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1 Job xxxi. 4. & Xxxiv. 21. ch. xv. 3. Jer. xvi. 17. & xxxii. 19. * Heb. sin.
21 'For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
22 q His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his * sins.
23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
1 Against suretiship, 6 idleness, 12 and mischievousness. 16 Seven things hateful to God. 20 The blessings of obedience. 25 The mischiefs of whoredom.
1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou
art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, Or, so shall + and make sure thy friend. ihon prevail
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyefriend. lids.
5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard ; consider her ways, and be wise :
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 m How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard ? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep :
11 " So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
*12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers.
14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief conHeb. casteth tinually; he #soweth discord.
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
16 9 These six things doth the Lord hate : yea, seven
are an abomination & unto him : Heb. of his 17 || A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed || Heb. Haugk- innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
nch. xiii. 4. & XX. 4.
* Or, candle.
v. 3. & vii. 5. + Or, of the
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth A. C. 984. discord among brethren.
20 g My son, keep thy father's commandment, and p ch. i. 8.
22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee ; when thou
, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
23 ? For the commandment is a * lamp; and the law is ? Ps. xix. 8. & light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
24 'To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery rch. ii. 16. & t of the tongue of a strange woman.
25 'Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let strange her take thee with her eyelids.
s Matt. v. 28 26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread : and the adulteress will hunt for the Heb, the wo
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife ; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold ; he shall give all the substance of his house.
32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh & understanding : he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. Heb. heart.
33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his re-
34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will
35 | He will not regard any ransom ; neither will he rest w Heb. He will content, though thou givest many gifts.
man of a man, or, a man's wife.
not accept the face of any ransom,
1 Saluran persundeth to a sincere and find familiarity with wisdom. 6 In an ex-
I My son, keep my words, and lay up my command-
2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the
apple of thine eye.
t Deut. vi. 8. & xi. 18 ch. iii. 3.
u ch, v. 3.
Heh. the SONS.
+ Heb. in the evening of the day.
x ch. ix. 13
I Heb. she
A.C. 984. 3. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the
table of thine heart.
4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kiriswoman:
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
6 | For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among * the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house.
9 In the twilight, + in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
11 (* She is loud and stubborn : her feet abide not in her house :
12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and I with an her face, and impudent face said unto him,
14 g I have peace offerings with me; this day have I offerings are
payed my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. 16 I have decked my bed with
coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning : let us solace ourselves with loves.
19 For the good man is not at home, he is gone a long journey :
20 He hath taken a bag of money || with him, and will **01, the new come home at * the day appointed.
21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
22 He goeth after her + straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
23 Till a dart strike through his liver ; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
24 | Hearken unto me now therefore, Oye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
11 Heb. in his hand.
+ Heb. suddenly.
26 For she hath cast down many wounded : yea, many A. C. 984.
I The fame, 6 and evidency of wisdoma 10 The excellency, 12 the nature, 15
1 Doth not 'wisdom cry? and understanding put forth 2 ch. i. 20,
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the
* Heb. the
of my lips
15,&c. Ps. xix.
5 0 ye simple, understand wisdom : and, ye fools, be ye
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there abomination
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
îl • For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things a Job xxviii. that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with † prudence, and find out know-150 meter ledge of witty inventions.
13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am under-
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
18 • Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches b ch. iii. 16.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold ; and c ch iii. 14. my revenue than choice silver.
early shall find me.
* Or, walk.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment :
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth :
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the + Or, open + fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there : when Or, a circle. he set & a compass upon the face of the depth :
28 When he established the clouds above : when he
strengthened the fountains of the deep : d Gen. i. 9, 10. 29°When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters Job xxxviii. 10, 11. Ps. civ. should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the
foundations of the earth :
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him : and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children : for e Ps. cxix. !, e blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily
at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. || Hob, bring 35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall || obtain
favour of the LORD.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
2. & cxxviii.
* Heb, her killing
1 The discipline, 4 and doctrine of wisdom. 13 The custom, 16 and error of
folly. 1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars :
2 She hath killed * her beasts; she hath mingled her wine ; she hath also furnished her table.
3 She hath sent forth her maidens : she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither : as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,