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rait for blood, let us lurk privily for the in. 6 For the Lorv giveth wisdoin: out of his ocent without Carlise :

moutlı corgein knowledgo and understanding 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the 7 Ile layeth up sound wisdom for the righ-, grave; and whole, as those that go down teous: he is a buckler to them that walk upinto the pit :

righilly. 13 We shall find all precious substance, 8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and we shall fill onr houses with spoil :

preservell the way of his saints. 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have 9 Then shalt thou understand rigliteousone purse.

ness, and judgment, and equity; yćü, every 15 My son, walk not thou in the way with good path. them;

refrain thy foot froin their path: 10" When wisdom entereth into thine 16 For their feet run to evil, and make heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy baste to shed blood :

soul, 17 (Surely in vain the net is spread in the 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, undersight of any bird :)

standing shall keepthee; 018 And they lay wait for their own blood; 12 Toydeliver thee from the way of the evil they lurk privily for their own lives. m* from the man that speaketh froward

19 So are the ways of every one that is things; greedy of gain; which taketh away the life 13 Wlio leave the paths of uprightness, 10 of the owners thereof.

walk in the ways of darkness; 2011 Wisdom crieth without; she ultereth 14 Who rejoice to do evil. and deliglie in her voice in the streets;

the frouardness of the wicked, 2 She crieth in the chief place of con- 15 Whose ways are crooked, and they fro. cours, in the openings of the gates: in the ward in their pails: city she utteretli her words, saying,

16 To deliver thee from the strange wo: 22 liow long, ye simple ones, will ye love man, even from the stranger which Auliereib simplicity and the scorners delight in their with her words ; sporning, and fools late knowledge ?

17 Which forsakelk the guide o her youth, 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will and forgetteth the covenant of hier God: ppur out my spirit' unto you, I will make. 18 For her house mclineth unto deallı, and How my words unto you.

her paths unto the dead. 24 1 Because I have called, and ye refused; 19 None that go unto lier return again, I have stretched out iny hand, and no man neither take they hold of the pathis of life; regarded;

20 That thou mayest walk in toe way of 25 Bui ye have set at nought all my coun- good men, and keep the paths of the rigiiteons. sel, and would none of my reproof:

21 For the upriglit shall dwell in the land, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; 1 and the perfect shall remain in it. will mock when your sear cometh;

22 But the wicked shall be cut off from 27 When your sear comelli as desolation, the earth, and the transgressors shall be roos. and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; ed out of it. when distress and anguishi cometi upon you:

CHAP. II. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will MY

son, forget not my law; but let thine not answer; they shall seek me early, but heart keep my commandments : they shall not find me:

2 For length of days, and long life, ang 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did peace, shail they add to thee. not choose the fear of the LORD:

3 Let not increy and truth forsake thee 30 They would pone of my counsel; they bind them about ty neck; write them upon despised all my reprool:

the table of thine heart: 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of 4 So shalt thiou find savour and good untheir own way, and be tilled with their own derstanding in the siglit of God and man. devices,

5 I Trust in the LORD with all thine leart, 32 For the lurning away of the simple shall and lean not unto thine own understanding: s!them, and the prosperity of fools shall 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and destroy then.

he shall direct thy paths. 33 But whoso hearkenetlı unto me shall 79 Be not wise in thrine own eyes fear divell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of the LORD, and depart from evil. evil.

8 It shall be licalth !o thy navel, and mar. CHAP. II.

row to thy bones,

words and hide my commandments with elee; and with the first-fruits of all thine increase: % So tbal thou incline thine ear unto wis- 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, domn, and apply thine heart 10 understanding; and thy presses shall hurst out with new wine.

