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Hl'isdom promiseth safety.

PROVERBS, Exhortation to obedience. out of his mouth cometh knowledge 2 For length of days, and long life, and understanding,


peace, shall they add to thee. 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake the righteous : he is a buckler to them thee: bind them about thy neck; write that walk uprightly.

them upon

the table of thine heart: 8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, 4 So shalt thou find favour and and preserveth the way of his saints. good understanding in the sight of

9 Then shalt thou understand right- God and man. eousness, and judgment, and equity; 5 I Trust in the LORD with all yea, every good path.

thine heart; and lean not unto thine 10 When wisdom entereth into own understanding. thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, unto thy soul;

and he shall direct thy paths. 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, 7 | Be not wise in thine own eyes: understanding shall keep thee: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 12 To deliver thee from the


of 8 It shall be health to thy navel, the evil man, from the man that speak- and marrow to thy bones. eth froward things;

9 Honour the LORD with thy sub13 Who leave the paths of upright- stance, and with the firstfruits of all ness, to walk in the ways of darkness; thine increase :

14 Who rejoice to do evil, and de 10 So shall thy barns be filled with light in the frowardness of the wicked; plenty, and thy presses shall burst

15 Whose, ways are crooked, and out with new wine. they froward in their paths:

11 My son, despise not the chas16 To deliver thee from the strange tening of the LORD; neither be weary woman, even from the stranger which of his correction : fattereth with her words;

12 For whom the Lord loveth he 17 Which forsaketh the guide of her correcteth; even as a father the son youth, and forgetteth the covenant of in whom he delighteth. her God.

13 | Happy is the man that findeth 18 For her house inclineth unto wisdom, and the man that getteth undeath, and her paths unto the dead. derstanding

19 None that go unto her return 14 For the merchandise of it is betagain, neither take they hold of the ter than the merchandise of silver, and paths of life.


the 15 She is ruway of good men, and keep the paths bies: and all the things thou canst of the righteous.

desire are not to be compared unto 21 For the upright shall dwell in her. the land, and the perfect shall remain 16 Length of days is in her right in it.

hand; and in her left hand riches and 22 But the wicked shall be cut off honour. from the earth, and the transgressors

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantshall be rooted out of it.

ness, and all her paths are peace. CHAP. III.

18 She is a tree of life to them that i An exhortation to obedience

, 5 to faith, 7 to lay hold upon her: and happy is every mortification, 9 to devotion, 11 to patience. one that retaineth her. 13 The happy gain of wisdom. 19 The powa 19 The Lord by wisdon hath ET, 21 and the benefits of wisdom. 27 An exhortation to charitableness, 30 peaceableness,

founded the earth; by understanding 31 and contentedness. 33 'The cursed state of hath he established the heavens.

the wicked. My

20 By his knowledge the depths are Y son, forget not my law; but broken up, and the clouds drop down let thine heart keep my command the dew. ments:

21 My son, let not them depart

2,0 That thou mayest walk in the the one thereof than fine gold.

shall be many.

The happy gain of wisdom. CHAP. IV. Solomon persuades to obedience. from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom 5 Get wisdom, get understanding : and discretion :

forget it not; neither decline from the 22 So shall they be life unto thy words of my mouth. soul, and grace to thy neck.

6 Forget her not, and she shall 23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way preserve thee: love her, and she safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. shall keep thee.

24 When thou liest down, thou shalt 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie therefore get wisdom: and with all down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. thy getting get understanding.

25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote neither of the desolation of the wick- thee: she shall bring thee to honour, ed, when it cometh.

when thou dost embrace her. 26 For the Lord shall be thy con 9 fidence, and shall keep thy foot from ornament of grace: a crown of glory being taken.

shall she deliver to thee. . 27 Withhold not good from them 10 Hear, O my son, and receive my to whom it is due, when it is in the sayings; and the years of thy life power of thine hand to do it.

28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, U'I have taught thee in the way of and come again, and to morrow I will wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. give; when thou hast it by thee. 12 When thou goest, thy steps shall

29 Devise not evil against thy neigh- not be straitened, and when thou runbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by nest, thou shalt not stumble. thee.

13 Take fast hold of instruction; 30 Strive not with a man without let her not go: keep her; for she is cause, if he have done thee no harm. thy life.

31 | Envy thou not the oppressor, 14 | Enter not into the path of the and choose none of his ways.

wicked, and go not in the way of 32 For the froward is abomination evil men. to the LORD: but his secret is with 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn the righteous.

from it, and pass away. 33 | The curse of the Lord is in 16 For they sleep not, except they the house of the wicked: but he bless-have done mischief; and their sleep eth the habitation of the just. is taken away, unless they cause some 34 Surely he scorneth the scorners:

to fall. but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 17 For they eat the bread of wick

35 The wise shall inherit glory: butedness, and drink the wine of violence. shame shall be the promotion of fools. 18 But the path of the just is as the

shining light, that shineth more and CHAP. IV.

more unto the perfect day.
1 Solomon, to persuade obedience, 3 sheweth what
instruction le had of his parents, 5 to study

19 The way of the wicked is as wisdom, 14 and to shun the path of the wicked. darkness: they know not at what they

20 He exhorteth to faith, 23 and sanctification. stumble. Hear, ye children, the instruction 20 | My son, attend to my words; of a father, and attend to know un- incline thine ear unto my sayings. derstanding.

