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dle strife.

22 "The words of a tale-bearer are as
wounds, and they go down into the f inner-
most parts of the belly.

23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are
, like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

24 He that hateth, || dissembleth with his
lips, and layeth up deceit within him ;

25 "When he fspeaketh fair, believe him
not : for there are seven abominations in his

26 II Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his
wickedness shall be shewed before the whole

27 p Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall there-
in : and he that roUeth a stone, it will return
upon him.

28 A lying tongue hateth those that are
afflicted by it ; and a flattering mouth work-
eth ruin.

CHAP. xxvn.

I Observaticms of self-love, 5 of true love, 11 of care to

avoid offences, 23 and of tlie household care.

BOAST *not thyself of t to-morrow ; for
thou knowest not what a day may bring

2 •' Let another man praise thee, and not
thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine
own lips.

3 A stone is t heavy, and the sand weighty ;
but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

4 t Wrath is cruel, and anger is out-
rageous ; but •= who is able to stand before

II envy ?

5 <■ Open rebuke is better than secret love.

6 •'Faithful are the wounds of a friend ;
but the kisses of an enemy are \\ deceitful.

7 The full soulfloatheth an honey-comb ;
but ''to the hungry soul every bitter thing is

8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest,
so is a man that wandereth from his place.

9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart :
so doth the sweetness of a man's friend fby
hearty counsel.

10 Thine own friend, and thy father's
friend, forsake not; neither go into thy bro-
ther's house in the day of thy calamity : for
& better is a neighbour that is near, than a
brother far off.

11 ''My son, be wisis, and make my heart
glad, 'that I may answer him that reproach-
eth me.

12 ''A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and



about 700.

t Heb. with-
out wtiod,

I ch. 22. 10.

II Or,

t Hek

IS silent,
m ch. 15. 18.
& 29. 22.

n ch. 18. 8.

t Hob.

II Or,
is known.

o Pb. 38. 3.
Jer. 9. B.
t Heb.
Tnaketk his
voice gra-

II Or,
Hatred ts
covered in

p Pb. 7. 15,
16. &. 9. 15.
& 10. 2. &
ch. 28. 10.
Eocles. lO.a

a Luke 12.

19, 20.

.lam. 1. 13,


t Heb.



b ch. 25. 27.

t Heb.

t Heb.
Wrath \s
cruelty, and
avRcr an
c 1 John 3.
II Or,
oil. 6. .14.
d ch.28.23.
Gal. 2. 14.
o Pa. 141.5.
II Or,

earnest, or,
t Heb.
under foot.
f Job 6. 7.

t Heb. from
the counsel
of tlt£ soul.

B ch. 17, 17.

& 18. 34.
See ch. 19. 7.

h ch. 10. 1.
& 23. 15, 24.
i Ps. 127. 5.

k ch. 22. 3


about 700.

I See Exod.
22. 26.
ch. 20. 16.

m ch. 19.

n lCor.9.
7 13.

o ch. 30. 16.
Hab. 2. 5.
t Heb. not.

SEccles. 1.
. &0.7.
q ch. 17. 3.

r Isai. 1.5.
Jer. 5. 3.
ch. 23. 35.

t Heb. set
thy heart.
t Hob.
t Heb. to ge-
and generar

B Pa. 104.

t Heb. life.

a Lev. 26.
17, 36.
Pb. 53. 5.

!!°''' r
oy men of

ing and
they like-
wise be pro-
b Matt. 18.

I Heb.

c Ps. 10. 3.
& 49. 18.
Rom. 1. 32.
d 1 Kings
18. 18, 21.
Matt. 3. 7.
& 14. 4.
Enhes. 5. 11.
e Ps. 92. 6.
f .lohn 7. 17.
1 Cor. 2. 15.
1 John 2.
20, 27.

e ch. 19. 1.
ver. 18.

Of care to avoid offences.

hideth himself; hut the simple pass on, and
are punished.

13 ■ Take his garment that is surety for
a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a
strange woman.

14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud
voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be
counted a curse to him.

