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Benefits conferred by Wisdom.
Mr son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck; writes them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good Sunderstanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, * marrow to thy bones.
O medicine. sub-1 Ch. 29. 1.
9 Honour the LORD with thy stance, and with the firstfruits m of all thine increase:
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10 Son shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction :
12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth, even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
13 Happyr is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding:
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand richest and honour.
a Ps. 25. 14. Is. 51. 7.
Je. 31. 33. c De.30.16,20. 1 Ti. 4. 8.
22 So shall they be life unto thy and grace to thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
24 When thou liest down thou shalt not be afraid; yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleepd shall be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
8 years of. d Zec. 5. 4. e Job 8. 6, 7.
f2 Co. 3. 3. Da. 12. 3. Sor, success.
n exalteth the fools.
h Je. 10. 23. Ro. 12. 16.
De. 32. 2.
vor, prepared. Ge. 7. 11. Job 36. 27. a Ps. 84. 7. dis-John 12.35.
26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power. 19. 13.
of thine hand to do it.
ness of lips.
Ro. 13. 7.
32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secreta is with the righteous.
33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked; but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
34 Surely he scorneth the scorners; but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
35 The wise shall inherit glory; but shame 7 shall be the promotion of fools. CHAPTER IV.
HEAR, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my father's son, tender* and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words; keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding; forget it not: neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing: therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go,or, all thy and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
ways shall be ordered aright.
29 x Devise not evil against thy neigh-xor, Pracbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
tise no evil. chap. 25. 8. a man of violence.
31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day..
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness; they know not at what they stumble.
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings:
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart:
Cautions against sensuality.
and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
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4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two edged sword.
5 Here feet go down to death, her steps take hold on hell.
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7 Hear me now, therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. 8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house;"
9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy Swealth, and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
w De. 11. 18..
* Mat. 5. 28.
b Ca. 2. 9.
c chap. 29. 3. λwoman of a
man, or, a
17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
18 Let thy fountain be blessed; and rejoice with the wife" of thy youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times, and be thou ravished always with her love.
20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
22 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;
μ err thou
32 But whoso committeth adultery with woman lacketh understanding: he 32. 19. that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
Ho. 7. 2.
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
He. 4. 13.
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thy-chap. 11.15.
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, slumber to thine eyelids.
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 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:
The seven abominations.
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 continually; he soweth discord.g
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
16 These six things doth the LORD hate; yea, seven are an abomination y unto him: 17&A proud look,' a lying tongue, and hands" that shed innocent blood,
i He. 13. 4.
Is. 55. 3.
chap. 6. 21.
De. 6. 8.
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet" that be swift in running to mischief,
19 Ar false witness that speaketh lies, and hes that soweth discord among brethren.
20 My son, keep" thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids:
26 Fore by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread; and the Aadulteress will hunt for the precious life.
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.
33 A wound and dishonour shall he get, and his reproach shall not be wiped away. 34 For jealousyk is the rage of a man therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will not Pregard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
My son, keep my words, and lay up
my commandments with thee.
2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple" of thine eye.
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 kinswoman:
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
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil ofheart. 11 (She is loud and stubborn; 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 with an impudent face said unto him, 14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I paid my vows:
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face; and I have found thee.
aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning; let us solace ourselves with loves:
19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
2 Ti. 2. 19.
y evening of
e Da. 2. 21.
f chap. 9. 13.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, she strength-ginning of his way, before his works of old.
k Is. 45. 19.
22 The LORD possessed me in the be
face, and 23 I was set up from everlasting, from
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 fields, nor the "highest part of the dust of the world.
21 With her much fair speech! she caused him to yield, with the flattering" of her? Is. 53. 8. lips she forced him.
0 in his hand.
A or, open
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths;
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors;
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
Ps. 97. 10.
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 know-μor, chief. eth not that it is for his life. q chap. 5. 3. OPs. 12. 2. of
24 Hearken unto me now, therefore, ye children, and attend to the words my mouth.
8 He. 1. 2. vor, circle. suddenly. t Ec. 9. 12.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths:
26 For she hath cast down many wounded; yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
Je. 5. 22.
27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. CHAPTER VIII.
DOTH y not wisdom cry? and under
standing put forth her voice?
5 Oa ye simple, understand wisdom, and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
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. 11 For' wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are" not to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with x prudence, and
The invitation of Wisdom. find out knowledge 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 understanding; I haved strength.
g Ps. 12. 6.
h Ro. 10. 15.
i Mi. 2. 7.
