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Exhortations to

PSALMS.

praise God clouds, who prepareth rain for the 11 Kings of the earth, and all peoearth, who maketh grass to grow ple; princes, and all judges of the upon the mountains.

earth: 9 Ho giveth to the beast his food,

12 Both young men, and maiand to the young ravens which dens; old men, and children: Cry.

13 Let them praise the name of 10 He delighteth not in the strength the LORD: for his name alone is of the horse: he taketh not pleasure excellent; his glory is above the in the legs of a man.

earth and heaven. 11 The LORD taketh pleasure in 14 He also exalteth the horn of them that fear him, in those that his people, the praise of all his hope in his mercy,

saints; even of the children of Is12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusa-rael, a people near unto him lem ; praise thy God, o Zion. Praise ye the LORD. 13 For he hath strengthened the

PSALM CXLIX. bars of thy gates ; he hath blessed An Exhortation to praise God. thy children within thee.

PRAISE ye the Lord. Sing 14 He maketh peace in thy bor- unto the LORD a new song, and ders, and filleth thec with the finest his praise in the congregation of of the wheat.

saints. 15 He sendeth forth his com- 2 Let Israel rejoice in him that mandment upon earth: his word made him: let the children of Zion runneth very swiftly.

be joyful in their King, 16 He giveth snow like wool: 3 Let them praise his name in he scattereth the hoar-frost like the dance: let them sirg praises ashes.

unto him with the timbreland harp. 17 He casteth forth his ice like 4 For the LORD taketh pleasure morsels : who can stand before his in his people: he will beautify the cold?

meek with salvation. 18 He sendeth out his word, and 5 Let the saints be joyful in glomelteth them: he causeth his wind ry: let them sing aloud upon their to blow, and the waters flow. beds.

19 He sheweth his word unto Ja- 6 Let the high praises of God be cob, his statutes and his judgments in their mouth, and a two-edged unto Israel.

sword in their hand; 20 He hath not dealt so with any 7 To execute vengeance upon the nation: and as for his judgments, heathen,and punishments upon the they have not known them. Praise people ; ye the LORD.

8 To bind their king's with PSALM CXLVIII. chains, and their nobles with fetters God is to be praised.

of iron ; ye thaye the LORD. Praise 9 To execute upon them the

Lord from the heavens: judgment written: this honour have praise liim in the heights.

all his saints. Praise ye the 2 Praise ye him, all his angels : LORD. praise ye him, all his hosts.

PSALM CL. 3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: God is to be praised, fc.

4 Praise him, ye heavens of hea- PRAISE yo the Lord. "Praise vens, and ye waters that be above him in the firmament of his the heavens.

power. 5 Let them praise the name of 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: the Lord: for he commanded, and praise him according to his excelthey were created.

lent greatness. 6 He hath also established them 3 Praise him with the sound of for ever and ever: he hath made a the trumpet : praise him with the decree which shall not pass. psaltery and harp.

7 Praise the Lord from the earth, 4 Praise him with the timbrel ye dragons and all decps:

and dance: praise him with string8 Fire, and hail ; snow, and va- ed instruments and organs. pour: stormy wind fulfilling his 5 Praise him upon the loud cymword :

bals: praise him upon the high9 Mountains, and all hills ; fruit sounding cymbals. ful trees, and all cedars :

6 Let every thing that hath breath 10 Beasts, and all cattle ; creep- praise the LORD. Praise ye the ing things, and flying fowl: LORD.

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CHAP. I.

scorners delight in their scorning, The Use of the Proverbs. and fools hate knowledge ? ,

23 Turn you at my reproof: beson of David, king of Israel; hold, I will pour out my spirit unto 2 To know wisdom and instruc- you, I will make known my words tion; to perceive the words of un- unto you. derstanding,

24 i Because I have called and 3 To receive the instruction of ye refused; I have stretched out wisdom, justice, and judgment, my hand, and no man regarded;

25 But ye have set at nought all 4 To give subtilty to the simple, my counsel, and would none of my to the young man knowledge and reproof: discretion.

26 I also will laugh at your ca5 A wise man will hear, and will lamity: I will mock when your fear increase learning, and a man of cometh; understanding shall attain

27 When your fear cometh as wise counsels:

desolation, and your destruction 6 To understand a proverb, and cometh as a whirlwind; when disthe interpretation : the words of the tress and anguish cometh upon wise, and their dark sayings.

