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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 be streets.

be broken without remedy: 17 Let them be only thine own, 16 1 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 A false 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 upon pondereth all his goingg.

thy heart, and tie them about thy 22 ? 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: son, if thou be surety for

keep thee from evil 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 bumble thyself, and make sure thy hunt for the precious life. friend.

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

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 scer, 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 the 31 But if he be found, he shall harvest.

restore seven-fold; he shall give all 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O 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. as an armed man.

34 For jealousy is the rage of a 12 1 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 ;

14 Frowardness is in his heart, Of the Wiles of a Harlot.

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The wiles of a harlot. PROVERBS, The excellency, naturt.

2 Keep my commandments, and 26 For she hath cast down many live ; and my law as the apple of wounded : yea, many strong mea thine eye.

have been slain by her. 3 Bind them upon thy, fingers,

27 Her house is the way to hell, write them upon the table of thy going down to the chambers of heart.

death. 4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art

CHAP. VIII. my sister, and call understanding The Wisdom. 3 That they may keep thee from Dor not wisdom. ergom and

understanding put forth her the strange woman, from the stran-voice? ger which flattereth with her words. 2 She standeth in the top of high 6 T For at the window of my places, by the way in the places

of house I looked through my case the paths. ment,

3 She crieth at the gates, at the 7 And beheld among the simple entry of the city, at the coming in ones, I discerned among the youths, at the doors : a young man void of understanding, 4 Unto you, O men, I call; and

8 Passing through the street near my voice is to the sons of man. her corner; and he went the way 50 ye simple, understand wisto her house,

dom: and ye fools,

be ye of an unr 9 In the twilight, in the evening, derstanding heart, in the black and dark night: 6 Hear; for I will speak of excel

10 And behold, there met him a lent things; and the opening of my woman with the attire of a harlot, lips shall be right things. and subtile of heart.

7 For my mouth shall speak 11 (She is loud and stubborn; trụth: and wickedness is an aboher feet abide not in her house : mination to my lips.

12 Now is she without, now in 8 All the words of my mouth are the streets, and lieth in wait at in righteousness; there is nothing every corner.)

froward or perverse in them. 13. So she caught him, and kiss 9. They are all plain to him that ed him, and with an impudent face understandeth, and right to them said unto him,

that find knowledge. 14 I have peace-offerings with 10 Receive my instruction, and me: this day have I paid my vows. not silver; and knowledge rather

15 Therefore came I forth to than choice, gold. meet thee, diligently to seek thy 11 For wisdom is better than ruface, and I have found thee. bies; and all the things that may

16 I have decked my bed with be desired are not to be compared coverings of tapestry, with carved to it. works, with fine linen of Egypt. 12 I Wisdom dwell with pro17 I have

perfumed my bed with dence, and find out knowledge of nyrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. witty inventions.

18 Come, let us take our fill of 13 The fear of the LORD is to love until the morning: let us so-hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, lace ourselves with loves.

and the evil way, and the froward 19 For the good-man is not at mouth, do I hate. home, he is gone a long journey: 14 Counsel is mine, and sound

20 He hath taken a bag of money wisdom: I am understanding; with him, and will come home at have strength. the day appointed.

15 By me kings reign, and princes 21 With her much fair speech she decree justice. caused him to yield,

with the flat 16 By me princes rule, and tering of her lips she forced him. nobles, even all the judges of the

2 He goeth after her straight- earth. way, as an ox goeth to the slaugh 17 I love them that love me: and ter, or as a fool to the correction of those that seek me early shall find the stocks;

me. 23 Till a dart strike through his 18 Riches and honour are with liver: as a bird hasteth to the snare, me; yea, durable riches and righteand knoweth not that it is for his ousness. life.

19 My fruit is better than gold, 24 | Hearken unto me now yea, than fine gold; and my revetherefore, Oye children, and attend nue than choice silver. to the words of my mouth.

20 I lead in the way of righteousher ways, go not astray in her judi mehat I may cause those that

25 Let not thy heart decline to ness, in the midst of the paths of paths.


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of wisdom
love me to inherit substance; and I 6 Forsake the foolish, and live:
will fill their treasures.

and go in the way of understand-
2 The LORD possessed me in ing,
the beginning, of his way, before 7 He that reproveth a scorner
his works of old,

getteth to himself shame: and he
23 I was set up from everlasting, that rebuketh a wicked man get-
from the beginning, or ever the teth himself a blot.
earth was.

8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he
24 When there were no depths, I hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and
was brought forth; when there he will love thee.
were no fountains abounding with 9 Give instruction to a wise man,

and he will be yet wiser: teach a
25 Before the mountains were just man, and he will increase in
settled, before the hills was I learning.
brought forth.

10 The fear of the LORD is the
26 While as yet he had not made beginning of wisdom ; and the
the earth, nor the fields, nor the knowledge of the holy is under-
highest part of the dust of the standing.