3 Yea, if ihou cries after knowledge, and 11 I My son, despise not the chastening of liftest up'thy voice for understanding; the LORD; neither be weary of iis correction:

4 If thou seekest her as silver, and search- 12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcleth, est for her as for hid treasures;

even as a father the son in whoin he delighteth 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear or 13 Happy is the man that findeth wiedom, the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. and the man thal getteth understanding,

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14 For the merchandise of it is better than 7 Wisdom is the principal thing ; therethe merchandise of silver, and the gain therefore get wisdom: and wiih all thy getting of th:in fine gold.

get understanding. 15 She is more precious than rubies: and 3 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee all the things thou canst desire are not to be she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost comiared unto her.

embrace her. 11: Length of days is in her rigis band 9 She shall give to thine leag an ornaand in her left hand riches and honour. ment of grace : a crown of glory shall she

1 fler ways ure ways of pleasantness und deliver to thee. all ler paths, are peace.

10 Hear, O my son, and receive my say. 1. She is a tree of life to them that lay ings; and the years of thy life shall be many hoki upon her: and happy is every one that il I have taught thee in the way of wig relaineth hier.

|dom ; I have led thee in righit patis. IJ The Lord by wisdom hall: founded the 12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not ear'h ; by understanding hatli lie established be straitened ; and when thou runnest, thou the heavens.

shalt nou stumble. 90 Bv hvis knowledge the deptlis are broken 13 Take fast toll of instruction; let her up, and ille clouds drop down the dew'. not go: keep lier; sor she is thy life.

19 My son, let not the depart froin thine 14 Enter not into the path of the wicked eyr's: keep sound wisdomn and discretion : and go not in the way of evil men.

12 So shall they be lile unto thy soul, and 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, rurn from E grilce to thy neck.

and pass away. :3 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safe- 16' For they sleep not, except they hava ly, and thy foot shall not stumble.

done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, 24 When thou liest down, thou shall not unless they cause some to fall. be afraid ; yea, thou shall lie down, and thy 17 For they eat the bread or wickedness, sleep shall be sweet.

and drink the wine of violence. 25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of 18 But the path of the just is as the sliding the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. liglil, that shineth more and more unto the

26 For the Lord shall be thy confidence, perfect day. aud shall keep thy foot from being taken. 19 The way of the wicked is as darkness

67 1 Withhold not good from them to they know not at what they sluninble. whom it is due, when it is in the power of 20 1 My son, attend 10 my words; incling thine hand to do it.

thine ear into my sayir:gs : 28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and 1 Let them not depart from thine eyes come again, and to-morrow I will give ; keep them in the midst of thine heart : when tlou last it hy thee.

22 For they are life unto those that fine 6.9 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, them, and health to all their fesh. 8. :eing lie dwelleth securely by thee.

23 1 keep thy lieart with all diligence 30 Strive not with a nan without cause, for out of it are thie issues of life. It he have done thee no liarm.

21 Put away from thiee a froward mouth 31 ( Envy thou not the oppressor, and and perverse lips put far from thee. choose none of liis ways.

25. Let thine eyes look right on, and let 32 For the froward is abomination to the thine eyelids look straight before thee. LORD): but his secret is with the righteous. 26 Ponder the path of they feet, and let al

33 ! The curse of the Lord is in the house thy ways be established. of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the of the just.

left: remove thy foot from evil. 34 Surely he scorzeth the scorners: bat

CHAP. V. he giveth grace unto the lowly.

son, attend unto my wisdom, and shall be the promotion of fools.

2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and CHAP. IV,

that lliy lips may keep knowledge. IIEAR de children, the instruction or 3 1 For the lips of a strange woman drop

a raiber, and allend to know under- as an honey-comb, and her mouth is smoothiet standing.

than oil: 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake 4 But her end is biller as wormwood, sharp ye not my law.

as a two-edged sword. 3 For I was my father's son, tender and 5 Her feet go down to death; lors steps only beloved in the siglot of iny mother. take hold on hell.

