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Sleep.-Labour Commanded.The Sluggard. CHAP. XVII.

all the officers of his house, that they should | hunting ; but the substance of the diligent do according to every man's pleasure. man is precious.

Hab. ii. 15. Woe unto him that giveth xiii. 4. The soul of the sluggard de his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bot. sireth and hath nothing; but the soul of tle to him, and makest him drunken also, the diligent shall be made fat. that thou mayest look on their nakedness! Ver. 11. Wealth gotten by vanity shall -Ver. 16. Thou art filled with shame be diminished; but he that gathereth by for glory: drink thou also, and let thy labour shall increase. foreskin' be uncovered, the cup of the xiv. 23. In all labour there is profit; Lord's right hand shall be turned unto but the labour of the lips tendeth only to thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy penury. glory. See 2 Sam. xi. 13. Isa. Ivi. 12. xxi. 5. The thoughts of the diligent

Unhappy instances of drunkenness-tend only to plenteousness; but of every In Noah, Gen. ix. 21.-In Lot, Gen. xix. one that is hasty, only to want. 32.-Nabal, 1 Sam. xxv. 36.-Elah, 1 xxii. 21. Scest thou a man diligent in Kings xvi. 9, 10.-Benhadad, 1 Kings his business, he shall stand before kings, xx. 16 to 22.

he shall not stand before mean men. See Wicked clergymen, their drunken- xxxi. 27. A good wife eateth not the ness. Also, Magistrates perverting judg. bread of idleness. ment through drunkenness.

Eccl. v. 12. The sleep of a labouring man is sweet.

xi, 6. In the morning sow thy seed, and SLEEP.

in the evening withhold not thy hand.

Rom. xii. 11. Be not slothful in busiV. Sleep. Prov. vi. 9–11. How long ness. wilt thou sleep, 0 sluggard? when wilt • Eph. iv. 28. Let him that stole steal thou awake out of sleep? Yet a little no more, but rather let him labour, sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of working with his hands the thing which the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty is good, that he may have to give to him come as one that travelleth, and thy want that needeth. as an armed man.

* 1 Thess. iv. 11, 12. We beseech you, xx. 13. Love not sleep, lest thou come that ye study to be quiet, and to do your to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt own business, and to work with your own be satisfied with bread.

hands: That ye may walk honestly to. xxiii. 21. Drowsiness shall clothe awards them that are without, and that ye man with rags.

may have lack of nothing. xxvi. 14. As the door turneth upon his 2 Thess. iij. 10–12. We commanded hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. you, That if any would not work, neither

should he eat. For we hear that there

are some which walk among you disor. LABOUR COMMANDED. derly, working not at all, but are busy.

bodies. Now them that are such we VI. Labour commanded, and promises command and exhort, by our Lord Jesus to the laborious, the diligent and indus. Christ, that with quietness they work trious. Gen. iii. 19. In the sweat of thy and eat their own bread.–Ver. 14. "And face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return if any man obey not our word by this unto the ground.

epistle, note that man, and have no comExod. xx. 19. Six days shalt thou la- pany with him, that he may be ashamed. bour and do all thy work.

i Tim. v. 13, Prov. x. 4. He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand, but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

OF THE SLUGGARD. xii. 11. He that tillcth his land shall have plenty of bread; but he that follow- VII. Of the sluggard, the slothful and eth vain persons is void of understanding. idle. See several of the foregoing texts, Ch. xxviii. 29.

where these persons are compared with the Ver. 24. The hand of the diligent diligent, &c. Prov. vi. 6-8. Go to the shall bear rule; but the slothful shall ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways be under tribute. ---Ver. 27. The sloth- and be wise : which having no guide, ful roasteth not that which he took in overseer or ruler, provideth her meat


in the summer, and gathereth her food in v. 1. My son, attend to my wisdom. the harvest.

Ver. 7. Prov. x. 26. As vinegar to the teeth, vii. 4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard father; and call understanding thy kinsto them that send him.