15 ""A continual dropping in a very rainy
day and a contentious woman are ahke.

16 Whosoever hideth her, hideth the wind,
and the ointment of his right hand which
bewrayeth itself. ~\

17 Iron sharpeneth iron ; so a man sharp-
eneth the countenance of his friend.

18 "Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat
the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his
master shall be honoured.

19 As in water face answereth to face, so
the heart of man to man.

20 "Hell and destruction are f never full;
so Pthe eyes of man are never satisfied.

21 q J.S the fining-pot for silver, and the
furnace for gold ; so is a man to his praise.

22 ^ Though thou shouldest bray a fool in
a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will
not his foolishness depart from him.

23 Be thou diligent to know the state of
thy flocks, and t look well to thy herds :

24 For t riches are not for ever : and doth
the crown endure t to every generation ?

25 °The hay appeareth, and the tender
grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the moun-
tains are gathered.

26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the
goats are the price of the field.

27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough
for thy food, for the food of thy household,
and /or the t maintenance for thy maidens.

CHAP, xxvin.

General observations of impiety and religious integrity.

THE "wicked flee when no man pursueth:
but the righteous are bold as a lion.

2 For the transgression of a land many are
the princes thereof: but || by a man of under-
standing and knowledge the state thereof
shall be prolonged.

3 >> A poor man that oppresseth the poor
is like a sweeping rain t which leaveth no

"4 'They that forsake the law praise the
wicked: "^but such as keep the law contend
with them.

5 «Evil men understand not judgment:
but f they that seek the Lord understand all

6 s Better is the poor that walketh in his
uprightness, than he that is perverse in his
ways, though he be rich.


Of impiety and religious integrity.

1 i" Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son:
but he that || is a companion of riotous men
shameth his father.

8 'He that by usury and f unjust gain in-
creaseth his substance, he shall gather it for
him that will pity the poor.

9 ''He that turneth away his ear from
hearing the law, 'even his prayer shall he

10 ™ Whoso causeth the righteous to go
astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself
into his own pit: "but the upright shall have
good things in possession.

-f- 11 The rich man is wise f in his own con-
ceit ; but the poor that hath understanding
searcheth him out.

12 "When righteous men do rejoice, there
is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a
man is || hidden.

13 pHe that covereth his sins shall not
prosper : but whoso confesseth and forsaketh
them shall have mercy.

14 Happy is the man ithat feareth always :
'but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall
into mischief.

15 ^^5 a roaring lion, and a ranging bear;
*so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

16 The prince that wanteth understanding
is also a great oppressor : but he that hateth
covetousness shall prolong his days.

17 "A man that doeth violence to the
blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let
no man stay him.

18 ^ Whoso walketh uprightly shall be
saved; but yhe that is perverse in his ways
shall fall at once.

19 ^He that tilleth his land shall have
plenty of bread : but he that followeth after
vain persons shall have poverty enough.

20 A faithful man shall abound with bless-
ings : ^but he that maketh haste to be rich
shall not be || innocent.

21 ''To have respect of persons is not
good : for, "for a piece of bread that man
will transgress.

22 II ''He that hasteth to be rich hath an
evil eye, and considereth not that poverty
shall come upon him.

23 « He that rebuketh a man, afterwards
shall find more favour than he that flattereth
with the tongue.

24 Whoso robbethhis father or his mother,
and saith, It is no transgression ; the same
^is the companion of fa destroyer.

25 sHe that is of a proud heart stirreth
up strife: ''but he that putteth his trust in
the Lord shall be made fat.

26 He that trusteth in his own heart is
a fool : but whoso walketh wisely, he shall
be delivered.



about 700.

h ch. 29. 3.


feedeth etui-


i Job 37. 10,





01/ increase.

k Zech. 7.


1 Ps. 66. la

& 109. 7.

ch. 15. a.

m cb. 26.

n Matt. 6.

t Heb.
tn Ms cues.

o ver. 28.
ch. 11. 10. S;
Ecclea. 10. 6.