4 He taught me also, and said unto me, 6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of Let thine heart retain my words: keep my life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst commandinents, and live.

not know them. 5 9 Geç wisdom, get understanding; for- 7 Hear me now therefore, Oye chilget il nos: neither decline from the words of dren, and depart not from the words of my my mouth,

mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve 8 Remove thy way far from her, and tice: love her, and she shall keep thee. come not nigh the door of her house

9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, 15 Therefore shall his calamity co ne sud. and thy years unto the cruel;

denly ; suddenly shall he be broken without 10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth, remedy. and thy lahours be in thellouse of a stranger: 16 11 These six things doth the LORD hate;

11 And thou mouru at the last, when thy yea, seven are an abomination unto him : fesh and thy body are consumed,

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and 12 And say, Hów liave I hated instruction, hands that shed innocent blooi, and my heart despised reproof;

18 An beart that deviseti wicked imagina13 And have not obeyed the voice of my lions, feel be swisi in running to misteachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that chief, instructed me!

19 A false witness thot speakeih lies, and 14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of him that soweth discord among brethren. the corgregation and assembly.

20 1 My son, keep thy father's command15 1 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, ment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: and running waters out of thine own well. 21 Bind them continually upon thine heart,

16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and tie them about thy neck. md rivers of waters in the streets.

22. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; 17 Let them he only thine own, and not when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee ; and strangers' with thee.

when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 18 Let thy fountain be blessed; and re- 3 For the commandment is a lamp; and, joice with the wite of the youth.

the law is light : and reproofs of instruction 19 Let her be us the loving lind and pleasant are the way of life : roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times. 24 To keep ibee from the evil woman, from and be thou ravished always with her love. Jube fattery of the tongue of a strange wo

20 And why wilt thon, ny son, be ravish- man. ed with a strange woman, and embrace the 5 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart ; Josom of a stranger?

neither let her take thee with her eyelids. 21 For the ways of man are before the eyes 26 For by means of a whorislı wonian a of the Lord, and he powlereil all bis goings, mun is brought to a piece of bread; and the

22! His own iniquities shall take the adulteress will hunt for the precious lise. wicked himsell, and he shall be holden with: 27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and the cordis of his sins.

bis clothes not he burned? 23 He shall die without instruction; and in 28 Can one go upon hoc coals, and his feet he greatness of his folly be shall go astray. not be burned? IAP. VI.

*9 So lie that goeth in to his neighbour's M:

son, if thiou be surely for thy friend, wife ; wliosoever toucheth her shall not be

if thou hast stricken iny land withi a innocent. tranger,

30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to 2 Thou art snared with the words of thy satisfy his soul when he is hungry. mouth, thou art laken with the words of thy 31 Bull if lie be found, he shall restore mouth.

seven-fold;'le shall give all the substance of 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thiv- le bouse. self; wlien th u art come into the band of 32 Bul wlioso commilleth adultery with a thy frie!, go, bumble thysell, and make woman lacheth understanding : le that doelh sure thy friend.

it ciestroyeth his own soul. 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber 33 A wound and dishonour shall be get; lo thine eyelids.

anci bis reproacli shall not be wiped away. 5 Deliver thirself as a rne from the land of 34 For jealousy is the rage of a man; The hunter, and as a bird from the land of the therefore lie will not spare in the day of venfowler.

geance. 6 ! Go to the che, nou slygard; consider 35 He will not regard any ransom; neither ler wars, and be wise :

will be rest content, touglitbou givesi many 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or gists. ruler,

CHAP. VII 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and


son, keep my words, and lay up my gathereth her food in the harvest.

commandments with thee. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard ? 2 Keep iny commaudments, and live; and when wilt timou arise out of thy sleep? my iaw as the apple of shine eye.

10 Vel a little sleep. a little slumber, a lit- 3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them Ne folding of the lands to sleep :

upon the table or thine heart. Il So soall thy poverty come as one that 4 Sav mto wisdom, Thou art my sister, travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. and call understanding thy kioswoman:

121 A naughiy person, a wicked inan, 5 That they inay keep thee from the walkell with a fronard mouth.

strange woman, from the stranger which 13 He winketh withiis eyes, lie speaketh Rautereth with lier words. with his foet, he teacherh with his fingers; 6! For at the window of my house I look

14 Frowardness is in his lieart, he deviseth led through iny casement, auischief continually ; he soweth discord. 7 And beheld among the simple ones, I dis

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cerned ainong the youthis, a young anar void 9 They are all plain to him that unds of understanding,

standelli, aud righi to thein that find know 8 Passing through the street near her cor- ledge. ner; and he went the way to her house, 10 Receive my instruction, and not sii

9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the ver; and knowledge rather than choice gold black and dark night ;

For wisdom is beller than rubies; and 10 And, behold, there met him a woman all the things that may be desired are not to with the artire of an barlot, and subtile of be compared to it. heart.