Ver. 5. xv. 19. The way of the slothful man xviii. 1. Through desire a man having is as an hedge of thorns, but the way of separated himself, seeketh and interthe righteous is made plain.

meddleth with all wisdom. Eccl. i. 13. xviii.9. He that is slothful in his work, 16, 17.-ii. 3. 9. 12.-vii. 23. 25.-viii. 16. is brother to him that is a great waster. -ix. 13.

xix. 15. Slothfulness casteth into a deep xxii. 7. Bow down thine ear to the sleep, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. works of the wise, and apply thine heart -Ver. 24. A slothful man bideth his to my knowledge. hand in his bosom, and will not so much xxiii. 23. Buy the truth and sell it as bring it to his mouth. Ch. xxvi. 15. not; also wisdom, and instruction, and

xx. 4. The sluggard will not plough understanding. by reason of the cold; therefore shall he xxvii. 11. My son, be wise, and make beg in harvest, and have nothing. my heart glad. Ch. xxix. 3.

xxi. 25. The desire of the slothful Matt. x. 16. Be wise as serpents, and killeth him, for his hands refuse to labour. harmless as doves. Ch. xii. 4.

James iii. 13. Who is a wise man among xxii. 13. The slothful man saith, There you ? let him shew, out of a good conver. is a lion without, I shall be slain in the sation, his works with the meekness of streets. Ch. xxvi. 13. There is a lion in wisdom. the way, a lion is in the streets.

xxiv. 30–32. I went by the field of IX. The excellency of wisdom above the slothful, and by the vineyard of all other endowments. Job xxviii. 13. Man the man void of understanding; and lo! knoweth not the price of wisdom.- Ver. it was all grown over with thorns, and 15. It cannot be gotten for gold, neither nettles bad covered the face thereof, shall silver be weighed for the price there. "and the stone wall thereof was broken of. See ver. 16 to 20. down. Then I saw and considered it Prov. iii. 14, 15. The merchandise of well, and looked upon it and received in- wisdom is better than the merchandise of struction.

silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. Eccl. x. 18. By much slothfulness the (Ch. xvi. 16.) She is more precious than building decayeth, and through idleness rubies, and all the things thou canst de. of the hands the house droppeth through. sire are not to be compared unto her.

Ezek. xvi. 49. This was the iniquity iv. 7. Wisdom is the principal thing: of Sodom, Pride, fulness of bread, and therefore get wisdom; and with all thy abundance of idleness,

getting, get understanding.

Eccl. ii. 13. Wisdom excelleth folly,

as far as light excelleth darkness. WISDOM.

iv. 13. Better is a poor and wise child,

than an old and foolish king. VIII. The study and pursuit of wisdom ix. 16. Wisdom is better than strength. recommended. Job xxxii. 7. Days should Prov. iii. 21, 22, 23. speak, and multitude of years should Ver. 18. Wisdom is better than wea. teach wisdom.

pons of war. Prov. i. 2. Know wisdom and instruc. tion, and perceive the words of under- X. Wisdom is profitable, pleasant, and standing,

honourable. Job xxii. 2. He that is wise Ver. 20. Wisdom crieth without, in may be profitable unto himself. the chief places of concourse. Ver. 21.23. Prov. ii. 10, 11. When wisdom en. Ch. viii. 1 to 12. 14. 33.

tereth into thine heart, and knowledge is ii. 2. Incline thine ear to wisdom, and pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall apply thine heart to understanding. Ver. preserve thee, understanding shall keep 3, 4, 5.

thee, to deliver theo from the way of the iii. 21. Keep sound wisdom and in- evil man. struction. Ver. 22.

iii. 13. Happy is the man that findeth iv. 5, Get wisdom, get understanding. wisdom, and the man that getteth un,

derstanding.–Ver. 16, 17. Length of Eccl. ii. 26. God giveth to a man that is days is in her right hand, and in her left, good in his sight, knowledge, and wisdom, hand riches and honour. Her ways are and joy. ways of pleasantness, and all her paths ix. I. The righteous and the wise, and are peace. Ch. xxiv. 13, 14.

their works, are in the hand of God. Prov. iii. 18. Wisdom is a tree of life, Dan. ii. 21. God giveth wisdom unto the to every one that findeth her; and happy wise, and knowledge to them that know is every one that retaineth her.-Ver. 35. understanding. Ver. 23. See Acts vii. 10. The wise shall inherit glory.

