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14 The curse of the Lord

shall enter into the house of the A FALSE witness shall perish: thief, and into the house of him but the man that heareth, speak. that sweareth falsely. eth constantly.

15 Whoso robbeth his father 2 A wicked man hardeneth or his mother, and saith, It is his face: but as for the upright, no transgression, the same is he directeth his way.

the companion of a destroyer. 3 An ungodly witness scorn. 16 The getting of treasures eth judgement, and the mouth of by a lying tongue, is a vanity the wicked devoureth iniquity. tossed to and fro of them that

4 A man that beareth false seek death. witness against his neighbour 17 The robbery of the wicked is a maul, and a sword, and a shall destroy them; because sharp arrow.

they refuse to do judgement. 5 Be not a witness against 18 The way of man is frothy neighbour without cause; ward and strange: but as for and deceive not with thy lips. the pure, his work is right.

6 Say not, I will do so to 19 Even a child is known by him as he hath done to me: I his doings, whether his work be will render to the man accordo pure, and whether it be right. ing to his work.

| 20 A false balance is abo17 Bread of deceit is sweet to mination to the Lord: but a a man; but afterwards his mouth just weight is his delight. shall be filled with gravel. 21 Divers weights are an

8 As the cold of snow in the abomination unto the Lord; time of harvest, so is a faithful and a false balance is not messenger to them that send good. him : for he refresheth the soul 22 A just weight and baof his masters.

lance are the Lord's : all the 9 A man that flattereth his weights of the bag are his neighbour, spreadeth a net for work. his feet.

23 Divers weights and divers 10 Faithful are the wounds measures, both of them are alike of a friend; but the kisses of an abomination to the Lord. enemy are deceitful.

24 Remove not the ancient 11 He that rebuketh a man, land- mark which thy fathers afterwards shall find more fa- have set. vour than he that flattereth with 25 Remove not the old landthe tongue.

mark: and enter not into the T12 The wicked borroweth, fields of the fatherless. and payeth not again; he spoil- 26 For their Redeemer is eth by violence, and restoreth not mighty: he shall plead their the pledge.

cause with thee. 13 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul,

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SECTION V.-Justice.



14 As a roaring lion, and a

ranging bear, so is a wicked When the righteous are in au- ruler over the poor people. thority, the people rejoice: but 15 The prince that wanteth when the wicked beareth rule, understanding is also a great the people mourn.

oppressor: but he that hateth 2 It is joy to the just to do covetousness shall prolong his judgement : but destruction days. shall be to the workers of ini. | 16 An unjust man is an aboquity.

mination to the just, and he that 3 To crush under his feet all is upright in the way, is abothe prisoners of the earth, mination to the wicked.

4 To turn aside the right of 17 Blessings are upon the a man before the face of the head of the just: but violence Most High,

covereth the mouth of the wick5 To subvert a man in his ed. cause, the Lord approveth not. 18 The memory of the just is

6 To punish the just is not blessed : but the name of the good, nor to strike princes for wicked shall rot. equity.

19 He that justifieth the T7 A king that sitteth in the wicked, and he that condemneth throne of judgement scattereth the just, even they both are away all evil with his eyes. abomination to the Lord.

8 The king by judgement sta- 20 To do justice and judgeblisheth the land: but he that re- ment is more acceptable to the ceiveth gifts, overthroweth it. Lord than sacrifice.

9 It is an abomination to 21 It is not good to accept kings to commit wickedness; the person of the wicked, to for the throne is established by overthrow the righteous in righteousness.

judgement. 10 The king that faithfully 22 To have respect of perjudgeth the poor, his throne sons is not good : for for a shall be established for ever. piece of bread that man will

11 Take away the wicked transgress. from before the king, and his 23 He that is first in his own throne shall be established in cause seemeth just; but his righteousness.

neighbour cometh and searcheth 12 If a ruler hearken to lies, him. all his servants are wicked. 24 A wicked man taketh a

13 The poor and the deceit- gift out of the bosom to pervert ful man meet together; the Lord the ways of judgement. lighteneth both their eyes. 25 A man's gift maketh room

for him, and bringeth him be- and execute justice and judgefore great men.

ment: take away your exactions 926 Open thy mouth for the from my people, saith the Lord. dumb in the cause of all such as 7 The prince shall not take are appointed to destruction. of the people's inheritance by

27 Open thy mouth, judge oppression, to thrust them out righteously, and plead the cause of possession. of the poor and needy.

8 He that ruleth over men 28 Blessed are they that must be just, ruling in the fear keep judgement.

of God: 29 The just man walketh in 9 And he shall be as the light his integrity: his children are of the morning when the sun blessed after him.

ariseth, even as a morning with30 There shall no evil hap- out clouds, as the tender grass pen to the just: but the wicked springing out of the earth by shall be filled with mischief. clear shining after rain.

31 The righteous shall hold 10 Therefore let the fear of on his way, and he that hath the Lord be upon you; take clean hands shall be stronger heed and do justice; for there and stronger.

is no iniquity with the Lord

our God, nor respect of perLESSON LIV.

sons, nor taking of gifts.

