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Aperyobe 17 For at the first she will walk with him gotten : for they shall not profit thee in the by crooked ways, and bring fear and dread | day of calamity. upon him, and torment him with her disci. 9 Winnow not with every wind, and go pline, until she may trust his soul, and try not into every way : for so doth the sinner him by her laws.

that hath a double tongue. 18 Then will she return the straight way 10 Be steadfast in thy understanding; and unto him, and comfort him, and shew him let thy word be the same. her secrets.

11 Be swift to hear; and let thy life be 19 But if he go wrong, she will forsake | sincere ; and with patience give answer. him, and give him over to his own ruin. L 12 If thou hast understanding, answer thy

20 4 Observe the opportunity, and be- || neighbour; if not, lay thy hand upon thy ware of evil; and be not ashamed when it || mouth. concerneth thy soul.

13 Honour and shame is in talk: and the 21 For there is a shame that bringeth || tongue of man is his fall. sin ; and there is a shame which is glory and l 14 Be not called a whisperer, and lie not grace.

in wait with thy tongue : for a foul shame 22 Accept no person against thy soul, and is upon the thief, and an evil condemnation let not the reverence of any man cause thee upon the double tongue. to fall.

15 Be not ignorant of any thing in a great 23 And refrain not to speak, when there || matter or a small. is occasion to do good, and hide not thy wis

CHAP, VỊ, dom in her beauty.

2 Do not extol thine own conceit, 7 but make 24 For by speech wisdom shall be known : choice of a friend. 18 Seek wisdom betings. and learning by the word of the tongue. TNSTEAD of a friend become not an ene

25 In no wise speak against the truth; but I my; for (thereby) thou shalt inherit an ill be abashed of the error of thine ignorance. name, shame, and reproach : even so shall a

26 Be not ashamed to confess thy sins; sinner that hath a double tongue. and force not the course of the river.

2 | Extol not thyself in the counsel of 27 Make not thyself an underling to a thine own heart ; that thy soul be not torn foolish man; neither accept the person of in pieces as a bull (straying alone.) she mighty.

3 Thou shalt eat up thy leaves, and lose 28 Strive for the truth unto death, and | thy fruit, and leave thyself as a dry tree. the Lord shall fight for thee.

4 A wicked soul shall destroy him that 29 Be not hasty in thy tongue, and in thy || hath it, and shall make him to be laughed to

scorn of his enemies. 30 Be not as a lion in thy house, nor fran- || 5 Sweet language will multiply friends : tick antong thy servants.

and a fair speaking tongue will increase kind 31 Let not thine hand be stretched out to greetings. receive, and shut when thou shouldest repay. 6 Be in peace with many : nevertheless CHAP. V.

have but one counsellor of a thousand. 1 We must not presume of our wealtb and strength, 7 q If thou wouldest get a friend, prove 6 nor of tbe mercy of God, to sin.

him first, and be not hasty to credit him. CET not thy heart upon thy goods; and 8 For some man is a friend for his own N say not, I have enough for my life. occasion, and will not abide in the day of thy

2 Follow not thine own mind and thy || trouble. strength, to walk in the ways of rbine heart": 9 And there is a friend, who being turned to

3 And say not, Who shall control me for 1| enmity and strife will discover thy reproach. my works ? 'for the Lord will surely revenge 10 Again, some friend is a companion at thy pride.

the table, ud will not continue in the day of Say not, I have sinned, and what harm thy affliction. hath happened unto me? for the Lord is 11 But in thy prosperity lie will be as thylong suffering, he will in no wise let thee go. self, and will be bold over thy servants.

5 Concerning propitiation, be not without 12 If thou be brought low, he will be fear to add sin unto sin :

against thee, and will hide himself from thy 6And say not, His mercy is great ; he face. will be pacified for the multitude of my sins : 13 Separate thyself from thine enemies, for mercy and wrath come from him, and and take heed of thy friends. his indignation resterth upon sinners.

14 A faithful friend is a strong defence : 7 Make no carrying to turn to the Lord, I and he that hath found such an one hath and put not off from day to day : for sud- || found a treasure. denly shall the wrath of the Lord come forth, I 15 Nothing doth countervail a faithful and in thy security thou shalt be destroyed, l) friend, and his excellency is invaluable. and perish in the day of vengeance.

