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THE PROVERBS

Use of the Proverbs. Caution against being enticed by Sinners 1

The proverbs of Solomon the 5 And whole, as those that go

son of David, king of Israel : down into the pit;, 2 To know wisdom and instruc- 13 We shall find all precious tion;

substance; To discern the words of under We shall fill our houses with standing;

spoil; 3 To receive instruction in wise 14 6 Thou shalt cast thy lot among dealing,

us; In righteousness and justice and We will all have one purse: equity;

15 My son, walk not thou in the 4 To give prudence to the sim way with them ; ple,

Refrain thy foot from their path: To the young man knowledge 16 For their feet run to evil, and discretion :

And they make haste to shed 5 That the wise man may hear, and blood. increase in learning ;

17 For in vain is the net spread And that the man of under In the sight of any bird :

standing may attain unto 18 And these lay wait for their own sound counsels:

blood; 6 To understand a proverb, and la They lurk privily for their own figure,

lives. The words of the wise, and their 19 So are the ways of every one that 2 dark sayings.

is greedy of gain;

It taketh away the life of the 7 The fear of Jehovah is the 3 be owners thereof.

ginning of knowledge; But the foolish despise wisdom 20 Wisdom crieth aloud in the and instruction.

street; 8 My son, hear the instruction of She uttereth her voice in the thy father,

broad places ; And forsake not the 4 law of thy 21 She crieth in the chief place of mother;

concourse : 9 For they shall be a chaplet of At the entrance of the gates, grace unto thy head,

In the city, she uttereth her And chains about thy neck.

words: 10 My son, if sinners entice thee, 22 How long, ye simple ones, will Consent thou not.

ye love simplicity? 11 If they say, Come with us,

And scoffers delight them in Let us lay wait for blood ;

scoffing, Let us lurk privily for the inno And fools hate knowledge ? cent without cause;

23 Turn you at my reproof: 12 Let us swallow them up alive as Behold, I wiil pour out my Sheol,

spirit upon you ;
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Wisdom's Warnings to those who despise her.
I will make known my words And search for her as for hid

treasures :
24 Because have called, and ye 5 Then shalt thou understand the
have refused;

fear of Jehovah, I have stretched out my hand, And find the knowledge of God.

and no man hath regarded ; 6 For Jehovah giveth wisdom; 25 But ye have set at nought all my Out of his mouth cometh knowlcounsel,

edge and understanding: And would none of my reproof: 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for 26 I also will laugh in the day of the upright; your calamity;

3 He is a shield to them that walk I will mock when your fear in integrity; cometh;

8 4 That he may guard the paths of 27 When your fear cometh as

justice, storm,

5 And preserve the way of his And your calamity cometh on saints. as a whirlwind;

9 Then shalt thou understand When distress and anguish come righteousness and justice, upon you.

And equity, yea,

every good 28 Then will they call upon me, but

path. I will not answer ;

10 For wisdom shall enter into thy They will seek me 2 diligently, heart,

but they shall not find me. And knowledge shall be pleas29 For that they hated knowledge, ant unto thy soul; And did not choose the fear of 11 Discretion shall watch over Jehovah,

thee; 30 They would none of my coun

Understanding shall keep thee :

12 To deliver thee from the way of They despised all my reproof;

6 evil, 31 Therefore shall they eat of the

From the men that speak perfruit of their own way,

verse things; And be filled with their own

13 Who forsake the paths of updevices.

rightness, 32 For the backsliding of the simple To walk in the ways of darkness; shall slay them,

14 Who rejoice to do evil, And the careless ease of fools And delight in the perverseness shall destroy them.

of evil; 33 But whoso harkeneth unto me

15 Who are crooked in their ways, shall dwell securely,

And wayward in their paths: And shall be quiet without fear 16 To deliver thee from the strange of evil.

woman,

Even from the foreigner that 2 My son, if thou wilt receive 7 flattereth with her words ; my words,

17 That forsaketh the 8 friend of her And lay up my commandments youth,

And forgetteth the covenant of 2 So as to incline thine ear unto her God : wisdom,

