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For the way of the wicked is as darkness;They know not at what they stumble:But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light,
That shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
I, Wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling,
And find out knowledge and discretion.
Counsel is mine, and sound knowledge:
I am understanding; I have might.
By me kings reign,
And princes decree justice.
By me princes rule,
And nobles, even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me;
And those that seek me diligently shall find me.
Riches and honour are with me;
Yea, durable wealth and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold;
And my increase than choice silver.
I walk in the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice;
That I may cause those that love me to inherit
substance, And that I may fill their treasuries.
The Lord formed me in the beginning of his way,
Before his works of old.
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Or ever the earth was.
When there were no depths, I was brought forth;When there were no fountains abounding with water.
Now therefore, my sons, hearken unto me; For blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, And refuse it not.
For he that sinneth against me wrongeth his
own soul; All that hate me love death: But whoso findeth me findeth life.
PROVERBS XX, XXIII, XXXI
Woe unto them that rise up early in the morn-
And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe,
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink,
drunken also, That thou mayest behold their shame! Thou art filled with shame, and not with glory: Yea, foul shame shall be upon thee. For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, And the destruction of the beasts shall terrify
thee, Because of men's blood, and for the violence done
to the land, To the city and to all that dwell therein.
Who hath woe? who hath sorrow?
Who hath contentions? who hath babbling?
Who hath wounds without cause?
Who hath redness of eyes?
They that tarry long at the wine:
They that go to seek mixt wine.
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red,
When it giveth its colour in the cup,
When it goeth down smoothly.
At the last it biteth like a serpent,
And stingeth like an adder.
Thine eyes shall behold strange things,
And thy lips shall utter perverse words.
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And guide thine heart in the way. Be not amongst winebibbers;Amongst gluttonous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty,
How beyond all price is the virtuous woman!
Yea, her value is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband trusteth in her,
And he shall have no need of spoil.
She doeth him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeketh wool and flax,
And worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchant-ships;
She bringeth her bread from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night,
And giveth food to her household, And their task to her maidens. She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness. She considereth a field, and buyeth it; With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
She girdeth herself with strength, And maketh strong her arms. She layeth her hands to the distaff, And her hands hold the spindle. She is not afraid of the snow for her household;For all her household are clothed with scarlet. As for her, strength and dignity are her clothing;
And she laugheth at the time to come.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor;
Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
And the law of kindness is on her tongue.
Her children rise up, and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praiseth her, saying:
Many daughters have done worthily,
But thou excellest them all.
Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain;
But a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands;And let her works praise her in the gates.