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524 God trieth the heart. PROVERBS. Of righteousness, justice, &C.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purgal 31 The hoary head is a crown of gloed : and by the fear of the LORD men lly, if it be found in the way of rightdepart from evil.

eousness. 7 When a man's ways please the 32 He that is slow to anger is better LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be than the mighty ; and he that ruleth his at peace with him.

spirit, than he that taketh a city. 8 Better is a little with righteousness, | *33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the than great revenues without right. whole disposing thereof is of the Lord. 9 A man's heart deviseth his way:but

| CHAP. XVII. the LORD directeth his steps.

BETTER is a dry morsel, and quiet, 10 A divine sentence is in the lips of D ness therewith, than an house full of the king : his mouth transgresseth not in sacrifices with strife. judgment.

2 A wise servant shall have rule over 11 A just weight and balance are the || a son that causeth shame, and shall have LORD's : all the weights of the bag are l part of the inheritance among the brethhis work.

ren. 12 It is an abomination to kings to 3 The fining-pot is for silver, and the commit wickedness : for the throne is furnace for gold : but the Lord trieth established by righteousness.

the hearts. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; 4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false and they love him that speaketh right. lips : and a liar giveth ear to a naughty

14 The wrath of a king is as messengers tongue. of death: but a wise man will pacify it. 5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproach

15 in the light of the king's counte- eth his Maker: and he that is glad at canance is life; and his favour is as a cloud lamities shall not be unpunished. of the latter rain.

6 Children's children are the crown of 16 How much better is it to get wisdom | old men ; and the glory of children are than gold and to get understanding their fathers. rather to be chosen than silver ?

7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: 17 The highway of the upright is to much less do lying lips a prince. depart from evil : le that keepeth his 8 A gift is as a precious stone in the way preserveth his soul.

eyes of him that hath it : whithersoever 18 Pride goeth before destruction, and it turneth, it prospereth. an haughty spirit before a fall.

9 He that covereth a transgression seek19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit i eth love: but he that repeateth a matter with the lowly, than to divide the spoil || separateth very friends, with the proud.

10 A reproof entereth more into a 20 He that handleth a matter wisely | wise man than an hundred stripes into shall find good : and whoso trusteth in a fool. the LORD, happy is he.

11 An evil man sceketh only rebellion ; 21 The wise in heart shall be called therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent prudent : and the sweetness of the lips against him. increaseth learning.

12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet 22 Understanding is a well-spring of a man, rather than a fool in his folly. life unto him that hath it : but the in- . 13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil struction of fools is folly.

shall not depart from his house. 23 The heart of the wise teacheth his 14 The beginning of strife is as when mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. one letteth out water : therefore leave off

24 Pleasant words are as an honey- contention, before it be meddled with. comb, sweet to the soul, and health to 15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he the bones.

that condemneth the just, even they both 25 There is a way that seemeth right are abomination to the Lord. unto a man, but the end thereof are the 16 Wherefore is there a price in the ways of death.

ll hand of a fool to get wiscion, seeing he 36 He that laboureth laboureth for him- | hath no heart to it? self ; for his mouth craveth it of him. 17 A friend loveth at all times, and a

27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil : | brother is born for adversity, and in his lips there is as a burning fire. 18 A man void of understanding strik

28 A froward man soweth strife : and a leth hands, and becomneth surety in the whisperer separateth chief friends. presence of his friend.

29 A violent man enticeth his neigh 19 He loveth transgression that loveth bour, and leadeth him into the way that strife: and he that exalteth his gate seekis not good.

leth destruction. 30 He shuttetlı his eves to devise fin- 20 He that hath a froward heart findward things : moving liis lips he bringeth eth no good : and he that hath a perverse evil to pass

1 tongue falleth into mischief.


Use and abuse of the tongue. Cuap. XVIII, XIX. Of the poor, rich, &c. 525

21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to !! 17 He that is first in his own Cause his sorrow; and the father of a fool hath seemeth just ; but his neighbour cometh no joy.

and scarcheth him. 22 A merry heart doeth good like a meil- 18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, icine : but a broken spirit drieth the and parteth between the mighty. bones.

19 A brother offended is harder to be 23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of won than a strong city; and their conthe bosom to pervert the ways of judg tentions are like the bars of a castle. Inent.

20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with 24 Wisdom is before him that hath un- the fruit of his mouth ; and with the inderstanding ; but the eyes of a fool are îl crease of his lips shall he be filled. in the ends of the earth.

21 Death and life are in the power of 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, ll the tongue : and they that love it shall and bitterness to her that bare him. eat the fruit thereof.

26 Also to punish the just is not good, ll 22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good nor to strike princes for equity.

I thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. 27 He that hath knowledge spareth his 23 The poor usethi entreaties ; but the words : and a man of understanding is of rich answeirth roughly. an excellent spirit.

24 A man that ha!h friends must shew 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his himself friendly : and there is a friend peace, is counted wise : and he that shut- ll that sticketh closer than a brother. ieth his lips is esteemed a man of under


RETTER is the poor that walketh in CHAP. XVIII.

D his integrity, than he that is perverse THROUGH desire a man, having sep- ll in his lips, and is a fool. "

1 arated himself, seeketh and inter- 2 Also, that the soul be without knowlmeddleth with all wisdom.

edge, it is not good; and he that hastetli 2 A fool hath no delight in under with his feet sinneth. standing, but that his heart may discover 3 The foolishness of man perverteth his itself.

way: and his heart fretieth against the 3 When the wicked cometh, then com LORD. eth also contempt, and with ignorniny 4 Wealth maketh many friends ; but reproach.

the poor is separated from his neighbour. 4 The words of a man's mouth are as 5 A false witness shall not be unpunishdeep waters, and the well-spring of wis- ed, and he that speaketh lies shall not dom as a flowing brook.

escape. 5 It is not good to accept the person of 16 Many will entreat the favour of the the wicked, to overthrow the righteous prince: and every man is a friend to hini in judgment.

that giveth gifts. 6 A fool's lips enter into contention, 7 All the brethren of the poor do hate and his mouth calleth for strokes.

him : how much more do his friends go 7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and far from him ? he pursueth them wilir his lips are the snare of his soul.

words, yet they are wanting to him. 8 The words of a tale-bearer are as 1 8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his wounds, and they go down into the in- own soul : he that keepeth understanding nermost parts of the belly.

shall find good. 9 He also that is slothful in his work is 1 9 A false witness shall not be unpunbrother to him that is a great waster. ished, and he that speaketh lies shall 10 The naine of the Lord is a strong

perish. tower: the righteous runneth into it, and 10 Delight is not scemiy for a fool : is safe.

much less for a servant to have rule over 11 The rich man's wealth is his strong princes. city, and as an high wall in his own 11 The discretion of a man deferreth conceit.

his anger; and it is his glory to pass over 12 Before destruction the heart of man a transgression. is haughty, and before honour is humility, | 12 The king's wrath is as the roaring

13 He that answereth a matter before he of a lion ; but his favour is as dew upon heareth it, it is fully and shame unto him. the grass.

14 The spirit of a man will sustain | 13 A foolish son is the calamity of his his infirmity ; but a wounded spirit who | father: and the contentions of a wife are can bear

a continual dropping 15 The heart of the prudent getteth : 14 House and riches are the inheritance knowledge : and the car of the wise seek- of fathers : and a prudent wife is from eth knowledge.

the LORD. 16 A man's gift maketh room for him, 15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and bringeth him before great men. and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

526 Of the slothful, c. PROVERBS. Of weights, measurcs, c.

16 He that keepeth the commandment || 10 Divers weights, and divers measkeepeth his own soul : but he that de- ures, both of them are alike abomination spiseth his ways shall die.

to the LORD. 17 He that hauh pity upon the poor, 11 Eren a child is known by his dolendeth unto the Lord; and that which | ings, whether his work be pure, and whethhe hath given will he pay him again. er it be right.

18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, 12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, and let not thy soul spare for his crying: the LORD hath made even both of them.

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer 13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to punishment : for if thou deliver him, yet poverty ; open thine eyes, and thou shait thou must do it again.

be satisfied with bread. 20 Hear counsel, and receive instruc 14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the tion, that thou mayest be wise in thy lat- buyer: but when he is gone his way, then ter end.

he boasteth. 21 There are many devices in a man's ! 15 There is gold, and a multitude of heart ; nevertheless the counsel of the rubies : but the lips of knowledge are a LORD, that shall stand.

precious jewel. 22 The desire of a man is his kindness: | 16 Take his garment that is surety for and a poor man is better than a liar. a stranger; and take a pledge of him for

23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: Il a strange woman. and he that hath it shall abide satisfied ; ! 17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man ; he shall not be visited with evil.

but afterwards his mouth shall be filled 24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his with gravel. bosom, and will not so much as bring it 18 Every purpose is established by to his mouth again.

counsel: and with good advice make war. 25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will 19 He that goeth about as a tale-bearer beware : and reprove one that haih un revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not derstanding, and he will understand knowl with him that flattereth with his lips. edge.

20 Whoso curseth his father or his 26 Hethat wasteth his father, and chas- i mother, his lamp shall be put out in abeth away his mother, is a son that causeth || scure darkness. shame, and bringeth reproach.