18 For her house inclineth unto And apply thy heart to under death, standing;

And her paths unto 10 the dead ; 3. Yea, if thou cry after discernment,

3 Or, And a shield for &c.
And lift up thy voice for un-

4 Or, That they may keep
5 Or, Yea, he preserveth

6 Or, the evil man
4 If thou seek her as silver,

7 Heb. maketh smooth her words. 8 Orquide

9 Or, she sinketh down unto death, which is 1 Or, desolation 2 Or, early

10 Or, the shades Heb.,

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Exhortations to fear, trust, and obey Jehovah. The Rewards of Wisdom 19 None that go unto her return Neither be weary of his reproof: again,

12 For whom Jehovah loveth he reNeither do they attain unto the proveth, paths of life:

Even as a father the son in whom 20 That thou mayest walk in the he delighteth.

way of good men, And keep the paths of the 13 Happy is the man that findeth righteous.

wisdom, 21 For the upright shall dwell in And the man that "getteth unthe ' land.

derstanding: And the perfect shall remain in 14 For the gaining of it is better it.

than the gaining of silver, 22 But the wicked shall be cut off And the profit thereof than fine from the 1 land,

gold. And the treacherous shall be 15 She is more precious than rubies : rooted out of it.

And none of the things thou

canst desire are to be compared 3 My son, forget not my 2 law;

unto her. But let thy heart keep my com- 16 Length of days is in her right mandments:

hand; * 2 For length of days, and years of In her left hand are riches and life,

honor. And peace, will they add to thee. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasant3 Let not kindness and truth forsake thee:

And all her paths are peace. Bind them about thy neck; 18 She is a tree of life to them that Write them upon the tablet of lay hold upon her: thy heart:

And happy is every one that 4 So shalt thou find favor and retaineth her. 3 good understanding,

19 Jehovah by wisdom founded the In the sight of God and man.

earth; 5 Trust in Jehovah with all thy By understanding he established heart,

the heavens. And lean not upon thine own 20 By his knowledge the depths understanding :

were broken up, 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And the skies drop down the dew.

And he will direct thy paths. 21 My son, let them not depart 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes ;

from thine eyes; Fear Jehovah, and depart from Keep sound wisdom and discreevil:

tion: 8. It will be health to thy navel, 22 So shall they be life unto thy And 5 marrow to thy bones.

soul, 9 Honor Jehovah with thy sub And grace to thy neck. stance,

23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way And with the first-fruits of all securely, thine increase :

And 8 thy foot shall not stumble. 10 So shall thy barns be filled with 24 When thou liest down, thou shalt plenty,

not be afraid : And thy vats shall overflow with Yea, thou shalt lie down, and new wine.

thy sleep shall be sweet. 11 My son, despise not the 6 chas- 25 Be not afraid of sudden fear. tening of Jehovah;

Neither of the 9 desolation of the 1 Or, earth 2 Or, teaching

wicked, when it cometh: 3 Or, good repute 4 Or, make straight (or, plain)

7 Heb. draweth forth. 5 Or, refreshing Heb. moistening.

8 Heb. thou shalt not dash thy foot.

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Sundry Precepts. Paternal Exhortation to walk in Life-giving Ways of Wisdom 26 For Jehovah will be thy confi Forget not, neither decline from dence,

the words of my mouth; And will keep thy foot from be 6 Forsake her not, and she will ing taken.

preserve thee;

Love her, and she will keep thee. 27 Withhold not good from them to 7 7 Wisdom is the principal thing ; whom it is due,

therefore get wisdom; When it is in the power of thy Yea, with all 8 thy getting get hand to do it.

understanding, 28 Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, 8 Exalt her, and she will promote and come again,

thee; And to-morrow I will give;

She will bring thee to honor, When thou hast it by thee.

when thou dost embrace her. 29 Devise not evil against thy neigh- 9 She will give to thy head a chapbor,

let of grace; Seeing he dwelleth securely by

A crown of beauty will she de

liver to thee.
30 Strive not with a man without
cause,

10 Hear, O my son, and receive my If he have done thee no harm.

sayings; 31 Envy thou not the man of vio And the years of thy life shall be lence,

many. And choose none of his ways.

