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Chap. IC. 3 To receive the inftruction of wildom, juftice, and judgment, and + equity;

Ecclef. 12.9. † Heb. Equities.

IlOr, advise..


|| Or, aneloquent JPACE. b Joh 28. 28. Pial. 117. 10. Chap. 9.



4 To give fubtilty to the fimple, to the young man knowledge, and I difcretion.

5 A wife man will hear, and will increafe learning and a man of underftandingfhall attainuntowife counfels:

6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation: the words of the wife, and their dark fayings.

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools delpife wildom and inftruction.

8 My fon, hear the inftruction of thy father, and fortake not the law of The prin- thy mother:

12. 13. il Or,

pal part.

c Chap.



4 Chap. 1. 22.

then, an adding.

e Jer. 5.20.

f chap.

g lai. 59.7.


Ford they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

10 My fon, if finners entice thee, confent thou not.

11 If they fay, Come with us, let use lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without caufe:

iz Let us fwallow them up alive as the grave, and whole, as thofe that go down into the pit:

13 We fhall find all precious fubftance, we thall fill our houfes with fpoil:

14 Caft in thy lot among us, let us all have one purfe:

15 My fon, f walk not thou in the way with them; refiain thy foot from their path.

168 For their feet run to evil, and Rom. 3. make hafte to thed blood.

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17 Surely in vain the net is fpread t in the fight of any bird.

18 And they lay wait for their ow blood, they lurk privily for their orn lives.

19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain: which taketh away the life of the owner. thereof.

20 ¶th Wifdom crieth without, B fhe uttereth her voice in the streets : Card 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourfe, in the openings of the gates: in the city the uttereth her words, faying,

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22 How long, ye simple ones, will * 1* ye love fimplicity? and the fcorners delight in their icorning, and fools hate knowledge?

23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.


24¶Because I have called, and ye refuted, I have stretched out hand, and no man regarded;


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26 I alfo will laugh at your cala- 7 mity, I will mock when your fear cometh;

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27 When your fear cometh as cha defolation, and your deftruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

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28 Then fhall they call upon = 1 me, but I will not anfwer; they thall feek me early, but they fhall not find


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29 For that they hated know- Man ledge, and did not choose the fear

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30 P They would none of my coun- O fel: they defpifed all my reproof.


31 Therefore 9 fhall they eat of cha the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

32 For the turning away of the fimple fhall flay them, and the profperity of fools thall deftroy them.

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33 But whofo hearkeneth unto 25 me, thall dwell tafely, and fhall be quiet from fear of evil.

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C 1 Kings
3.9, 12.

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84. 11.



f Pfal.
125. 5.

8 Chap.


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Then fhalt thou understand
the fear of the LORD; and find the
knowledge of God.


6 For the LORD giveth wisdom:
5. out of his mouth cometh knowledge
and understanding.

7 He layeth up found wisdom for
the righteous: he is a buckler to
them that walk uprightly.

8 He keepeth the paths of judg
ment, and preferveth the way of his

9 Then fhalt thou understand
righteoufness, and judgment, and
equity; yea, every good path.

to ¶ When wildom entereth into
thine heart, and knowledge is plea-
fant unto thy foul;

11 Difcretion fhall preferve thee,
e understanding fhail keep thee:

12 To deliver thee from the way
of the evil man, from the man that
fpeaketh froward things.

13 Who leave the paths of up-
rightnefs, to walk in the ways of

The happy gain of avifdem.

Y fon, forget not my law; Before

Mbut let thine heart keep my Christ


cir. 1000.
a Deut.

16, 20.


2 For length of days, and † long 8.1.
life, and peace shall they add to thee. f
3 Let not mercy and truth forfake years of
thee: <bind them about thy neck, Pal
dwrite them upon the table of thine

4 So fhalt thou find favour, and
good understanding in the fight
God and man.

119. 165.


Deut. 6.8.




ajer 17.1.


5 ¶ Trust in the LORD with
thine heart; and lean not unto thine
own understanding.

See I sam.

2. 26.

Acts 2.47.
Rom. 14.


good fur-
fi Chro

6 f In all thy ways acknowledge ord fus
him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 ¶ & Be not wife in thine own
eyes: h fear the LORD, and depart

from evil.

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8 Rom.
12. 16.

h Jubi.f.
Chap. 19.


+ Heb.

thý theo
of or, "


i Job

k Exod.

filled 21:24:


14 Who rejoice to do evil, and de-
light in the frowardnefs of the wicked.chaftening of the LORD: neither be

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23. 10. &

Deut. 26.
2, &c.

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1 Deut.

28. 8.

