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And nobles, even all the judges of the Female Excellence. earth.
Who can find a virtuous woman? I love them that love me;
For her price is far above rubies. And those that seek me early shall The heart of her husband doth safely find me.
trust in her, Riches and honor are with me; so that he shall have no need of Yea, durable riches and righteousness. spoil. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than She will do him good and not evil fine gold;
All the days of her life. And my revenue than choice silver. She seeketh wool, and flax, I lead in the way of righteousness, And worketh willingly with her hands. In the midst of the paths of judgment, She is like the merchants' ships; That I may cause those that love me She bringeth her food from afar. to inherit substance;
She riseth also while it is yet night, And I will fill their treasures.
And giveth meat to her household,
And a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: Surely I am more brutish than any With the fruit of her hand she plantman,
eth a vineyard. And have not the understanding of a She girdeth her loins with strength, man.
And strengtheneth her arms. I neither learned wisdom,
She perceiveth that her merchandise Nor have the knowledge of the holy is good: Who hath ascended up into heaven, Her candle goeth not out by night. or descended ?
She layeth her hands to the spindle, Who hath gathered the wind in his And her hands hold the distaff. fists?
She stretcheth out her hand to the Who hath bound the waters in a gar- poor; ment?
Yea, she reacheth forth her hand to Who hath established all the ends of the needy. the earth?
She is not afraid of the snow for her What is his name, and what is his household: son's name,
For all her household are clothed with If thou canst tell ?
scarlet. Every word of God is pure :
She maketh herself coverings of taHe is a shield unto them that put their pestry ; trust in him. .
Her clothing is silk and purple. Add thou not unto his words, Her husband is known in the gates, Lest he reprove thee, and thou be When he sitteth among the elders of found a liar.
i the land. Two things have I required of thee; She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; Deny'me them not before I die: And deliveret girdles umto the merRemove far from me vanity and lies: chant. Give me neither poverty nor riches; Strength and honor are her clothing ; Feed me with food convenient for me: And she shall rejoice in time to come. Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, She openeth her mouth with wisWho is the Lord ?
dom; Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take And in her tongue is the law of kindShe looketh well to the ways of her| But the simple pass on, and are household,
punished. And eateth not the bread of idleness. By humility and the fear of the Lord Her children arise up, and call her Are riches, and honor, and life. blessed;
Thorns and snares are in the way of Her husband also, and he praiseth the froward : her.
He that doth keep his soul shall be • Many daughters have done virtu- far from them. ously,
Train up a child in the way he should But thou excellest them all.?
go: Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain : And when he is old, he will not depart But a woman that feareth the Lord, from it. she shall be praised.
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a Give her of the fruit of her hands; I child: And let her own works praise her in But the rod of correction shall drive it the gates.
far from him.
Withhold not correction from the child: My beloved spake, and said unto me,
For if thou beatest him with the rod,
he shall not dio. Rise · up, my love, my fair one, and the
Thou shalt beat him with the rod, como away.
And shalt deliver his soul from hell. For, lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone ;
My son, if thine heart be wise, The flowers appear on the earth;
My heart shall rejoice, oven mine. The time of tho singing of birds is When thy lips speak right things.
JYea, my reins shall rejoico, come,
Let not thine heart envy sinners: And the voice of the turtle is hoard inli
turtie 18 heara in But be thou in the fear of the Lord our land; The fig-tree putteth forth her green For
all the day long :
8100|For surely there is an end.; figs, And the vines with the tender grape/And thine expectation shall not be
der grape cut off. give a good smell.
Make no friendship with an angry i Arise, my love, my fair one, and “.
man; come away.
|And with a furious man thou shalt Miscellaneous Proverbs.
not go :
Lest thou learn his ways, Many waters cannot quench love, And get a snare to thy soul. Neither can the floods drown it: Be not thou one of them that strike If a man would give all the substance hands, of his house for love,
Or of them that are sureties for debts. It would utterly be contemned. If thou hast nothing to pay, A good name is rather be chosen Why should he take away thy bed than great riches,
from under thee? And loving favor rather than silver Remove not the ancient landmark, and gold.
Which thy fathers have set. The rich and poor meet together : Seest thou a man diligent in his busiThe Lord is the maker of them all. I ness? A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and Ho shall stand before kings;
Oh that my grief were thoroughly My brethren have dealt deceitfully as weighed,
a brook, And my calamity laid in the balances And as the stream of brooks they together!
pass away ; For now it would be heavier than the Which aró blackish by reason of the sand of the sea :
ice, Therefore my words are swallowed up. And wherein the snow is hid : For the arrows of the Almighty are What time they wax warm, they within me,
vanish : The poison whereof drinketh up my When it is hot, they are consumed out spirit :
of their place. The terrors of God do set themselves The paths of their way are turned in array against me.
L asido; Doth the wild ass bray when he hath They go to nothing, and perish. grass ?
The troops of Tema looked, Or loweth the ox over his fodder? The companies of Sheba waited for Can that which is unsavoury be eaten them. without salt ?
They were confounded because they Or is there any taste in the white of had hoped ; an egg?
