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Apocrypba. eth down, what profit have they then but || High shall behold to judge righteously, and labour?

execute judgment. 24 When one prayeth, and another curs-! 18 For the Lord will not be slack, neither eth, whose voice will the Lord hear? will the Mighty be patient toward them, till

25 He that washeth himself after the touch- he have smitten in sunder the loins of the ing of a dead body, if he touch it again, unmerciful, and repayed vengeance to the what availeth his washing ?

heathen ; till he have taken away the multi26 So it is with a man that fasteth for his | tude of the proud, and broken the sceptre of sins, and goeth again, and doeth the same : | the unrighteous; who will hear his prayer ? or what dotlı his 19 Till he have rendered to every man ac. bumbling profit him?"

cording to his deeds, and to the works of men CHAP. XXXV.

according to their devices; till he have judgi Sacrifices pleasing to God. 14 The prayer of led the cause of his people, and made them to

the futberless, of the widow, and of the bumble rejoice in his mercy. in spirit.

20 Mercy is seasonable in the time of af. E that keepeth the law bringeth offerings fiction, as clouds of rain in the time of IT enough : he that taketh heed to the || drought. commandment offereth a peace offering.

CHAP. XXXVI. 2 He that requiteth a good turn offereth || 1 A prayer for the church against the enemies fine flour ; and he that giveth alms sacrificeth Il tberoof : 18 A good heart and a froward.

LTAVE mercy upon us, O Lord God of all, 3 To depart from wickedness is a thing | 11 and behold us : pleasing to the Lord ; and to forsake un l. 2 And send thy fear upon all the nations righteousness is a propitiation.

that seek not after thee. 4 Thou shalt not appear empty before the 3 Lift up thy hand against the strange naLord.

tions, and let them see thy power. 5 For all these things [are to be done] be 4 As thou wast sanctified in us before cause of the commandment.

them : so be thou magnified among them be. 6 The offering of the righteous maketh | fore us. the altar fat, and the sweet savour thereof is | 5 And let them know thee, as we have before the Most High.

known thee, that there is no God but only 7 The sacrifice of a just man is acceptable, thou, O God. and the memorial thereof shall never be for- i 6 Shew new signs, and make other strange gotten.

wonders : glorify thy hand and thy right 8 Give the Lord his honour with a good arm, that they may set forth thy wonderous eye, and diminish not the first fruits of thine works. bands.

7 Raise up indignation, and pour out 9 In all thy gifts shew a cheerful counte- 1 wrath : take away the adversary, and destroy Dance, and dedicate thy tithes with gladness. | the enemy.

10 Give unto the Most High according as 8 Make the time short, remember the coyhe hath enriched thee; and as thou hast got enant, and let them declare thy wonderful ten, give with a cheerful eye.

works. 11 For the Lord recompenseth, and will 9 Let him that escapeth be consumed by give thee seven times as much

the rage of the fire ; and let them perish that : 12 Do not think to corrupt with gifts ; || oppress the people. for such he will not receive : and trust not 10 Smite in sunder the heads of the rulers to unrighteous sacrifices ; for the Lord is of the heathen, that say, 'There is none other judge, and with him is no respect of per but we. sons.

11 Gather all the tribes of Jacob together, 13 He will not accept any person against and inherit thou them, as from the beginning. a poor man, but will hear the prayer of the 12 O Lord, have mercy upon the people oppressed.

that is called by thy name, and upon Israel, 14 He will not despise the supplication whom thou hast named thy first born. of the fatherless ; nor the widow, when she | 13 O be merciful unto Jerusalem, thy holy poureth out her complaint.

city, the place of thy rest. 15 Do not the tears run down the wid- 14 Fill Sion with thine unspeakable, orae ow's cheeks ? and is not her cry against him cles, and thy people with thy glory. that causech them to fall ?

15 Give testimony unto those that thou 16 He that serveth the Lord shall be ac- hast possessed from the beginning, and raise cepted with favour, and his prayer shall | up prophets that have been in thy name. reach unto the clouds.

