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7. The robbery of the wicked shall 3 destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
9. It is better to dwell in a cormer of the house-top, than with a 4 brawling woman in 5 a wide
1OUISG. 10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour 6 findeth no favour in his eyes. 11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise : and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge. 12 The righteous man wisely c considereth the house of the wicked:, but God, overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness. 13 Whoso d stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. 14. A gift in secret pacifieth anger, and a reward in the bosom strong wrath. 15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but e destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. 16 The man f that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the
ead. 17 He that loveth 7 pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. 18 The wicked g shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright. 19. It is better to dwell in the * wilderness, than with a contemtious and an angry woman. g 20 There is treasure h to be desired and oil i in the dwelling of the j but a foolish man spendeth
it up. 21. He k that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. 22. A wise man scaleth l the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof. 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. 24 Proud and haughty scorner ishis name, who dealething proud wrath. 25 she desire of thesiothful kill. eth him ; for his hands refuse to labour. 26 He coveteth greedily all the day long : but the righteous giveth and soareth not. 27 The sacrifice m of the wicked is abomination; how much more, when he bringeth it 10 with a wick: ed mind 7
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28 A 11 false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly. 29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he 12 directeth his way. 30 There n is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against the LORD. 31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle ; but 13 safety is of the LORD. CHAPTER XXII. GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and 1 loving favour rather than silver and gold. 2 The a rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all. 3 A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. 42 By humility, and the fear of the LORD are riches, honour, and life. 5 Thorns and snares b are in the way of the froward : he that doth keep his soulshall be far from them. 68 Train cup a child in 4 the wa he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the 5 lender. 8 He d that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and 6 the rod of his anger shall fail. 9 7 He that hath a bountiful eye e shall be blessed ; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. 10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease. 11 He that lovesh pureness of heart, 8 for the grace of his lips the king f shall be his friend. 12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, g and he overthroweth the 9 words of the transgressor. 13 The slothful man saith, There as a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets. 14 The mouth of strange wo– men is a deep pit : he h that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein. 15 Foolishness as bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of oction shall drive it far from 1 III. 16. He i that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall Surely come
17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply k thine heart unto my knowledge.
18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them 10 within thee:
Of sundry moral virtues, they shall withal be fitted in thy
10S. ; That thy trust may be in the J.ORD, I have made known to thee this day, 11 even to thee? 20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge? 2] That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer / the words of truth to 12 them that send unto thee. 22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate : 23 Form the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious mall thou shalt not go : 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul. 26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts. 27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee 7 28 Remove not the ancient 13 landmark, which thy fathers have set. 29 Seest thou a man diligent m in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before 14 mean mem. CHAPTER XXIII. HEN thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee : 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. 3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat. 4 Labour a not to be rich : cease from thine own b wisdom. 5 Wilt thou 1 set thine eyes upon that which is not ? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. 6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath all evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he . Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. § The morses which thou hast eat. en shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. 9 Speak not in the ears of a fool : for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. 10 Remove c not the old 2 landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: 11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
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and their contrary vices. struction, and thune ears to the words of knowledge. 13 Withhold not correction from the child : for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and e shalt deliver his soul from hell. 15 My son, iff thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even 3 mine. 16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. 17 Let g not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long. 18 For surely there is an 4 end; and thine expectation shall not be Cut Off. 19 Hearthou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine hearth in the way.
20 Be i not among wine-bibbers; among riotous eaters of 5 flesh:
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with
ragS. 22 Hearken k unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thymother when she is old. 23 Buy l the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, on and instruction, and understanding. 24. The father m of the righteous shall greatly rejoice, and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. 25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. | 26 Myson, give me thine heart, o and let thine eyes observe my ways. | 27. For a whore is a deep ditch; p and a strange woman is a narrow
pit. | 28 She also lieth q in wait as 6 for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men. | 29 Who hath woe? r who hath sorrow % who hath contentions f who hath babbling who hath wounds without cause ! who hath redness of eyes? 30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed W] Ilê. 31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like 7 an adder. 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. |,34, Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the 8 midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the stop of a mast. ! 35 They have strickens me, shall
gate. ! 8 He that deviseth g to do evil shall
be called a mischievous person. 9 The thought h of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men. 10 If thou faint i in the day of advoy, thy strength is 3 small. 11 If thou forbear to deliver k them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; 12 lif, thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it ! and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it 2 and shall l not he render to every man according to his works f 13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good ; and the honeycomb, which is sweet 4 to thy taste: is Šom shot; the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul : when thou hast n found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off. 15, Lay not wait, O wicked man, ainst the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place : ić for a just man falleth seven times, and riseth o up again; but p the wicked shall fall into mischief. 17 Rejoice q not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth : 18. Lest the LORD see it, and it 5 displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. 19 6 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the 7 candle of the wicked shall be put out.
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r 1Pe.2.13-17. 8 changers. s Le. 19, 15. 9 blessing of good. 10 answereth right words. t Mat. 5.39,44. Ro. 12.17, 19. 11 set my heart. 12 a man of shield. (CHAP. 25.) a De. 29.29. B Job 29. 16. # there is no searching. 2 Set not out thy glory. c Lu. 14.8-10.
