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representation of that firinness, that vigorous health, power, observe his laws, and implore his favour and and chearfulness of mind, which virtue imparts; blessing; and he shall guide thee in thy proceedings, the other in ver. 12. [C] " Whom the Lord loveth and bring them to an happy issue, as he in his wishe correcteth,” which 'Theodoret, upon Heb. xii. 6. dom 'sees best for thee. calls indeed ragoupesyin againots, a proverbial admoni Ver. 70 | Be not wise in thine own eyes : fear the tion, belonging to such parents, guardians, and mas. LORD, and depart from evil.] Never be guilty of ters, as are careful of those committed to their such folly, as to conceit thine own wit to be so great, charge ; but he names it so, I suppose, only because that thou canst manage things thereby in thine own he found it in the book of the Proverbs. The last way (neglecting the rules that he hath prescribed thee) in ver. 18. [d] “ tree of life;" which seems to be a to thy satisfaction ; but have a religious regard to proverbial speech (used afterward more than once him, who can either disappoint or prosper thee as in this book) for that which prolongs life ; and he pleases, and, fearing to offend his majesty, avoid makes it very delightful and pleasant, as well as most cautiously those practices that he hath forbidden firm and durable ; if we understand it of Christ, thee. the wisdom of God, (as Origen, St Ambrose, St Ver. 8. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow Austin, and others do), or of his doctrine, which to thy bones.] This is the way to preserve a good habit is the same; it is literally true, that he gives im- both of soul and body; and in all conditions to remain mortality, as the tree of life in paradise would undejected, nay, chearful and fully satisfied, whatsohave done,

ever happens. See Arg. [b]

Ver. 9. Honour the LORD with ihy substance, and with My son, forget not my law, but let thine the first-fruits of all thine increase.) As, for example,

heart keep my commandments.] Let me there are those who think it prudence to save all they then again intreat thee, whosoever thou art that co can, though it be by robbing God himself: but, if mest to learn of me, (who loveth thee with a fatherly thou wilt be truly wise and happy, honour him in his affection), not to be careless and negligent in the obser. minister, by paying them their tithes doly, and bringvance of these instructions ; but remember them, and ging oblations to his house at the three solemn feasts, love them, and set thyself heartily to do whatsoever (Exod. xxii. 14. 15.), together with the first-fruits of I command thee.

all that thy estate produces, (Exod. xxii. 29. 30.), in Ver. 2. For length of days, and long life, and peace, token of thy gratitude to him, and that all thou hast skall they add to thee.] For this is the surest way to is his, and cannot thrive without his blessing. that which all inen naturally desire, and seek to at Ver. 10. So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and tain ; a long life, in firm health, vigour, and strength, thy presses shall burst out with neru wine.] Which he with all manner of happiness and prosperity, Deut. will pour upon thee abundantly; and convince thee, XXX. 18.

by lading the earth with fruit, and sending a season. Ver. 3. Let not mercy and truth forsuke thee : bind able as well as plentiful harvest and vintage, that this them about thy neck, write them upon the table of thine is the way, not to diminish, but to increase the estate beart.] of this thou canst not miss, if thou wilt be which God hath given thee, Deut. xxviii. 4. 5. stedfastly good and just ; for the infinite bounty of 2 Chron. xxxi. 10. God, and his faithfulness to his promises, will secure Ver. 11. | My son, despise not the chastening of the these blessings to thee: therefore let my command. LORD: neither be weary of his correction.] And ments be ever before thine eyes; fix them in thy me. suppose it be his pleasure that any affiction should be. mory, and in thy affections, as if they were engraven fall thee, my son, (ver. 1.), let not that dissatisfy thee, upon thy heart; and look upon it as the greatest orna. nor make thee either doubt of his gracious providence ment to be obedient to them.

over thee, or out of impatience take any unlawful Ver. 4. Sy shalt thou find favour and good under course to remove it from thee; standing in the sight of God and man.) Which is as Ver. 12. For whom the LORD loveth be correcteth, much as if I had bidden thee acquire favour with even as a father the son in whom he delightech.] Buc God, and understand, on all occasions, what is good ratiier submit unto it, as a part of his fatherly discia for thyself; ordering all thy affairs with such judge- pline, which cannot hurt thee, but only correct somement and prudence, as to be in high esteem with him thing that is amiss in thee; for we are sure he loves. and with men.