11 I have taught thee in the way of 32 For the perverse is an abomina wisdom ; tion to Jehovah;

I have led thee in paths of upBut his friendship is with the rightness. upright.

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall 33 The curse of Jehovah is in the not be straitened ; house of the wicked ;

And if thou runnest, thou shalt But he blesseth the habitation of

not stumble. 34 ? Surely he scoffeth at the scof- 13 Take fast hold of instruction ; let

her not go :

Keep her; for she is thy life. 3 But he giveth grace unto the 14 Enter not into the path of the

wicked, 35 The wise shall inherit glory;

And walk not in the way of evil But 4shame shall be the promotion of fools.

15 Avoid it, pass not by it;

Turn from it, and pass on. 4 Hear, my sons, the instruction of

16 For they sleep not, except they And attend to know understand

do evil;

And their sleep is taken away, 2 For I give you good doctrine;

unless they cause some to fall. Forsake ye not my 5 law.

17 For they eat the bread of wicked3 For I was a son unto my father,

ness, Tender and 6 only beloved in the 18 But the path of the righteous is

And drink the wine of violence. sight of my mother. 4 And he taught me, and said unto

as the dawning light,

That shineth more and more unto Let thy heart retain my words;

the perfect day. Keep my commandments, dand 19 The way of the wicked is as

darkness : 5 Get wisdom, get understanding;

They know not at what they

stumble. 2 Or, Though 4 Or, fools carry away shame 7 Or, The beginning of wisdom is, Get wisdom 6 Heb. an only one. 8 Or, thou hast gotten

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The Peril of unchaste Love 20 My son, attend to my words ; And depart not from the words Incline thine ear unto my say of my mouth. ings.

8 Remove thy way far from her, 21 Let them not depart from thine And come not nigh the door of eyes;

her house; Keep them in the midst of thy 9 Lest thou give thine honor unto heart.

others, 22 For they are life unto those that And thy years unto the cruel ; find them,

10 Lest strangers be filled with thy And health to all their flesh.

6 strength, 23 Keep thy heart l with all dili And thy labors be in the house of gence;

an alien, For out of it are the issues of life. 11 And thou 7mourn at thy latter 24 Put away from thee a wayward end, mouth,

When thy flesh and thy body are And perverse lips put far from consumed, thee.

12 And say, How have I hated in25 Let thine eyes look right on,

struction, And let thine eyelids look And my heart despised reproof; straight before thee.

13 Neither have I obeyed the voice 26 2 Make level the path of thy of my teachers, feet,

Nor inclined mine ear to them And let all thy ways be 3 estab that instructed me! lished.

14 I was well-nigh in all evil 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to In the midst of the assembly and the left:

congregation. Remove thy foot from evil.

15 Drink waters out of thine own 5

My son, attend unto my wis cistern, dom;

And running waters out of thine Incline thine ear to my under

own well. standing :

16 8 Should thy springs be dispersed 2 That thou mayest preserve dis abroad, cretion,

And streams of water in the And that thy lips may keep streets? knowledge.

17 Let them be for thyself alone, 3 For the lips of a strange woman And not for strangers with drop honey,

thee. And her mouth is smoother than 18 Let thy fountain be blessed ; oil :

And rejoice in the wife of thy 4 But in the end she is bitter as youth. wormwood,

19 As a loving hind and a pleasant Sharp as a two-edged sword.

doe, 5 Her feet go down to death;

Let her breasts satisfy thee at all Her steps take hold on Sheol;

times; 6 4 So that she findeth not the level And 9 be thou ravished always path of life:

with her love. Her ways are unstable, and 5 she 20 For why shouldest thou, my son, knoweth it not.

9 be ravished with a strange

woman, 7 Now therefore, my sons, hearken

And embrace the bosom of a unto me,

foreigner? 1 Or, above all that thou guardest

21 For the ways of man are before 2 Or, Weigh carefully 3 Or, ordered aright

the eyes of Jehovah; 4 Or, Lcst thou find the level yc. Or, Lest thot ryuth carefully the path of life

6 Or, wealth

8 Or, Let Thou canst not knoro them

7 Or, groan

9 Heb.go astray.

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