Luke xxi. 15. I will give you a mouth iv. 8, 9. Exalt wisdom, and she shall and wisdom. 2 Pct. iii. 15. promote thee; she shall bring thee to James ii. 17. The wisdom from above honour when thou dost embrace her. She is pure, &c. Ver. 17. shall give to thine head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory shall she deliver XII. Wisdom prayed for. 1 Chron. unto thee.

xxii. 12. For Solomon, David prayed ix. 1. Wisdom hath builded her house. thus: The Lord give thee wisdoin, that Ch. xxiv. 3, 4.—xiv. 1.

thou mayest keep the law of the Lord. Ver. 12. If thou be wise, thou shalt Ps. lxxii. 1. be wise for thyself.

1 Kings iii. 9. Solomon prayed thus: xi. 29. The fool shall be servant to the Lord give thy servant an understanding wise in heart.

heart, that he may judge thy people, and xii. 18. A man shall be commended that he may discern between good and according to his wisdom.

bad.- Ver. 11–13. And God said, Be. xvi. 20, 21. He that handleth a mat-cause thou hast asked this thing, and ter wisely, shall find good. The wise in hast not asked for thyself long life, nei. heart shall be called prudent.

ther hast asked riches for thyself, nor xviii. 4. The well-spring of wisdom is the life of thine enemies, but hast asked a flowing brook.

for thyself understanding to discern judg. Eccl. vii. 11. Wisdom is good, with ment, behold I have done according to thy an inheritance: and by it there is profit words, I have given thee a wise and an to them that see the sun.

understanding heart. I have also given Ver. 12. Wisdom is a defence, and thee that which thou hast not asked, both money is a defence; but the excellency of riches and honour. Ver. 28. Ch. iv. 9.knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life.- v. 12. 2 Chron. i. 10. Ver. 19. Wisdom strengtheneth a wise Ps. xc. 12. So teach us to number our man more than ten mighty men that are in days that we may apply our hearts to wisthe city. Ch. ix. 15, 16. 18. Prov. iii. 21. dom.

viii. 1. A man's wisdom maketh his Col i. 9. I pray that you may be filled face to shine.

with the knowledge of his will in all Ver. 5. A wise man's heart discerneth wisdom. both time and judgment.

James i. 5. If any man lack wisdom, x. 10. Wisdom is profitable to direct. let him ask of God, that giveth to all men

xii. 11. The words of the wise are as liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall goads and nails.

be given him. Ver. 17. XI. Wisdom is the gift of God. Exod. XIII. Wisdom and religion the same. xxxi. 6. In the heart of all that are wise. Deut. iv. 5, 6. I have taught you statutes hearted, I have put wisdom, saith the and judgments. Keep and do them, for Lord. Ver. 3.

this is your wisdom and understanding, Job xxviii. 12. Where shall wisdom be xxxii. 29. O that they were wise, that found ? and where is the place thereof? they understood this; that they would -Ver. 23. The Lord knoweth the place consider their latter end. thereof, and the way thereof.— Ver. 20. Job xxviii. 28. Behold, the fear of the

Ps. li. 6. In the hidden part thou shalt Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from make me to know wisdom. Ps. cxix. evil is understanding. Ps. cxi. 10. Prov. 98, 99, 100.

i. 7. Prov. ii. 6, 7. The Lord giveth wis. Ps. ii. 10, 11. Be wise, O ye kings; be dom; out of his mouth cometh know. instructed, 0 ye judges of the earth.ledge and understanding. He layeth up Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with sound wisdom for the righteous. trembling



Ps. xxvii. 30. The mouth of the right- Prov. iii. 7. Be not wise in thine own eous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue eyes. talketh of judgment. Prov. viii. 8. xii. 15. The way of a fool is right in

lxiv. 10. They shall wisely consider his own eyes. the Lord's doings.