11 For by me thy days shall be
27 When he prepared the hea- multiplied, and the years of thy life
vens, I was there: when he set a shall be increased.
çompass upon the face of the 12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be
depth :

wise for thyself: but if thou scorn28 When he established the est, thou alone shalt bear it. clouds above: when he strengthen 13 IT A foolish woman is clamo. ed the fountains of the deep : rous: she is simple, and knoweth

29 When he gave to the sea his nothing. decree, that the waters should not 14 For she sitteth at the door of pass his commandment; when he her house, on a seat in the high appointed the foundations of the places of the city, earth:

15 To call passengers who go 30 Then I was by him, as one right on their ways: brought up with him: and I was 16 Whoso is simple, let him turn daily his delight, rejoicing always in hither: and as for him that before him;

wanteth understanding, she saith 31 Rejoicing, in the habitable to him, part of his earth; and my delights 17 Stolen waters are sweet, and were with the sons of men.

bread eaten in secret is pleasant. 32 Now therefore hearken unto 18 But he knoweth not that the me, O ye children: for blessed are dead are there, and that her guests they that keep my, ways.

are in the depths of hell. 33 Hear instruction, and be wise,

CHAP. X. and refuse it not.

From this Chapter to the Twenty34 Blessed is the man that hear fifth are Sundry Observations eth me, watching daily at my gates, of moral Virtues and their conwaiting at the posts of my doors. trary Vices. life, and shall obtain favour to the THỂ proverbs of Solomon. A

wise son maķeth a glad father :

but a foolish son is the heaviness of 36 But he that sinneth against his mother. me wrongeth his own soul: all they 2 Treasures of wickedness profit that hate me love death.

nothing: but righteousness deliverCHAP. IX.

eth from death. The Discipline, &c. of Wisdom. 3 The LORD will not suffer the TISDOM hath builded her soul of the righteous to famish: but

house, she hath hewn out he casteth away the substance of her seven pillars :

the wicked. 2 She hath killed beasts, she He becometh poor that dealeth hath mingled her wine; she hath with a slack hand but the hand of also furnished her table.

the diligent maketh rich. 3 She hath sent forth her mai 5 He that gathereth in summer 18 dens: she crieth upon the highest a wise son: but he that sleepeth in places of the city,

harvest is a son that causeth shame. 4 Whoso is simple, let him turn 6 Blessings are upon the head of in hither : as for him that wanteth the just: but violence covereth the understanding, she saith to him, mouth of the wicked.

5 Come, eat of my bread, and 7 The memory of the just is drink of the wine which I have blessed: but the name of the wick mingled.

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PROVERBS, and their contrary vices. 8 The wise in heart will receivę | 30 The righteous shall never be commandments: but a prating fool removed: but the wicked shall not shall fall,

inhabit the earth. 9 He that walketh uprightly walk 31 The mouth of the just bringeth eth surely : but he that perverteth forth wisdom: but the froward his ways shall be known.

tongue shall be cut out. 10 He that winketh with the eye 32 The lips of the righteous know causeth sorrow: but a prating fool what is acceptable: but the mouth shall fall.

of the wicked speaketh froward11 The mouth of a righteous man ness. is a well of life: but violence co

CHAP. XI. vereth the mouth of the wicked. FALSE balance love covereth all sins.

weight is his delight. 13 In the lips of him that hath un 2 When pride cometh, then coderstanding wisdom is found: but a meth shame: but with the lowly is rod is for the back of him that is wisdom. void of understanding,

3 The integrity of the upright 14 Wise men lay up knowledge : shall guide

them but the perversebut the mouth of the foolish is near ness of transgressors shall destroy destruction.

them. 15 The rich man's wealth is his 4 Riches profit not in the day of strong city: the destruction of the wrath; but righteousness delivereth poor is their poverty:

from death. 16 The labour of the righteous 5 The righteousness of the pertendeth to life: the fruit of the fect shall direct his way: but the wicked to sin.

wicked shall fall by his own wick17 He is in the way of life that edness. keepeth instruction: but he that re 6 The righteousness of the upfuseth reproof erreth.

right shall deliver them: but trans 18 He that hideth hatred with gressors shall be taken in their own lying lips, and he that uttereth a naughtiness. Blander, is a fool.

7 When a wicked man dieth, his 19 In the multitude of words there expectation shall perish: and the wanteth not sin: but he that refrain- hope of unjust men perisheth. eth his lips is wise.

8 The righteous is delivered out 20 The tongue of the just is as of trouble, and the wicked cometh choice silver : the heart of the wick- in his stead. od is little worth.

