son, as thou eatest honey because it is good,

And as the honeycomb is sweet to thy taste; 14 So let the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: When thou hast found it, then there shall be a re

And thy expectation shall not be cut off.

15 Lay not wait, 0 wicked man, against the dwel

ling of the righteous, And demolish not his resting-place: 16 For the righteous man falleth seven times, and

riseth up again ; But the wicked are overwhelmed with evil.. 17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth ;

And let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth; 18 Lest Jehovah see it, and it displease him;

And he turn away his wrath from him to thee. /

19 Emulate not evil men;

Envy not the wicked: 20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man;

The lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

21 My son, fear thou Jehovah and the king;

Meddle not with them that are given to change: 22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly;

And who knoweth the ruin of them both ?

23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judg

ment. 24 He that saith unto the wicked, “Thou art right

eous ;" Him shall the peoples curse, nations shall abhor

him : 25 But to them that rebuke the wicked shall be favour, And the blessing of the good shall come upon


26 Every man shall kiss his lips,

That giveth a right answer. 27 Prepare thy work without,

And make it ready in the field;

Go afterwards, and build thy house. : 28 Be not witness against thy neighbour without

cause; Neither deceive with thy lips. 29 Say not, “I will do so to him as he hath done

to me; “I will render to every man according to his

work.” 30 I went by the field of the slothful, And by the vineyard of the man void of under

standing; 31 And, lo! it was all grown over with thorns;

Nettles had covered the face thereof,

And the stone wall thereof was broken down. 32 Then I saw, I considered it well;

I looked, I received instruction:

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