16 A faithful friend is the medicine of life; 8 Set not tluine heart upon goods unjustly and they that fear the Lord shall fiad him.


Apocrypha. 17 Whoso feareth the Lord shall direct 3 My son, sow not upon the furrows of his friendship aright : for as he is, so shall his unrighteousness, and thou shalt not reap neighbour be also.

them seven fold. 18 q My son, gather instruction from thy | 4 | Seek not of the Lord preeminence, youth up': so shalt thou find wisdom till neither of the king the seat of honour. thine old age.

5 Justify not thyself before the Lord ; 19 Come unto her as one that plougheth || and boast not of thy wisdom before the king. and soweth, and wait for her good fruits : 16 Seek not to be judge, being not able to for thou shalt not toil much in labouring take away iniquity ; lest at any time thou about her, but thou shalt eat of her fruits fear the person of the mighty, and lay a stumright soon.

bling block in the way of thy uprightness. 20 She is very unpleasant to the unlearn 7 Offend not against the multitude of a ed : he that is without understanding will city, and then thou shalt not cast thyself down not remain with her

among the people. 21 She will lic upon him as a mighty stone 8 9 Bind not one sin upon another; for of trial ; and he will cast her from him ere || in one thou shalt not be unpunished. it be long.

9 Say not, God will look upon the multi22 For wisdom is according to her name, tude of my oblations, and when I offer to and she is not manifest unto many.

the most high God, he will accept it. 23 Give ear, my son, receive my advice, 10 9 Be not faint hearted when thou makand refuse not my counsel,

est thy prayer, and neglect not to give alms. 24 And put thy feet into her fetters, and 11 Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterthy neck into her chain,

ness of his soul : for there is one which hun25 Bow down thy shoulder, and bear her, bleth and exalteth. and be not grieved with her bonds.

12 Devise not a lie against thy brother ; 26 Come unto her with thy whole heart, || neither do the like to thy friend. and keep her ways with all thy power. 13 Use not to make any manner of lie:

27 Search, and seek, and she shall be made for the custom thereof is not good. known unto thee: and when thou hast got 14 Use not many words in a multitude of hold of her, let her not go.

elders, and make not much babbling when 28 For at the last thou shalt find her rest, thou prayest. and that shall be turned to thy joy.

15 Hate not laborious work, neither hus29 Then shall her fetters be a strong de- bandry, which the Most Higla hath ordained. fence for thee, and her chains a robe of glory. | 16 Number not thyself among the multi

30 For there is a golden ornament upon tude of sinners, but remember that wrath her, and her bands are purple lace.

will not tarry long. 31 Thou shalt put her on as a robe of hon 17 Humble thy soul greatly: for the venour, and shalt put her about thee as a crown geance of the ungodly is fire and worms. of joy.

18 Change not a friend for any good by 32 My son, if thou wilt, thou shalt be no means ; neither a faithful brother for the taught : and if thou wilt apply thy mind, ll gold of Ophir. thou shalt be prudent.

19 Forego not a wise and good woman : 33* If thou love to hear, thou shalt receive for her grace is above gold. understanding : and if thou bow thine ear, ll 20 Whereas thy servant worketh truly, thou shalt be wise.

entreat him not evil, nor the hireling that 34 Stand in the multitude of the elders ; | bestoweth himself wholly for thee. and cleave unto him that is wise.

21 Let thy soul love a good servant, and 35 Be willing to hear every godly dis- || defraud him not of liberty. course; and let not the parables of under 22 Hast thou cattle ? have an eye to them: standing escape thee.

and if they be for thy profit, keep them 36 And if thou seest a man of understand with thec. ing, get thee betimes unto him, and let thy 23 Hast thou children ? instruct them, foot wear the steps of his door.

and bow down their neck from their youth. 37 Let thy mind be upon the ordinances of 24 Hast thou daughters ? have a care of the Lord, and meditate continually in his com- || their body, and shew not thyself cheerful to. mandments : he shall establish ihine heart, || ward them. and give thee wisdom at thine own desire. 25 Marry thy daughter, and so shalt thouCHAP. VII.

have performed a weighty maiter : but give 1 We are dehorted from sin, 4 ambition, 8 pre her to a man of understanding. sumption, 10 and fainting in prayer.

26 Hast thou a wife after thy mind ? forD O no evil, so shall no harm come unto sake her not : but give not thyself over to a thee.

light woman. 2 Depart from the unjust, and iniquity | 27 Honour thy father with thy whole heart, shall turn away from thee.