71 The fear of the LORD is the 28 Then shall they call upon me, beginning of knowledge: but but I will not answer; they shall fools despise wisdom and instruc- seek me early, but they shall not tion.

find me; 8 My son, hear the instruction of 29 For that they hated knowthy father, and forsake not the law ledge, and did not choose the fear of thy mother:

of the LORD: 9 For they shall be an ornament 30 They would none of grace unto thy head, and chains counsel: they despiscd all my reabout thy neck.

proof. 10 1 My son, if sinners entice 31 Therefore shall they eat of the thee, consent thou not.

fruit of their own way, and be fill11 If they say, Come with us, ed with their own devices. let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk 32 For the turning away of the privily for the innocent without simple shall slay them, and the

prosperity of fools shall destroy 12 Let us swallow them up alive them. as the grave; and whole, as those 33 But whoso bearkeneth unto that go down into the pit:

me shall dwell safely, and shall be 13 We shall find all precious quiet from fear of evil. substance, we shall fill our houses

CHAP. II. with spoil:

Benefit of the Study of Wisdom. us all have one purse :

words, and hide my como 15 My son walk not thou in the mandments with thee. way with them; refrain thy foot 2 So that thou incline thine ear from their path:

unto wisdom, and apply thy heart 16 For their feet run to evil, and to understanding; make haste to shed blood :

3 Yea, if thou criest after know17 Surely in vain the net is spread ledge, and liftest up thy voice for in the sight of any bird.

understanding; 18 And they lay wait for their 4 If thou seekest her as silver, oron blood; they lurk privily for and searchest for her as for hid their own lives.

treasures; 19 So are the ways of every one 5 Then shalt thou understand the that is greedy of gain; which ta- fear of the LORD, and find the keth away the life of the owners knowledge of God. thereof.

6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: 20 T Wisdom crieth without; out of his mouth cometh knowledge she uttereth her voice in the streets and understanding.

21 She crieth in the chief place 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for of concourse, in the openings of the the rightoous: he is a buckler to gates : in the city she uttereth her them that walk uprightly. words, saying,

8 He keepeth the paths of judg. 22 How long, ye simple ones, ment, and preserveth the way of will ye love simplicity ? and the lhis saints.

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The advantages, and CHAP. III. happy gain of wisdom,

9 Then shalt thou understand with plenty, and thy presses shall righteousness, and judgment, and burst out with new wine. equity; yea, every good path. 11 1 My son, despise not the

10 TWhen wisdom entereth in-chastening of the LORD; neither be to thy heart, and knowledge is weary of his correction pleasant unto thy soul;

12 For whom the LORD loveth 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, he correcteth ; even as a father the understanding shall keep tinee: son in whom he delighteth.

12 To deliver thee from the way 13 ! Happy is the man that find of the evil man, from the man that eth wisdom, and the man that getspeaketh froward things;

teth understanding. 13 Who leave the paths of up 14 For the merchandise of it is rightness, to walk in the ways of better than the merchandise of sildarkness;

ver, and the gain thereof than fine 14 Who rejoice to do evil, and gold. delight in the frowardness of the 15 She is more precious than ruwicked;

bies: and all the things thou canst 15 Whose ways are crooked, desire are not to be compared unto and they froward in their paths: her.

16 To deliver thee from the 16 Length of days is in her right strange woman, even from the hand; and in her left hand riches stranger which flattereth with her and honour. words;

17 Her ways are ways of plea17 Which forsaketh the guide of santness, and all her paths are peace. her youth, and forgetteth the cove 18 She is a tree of life to them nant of her God.

that lay hold upon her: and happy 18 For her house inclineth unto is every one that retaineth her. death, and her paths unto the dead. 19 The LORD by wisdom hath

19 None that go unto her return founded the earth; by understandagain, neither take they hold of the ing hath he established the heavens. paths of life.

20 By his knowledge the depths 20 That thou mayest walk in the are broken up, and the clouds drop way of good men, and keep the down the dew. paths of the righteous.

21 [ My son, let not them depart 21 For the upright shall dwell in from thine eyes: keep sound wis. the land, and the perfect shall re- dom and discretion: main in it.