those that keep his commandments, and therefore, Ver. 5. I Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; nothing that proceeds from his love ought to be deand lean not unto thine own understanding. And as- spised, or received with an abject mind, but duly e. sure thyself there is no rule of prudence like to this, steemed by them, and raise their expectation of some to confide in God entirely, and to depend wholly on good from the affliction; which should no more make his providence, for good success in well-doing ; not him suspected of any unkindness, than a tender paimagining, that by thy own wit and policy thou canst rent is, when he whips the child in whom he delights, contrive such events as thou desirest, and bring about and to whom he wishes so well, that he will not let. what thou designest.

him be unchastised. See Arg: [c] Ver. 6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he Ver. 13. | Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and shall direct thy paths.) Nó, in all thy undertakings, the inan that geiteth' understanding.) Happy, more both private and public, be sensible of his over-ruling happy than can be expressed, is that man, who attains

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to this degree of wisdom, and acquires (though it cost my affection is so great, that I cannot but again re. him the greatest pains and labour) such an understand. peat it, ver. 1. 11.), let me prevail with thee to fix ing of God, and belief of his providence, as, not these good instructions in thy mind ; look upon them withstanding any troubles that befall him, still to ad as the most solid wisdom, and the greatest cunning here unto him in faithful obedience, (ver. 7.)

and policy; and accordingly observe them. Ver. 14. For the merchandise of it is beiter than Ver. 22. So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace the inerchandise of silver ; and the gain thereof, ikan to thy neck.] For they will revive and cheer thee, fine gold.) If it were to be bought for money, one when other things fail thee ; and enable thee also with would purchase it at any rate, for the profit of it is acceptable words to comfort those, whom the fame of infinitely to be preferred before all the advantages thy wisdom shall invite to learn of thee. that can be made by silver and gold.

Ver. 23. Then shalt thou qvalk in thy way safely, and Ver. 15. She is inore precious than rubiis : and all thy foot shall not stumble.] When thou goest abroad the things thou canst desire, are not to be compared unto about thy business, thou shalt dispatch it the more her.] The most precious pearls are not so valuable, chearfuliy, because thou art sure of God's providence nor can our boundless fancy present any thing to over thee; and wisdom will direct thee to avoid those wishes, that is worthy to come in competition with stumbling-blocks, by which others fall into sin and it.

danger. Ver. 16. Length of days is in her right hand : and . Ver. 24. When thcu liest down, thou shalt not be

, in her left hand richis and honour.] For true wisdom · afraid; yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be presents us, as we say, with both hands ; teaching us sivert.] And when thou comest home to rest from in the first place such prudence and moderation, as thy labours, thou shalt not be troubled with fear of by the divine blessing prolong our days, (which none what may happen whilst thou art asleep, but (having of these things can do for us); and in the next place, nothing within to discompose thee) shalt lie down seadds both ric!res and honour, which men foolishly curely, and, by a sound and sweet repose, be refreshand vainly seek to get and to keep by other means. ed, to return to thy employments. See Arg. [2]

Ver. 25. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the Ver. 17. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all desolation of the wicked when it comeih.]' In which, if her paths are peace.] And besides all this, there is a sin- thou shouldest be interrupted by any rumours and regular pleasure, nay, the highest delight, in all the acts ports of unexpected and approaching danger, let not of virtue to which wisdom directs her followers; who that disturb thee; no, though thou shouldest see the are always, either in perfect safety by well-doing, or, wicked ready to lay all waste, or the divine venge. if any trouble come upon them, have that inward ance bringing utter desolation upon thein for their tranquillity and satisfaction, which nothing else could wickedness. give them

Ver. 26. For the LORD shall be tly confidence, and Ver. 18. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold shall keep thy foot from being taken.] For a firm hope upon her; and happy is every one that retaineth ler.] in the Lord shall be thy suppori, even when thou art In short, wisdom leads into a paradise, and supplies in a tottering condition ; nay, when thy skill quite the place of that tree of life, from whence our first fails thee, and thou knowest not what to do for thy parents were banished; that is, gives not only a pre- safety, he shall so direct and guide thee, that thou sent, but an immortal satisfaction, to all those that shalt be preserved from falling into the hands of those strongly apprehend and retain her precepts; and there. that lie in wait to destroy thee: fore, I again pronounce him happy (ver. 14.) above Ver. 27. 9 With-hold not good from them to whoin it all other men, and above all expression, who constantly is due, when it is in the power of thine hand 10 do it.] and firmly adheres unto them. See Arg. [d] 1 And, as it will give thee great security of mind and

