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zor in the son of man, in whom there is no 2 help. 4 His breath goeth forth, he d returneth to his earth ; in that very day his thoughts perish. 5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God : 6 Whiche made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: 7 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed : which giveth food to the hungry. f The LORD loosetlig the prisoners: 8 The LORD h openeth the eyes of the blind : the LORD raiseth them : that are bowed down : the LORD loveth the righteous : 9 The LORD preserveth the strangers; he k relieveth the fatherless and widow : but the way of the wicked he l turneth upside down. 10 The LorD shall reign for ever, cven thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD. PSALM. CXLVII. The Prophet eachorteth to praise God for his care of the church. Poli; ye the LORD : for it is good a to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. 2 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem : he gathereth together the outcasts b of Israel. 3 He chealeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their 1 wounds. 4 He telleth the numberofthestars; he calleth them all by their names. 5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: 2 his understanding d is infinite. 6 The LORD lifteth up the meek: e he casteth the wicked down to the ground. 7 Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving ; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: 8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. 9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the § ravens f which cry. 10 He delighteth not in, the strength of the horse : he tasketh not o in the legs of a man. 11 The 9 LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. 12, Praise the Loop, O Jerusalem; praise o God, ion. 13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children h within thee. 14 § He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the 4 finest of the wheat.

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3 eacalted. f Ep.2.13, 17. PSALM 149, i Hallelujah. a Ps. 100.3. 2 or, with the pipe.

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praise God.

15. He i sendeth forth his com mandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly, 16 He giveth snow like wool : he scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes. 17. He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold 3 18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow. and the waters flow. 19 He k showeth his 5 word unto Jacob, his statutes l and his judgments unto Israel. 20 He m hath not dealt so with any nation ; and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD. PSALM CXLVIII. The Psalmist eachorteth to praise God. RAISE 1 ye the LoRD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 2 Praise a ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 4 Praise him, ye heavens b of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. 5 Let them praise the mame of the IORD: c for he commanded, and o created. 6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass. 7 Praise the LoRD from the earth, ye dragons, d and all deeps: 8 Fire,and hail; snow,and vapours, . stormy wind fulfilling his word 9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars : 10 Beasts, and all cattle

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11 Kings of the earth, and all people ; princes, and all judges of the earth 12 Both young men and maidens; old men and children: 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD : fore his name alone is 3 excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. 14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints;

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near funto him. Praise ye the LORD. SALM CXLIX.

The Prophet erhorteth to praise God for his love of the church.

Poio 1 ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. 2 Let Israel rejoice in him that a made him : let the children of Zion be joyful in their o; 3 Let them praise his name * in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

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From the Creation, 3004....Before Christ, 1000.... Year of Solomon, 15.

CHAPTER I. 1 The use of the proverbs. 7 An erhortation to fear God and believe his word. HE proverbs a of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction ; to perceive the words of understanding: 3 Tob receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and 1 equity; 4 To give subtlety to the simple, c to the young d man knowledge and 2 discretion. 5A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, and 3 the interpretation ; the words of the wise, and their darke sayings. 7 's The fear of the LORD is the 4 beginningfosknowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 M. son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9 For they shall be an 5 ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. 10 *s Myson, if sinners entice thee, Consent g thou not. 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without

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as the grave ; and whole, as those that go down into the pit : 13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil : 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse : 15 My son, walkh not thou in the way with them ; refrain i thy foot from their path : 16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the 6 sight of any bird. 18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. 19 Sok are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. 20 *| 7 Wisdom l crieth without ; she uttereth her voice in the streets: 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates : in the city she uttereth her words, saying, e 22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity and the scorn; ers delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge 7 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I'm will is". out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 24 *| Because n I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all

Wisdom promiseth my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 25 Io also will laugh , at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh, as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind ; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Themp shall they call upon me but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not

Ilúl IIlê . 29 For that they hated q, knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD : 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my r reproof. 31 Therefores shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the 8 prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. CHAPTER II. Wisdom promisi th godliness to her children. Y son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide a my Commandments with thee; 2 So that thou incline b thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding ; 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and I liftest up thy voice for understanding ; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, C and searchest for her as for hid treasureS : 5Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 6 Ford the LORD giveth wisdom : out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous : he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 8 He keepeth the o of judgment, and preservethe the way of his saints. 9 Then f shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. 10 *|| When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: 12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; 13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk g in the ways of darkness; 14 Who rejoice to do evil, and de

PROVERBS, II, III.

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q Job 21. 14.
r ch.6.23.
s Je.2.19.
6. 19.
8 or, ease.
(CHAP. 2.)
a Ps. 119. 11.
b Is. 55.3.
* givest.
c Mat. 13.44.
d] Ki.3.9, 12.
Ja. 1.5.
£ JSa.2.9.
Jude 24.
f Ps. 119.99.
g Jno. 12.35.
h Ro. 1.32.
* Ps. 125.5.
k ch.5.20.
! Mai.2.14.
on Ec.7.26.
2 or, plwcked
14 p.
(CHAP. 3.)
a Is.51.7.
Je.31.33.
bIDe.30. 16-20.
ITi.4.8.
1 years of.
c 200.3.3.
2 or, success.
d Je. J0.23.
Ro. 12. 16.
3 medicine.
4 watering,
Or, moist-
ening.
e Ex. 22.29.
Mal. 3. 10,12.
Ec. 11, 1,2.
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g He. 12.5,6.
Re, 3.19.
h ch.8.35,36.
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i Phi.3.8,9. k Ps. 19.10.