21 Let them not depart from thine 2 For I give you good doctrine, eyes; keep them in the midst of forsake

not my law.

thine heart.


tender 22 For they are life unto those that and only beloved in the sight of my find them, and health to all their flesh. mother.

23 | Keep thy heart with all dili4 He taught me also, and said unto gence; for out of it are the issues of me, Let thine heart retain my words: life. keep my commandments, and live.

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Of whoredom and riot.

PROVERBS, Against suretiship and idleness. inouth, and perverse lips put far from 16 Let thy fountains be dispersed thee.

abroad, and rivers of waters in the 25 Let thine eyes look right on, streets. and let thine eyelids look straight be 17 Let them he only thine own, and fore thee.

not strangers' with thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and 18 Let thy fountain be blessed : and let all thy ways be established.

rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor 19 Let her be as the loving hind and to the left : remove thy foot from evil. easant roe; let her breasts satisfy

thee at all times; and be thou ravishCHAP. V.

ed always with her love. 1 Solomon exhorteth to the study of wisdom. 3 He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.

20 And why wilt thou, my son, be 15 He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, ravished with a strange woman, and und chastity. 22 The wicked are overtaken embrace the bosom of a stranger? with their own sins.

21 For the ways of man are before My son, attend unto my wisdom, and the eyes of the LORD, and he ponbow thine ear to my understanding : dereth all his goings.

2 That thou mayest regard discre 22 His own iniquities shall take tion, and that thy lips may keep the wicked himself, and he shall be knowledge.

holden with the cords of his sins. 3 For the lips of a strange wo

23 He shall die without instruction; man drop as an honeycomb, and her and in the greatness of his folly he mouth is smoother than oil:

shall go astray. 4 But her end is bitter as worm

CHAP. VI. wood, sharp as a two edged sword.

1 Against suretiship, 6 idleness, 12 and mis5 Her feet go down to death; her chierousness, 16 Seven things hateful to God, steps take hold on hell.

20 The blessings of obedience, 25 The mis. 6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the

chiefs of whoredom. path of life, her ways are moveable, My son, if thou be surety for thy that thou canst not know them. friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand

7 Hear me now therefore, O ye with a stranger, children, and depart not from the 2 Thou art snared with the words words of my mouth.

of thy mouth, thou art taken with the 8 Remove thy way far from her, and words of thy mouth. come not nigh the door of her house : 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver

9 Lest thou give thine honour unto thyself, when thou art come into the others, and thy years unto the cruel : hand of thy friend : go, humble thy

10 Lest strangers be filled with thy self, and make sure thy friend. wealth; and thy labours be in the 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor house of a stranger;

slumber to thine eyelids. 11 And thou mourn at the last, when 5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the thy flesh and thy body are consumed, hạnd of the hunter, and as a bird from 12 And

How have I hated in the hand of the fowler.

6 proof;

consider her ways, and be wise : 13 And have not obeyed the voice 7 Which having no guide, overseer, of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear or ruler, to them that instructed me!

8 Provideth her meat in the summer, 14 I was almost in all evil in the and gathereth her food in the harvest. midst of the congregation and as 9 How long wilt thou sleep, 0 slugsembly. 15 ( Drink waters out of thine own thy sleep?

gard? when wilt thou arise out of cistem, and running waters out of 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, thiinę own well.

a little folding of the hands to sleep:

The mischiefs of whoredom. CHAP. VII. Solomon persuadeth to wisdom.

11 So shall thy poverty come as one 30 Men do not despise a thief,ifhe steal that travelleth, and thy want as an to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; armed man.

31 But if he be found, he shall re12 A naughty person, a wicked store sevenfold; he shall give all the man, walketh with a froward mouth. substance of his house.

13 He winketh with his eyes, he 32 But whoso committeth adultery speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with a woman lacketh understanding : with his fingers;

he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. 14 Frowardness is in his heart, he 33 A wound and dishonour shall he deviseth mischief continually; he sow-get; and his reproach shall not be eth discord.

wiped away 15 Therefore shall his calamity 34 For jealousy is the rage of a come suddenly; suddenly shall he be man: therefore he will not spare in broken without remedy.

the day of vengeance.