12 I wiselom dwell with prudence, and finu II (She is loud and stubborn ; her feet fout k nowledge of willy inventions. alide not in her louse :

13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil 12 Now is she without, now in the streets, pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and And lieth in wait at every corner.).

the froward mouth, do I hate. 13 So she caught bin, and kissed him, 14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: 1 and with an impudent face said unto him, am understanding; I have strength.

14 I have peace-offerings with me; this day 15 1 By me kings reign, and princes dehave I paid my vows :

cree justice. 15 Therefore came i forth to meet thee, 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even diligently to seek thy face; and I have found all the judges of the earth. thee.

17 I love them that love me ; and those 16 I have decked my bed with coverings that seek me early shall find me. of tapestry, will carved works, with fine lin. 18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, en of Egypt.

durable riches and righteousness. 17 I have persuined my bed with myrrh, 19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than aloes, and cinnamon.

fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. 13 Come, let us take one fill of love until 20°l lead in the way of righteousness, in the morning; let us solace ourselves with loves. the midsi of the paths of judgment;

19 For the good man is not at home, he is 21 That I may cause those that love me to gone a long journey :

inherit substance; and I will fill their trea. 20 He hathi taken a bag of money with him, sures. and will come home at the day appointed. 22 1 The Lord possessed me in the begin.

21 With ber much fair speech she caused ning of his way, before his works of old. him to yield, with the flattering of her lips 3 I was set up from everlasting, from the slie forced him.

beginning, or ever the earth was. 22 He goetli after her straightway, as an 24 When there were no deptlis, I was ux goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the brought forth ; wlien there were no fountains correction of the stocks ;

abounding with water. 23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a 25 Before the mountains were settled; bebird hitsteth to the snare, and knoweth nous fore the hills was I brought forth : that it is for his life.

28 Wbile a yet he had not made thie 24 | Hearken unto me now therefore, O cartlı, nor the fields, vor the highest part of ye children, and altend to the words of my the dust of the world. mouth

27 When he prepared the bearpus, I was 25 Jee not thine heart decline to lier there : when he set a compass upou the face ways, go not astray in lier paths:

of the depth : 26 For slie hath cast down many wounded; 28 When he established the clouds above yea, many strong men lave been slain by her. when he strengthened the fountains of the

27 Her house is the way to hell, guiug deep : duwal to the chambers of dratlı.

29 When he gave to the sea liis decree, CITAP. VIII.

that the waters should not pass his comDOT.

OTH noi wistlom cry? and understand- mandment: when be appointed the foundaing pui forth her voice ?

tions of the earth : 12 She standeth in the top of high places, 30 Then I was by bim, as one brought up by the way in the places of the paths; with him ; and I was daily his delight, re.

3 she crieti at the gates. at the entry or joicing always before liim; the city, at the coming in at the doors ; 31 Rejoicing in the habirable part of the

4 Unto you, Omen, I call; and my voice earth ; and my delights were with the soul is to the sons of man

of men. 5 ) ye simple, understand wisdom; and, 39 Now therefore bearken unto me, 0 ye ye fiols, be ye of an understanding heart. children : for blessed are they that keep my

6 91 Hear; for I will speak of excellent ways. things; and ille opening of my lips shall be 33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and reriglit things.

fuse it not. 7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and, 31 Blessed is the man that heareth ine, wickedness is an abomination to my lips. watching daily at my gares, waiting at the

8 All the words of my mouth ure in righ- posts of my doors. teousness; there is vothing froward or per- 35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and verse in thien

shall obtain favour of the LORD.