9 A hypocrite with his mouth 21 The lips of the righteous feed destroyeth his neighbour: but many: but fools die for want of through knowledge shall the just wisdom.

be delivered. 22 The blessing of the Lord, it 10 When it goeth well with the maketh rich, and he addeth no sor- righteous the city rejoiceth: and row with it.

when the wicked perish, there is 23 It is as sport to a fool to do shouting. mischief: but a nuan of understand 11 By the blessing of the upright ing hath wisdom.

the city is exalted: but it is over24. The fear of the wicked, it thrown by the mouth of the shall come upon him: but the wicked. desire of the righteous shall be 12 He that is void of wisdom de granted.

spiseth his neighbour: but a man of 25 As the whirlwind passeth, so understanding holdeth his peace. is the wicked no more : but the 13 A tale-bearer revealeth serighteous is an everlasting founda- crets: but he that is of a faithful tion.

spirit concealeth the matter. 26 As vinegar to the teeth, and 14 Where no counsel is, the as smoke to the eyes, so is the slug-people fall: but in the multitude of gard to them that send him. counsellors there is safety.

27 The fear of the LORD prolong 15 He that is surety for a stranger eth days: but the years of the wick- shall smart for it: and he that haed shall be shortened.

teth suretiship is sure. 28 The hope of the righteous 16 A gracious woman retaineth shall be gladness; but the expecta- honour: and strong men retain tion of the wicked shall perish. riches.

29 The way of the LORD is 17 The merciful man doeth good strength to the upright: but de- to his own soul : but he that is struction shall be to the workers of cruel troubleth his own flesh. iniquity.

18 The wicked worketh & de

Of moral virtues,

CHAP. XII. and their contrary vices ceitful work: but to him that 7 The wicked are overthrown soweth righteousness shall be a and are not: but the house of the sure reward.

righteous shall stand. 19 As righteousness tendeth to 8 A man shall be commended life : so he that pursueth evil pur- according to his wisdom: but he sueth it to his own death.

that is of a perverse heart shall be 20 They that are of a froward despised. heart are abomination to the LORD: 9 He that is despised, and hath but such as are upright in their a servant, is better than he that way are his delight.

honoureth himself, and lacketh 21 Though hand join in hand, bread. the wicked shall not be unpunish 10 A righteous man regardeth ed: but the seed of the righteous the life of his beast : but the tender shall be delivered.

mercies of the wicked are cruel. 22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's 11 He that tilleth his land shall be snout, so is a fair woman which is satisfied with bread: but he that without discretion.

followeth vain persons is void of 23 The desire of the righteous is understanding, only good: but the expectation of| 12 The wicked desireth the net the wicked is wrath.

of evil men : but the root of the 24 There is that scattereth, and righteous yieldeth fruit. yet increaseth; and there is that 13 The wicked is snared by the withholdeth more than is meet, but transgression of his lips: but the tt tendeth to poverty.

just shall come out of trouble. 25 The liberal soul shall be made 14 A man shall be satisfied with fat: and he that watereth shall be good by the fruit of his mouth : watered also himself.

and the recompense of a man's 26 He that withholdeth corn, hands shall be rendered unto him. the people shall curse him: but 15 The way of a fool is right in blessing shall be upon the head of his own eyes : but he that hearkenhim that selleth it.

eth unto counsel is wise. 27 He that diligently seeketh 16 A fool's wrath is presently good procureth favour : but he that known: but a prudent man cover seeketh mischief, it shall come un-eth shame. to him.

17 He that speaketh truth shew 28 He that trusteth in his riches eth forth righteousness : but a false shall fall: but the righteous shall witness deceit. flourish as a branch.

18 There is that speaketh like the 29 He that troubleth his own piercings of a sword: but the tonguo house shall inherit the wind : and of the wise is health. the fool shall be servant to the wise 19 The lip of truth shall be estaof heart.

blished for ever: but a lying tongue 30 The fruit of the righteous isis but for a moment. a tree of life; and he that winneth 20 Deceit is in the heart of them souls is wise.

that imagine evi!: but to the coun: 31 Behold, the righteous shall be sellors of peace is joy. recompensed in the earth : much 21 There shall no evil happen to more the wicked and the sinner. the justbut the wicked shall be CHAP. XII.

filled with mischief.

22 Lying lips are abomination loveth knowledge: but he to the LORD: but they that deal that hateth reproof is brutish. truly are his delight.

2 A good man obtaineth favour 23 A prudent man concealeth of the LORD: but a man of wicked knowledge: but the heart of fools devices will he condemn.

proclaimeth foolishness. 3 A man shall not be established 24 The hand of the diligent shall by wickedness : but the root of the bear rule: but the slothful shall be righteous shall not be moved. under tribute.

4 A virtuous woman is a crown 25 Heaviness in the heart of man to her husband: but she that ma- maketh it stoop: but a good word keth ashamed is as rottenness in maketh it glad. his bones.

26 The righteous is more excel5 The thoughts of the righteous lent than his peighbour: but the are right: but the counsels of the way of the wicked seduceth them. wicked are deceit.

2 The slothful man roasteth not 6 The words of the wicked are that which he took in hunting : but to lie in wait for blood : but the the substance of a diligent man is mouth of the upright shall deliver precious. them.

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