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Of the pursuit of pleasure, fic. PROVERBS.

Importance of right education. 8 The way of man is froward and strange: froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be but as for the pure, his work is right. far from them.

9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the 6 Train up a child in the way he should go : house-top, than with a brawling woman in a and when he is old, he will not depart from it. wide house.

7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the
10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his borrower is servant to the lender.
neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes. 8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity:

11 When the scorner is punished, the sim- and the rod of his anger shall fail.
ple is made wise: and when the wise is in- 9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be
structed, he receiveth knowledge.

blessed; for he giveth of his brcad to the poor. 12 The righteous man wisely considerethi 10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shal] the house of the wicked: but God over- go out; yea, strite and reproach shall ccase. throweth the wicked for their wickedness. il He that loveth pureness of heart, for th

13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of grace of his lips the king shall be his friend. the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall 12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knownot be heard.

ledge, and he overthroweth the words of the 14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a transgressor. reward in the bosom, strong wrath.

13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion 15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but without, I shall be slain in the streets. destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. 14 The mouth of strange women is a deep

16 The man that wandereth out of the way | pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall
of understanding shall remain in the congre- fall therein.
gation of the dead.

15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a
17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor child; but the rod of correction shall drive it
man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not far from him.
be rich.

16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase 18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, righteous, and the transgressor for the up- shall surely come to want. right.

17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words 19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, of the wise, and apply thy heart unto my than with a contentious and an angry woman. knowledge.

20 There is treasure to be desired, and oil 18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep m the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man them within thee; they shall withal be fitted spendeth it up:

in thy lips.
21 He that followeth after righteousness and 19 T'hat thy trust may be in the LORD, I have
mercy, findeth life, righteousness, and honour. made known to thee this day, even to thee.

22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, 20 Have not I written to thee excellent
and casteth down the strength of the confi. things in counsels and knowledge,
dence thereof.

21 That I might make thee know the cer. 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue, tainty of the words of truth; that thou mightkeepeth his soul from troubles.

est answer the words of truth to them that 24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, send unto thee? who dealeth in proud wrath.

22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: 25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: his hands refuse to labour.

23 For the Lord will plead their cause, and 26 He coveteth greedily all the day long : spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. but the righteous giveth and spareth not. 24 Make no friendship with an angry man; 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomina- and with a furious man thou shalt noi go: tion: how much more, when he bringeth it 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare with a wicked mind?

to thy soul. 28 A false witness shall perish: but the man 26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, that heareth, speaketh constantly.

or of them that are sureties for debts. 29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but 27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should as for the upright, he directeth his way, he take away thy bed from imder thee?

30 There is no wisdom nor understanding (28 Remove not the apcient landmark, which nor counsel against the Lord.

day fathers have set. 2 31 The horse is prepared against the day of 29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? nattle: but safety is of the Lord.

he shall stand before kinys; he shall not stand CHAP. XXII.

before mean men. GOOD name is rather to be chosen

CHAP. XXIII. than great riches, and loving favour ra- THEN thou sittest to eat with a ruler, tier than silver and gold. :2 The rich and poor meet together: the 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a Lord is the ma'er of them all.

man given to appetite. 3 A prudenter man foreseeth the evil, and 3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they bideth' Limself: but the simple pass on, and are deceitful meat. we ranished.

4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine obiy humility and the fear of the LORD are own wisdom. ripes, and honour, and life.

5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which 5 Thorns and shares are in the way of the is not? for riches certainly make themselves

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CHAP. XXIV.

Of uisdom, fr. svinge; they fly away as an eagle towards and I was not sick; they have beaten me, heaven.

and I felt it not: when shall I awahe? I 6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath will seek it yet agair. an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty

CHAP. XXIV. meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he) Betlou envious against evil men,

neither desire to be with them : Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart 2 For their heart studieth destruction, and is not with thee,

their lips talk of mischief. 8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt 3 Through wisdom is a house builded; and a thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. by understanding it is established:

9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he 4 And hy knowledge shall the chambers le will despise the wisdom of thy words. filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 10 Remove not the old landınark; and en- 5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of fer not into the fields of the fatherless: knowledge increaseth strength.

11 For their Redeemer is mighty; he shall 6 For by wise cowsel thou shalt make thy plead their cause with thee.

war: and in inultitude of counsellors there ist 12 Apply thy heart unto instruction, and safety. thiue ears to the words of knowledge.