They came thither,and were ashamed. The things that my soul refused to For now ye are nothing; touch
Yo see my casting down, and are Are as my sorrowful meat.
afraid. O that I might havo my request; Did I say, Bring unto me? And that God would grant me the Or, Give a reward for me of your thing that I long for!
substance ? Even that it would please God to de- Or, Deliver me from the enemy's stroy me;
hand ? That he would let loose his hand, and Or, Redeem me from the hand of the cut me off!
mighty? Then should I yet have comfort; Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: Yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: And cause me to understand wherein Let him not spare ; for I have not con- I have erred.
cealed the words of the Holy One. How forcible are right words ! What is my strength, that I should But what doth your arguing reprove ? hope?
Do ye imagine to reprove words, And what is mine end, that I should And the s hes of one that is desprolong my life?
perate, Is my strength the strength of stones ? Which are as wind ? Or is my flesh of brass ?
Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, Is not my help in me?
And ye dig a pit for your friend. And is wisdom driven quite from me ? Now therefore be content, look upon To him that is afflicted, pity should be me;
showed from his friend; For it is evident unto you if I lie. But he forsaketh the fear of the Al-Return, I pray you, let it not be iniYea, return again, my righteousness When I say, My bed shall comfort is in it.
me, Is there iniquity in my tongue ? My couch shall ease my complaint ; Cannot my taste discern perverse Then thou scarest me with droams, things?
And terrifiest me through visions :
So that my soul chooseth strangling, Is there not an appointed time to man And death rather than my life. upon earth ?
I loath it; I would not live alway: Are not his days also like the days of Let me alone; for my days are vanity. an hireling?
What is man, that thou shouldest As a servant earnestly desireth the magnify him? shadow,
And that thou shouldest set thine And as an hireling looketh for the heart upon him? reward of his work;
And that thou shouldest visit him So am I made to possess months of every morning, vanity,
(And try him every moment ? And wearisome nights are appointed How long wilt thou not depart from to me.
me, When I lie down, I say, When shall Nor let me alone till I swallow down
I arise, and the night be gone ? my spittle ? And I am full of tossings to and fro I have sinned: what shall I do unto
unto the dawning of the day. I thee, My flesh is clothed with worms and O thou Preserver of men ? why hast clods of dust;
thou set me as a mark against My skin is broken, and becomes thee, loathsome.
So that I am a burden to myself? My days are swifter than a weaver's And why dost thou not pardon my shuttle,
transgression, And are spent without hope. And take away mine iniquity ? O remember that my life is wind: For now shall I sleep in the dust; Mine eyes shall no more seo good. And thou shalt seek me in the mornThe eye of him that hath seen mel ing, but I shall not be.
shall see me no moro: Thine eyes are upon me, and I am not. Then Job answered and said, As the cloud is consumed and van- I know it is so of a truth : isheth away:
But how should a man be just with God? So he that goeth down to the grave If he will contend with him,
shall come up no more. He cannot answer him one of a He shall return no more to his house, thousand. Neither shall his place knew him any He is wise in heart, and mighty in
I strength: Therofore I will not refrain my Who hath hardened himself against mouth;
I him, and hath prospered ? I will speak in the anguish of my Which removeth the mountains, and spirit;
1 they know not: I will complain in tho bitterness of Which overturneth them in his anger. my soul.
Which shaketh the earth out of her Am I 'a sea, or a whale, that thou place,
Which commandeth the sun, and it|For he knoweth vain men: riseth not;
He seeth wickedness also; And sealeth up the stars.
Will he not then consider it? Which alone spreadeth out the hea- For vain man would be wise, vens,
Though man be born like a wild And treadeth upon the waves of the ass's colt. soa.
If thou prepare thine heart, Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, And stretch out thine hands towards And Pleiaves, and the chambers of him; the south.
If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far Which doeth great things past finding away, out;
And let not wickedness dwell in thy Yea, and wonders without number. I tabernacles. Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him For then shalt thou lift up thy face not:
without spot; He passeth on also, but I perceive Yea, thou shalt bé stedfast, and shalt him not.
not fear: Behold, he taketh away, who can Because thou shalt forget thy misery, hinder him?
And remember it as waters that pass Who will say unto him, What doest away: thou?
And thine age shall be clearer than If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: the noon-day; And if of judgment, who shall set me Thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be a time to plead ?
as the morning. If I justify myself, mine own mouth And thou shalt be secure, because shall condemn me :
there is hope; If I say, I am perfect, it shall also Yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and · prove me perverse.
thou shalt take thy rest in safety. Now my days are swifter than a Also thou shalt lie down, and none
shall make thee afraid; They flee away, they see no good. Yea, many shall make suit unto thee. They are passed away as the swift But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, ships:
And they shall not escape, As the eagle that hasteth to the prey. And their hope shall be as the giving
up of the ghost. Canst thou by searching find out God?
Man that is born of a woman Canst thou find out the Almighty Is of few days, and full of trouble. unto perfection ?.
He cometh forth like a flower, and is It is as high as heaven; what canst cut down: thou do?
He fleeth also as a shadow, and Deeper than hell; what canst thou continueth not. know?
And dost thou open thine eyes upon The measure thereof is longer than such a one, the earth,
And bringest me into judgment with And broader than the sea.
thee? If he cut off, and shut up, or gather Who can bring a clean thing out of together,
an unclean ? not one.