22 So shall they be life unto thy 22 But the wicked shall be cut soul, and grace to thy neck. off from the earth, and the trans 23 Then shalt thou walk in thy gressors shall be rooted out of it. way safely, and thy foot shall not CHAP. III.

stumble. An Exhortation to Obedience. 24 When thou liest down, thou I let thy heart keep my com-down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. mandments :

25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, 2 For length of days, and long neither of the desolation of the life, and peace shall they add to wicked, when it cometh. thee.

26 For the LORD shall be thy 3 Let not mercy and truth for- confidence, and shall keep thy foot sake thee: bind them about thy from being taken. neck; write them upon the table of 27 1 Withhold not good from them thy heart :

to whom it is due, when it is in the 4. So shalt thou find favour and power of thy hand to do it. good understanding in the sight of 28 Say not unto thy neighbour, God and man.

Go, and come again, and to-mor5. Trust in the LORD with all row I will give; when thou hast it thy heart; and lean not unto thine by thee. own understanding.

29 Devise not evil against thy .6 In all thy ways acknowledge neigḥbour, seeing he dwelleth se him, and he shall direct thy paths, curely by thee.

7 T Be not wise in thine own 30 IT Strive not with a man with eyes: fear the LORD, and depart out cause, if he have done thee no from evil.

harm. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, 31 T Envy thou not the opprcsand marrow to thy bones.

sor, and choose none of his ways. 9 Honour the LORD with thy 32 For the froward is abominasubstance, and with the first-fruits tion to the LORD: but his secret is of all thine increase :

with the righteous. 10 So shall thy barns be filled 33 1 The curse of the LORD is in

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to study wisdom the house of the wicked: but hej. 20 T My son, attend to my words blesseth the habitation of the just. incline thine ear unto my sayings.

34 Surely he scorneth the scor 21 Let them not depart from thide ners: but he giveth grace unto the eyes ; keep them in the midst of thy lowly.

heart. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: 22 For they are life unto those but shame shall be the promotion that find them, and health to all of fools.

their flesh. CUAP. IV.

23 1 Keep thy heart with all diliStudy of Wisdom recommended. gence; for out of it are the issues HGAR, xe children, the instruc- of life,

24 Put away from thee a froward know understanding.

mouth, and perverse lips put far 2 For I give you good doctrine, from thee. forsake ye not my law.

25 Let thine eyes look right on, 3 For I was my father's son, ten- and let thine eye-lids look straight der and only beloved in the sight of before thee. my mother.

26 Ponder the path of thy feet, 4 He taught me also, and said and let all thy ways be established. unto me, Let thy heart retain my

27 Turn not to the right hand nor words: keep my commandments, to the left: remove thy foot from and live.

evil. 5 Get wisdom, get understand

CHAP. V. ing: forget it not; neither decline The Folly, &c. of Sensuality. from the words of my mouth.

Y son, unto my wispreserve thee: love her, and she my understanding: shall keep thee.

2 That thou mayest regard dis7 Wisdom is the principal thing;cretion, and that thy lips may keep therefore get wisdom: and with all knowledge. iliyetting get understanding: 3 For the lips of a strange wo

8 Exalt her, and she shall pro- mandrop as a honey-comb, and her mote thee: she shall bring thee to mouth is smoother than oil: honour, when thou dost embrace 4 But her end is bitter as wormher.

wood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 9 She shall give to thy head an 5 Her feet go down to death; ornament of grace: a crown of her steps take hold on hell. glory shall she deliver to thee. 6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the

10 Hear, O my son, and receive path of life, her ways are moveable, my sayings; and the years of thy that thou canst not know them. life shall be many.

7 Ilear me now therefore, O ye 11 I have taught thee in the way children, and depart not from the of wisdom ; I have led thee in right words of my mouth. paths.

8 Remove thy way far from her, 12 When thou goest, thy steps and come not nigh the door of her shall not be straitened ; and when house: thou runnest, thou shalt not stum 9 Lest thou give thine honour ble.

unto others, and thy years unto the 13 Take fast hold of instruction; cruel: let her not go: keep ber; for she is 10 Lest strangers be filled with thy life.

thy wealth ; and thy labours be in 14 Enter not into the path of the the house of a stranger; wicked, and go not in the way of 11 And thou mourn at the last, evil men.

when thy flesh and thy body aro 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn consumed, from it, and pass away.

