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not torn in pieces as a bull and will hide himself from (straying alone.)

thy face. 3 'Thou shalt eat up thy 13 Separate thyself from leaves, and lose thy fruit, and thine enemies, and take heed leave thyself as a dry tree. of thy friends.

4 A wicked soul shall de 14 A faithful friend is a stroy him that hath it, and strong defence : and he that shall make him to be hath found such an one, hath laughed to fcorn of his ene- found a treasure. mies,

15 Nothing doth coun5 Sweet language will tervail

faithful friend, multiply friends: and a fair and his excellency is invaspeaking tongue will increase sluable. kind greetings.

16 A faithful friend is the 6 Be in peace with ma- medicine of life; and they

nevertheless have but that fear the Lord shall find one counsellor of a thou-him. fand,

17 Whofo feareth the Lord 7 9. If thou wouldest get shall direct his friendship aa friend, prove him first, right: for as he is, so Ihall and be not hafty to credit his neighbour be also. him.

18 . My son, gather in8 For some man is a struction from thy youth up: friend for his own occasion, fo shalt thou find wisãom till and will not abide in the day thine old age. of thy trouble.


Come unto her as one 9 And there is a friend, that ploweth and soweth, and who, being turned to enmity wait for her good fruits : for and strife, will discover thy thou halt not toil much in reproach.

labouring about her, but 10 Again, some friend is thou shalt eat of her fruits a companion at the table, and right foon. will not continue in the day 20 She is very unpleasant of thy amiction.

to the unlearned: he that 11 But in thy prosperity is without underitanding will he will be as thyself, and not remain with her. will be bold over thy ser 21 She will lie upon him,

as a mighty stone of trial; 12 If thou be brought and he will cast her from him low, he will be against thee, tre it be long.


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22 For wisdom is accord- thou shalt receive undering to her name, and she is ftanding: and if thou bow not manifeft unto many.

thine ear, thou shalt be wise. 23 Give ear, my son, re 34 Stand in the multitude ceive my advice, and refuse of the elders, and cleave unnot my counsel.

to him that is wise, 24 And put thy feet into

35 Be willing to hear her fetters, and thy neck into every godly discourse, and let her chain.

not the parables of under25 Bow down thy shoulder, standing escape thee. and bear her, and be not 36 And if thou seeft a man grieved with her bonds. of understanding, get thee

26 Come unto her with betimes unto him, and let thy whole heart, and keep her thy foot wear the steps of his ways with all thy power.

door. 27 Search and seek, and 37 Let thy mind be upon she shall be made known-un-the ordinances of the Lord, to thee: and when thou hast and meditate continually in got hold of her, let her not his commandments: he shall go.

establish thine heart, and give 28 For at the last thou thee wisdom at thine own fhalt find her rest, and that desire. fhall be turned to thy joy.

CHAP. VII. 29 Then shall her fetters be a strong defence for O no evil, so shall no thee, and her chains a robe

harm of glory:

thee. 30 For there is a gol 2 Depart from the unjust, den ornament upon her, and iniquity shall turn away and her bands are purple from thee. lace.

3 My fon, low not upon 3. Thou shalt put her on the furrows of unrighteousas a robe of honour: and shalt ness, and thou shalt not reap put her about thee as a crown them seven fold.

49 Seek not of the Lord 32 My son, if thou wilt, pre-eminence, neither of thou shalt be taught: and if the king the seat of hothou wilt apply thy mind, nour, thou shalt be prudent.

5 Justify not thyself before 33 If thou love to hear, the Lord, and boast not

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545 of thy wisdom before the work, neither husbandry, king.

which the most High hath 6 Seek not to be judge, ordained. being not able to take away

16 Number not thyself ainiquity, lest at any time mong the multitude of finthou fear the person of the ners, but remember that mighty, and lay a stumbling wrath will not tarry long. block in the way of thy up 17. Humble thy soul rightness.

greatly : for the vengeance 7 Offend not against the of the ungodly is fire and multitude of a city, and then worms. thou shalt not cast thyself 18 Change not a friend down among the people. for any good by no means :

8 & Bind not one fin up- neither a faithful brother for on another, for in one thou the gold of Ophir. shalt not be unpunished. 19 Forego not a wise and

9 Say not, God will look good woman, for her grace upon the multitude of my ob- is above gold. lations, and when I offer to 20 Whereas thy fervant the most high God, he will worketh truly, entreat him accept it.

