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loud cymbals, praise him 6 Let every thing that upon the high - founding hath breath praise the Lord. cymbals.

Praise ye the Lord.

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neck. CHAP. I.

10. My son, if finners HE proverbs of So- entice" thee, "consent thou

lomon the son of Da not. vid, king of Israel;

11 If they say, Come with 2 To know wisdom and us, let us lay wait for blood, instruction, to perceive the let us lurk privily, for the inwords of understanding ; nocent without cause :

3 To receive the instruc 12 Letųs swallow them tion of wisdom, justice, and up alive as the grave; and judgment, and equity; whole, as those that go down

4 To give subtilty to the into the pit : simple, to the young man 13 We shall find all preciknowledge and discretion. ous substance, we shall fill

5 A wise man will hear, our houses with spoil : and will, increase learning i 14. Caft in thy lot among and a man of understanding us; let us all have one shall attain unto wise coun- purse-> sels :

15 My son, walk not thou 6. To understand à pro- in the way with them; reverb, and the interpretation frain thy foot from their the words of the wise, and path. their dark fayings.

16 For their féet run to 79 The fear of the Lord evil, and make hafte to shed is the beginning of know- blood, ledge: but fools despise wif 17 Surely in vain the net dom and instruction. is spread in the fight of any

8 My son, hear the in- bird. struction of thy father, and 18 And they lay wait for forsake not the law of thy their own blood; they lurk mother:

privily for their own lives. 9 For they shall be an or 19

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life of the owners thereof. I choose the fear of the Lord.

209 Wisdom crieth with. 30 They would none of out; she uttereth-her voice my counsel, they despised all in the streets :

my reproof. 21 She crieth in the chief 31 Therefore shall they place of concourse, in the eat of the fruit of their own openings of the gates ; in way, and be filled with their

she uttereth her own devices. words, saying,

32 For the turning away 22 How long, ye fimple of the simple shall lay them, ones, will ye love simplicity; and the prosperity of fools and the scorners delight in thall destroy them. their scorning, and fools hate 33 But whoso hearkeneth knowledge ?

unto me hall dwell safely, 23 Turn ye at my reproof; and shall be quiet from fear behold, I will pour out my of evil. spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

CHAP. II. 24 Because I have cal Y song if thou, wilt led, and ye refused; I have receive my words, stretched out my hand, and and hide my commandments no man regarded

with thee; i 25. But ye have fet at 2 So that thou incline nought all my counsel, and thine ear unto wisdom, and would none of my reproof: apply thine heart to under

26 I will also laugh at standing i your calamity; I will mock

3 Yea, if thou criest after when your fear cometh: knowledge, and lifteft up thy

27 'When your fear co-voice for understanding ; meth as desolation, and your 4

If thou seekest her as destruction cometh

a filver, and searcheft for her whirlwind; when distress as for hid treasures : and anguish cometh upon 5 Then shalt thou underyou:

stand the fear of the Lord, 28 Then shall they call and find the knowledge of upon me, but I will not an- | God. swer; they shall seek me 6 For the Lord giveth early, but they shall not find wisdom : out of his mouth

cometh knowledge and under29. For that they hated standing: knowledge, and did not 7 He layeth up found wir



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dorn for the righteous :: he is, unto the dead.0 a buckler to them that walk

19 None that go unto her uprightly

return again, neither take 8 He keepeth the paths of they hold of the paths of life. judgment, and preserveth the 20 q That thou mayest Way of his faints.

walk in the way of good 9 Then shalt thou under-men, and keep the paths of stand righteousness, and judg. the righteous. ment, and equity; yea, every 21 For the upright shall good path.

dwell in the land, and the TO When wisdom en perfect shall remain in it. tereth into thine heart, and 22 But the wicked shall be knowledge is pleasant unto cut off from the earth, and thy soul;

the transgressors fhall be It Discretion shall' pre- rooted out of it, serve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

CHAP, III. 12 To deliver thee from

Y fon, forget not my the way of t.e evil man, from Vilaw; but let thine

the man that speaketh fro-heart keep my commandWard things :

ments: 13 Who leave the paths of 2 For length of days, and uprightness, to walk in the long life, and peace shall they ways of darkness;

add to thee, 14 Who rejoiceth to do 3 Let nut mercy and truth evil, and delight in the fro-forfake thee: bind them awardnefs of the wicked ; bout thy neck; write them

15 Whose ways are crook- upon the table of thine ed, and they froward in their heart. paths.

4 So shalt thou find faa 16 To deliver thee from vour and good understanding the strange woman, even in the fight of God and from the stranger which flat. man, tereth with her words :

5 I Trust in the Lord 17 Which forfaketh the with all thine heart : and guide of her youth, and for lean not unto thine own ungetteth the covenant of her derstanding, God.

