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Thou shalt put her on as a robe of honour, and shall put her above thee as a crown of joy.
My son, if thou wilt, thou shált be taught, and if thou wilt apply thy mind, thou shalt be prudent.
If thou love to hear, thou shalt receive under-, standing: and if thou bow thine ear, thou shalt be wise.
Let thy mind be upon the ordinances of the Lord, and meditate continually in his commandments: he shall establish thine heart, and give thee wisdom at thine own desire.
Bind not one sin upon another; for in one, thou shalt not be unpunished. Say not, God will look upon the multitude of my oblations, and when I offer to the Most High God, he will accept it.
Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterness of his soul: for there is one which humbleth and exalteth.
Devise not a lie against thy brother; neither do the like to thy friend.
Use not to inake any manner of lie: for the custom thereof is not good.
Hate not laborious work, neither husbandry, which the Most High hath ordained.
Rejoice uot over thy greatest enemy being dead, but remember that we die all.
Lend not unto him that is mightier than thyself; for if thou lendest him, count it but lost.
Be not surety above thy power: 'for if thou be surety, take care to pay it.
Travel not by the way with a bold fellow, lest he become grievous unto thee: for he will do according to his own will, and thou shalt perish with him through his folly.
Envy not the glory of a sinner : for thou knowest not what shall be his end.
Delight not in the thing that the ungodly have pleasure in; but remember they shall not go unpunished unto their grave,
Say not thou, It is through the Lord that I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do the things that he hateth.
Say not thou, He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of the sinful man.
He himself made man from the beginning, and left himn in the hand of bis counsel.
He bath set fire and water before thee: stretch forth thy hand unto whether thou wilt
He bath commanded no man to do wickedly, neither hath he given aay man license to sio.
CHAP. XVII. .
The LORD created map of the earth, and turned him into it again.
He gave them few days, and a short time, and power also over the things thereia.
He endueth them with strength by themselves, and made them according to his image.
And put the fear of man upon all flesh, and gave him dominion over beasts and fowls.
Withal be filled them with the knowledge of understanding, and shewed them good and evil.
He set his eye upon their hearts, that he might shew them the greatness of his works.
Return unto the Lord, and forsake thy sins, make thy prayer before his face, and offend less.
He vieweth the power of the height of heaven; and all men are but earth and ashes.
What is man, and whereto serveth he; what is his good, and what is his evil?