21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily 27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruc- || at the beginning ; but the end thereof tion that causeih to err from the words of shall not be blessed. knowledge.

22 Say not thou, I will recompense 28 An ungodly witness scorneth judg evil ; but wait on the LORD, and he shall ment: and the mouth of the wickeci de save thee. voureth iniquity.

23 Divers weights are an abomination 29 Judgments are prepared for scorn- unto the LORD; and a faise balance is ers, and stripes for the back of fools. not good. CHAP. XX.

24 Man's goings are of the LORD; W INE is a mocker, strong drink is how can a man thien understand liis own

W raging: and whosoever is deceived way? thereby is not wise.

25. It is a spare to the man who devour2 The fear of a king is as the roaring i eth that which is holy, and after vows of a lion : whoso provoketh him to anger to make inquiry. sinneth against his own soul.

26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, 3 It is an honour for a man to cease || and bringeth the wheel over them. from strife : but every cool will be med 27 The spirit of man is the candle of aling.

the Lorn, searching all the inward parts 4 The sluggard will not plough by rea- 1 of the belly. son of the cold ; therefore shall he beg in 1 28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: harvest, and have nothing.

and his throne is upholden by mercy, 5 Counsel in the heart of man is like || 29 The glory of young men is their deep water ; but a man of understanding strength : and the beauty of old men is will draw it out.

the gray head. 6 Most men will proclaim every one | SŐ The blueness of a wound cleanseth his own goodness : but a faithiul man away cvil: so do stripes the inward parts who can find ?

of the belly. 7 The just man walketh in his integri

CHAP. XXI. ty : bis chillien are blessed after him. THE king's hcart is in the hand of

8 A king that sitteth in the thuone of the LORD, as the rivers of water : judgment scattereth away all evil with he tuincth it whithersoever he will. his eyes.

2 Every way of a man is right in his 9 Who can say, I have made my heart | own eyes : but the LORD pondereth the clean, I am pure from my sin:


Of a contentious woman. CHAP. XXII. Of a good rame, humility, Ec. 527

3 To do justice and judgment is more 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomacceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. ination ; how much more, when he

4 An high look, and a proud heart, and bringeth it with a wicked mind? the ploughing of the wicked, is sin.

28 A false witness shall perish : but the. 5 The thoughts of the diligent iend on- man that heareth speaketh constantly. ly to plenteousness; but of every one that 29 A wicked man harleneth his face: is hasty only to want.

but as for the upright, he directeth his way. 6 The getting of treasures by a lying 30 There is no wisdom nor understandtongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of ing nor counsel against the LORD. them that seek death.

31 The horse is prepared against the 7 The robbery of the wicked shall de- day of battle : but safety is of the LORD. stroy them ; because they refuse to do

. CHAP. XXII. judginent.

A GOOD name is rather to be chosen 8 The way of min is froward and than great riches, and loving favour strange: but as for the pure, his work is rather than silver and gold. right.

2 The rich and poor meet together : 9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the LORD is the maker of them all. the house-top, than with a brawling wom 3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, an in a wide house.

and hideth himself: but the simple pass 10 The soul of the wicked desirethon, and are punished. evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in 4 By hunnility and the fear of the LORD his eyes.

are riches, and honour, and life. 11 When the scorner is punished, the 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of simple is made wise : and when the wise the froward : lie that doth keep his soul is instructed, he receiveih knowledge. shall be far from them.

12 The righteous man wisely consid- 6 Train up a child in the way he should éreth the house of the wicked : but God i go: and when he is old, he will not deoverthroweth thc wicked for their wick- part from it. edness.

* 7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and 13 Whoso stoppeth his cars at the cry the borrower is servant to the lender. of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but 8 He that weih iniquity shall reap shall not be heard.

vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail. 14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and 9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be a reward in the bosom strong wrath. blessed ; for he giveth of his bread to the

15 It is joy to the just to do judgment:! poor. but destruction shall be to the workers of 10 Cast out the scorner, and contention iniquity.

shall go out; yea, strife and reproach 16 The man that wandereth out of the shall cease. way of understanding shall remain in the 11 He that loveth pureness of heart, congregation of the dead.

ll. for the grace of his lips the king shall be 17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a his friend. poor man: he that loveth wine and oil 13 The eyes of the LORD preserve siall not be rich.

knowledge, and he overthroweth the 18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the il words of the transgressor. righteous, and the transgressor for the il 13 The slothful man saith, There is a liupright.

on without, I shall be slain in the streets. *19 It is better to dwell in the wilder- 1 14 The mouth of strange women is a ness, than with a contentious and an an- | deep pit : lie that is abhorred of the LORD Sy woman.

shall fall therein. 20 There is a treasure to be desired, 15 Foolisliness is bound in the heart of and oil in the dwelling of the wise ; but a child; but the rod of correction shall a foolish man spendetli it up.

drive it far from him.' 21 He that followeth after righteous 16 He that oppresseth the poor to inness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, crease his riches, and he that giveth to the and honour.