12 For whom the LORD loveth, he
correcteth, even as a father the fon,1%
in whom he delighteth.

13 Happy is the man that find-
eth wisdom, and † the man that get-
teth understanding.

14 P For the merchandife of it is
better than the merchandife of filver,
and the gain thereof than fine gold.

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o Chap


+ Heb.

Ide man
that draw)
eth out un-

de fand-

Job 28.

15, &c.
Fial. 19.

15 She is more precious than rubles:
and all the things thou canst defire,
are not to be compared unto her.
16 9 Length of days is in her right
hand: and in her left hand riches 1:

and honour.

chap. 2.

11, 19. &
16. 16.
g Chap.

17 Her ways are ways of pleafant- 8.18.
nefs, and all her paths are peace.


18 She is a tree of life to them r see Gen
that lay hold upon her; and happy 3.22.
is every one that retaineth her.



19 The LORD by wifdom hath Pral.
founded the earth; by understanding & 16. s.
hath he || éftablished the heavens. Chap.
20 By his knowledge the depths Jer. 10.
are broken up, and the clouds drop is
down the dew.


12. & 51.

1 Or.



21 ¶ My fon, let not them depart Gen
from thine eyes: keep found wildom
and difcretion.

22 So fhall they be life unto thy
foul, and grace to thy neck.
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3. fhalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt
5.& 4.8. lie down, and thy fleep fhall be fweet.
252 Be not afraid of fudden fear,
915& neither of the defolation of the wick-
ed, when it cometh.

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26 For the LORD fhall be thy con-
fidence, and fhall keep thy foot from
being taken.

27 Withhold not good from
them to whom it is due, when it is
in the power of thine hand to do it.

28 a Say not unto thy neighbour,
Go, and come again, and to morrow
I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
29 Devife not evil against thy
no neighbour, feeing he dwelleth fe-
curely by thee.

b Pfal.
37.1. &
+ Heb.

a man of


c Pial.

14, &c.

Pal. 37

30 Strive not with a man with-
out caufe, if he have done thee no

31 ¶ Envy thou not † the oppref-
for, and choofe none of his ways.

32 For the froward is abomination
to the LORD: <but his fecret is with
the righteous.

33 The curfe of the LORD is
d Lev. 26. in the houfe of the wicked: but he
blefleth the habitation of the juft.
34¶Surely he fcorneth the
Jam. 4 fcorners: but he giveth grace unto
Pet. 5.5. the lowly,

Mal. 2.2.


+ Heb.

sbe fools.


hi Chro.
29. 1.

'c Chro.


d Chap.

35 The wife fhall inherit glory,
but thame thall be the promotion
of fools.


1 Solomon to perfuade obedience, 3 fhew-
eth what inftruction he had of his
parents. 5 To fluity wifitom, 14 and
to fhun the path of the wicked:
20 He exhorteth to faith, 23 and

HEar, ye children, the inftruc-

tion of a father, and attend to
know understanding.

2 For I give you good doctrine,
forfake you not my law.

3 For I was my fathers fon, ten-
der and only beloved in the fight of
my mother."

4 He taught me alfo, and faid
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 Fortake her not, and the fhall
preferve thee: love her, and the
ihall keep thee.

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7 Wisdom is the principal thing, Before
therefore get wisdom: and with all Chri
thy getting, get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and the thall
pro- 1 Sam
mote thee: she shall bring thee to
honour, when thou doft embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head f
ornament of grace: a crown of glo- or,
fhall the deliver to thee.



f Chap


10 Hear, O my fon, and received
my fayings and the years of thy
life thall be many.

11 I have taught thee in the way
of wisdom: I have led thee in right

12 When thou goeft, thy steps
fhall not be ftraitened, h and when
thou runneit, thou shalt not ftum-

13 Take faft hold of inftruction,
let her not go; keep her, for the is
thy life.

14¶Enter 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 pafs away.

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6 Left thou fhouldest ponder the
path of life, her ways are moveable,
that 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 nigh the door of her
house :

9 Left thou give thine honour unto
others, and thy years unto the cruel.
10 Left ftrangers be filled with
Heb. by thy wealth, and thy labours be in
the house of a stranger,

fr Frengin."





f See
Cant. 4. 5.
+ Heb.

+ Heb.
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11 And thou mourn at the laft,
when thy flesh and thy body are con-

12 And fay, How have I hated
inftruction, and my heart defpised

13 And have not obeyed the voice
of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear
to them that instructed me?

14 I was almost in all evil, in the
midit of the congregation and affem-

15 Drink waters out of thine
own ciftern; and running waters out
of thine own well.

16 Let thy fountains be difperfed
abroad, and rivers of waters in the

17 Let them be only thine own,
and not strangers with thee.

18 Let thy fountain be bleffed:
and rejoice with the wife of thy

19 f Let her be as the loving hind,
and pleafant roe, let her breafts + fa-
tisfy thee at all times, and + be thou
ravifht always with her love.