Ver. 19. The LORD by wisdom hath founded the confidence in God at such a time, not to be conscious to earth; by understanding bath he established the heavens.] thyself of any wrong done to thy neighbour, by densFor they are a participation of that wonderful wisdom ing to pay thy just debts when ihou art able ; so the and understanding, whereby the Lord settled the earth remembrance of having done good to others will be in that place where it remains fixed, and disposed the a far greater, and therefore let me advise thee to take heavenly bodies in that admirable and unchangeable a special care, not to with-hold relief from those order, which he would have us imitate.

whose needs entitle them unto it, when thou canst Ver. 20. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, not pretend disability, but hast wherewithal to do it. and the clouds drop down the deqv.] In works of mercy

Ver. 28. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come and goodness especially, whereby we plainly communi. again, and to-morrow I will give ; when thou hast it by cate with him in that knowledge, by which the Lord thee.] And as thou wouldest not have God to defer made fountnins of water gush out of the earth for the his help in such distresses as I spake of, (ver. 25. 26.), use of all living creatures, and the clouds drop down so do not thou put off thy neighbour, when he begs plentifully their refreshing dews, for the cherishing of a kindness of thee, saying, I cannot now; come anoplants and grass, which in hot countries many times ther time ; to-morrow thou shalt see what I will do have no other moisture.

for thee; when, if thou hadst a heart to it, thou Ver. 21. f My son, let them nct depart from thine eyes; couldst supply him now as well as then ; and who keep sound wisdom and discretion.] | My son, (to whom can tell what shall be to-morrow?

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Ver. 29. Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing because all his pains, he knew, would be lost withhe dwelleth securely by thee.] And let not the quietness out serious consideration of what he said ; and the of any man's temper, much less the confidence he first step to wisdom is to have a mind to be wise. hath of thy honesty and goodness, tempt thee to con And to make his exhortations the more acceptable, trive any mischief to him ; for the more securely he he acquaints the reader with the lessons which his relies on thy virtue, and the less mistrust he hath of own father and mother were wont to teach him, any harm from thee, the greater wickedness it will (ver. 3. 4. &c.), and the great benefit he had rebe, so much as to have it in thy thoughts to do him ceived by them. Which gave him the greater any injury.

confidence to press every one to follow his example Ver. 30. | Strive not with a man without cause, if of obsequiousness to good counsels, as the surest be have done thee 10 harm.] 1 For instance, do way to be happy; and by no means to imitate the not bring false actions against any neighbour, nor examples of the wicked, from which he dissuades vex him with causeless or unnecessary suits at law, by many arguments, (ver. 14. 15. &c.); and be. no, nor so much as pretend a cause for quarrelling seeches they may be so duly pondered, (ver. 20. and falling out with him, when he hath done nothing 21. &c.), that they produce in every one a watchto deserve it of thee.

fulness over his own heart, his mouth, his eyes, Ver. 31. q Envy not thou the oppressor, and choose his feet; as may be seen in the conclusion of the none of his ways.] | And what though thou shouldst

chapter. see men thrive by oppression and violence, let not The whole chapter, from ver. 4. may be conceived to that provoke thee to emulate them, that is, to wish be the words of David, as well as Solomon's. But thyself in their condition, by imitating them in any I have extended David's advice no further than of their injurious proceedings.

untó ver. 10. and there inake Solomon to resume Ver. 32. For the froward is abomination to the LORD;

his exhortation, and urge upon his son what his but bis secret is with the righteous.] For he that per father had taught him. versely departs from all the rules of truth and justice, There is one prorerbial speech in ver. 27. which is above all expression abominable to the Lord, even needs no explication. Some would have another, in his highest prosperity ; but the Lord is a friend to ver. 16. but I can see no reason for it. men of sincere integrity, who know the secret of his The principal instructions in this chapter are these : providence in raising those wicked oppressors so The care that parents ought to take to ir struct high, that they may have the more dreadful fall. their children diligently; and the greater they are,

Ver. 33. The curse of the LORD is in the house of (suppose princes), the more accurate ought their the wicked; but be Ulssseth the babitation of the just.] education to be, as Solomon's was, ver. 3. 4. &c.