6 In all thy ways ac18 For her house inclineth knowledge hiin, and he fhall unta death, and her paths direct thy paths,

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7 Be not wife in thine fare peace. wn eyes : fear the Lord 18 She is a tree of life to and depart from evil. them that lay hold upon her:

8 It shall be health to thy and happy, is revery one that navel, and marrow to thy retaineth her. bones.

19 The Lord by wil. gf Honour the Lord dom hath founded the earth with thy substance, and with by understanding hath he efthe first-fruits rof all thine tablished the heavens, increase;

20 By his knowledge the 10 So shall thy barns be depths are broken up, and filled with plenty, and thy the clouds drop down the presses Thall burst out with dew. ;:; hew wine. : 219 My son, let nöt

IT I Myrson, despife not them depart from thine eyes the chastening of the Lord; keep found wisdom and difneither be weary of his cor- cretion. rection :

22 So fhall they be life 2 For whóm the Lord unto thy soul, and grace to loveth he correcteth, even as thy neck. a father the son in whom he 23 Then shalt thou walk i

in thy way safely, and thy 13: Happy is the man toot ihall not stumble. that findeth wisdom, and the 24. When thou lieft down man that getteth underitand- thou shalt not be afraid : yea, ing. asubiri i

thou shalt lie down, and thy 14. For the merchandize sleep shall be sweet. of it is better than the mer 25 Be 'not afraid of sud. chandize of silver, and the den fear, neither of the defogain thereof than fine gold. lation of the wicked, when it

15 She is more precious cometh. than rubies: and all the 26 For the Lord shall be things thou canst desire are thy confidence, and fhall keep not to be compared unto thy foot from being taken. her.

27 g With-hold not good 16 Length of days is in from them to whom it is due, her right hand : and in her when it is in the power Jeft hand riches and honour. thine hand to do it. 17 Her ways are ways of

28 Say not unto thy pleasantness, and all her paths neighbour, Goy and come



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again, and to-morrow I will commandments, and live. give, when thou hast it by

5 Get wisdom, get unthee.

derstanding : forget it not: 29. Devise not evil against neither decline from the thy neighbour, seeing the words of my mouth. dwelleth fecurely by thee. 6 Forsake her not, and

30 q Strive not with a fhe fhall preferve thee : love man without cause, if he have her, and Ihe shall keep thee. done thee no harm. !

7. Wisdom is the princi31 q Envy thou not the pal thing; therefore get wifoppressor, and choose none dom: and with all thy getof his ways. w citiek wisting get understanding.

32 For the froward is 8 Exalt her, and she shall abomination to the Lord : promote thee : she shall but his secretî is with the bring thee to honour, when righteous.

thou dost embrace her. 334 The curse. of the - 9 She shall give to thine Lord is in the houfe of the head an ornament of grace : wicked; but he blesseth the a crown of glory shall the dehabitation of the juft. liver to thee : -34 Surely he fcorreth the "10 Hear, O my son, and scorners : but he "giveth receive my sayings; and the grace.unto the lowly. 3 years of thy life shall be

35 The wife shall inherit many.; 01 glory; but shame Thall be the ii I have taught thee in promotion of fools. the way of wisdom ; I have

led thee in right paths. CHAP. IV. 12 When thou goeft thy

; the instruction of a and when thou runneft, thou father, and attend to know thalt not stumble. understanding.

13 Take fast hold of in2 For I give you good ftruction: let. her not go: doctrine, forsake ye not my keep her: for she is thy life. law.

14. Enter not into the 3 For I was my father's path of the wicked, and go fon, tender and only beloved not in the way of evil men. in the fight of iny mother, 15 Avoid it, pass not by

4 He taught me also, and it; turn from it, and pass faid unto me, Let thine heart away. retain my words : keep my 16 For they sleep not ex

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