upon him.

17 Treasures of wickedness gotten hastily at the beginning; profit nothing : but righteous- but the end thereof shall not be ness delivereth from death. blessed.

T18 There is that scattereth, 22 He that hasteth to be rich and yet increaseth; and there is hath an evil eye, and considerthat withholdeth more than is eth not that poverty shall come meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

19 The liberal soul shall be 23 The liberal deviseth libemade fat: and he that watereth ral things, and by liberal things shall be watered also himself. shall he stand.

20 A faithful man shall 24 The rich man is wise in abound with blessings : but he his own conceit; but the poor that maketh haste to be rich that hath understanding searchshall not be innocent.

eth him out. 21 An inheritance may be

Section XII.- Temperance.


the way.



8 Yea, thou shalt be as he

that lieth down in the midst of HEAR thou, my son, and be the sea, as he that lieth wise, and guide thine heart in

upon the top of a mast.

9 They have stricken me, 2 Be not amongst wine-bib- shalt thou say, and I was not bers; amongst riotous eaters of sick; they have beaten me, and flesh :

I felt it not : when shall I 3 For the drunkard and the awake? I will seek it yet glutton shall come to poverty; again. and drowsiness shall clothe a 10 Wine is a mocker, strong man with rags.

drink is raging : and whoso4 Who hath woe? who hath ever is deceived thereby is not sorrow? who hath contentions ? wise. who hath babbling? who hath ( 11 It is not for kings to wounds without cause ? who drink wine ; nor for princes, hath redness of eyes ?

strong drink : 5 They that tarry long at 12 Lest they drink and forthe wine; they that go to seek get the law, and pervert the mixt wine.

judgement of any of the af. 6 Look not thou upon wine flicted. when it is red, when it giveth 13 Give strong drink unto his colour in the cup, when him that is ready to perish, it moveth itself aright.

and wine unto those that be of 7 At the last it biteth like a heavy hearts ; let him drink serpent, and stingeth like an and forget his poverty, and readder.

member his misery no more.

Section XIII.-- Duties of Parents and Children.


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12 He that wasteth his father,

and chaseth away his mother, My son, keep thiy father's com- is a son that causeth shame, mandment, and forsake not the and bringeth reproach. law of thy mother.

13 Whoso curseth his father 2 Bind them continually or his mother, his lamp shall upon thine heart, and tie them

be put out in obscure darkabout thy neck.

3 For they shall be an or- 14 Wo unto him that setteth nament of grace unto thy head, light by his father or his mother. and chains about thy neck. 15 The eye that mocketh at

4 He that keepeth the com- his father, and despiseth to obey mandment, keepeth his own his mother, the ravens of the soul: but he that despiseth his valley shall pick it out, and the ways, shall die.

young eagles shall eat it. 5. A foolish son is a grief to T16 Foolishness is bound in his father, and bitterness to her the heart of a child; but the that bare him.

rod of correction shall drive it 6 Whoso keepeth the law far from him. is a wise son : but he that 17 Chasten thy son while is a companion of riotous men there is hope: and let not thy shameth his father.

soul spare for his crying. . 7 A wise son maketh a glad 18 The rod and reproof give father;, but a foolish son is the wisdom; but a child left to himheaviness of his mother.

self, bringeth his mother to 8 The father of the righte- shame. ous shall greatly rejoice; and 19 Train up a child in the he that begetteth a wise child, way he should go : and when shall have joy of him.

he is old, he will not depart from 9 He that begetteth a fool it. doeth it to his sorrow : and the 20 Withhold not correction father of a fool hath no joy. from thy child : for if thou beat

10 Children's children are est him with the rod, he shall the crown of old men; and the not die. glory of children are their fa

21 My son, if thine heart be thers.

wise, my heart shall rejoice, even 11 Hearken unto thy father mine, that begat thee, and despise 22 Yea, my reins shall renot thy mother when she is joice, when thy lips speak right old,





SECTION XIV.-Miscellaneous Proverbs.


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then he boastCONFIDENCE in an unfaithful eth. man in time of trouble, is like 13 Let not him that girdeth a broken tooth, and a foot out on his harness boast himself as of joint.

he that putteth it off. 2 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child, LESSON LXVIII. shall have him become his son at the length.

