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The way to hell. 2 Keep my commandments, and as a fool to the correction of the live; and my law as the apple of stocks;

23 Till a dart strike through his 3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare,

the table of thine heart. I and knoweth not that it is for his 4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my life. sister; and call understanding thy 24 Hearken unto me now therefore, kinswoman:

O ye children, and attend to the 5 That they may keep thee from words of my mouth. the strange woman, from the stran 25 Let not thine heart decline to ger which hattereth with her words. her ways, go not astray in her paths.

6 For at the window of my house 26 For she hath cast down many I looked through my casement, wounded : yea, many strong men

7 And beheld among the simple have been slain by her. ones, I discerned among the youths, 27 Her house is the way to hell, goa young man void of understanding, ing down to the chambers of death.

8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to

CHAPTER VIII. her house,

A commendation of wisdom, in which is sheron its

nature, power, and excellence, 32 The blessed9 In the twilight, in the evening, ness it secureth. in the black and dark night:

OTH not wisdom cry? and un10 And, behold, there met him a derstanding put forth her voice? woman with the attire of a harlot, 2 She standeth in the top of high and subtile of heart.

places, by the way in the places of 11 She is loud and stubborn; her the paths. feet abide not in her house:

3 She crieth at the gates, at the 12 Now is she without, now in the entry of the city, at the coming in streets, and lieth in wait at every at the doors : corner.

4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my 13 So she caught him, and kissed voice is to the sons of man. him, and with an impudent face said 50 ye simple, understand wisdom: unto him,

and, ye fools, be ye of an understand14 I have peace offerings with me; ing heart. this day have I paid my vows. 6 Hear; for I will speak of excel

15 Therefore came I forth to meet lent things; and the opening of my thee, diligently to seek thy face, and lips shall be right things. I have found thee.

7 For my mouth shall speak truth; 16 I have decked my bed with coy- and wickedness is an abomination erings of tapestry, with carved works, to my lips. with fine linen of Egypt.

8 All the words of


mouth are 17 I have perfumed my bed with in righteousness; there is nothing myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. froward or perverse in them.

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

find knowledge. 19 For the goodman is not at home, 10 Receive my instruction, and not he is gone a long journey :

silver; and knowledge rather than 20 He hath taken a bag of money choice gold. with him, and will come home at the 11 For wisdom is better than ruday appointed.

bies; and all the things that may 21 With her much fair speech she be desired are not to be compared caused him to yield, with the flatter to it. ing of her lips she forced him. 12 I wisdom dwell with prudence,

22 He goeth after her straightway, and find out knowledge of witty inas an ox goeth to the slaughter, or ventions.




* That 1 may cause those that Wishe hath hewn out her seven

Excellence of wisdom. PROVERBS. The feast of wisdom.

13 The fear of the Lord is to hate daily his delight, rejoicing always
evil : pride, and arrogancy, and the before him ;
evil way, and the froward mouth, 31 Rejoicing in the habitable part
do I hate.

of his earth; and my delights were
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wis- with the sons of men.
dom: I am understanding; I have 32 Now therefore hearken unto me,

0 children: : for blessed are they 15 By me kings reign, and princes that keep my ways. decree justice.

33 Hear instruction, and be wise, 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, and refuse it not. even all the judges of the earth. 34 Blessed is the man that heareth

17 I love them that love me ; and me, watching daily at my gates, those that seek me early shall find waiting at the posts of my doors. me.

35 For whoso findeth me findeth 18 Riches and honour are with life, and shall obtain favour of the me; yea, durable riches and right- Lord. eousness.

36 But he that sinneth against me 19 My fruit is better than gold, wrongeth his own soul : all they yea, than fine gold; and my reve- that hate me love death. nue than choice silver. 20 I lead in the way of righteous

CHAPTER IX. ness, in the midst of the paths of wisdom's feast: 4 Her invitation to the simple.

7 Her instruction. 13 The way of a foolish wo: 21

TISDOM hath builded her house, love me to inherit substance ; and I she hath hewn out her seven will fill their treasures.

pillars : 22 The Lord possessed me in the 2 She hath killed her beasts; she beginning of his way, before his hath mingled her wine; she hath works of old.

also furnished her table. 23 I was set up from everlasting, 3 She hath sent forth her maidens: from the beginning, or ever the she crieth upon the highest places of earth was.

the city, 24 When there were no depths, I 4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in was brought forth ; when there were hither : as for him that wanteth unno fountains abounding with water. derstanding, she saith to him,

25 Before the mountains were set 5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink tled, before the hills was I brought of the wine which I have mingled. forth :

6 Forsake the foolish, and live; 26 While as yet he had not made and go in the way of understandthe earth, nor the fields, nor the ing. highest part of the dust of the 7 He that reproveth a scorner getworld.

teth to himself shame: and he that 27 When he prepared the heavens, rebuketh a wicked man getteth himI was there : when he set a compass self a blot. upon the face of the depth:

8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he 28 When he established the clouds hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and above: when he strengthened the he will love thee. fountains of the deep:

9 Give instruction to a wise man, 29 When he gave to the sea his and he will be yet wiser: teach a decree, that the waters should not just man, and he will increase in pass his commandment: when he learning. appointed the foundations of the 10 The fear of the Lord is the beearth:

ginning of wisdom : and the knowl30 Then I was by him, as one edge of the Holy is understanding. brought up with him: and I was 11 For by me thy days shall be

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The way of life. multiplied, and the years of thy life 10 He that winketh with the eye shall be increased.

causeth sorrow: but a prating fool 12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be shall fall. wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, 11 The mouth of a righteous man thou alone shalt bear it.

is a well of life: but violence cover13 A foolish woman is clamorous : eth the mouth of the wicked. she is simple, and knoweth noth 12 Hatred stirreth up strifes : but ing.

love covereth all sins. 14 For she sitteth at the door of 13 In the lips of him that hath unher house, on a seat in the high pla- derstanding wisdom is found: but ces of the city,

a rod is for the back of him that 15 To call passengers who go right is void of understanding. on their ways:

14 Wise men lay up knowledge: 16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in but the mouth of the foolish is near hither: and as for him that wanteth destruction. understanding, she saith to him, 15 The rich man's wealth is his

17 Stolen waters are sweet, and strong city: the destruction of the bread eaten in secret is pleasant. poor is their poverty.