1 and forget not the sorrows of thy motber.


Apocrypbs. 29 Remember that thou wast begotten of | fellow, lest he become grievous unto thee: ihem, and how canst thou recompense them for he will do according to his own will, and the dings that they have done for thee? thou shalt perish with him through his foily.

29 Fear the Lord with all thy soul, and 16 Strive not with an angry man, and go reverence his priests.

not with him into a solitary place : for blood so love him that made thee with all thy is as nothing in his sight, and where there is strength, and forsake not his ministers. no help, he will overthrow thee.

31 Fear the Lord, and honour the priest ; 17 Consult not with a fool, for he cannot and give him his portion, as it is commanded ( keep counsel. thee; the first fruits, and the trespass offer- 18 Do no secret thing before a strarger ; ing, and the gift of the shoulders, and the for thou knowest not what he will bring forth. sacrifice of sanctification, and the first fruits 19 Open not thine heart to every man, lest of the holy things.

he requite thee with a shrewd turn. 32 And stretch thine hand unto the poor,

CHAP. IX. that thy blessing may be perfected.

i We are advised bow to use our wives. 3 Wba 33 A gift hath grace in the sight of every il women to avoid, 10 and not to cbange as old man living, and for the dead detain it not. friend.

34 Fail not to be with them that weep, RE not jealous over the wife of thy bosom, and mourn with them that mourn.

D and teach her not an evil lesson against 35 Be not slow to visit the sick : for that li thyself. shall make thee to be beloved.

2 Give not thy soul unto a woman to set 36 Whatsoever thou takest in hand, re- her foot upon thy substance member the end, and thou shalt never do !! 3 Meet not with an harlot, lest thou fall amiss.

| into her snares. CHAP. VIII.

4 Use not much the company of a woman 1 Whom we may not strive with, 8 nor despise, that is a singer, lest thou be taken with her

10 nor provoke, 15 nor bave to do wiib. attempts. STRIVE not with a mighty man, lest thou 5 Gaze not on a maid, that thou fall not by W fall into his hands.

those things that are precious in her. 2 Be not at variance with a rich man, lest 6 Give not thy soul unto harlots, that thoa he overweigh thee : for gold hath destroyed lose not thine inheritance. many, and perverted the hearts of kings. 7 Look not round about thee in the streets

3 Strive not with a man that is full of of the city, neither wander thou in the solitongue, and heap not wood upon his fire. tary places thereof.

4 Jest not with a rude man, lest thy ances- & Turu away thine eye from a beautiful tors be disgraced.

woman, and look not upon another's beauty; 5 Reproach not a man that turneth from || for many have been deceived by the beauty sin, but remember that we are all worthy of of a woman ; for herewith love is kindled as punishment.

a fire. 6 Dishonour not a man in his old age : for ll 9 Sit not at all with another man's wife, even some of us wax old.

nor sit down with her in thine arms, and 7 Rejoice not over thy greatest enemy be spend not thy money with her at the wine; ing dead, but remember that we die all. lest thine heart incline unto her, and so

8 & Despise not the discourse of the wise, through thy desire thou fall into destruction. but acquaint thyeelf with their proverbs : for 10 Forsake not an old friend ; for the of them thou shalt learn instruction, and how | new is not comparable to him : a new friend to serve great men with ease.

is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt 9 Miss not the discourse of the elders : for drink it with pleasure. they also learned of their fathers, and of them | 11 Envy not the glory of a sinner : for thou shalt learn understanding, and to give thou knowest not what shall be his end. answer as need requireth.

12 Delight not in the thing that the ungodly 10 Kindle not the coals of a sinner, lest have pleasure in : but remember they shall thou be burnt with the flame of his fire. | not go unpunished unto their grave.

11 Rise not up (in anger] at the presence 13 Keep thee far from the man that hath of an injurious person, lese he lie in wait to power to kill ; so shalt thou not doubt the entrap thee in thy words.

fear of death : and if thou come unto him, 12 Lend not unto him that is mightier than make no fault, lest he take away thy life pres. thyself ? for if thou lendest him, count it but ently : remember that thou goest in the lost.

midst of snares, and that thou walkest upon 13 Be not surety above thy power : for if || the battlements of the city. thou be surety, take care to pay it.