II Or, ^
sought for,

p Pa. 32. 3,

l' John 1. 8,

q Vs. 16. S.
ch. 23. 17.
r Rom. 2. 5.
& 11. 20.

8 lPetS.a

t Exod. 1.
14, 16, 22.
Matt 2. 16.

n Gen. 9. 6.

X ch. 10. 9,


y ver. 6.

zch. 152.11.

a ch. 13. IL
U 20. 21. &

ver. 22.
lTira.6. 9.


b ch. 18. 5.

& 24.23.

c Ezek. 13.


It Or,


an soil eye

hasteth to be


A ver. 20.

o ch. 27. 5,

fch. 18. 9.
t Hob.
a man ae-
a ch. 13. 10.
h 1 Tim. U.


abont 7(10.

i Dent 15.
7, &o.
cL 19. 17.
&22. 9.
k ver. 12.
ch. 29. 2.
1 Job 24. 4.

t Hob.
A man of

re, ■

_ _ Sam. 2.


2 Chron. 36.


ch. 1. 24,—


b Esth. a.


ch. 11. 10. &

28. 12, 28.



c Eiith. 3.


d ch. 10. 1.

& 15. 20. &

27. 11.

e ch. 5. 9.

ID. Is. 6. 26.

& 28. 7.

Luke 15. 13,


tHcb. ^

a man of


r Job 29. 16.
& 31. 13.
Fi. 41. 1.

c ch. 11. 11.

Sor. ,

set a etty on

i Matt II.

t Heb.

Men of


fc Gen. 4. 5,


1 John 3. 12.

1 Judg. 16.


ch. 12. 16.

& 14. 33.

II Or,

the usurer,
m ch. 22. 2.
n Matt S.

o ch. 20. 28.
Sl 25. 5.
p Pb. 72. 2,
4, 13, 14.

q ver. 17.

r ch. 10. 1.
iL 17. 21, 25.

I Ps. 37. 36.
Ic 58. 10. &
91. 8. b, D2.

t ch. 13. 24.
& 19. 18. &
22. 1.5. & 23.
13, 14.
ver. 15.
u 1 Sam. 3.

Amoa 8. 11,

II Or,

ts made
X John 13.

!'• , „-
Jam. I. 2o.

Of public and private government.

27 'He that giveth unto the poor shall
not lack : but he that hideth his eyes shall
have many a curse.

28 ''When the wicked rise, 'men hide
themselves : but when they perish, the right-
eous increase.


1 Observations of public government, 15 and of private.
22 Of anger, pride, thievery, cowardice, and corruption.

t " TTE that, being often reproved, harden-
JLJL Gth Ai* neck, shall suddenly be de-
stroyed, and that without remedy.

2 '•When the righteous are || in authority,
the people rejoice: but when the wicked
beareth rule, "the people mourn.

3 ■' Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his
father: "but he that keepeth company with
harlots spendeth his substance.

4 The king by judgment establisheth the
land : but f he that receiveth gifts over-
throweth it.

5 A man that flattereth his neighbour
spreadeth a net for his feet.

6 In the transgression of an evil man there
is a snare : but the righteous doth sing and

7 '"The righteous considereth the cause
of the poor : but the wicked regardeth not
to know it.

8 s Scornful men || bring a city into a snare :
but wise men ^ turn away wrath.

9 If a, wise man contendeth with a foolish
man, ' whether he rage or laugh, there is no

10 t'^The blood-thirsty hate the upright:
but the just seek his soul.

11 A 'fool uttereth all his mind : but a
wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his ser-
vants are wicked.

13 The poor and || the deceitful man "meet
together: "the Lord lighteneth both their

14 "The king that p faithfully judgeth
the poor, his throne shall be established for

15 1 The rod and reproof give wisdom : but
'a child left to himself bringeth his mother
to shame.