WISDOM hath builded her house, she

36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth 9 He that walketh uprightly walketh sure, his own soul: all they that hate me love : but he that pervertelli bis ways shall be CHAP. IX.


10 He that winketh with the eye causeth out

sorrow : but a prating fool shall fall. 2 She hath killed her heasts ; she bath 11 The mouth of a righteous mun is a well mingled her wine ; she liaih alsó furnished of life : bul violence covereth the mouth of her table;

the wicked. 3 She hath sent forth her maidens ; she 12 Llarred stirreth up strises : but love cocrieth upon the highest places of the city, veretli all sins.

4 Whoso is simple, lei him turn in hitler: 13 In the lips of liim that hath understand as for him that wanteth understanding, she ing wisdom is fo'ind: but a rod is for the saith to him,

back of him that is void of understanding. 5 Coine, eat of my bread, and drink of the 14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the wine which I have mingled.

mouth of the foolish is near destruction. 6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in 15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the way of understanding.

the destrartion of the poor is their poverty. 7 He that reproveth a scorner getieth to 16 The labour of the righteous lendeth :0 himself shame ; and he that rebuketh a wick-life: the fruit of the wicked to sin. med m m gelteth himself a bloc.

17 He is in the way of life that keepeth in8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee : struction : but he that refuseth reprool erreth. rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 18 He that hideth liatred with lying lips,

9 Give instruction to a wise man, and Ire and he that utiereth a slander, is a fool. will be yet wiser ; teacli a just man, and he 19 In the multitude of words there wanteth will increase in learning.

not sin: but lelijat refraineth his lips is wise. 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning 20 The tongue of the just is as choice sil. hf wisdoin; and the knowledge of the Holy ver: the heart of the wicked is little worılı. is understanding

21 The lips of the righteous feed many. 11 For by me lliy davs shall be multipried, but fools die for want of wisdom. Rud the years of thy life shall be increased. 22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh

12 Ifihou be wise, thou shalt be wise for rich, and he addetli no sorrow with it. lyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shali 23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischier: Dear il.

but a inan of understanding bath wisdom. 13 A foolish woman is clamorous; she is 24. The fear of the wicked, it shall come simple, and knowella nothing.

upon brin: but the desire of the righteous 14 For she sitleth at the door of ber house, shall be granted. on a seat in the lighi places of the city, 25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the

15 Toca!l passengers who gorigiit on their wicked no more : bål the righteous is an vays :

everlasting foundation. 16 Włoso is simple, let bim turn in hither : 26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke end os for him that wantet understandin.g, to the eyes, so is the staggard to them that she saith to hiin,

send him. 17 Stelen waters are sweet, and bread eaten 27 The fear of the Lord prolongeth days : in secret is pleasant.

but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. 18 But be knowrth got that the dead are 28 The hope of the rigliteous shali be glad- x there; and thul ber guests are in the depthis ness: but the expectation of the wicked shall of hell.


29 The way of the LORD is strength to the Proverbs of Solomon. A wise son upright: but destruction shall be to the work. maketh a glad father: but a soulis!ı son ers of iniquity. is the beaviness of his mother.

30 The righteous shall never be removed : 2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing bui the wicked shall not inliabit the earth. buitriglitecusness deliverell from death. 31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wis.

3 The Lord will not suffer the soul of the dom : but the froward iongue shall be cut oui. righteous to famish: but he castelli away the 32 The lips of the rigliceous kuow wbat is substance of the wicked.

acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked 4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a spesketh frowareness. glack hand, but the hand of the diligent ma

CHAP. XI. keth ricb.

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son : but he thia! sleepetla in barvest is a son 2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: that cause:h shame,

but will the lowly is wisdom. 6 Blessing are upon the head of the just: but 3 The integrity of the upright shall guide violence coveret the mouth of the wicked. them: bullire perverseness of transgressors

7 The memory of the just is blessed : but shall destroy them. the name of the wicked shall rot.

4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath : 8 The wise in heart will receive command- but righteousness deliveretb from death. ments: but a prating fool shall fall. 5 The righteousness of the perfect shall di.

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