35 LORD hate : yea, seven are an abo- neither will he rest content, though mination unto him:

thou givest many gifts. 17 A proud look, a lying tongue,

CHAP. VII. and hands that shed innocent blood, 1 Solomon persuadeth to a sincere and kind fami. 18 An heart that deviseth wicked

liarity with wisdom. 6 In an example of his

own experience, he sheweth 10 the cunning of a imaginations, feet that be swift in

whore, 22 and the desperate simplicity of a running to mischief,

young wanton.

24 He dehorteth from such 19 A false witness that speaketh

wickedness. lies, and he that soweth discord among My son, keep my words, and lay up brethren.

my commandments with thee. | 20 | My son, keep thy father's 2 Keep my commandments, and live; commandment, and forsake not the and my law as the apple of thine eye. law of thy mother :

3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write 21 Bind them continually upon thine them upon the table of thine heart. heart, and tie them about thy neck. 4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my

22 When thou goest, it shall lead sister; and call understanding thy thee; when thou sleepest, it shall kinswoman : keep thee; and when thou awakest, 5 That they may keep thee from it shall talk with thee.

the strange woman, from the stranger 23 For the commandment is a lamp; which flattereth with her words. and the law is light; and reproofs of 6 | For at the window of

my house instruction are the way of life : I looked through my casement,

24 To keep thee from the evil 7 Arid beheld among the simple woman, from the flattery of the tongue ones, I discerned among the youths, a of a strange woman.

young man void of understanding, 25 Lust not after her beauty in 8 Passing through the street near thine heart; neither let her take thiee her corner; and he went the way to with her eyelids.

her house, 26 For by means of a whorish 9 In the twilight, in the evening, in woman a man is brought to a piece of the black and dark night : bread : and the adulteress will hunt 10 And, behold, there met him a for the precious life.

woman with the attire of an harlot, 27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and subtil of heart. and his clothes not be burned?

11 (She is loud and stubborn; her 28 Can one go upon hot coals, and feet abide not in her house : his feet not be burned ?

12 Now is she without, now in the 29 So he that goeth in to his neigh-streets, and lieth in wait at every bour's wife; whosoever toucheth her corner.) shall not be innocent.

15 So she caught hin, and kissed

ing heart.

The cunning of a whore.

PROVERBS, The excellency of wisdom. him, and with an impudent face said | and, ye fools, be ye of an understandunto him,

14 I have peace offerings with me: 6 Hear; for I will speak of excelthis day have I payed my vows. lent things; and the opening of my

15 Therefore came I forth to meet lips shall be right things. thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I 7 For


mouth shall speak trutlı; have found thee.

and wickedness is an abomination to 16 I have decked my bed with co

my lips. verings of tapestry, with carved works, 8 All the words of my mouth are in with fine linen of Egypt.

righteousness; there is nothing fro17 I have perfumed my bed with ward or perverse in them. myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

9 They are all plain to him that un18 Come, let us take our fill of love derstandeth, and right to them that until the morning : let us solace our-find knowledge. selves with loves.

10 Receive my instruction, and not 19 For the good man is not at home, silver; and knowledge rather than he is gone a long journey:

choice gold. 20 Xe hath taken a bag of money 11 For wisdom is better than rubies; with him, and will come home at the and all the things that may be desired day appointed.

are not to be compared to it. 21 With her much fair speech she 12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, caused him to yield, with the flattering and find out knowledge of witty inof her lips she forced him.

ventions. 22 He goeth after her straightway, 13 The fear of the LORD is to hate as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil fool to the correction of the stocks ; way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

23 Till a dart strike through his 14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisliver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, dom: I am understanding; I have and knoweth not that it is for his life. strength.

24 | Hearken unto me now there 15 By me kings reign, and prmces fore, O ye children, and attend to the decree justice. words of my mouth.

16 By me princes rúle, and nobles, 25 Let not thine heart decline to her even all the judges of the earth. ways, go not astray in her paths. 17 I love them that love me; and

26 For she hath cast down many those that seek me early shall find me. wounded : yea, many strong men have 18 Riches and honour are with me; been slain by her.

yea, durable riches and righteousness. 27 Her house is the way to hell, go 19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, ing down to the chambers of death. than fine gold; and my revenue than CHAP. VIII.

choice silver. 1 The fame, 6 and evidence of wisdom. 10 The 20 I lead in the way of righteousness, excellency, 12 the nature, 15 the power, 18 in the midst of the paths of judgment: the riches, 42 and the eternity of wisdom. 32 Wisdom is to be desired for the blessedness it 21 That I may cause those that love

me to inherit substance; and I will Doth not wisdom cry? and under till their treasures. standing put forth her voice?

22 The LORD possessed me in the 2 She standeth in the top of high beginning of his way, before his works places, by the way in the places of the of old. paths.

23 I was set up from everlasting, from 3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry the beginning, or ever the earth was. of the city, at the coming in at the doors. 24 When there were no depths, I

4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my was brought forth ; when there were voice is to the sons of man.

no fountains abounding with water. 5 Oye simple, understand wisdom: 25 Before the mountains were settled,


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