7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: lie open 13 Withhold not correction from the child: eth not his mouth in the gate. for if thou beatest him with the lod, he shall 8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called not die.

a mischievous person. 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and 9 The thought of foolishness is sin : and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

the scorncr is an abomination to men. 15 My son, if thy heart be wise, my heart 10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy shall rejoice, even mine.

strength is small. 16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy 11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are lips speak right things.

drawn unto death, and those that are ready 17 Let not thy heart envy sinners: but be to be slain; thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. 12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not;

18 For surely there is an end; and thine doth not he that pondereth the heart consider expectation shall not be cut off.

it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he 19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and know it? and shall not he render to every guide thy heart in the way.

man according to his works? 20 Be not among wine-bibbers; among riot- 13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is ous eaters of flesh:

good; and the loney-comb, which is sweet 21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall to thy taste: come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe 14 Šo shall the knowledge of wisdom be a man with rags.

unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then 22 Hearken unto thy father that begat dhee, there shall be a reward, and thy expectation and despise not thy mother when sheild shall not be cut off. 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; nilso wis-15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against

this dom, and instruction, and understanding dwelling of the righteous; spoil noi his resu

24 The father of the righteous shall greatly ing-place:
rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise chili 16 For a juist man falleth seven times, and
sliall have joy of him.

riseth up again: but the wicked shall fals
25 Thy father and thy motlıer shall be glad, into mischief.
and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and 26 My son, give me thy heart, and let thine let not thy heart be glad when he stumbleth: eyes observe my ways.

18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease 27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a birn, and he turn away his wrath from him. strange a pit.

not increaseth the transgressors among menon

20 For there shall be no reward to the 'evit 29 Who hath wo? who hath sorrow? who man; the candle of the wicked shall be putout. hath contentions ? who hath babbling? who 21 My son, fear thou the Lord and the hath wounds without cause ? who hath red- king: and meddle not with them that are ness of eyes?

given to change : 30 They that tarry long at the wine; they 22 For their calamity shall rise suddenlyä that go to seek mixed wine.

and who knoweth the ruin of them both? 31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is 23 These things also belong to the wise. red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, It is not good to have respect of persons in Owhen it moveth itself aright.

judgment. 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and 24 He that saith into the wicked, Thou art. stingeth like an adder.

righteous; him shall the people curse, nations 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, shall abhor him: and thy heart shall utter perverse things.

25 But to them thai rebuke him shall be de 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down light, and a good blessing shall come upod in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth them. the top of a mast.

26 Every man shall kiss his lips that givet! They have stricken me, shalt thou say, la right answer.

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Observations about rulers.

PROVERBS.

Of fools, sluggards, fc. 27 Prepare thy work without, and inake itf 19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot build thy house.

out of joint. 28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour 20 Aš ke that taketh away a garment in cold without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. weather, and as vinegar upon nitre: 50 is

29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath he that singeth songs to a heavy heart. done to me: I will render to the man accord- 21 If thine enemy be hungry, give hin bread ing to his work.

to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water 30 I went by the field of the slotlısul, and by to drink: the vineyard of the man void of understand- 22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his

head, and the LORD shall reward thee. 31 'And lo, it was all grown over with thorns, 23 'The north wind driveth away rain: so and nettles had covered the face thereof, and doth an angry countenance a backbiting the stone wall thereof was broken down.

tongue. 32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I 24° It is better to dwell in a corner of the looked upon it, anul received instruction. house-top, than with a brawling woman and

33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little in a wide house. folding of the hands to sleep:

25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is 34 So shall thy poverty come as one that good news from a far country. travelleth; and thy want as an armed man. 26 A righteous man falling down before the CHAP. XXV.

wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a cor 1 Observations about kings, 8 and about avoid- rupt spring.

ing of quarrels, and sundry causes thereof. 27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for TH NHESE are also proverbs of Solomon, men to search their own glory is not glory.

which the men of Hezekiah king of 28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit Judah copied out.

is like a city that is broken down, and withie 2 It is the glory of God to conceala thing: but out walls. the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

CHAP. XXVI. 3 The heaven for height, and the earth for 1 Obecroations about fools, 13 about sluggards, depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable. 17 and about contentious busybodies.