15 By mee kings reign, and princes decree justice.
k chap. 23.23.
" Phi. 3. 8, 9.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. 18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. 19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
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.
is the man that heareth p bring forth.me, watching daily at my gates, waiting a Is. 55. 1..3. at the posts of my doors.
61 Co. 1. 27. 35 For whoso findeth me findeth life,
e John 17. 17.
ƒ Mat. 22. 3,
PROVERBS, XI. The righteous exclusively happy.
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a Ec. 5. 2, 3.
20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. 21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of B wisdom.
Praise of industry and justice.
7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame; and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The feare of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
13 A foolish woman is clamorous; is simple, and knoweth nothing.
14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 To call passengers who go right on their ways:
16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
Stolen waters are sweet, and bread & eaten in secret is pleasant.
THE proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
d Ge. 24. 35.
chap. 1. 7.
Job 28. 28.
28 The hope of the righteous shall be 23.15,16. gladness: but the expectation of the 29.3,15. wicked shall perish. p Lu. 12.19..
18 But he knoweth not that the dead
29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be are there; and that her guests are in the c.12.9.11. to the workers of iniquity. depths of hell.
Tit. 2. 8.
30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. 31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
& Ps. 37. 25.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh $frowardness. CHAPTER XI.
of deceit. t De.25.13..16 the righteous to famish: but he castethor, wicked away the substance of the wicked.
3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of
their wickedness. perfect
A FALSE balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
4 He" becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: butw the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
u chap. 11.24.
2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: buta violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall v fall.
9 Hed that walketh uprightly walketh surely but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
n 2. 18.
chap. 13. 6.
y Eze. 7. 19.
Zep. 1. 18.
22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich; and he addeth no sorrow with it.
23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. 24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
27 The fear of the LORD Y prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall
z Ge. 7. 1.
a Es. 7. 8.
10 Hee that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow; but a prating fool shall fall.
11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
i chap. 26.3.
12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
Mat. 12. 35.
13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of "understanding. 14 Wise men lay up' knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
Ec. 7. 12.
16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
17 Hen is in the way of life that keep-ch. 1. 25, 30. eth instruction: but he that refuseth reprooferreth.
18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips,
4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. 5 The righteousness of the perfect shall A direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish; and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
15 He that is surety for a stranger shall
27 He that diligently seeketh good cureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
28 He" that trusteth in his riches shall fall but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
of the wicked is in the transgression of lips. 2 Pe. 2. 9. Ho. 10. 12.
23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked chap. 3.7.
Ga. 6. 8, 9. Ja. 3. 18. g Is. 3. 10, 11.
i Ps. 11. 7. n in that day. Is. 27.4. e departeth from.
ẞ be sore
y those that
chap. 6. 1.
a Jon. 2. 8.
2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
3_A_man_shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
4 A virtuouse woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
Sor, fortress. d Mat. 5. 7. Hab.1.15,16
pro-kor, soul of blessing.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
25. 34, &c.
8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
11 He that tilleth his land shall be sa
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner. CHAPTER XII.
WHOSO loveth instruction loveth verse 13. knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
Ps. 57. 4. m Ro. 2. 8, 9. He. 10. 27. 2 Co. 9. 6.
01 Pe. 3. 13.
p Is. 32. 8. q ch. 6. 16, 17. Re. 22. 15.
r chap. 15.2. Job 29. 13. Ec.10.12..14 t Ec. 10. 3. u Mar. 10. 24.
1 Ti. 6. 9.
x Mat. 4. 19.
a Ps. 75. 8.
b Ja. 3. 2, &c.
el Sa. 25.33.
1 Co. 11. 7. Ps. 119.163. g chap.11.5,6. T sin.
6 The words of the wicked are to lie in
wait for blood: but the mouth of the up-Mat. 7.24.. right shall deliver them.
27. i verse 11.
7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
Ec. 11. 1, 2.
A or, deceit
Excellency of truth. |tisfied with bread: buta he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: bute the just shall come out of trouble.
14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth; and the reCompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death. CHAPTER XIII. A WISE son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but a the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
throweth the sinner. 6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness over
7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
8 The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the oor heareth not rebuke.
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but' the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. 10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
11 Wealthm gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth labour" shall increase.
by 12 Hope deferred maketh the heart