The evil-doer is under the curse of the Lord, And above all things, the excellence of wisdom and though he live in the most stately palace ; but just virtue is to be inculcared ; for this excites a desire of and good men ought to look upon themselves as un. it, and that is the very beginning of it, as some esder his care and blessing, and therefore very happy pound those words, ver. 7. In which sense they in the meanest cottage.

are admirably explained in the book of Wisdom, Ver. 34. q Surely be scorneth the scorners ; but he vi. 12. 13. 14. 17. Next to this, they are to be giveth grace to the lowly.] 9 Those proud oppressors, cautioned against evil company, as the bane of and scoffers at good men, he will undoubtedly not youth; and the wretchedness of their life that live only confound, but expose to scorn, and make them ri. wickedly is to be represented, and the happiness, diculous in the eyes of the world; but cause the humble, comfort, and satisfaction of theirs that live virmodest, and meek, (who bear even their insolent tuously, which increases as their days and their scoffs patiently), to be had in honour, and highly virtues do, ver. 18. Next, they are to be taught esteemed.

how necessary it is to be constant in reading pious Ver. 35. The wise sball inherit glory, but shame books, especially the holy scriptures, ver. 21.; shall be the promotion of fools.] They may be despi and to have an upright heart, sincerely disposed sed and debased for a time, but in the issue they shall to follow such directions, upon which all depends, be accounted the only wise men, and leave an excel. both their well or ill doing, and their well or ill lent never-dying fame behind them, when those im being. Watchfulness also over to seoses is compious inen shall be famous for nothing, but the shame mended, as of great use to preserve the affections and disgrace that shall fall upon them.

from being corrupted.

CHAP. IV.

Ver. 1. HEAR, ye cbildren, the instruction of a father,

and attend to know understanding Listen, THE ARGUMENT.-The dulness, sluggishness, and then, all ye that are desirous to learn, unto the in

forgetfulness of mankind in their principal con structions which, out of a paternal affection, I bring cernments, are so' notorious, that we need not won. from God unto you; hearken to them, though they der the wise man repeats the very same things, correct your present manners, and let your mind be and quickens our attention to them, in the begin- so attentive, that you may know what it is to have a ning of this chapter. Which he thought necessary right anderstanding in all things. to excite again (ver. 10.) and again, (ver. 20.), Ver. 2. For I give you good iloctrine ; forsake ye.

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not my law.] They are no frivolous or indifferent and the years of thy life shall be many.) Thus my matters which I teach you, but the most excellent father was wont to discourse to me, as I do to thee, things, and absolutely necessary to your happiness; my son, whom I earnestly again intreat (ver. 1.) to therefore do not merely attend to them, but strictly consider what I say, and to believe it, and then I pro-, observe my precepts, as the law and rule of your life. mise thee, what he did me, (ver. 4.), that thou shalt

Ver. 3. For I was my father's son, and tender and lead a long and happy life. only beloved in the sight of my mother.] Do as I my Ver. 11. I bave taught thre in the way of wisdom ; self did, who remember that, when I was a child, I have led thee in right paths.] I have already taught the son of a most wise and pious father, and un. thee, and will still inform thee, in the wisest course der the careful eye of an affectionate mother, who unto it, not in those crooked ways of fraud and loved me most dearly above all her children, and falseness, &c. which many take, but in the direct while I was soft and flexible, and apt to receive good paths of integrity and truth, in which I intend, as I impressions, looked to my education with great cir- have done hitherto, to lead thee. cumspection.

