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3 Cleave unto him, and faint-hearted! for he bedepart not away, that thou lieveth not, therefore shall he mayest be increased at thy not be defended. last end.

14 Wo unto you that have 4 Whatsoever is brought lost patience! and what will upon thee, take cheerfully, ye do when the Lord shall viand be patient when thou fit you? art changed to a low eftate. 15 They that fear the Lord,

5 For gold is tried in will not disobey his word; the fire; and acceptable men and they that love him, will in the furnace of adversity. keep his ways.

6 Believe in him, and he 16 They that fear the will help thee, order thy way Lord, will seek that which aright, and trust in him. is well-pleasing unto him;

7 Ye that fear the Lord, and they that love him, shall wait for his mercy, and


be filled with the law. not aside left


17 They that fear the 8 Ye that fear the Lord, Lord, will prepare their believe him, and your reward hearts, and humble their Thall not fail.

souls in his fight, 9

Ye that fear the Lord, 18 Saying, We will fall hope for good, and for ever- into the hands of the Lord, lasting joy and mercy. and not into the hands of

10 Look at the genera-men; for as his majesty is, tions of old, and fee: did e- so is his mercy. ver any trust in the Lord, and was confounded? or did


any abide in his fear, and was for- LEAR me your father, faken? or whom did he 0 children, and do ever despise, that called up- thereafter, that ye may be on him ?

safe. II For the Lord is full of 2 For the Lord hath compaffion and mercy, long-given the father honour over tuffering, and very pitiful, and the children, and hath conforgiveth fins, and saveth infirmed the authority of the time of aMiction.

mother over the sons. 12 9 Wo be to fearful 3 Wholo honoureth his hearts, and faint hands, and father, maketh an atonement the finner that goeth two for his fins.

4 And he that honoureth 13 Wo unto him that is I his mother, is as one that




Jayeth up treasure.

thy father shall not be for5 Whoso honoureth his gotten: and instead of sins, it father, shall have joy of his ihall be added to build thee up. own children, and when he 15 In the day of thine af. maketh his prayer, he shall fiction it shall be rememberbe heard.

ed; thy sins also shall melt 6 He that honoureth his away, as the ice in the fair father shall have a long life; warm weather. and he that is obedient unto 16 He that forsaketh his the Lord Ihall be a comfort father, is as a blafphemer, to his mother.

and he that angereth his mo7 He that feareth the Lord, ther, is cursed of God. will honour his father, and 17 My son, go on with thy will do service unto his pa- business in meekness, so Thalt rents, as to his masters. thou be beloved of him that

8 Honour thy father and is approved. mother, both in word and 18 The greater thou art, deed, that a blessing may come the more humble thyself, and upon thee from them.

thou shalt find favour before 9 For the blessing of the the Lord. father establisheth the houses 19 Many are in high of children, but the curse of place, and 'of renown: but the mother rooteth out foun- mysteries are revealed unto dations.

the meek. 10 Glory not in the dif 20 For the power of the honour of thy father, for thy Lord is great, and he is hofather's dishonour is no glory noured of the lowly. unto thee.

21 I Seek nat out the 11 For the glory of a man, things that are too hard for is from the honour of his fa- thee, neither search the ther; and a mother in disho- things that are above thy nour, is a reproach unto the strength. children.

22 But what is command12 My son, help thy fathered thee think thereupon with in his age, and grieve him not reverence: for it is not as long as he liveth. needful for thee to see with

13 And if his understand-thine eyes the things that are ing fail, have patience with in secret, him, and despise him not when 23 Be not curious in unthou art in thy full strength. necessary matters: for more 14 For the relieving of things are shewed unto thee,


than men understand.

2 Make not an hungry 24 For many are deceived soul forrowful; neither proby their own vain opinion, voke a man'in his distress. and an evil suspicion hath 3 Add not more trouble to overthrown their judgment. an heart that is vexed; and

25 Without eyes thou defer not to give to him that fhalt want light : profess not is in need. the knowledge therefore that 4 Reject not the supplicathou hast not.

tion of the afflicted; neither 26 A stubborn heart shall turn away thy face from a fare evil at the last: and he poor man. that loveth danger, shall pe 5 Turn not away thine rish therein.

eye from the needy, and give 27 An obstinate heart shall him none occasion to curse be laden with sorrows, and thee: the wicked man fhall heap

6 For if he curse thee in fin upon fin.

the bitterness of his foul, his 28 In the punishment of prayer shall be heard of him the proud there is no re- that made him. medy: for the plant of 7 Get thyself the love of wickedness hath taken root the congregation, and bow in him.

