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6. 24 Warnings against Suretyship, Idleness, Mischievousness, and Adultery And he lmaketh level all his 12 A worthless person, a man of _paths.

iniquity, 22 His own iniquities shall take the Is he that walketh with a perwicked,

verse mouth; And he shall be holden with the 13 That winketh with his eyes, that cords of his sin.

9 speaketh with his feet, 23 He shall die for lack of instruc That 10 maketh signs with his tion;

fingers; And in the greatness of his folly 14 In whose heart is perverseness, he shall go astray.

Who deviseth evil continually,

Who 11 soweth discord. 6 My son, if thou art become 15 Therefore shall his calamity come surety for thy neighbor,

suddenly; If thou hast stricken 2 thy hands On a sudden shall he be broken, for a stranger;

and that without remedy. 2 Thou art snared with the words 16 There are six things which Jehoof thy mouth,

vah hateth; Thou art taken with the words Yea, seven which are an abomiof thy mouth.

nation 12 unto him : 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, thyself,

And hands that shed innocent Seeing thou art come into the blood; band of thy neighbor:

18 A heart that deviseth wicked Go, "humble thyself, and impor purposes, tune thy neighbor;

Feet that are swift in running 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes,

to mischief, Nor slumber to thine eyelids;

19 A false witness that 13 uttereth 5 Deliver thyself as a

roe from

lies, the hand of the hunter,

And he that 11 soweth discord And as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

20 My son, keep the command6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard ;

ment of thy father, Consider her ways, and be wise : And forsake not the 14 law of thy 7 Which having no 5 chief,

mother: Overseer, or ruler,

21 Bind them continually upon thy
8 Provideth her bread in the sum heart;

Tie them about thy neck.
And gathereth her food in the 22 When thou walkest, it shall lead

9 How long wilt thou 6sleep, O

When thou 15 sleepest, it shall sluggard?

watch over thee; When wilt thou arise out of thy And when thou awakest, it shall sleep?

talk with thee. 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slum- 23 For 16 the commandment is a ber,

lamp; and 17the law is light; A little folding of the hands to And reproofs of instruction are

the way of life: 11 So shall thy poverty come as a 24 To keep thee from the evil

woman, And thy want as 8 an armed From the flattery of the for

eigner's tongue. 1 Or, weigheth carefully

9 Or, shufleth 14 Or, teaching 2 Or, thy hand with a stranger

10 Or, teacheth with 15 Heb. liest doun. 4 Or, gazelle 5 Or, judge

16 Or, their commandment 7 Or, rorer

12 Heb. of his soul. 8 Heb. a man with a shield.

17 Or, their teaching


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3 Or, bestir
6 Heb. lie down.

11 Heb. letteth loose.

13 Heb. breatheth out.


Folly of yielding to the Wiles of the Harlot 25 Lust not after her beauty in thy And call understanding thy heart;

6 kinswoman: Neither let her take thee with 5 That they may keep thee from her eyelids.

the strange woman, 26 For on account of a harlot a man From the foreigner that flatter

is brought to a piece of bread; eth with her words. And I the adulteress hunteth for 6 For at the window of my house the precious life.

I looked forth through my lat27 Can a man take fire in his

tice; bosom,

7 And I beheld among the simple And his clothes not be burned ?

ones, 28 Or can one walk upon hot coals, I discerned among the youths, And his feet not be scorched ?

A young man void of understand29 So he that goeth in to his neigh

ing, bor's wife;

8 Passing through the street near Whosoever toucheth her shall

her corner; not be ? unpunished.

And he went the way to her 30 Men do not despise a thief, if he house, steal

9 In the twilight, in the evening of To satisfy 3 himself when he is the day, hungry:

In the 8 middle of the night and 31 But if he be found, he shall re in the darkness. store sevenfold ;

10 And, behold, there met him a He shall give all the substance of woman his house.

With the attire of a harlot, and 32 He that committeth adultery 9 wily of heart. with a

is void of 11 (She is 10 clamorous and wilful; 4 understanding :

Her feet abide not in her house: He doeth it who would destroy 12 Now she is in the streets, now in his own soul.

the broad places, 33 Wounds and dishonor shall he get; And lieth in wait at every And his reproach shall not be corner.) wiped away.