xiv. 2. There is a way that seemeth ci. 2. I will behave myself wisely in a right unto a man, but the end thereof are perfect way:

the ways of death. cvii. 43. Whoso is wise, and will ob. xxvi. 12. Seest thou a man wise in his serve these things, even they shall under- own conceit; there is more hope of a fool stand the loving-kindness of the Lord. than of him.-Ver. 16. The sluggard is Hos. xiv. 9.

wiser in his own conceit, than seven men Prov. x. 8. The wise in heart will re- that can render a reason. ceive commandments.

xxxviii. 11. The rich man is wise in xv. 24. The way of life is above to the his own conceit. wise, that he may depart from hell be- Ver. 26. He that trusteth in his own neath Ch. xiii. 14.

heart is a fool. xix. 8. He that getteth wisdom loveth Isa. y. 21. Woe to them that are wise his own soul, and he that hath under in their own eyes, and prudent in their standing shall find good. Ch. viii. 36. own sight. He that sinneth against me (Wisdom) Jer. viii. 8. How do ye say, We are wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? me love death.

Rom. i. 22, 23. Professing themselves xxi. 12. The righteous wisely consi- to be wise, they became fools; and chang. dereth the house of the wicked.

ed the glory of the uncorruptible God into Dan. xii. 3. They that be wise shall an image. shine as the brightness of the firmament. xi. 15. I would not have you ignorant,

Ver. 10. The wise shall understand. &c. lest ye be wise in your own conceit.

Mic. vi. 9. The Lord's voice crieth xii. 16. Be not wise in your own conunto the city, and the man of wisdom ceit. Sce Isa. x. 12, 13.—xix. 11. 1 Cor. shall see thy name.

iii. 18. 2 Cor. x. 12. Col. ii. 23. Mat. vii. 24. He that heareth Christ's sayings, and doeth them, shall be likened XV. A fool receiveth not instruction. unto a wise man.. See the parable of the Prov. i. 7. Fools despise wisdom and inten virgins, Matt. xxv. 1 to 13,

struction. Ch. v. 12, 13. Rom. xvi. 19. I would have you wise xvii. 16. He hath no heart to get wisunto that which is good, and simple con- dom. Ch. i. 7. 22. cerning evil.

xviii. 2. He hath no delight in under. Eph. v. 15, 16. Walk circumspectly, standing. Ch. xxiv. 7. not as fools but as wise; redeeming the xvii. 10. A reproof entereth more into time because the days are evil.

a wise man, than an hundred stripes into Col. iii. 16. Let the word of God dwell a fool. in you richly, in all wisdom.

xxvii. 22. Though thou shouldst bray iv. 5. Walk in wisdom toward them a fool in a mortar, yet will not his fool. that are without, redeeming the time. ishness depart from him.

2 Tim. ii. 15. The holy Scriptures are x. 21. Fools die for want of wisdom. able to make thee wise to salvation. See Prov. xxviii. 26. Luke xii. 42.

XVI. He discovereth his folly. Prov.

xiii. 16. A fool layeth open his folly. FOLLY.

xxvi. 11. As a dog returneth to his

vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly. XIV. A fool's vain pretences to wisdom ; Eccl. x, 2. A wise man's heart is at he is wise in his own conceit. Job xi. 12. his right hand, but a fool's heart at his Vain man would be wise.

left hand. xii. 2. Ye are the people, and wisdom Ver. 3. When a fool walketh by the shall die with you.

way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith xv. 8. Dost thou restrain wisdom to to every one that he is a fool. thyself? Ch. xxiii. 4. Cease from thine own wisdom.