Ver. 12. When thou goest, tby steps shall not be Ver. 4. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let straitned ; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumthine heart retain my words ; keep my commandments, and ble.] And if thy actions and designs have no other live.] My father was wont to tutor and instruct me, rule, thou shalt be at ease, and free from those straits (1 Chron. xxviii. 8. xxix. 2.), saying, Mind my and difficulties which others meet withal; and in case words, and faithfully retain them, not only in thy thy business shall require haste, this will be the safest, memory, but in thy affections ; observe my commands as well as the most inoffensive, (if not the shortest), ments, and thou shalt enjoy long happiness.

way to accomplish thy ends. Ver. 5. Get wisdom, get understanding ; forget it not,

Ver. 13. Take fast bold of instruction, let her not go ; neither decline from the words of my mouth.] And keep her, for she is thy life.] Resolve to try it, and this is the thing I require of thee, not so much to seek though it shall be contrary to thy present sense, yet after riches, as to treasure up wisdom, and endeavour do not receive this instruction which I give thee, but to understand how to behave thyself upon all occa. take such fast hold of it, as never, for want of care sions; and when thou art well informed in thy duty, and pains, to let it slip out of thy mind; keep it as do not forget it, nor turn aside from the way into a most precious treasure, for all thy happiness de. which I will direct thee.

pends upon it. Ver. 6. Forsake ber not, and she shall preserve thee ; Ver. 14. Enter not into the path of the wicked, love her, and she shall keep thee.] Quit all things in and go not in the way of evil men.

not in the way of evil men.) 1 And if thou this world, rather than försake the precepts of wis- really intendest to be guided by me, remember the dom ; stick to them, and they will preserve thee advice I gave thee in the beginning, (chap. i. 10.), not from innumerable mischiefs; love them sincerely, so much as to enter upon their wicked course of life, and they will be a stronger guard than money can or to keep them company, who regard not God, and procure thee.

are injurious to men; or if thou hast been seduced Ver. 7. Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get into it, be not persuaded by their seeming prosperity, wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding.] and thriving condition, to continue in it. And as there is nothing comparable to wisdom, so the Ver. 15. Avoid it, pass not by it ; turn from it, and first step to it is to know as much, and to prize it ac. pass away.] Avoid it, therefore, with a just abhorcordingly. Begin therefore to be wise, by looking rence ; come pot near it, but get as far as thou canst upon the fear of God as above all earthly possessions, from their society; and decline all occasions that and by being willing, if it were needful, to give all might invite thee into it, as dangerous temptations. thou art worth to know what is pleasing to him. Ver. 16. For they sleep not except they have done

Ver. 8. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee ; she mischief ; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause shall bring thee to honour uben thou dost embrace ber.] some to fall.]' For as mischief is their business, so Thou canst not speak nor think too highly of this they pursue it with a restless diligence ; there being wisdom, as thou shalt find by happy experience, those among them, for instance, that cannot be quiet, For if thou magnify it above all things, it will nor have any satisfaction, till they have executed raise thy esteem, and make thee great in the world; their villainous intentions, but perpetually disturb yea, when thou entertainest it with ardent love, thou themselves, that they may ruin others. shalt become most illustrious in the sight of God and Ver. 17. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and men.

drink the wine of violence.] For they live by robbery Ver. 9. She shall give to thine head an ornament of and spoil, having no other meat and drink, but what grace; a crown of glory sball she deliver to thee.] is the fruit of rapine and violence, and not of their Whatsoever else thou hast to commend thee and gain honest labours. thee honour, this shall add unto it, and make it Ver. 18. But the path of the just is as the sbining far more amiable ; the fairest ornaments, or the most light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.] beautiful crown that can be set upon thy head, shall Which makes a wide difference between them and receive lustre from hence, and be settled there the righteous men, whose pure and innocent life is full of most securely.

honour as well as joy, which increases continually toVer. 10. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; gether with their virtue, proceeding (like the splen

dour of the sun, which nothing can extinguish, nor constant to thyself, and confirmed in a stedfast course hinder in its course) till come to the highest pitch of of well-doing. joy and glory:

Ver. 27. Turn not to the right hand, nor to the left; Ver. 19. The way of the wicked is as darkness; they remove thy foot from evil.] From which do not suffer know not at what they stumble.) Whereas those wicked thyself to be drawn aside, either to superstition on the people live most uncomfortably, as well as basely one hand, or to contempt or neglect of religion on the and vilely, going on blindly to their own destruction, other; let neither love of friends, nor hatred of ene(of which they are in constant danger, and grows mies, neither hope of pleasure and gain, nor fear of more and more upon them), and yet they know not, pain and damage, neither prosperous nor cross events, (no more than men in thick darkness), what mischief ever move thee to turn into either extremes from the it is that suddenly may befal them.