Take away be dross tramell per ilver med A Sesto Win sumurs, an denen raitoin koor. there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.

5 Take away the wicked from before the 2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow king, and his throne shall be established in by flying, so the curse causeless slial) not come. righteousness.

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, 6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the and a rod for the fool's back. king, and stand not in the place of great men: 4 Answer not a fool according to his folly,

7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, lest thou also be like unto him. Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest put lower in the presence of the prince whom he be wise in his own conceit. thine eyes have seen.

6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a 3 Go not forth hastily to stri lest thou fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. know not what to do in the end thereof, when 7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. a parable in the mouth of fools.

9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour him- 8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is self; and discover not a secret to another: he that giveth honour to a fool.

10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, 9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a and thine infamy turn not away.

drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of 11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of fools. gold in pictures of silver.

10 The great God that formed all things 12 As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an transgressors. obedient ear.

11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool 13 As the cold of snow in the time of har- returneth to his folly. vest, so is a faithful messenger to them that 12 Seest thou a map wise in his own con send him: for he refresheth the soul of his ceit? there is more hope of a fool than of bin.

13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion 14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gist is in the way; a lion is in the streets. like clouds and wind without rain.

14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so 15 By long forbearing is a prince persua- doth the slothful upon his bed. ded, and a soft tongue hreaketh the bone. 15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bo

16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as som; it grieveth him to bring it again to his s sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled there- mouth. with, and vomit it.

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit 17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's than seven men that can render a reason. house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate 17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with thee.

strife belonging not to him, is like one that 18 A man that beareth false witness against taketh a dog by the ears. liis neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a 18 As a mad man who casteth fire-brands, sharp arrow

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19 So is the man that deceiveth his neigh- | 18 Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the bour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his mas. 20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth ter shall be honoured. out: so where there is no tale-bearer, the 19 As in water face answereth to face, so strife ceaseth.

the heart of man to man. 21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to 20 Hell and destruction are never full; 00 fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. the eyes of man are never satisfied.

22 The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds, 21 As the fining-pot for silver, and the sur. and they go down into the innermost parts of nace for gold; so is a man to his praise. the belly:

22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a 23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like mortar aniong wheat with a pestle, yet will be a potsherd covered with silver dross. not his foolishness depart from him.

24 He that hateth, dissembleth with his lips, 23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy and layeth up deceit within him;

flocks, and look well to thy herds: 25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. the crown endure to every generation ?

26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, bis 25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass wickedness shall be shewed before the whole sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains congregation.

are gathered. 27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and 26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon bim. goats are the price of the field. 28 A lying tongue hateth those that are af- 27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough ficted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh for thy food, for the food of thy household, ruin.

and for maintenance for thy maidens. CHAP. XXVII.

CHAP. XXVIII. 1 Observations of self-love, 5 of true love, 11 of Gotteral observations of impiety and religions care to avoid offences, 23 and of the household

integrity. THE wicked fee when no man pursueth:

T B LASTE not thyself of to-morrow;

for thon but the righteous are bold as a lion. knowest not what a day may bring forth. 2 For the transgression of a land many are 2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine the princes thereof: but by a man of underown mouth; a stranger, and not thine own standing and knowledge the state thereof lips.

shall be prolonged. 3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; 3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both. like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; 4 They that forsake the law praise the wick. but who is able to stand before envy ? ed: but such as keep the law contend with 5 Open rebuke is better than secret love. them. 6 Faithful arc the wounds of a friend; but 5 Evil men understand not judgment: but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. they that seek the Lord understand all things.

7 The full soul Joathieth a honey-comb; but 6 Better is the poor that walketh in his upto the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. rightness, than he tha

perverse in his 8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, ways, though he be rich. so is a man that wandereth from his place. 7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son :

9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: but he that is a companion of riotous men so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by shameth his father. hearty counsel.

8 He that by usury and unjust gain increase 10 Thine own friend, and thy father's eth his substance, he shall gather it for him friend, forsake not; neither go into thy bro- that will pity the poor. ther's house in the day of thy calamity: for 9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing better is a neighbour that is near, than a the law, even his prayer shall be abomination, brother far off.