XVII. Toward his parents. Prov. x. xxxii. 9. Great men are not always wise; 1. A wise son maketh a glad father ; neither do the aged understand judgment. but a foolish son is the heaviness of his



mother. Ch. xv. 20. He despiseth his xvii. 24. His eyes are in the ends of mother.

the earth. Prov. xv. 5. A fool despiseth his fa- xxx. 22. The earth is disquieted, and ther's instructions.

cannot bear a fool when he is filled with xvii. 21. He that begetteth a fool, doeth meat. it to his sorrow; and the father of a fool Eccl. vi. 7. His laughter is like the hath no joy.–Ver. 25. A foolish son is crackling of thorns under a pot. a grief to his father, and bitterness to her vii. 4. His heart is in the house of mirth. that bare him.

xix. 13. A foolish son is the calamity XXIII. Treatment for fools. Prov. xiv. of his father. See Disobedient and un. 7. Go from the presence of a foolish dutiful children; Commandment Fifth. man, when thou perceivest not in him the

lips of knowledge. XVIII. A fool is mischievous. Prov. x xxiii. 9. Speak not in the ears of a 23. It is a sport to a fool to do mischief. fool, for he will despise the wisdom of

xiii. 19. It is an abomination to fools thy words. Matt. vii. 6. Cast not your to depart from mischief.

pearls before swine. xvii. 12. Let a bear robbed of her whelps xxxvi. 1. Honour is not seemly for a meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. fool.

Ver. 3. A rod for the fool's back. Ch. XIX. Wrathful. Job v. 2. Wrath kill. x. 13.—xix. 29.—xxix. 15. eth a foolish man.

Ver. 4. Answer not a fool according to Prov. xii. 16. A fool's wrath is pre- his folly, lest thou be also like unto him. sently known.

-Ver. 5. Lest he be wise in his own xiv. 16. A fool rageth and is confident. conceit. See Eccl. x. 5, 6, 7.

xxvii. 3. A fool's wrath is heavier than both the sand and a stone.

XXIV. Folly and wickedness the same. *xxix. 9. If a wise man contend with Deut. xxxii. 6. Do ye thus requite the a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, Lord, O foolish people and unwise. there is no rest.

Job v. 3. I have seen the foolish taking Eccl. vii. 9. Anger resteth in the bo- root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation. som of fools. See Anger, Wrath. Ps. Ixxiii. 3. 9. 11. 17, 18.

Ps. v. 5. The foolish shall not stand in XX. Contentions. Prov. xviii. 2. A thy sight: thou hatest all the workers of fool's lips enter into contention.

iniquity. xx. 3. It is an honour for a man to xiv. 1. The fool hath said in his heart, cease from strife; but every fool will be There is no God. Ps. liii. 1. meddling. See Contention, Strife.

xxxvi. 3. The wicked hath left off to XXI. His words. Prov. xv. 2. The be wise, and to do good. mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

xxxviii. 5. My wounds stink, and are Ver. 28.

corrupt, because of foolishness. xviii. 6, 7. The fool's lips enter into

lxix. 5. „O God, thou knowest my contention, and his mouth calleth for foolishness, and my sins are not hid from strokes. A fool's mouth is his destruc

thee. tion, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

Ixxiv. 18. O Lord, the foolish people Ch. x. 14.-xii. 13.-xiii. 3.

have blasphemed thy name.

Ver. 22. xxix. 11. A fool uttereth all his mind.

lxxv. 4. I said unto the fools, Deal not Eccl. v. 3. A fool's voice is known by foolishly; and to the wicked, Lift not up the multitude of words.

the horn.

lxxxv. 8. The Lord will speak peace x. 12, 13. The lips of a fool will swal. low up himself. The beginning of his to his people, and to his saints; but let words is foolishness, and the end of his them not return again to folly. talk is mischievous madness.

xciv. 7–10. They commit wicked. Ver. 14. A fool is full of words. See ness, and say, The Lord shall not see, Talkativeness, Rashness. See Prov. xvii. neither shall the God of Jacob regard 7.-xxvi. 7.

it. Understand, ye brutish among the

people; and, ye fools, when will ve be XXII. His folly is his pleasure. Prov. wise ? He that planted the ear shall he xv. 21. Folly is joy to him that is desti- not hear ? he that formed the eye shall tute of wisdom, &c.

he not see? he that chastiseth the


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