13 So she caught him, and kissed 34 For jealousy is the rage of a him, man;

11 And with an impudent face she And he will not spare in the day said unto him: of vengeance.

14 Sacrifices of peace-offerings 12 are 35 He will not regard any ransom ;

with me; Neither will he rest content, This day have I paid my vows. though thou givest many gifts. | 15 Therefore came I forth to meet

thee, 7 My son, keep my words,

Diligently to seek thy face, and And lay up my commandments I have found thee. with thee.

16 I have spread my couch with 13 car2 Keep my commandments and pets of tapestry, live;

With striped cloths of the yarn And my 5 law as the apple of of Egypt.

17 I have 14 perfumed my bed 3 Bind them upon thy fingers;

With myrrh, aloes, and cinnaWrite them upon the tablet of mon.

thy heart. 4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my

6 Or, familiar friend

7 Heb. maketh smooth her words. sister;

8 Heb. pupil (of the eye);

9 Or, close Heb. guarded. 10 Or, turbulent 1 Heb. a man's wife. 3 Or, his appetite 11 Heb. She hardened her face, and said. ? Lieb. held innocent. 4 Heb. heart.

12 Or, were due from me 5 Or, teaching

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Wisdom's Call and Self-commendation 18 Come, let us take our fill of love And, ye fools, be of an underuntil the morning ;

standing heart. Let us solace ourselves with 6 Hear, for I will speak excellent loves.

things; 19 For the man is not at home;

And the opening of my lips shall He is gone a long journey •

be right things. 20 He hath taken a bag of money 7 For my mouth shall utter truth; with him ;

And wickedness is an abominaHe will come home at the full tion to my lips.

8 All the words of my mouth 3 are 21 With her much fair speech she in righteousness; causeth him to yield;

There is nothing crooked or perWith the flattering of her lips

verse in them. she forceth him along.

9 They are all plain to him that 22 He goeth after her 1straightway, understandeth,

As an ox goeth to the slaughter, And right to them that find
Or as one in 2 fetters to the cor knowledge.
rection of the fool;

10 Receive my instruction, and not 23 Till an arrow strike through his silver;

And knowledge rather than As a bird hasteth to the snare,

choice gold. And knoweth not that it is for 11 For wisdom is better than his life.


And all the things that may be 24 Now therefore, my sons, hearken desired are not to be compared

unto it. And attend to the words of my 12 I wisdom have made prudence mouth.

my dwelling, 25 Let not thy heart decline to her And find out 4 knowledge and disways;

cretion. Go not astray in her paths.

13 The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil: 26 For she hath cast down many

Pride, and arrogancy, and the wounded :

evil way, Yea, all her slain are a mighty

And the perverse mouth, do I

hate. 27 Her house is the way to Sheol,

14 Counsel is mine, and 5 sound Going down to the chambers of

knowledge: death.

I am understanding; I have

might. 8 Doth not wisdom cry

15 By me kings reign, And understanding put forth

And princes decree justice.

16 By me princes rule, 2 On the top of high places by the

And es, even all


of the earth.
Where the paths meet, she 17 I love them that love me;

And those that seek me 7 dili3 Beside the gates, at the entry of

gently shall find me.

18 Riches and honor are with me; At the coming in at the doors, Yea, 8 durable wealth and rightshe crieth aloud :

eousness, 4 Unto you, O men, I call ;

19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, And my voice is to the sons of

than fine gold; 50 ye simple, understand pru

3 Or, are righteousness

4 Or, knowledge of witty inventions 1 Heb. suddenly. 2 The Hebrew is obscure.

5 Or, effectual working

7 Or, early 6 Or, ruler's


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Eternity of Wisdom. Blessedness of the Wise Man. Wisdom's Feast

revenue than choice | 32 Now therefore, my sons, hearken .silver.

unto me; 20 I walk in the way of righteous For blessed are they that keep ness,

my ways. In the midst of the paths of 33 Hear instruction, and be wise, justice;

And refuse it not. 21 That I may cause those that love 34 Blessed is the man that heareth me to inherit substance,

me, And that I may fill their treas Watching daily ať my gates, uries.

Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoso findeth me findeth

life, 22 Jehovah ?possessed me 3 in the beginning of his way,

And shall 11 obtain favor of

Jehovah. 4 Before his works of old. 23 I was set up from everlasting, 36 But he that 12 sinneth against me from the beginning,

wrongeth his own soul: Before the earth was.

All they that hate me love death. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth,

Wisdom hath 9

builded her When there were no fountains

house; abounding with water.