I rich, shall surely come to want. 22 A wise man scaleth the city of the 1 17 Bow down thinc ear, and hear the mighty, and casteth down the strength of words of the wise, and apply thine heart the confidence thereof.

unto my knowledgc. 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his 18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. keep them within thee; they sirall withal

24 Proud and haughty scorner is his be fitted in thy lips. name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, 25 The desire of the slothfui killeth I have made known to thee this day, ever him ; for his hands refuse to labour. to thee.

26 lle coveteth greedily all the day long : 20 Hive not I written to thee excelbut the righteous givețin and spareti not. I lent things in counsels a:d knowledge..


528 The uncertainty of riches, &c. PROVERBS. Of drunkenness, envy, UC.

21 That I might make thee know the , but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the certainty of the words of truth; that thou day long. mightest answer the words of truth to 18 For surely there is an end ; and thine them that send unto thee?

expectation shall not be cut off. 22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: 19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and neither oppress the afflicted in the giite : guide thine heart in the way.

23 For the LORD will plead their cause, 20 Be not among wine-bibbe rs; among and spoil the soul of those that spoiled riotous eaters of flesh : them.

21 For the drunkard and the glutton 24 Make no friendship with an angry shall come to poverty : and drowsiness man: and with a furious man thou shaltshall clothe a man with rags. not go:

22 Hearken unto thy father that begat 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a thee, and despise not thy mother when snare to thy soul.

| she is old. 26 Be not thou one of them that strike 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also hands, or of them that are sureties for wisdom, and instruction, and understanddebts.

king. 27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why 24 The father of the righteous shall should he take away thy bed from under greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a

wise child shall have joy of him. 28 Remove not the ancient landmark, 25 Thy father and thy mother shall be which thy fathers have set.

1 glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice, 29 Seest thou a man diligent in his busi 26 My son, give me thine heart, and let ness? he shall stand before kings; he shall thine eyes observe my ways. not stand before mean men.

27 For an whore is a deep ditch ; and a CHAP. XXIII.

strange woman is a narrow pit. W H EN thou sittest to eat with a ruler, 28 She alsoliethin wait as for a prey, and

W consider diligently what is before increaseth the transgressors among men. thee :

29 Who hadi wce? who hath sorrow ? 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou who hath contentions? who hath babbe a man given to appetice

bling? who hath wounds without cause ? 3 Be not desirous of his dainties : for who hath redness of eyes? they are deceitful meat.

30 They that tarry long at the wine ; 4 Labour not to be rich : cease from they that go to seek mixed wine. ibine own wisdom.

31 Look not thou upon the wine when 5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that it is red, when it giveth his colour in the which is not ? for riches certainly make cup, when it moveth itself aright. themselves wings; they fly aivay as an 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, cagle toward heaven,

and stingeth like an adder. Ő Eat thou not the bread of him thar 53 Thine cyes shall behold strange hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his women, and thine heart shall utter perdainty meats :

verse things. 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is 34 Yea, thou sbalt be as he that lieth he: Eat and drink, saith he to thice; but I down in the midst of the sea, or as he that his heart is not with thee.

lieth upon the top of a mast. 8 The morsel which thou hast eaten 35 They liave stricken me, shalt thou shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet say, and I was not sick; they have beaten words.

me, and I felt it not : when shall I awake? 9 Speak not in the ears of a fool : for I will seek it yet again. he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

CHAP. XXIV. 10 Remove not the old landmark ; and NE not thou envious against evil men, enter not into the fields of the fatherless : D neither desire to be with them :

11 For their redeemer is mighty ; he 1 2 For their heart studieth destruction, shall plead their cause with thee.

and their lips talk of mischief. 12 Apply thine leart unto instruction, 1 3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and thine ears to the words of knowledge. and by understanding it is established:

13 Withhold not correction from the 4 And by knowledge shall the chamchild; for if thou beatest him with the || bers be filled with all precious and pleasvod, he shall not die.

ant riches. 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, 5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of and shalt deliver his soul from hell. | knowledge increaseth strength.

15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my! 6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make heart shall rejoice, even mine.

thy war: and in multitude of counsellors 16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when ihere is safety: thy lips speak right things.

| 7 Wisdom is too high for a frol : he 17 Let not thine heait envy sinners: I opencth not his mouth in the gate.

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