A MERRY heart doeth good like 3 Accuse not a servant unto a medicine; but a broken spi. his master, lest he curse thee, rit drieth the bones. and thou be found guilty. 2 The spirit of a man will

T4 There is a generation sustain his infirmity ; but a that curseth their father, and wounded spirit who can bear? doth not bless their mother. 3 Heaviness in the heart of

5 There is a generation that man maketh it stoop : but a are pure in their own eyes, and good word maketh it glad. yet is not washed from their 4 All the days of the afflicted filthiness.

are evil : but he that is of a 6 There is a generation, o merry heart hath a continual how lofty are their eyes! and feast. their eyelids are lifted up. 5 A merry heart maketh a

7 There is a generation whose cheerful countenance : but by teeth are as swords, and their sorrow of the heart the spirit jaw-teeth as knives, to devour is broken. the poor from off the earth, and 6 Hope deferred maketh the the needy from among men.

heart sick : but when the desire 8 These six things doth cometh, it is a tree of life. the Lord hate; yea, seven are

7 As he that taketh away a an abomination unto him : garment in cold weather, and

9 A proud look, a lying as vinegar upon nitre; so is he tongue, and hands that shed in- that singeth songs to an heavy nocent blood,

heart. 10 An heart that deviseth 8 The heart knoweth his wicked imaginations, feet that own bitterness; and a stranger be swift in running to mis- doth not intermeddle with his chief,

joy. 11 A false witness that speak- 9 Even in laughter the heart eth lies, and him that soweth is sorrowful; and the end of discord among brethren.

that mirth is heaviness. (12 It is naught, it is naught, 10 There is a way that seem

eth right unto a man, but the ment of his right hand which end thereof are the ways of bewrayeth itself. death.

20 Iron sharpeneth iron; so 11 The backslider in heart a man sharpeneth the counteshall be filled with his own ways;

nance of his friend. and a good man shall be satis- 21 Whoso keepeth the fig. fied from himself.

tree shall eat the fruit thereof: 12 The fear of the Lord tend- so he that waiteth on his maseth to life, and he that hath it ter shall be honoured. shall abide satisfied: he shall 22 As in water face answernot be visited with evil.

eth to face, so the heart of man 13 As cold waters to a to man. thirsty soul; so is good news 23 Many will entreat the fafrom a far country.

vour of the prince: and every 14 Surely in vain the net man is a friend to him that is spread in the sight of any giveth gifts. bird.

24 There be four things 15 As a bird that wandereth which little


the from her nest, so is a man that earth, but they are exceeding 'wandereth from his place.

wise : 16 The full soul loatheth 25 The ants are a people not an honeycomb; but to the hun- strong, yet they prepare their gry soul every bitter thing is meat in the summer. sweet.

26 The conies are but a fee17 He that is despised and ble folk, yet make they their hath a servant, is better than houses in the rocks he that honoureth himself and 27 The locusts have no king, lacketh bread.

yet go they forth all of them by 18 A continual dropping in bands. a very rainy day, and a conten- 28 The spider taketh hold tious woman are alike.

with her hands, and is in kings? 19 Whosoever hideth her, palaces. hideth the wind, and the oint




Section XV.-Excellency of Wisdom.

the entry of the city, at the com

ing-in at the doors. Doth not wisdom cry? and 4 Unto you, O men, I call ; understanding put forth her and my voice is to the sons of voice?

2 She standeth in the top of 5 O ye simple, understand high places, by the way in the wisdom: and ye fools, be of an places of the paths.

understanding heart. 3 She crieth at the gates, at 6 Hear: for I will speak




of excellent things; and the righteousness, in the midst of opening of my lips shall be the paths of judgement : right things.

21 That I may cause those 7 For my mouth shall speak that love me to inherit subtruth; and wickedness is an stance; and I will fill their abomination to my lips.

treasures. 8 All the words of my mouth | 22 The Lord possessed me are in righteousness; there is in the beginning of his way, benothing froward or perverse in fore his works of old. them.

23 I was set up from ever9 They are all plain to him lasting, from the beginning, or

, that understandeth, and right ever the earth was. to them that find knowledge. 24 When there were 10 Receive my instruction, depths, I was brought forth :

: and not silver; and knowledge, when there were no fountains rather than choice gold. abounding with water.

11 For wisdom is better than 25 Before the mountains were rubies; and all the things that settled; before the hills, was I may be desired are not to be brought forth : compared to it.

26 While as yet he had not 12 I wisdom dwell with made the earth, nor the fields, prudence, and find out know- nor the highest part of the dust ledge of witty inventions. of the world :

13 The fear of the Lord is to 27 When he prepared the hate evil: pride and arrogancy, heavens, I was there: when he and the evil way, and the fro- set a compass upon the face of ward mouth do I hate.

the depth : 14 Counsel is mine, and sound 28 When he established the wisdom: I am understanding; clouds above: when he strengthI have strength.

ened the fountains of the deep: 15. By me kings reign, and 29 When he gave to the princes decree justice.

sea his decree, that the waters 16 By me princes rule, and should not pass his commandnobles, even all the judges of ment: when he appointed the the earth.

foundations of the earth ; 17 I love them that love me; 30 Then I was by him, as and those that seek me early one brought up with him: and shall find me.

I was daily his delight, rejoicing 18 Riches and honour are always before him; with me; yea, durable riches 31 Rejoicing in the habitable and righteousness.

part of his earth; and mydelights 19 My fruit is better than were with the sons of men. gold, yea, than fine gold; and 32 Now therefore hearken my revenue than choice sil. unto me, O ye children: for ver.

blessed are they that keep my 20 I lead in the way of ways.



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