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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.



power, and eternity


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 understand22 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 getfrom 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 underhighest part of the dust of the standing. world.

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. compass 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. elouds above: when he strengthen- 13 T A foolish woman is clamoed 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, Oye 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 for the THe proverbs of Solomon. A

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 her beasts; she 4 He becometh poor that dealeth hath mingled her wine; she hat with a

ack 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 ?8 dons : 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.

ed shall rot.



Of moral virtues,

PROVERBS, and their contrary vices. 8 The wise in heart will receive 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. X1. the mouth of wicked.

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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 trans18 He that hideth hatred with gressors shall be taken in their own Jying 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 man of understand- 11 By the blessing of the upright ing bath 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 degranted.

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 Berighteous is an everlasting founda- crets: but he that is of a faithful tion.

spirit concealeth the matter. 28 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 ot 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 skall 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 a do 590

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 deatli.

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. Mourish as a branch.

18 There is that speaketh like the 29 He that troubleth hiş 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 is is but for a moment. a tree of life, and he that winneth 20 Deceit is in the heart of them Bouls is wise.

that imagine evi!: but to the coun31 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 just: but the wicked shall be CHAP. XII.

filled with mischief. VHOSO loveth instruction WH

22 Lying lips are abomination loveth knowledge: but ho 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 A 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 neighbour: but the are right: but the counsels of the way of the wicked seduceth them. wicked are deceit.

27 The slothful man roasteth pot 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.

28 In the way of righteousness


Of moral virtues,

PROVERBS, and their contrary vices is life; and in the pathway thereof. 21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to there is no death.

the righteous, good shall be repaid. CHAP. XIII.

22 A good man leaveth an inA

WISE son heareth his father's heritance to his children's children: eth not rebuke.

up for the just. 2 A man shall eat good by the 23 Much food is in the tillage of fruit of his mouth : but the soul of the poor: but there is that is de the transgressors shall eat violence. stroyed for want of judgment.

3 He that keepeth his mouth 24 He that spareth his rod hateth keepeth his life: but he that open- his son: but he that loveth him eth wide his lips shall have destruc-chasteneth him betimes. tion.

25 The righteous eateth to the 4 The soul of the sluggard de satisfying of his soul : but the belly sireth, and hath nothing but the of the wicked shall want. soul of the diligent shall be made

CHAP. XIV. fat.

VERY wise woman buildeth 5 A righteous man hateth lying : but a wicked man is loathsome, plucketh it down with her hands. and cometh to shame.

2 He that walketh in his upright6 Righteousness keepeth him ness feareth the LORD : but he that that is upright in the way: but is perverse in his ways despiseth wickedness overthroweth the sin- him.

3 In the mouth of the foolish is a 7 There is that maketh himself rod of pride: but the lips of the wise rich, yet hath nothing: there is shall preserve them. that maketh himself poor, yet hath 4 Where no oxen are, the çrib is great riches.

clean: but much increase is by the 8 The ransom of a man's life are strength of the ox. his riches : but the poor heareth not 5 X faithful witness will not lie: rebuke.

but a false witness will utter lies. 9 The light of the righteous re- 6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, joiceth: but the lamp of the wicked and findeth it not: but knowledge shall be put out.

is easy unto him that understand10 Only by pride comet'n con- eth. tention : but with the well-advised 7 Go from the presence of a fool is wisdom.

ish man, when thou perceivest not 11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall in him the lips of knowledge, be diminished: but he that gather- 8 The wisdom of the prudent is eth by labour shall increase. to understand his way: but the

12 Hope deferred maketh the folly of fools is deceit. heart sick: but when the desire 9 Fools make a mock at sin: but cometh, it is a tree of life.

among the righteous there is favour. 13 Whoso despiseth the word 10 The heart knoweth his own shall be destroyed : but he that bitterness; and a stranger doth not feareth the commandment shall be intermeddle with his joy. rewarded.

11 The house of the wicked shall 14 The law of the wise is a foun- be overthrown: but the tabernacle tain of life, to depart from the of the upright shall flourish. enares of death.

12 There is a way which seemeth 15 Good understanding giveth fa- right unto a man, but the end therevour: but the way of transgressors of are the ways of death. is hard.

13 Even in laughter the heart is 16 Every, prudent man dealeth sorrowful; and the end of that with knowledge: but a fool layeth mirth is heaviness. open his folly.

14 The backslider in heart shall 17 A wicked messenger falleth be filled with his own ways: and a înto mischief: but a faithful am- good man shall be satisfied from bassador is health.

himself. 18 Poverty and shame shall be to 15 The simple believeth every him that refuseth instruction : but word: but tho prudent man lookhe that regardeth reproof shall be eth well to his going. honoured.

16 A wise man feareth, and de19 The desire accomplished is parteth from evil: but the fool sweet to the soul : but it is abomi- rageth, and is confident. nation to fools to depart from evil. 17 He that is soon angry dealeth

20 He that walketh with wise foolishly: and a man of wicked men shall be wise: but a com-devices is hated. panion of fools shall be destroyed. 18 The simple inherit folly: but


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