not evil, nor the hireling that 10 Be not faint-hearted bestoweth himself wholly for when thou makelt thy pray- thee. er, and neglect not to give 21 Let thy foul love a alms.

good servant, and defraud 11 Laugh no man to scorn him not of liberty. in the bitterness of his foul: 22 Halt thou cattle ? have for there is one which hum- an eye to them: and if they bleth and exalteth.

be for thy profit, keep them 12 Devise not a lye a- with thee. gainst thy brother: neither 23 Haft thou children? do the like to thy friend. instruct them, and bow

13 Use not to make any down their neck from their manner of lye: for the cut- youth. tom thereof is not good. 24 Haft thou daughters?

14 Use not many words have a care of their body, in a multitude of elders, and and thew not thy face cheermake not much babbling ful toward them. when thou prayeft.

25 Marry thy daughter, and 15 Hate not laborious folhalt thou have performed a

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weighty matter : but give them that weep, and mourn her to a man of understand with them that mourn. ing.

35 Be not flow to visit 26 Hast thou a wife after the fick: for that shall make thy mind? forsake her not: thee to be beloved. but give not thyself over to a 36 Whatsoever thou taklight woman.

est in hand, remember the 27 Honour thy father with end, and thou shalt never do thy whole heart, and forget amiss. not the sorrows of thy mo

CHAP. VIII. ther.

28 Remember that thou TRIVE not with a waft begot of them, and how mighty man, left thou canst thou recompense them fall into his hands. the things that they have 2 Be not at variance with done for thee?

a rich man, left he over29 Fear the Lord with all weigh thee: for gold hath dethy soul, and reverence his ftroyed many, and perverted priests.

the hearts of kings. 30 Love him that made 3 Strive not with a man thee with all thy strength, that is full of tongue, and and forsake not his mini- heap not wood upon

his sters.

fire. 31 Fear the Lord, and ho 4 Jeft not with a rude nour the priest; and give man, left thy ancestors be him his portion, as it is com- disgraced. manded thee; the first-fruits, 5 Reproach not a man and the trespass-offering, and that turneth from sin, but rethe gift of the shoulders, and member that we are all worthe sacrifice of sanctification, thy of punishment. and the first-fruits of the holy 6 Dishonour not a man things.

in his old age: for even some 32 And stretch thine hand of us wax old. unto the poor, that thy blefl 7 Rejoice not over thy ing may be perfected. greatest enemy being dead,

33 A gift hath grace in but remember that we die the fight of every man liv- fall. ing, and for the dead detain 8 Defpise not the dif

course of the wise, but ac34 Fail not to be with quaint thyself with their pro

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verbs; for of them thou blood is as nothing in his shalt learn instruction, and fight, and where there is how to serve great men with no help, he will overthrow ease.

thee. 9 Miss not the discourse 17 Consult not with a of the elders; for they also fool, for he cannot keep learned of their fathers, and counsel. of them thou shalt learn un 18 Do no secret thing derstanding, and to give an- before a stranger, for thou (wer as need requireth. knowest not what he will

10 Kindle not the bring forth.
coals of a finner, left thou 19 Open not thine heart
be burnt with the flame of to every man, left he requite
his fire.

thee with a shrewd turn.
11 Rise not up (in anger]
at the presence of an inju-

rious person, left he lie in E not jealous over the
wait to entrap thee in thy wife of thy bosom, and

teach her not an evil lesson 12 Lend not unto him that against thyself. is mightier than thyself; for 2 Give not thy foul unto if thou lendest him, count it a woman, to fet her foot but lost.

upon thy substance. 13 Be not surety above 3 g Meet not with an thy power ; for if thou beharłot, left thou fall into her furety, take care to pay it.

snares. 14 Go not to law with a 4 Use not much the comjudge, for they will judge pany of a woman that is a for him according to his ho- finger, left thou be taken with nour.

her attempts. 15 Travel not by the 5 Gaze not on a maid, way, with a bold fellow, left that thou fall not by those he become grievous unto things that are precious in thee; for he will do accord-her. ing to his own will, and 6 Give not thy soul unto thou shalt perish with him harlots, that thou lose not through his folly.

thine inheritance. 16 Strive not with an an 7 Look not round about gry man, and go not with thee in the streets of the him into a solitary place; for city, neither wander thou in + LI 3


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