thy head to a great man. 29 The heart of the pru

8 Let it not grieve thee dent will understand a para- to bow down thine ear to ble, and an attentive ear is the poor, and give him a the desire of a wise man. friendly answer with meek

30 Water will quench a ness. flaming fire, and alms mak 9 Deliver him that fuffereth an atonement for fins. eth

wrong, from the hand of 31 And he that requiteth the oppreffor: and be not good. turns, is mindful of faint-hearted when thou fitthat which may come here- test in judgment. after and when he falleth,

10 Be as a father unto he shall find a stay.

the fatherlefs, and instead of

a husband unto their mother : CHAP. IV.

so shalt thou be as the son of TY fon, defraud not the the most High, and he shall

poor of his living, love thee more than thy moand make not the needy eyes ther doth. to wait long.

II Wisdom exalteth her



children, and layeth hold of and be not ashamed, when it them that seek her.

concerneth thy foul. 12 He that loveth her, 21 For there is a shame loveth life; and they that that bringeth sin; and there seek to her early, shall be fil- is a shame which is glory and led with joy.

grace. 13 He that holdeth her

22 Accept no person afalt Thall inherit glory; and gainst thy soul, and let not wherefoever she entereth, the the reverence of any man Lord will bless.

cause thee to fall. 14 They that serve her,


And refrain not to fhall minister to the Holy Speak, when there is occasion One: and them that love her, to do good, and hide not thy the Lord doth love.

wisdom in her beauty. 15 Whoso giveth ear un 24 For by speech wisdom to her, shall judge the na- shall be known; and learntions: and he that attending by the word of the eth unto her, shall dwell fe- tongue. curely.

25 In no wise speak against 16 If a man commit him- the truth; but be abashfelf unto her, he shall in- ed of the error of thine ignoherit her; and his

genera- rance. tion shall hold her in poslef 26 Be not ashamed to fion.

confess thy fins; and force 17

For at the first she will not the course of the river: walk with him by crooked 27 Make not thyself an ways, and bring fear and underling to a foolish man; dread upon him, and torment neither accept the person of him with her discipline, un- the mighty. til she may trust his foul, and 28 Strive for the truth untry him by her laws.

to death, and the Lord shall 18 Then will she return fight for thee. the straight way unto him, 29 Be not hasty in thy and comfort him, and shew tongue: and in thy deeds him her secrets.

flack and remifs. 19 But if he go wrong, she 30 Be not as a lion in thy will forsake him, and give houfe: nor frantick among him over to his own ruin. thy servants. 20 q Observe the oppor

31 Let not thine hand be tunity, and beware of evil; stretched out to receive, and


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shut when thou shouldest they shall not profit thee in repay. .

the day of calamity, CHAP. V.

9 Winnow not with every

wind, and go not into every ET not thy heart upon way: for so doth the finner

thy goods; and say not, that hath a double tongue. I have enough for my life. 10 Be stedfast in thy un

2 Follow not thine own derstanding, and let thy mind, and thy strength to word be the same, walk' in the ways of thy II Be swift to hear; and heart:

let thy life be fincere, and 3 And say not, Who shall with patience give answer. control me for works? 12 If thou hast underfor the Lord will surely re- standing, answer thy neighvenge thy pride.

bour; if not, lay thy hand up4 Say not, I have finned, on thy mouth. and what harm hath hap 13 Honour and shame is pened unto me ? for the in talk: and the tongue of Lord is long-suffering, he man is his fall. will in no wile let thee

go. 14 Be not called a whir5 Concerning propitia- perer, and lie not in wait tion, be not without fear to with thy tongue : for a foul add sin unto fin:

shame is upon the thief, and 6 And say not, His mer- an evil condemnation upon cy is great; he will be paci- the double tongue. fied for the multitude of

my 15 Be not ignorant of any fins : for mercy and wrath thing, in a great matter, or come from him, and his in- a small. dignation resteth upon sin

CHAP, VI. 7 Make no tarrying to Nstead of a friend, beturn to the Lord, and put come not an enemy; for not off from day to day: for (thereby) thou shalt inherit fuddenly shall the wrath of an ill name, shame and rethe Lord come forth, and in proach : even so shall a finthy security thou shalt be dc- ner that hath a double stroyed, and perish in the day tongue. of vengeance.

2 9 Extol not thyself in 8 Set not thine heart up- the counsel of thine own on goods unjustly gotten, for heart; that thy foul be



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