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Of wisdom and folly. Ecclefiaftes. Before folly him that is in reputation for Chrift wifdom and honour.

cir. 977.

+ Heb.

bis beart.

a Chap. 8.3. b Prov. 25.45.

+ Heb. from before. † Heb.

In great

beights. c Piov.

19. 10. &

30. 22.

d Pfal.


2 A wife mans heart is at his right hand; but a fools heart is at his left.

3 Yea alfo, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, † his wifdom faileth him, and he faith to every one that he is a fool.

4 If the fpirit of the ruler rife up against thee, a leave not thy place; for byielding pacifieth great offences.

5 There is an evil which I have feen under the fun, as an error which proceedeth + from the ruler.

6 Folly is fettin great dignity, and the rich fit in low place.

7 I have feen fervants upon horses, and princes walking as fervants upon

the earth.

8 d He that diggeth a pit, fhall fall Prov. 26. into it; and whofo breaketh an hedge, a ferpent shall bite him.


9 Whofo removeth ftones, fhall be hurt therewith: and he that cleaveth wood, fhall be endangered thereby.

10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then muft he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

II Surely, the ferpent will bite e Pfal. 53. e without enchantment, and †a babjer. 8. 17. bler is no better.


+ Heb.

the master of the

f Prov.
10. 32. &
+ Heb.

12 f The words of a wife mans mouth are gracious: but z the lips of a fool will swallow himfelf. up

13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the 1.4.& end of † his talk is mitchievous mad18.7. nefs.

+ Heb. bis mouth.

h Prov. 15.2.

14 h A fool alfo + is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and i what shall be after him, who can eth words. tell him? i Chap. 3.22.&

+ Heb. multipli

15 The labour of the foolish wea0.12.rieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.


* Ifai. 3. 4, 5, 12.

I Prov. 31.4.

16 Wo to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning.

17 Bleffed art thou, Oland, when thy king is the fon of nobles, and 1 thy princes eat in due feafon, for ftrength and not for drunkennefs.

18 By much flothfulness the building decayeth, and through idlenefs of the hands the houfe droppeth 101.15. through.

m Pful.

+ Heti. makith glad the Life.

n Exod. 22.23.


19¶A feast is made for laughter, and m wine + maketh meriy: but money anfwereth all things.

20 Curfe not the king, no

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5 As f thou knoweft not what is the fJohn 1. way of the fpirit, & nor how the bones & do grow in the womb of her that is 15. with child: even fo thou knoweit not the works of God who maketh all.

6 In the morning fow thy feed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knoweit not whether+fhall profper, either this t or that, or whether they both fhall be rigs." alike good.

7¶Truly the light is fweet, and a pleafant thing it is for the eyes h to cha behold the fun.

8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness, for they thall be many. All that cometh is vanity.

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3 In the day when the keepers of the house thall tremble, and the ftrong men fhall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are ersfail be few, and those that look out of the grindiitile. Windows be darkened, 4

II Or, the grind.

cause they


And the doors shall be shut in the ftreets, when the found of the grinding is low, and he fhall rife up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of mufick fhall be brought low; Alto when they thall be afraid of that which is high, and fears fall be in the way, and the almond-tree fhall flourish, and the grafhopper fhall be a burden, and defire hall fail: because man goeth to his long Jer. 9. home, and the mourners go about the streets:


Written cir. 1014.

a Chap. 4. 10. + Heb. tby loves.

b Hof.

11. 4. John 6.


6 Or ever the filver cord be loofed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the ci



love to Chrift.

d Then fhall the duft return to Before the earth as it was: e and the fpirit Chrift, fhall return unto God f who gave it. 977 8 ¶ Vanity of vanities, faith the 3.19. preacher; all is vanity.



e Chap.


9 And moreover, because the Numb. preacher was wife, he ftill taught the 15: 22. people knowledge; yea, he gave 13+1+ good heed, and fought out, and h let 16. in order many proverbs.

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Zech. 12.



10 The preacher fought to find out & Chap † acceptable words, and that which or, was written was upright, even words of the of truth.

the more

preacher was, &c. hi Kings 4.32.

words of

11 The words of the wife are as goads, and as nails fastened by the ma- Heb. fters of affemblies, which are given delight. from one shepherd.

i Chap.

! Or.

12 And further, by these, my fon, 1.18. be admonished: of making many reading. books there is no end, and i much end of the | ftudy is a weariness of the flesh.