16 Reward them that wait for thee, and 17 The prayer of the humble pierceth the let thy prophets be found faithful. clouds : and till it come nigh, he will not be 17 O Lord, hear the prayer of thy sercomforted; and will not depart, till the Most | vants, according to the blessing of Aaron


Apocrypha. over thy people, that all they which dwell || of finishing work; nor with an idle servant upon the earth may know that thou art the of much business: hearken not unto these in Lord, the eternal God.

any matter of counsel. 18 4 The belly devoureth all meats, yet is 12 But be continually with a godly man, one meat better than another.

whom thou knowest to keep the command19 As the palate tasteth divers kinds of ments of the Lord, whose mind is according venison : so doth an heart of understanding to thy'mind, and will sorrow with thee, if false speeches.

thou shalt miscarry. 20 A froward heart causeth heaviness : but || 13 And let the counsel of thine own heart a man of experience will recompense him. stand: for there is no man more faithful unto

21 A woman will receive every man, yet thee than it. is one daughter better than another.

14 For a man's mind is sometime wont to 22 The beauty of a woman cheereth the tell him more than seven watchmen, that sit countenance, and a man loveth nothing better. above in an high tower.

23 If there be kindness, meekness, and 15 And above all this pray to the Most comfort in her tongue, then is not her hus High, that he will direct thy way in truth band like other men.

16 Let reason go before every enterprise, 24 He that getteth a wife, beginneth a and counsel before every action. possession, a help like unto himself, and a 17 The countenance is a sign of changing pillar of rest.

of the heart. 25 Where no hedge is, there the posses-1 18 Four manner of things appear: good sion is spoiled : and he that hath no wife and evil, life and deaih : but the tongue rulwill wander up and down mourning. | etl over them continually.

26 Who will trust a thief well appointed, l. 19 There is one that is wise and teacheth that skippeth from city to city? so (who || many, and yet is unprofitable to liimself. will believe) a man that hath no house, and I 20 There is one that sheweth wisdom in lodgeth wheresoever the night taketh him? words, and is hated : be shall be destitute of CHAP. XXXVII.

all food. 1 How to know friends and counsellors. 27 || 21 For grace is not given him from the Learn to refrain thine appetite.

Lord; because he is deprived of all wisdom. T'VERY friend saith, I am his friend also, 22 Another is wise to himself ; and the U but there is a friend which is only a fruits of understanding are commendable in friend in name.

his mouth. 2 Is it not a grief unto death, when a com 23 A wise man instructeth his people ; and panion and friend is turned to an enemy? the fruits of his understanding fail not.

3 O wicked imagination, whence camest || 24 A wise man shall be filled with blessthou in to cover the earth with deceit? ing; and all they that see him shall count

4 There is a companion, which rejoiceth him happy. in the prosperity of a friend, but in the time | 25 The days of the life of man may be of trouble will be against him.

numbered : but the days of Israel are innu5 There is a companion, which helpeth | merable. his friend for the belly, and taketh up the 26 A wise man shall inherit glory among buckler against the enemy.

his people, and his name shall be perpetual. 6 Forget not thy friend in thy mind, and 27 & My son, prove thy soul in thy life, be not unmindful of him in thy riches. and see what is evil for it, and give not that

7 Every counsellor extolleth counsel ; but there is some that counselleth for himself. 28 For all things are not profitable for all

8 Beware of a counsellor, and know be- | men, neither hath every soul pleasure in evfore what need he hath ; for he will counsel | ery thing. for himself; lest he cast the lot upon thee, 29 Be not unsatiable in any dainty thing,

9 And say unto thee, Thy way is good : | nor too greedy upon meats : and afterward he stand on the other side, to 30 For excess of meats bringerh sickness, see what shall befal thee.

and surfeiting will turn into choler. 10 Consult not with one that suspecteth 31 By surfeiting have many perished ; thee: and hide thy counsel from such as en- || but he that taketh heed prolongeth his life. vy thee.

CHAP. XXXVIII. 11 Neither consult with a woman touch 1 Honour due to the physician, and why. 16 How ing her of whom she is jealous ; neither with

to weep and nourn for tbe dead. a coward in matters of war; nor with a mer H ONOUR a physician with the honour chant concerning exchange ; nor with a buy- | I due unto him for the uses which ye inay er of selling ; nor with an envious man of || have of him : for the Lord hath created him. thankfulness ; nor with an unmerciful man 2 For of the Most High comcth healing, touching kindness; nor with the slothful for and he shall receive honour of the king. sny work; nor with an hireling for a year 3 The skill of the physician shall lift ug


Apocrypbe. his head : and in the siglit of great men he || that driveth oxen, and is occupied in their lashall be in admiration.

bours, and whose talk is of bullocks ? 4 The Lord hath created medicines out of 26 He giveth his mind to make furrows; the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor 1 and is diligent to give the kine fodder. them.

