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not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is A.C. 984.
17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to Gen. ix. 22
18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me,
19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent
20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth,
Or, the brook.
21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:
22 * For a servant when he reigneth ; and a fool when he g ch.xix. 10. is filled with meat;
23 For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise :
26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their
28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' themes
30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth
31 Aj*greyhound ; an he goat also; and a king, against 1 Ot, horse.
32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, i lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
33 Sarely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter,
and defended. 10 The praise and properties of a good wife.
* Heb. girt in the loins.
Job xxi. 5. &
* Heb. alter.
the . fiction. k Ps. civ. 15.
$ Heb. the sons of de struction. I Lev. xix. 15. Deut. i. 16.
m ch, xii. 4.
A.C.984. 2 What, my son ? and what, the son of my womb? and
what, the son of my vows?
3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink :
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and * pervert the Heb. of all judgment t of any of the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, 1 Heb. Vitter and wine unto those that be # of heavy hearts.
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all & such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, 'judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
10 qm Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat
to her houshold, and a portion to her maidens. || Heb. taketh. 16 She considereth a field, and || buyeth it: with the
fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 * She perceiveth that her merchandise is good : her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20+ She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her houshold : for 1 Or, double all her houshold are clothed with #scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
* Heb. She tasteth.
+ Heb. She spreadeth.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall A. C. 989.
2 She openeth her mouth with wisdom ; and in her
2 She looketh well to the ways of her houshold, and
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed ; her hus-
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain : but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, + to- 980 to 97.5,
2 Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto
3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and
4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his
, and after Milcom the abomination of the Am-
6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD), and
7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, not after.
8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which
A.C. 990 to 975.
9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his
heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, " which had d ch. iii. 5. & appeared unto him twice,
10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods : but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.
11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch Heb. is with as this * is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covef ch. xii. 15. nant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I
will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to
12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David
13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen.
14 And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solo-
1 KINGS XI. ver. 23–41.
24 And he gathered men unto him, md became captain
25 And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did : and be ab
horred Israel, and reigned over Syria.
Zereda, Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was Ze-
27 And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand + Heb. closed. against the king : Solomon built Millo, and + repaired the
breaches of the city of David his father.
28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour :
and Solomon seeing the young man that he I was indusHels . burden, trious, he made him ruler over all the § charge of the house
29 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field :
82 Sam. viii. 3. & x. 8, 18.
i Web, did work.
30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, A.C. 980
31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces : for
32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David's
33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have wor-
34 Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his
36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my
37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.
38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight
, to keep my statutes and commandments, as Darid
my servant did ; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give
Israel unto thee.
39 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not
40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam, And Je-
fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of
ECCLESIASTES; OR, THE PREACHER,
* The book of Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon after his allegiance to God