O, The

matter, evenallibat

beard is.


13 Let us hear the conclufion hath been of the whole matter, k Fear God, and k Deut. keep his commandments: for this is 10.12. the whole duty of man.

1 Chap.


16. & 14.

14 For God fhall bring every work Rom. 2. into judgment, with every fecret o thing, whether it be good, or whe- 2 Cor. 5.

ther it be evil.



The churches love unto Chrift: 5 She confeffeth her deformity, 7 and prayeth to be directed to his flock: 8 Chrift directeth her to the shepherds tents; 9 and fhewing his love to her, 11 giveth her gracious promifes. 12 The church and Chrift congratulate one another.


HE fong of fongs, which is

2 Let him kifs me with the kifles of his mouth:. a for thy love is better than wine.

3 Because of the favour of thy good ointments, thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.

4 b Draw me, we will run after thee the king d hath brought me 44. & 12. into his chambers: we will be glad Phil. 3, and rejoice in thee, we will remem12, 17,14. Pfal.45 ber thy love more than wine: || the John 14.2. upright love thee.

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ed upon me: my mothers children were angry with me, they made me the keeper of the vineyards, but mine own vineyard have I not kept.

I Cor.4.S.


7 Tell me, O thou whom my foul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makeft thy flock to rest at noon: for why thould I be as one that or, turneth afide by the flocks of thy is veiled. companions?

as one that


8 ¶ If thou know not, O thou fair-e Chap eft among women, go thy way forth :: by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids befide the fhepherds tents. f Chap. 9 I have compared thee, O my 2.2, 10, love, g to a company of horses Pharaohs chariots.


10 h Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.

13.& 4.

I, 7.82 5.2.&

John IS.

14, 15.

g 2 Chrond 1. 16, 170 1 h Ezek.

11 We will make thee borders of 16. 11, X2, 43. golds with ftuds of filver.

12 ¶ While the king fitteth at his table, my fpikenard fendeth forth the smell thereof..


13 A bundle of myrrh is wellbeloved unto me; he fhall lie all night betwixt my breafts.

14 My beloved is unto me, as a sf clufter

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5 Stay me with flagons, † comaw me fort me with apples; for I am fick of with ap love.


b Chap.


+ Heb. Todjure you.

© Chap.


6b His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. 7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerufalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye ftir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

8The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. aver. 17. 9d My beloved is like a roe, or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at + Heb, the windows, thewing himself through the lattels.


10 My beloved fpake, and faid unever. 13. to me, é Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For lo, the winter is paft, the rain is over, and gone.

12 The flowers appear on the earth, the time of the finging of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

13 The fig-tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the Ver. 10 tender grape give a good smell. f Arife, my love, my fair one, and come

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Chrift and his church. of the stairs, let me fee thy counte- Before nance, 8 let me hear thy voice; for Chrift fweet is thy voice, and thy counte- 1014. nance is comely.

Chaps 8.13.


15 Take us h the foxes, the little foxes, that fpoil the vines: for our Ezek vines have tender grapes.

13.4. Luke

i Chap

7.10. 4.6.

16 My beloved is mine, and I 13.32 am his he feedeth among the lilies. .3.& 17 Until the day break, and the chap fhadows flee away: turn, my belov- I Ver. 9ed, and be thou like a roe, or a young hart upon the mountains of I Bether.

CHA P. III. 1 The church her fight and victory in temptation. 6 The church glorieth in Chrift.


Ya night on my bed I fought him whom my foul loveth: I fought him, but I found him not.

2 I will rife now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will feek him whom my foul loveth: I fought him, but I found

him not.

Chap. 3.



b The watchmen that go about & chap. the city, found me: to whom I faid, Saw ye him whom my foul loveth?

It was but a little that I paffed from them, but I found him whom my foul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mothers house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.

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6 Who is this that cometh Chap out of the wildernefs like pillars of fmoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincenfe, with all powders of the merchant?

7 Behold, his bed which is Solomons, threefcore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Ifrael.

8 They all hold fwords, being expert in war: every man bath his fword upon his thigh, because of fear in the night.

9 King Solomon made himself || a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.

10 He made the pillars thereof of filver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple; the midft thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerufalem.

Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned

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Chrifts love to the church:

Chap. iv, v.