14 As near as thou canst, guess at thy - 14 Go not to law with a judge, for they | neighbour, and consult with the wise. will judge for him according to his honour. 15 Let thy talk be with the wise, and all thy

15 I Travel not by the way with a bold || communication in the law of the Most High.

be hated.


pocrypba. 16 And let just men cat anddrink with thee; | 18 Pride was not made for men, nor furiand let thy glorying be in the fear of the Lord. || ous anger for them that are born of a woman.

17 For the hand of the artificer the work | 19 They that fear the Lord are a sure shall be commended : and the wise ruler of seed, and they that love him an honourable the people for his speech.

plant : they that regard not the law are a -* 18 A man of an ill tongue is dangerous in dishonourable seed ; they that transgress the his city; and he that is rash in his talk shall commandments are a deceivable seed.

20 Among brethren he that is chief is honCHAP. X.

ourable ; so are they that fear the Lord in his 1 The advantages of a wise ruler. 7 The incon- | eyes.

veniences of pride, injustice, and covetousness. 21 The fear of the Lord goeth before the A WISE judge will instruct his people ; | obtaining of authority: but roughness and n and the government of a prudent man pride is the losing thereof. is well ordered.

22 Whether he be rich, noble, or poor, 2 As the judge of the people is himself, so their glory is the fear of the Lord. are his officers ; and what manner of man the 23 It is not meet to despise the poor man ruler of the city is, such are all they that that hath understanding ; neither is it condwell therein.

venient to magnify a sinful man. 3 An unwise king destroyeth his people ; 24 Great men, and judges, and potentates, but through the prudence of them which shall be honoured ; yet is there none of them are in authority the city shall be inhabited. greater than he that feareth the Lord.

4 The power of the earth is in the hand | 25 Unto the servant that is wise shall they of the Lord, and in due time he will set over that are free do service : and he that hath it one that is profitable.

knowledge will not grudge when he is re5 In the hand of God is the prosperity of | formed. man : and upon the person of the scribe shall 26 Be not overwise in doing thy business ; he lay his honour.

and boast not thyself in the time of thy dis6 Bear not hatred to thy neighbour for tress. every wrong ; and do nothing at all by inju 27 Better is he that laboureth and aboundrious practices.

eth in all things, than he that boasketh hina7 Pride is hateful before God and man: self, and wanteth bread. and by both doth one commit iniquity.

28 My son, glorify thy soul in meekness, • 8 Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and give it honour according to the dignity and riches got by deceit, the kingdom is thereof. translated from one people to another.

29 Who will justify him that sinneth a9 Why is earth and ashes proud ? there is l gainst his own soul ? and who will honour not a more wicked thing than a covetous || him that dishonoureth his own life? man: for such an one setteth his own soul to SO The poor man is honoured for his skill, sale ; because while he liveth he casteth away and the rich man is honoured for his riches. his bowels.

31 He that is honoured in poverty, how 10 The plıysician cutteth off a long dis much more in riches ? and he that is dishonease; and he that is to-day a king, tomorrow ourable in riches, how much more in povshall die.

erty? 11 For when a man is dead, he shall in

CHAP. XI. herit creeping things, beasts, and worms.

4 We may not vaunt nor set forth outselves, 8 12 The beginning of pride is when one de nor answer rasbly, 10 nor meddle with many parteth from God, and his heart is turned a. matters. way from his Maker.

W ISDOM lifteth up the head of him that i3 For pride is the beginning of sin, and he W is of low degree, and maketh him to that hath it shall pour out abomination : and sit among great men. therefore the Lord brought upon them strange 2 Commend not a man for his beauty, neicalamities, and overthrew them utterly. ther abhor a man for his outward appearance.

14 The Lord hath cast down the thrones 3 The bee is little among such as fly ; but of proud princes, and set up the meck in their her fruit is the chief of sweet things. stead.

49 Boast not of thy clothing and raiment, 15 The Lord hath plucked up the roots of and exalt not thyself in the day of honour : the proud nations, and planted the lowly in for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and their place..

his works among men are hidden. 16 The Lord overthrew countries of the 5 Many kings have sat down upon the heathen, and destroyed them to the founda | ground ; and one that was never thought of tions of the earth.

li hath worn the crown. 17 He took some of them away, and de. 1 6 Many mighty men bave been greatly stroyed them, and hath made their memorial | disgraced ; and the honourable delivered inte to cease from the earth.

other men's hands.