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21, My son, fear r thou, the Loop and the king : and meddle not with 8 them that are given to change; 22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both 1 23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not s good to have respect of persons in judgment. 24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor In :
1IIl : 25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a 9 good blessing shall come upon them. 26 Every man shall kiss his lips that 10 giveth a right answer. 27. Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field ; and afterwards build thine house. 28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause ; and deceive not with thy lips. 29 Say triot, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work. 30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding:
31, And, lo, it was all grown over
with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. 32 Then I saw, and 11 considered it well; I looked upon it, and received instruction. 33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to
eep : 34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth ; and thy want as 12 an armed man. CHAPTER XXV. Observations about kings, and about avoiding quarrels. HESE are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah copied out. 2 It a is the glory of God to conceal a thing : but the honour of kings is to search out b a matter. 3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings 1 is unsearchable. 4"Take away the dross from the silver, and there shallcome forth a vessel for the finer. 5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness. 6 2 Put not c forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men : 7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thoushouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen. top
Observations about kings.
8 God not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. 9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; e and discover not 3 a secret to another: 10 sest he that heareth is put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away. 11 A word 4 fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. s an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament fof fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear. 13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest so is a faithful messenger to them that send him : for he refresheth the soul of his masters. 14 Whoso boasteth a himself 5 of a false gift is like clouds h and wind without rain. 15 By long forbearing is a prince ersuaded, and a soft tongue roaketh the bone. 16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest ou be filled there with, and vomit
lū. 17 6. Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be 7 weary of thee, and so hate thee. 18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, i and a sharp arrow. 19 Confidence in an unfaithful
man in time of trouble is like a
broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. 20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth Songs to an heavy heart. 21. If k thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward l thee. 23 The north wind 8 driveth away rain : So doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue. 24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the house-top, than with a brawling woman, and in a wide house. 25 Ascold waters to a thirsty soul, So is good news from a far coun
try. 26. A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring. 27 It is not good to eat much honey : So for men to search their own glory is not glory. 28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
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Observations about fools.
CHAPTER XXVI. Observations about fools, sluggards, and busy-bodies. Aš Snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool. 2. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless a shall not come. whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back. 4 Answer not a fool according to #: folly, lest thou also be like unto 1 Isl.
5. Answer b a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own 1 conceit. 6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool. cutteth off the feet, and drinketh 2 damage. The legs of the lame are 3 not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8 As he that 4 bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. o 9 As a thorn, goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 10 5 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors. 11 As c a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool 6 returneth to his folly. 12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit 7 d there is more hope of a fool than of him. 13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way, a lion is in the StreetS. 14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom ; 7 it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason. 17 He that passeth by, and 8 meddleth with strife belonging not to him is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. 18 As a mad man who casteth 9 firebrands, arrows, and death, 19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport 1 20 Where 10 no wood is, there the fire goeth out; so where there is no 11 tale-bearer, the strife 12 ceaseth. 21. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire: so w8 a contemtious man to kindle strife. 22 The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds, and they go down into the 13 innermost parts of the belly.
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23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. 24 He that hateth 14 dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him ; 25 When he 15 speaketh fair, believe him not; for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26 Whose 16 hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be lowed before the whole congregaiOI!. 27 Whoso ediggeth a pit shall fall therein ; and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it ; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. CHAPTER XXVII. Observations of self-love, and of care to avoid offences. OAST not a thyself of 1 to-mor. row ; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. 2 Let another b man praise thee, and not thine own mouth, a stranger, and not thine own lips. 3. A stone is 2 heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both. 4 Wrath is 3 cruel, and anger is 4 outrageous ; but who c is able to stand before 5 envy 5 Opend rebuke is better than secret love. 6 Faithful e are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are 6 deceitful.
her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place. 9 Ointment and Fo rejoice the heart : so doth the sweetness of a man's friend 8 by hearty counsel. 10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not ; neither o into thy brother's house in the ay of thy calamity; for better g is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off. . 11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, h that f may answer him that reproacheth me. 12 A prudent man foreseeth i the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. 13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. . . 14. He that blesseth, his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a
curse to him. 15 A continual k dropping in a
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very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. 16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself. 17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. 18 Whosol keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on m his master shall be honoured. 19 AS in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. Hell m and destruction are 9 never full; so o the eyes of man are never satisfied. 21 As the fining-pot for silver, and the furnace for gold ; so is a man to his praise. 22 Though p thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him. 23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and 10 look well to thy herds. 24 For 11 riches are not q for ever: and doth the crown endure to 12 every generation ? 25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass r showeth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. 26. The lambs are for thy clothing, oho goats are the price of the € 1(1. 27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the 13 maintenance for thy maidens. CHAPTER XXVIII. General observations of impiety, and Yeligious integrity. Th; wicked flee when a no man pursueth : but the righteous are bold as a lion. 2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by 1 a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged. 3 A poor b man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain 2 which leaveth no food. 4 They c that forsake the law raise the wicked but such as eep the law contend with d them. 5 Evile men understand not judgment: but they f that seek the LoRD understand all things. 6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be