rule of virtue ; but, whatsoever inclination thou find. Ver. 20. I V1y son, attend to my words ; incline est that way, do not proceed to coinmit the least sia thine ear unto my sayings.] Therefore I do, not against God, or against thy neighbour. without reason, once more repeat my request unto thee, (ver. 1. 10.), that thou wilt give diligent heed

CHAP. V. to my advice, and seriously consider those exhortations, which proceed from a sincere affection to thy THE ARGUMENT.--There being nothing to which welfare.

youth is so prone, as to give up themselves to satisVer. 21. Let them not depart from thine eyes ; keep fy their feshly desires, and nothing proving so perthem in the midst of thine heart :] Read them over nicious to them, if they do it with harlots, the wise and over again, and keep them perpetually in man gives a new caution against those impure lusts, mind ; or rather, preserve them studiously, and lay which he had taken notice of before, (ch. ii. 16. them up, as a most precious treasure, in the closest 17. &c.), as great obstructions to wisdom, and with affections of thy heart.

repeated intreaties, begs attention to so weighty an Ver. 22. For they are life unto those that find them, argument, which here he prosecutes more largely, and health to all their flesh.] For they will make and presses not only with singular elegance, but all those exceeding happy, both in body and soul, with powerful reasons. Which in the heat of that come thoroughly acquainted with them; and how youth, men are not forward to consider ; but if various soever their temper and condition be, will they would be so sober, Solomon hath said enough prove an universal remedy for all their griefs and to deter them from whoredom. troubles.

Whose miserable effects he describes by several apt Ver. 23. , Keep thy heart with all diligence ; for resemblances, (ver. 4. 5.), which shews how, by ont of it are the issues of life.] | And charge thyself this vice, men lose their honour, their time, their with this, above all other cares, to set such a strict health, and estates; and at last, (as he shews afterguard upon the inward thoughts, motions, and affec wards), lie down in sorrow, and end their days in tions of thy soul, (which are besieged with many ene an unprofitable repentance. And, therefore, for mies), that thy consent be never obtained to any thing the prevention of this, he commends the use of marwhich thou oughtest to refuse ; for thy living well or riage, and a passionate love for a man's own wife ; ill depends on this, and such as thy caution and watch which he describes allegorically ; first, [a] under fulness is in this, such will the actions of thy life be the comparison of a domestic fountain, where a man which flow from thence.

may quench his natural thirst, and from whence Ver. 24. Put away from thee a froward moutb, and streams (i. e. children) may be derived abroad to perverse lips put far from tbee.] And as they that de serve the public good, &c.; and, secondly, under the fend a city against an enemy, set a strong guard at comparison of a young hind, and a young wild goat; the gates and posterns, so do thou upon thy mouth ; which are taken notice of by authors that write of never speaking things contrary to truth, honesty, animals, (particularly Oppianus), to be loving creaand religion thyself, nor listening unto those that do, tures; and which in ancient times were play-fel.

but banishing both, as far as is possible, from thy fa lows, (as one may call them), for the greatest per. miliarity.

sons, who kept them in their palaces, and diverted Ver. 25. Let thine eyes look right on, and let tbine themselves with them, as a lovely sort of creature, eye-lids look straight before thee.] The eyes also are whom they delighted to adorn with chains, and

gardangerous inlets into the heart; and therefore watch lands, and such like things. About which Bocharthem well, that they do not gaze about, and fasten on tus among others may be consulted; who hath deevery object that invites them ; but be fixed upon one monstrated, that the Jaalah, (which we translate a scope, as thy thoughts ought to be, from which let roe), is a creature that lived in mountainous places, nothing divert them.

and could climb up the steepest rocks. Unto Ver. 26. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy which, as well as to a young hind, Solomon com. ways be established. ] And before thou fixest and pares a good wife, because of the simplicity, soft. resolvest upon any action, examine and weigh it ness, and good-nature of this kind of creature, and thoroughly, whether it be agreeable to the rule of other qualities mentioned by ancient authors; who life, and the end thou aimest at; and so thou shalt be abundantly satisfy us, what reason the wise man

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