10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray 11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, in an evil way, he shall fall himself

into his that I may answer him that reproacheth me. own pit: but the upright shall have good

12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and things in possession.
hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and 11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit
are punished.

but the poor that hath understanding search. 13 Take his garment that is surety for a eth him out. stranger, and take a pledge of him for a 12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is strange woman.

great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man 14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud is hidden. voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be 13 He that covereth his sins shall not proscounted a curse to him.

per: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh 15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day them shall have mercy. and a contentious woman are alike.

14 Happy is the man that feareth always: 16 Whosoever hideth her, hideth the wind, but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall inta and the ointment of his right hand which be- mischief. wrayeth itself.

15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; 17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpen-so is a wicked ruler over the poor people. eth the countenance of his friend.

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PROVERBS. Agur s confession anti prdyet. also a great oppressor: but he that hateth 12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants covetousness shall prolong his days.

are wicked. 17 A man that doeth violence to the blood 13 The poor and the deceitful man meet toof any person shall flee to the pit; let no gether: the Lord lighteneth both their

eyes. man stay him.

14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, 18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved; his throne shall be established for ever. but he that is perverse in his ways shall fais 15 The rod and reproof give wisdoin: but

a child left to himself bringeth his mother to
19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty shame.
of bread: but he that followeth after vain 16 When the wicked are multiplied, trans-
persons shall have poverty enough. gression increaseth: but the righteous shall

20 A faithful mau shall abound with bless. see their fall.
ings: but he that maketh haste to be rich 17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee
shall not be imocent.

rest; yea, he shall give delight into thy soul 21 To have respect of persons is not godt: 18 Where there is no vision, the people per for, for a piece of bread that man will trans&ish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. gress.

19 A servant will not be corrected by words: 22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil for though he understand he will not answer. eye, and considereth not that poverty shall 20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his come upon him.

words? there is more hope of a fool than of 23 He that rebukeb a man, afterwards him. shall find inore favour than he that flattereth 21 He that delicately bringeth up his serwith the tongue.

vant from a child shall have lim become his 24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, son at the length. and saith, It is no transgression; the same 22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a is the companion of a destroyer.

furious man aboundeth in transgression. 25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up 23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but strife : but lie that putteth his trust in the honour shall iphold the humble in spirit. LORD shall be made fat.

24 Whoso is partner with a thief, hatethi 26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a his own soul : he heareth cursing, and be. fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be wrayeth it not. delivered.

25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but 27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have safe. many a curse.

26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but etery 28 When the wicked rise, men bide them- man's judgment cometh from the LORD. selves: but when they perish, the righteous. 27 An unjust man is an abomination to the increase. just; and he that is upright in the way

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abomination to the wicked. I Observations of public government, 15 and of

CUAP. XXX. private. 22 Oj unger, pridr, thievery, coward- 1.9gur's confession of his faith. 7 The 1100 ice, and corruption.

points of his prayer. 10 The meanest are not Ethat, being often reproved, hardeneth to be wronged. 11 Four wicked generations.

15 Four things insatiable. 17 Parents are not and that without remedy.

to be despised. 18 Fourthinys hard to be known.

21 Four things intolerable. 24 Four things ex2 When the righteous are in authority, the cecding wise. 29 Four things stately. 32 iVrath people rejoice: but when the wicked bear. is to be prevented. eth rule, the people mourn.

THE words of Agur the son of Jakeh, 3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: even the prophecy: the man spake unto but he that keepeth company with harlots Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal, spendeth his substance.

2 Surely I ain more brutish than any man, 4 The king byjudgment establisheth the land: and have not the understanding of a man. but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it. 3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the

5 A man that flattereth his neighbourspread- knowledge of the holy. eth a net for his feet.

4 Who liath ascended up into heaven, or 6 In the transgression of an evil man there descended? who hath gathered the wind in is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and his fists? who hath bound the waters in a rejoice.

garment? who hath established all the ends 7 The righteous considereth the cause of of the earth? what is his name, and what is the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to his son's name, if thou canst tell? know it.

5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield 8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: auto them that put their trust in him. but wise men turn away wradh.

6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he re9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish prove thee, and thou be found a liar. man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no 7 'Two things have I required of thee; derest.

ny me them not before I die: 10 The blood-thirsty hate the upright: but 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies; give the jnst seek his soul.

me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with 11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise food convenient for me: mar keepeth it in till afterwards.

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