11 Take heed what ye do; Ye shall judge in the fear of the for ye judge not for men, but Lord, faithfully, and with a per- for God, who is with you in fect heart.

judgement. 2 Ye shall have one manner | 12 Samuel said unto all of law; as well for the stranger Israel : as for one of your own country. 13 I am old and gray-headed,

3 Hear the causes between and my sons are before you; and your brethren, and judge righte. I have walked before you from ously between every man and my childhood unto this day. his brother, and the stranger 14 Behold, here I am; witthat is with him.

ness against me before the Lord 4 If there be a controversy and before his anointed : whose between men, and they come ox have I taken? or whose ass unto judgement, the judges shall have I taken? or whom have I justify the righteous and con- defrauded ? or whom have I

opdemn the wicked.

pressed? or of whose hand have 5 Ye shall not respect per- I received any bribe to blind sons in judgement, but ye

shall mine

eyes therewith? and I will hear the small as well as the restore it unto you. great; ye shall not be afraid 15 And they said, Thou hast of the face of man; for the not defrauded us, nor oppressed judgement is God's.

us, nor taken aught of any man's 6 Remove violence and spoil, hand.

SECTION VI.-Humanity.



13. Whoso stoppeth his ears

at the cry of the poor, he also BEHOLD, how good and how shall cry himself, but shall not pleasant it is for brethren to be heard. dwell together in unity.

14 He that hath a bountiful [ 2 Withhold not good from eye shall be blessed : for he them to whom it is due, when giveth of his bread to the poor. it is in the power of thine hand 15 He that hath pity upon to do it.


lendeth unto the Lord; 3 Saynot unto thy neighbour, and that which he hath given Go, and come again, and to will he

will he pay him again. morrow I will give, when thou 16 The poor is hated even of hast it by thee.

his own neighbour : but the rich 4 Devise not evil against thy hath many friends. neighbour, seeing he dwelleth 17 All the brethren of the securely by thee.

poor do hate him : how much 5 Strive not with a man more do his friends go far from without cause, if he have done him? he pursueth them with thee no harm.

words, yet they are wanting to 6 Rejoice not when thine ene- him. my falleth, and let not thine heart 18 The


useth entreaties; be glad when he stumbleth: but the rich answereth roughly. : 7 Lest the Lord see it, and it 19. The rich man's wealth is displease him.

his strong city, and as an high 8. If thine enemy

be hungry,

wall in his own conceit. give him bread to eat; and if 20 A poor man that oppresshe be thirsty, give him water to eth the poor is like a sweeping drink :

rain which leaveth no food. 9 For thou shalt heap coals

21 Wealth maketh many of fire upon his head, and the friends : but the poor is sepaLord shall reward thee.

rated from his neighbour. 10 The soul of the wicked 22 The rich ruleth over the desireth evil : his neighbour poor, and the borrower is serfindeth no favour in his eyes." vant to the lender.

11 Whoso mocketh the poor 23 He that despiseth his reproacheth his Maker: and he neighbour sinneth: but he that that is glad at calamities shall hath mercy on the poor, happy not be unpunished.

is he. 12 He that giveth unto the 24 He that oppresseth the poor, shall not lack ; but he poor reproacheth his Maker : that hideth his eyes, shall have but he that honoureth Him hath many a curse,

mercy on the poor,


25 He that oppresseth the closer than a brother: thine own poor to increase his riches, and friend and thy father's friend he that giveth to the rich, shall forsake not. surely come to want.

32 To him that is afflicted [ 26 Rob not the poor, because pity should be shewed from his he is poor ; neither oppress the friend. afflicted in the gate :

33 A friend loveth at all times, 27 For the Lord will plead and a brother is born for advertheir cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. 34 Ointment and perfume

28 Thou shalt not oppress an rejoice the heart: so doth the hired servant that is poor and sweetness of a man's friend by needy, whether he be of thy hearty counsel. brethren, or of the strangers T35 A righteous man regardthat are in thy land;

eth the life of his beast: but 29 At his day thou shalt give the tender mercies of the wicked him his hire, neither shall the

are cruel. sun go down upon it; for he is 36 The merciful man doeth poor, and setteth his heart upon good to his own soul : but he it.

that is cruel troubleth his own 30 If thy brother be waxen flesh. poor and fallen in decay with 37 Wo unto him that causeth thee, then thou shalt relieve him; the blind to wander out of his yea, though he be a stranger or a way; that perverteth the judgesojourner; that he may live with ment of the stranger, the fatherthee.

less and widow; that smiteth 431 A man that hath friends his neighbour secretly; or that must shew himself friendly: and taketh reward to slay an innothere is a friend that sticketh cent person,

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Section VII.- Humility.


4 Pride goeth before destruc,

tion, and an haughty spirit beWhen pride cometh, then com- fore a fall. .eth shame: but with the lowly 5 Only by pride cometh conis wisdom.

tention : but with the well ad. 2 Every one that is proud vised is wisdom. in heart, is an abomination to 6 Proud and haughty scorner the Lord : though hand join is his name whodealeth in proud in hand, he shall not be un- wrath. punished.

7 He that is of a proud heart 3 A high look, and a proud stirreth up strife ; but he that heart, and the ploughing of the putteth his trust in the Lord wicked, is sin.

shall be made fat,

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