12 And say, How have I hateil 16 For they sleep not, except they instruction, and my heart despised have done mischief; and their sleep repoof;. is taken away, unless they cause 13 And have not obeyed the some to fall.

voice of my teachers, nor inclined 17 For they eat the bread of mine ear to them that instructed wickedness, and drink the wine of me! violence.

14 I was almost in all evil in the 18 But the path of the just is as midst of the congregation and asthe shining light, that shineth more sembly. and more into the perfect day. 15 | Drink waters out of thino

19 The way of the wicked is as own cistern, and running waters darkness: they know not at what out of thine own well. they stumble.

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The folly of idleness. CHAP. VI. The blessings of obedience abroad, and rivers of waters in the come suddenly; suddenly shall he streets.

be broken without remedy, 17 Let them be only thine own, 16 11 These six things doth the and not strangers' with thee. LORD hate; yea, seven are an

18 Let thy fountain be blessed : abomination unto him: and rejoice with the wife of thy 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, youth.

and hands that shed innocent blood, 19 Let her be as the loving hind 18 A heart that deviseth wicked and pleasant roe; let her breasts imaginations, feet that be swift in satisfy thee at all times, and be running to mischief, thou ravished always with her love. 19 Afalse witness that speaketh

20 And why wilt thou, my son, lies, and him that soweth discord be ravished with a strange woman, among brethren. and embrace the bosom of a stran- 20 | My son, keep thy father's

commandment, and forsake not the 21 For the ways of man are be-law of thy mother: fore the eyes of the LORD, and he 21 Bind them continually upor pondereth all his goings.

thy heart, and tie them about thy 22 1 His own iniquities shall take neck. the wicked himself, and he shall 22 When thou goest, it shall lead be holden with the cords of his thee; when thou sleepest, it shall sins.

keep thee; and when thou awakest, 23 He shall die without instruc-it shall talk with thee. tion; and in the greatness of his 23 For the commandment is a folly he shall go astray.

lamp; and the law is light; and reCHAP. VI.

proofs of instruction are the way Against Suretiship, Idleness, &c. of life:

Y son, if thou be surety for 24 To keep thee from the evil MY

thy friend, if thou hast strick woman, from the flattery of the en thy hand with a stranger, tongue of a strange woman.

2 Thou art snared with the words 25 Lust not after her beauty in thy of thy mouth, thou art taken with heart; neither let her take thee the words of thy mouth.

with her eyelids. 3 Do this now, my son, and de- 26 For by means of a whorish liver thyself, when thou art come woman a man is brought to a piece into the hand of thy friend; go, of bread : and the adulteress will tumble thyself, and make sure thy hunt for the precious life. friend.

27 Can a man take fire in his bo4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, som, and his clothes not be burnnor slumber to thine eyelids.

5 Deliver thyself as a roe from 28 Çan one go upon hot coals, the hand of the hunter, and as a and his feet not be burned? bird from the hand of the fowler. 29 So he that goeth in to his

6 ? Go to the ant, thou sluggard; neighbour's wife; whosoever touchconsider her ways, and be wise : eth her shall not be innocent.

7 Which having no guide, over- 30 Men do not despise a thief, if seer, or ruler,

he steal to satisfy his soul when he 8 Provideth her meat in the sum-is hungry; mer, and gathereth her food in tho 31 But if he be found, he shall harvest.

restore seven-fold; he shall give all 9 How long wilt thou sleep, the substance of his house. sluggard? when wilt thou arise out 32 But whoso committeth adul of thy sleep?

tery with a woman, lacketh under10 Yet a little sleep, a little slum- standing : he that doeth it, destroyber, a little folding of the hands to eth his own soul. eleep:

33 A wound and dishonour shall 11 So shall thy poverty come as he get; and his reproach shall not one that travelleth, and thy want be wiped away. rmed man.

34 For jealousy is the rage of a 12 T A naughty person, a wick- man: therefore he will not spare in ed man, walketh with a froward the day of vengeance. mouth,

35 He will not regard any ran13. He winketh with his eyes, he som; neither will he rest content, speaketh with his feet, he teacheth though thou givest many gifts. with his fingers;

CHAP. VII. 14 Frowardness is in his heart,

Of the Wiles of a Harlot. be soweth discord. 15 Therefore shall his calamity with thee.

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