27 So every carpenter and workmaster, 5 Was not the water made sweet with I that laboureth night and day : and they that wood, that the virtue thereof might be cut and grave seals, and are diligent to make known?

great variety, and give themselves to coun6 And he hath given men skill, that he terfeit imagery, and watch to finish a work: might be honcured in his marvellous works. 1 28 The smith also sitting by the anvil, and

7 With such doth he heal (men, and tak- l considering the iron work, the vapour of the eth away their pains.

fire wasteth his flesh, and he fighteth with 8 of such doth the apothecary make a | the heat of the furnace: the noise of the hamconfection ; and of his works there is no end; || mer and the anvil is ever in his ears, and his and from himn is peace over all the earth. eyes look still upon the pattern of the thing

.9 My son, in thy sickness be not negli. | that he maketh ; he setteth his mind to fingent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will ish his work, and watcheth to polish it permake thee whole.

fectly:. 10 Leave off from sin, and order thine 29 So doth the potter sitting at his work, hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all and turning the wheel about with his feet, wickedness.

who is always carefully set at his work, and 11"Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of || maketh all his work by number; fine flour ; and make a fat offering, as not 30 He fashioneth the clay with his arm, being.

and boweth down his strength before his feet; 12 Then give place to the physician, for he applieth himself to lead it over ; and he is the Lord hath created him : let him not go | diligent to make clean the furnace : from thee, for thou hast need of him. 1 31 All these trust to their hands : and ev.

- 13 There is a time when in their hands ery one is wise in his work. there is good success.

32 Without these cannot a city be inhab. 14 For they shall also pray unto the Lord, ited : and they shall not dwell where they that he would prosper that which they give will, nor go up and down : for ease and remedy to prolong life.

33 They shall not be sought for in pub15 He that sinneth before his Maker, let || | lick counsel, nor sit high in the congregation : him fall into the hand of the physician. they shall not sit on the judges seat, nor un.

16 | My son, let tears fall down over the derstand the sentence of judgment : they candead, and begin to lament, as if shou hadst not declare justice and judgment; and they 'suffered great harm thyself ; and then cover shall not be found where parables are his body according to the custom, and neglect spoken. not his burial.

* 34 But they will maintain the state of the 17 Weep bitterly, and make great moan, l world, and all] their desire is in the work of and use lamentation, as he is worthy, and their craft. that a day or two, lest thou be evil spoken of .

CHAP. XXXIX. and then comfort thyself for thy heaviness. 11 A description of bim that is truly wise. 12

18 For of heaviness cometh death, and the An exbortation to praise God for bis works. heaviness of the heart breaketh strength. DUT he that giveth his mind to the law of

19 In aMiction also sorrow remaineth : | D the Most High, and is occupied in the and the life of the poor is the curse of the | meditation therewi, will seek out the wisdom heart.

of all the ancient, and be occupied in proph20 Take no heaviness to heart: drive it ecies. away, and remember the last end.

2 He will keep the sayings of the renown21 Forget it not, for there is no turning led men: and where subtil parables are, he again : thou shalt not do him good, but hurt will be there also. thyself.

3 He will seek out the secrets of grave sen22 Remember my judgment : for chine tences, and be conversant in dark parables. also shall be so; yesterday for me, and to-day 4 He shall serve among great men, and for thee.

appear before princes; he will travel through 28 When the dead is at rest, let his remens strange countries; for he hach tried the good brance rest; and be comforted for him, when land the evil among men. his spirit is departed from him.

5 He will give his heart to resort early to 24 The wisdom of a learned man cometh the Lord that made him, and will pray beby opportunity of leisure : and he that hath fore the Most High, and will open his mouth little business shall become wise.

in prayer, and make supplication for his sins. 25 How can he get wisdom that holdeth 6 When the great Lord will, he shall be the plough, and that glorieth in the goad, filled with the spirit of understanding : he

Chap. XL.

