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17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to Gen. ix. 22
obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, s. 20.3
and the young eagles shall eat it.

18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me,
pea, four which I know not:

19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent
upon a rock ; the way of a ship in the + midst of the sea ; + Heb. heart.
and the way of a man with a maid.

20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth,
and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wicked-

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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 :

Heb. wise,
25 * The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare me te
their meat in the summer ;

26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their
houses in the rocks;
27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of
them g by bands;

28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' themes
palaces

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29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are
comely in going:

30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth
not away for any;

31 Aj*greyhound ; an he goat also; and a king, against 1 Ot, horse.
whom there is no rising up

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 the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood : so the
forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

PROVERBS XXXI.
1 Lemuel's lessem of chastity and temperance. 6 The afflicted are to be comforted

and defended. 10 The praise and properties of a good wife.
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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.

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25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall A. C. 989.
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2 She openeth her mouth with wisdom ; and in her
tongue is the law of kindness.

2 She looketh well to the ways of her houshold, and
eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed ; her hus-
band also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters * have done virtuously, but thou ex- *Or, have

gotten riches.
cellest them all.

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.

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1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, + to- 980 to 97.5,
gether with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moa- 17. Feclus.
bites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;

2 Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto
the children of Israel, "Ye shall not go in to them, neither b Ex. xxxiv.
shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn
away your heart after their gods : Solomon clave unto these
in love.

3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and
three hundred concubines : and his wives turned

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heart.

4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his
wires turned away his heart after other gods : and his heart
was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of
David his father.
5 For Solomon went after © Ashtoreth the goddess of the e Judges ii. 13.
Zidonians

, and after Milcom the abomination of the Am-
monites.

6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD), and
I went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.

7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, not after.
the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jeru-
salem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of

8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which
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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
thy servant.

12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David
thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy
son.

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-
mon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king's seed in
Edom.

1 KINGS XI. ver. 23–41.
23 | And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon
the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king
of Zobah :

24 And he gathered men unto him, md became captain
over a band, 8 when David slew them of Zobah : and they
went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Da-
mascus.

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.
h 2 Chron. 26 | And - Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of

Zereda, Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was Ze-
ruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against
the king

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

of Joseph

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 :

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30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, A.C. 980
and rent it in twelve pieces :

31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces : for
thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend
the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten
tribes to thee:

32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David's
sake, and for Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen
out of all the tribes of Israel :)

33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have wor-
shipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh
the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the chil-
dren of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do
that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and
my judgments, as did David his father.

34 Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his
hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for
David my servant's sake, whom I chose, because he kept my
commandments and

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statutes :
35 But 'I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, i ch. xii. 15.
and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.

36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my
servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the
city which I have chosen me to put my name there.

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

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ECCLESIASTES; OR, THE PREACHER,
1 The preacher shewth that all human courses are vain : 4 because the creatures
Gre restless in their courses, 9 they bring forth nothing new, and all old things are
forgotten, 12 and because he hath found it so in the studies of wisdom.
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* The book of Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon after his allegiance to God
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