She hath hewn out her seven 25 Before the mountains were

pillars : settled,

2 She hath killed her beasts;

she Before the hills was I brought hath mingled her wine; forth;

She hath also furnished her 26 While as yet he had not made

table: the earth, nor the fields,

3 She hath sent forth her maidens; Nor the 5 beginning of the dust

She crieth upon the highest of the world.

places of the city : 27 When he established the heavens, 4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in I was there :

hither: When he set a circle upon the

As for him that is void of underface of the deep,

standing, she saith to him, 28 When he made firm the skies 5 Come, eat ye of my bread, above,

And drink of the wine which I When the fountains of the deep

have mingled. became strong,

6 13 Leave off, ye simple ones, and 29 When he gave to the sea 7 its

live; bound,

And walk in the way of underThat the waters should not standing.

transgress his commandment, When he 8 marked out the 7 He that correcteth a scoffer getfoundations of the earth;

teth to himself reviling ; 30 Then I was by him, as a master workman;

And he that reproveth a wicked And I 9 was daily his delight,

man getteth himself a blot.

8 Reprove not a scoffer, lest he 10 Rejoicing always before him, hate thee: 31 10 Rejoicing

in his habitable earth;

Reprove a wise man, and he will

love thee. And my delight was with the 9 Give instruction to a wise man, sons of men.

and he will be yet wiser:

Teach a righteous man, and he 1 Or, increase 6 Or, prepared 2 Or, formed 7 Or, his decree

will increase in learning. 8 Or, appointed $1The first of 9 Or, had delight continually 11 Heb. draw forth.

12 Or, misseth me 10 Or, Sporting

13 Or, Forsake the simple

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The Foolish Woman's Invitation. Sundry Proverbs 10 The fear of Jehovah is the begin 5 He that gathereth in summer is ning of wisdom;

4 a wise son; And the knowledge of the Holy But he that sleepeth in harvest One is understanding,

is a son 5 that causeth shame. 11 For by me thy days shall be mul 6 Blessings are upon the head of tiplied,

the righteous; And the years of thy life shall be But o violence covereth the mouth increased.

of the wicked. 12 If thou art wise, thou art wise

7 The memory of the righteous is for thyself;

blessed ; And if thou scoffest, thou alone But the name of the wicked shall shalt bear it.


8 The wise in heart will receive 13 1 The foolish woman is clam commandments;

But 7 a prating fool 8 shall fall. She is a simple, and knoweth 9 He that walketh uprightly walknothing;

eth surely ; 14 And she sitteth at the door of her But he that perverteth his ways

shall be known. On a seat in the high places of 10 He that winketh with the eye

causeth sorrow; 15 To call to them that pass by,

But 7a prating fool 8 shall fall. Who go right on their ways:

11 The mouth of the righteous is a 16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in

fountain of life ;

But 6 violence covereth the mouth And as for him that is void of of the wicked. understanding, she saith to 12 Hatred stirreth up strifes ;

But love covereth all transgres17 Stolen waters are sweet,

sions. And bread eaten in secret is 13 In the lips of him that hath displeasant.

cernment wisdom is found; 18 But he knoweth not that 3 the

But a rod is for the back of him dead are there ;

that is void of understanding. That her guests are in the depths 14 Wise men lay up knowledge; of Sheol.

But the mouth of the foolish is a

„present destruction. 10 The proverbs of Solomon. 15 The rich man's wealth is his

strong city: A wise son maketh a glad father ;

The destruction of the poor is But a foolish son is the heaviness

their poverty. of his mother.

16 The labor of the righteous tend2 Treasures of wickedness profit

eth to life;

The increase of the wicked, to But righteousness delivereth from

17 He 10 is in the way of life that 3 Jehovah will not suffer the soul

heedeth 11 correction ; of the righteous to famish;

But he that forsaketh reproof But he thrusteth away the desire

12 erreth. of the wicked.

18 He that hideth hatred is of lying 4 He becometh poor that worketh

with a slack hand;
But the hand of the diligent mak-

4 Or, a son that doeth wisely
5 Or, that doeth shamefully
6 Or, the mouth of the wicked covcreth violence
7 Heb. the foolish of lips.
8 Or, shall be overthrown (or, laid low)
9 Heb. heart.

10 Or, is a way
3 Or, the shades 'Heb. Rephaim.

11 Or, instruction 12 Or, causeth to err


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1 Or, Folly
2 Heb. simplicity.

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