Apocrypha. shall pour out wise sentences, and give thanks || godly: so to the sinners they are turned into unto the Lord in his prayer.

evil. 7 He shall direct his counsel and knowl. 28 There be spirits that are created for edge, and in his secrets shall he meditate. vengeance, which in their fury lay on sore

8 He shall shew forth that which he hath strokes; in the time of destruction they pour learned, and shall glory in the law of the cov out their force, and appease the wrath of him enant of the Lord. .

that made them. 9 Many shall commend his understanding; || 29 Fire, and hail, and famine, and death, and so long as the world endureth, it shall || | all these were created for vengeance; not be blotted out ; his memorial shall not | 30 Teeth of wild beasts, and scorpions, depart away, and his name shall live from serpents, and the sword, punishing the wicked generation to generation.

to destruction. 10 Nacions shall shew forth his wisdom, 31 They shall rejoice in his commandment, and the congregation shall declare his praise. and they shall be ready upon earth, when

11 If he die, he shall leave a greater name need is; and when their time is come, they than a thousand : and if he live, he shall in- || shall not transgress his word. crease it.

12 4 Yet have I more to say, which I have resolved, and thought upon these things, and thought upon ; for I am filled as the moon at ! have left them in writing. the full.

33 All the works of the Lord are good : 13 Hearken unto me, ye holy children, and and he will give every needful thing in due bud ferth as a rose growing by the brook of season. the field :

34 So that a man cannot say, 'This is worse 14 And give ye a sweet savour as frank- || than that : for in time they shall all be well incense, and flourish as a lily, send forth a approved. smell, and sing a song of praise, bless the il 35 And therefore praise ye the Lord with Lord in all his works.

the whole heart and mouth, and bless the 15 Magnify his name, and shew forth his name of the Lord. praise with the songs of your lips, and with

CHAP. XL. harps, and in praising him ye shall say after i Many miseries in a man's life. 17 A virtuous this manner :

wife and ar. bonest friend rejoice the beart. 16 All the works of the Lord are exceed G REAT travail is created for every man, ing good, and whatsoever he commandeth O and an heavy yoke is upon the sons of shall be accomplished in due season.

Adam, from the day that they go out of their 17 And none may say, What is this? || mother's womb, till the day that they return wherefore is that? for at time convenient to the mother of all things. they shall all be sought out : at his command 2 Their imagination of things to come, ment the waters stood as an heap, and at the | | and the day of death, strouble) their thoughts, words of his mouth the receptacles of waters. and (cause fear of heart;

18 At his commandment is done whatso 3 From him that sitteth on a throne of ever pleaseth him; and none can hinder, when glory, unto him that is bumbled in earth and he will save.

ashes ; 19 The works of all flesh are before him, 4 From him that weareth purple and a and nothing can be hid from his eyes. crown, unto bim that is clothed with a linen frock.

20 He seeth from everlasting to everlast- 5 Wrath, and envy, trouble, and unquieting; and there is nothing wonderful before ness, fear of death, and anger, and strife, and him.

in the time of rest upon his bed his night sleep, 21. A man need not to say, What is this? | do change his knowledge. wherefore is that? for he hath made all things 1 6 A little or nothing is his rest, and after. for their uses.

ward he is in his sleep, as in a day of keeping 22 His blessing covered the dry land as a watch, troubled in the vision of his heart, as river, and watered it as a flood.

if he were escaped out of a battle. 23 As he hath turned the waters into salt- 7 When all is safe, he awaketh, and mar. ness : so shall the heathen inherit his wrath. velleth that the fear was nothing. .

24 As his ways are plain unto the holy; || 8 (Such things happen) unto all Aesh, both so are they stumbling blocks unto the wicked. | man and beast, and that is seven fold more

25 For the good are good things created upon sinners. from the beginning: so evil things for sin- 9 Death, and bloodshed, strife, and sword, ners.

calamities, famine tribulation, and the scourge; 26 The principal things for the whole use | 10 These things are creaied for the wicked, of man's life are water, fire, iron, and salt, 1 and for their sakes came the flood. flour of wheat, honey, milk, and the blood of 11 All things that are of the earth shall the grape, and oil, and clothing.

|| turn to the earth again : and that which is of 27 All these things are for good to the | the waters doth return into the sea,


Apocrypba. 12 All bribery and injustice shall be blot-1 2 0 death, acceptable is thy sentence unto ted out : but true dealing shall endure for the needy, and unto him whose strength failever.

eth, that is now in the last age, and is vexed

with all things, and to him that despaireth, up like a river, and shall vanish with noise, and hath lost patience ! like a great thunder in rain.