18 But he knoweth not that the 16 The labour of the righteous tenddead are there; and that her guests eth to life: the fruit of the wicked are in the depths of hell.

to sin.

17 He is in the way of life that CHAPTER X.

keepeth instruction : but he that reThe Proverbs of Solomon ; extending to the seven; fuseth reproof erreth. teenth verse of the luenty second chapter, and containing sundry observations, marims, and

18 He that hideth hatred with precepts of wisdom,

lying lips, and he that uttereth a HE Proverbs of Solomon. A slander, is a fool.

wise son maketh a glad father : 19 In the multitude of words there but a foolish son is the heaviness of wanteth not sin : but he that rehis mother.

fraineth his lips is wise. 2 Treasures of wickedness profit 20 The tongue of the just is as nothing: but righteousness deliver choice silver: the heart of the wick. eth from death.

ed is little worth. 3 The LORD will not suffer the 21 The lips of the righteous feed soul of the righteous to famish : but many: but fools die for want of he casteth away the substance of wisdom. the wicked.

22 The blessing of the LORD, it 4 He becometh poor that dealeth maketh rich, and he addeth no sorwith a slack hand: but the hand of row with it. the diligent maketh rich.

23 It is as sport to a fool to do mis5 He that gathereth in summer is chief: but a man of understanding a wise son: but he that sleepeth in hath wisdom. harvest is a son that causeth shame. 24 The fear of the wicked, it shall

6 Blessings are upon the head of come upon him: but the desire of the the just: but violence covereth the righteous shall be granted. mouth of the wicked.

25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is 7 The memory of the just is bless- the wicked no more: but the righted: but the name of the wicked eous is an everlasting foundation. shall rot.

26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as 8 The wise in heart will receive smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard commandments : but a prating fool to them that send him. shall fall.

27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth 9 He that walketh uprightly walk- days: but the years of the wicked eth surely: but he that perverteth shall be shortened. his ways shall be known.

28 The hope of the righteous shall



A virtuous woman.

PROVERBS. The way of a fool. the fool shall be servant to the wise | the recompense of a man's hands of heart.

shall be rendered unto him. 30 The fruit of the righteous is a 15 The way of a fool is right in his tree of life; and he that winneth own eyes: but he that hearkeneth souls is wise.

unto counsel is wise. 31 Behold, the righteous shall be 16 A fool's wrath is presently recompensed in the earth : much known: but a prudent man covermore the wicked and the sinner, eth shame.

17 He that speaketh truth sheweth CHAPTER XII.

forth righteousness: but a false witSundry Proverbs.

ness deceit. (HOSO loveth instruction lov 18 There is that speaketh like the

eth knowledge: but he that piercings of a sword: but the tongue hateth reproof is brutish.

of the wise is health. 2 A good man obtaineth favour of 19 The lip of truth shall be estabthe LORD: but a man of wicked de- lished for ever: but a lying tongue vices will he condemn.

is but for a moment. 3 A man shall not be established 20 Deceit is in the heart of them by wickedness: but the root of the that imagine evil : but to the counrighteous shall not be moved. sellors of peace is joy.

4 A virtuous woman is a crown to 21 There shall no evil happen to her husband: but she that maketh the just: but the wicked shall be ashamed is as rottenness in his filled with mischief. bones.

22 Lying lips are abomination to 5 The thoughts of the righteous the LORD: but they that deal truly are right: but the counsels of the are his delight. wicked are deceit.

23 A prudent man concealeth 6 The words of the wicked are to knowledge: but the heart of fools lie in wait for blood : but the mouth proclaimeth foolishness. of the upright shall deliver them. 24 The hand of the diligent shall

7 The wicked are overthrown, and bear rule: but the slothful shall be are not: but the house of the right- under tribute. eous shall stand.

25 Heaviness in the heart of man 8 A man shall be commended ac- maketh it stoop: but a good word cording to his wisdom: but he that maketh it glad. is of a perverse heart shall be de 26 The righteous is more excellent spised.

than his neighbour: but the way of 9 He that is despised, and hath a the wicked seduceth them. servant, is better than he that hon 27 The slothful man roasteth not oureth himself, and lacketh bread. that which he took in hunting: but

10 A righteous man regardeth the the substance of a diligent man is life of his beast: but the tender mer- precious. cies of the wicked are cruel.

28 In the way of righteousness is 11 He that tilleth his land shall be life; and in the pathway thereof satisfied with bread: but he that fol. there is no death. loweth vain persons is void of understanding.

CHAPTER XIII. 12 The wicked desireth the net of

Sundry Proverbs. evil men: but the root of the right WISE son heareth his father's eous yieldeth fruit.

instruction : but a scorner hear13 The wicked is snared by the eth not rebuke. transgression of his lips: but the just 2 A man shall eat good by the shall come out of trouble.

fruit of his mouth: but the soul of 14 A man shall be satisfied with the transgressors shall eat violence. good by the fruit of his mouth: and 3 He that keepeth his mouth keep


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