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13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous niadness.
14 A fool also is full of words : a man cannot tell what. shall be ; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?'
15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.
16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning !
17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth, and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
19 T A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry : but money answereth all things.
20 | Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bed-chamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
CH AP. XI. 1 Directions for charity. 7 Death in life, 9 and the day
of judgment in the days of youth are to be thought on. CAST thy bread upon the waters : for thou shalt find it
after many days. 2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon
the earth. 3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth : and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.
4 He that observeth the wind, shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds, shall not reap.
5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child; even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withbold not thine hand : for thou knowest not whether shall
prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
7 g Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun :
8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all ; yet let him remember the days of darkness : for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes : but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh : for childhood and youth are vanity.
CHAP. XII. i The Creator is to be remembered in due time. 8 The
Preacher's care to edify. 13 The fear of God is the
chief antidote of vanity. REmember now thy Creator
in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain :
3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,
4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond-tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail : because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets : 6 Or ever the silver cord be looscd, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was : and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; all is vanity.
9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge ; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order niany proverbs.
10 The Preacher sought to tind out acceptable words: and that which was writteu was upright, even words of truth.
11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastena d by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a - weariness of the flesh.
13 9 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter : Fear God, and keep his commandments : for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
The Book of the Prophet ISAIAH.
CHAP. I. i Isaiah's complaint of Judah. 10 lle upbraideth their
service. 16 lie exhorteth to repentance, with promises
and threatenings. THE vision of Isaiah the son of Amos, which he saw con
cerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, und Heze hiahi, kings of Judah.
2 Hear, O heavens; and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children that are corrupters! They have forsaken
ihe LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
6 From the sole of the foot, even unto the head, there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is deso late as overthrown by strangers.
8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
10 9 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, er of he-goats.
12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand to tread my courts !
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with: it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth : they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you : yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learnt to do well ; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow ; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
21 How is the faithful city become an harlot ! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water :
28 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards : they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them. - 24 Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies.
25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin
26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning : afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, The faithful city.
27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench theme.