3 Fear not the sentence of death, re14 While he openeth his hand he shall re member them that have been before thee, joice : so shall transgressors come to nought. and that come after; for this is the sentence

15 The children of the ungodly shall not of the Lord over all flesh. bring forth many branches : but are as un 4 And why art thou against the pleasure clean roots upon a hard rock.

of the Most High? there is no inquisition in 16 The weed growing upon every water the grave, whether thou have lived ten, or an and bank of a river shall be pulled up before hundred, or a thousand years : all grass.

5 The children of sinners are abominable 17 Bountifulness is as a most fruitful children, and they that are conversant in the garden, and mercifulness endureth for ever. | dwelling of the ungodly

18 To labour, and to be content with that 6 The inheritance of sinners' children shall a man hath, is a sweet life: but he that find- | perish, and their posterity shall have a per. eth a treasure is above them both.

petual reproach. 19 Children and the building of a city 7 The children will complain of an ungodcontinue a man's name: but a blameless wife ly father, because they shall be reproached for is counted above them both.

his sake. 20 Wine and musick rejoice the heart : 1 8 Woe be unto you, ungodly men, which but the love of wisdom is above them both. have forsaken the law of the most high God!

21 The pipe and the psaltery make sweet for if ye increase, it shall be to your destrucmelody : but a pleasant tongue is above them || tion: both.

9 And if ye be born, ye shall be born to 22 Thine eye desireth favour and beauty: \ a curse : and if ye die, a curse shall be your but more than both, corn while it is green. portion.

23 A friend and companion never meet 10 All that are of the earth shall turn to amiss : but above both is a wife with her || earth again : so the ungodly shall go from a husband.

curse to destruction. 24 Brethren and help are against time of | 11 The mourning of men is about their trouble: but alms shall deliver more than bodies : but an ill name of sinners shall be them both.

blotted out. 25 Gold and silver make the foot stand 12 Have regard to thy name; for that sure: but counsel is esteemed above them shall continue with thee above a thousand both.

great treasures of gold. 26 Riches and strength lift up the heart : 13 A good life hath but few days : but a but the fear of the Lord is above them both: good name endureth for ever. there is no want in the fear of the Lord, and 14 9 My children, keep discipline in peace: it needeth not to seek help.

for wisdom that is hid, and a treasure that 27 The fear of the Lord is a fruitful gar- ll is not seen, what profit is in them both ? den, and covereth him above all glory.

15 A man that bideth his foolishness is 28 My son, lead not a beggar's life ; for better than a man that hideth his wisdon. better it is to die than to beg.

16 Therefore be shamefaced according to 29 The life of him that dependeth on an- my word: for it is not good to retain all other man's table is not to be counted for a shamefacedness; neither is it altogether aplife ; for he polluteth himself with other proved in every thing. men's meat : but a wise man well nurtured 17 Be ashamed of whoredom before father will beware thereof.

and mother : and of a lie before a prince and 30 Begging is sweet in the mouth of the a mighty man; shameless : but in his belly there shall burn a 18 of an offence before a judge and ruler ;

of iniquity before a congregation and people; CHAP. XLI.

of unjust dealing before thy partner and I The remembrance of death. 14 Wisdom is to || friend;

be uttered. 16 of what things the should be 19 And of theft in regard of the place asbamed.

where thou sojournest, and in regard of the DEATH, how bitter is the remembrance | truth of God and his covenant ; and to lean

of thee to a man that liveth at rest in with thine elbow upon the meat; and of scornhis possessions, unto the man that hath noth ing to give and take ; ing to vex him, and that hath prosperity in all 20 And of silence before them that salute things : yea, unto him that is yet able to re- || thee ; and to look upon an harlot ; ceive meat !

21 And to turn away thy face from thy


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