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2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of
3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman :
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near ber corner;
and he went the way to her house,
9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house :
12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, 14 I have peace offerings with
this day have I payed my vows. 15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I bave found thee.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
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 solace ourselves with loves.
19 For the goodman 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 her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks ;
23 Till a dart strike through his liver ; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
CHAP. VIII. DOTH not wisdom cry? and anderstanding put forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. 4 Unto
O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things ; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth;
and wickedness is an abomination to
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. 17 I love them that love
and those that seek me early shall find
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I broughtforth :
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there : when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep :
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: wben he appointed the foundations of the earth :
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him : and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him ;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me,
children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that hear. eth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment :
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before bis works of old.
in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
. . WISDOM hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars :
2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither : as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth bimself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser : teach a just man, and he will increase in learning
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself : but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
13 A foolish woman is clamorous : she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 To call passengers who go right on their ways : 316 Whoso is simple, let him turn
CHAP. X. The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing : but righteousness delivereth from death.
3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish : but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
8 The wise in heart will receive commandments : but a prating fool shall fall.
9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely : but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
12 Hatred stirreth up strifes : but love covereth all sins.
13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found : but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
14 Wise men lay up knowledge : but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
15 The rich man's wealth is bis strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction : but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin : but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous shall
A False balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath : but righteousness delivereth from death.
5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish : and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his
his neighbour: but
through knowledge shall the just 24 There is that scattereth, and be delivered.
yet increaseth ; and there is that 10 When it goeth well with the withholdeth more than is meet, but righteous, the city rejoiceth: and
it tendeth to poverty. when the wicked perish, there is 25 The liberal soul shall be made shouting
fat: and he that watereth shall be 11 By the blessing of the upright watered also himself. the city is exalted: but it is over- 26 He that withholdeth corn, the thrown by the mouth of the wicked. people shall curse him : but blessing
12 He that is void of wisdom shall be upon the head of him that despiseth his neighbour: but a man selleth it. of understanding holdeth his peace. 27 He that diligently seeketh
13 A talebearer revealeth secrets : good procureth favour: but he that but he that is of a faithful spirit con- seeketh mischief, it shall come unto cealeth the matter.
him. 14 Where no counsel is, the peo- 28 He that trusteth in his riches ple fall: but in the multitude of shall fall: but the righteous shall counsellors there is safety.
flourish as a branch. 15 He that is surety for a stran- 29 He that troubleth his own ger shall smart for it: and he that house shall inherit the wind : and hateth suretiship is sure.
the fool shall be servant to the wise 16 A gracious woman retaineth of heart. honour: and strong men retain rich- 30 The fruit of the righteous is a es.
tree of life; and he that winneth 17 The merciful man doeth good souls is wise. to his own soul : but he that is cruel 31 Behold, the righteous shall be troubleth his own flesh.
recompensed in the earth : much 18 The wicked worketh a deceit- more the wicked and the sinner. ful work : but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
CHAP. XII. 19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursu
WHOSO loveth instruction loveth eth it to his own death.
knowledge: but he that hateth re20 They that are of a froward
proof is brutish. heart are abomination to the LORD: 2 A good man obtaineth favour of but such as are upright in their way the LORD: but a man of wicked deare his delight.
vices will he condemn. 21 Though hand join in hand, the 3 A man shall not be established wicked shall not be unpunished : but by wickedness : but the root of the the seed of the righteous shall be righteous shall not be moved. delivered.
4 A virtuous woman is a crown to 22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's her husband: but she that maketh snout, so is a fair woman which
ashamed is as rottenness in his without discretion.
bones. 23 The desire of the righteous is 5 The thoughts of the righteous only good; but the expectation of are right: but the counsels of the the wicked is wrath.
wicked are deceit.