Apocrypke. 7 Blame not before thou hast examined the il 27 The affliction of an hour maketh a truth : understand first, and then rebuke. man forget pleasure : and in his end his

8 Answer not before thou hast heard the deeds shall be discovered. cause : neither interrupt men in the midst of 28 Judge none blessed before his death : their taik.

for a man shall be known in his children. 9 Sirive not in a matter that concerneth 29 Bring not every man into thine house : thee not ; and sit not in judgment with sin for the deceitful man hath many trains. Ders.

30 Like as a partridge taken (and kep: 10 My son, meddle not with many mat- in a cage, so is the heart of the proud ; and ters : for if thou meddle much, thou shalt like as a spy, watchech he for thy fall : not be innocent : and if thou follow after, | 31 For he lieth in wait, and turneth good thou shalt not obtain, neither shalt thou es into evil, and in things worthy praise will cape by fleeing.

| lay blame upon thee. ii There is one that laboureth, and taketh 32 Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is pains, and maketh haste, and is so much the ll kindled : and a sinful man layeth wait for more behind.

blood. 12 Again, there is another that is slow, | 33 Take heed of a mischievous man, for and hath need of help, wanting ability, and he worketh wickedness; lest he bring upon full of poverty; yet the eye of the Lord | thee a perpetual blot. looked upon him for good, and set him up 34 Receive a stranger into thine house, from his low estate,

and he will disturb thee, and turn thee out of 13 And lifted up his head from misery ; || thine own. so that many that saw it marvelled at him.

CHAP. XII. 14 Prosperity and adversity, life and death, 2 Be not liberal to the ungodly. 10 Trust met poverty and riches, come of the Lord.

thine enemy, nor tbe wicked. 15 Wisdom, knowledge, and understand. W HEN thou wilt do good, know to ing of the law, are of the Lord: love, and V whom thou doest it; so shalt thou the way of good works, are from him. be thanked for thy benefits.

16 Error and darkness had their begin 2 Do good to the godly man, and thou ning together with sinners : and evil shall || shalt find a recompense; and if not from wax old with them that glory therein. him, yet from the Most High.

17 The gift of the Lord remaineth with 3 There can no good come to him that is the godly, and his favour bringeth prosperity always occupied in evil, nor to him that girfor ever.

eth no alms. 18 There is that waxeth rich by his wari. 4 Give to the godly man, and help not a ness and pinching, and this is the portion of

e' portion of sinner. his reward :

5 Do well unto him that is lowly, but 19 Whereas he saith, I have found rest, I give not to the ungodly : hold back thy and now will eat continually of my goods ; bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overand yet he knoweth not what time shall come master thee thereby : for (else) thou shalt upon him, and that he must leave those things receive twice as much evil for all the good to others, and die.

thou shalt have done unto him. 20 Be steadfast in thy covenant, and be 6 For the Most High hateth sinners, and conversant therein, and wax old in thy work. will repay vengeance unto the ungodly, and

21 Marvel not at the works of sinners : keepeth them against the mighty day of their but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy la punishment. bour : for it is an easy thing in the sight of the 7 Give unto the good, and help not the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich. sinner,

22 The blessing of the Lord is in the re 8 A friend cannot be known in prosperiward of the godly, and suddenly he maketh ty: and an enemy cannot be hid in adversity. his blessing to flourish.

9 In the prosperity of a man, enemies will 23 Say not, what profit is there of my ll be grieved: but in his adversity, even a friend service ? and what good things shall I have will depart. hereafter?

10 9 Never trust thine enemy: for like as 24 Again say not, I have enough, and pos- | iron rusteth, so is his wickedness. sess many things, and what evil can come 11 Though he humble himself, and go to me hereafter?

crouching, yet take good heed and beware 25 In the day of prosperity there is all of him, and thou shalt be unto him as if thou forgetfulness of affliction: and in the day of hadst wiped a looking glass, and thou shalt affliction there is no more remembrance of know that his rust hath not been altogether prosperity.

wiped away. 26 For it is an easy thing unto the Lord ! 12 Set him not by thee, lest, when he hath in the day of death to reward a man ac- overthrown thee, he stand up in thy place; cording to his ways.

neither let him sit at thy right hand, lest be

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