20 And why wilt thou, my fon, be

& Chap. 2.

21h For the ways of man are he- cir. 1000.
fore the eyes of the LORD, and he 16.&7.4.
pondereth all his goings.

h 2 Chr.

Jos 31. 4.

22 His own iniquities fhall & 34.21.
take the wicked himself, and he has.3
fhall be holden with the cords of his
t fins.

23 He fhall die without inftruc-
tion, and in the greatness of his folly
he shall go aftray.

C H A P. VI.

Jer. 16.17.
2. 19.

Hot. 7.2.


k Job4.21.

Job 21.

1 Against furetiship, 6 idleness, 12 and
mischievousness. 20The bleffings of obe-
dience. 25 The mischiefs of whoredom.
MY fon, if thou be furety for Chap. &


thy friend, if thou haft fricken 17. 18. &
thy hand with a stranger,

2 Thou art fnared with the words
of thy mouth, thou art taken with
the words of thy mouth.

3 Do this now, my fon, and deliver
thyfelf, when thou art come into the
hand of thy friend : go, humble thy-
felf, and make fure thy friend.
Give not fleep to thine eyes,
nor flumber to thine eye-lids.


20. 16. &

Jo alt


vail with

5 Deliver thyfelf as a roe from bal
the hand of the hunter, and as a bird 132.4.
from the hand of the fowler.

6¶Go to the ant, thou fluggard,'
confider her ways, and be wife:

7 Which having no guide, over-
feer, or ruler,

8 Provideth her meat in the fum-
mer, and gathereth her food in the


9 How long wilt thou fleep, O Chap
fluggard? when wilt thou arife out
of thy fleep?

10 Yet a little fleep, a little flumber,
a little folding of the hands to sleep.
II d So fhall thy poverty come as
one that travelleth, and thy want as &
an armed man.

12 ¶ A naughty perfon, a wicked
man walketh with a froward mouth.



TC. 4. &


e He winketh with his eyes, he Pfal.
fpeaketh with his feet, he teacheth chap. io.
with his fingers.


14 Frowardness is in his heart, he'
devifeth mifchief continually, f he ver. 19.
+foweth difcord.

+ Heb.

* Jer. 19.

15 Therefore fhall his calamity for
come fuddenly; fuddenly fhall he
be broken without remedy.
16 Thefe fix things doth the
LORD hate; yea, feven are an abo-
mination + unto him:

of bu foul.


17h+A proud look, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood, augy

Q 9 3

+ Heb.


18 Ang

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26 For by means of a whorishing, woman a man is brought to a piece of bread and the adulteress will of a man, hunt for the precious life.

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27 Can a man take fire in his bofom, and his clothes not be burnt?

28 Can one go upon hot coals, and lus feet not be burnt?

29 So he that goeth into his neighbours wife: whofoever toucheth her, fhall not be innocent.

30 Men do not defpife a thief, if he steal to satisfy his foul when he is hungry:

31 But if he be found, " he fhall 22.1, 4 restore seven-fold, he shall give all the fubftance of his house.

x Chap. 7.7. ↑ Heb. heart.


32 But whofo committeth adultery with a woman, x lacketh † underftanding: he that doeth it, destroyeth his own foul.

23 A wound and dishonour shall he get, and his reproach fhall not be wiped away.

34 For jealoufy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not fpare in the day of vengeance.

35 He will not regard any ranbe will not fom; neither will he reft content, fact of any though thou givett many gifts.

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Solomon perfuadeth to a fincere and knd familiarity with wisdom: 6 In an example of his own experience, he fheweth, so the cunning of an whore, 22 and the desperate fim

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II ( She is loud and ftubborn, c i her feet abide not in her house. 12 Now is fhe without, now in the ftreets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)

13 So fhe caught him and kiffed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,

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| 14 I have peace-offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. † c 15 Therefore came I forth to meet for et thee, diligently to feek thy face, and I found thee.

16 I have deckt my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with k fine linen of Egypt.

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17 I have perfumed my bed with " myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning, let us folace ourfelves with loves.

19 For the good man is not at home, he is gone a long journey;

20 He hath taken a bag of money + with him, and will come home at the day appointed.

21 With Ther much fair speech fhe caufed him to yield, with the flattering of her lips the forced him.

Ifai. 19.



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22 He goeth after her † straight-He way, as an ox goeth to the flaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks: 23 Till

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