She is fick of love. Before crowned him in the day of his efpou- | frankincenfe, myrrh and aloes, with Before Chrift fals, and in the day of the gladness all the chief fpices. 2014. of his heart.

a Chap. 2.15.8 5.12.

b Chap.


# Or,

Icat eat

of, &c.



1 Chrift jetteth forth the graces of the
church: 8 He fheweth his love to her.
16 The church prayeth to be made
fit for his prefence.


15 A fountain of gardens, a well 1014. of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.

16 Awake, O north wind, and come, thou fouth, blow upon my garden, that the fpices thereof may How out: let my beloved come Chape B behold, thou art fair, thou bast into his garden, and eat his pleasant

Ehold, a thou art fair, my love,

doves eyes within thy locks : thy
hair is as a block of goats, || that ap-
pear from mount Gilead.


2 Thy teeth are like a flock of Chap. Sheep that are even thorn, which came up from the wafhing: whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.

✔ Chap. 6.7.

e Chap.
f Neh. 3.

B See

Prov. 5. 19.



1 Chrift awaketh the church with his
calling. 2 The church having a
tafle of Chrifs love, is fick of love.
9 A defcription of Chrift by his

y lips are like a thread of fear-I let, and thy fpeech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.

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4 Thy neck is like the tower of David builded f for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all fhields of mighty men.

5 8 Thy two breafts are like two young roes that are twins, which Chap 7.3. feed among the lilies.

h Chap. 2.17. ↑ Heb. breathe.

I Ephef. 5.27.

* Deut. 3.9.


Saken away my beat.

I Chap.
A. 2.


6 h Until the day † break, and the fhadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincenfe.

7 Thou art all fair, my love, there is no fpot in thee.

8 Come with me from Lebanon, my fpoufe, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir, k and Hermon, from the lions dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

9 Thou haft ravished my heart, my filter, my fpoufe; thou haft ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.

10 How fair is thy love, my fifter, my fpoufe! how much better is thy love than wine! and the fmell of thine ointments than all fpices!

11 Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as mr the hony-comb: hony and milk Chap. 5.1. are under thy tongue, and the ftell Hof 14 of thy garments is like the fmell of Lebanon.

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filter, my poufe; I have gathered my myrrh with my fpice, I have Chap eaten my hony-comb with my hony, I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends, drink, || yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.

15.7,15. John3.29.

[ Or,


d Rev. 3.

2 I fleep, but my heart waketh: and it is the voice of my beloved d that with knocketh, faying, Open to me, my 200 filter, my love, my dove, my undefiled for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.

3 I have put off my coat, how fhall I put it on? I have washed my feet, how fhall I defile them?

4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved || for him.

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Hither is thy beloved gone, a O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned afide? that we may feek him with thee.

2 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of fpices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

3b I am my beloveds, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilics.

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and graces.

10 ¶Who is the that looketh forth Before as the morning, fair as the moon, Chrift clear as the fun, g and terrible as an 1014. army with banners?

& Ver. 4

III went down into the garden of nuts to fee the fruits of the valley, and h to fee whether the vine cha flourished, and the pomegranates budded.

7. 12.

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12 † Or ever I was aware, my foul ter I made me like the chariots of Am- o mi-nadib.

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13 Return, return, O Shulamite, return, return, that we may look upon thee what will ye fee in the Shulamite as it were the companyof two armies.


A further defcription of the church her graces. 10 The church profeffeth her faith and defire.

WOW beautiful are thy feet with

Hthoes, princes daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.


2 Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not + liquor: thy mixture belly is like an heap of wheat, fet about with lilies.

3 a Thy two breasts are like two 3 Chap young roes that are twins.



4 b Thy neck is as a tower of Chap ivory, thine eyes like the fish-pools in Hefhbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim thy nofe is as the tower of Lebanon, which looketh toward Damafcus.


Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head Crimjam like purple; the king is † held in the galleries.

6 How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!

7 This thy ftature is like to a palm-tree, and thy breasts to clufters of grapes.

8 I faid, I will go up to the palmtree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof now alfo thy breafts fhall be as clusters of the vine, and the fmell of thy nofe like apples;

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9 And the roof of thy mouth like the beft wine, for my beloved, that goeth down + fweetly, caufing the lips te of thofe that are asleep, to speak. 10 ¶ I am my beloveds, and d his defire is towards me.

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11 Come, my beloved, let us go 6.3. forth into the field: let us lodge in 45. 1. the villages.

12 Let us get up early to the vine-

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