16 When the wicked are multiplied, trans-
gression increaseth : ^but the righteous shall
see their fall.

17 t Correct thy son, and he shall give
thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto
thy soul. ,

18 "Where there is no vision, the people
[I perish : but -he that keepeth the law, happy

'' 19* A servant will not be corrected by

Agur's confession and prayer.

words : for though he understand he will not

20 Seest thou a man that is hasty || in his
words? y there is more hope of a fool than
of him.

21 He that delicately bringeth up his ser-
vant from a child shall have him become his
son at the length.

22 ^ A.n angry man stirreth up strife, and a
furious man aboundeth in transgression.

23 "^ A man's pride shall bring him low :
but honour shall uphold the humble in

'T 24 Whoso is partner with a thief, hateth
his own soul: •'he heareth cursing, and be-
wrayeth it not.

25 "The fear of man bringeth a snare : but
whoso putteth his trust in the Lord t shall
be safe.

26 "^Many seek t the ruler's favour; but
every man's judgment cometh from the Lord.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the
just ; and he that is upright in the way is
abomination to the wicked.


1 Agur's confession of his faith. 7 The two points of
his prayer. 10 The meanest are not to be wronged.
11 Four wicked generations. 15 Four things insatiable.
17 Parents are not to be despised. 18 Four things
hard to be knovm. 21 Four things intolerable. 24
Four things exceeding wise. 29 Four things stately.
32 Wrath is to be prevented.

THE words of Agur the son of Jakeh,
even °^the prophecy: the man spake
unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,

2 •'Surely I am more brutish than any
man, and have not the understanding of a

3 I neither learned wisdom, nor t have
the knowledge of the holy.

4 " Who hath ascended up into heaven,
or descended? "^who hath gathered the wind
in his fists ? who hath bound the waters in a
garment ? who hath established all the ends
of the earth ? what is his name, and what is
his son's name, if thou canst tell?

5 * Every word of God is f pure: ^he
is a shield unto them that put their trust in

6 e Add thou not unto his words, lest he
reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

7 Two things have I required of thee ;
t deny me them not before I die :

8 Remove far from me vanity and lies ;
give me neither poverty nor riches ; ^ feed
me with food f convenient for me :

9 'Lest I be full, and t deny thee, and
say. Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor,
and steal, and take the name of my God
in vain.






about 700.

11 Or, inhia

about 700.

T Heb.
Hurt not
with thy

T cb. 26. 12.


k Luke 18.


z ch. 15. 18.

& 26. 21.

1 Pa. 131. 1.

ch. 6. 17.

a Job 22. 29.


18. 12.
laai. 66. 2.

m Job 29.


Pb. 52. 2. &


en. 12. 18.

Dan. 4. 30,
31, &z.
Matt. 23.
Luke 14. 11.
& 18. 14.

n Ps. 14. 4.

Amoa 8. 4.

Acta 12. 23.

Jam. 4. 6,


1 Pet. 5. 5.

b Lev. 5. 1.

c Gen. 12.

12. & 20. 2,


t Heb.

shaU be set

t Heb.

on hiEh-

A See Ps.

o ch. 27. 20.

20. 9.

Hab. 2. 5.

cb. 19. 6.

t Heb.

the face of a


p Gen. 9.22.
Lev. 20. 9.

ch. 20. 20.

& 23. 22.

II Or,

tlte brook.

t Heb.


a (h. 31. 1.

b P8.73.22.


a ch. 19. 10.

c Jobn 3.


d Job 38. 4,


Pb. 104. 3,


Isai. 40. 12.

tHeb. ,

wise, made


e Pb. 12. 6.

& 18. 30. &

r ch. 6. 6,

19. 8. &. 119.





f Pa" 18. 30.

s Ps. 104.

& 84. 11. &


115. 9. 10,


B Deot. 4. 2.
& 12. 32.






wWiltold not





afmv allow-


i Deut. 8.

12, 14, 17. &

■il. 20. &. 32.

Neh. 9. 25,


Job 31. iy,

II Or,


35, 28.

Ho8. 13. 6.

t Heb.

t Heb.

eirt in the

belie thee.

Four things insatiable.

10 t Accuse not a servant unto hia
master, lest he curse thee, and thou be
found guilty.