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godliness to her children. lighth in the frowardness of the wicked; 15 Whose ways are crooked, i and they froward in their paths: 16 To deliver thee from the k Strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her

words; 17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant l of her God. 18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 19 None m that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. 20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. 22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall he 2 rooted out of it. CHAPTER III. An eachortation to obedience, faith, and mortification. M}. son, forget not my law; but let thine heart a keep my Commandments : 2 For b length of da

and 1 long life, and peace, sha y o

they add to

{}{2. 3 £et not mercy and truth forsako thee : bind them about thy neck; Write c them upon the table o thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good 2 understanding in the sight of God and man. 5 *s Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not d unto thine own understanding.' 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. **i. not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 it shall be 8 health to thy navel, and 4 marrow to thy bones. 9 Honour the LoRD with thy substance, and with the first-fruits e of all thine increase : 10 Sof shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. 11 of My g son, despise not the chastening of the LöRD ; neither be weary of his correction : 12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. 13, "I Happy h is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that 5 getteth understanding. 14 For i the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and k the gain thereof than fine gold.

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Benefits of wisdom. 15 She is more precious l than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches m and honour. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.n is Šhe is a tree” of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy ts every one that retaineth her. 19 The LoRD by wisdom p hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he Gestablished the heavens. 20 By his knowledge the depths are broken q up, and the clouds drop down the r dev. 21 off My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. . 33°then shalt thou waii; in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. 24. When s thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: {. thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep t shall be Sweet. 25 Be u not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. 26 For the LoftD shall be thy confidence, and v shall keep thy foot from being taken. 27 of Withhold not good from 7 them to whom it is due, w when a § is in the power of thine hand to o it. 28 Sayy not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to-morrow I will give; when thou hast it by

€6. 29 8 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. 30 # Strive z not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. 31's Envy thou not 9 the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. 32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD : but his secreta is with the righteous. * * *| The b curse of the [ORD is in the house of the wicked; but c he blesseth the habitation of the just. 34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the

owly. 35 Hie wise d shall inherit glory: but shame 10 shall be the promotion of CHAPTER IV.

Solomon showeth what instruction he had qf his parents.

PROVERBS, IV.

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(CHAP. 4.)
a De. 32.2.
5 I Ch. 29.1.
c 10.h.28.9.
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d Ps. 1.1.
e Ps.84.7.
Phi.2, 15.
f Jno. 12.35.
2 medicine.
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ness of lips. *

Of obedience.

TEAR, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 2 For I give you good doctrine, a forsake ye not my law. 3 For s was my father's son, tenderb and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He c taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing ; therefore get wisdom: and with āli thy getting get understanding. 8 Exalther, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace : 1 a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. 10 Hear, O my son, and receive m sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. 11 I have taught thee in the wa of wisdom; f have led thee in

o 12 When thougoest, thy steps shall not be straitened : and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. 13 Take fast hold of instruction ; let her not go : keep her; for she is thy life. 14 *| Enterd not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have dome mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. 18 But e the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they f know not at what they stumble. 20 off My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and 2 health to all their

flesh. 23 T Keep thy heart 5 with all

diligence; for out of it are the

issues of life. 24 Put away from thee 4 a froward Of whoredom and riot.

mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

25, Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and 5 let all thy ways be established.

27 Turn not to the right hand norto the left : remove thy foot from evil.

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{{??.S&Ool. M. son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding : 2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. 3 *|| For a the lips of a strange wofnan drop as an honey-comb, and her 1 mouth is smoother than oil : 4 But her end is bitter b as wormwood, sharp cas a two-edged sword. 5 Herd feet go down to death, her steps take hold on hell. st thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, it thou canst not know them. 7 Hear me now, therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. 8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not migh the door of her house: 9 Lest thou unto others, and thy years unto the cruel : 10 Lest strangers be filled with

thy 2 wealth ; and thy labours be in |*

the house of a stranger ; 11 And thou mourn at the last, e when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, 12 And say, How f have I hated instruction, and my heart despised 9 reproof; 4. 13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mime ear to them that instructed me ! 14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and

assembly. 15 T Drink waters out of thine own h cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. 16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the StreetS. 17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. 18. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife i of thy

routh. yo Let k her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe ; let her 8 breasts satisfy thee at aii times; and 4 be thouravished always with her love. 20 And why wilt gou, my son, be

5 ive thine honour

PROVERBS, V, VI.

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ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger ? 21 For l the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his 5 sins. 23 He m shall die without instruction ; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. CHAPTER WI. Against Suretiship, idleness, and mischievousness. M. son, if thou be surety a for thy friend, if thou haststricken thy hand with a stranger, 2 Thou art Snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, 1 and make sure thy friend. 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, mol slumber to thine eyelids, 5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler, 6's Gob to the ant, thou sluggard ; consider her ways, and be wise : 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat m the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard 7 when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 Yet c a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep : 11 So shall . o COITIE *s one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. 12"s. A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. 13 He d winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; 14 Frowardness is in his heart, he e deviseth mischief continually; he 2 Soweth discord f e 15 Therefore g shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be h broken without i remedy. 16 T These six things doth the LORD hate : yea, seven are an abomination 3 unto him : 17 4A proud look, k a lying 1 tongue, and hands m that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart n that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet 0 that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A p false witness that speaketh lies, and he q that soweth discord among brethreo,

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