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And not strangers' with thee. 18 Let thy fountain be blessed;

And have joy of the wife of thy youth. 19 A lovely hind and a graceful doe,

Let her breasts satisfy thee at all times;

With her love be thou ravished always. 20 Why then wilt thou, my son, be ravished

with a strange woman,
And embrace the bosom of an alien?

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of

the LORD, And He maketh even all his paths. 22 His own iniquities shall ensnare the wicked, And he shall be holden with the cords of

his sin. 23 He shall die for lack of instruction; And in the greatness of his folly he shall


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6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard;

Consider her ways, and be wise; 7 Which having no chief,

Overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her bread in the summer,

And gathereth her food in the harvest. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard?

When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 ‘Yet a little sleep, a little slumber,

A little folding of the hands to sleep'11 So shall thy poverty come as a runner,

And thy want as an armed man.

12 A base person, a man of iniquity,

Is he that walketh with a froward mouth;

13 That winketh with his eyes, that scrapeth 15 Lus with his feet,

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li 14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth evil

continually; He soweth discord. 15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly;

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16 There are six things which the LORD hateth, Yea, seven which are an abomination unto

Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,

And hands that shed innocent blood; 18 A heart that deviseth wicked thoughts,

Feet that are swift in running to evil; 19 A false witness that breatheth out lies,

And he that soweth discord among brethren.

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20 My son, keep the commandment of thy father,

And forsake not the teaching of thy mother; 21 Bind them continually upon thy heart,

Tie them about thy neck.
22 When thou walkest, it shall lead thee,
When thou liest down, it shall watch over

And when thou awakest, it shall talk with

23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the

teaching is light,
And reproofs of instruction are the way of

24 To keep thee from the evil woman,

From the smoothness of the alien tongue.

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25 Lust not after her beauty in thy heart; Neither let her captivate thee with her eye

lids, 26 For on account of a harlot a man is brought

to a loaf of bread, But the adulteress hunteth for the precious

life. 27 Can a man take fire in his bosom,

And his clothes not be burned? 28 Or can one walk upon hot coals,

And his feet not be scorched? 29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; Whosoever toucheth her shall not go un

punished. 30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal

To satisfy his soul when he is hungry; 31 But if he be found, he must restore seven

fold, He must give all the substance of his house. 32 He that committeth adultery with a woman

lacketh understanding; He doeth it that would destroy his own soul. 33 Wounds and dishonour shall he get,

And his reproach shall not be wiped away. 34 For jealousy is the rage of a man,

And he will not spare in the day of venge


35 He will not regard any ransom; Neither will he rest content, though thou

givest many gifts.


The proverbs of Solomon.
A wise son maketh a glad father;
But a foolish son is the grief 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 thrusteth away the desire of the


4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack

hand; But the hand of the diligent maketh rich. 5 A wise son gathereth in summer; But a son that doeth shamefully sleepeth in


6 Blessings are upon the head of the righteous; But the mouth of the wicked concealeth


7 The memory of the righteous shall be for a

But the name of the wicked shall rot.

8 The wise in heart will receive command.

But a prating fool shall fall.

9 He that walketh uprightly walketh securely; But he that perverteth his ways shall be

found out. 10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sor

row; And a prating fool shall fall. u The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of


But the mouth of the wicked concealeth


12 Hatred stirreth up strifes;

But love covereth all transgressions. 13 In the lips of him that hath discernment wis

dom 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 an imminent

ruin. 15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city;

The ruin of the poor is their poverty. 16 The wages of the righteous is life;

The increase of the wicked is sin. 17 He is in the way of life that heedeth in

struction; But he that forsaketh reproof erreth. 18 He that hideth hatred is of lying lips;

And he that uttereth a slander is a fool.

19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not

transgression; But he that refraineth his lips is wise. 20 The tongue of the righteous is as choice

The heart of the wicked is little wort

21 The lips of the righteous feed many; But the foolish die for want of under


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