11 There is a generation that curseth
their father, and doth not bless their mo-

12 There is a generation ^that are pure in
their own eyes, and yet is not washed from
their filthiness.

13 There is a generation, O how 'lofty
are their eyes ! and their eyelids are lifted up.

14 " There is a generation, whose teeth
are as swords, and their jaw-teeth as knives,
"to devour the poor from off the earth, and
the needy from among men. - r'

15 The horse-leech hath two daughters, i
crying, Give, give. There are three things
that are never satisfied, yea, four things say
not, t It is enough :

16 "The grave; and the barren womb;
the earth that is not filled with water ; and
the fire that saith not. It is enough.

17 " The eye that mocketh at his father,
and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens
of II the valley shall pick it out, and the
young eagles shall eat it.

18 There be three things which are too
wonderful for me, yea, four which I know

19 The way of an eagle in the air; the
way of a serpent upon a rock ; the way of
a ship in the t midst of the sea ; 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 wickedness.

21 For three things the earth is disquieted,
and for four which it cannot bear :

22 iFor a servant when he reigneth; and
a fool when he is filled with meat;

23 For an odious woman when she is mar-
ried ; and an handmaid that is heir to her

24 There be four things which are little
upon the earth, but they are t exceeding

25 'The ants are a people not strong, yet
they prepare 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 t by bands ;

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

29 IT There be three things which go weD,
yea, four are comely in gomg :

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

3i A II t greyhound; anhe-goat also ; and
a king, against whom there is no rising up.

LemueVs lesson of chastity.

32 If thou hast done fooHshly in lifting
up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, Hay
thine hand upon thy mouth.

33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth
forth butter, and the wringing of the nose
bringeth forth blood : so the forcing of wrath
bringeth forth strife.


1 Leviuel's lesson of chastity atid temperance. 6 The
afflicted are to be comforted and defended. 10 The
praise and properties of a good wife.

THE words of king Lemuel, " the pro-
phecy that his mother taught him.

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

4 °It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not
for kings to drink wine ; nor for princes
strong drink :

5 '"Lest they drink, and forget the law,
and t pervert the judgment t of any of the

6 s Give strong drink unto him that is
ready to perish, and wine to those that
be t of heavy hearts.

7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty,
and remember his misery no more.

8 "^Open thy mouth for the dumb 'm
the cause of all fsuch as are appointed to

9 Open thy mouth, ''judge righteously,
and 'plead the cause of the poor and needy.

10 H" 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 work-
eth willingly with her hands.


about 700.

t Job 21. 5.
& 40. 4.

Mic. 7. 10.

about 1015.
a ch. 30. 1.

b Isai. 49.

c ch. 5. 9.

d Deut. 17.


Neh. 13.26.


Hoa. 4. H.

e Ecolea. 10.


f Hos. 4. 11.

T Heb.


t Heb.

of alt the

sons of af-


e Pa. 104. 15.


bitter of


1 Sam. 1. 10.


Job 29. 15,


i 1 Sam. 19


Eslh. 4. 18.

t Heb.

the soTis of


k Lev. 19.


Deut. 1. 16.

1 Job 29. 12.

Isai. 1. 17i

Jer. 22. l6.

m ch. 12. 4

& IS. 22. Sl

19. 14.

about 1015.

n Rom. 12.


o Luke 13.


t Hob.

She IdsUlk.


Slu spread'


p Ephea. 4.

Hebr. 13.

II Or.

double gar-

q ch. 12. 4.

II Or,

have cotten

The properties of a virtuous woman.

14 She is like the merchants' ships ; she
bringeth her food from afar.

15 " She riseth also while it is yet night,
and ogiveth meat to her household, and a
portion to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and f buy eth
it : with the fruit of her hands she planteth
a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength,
and strength^eth her arms.

18 t She percciveth 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 t^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
household : for all her household are clothed
with II scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of ta-
pestry ; her clothing is silk and purple.

23 "iHer 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.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing ;
and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom ;
and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her
household, and eateth not the bread of idle^

28 Her children arise up, a:nd call her
blessed ; her husband also, and he praiseth

29 Many daughters || have done virtuously,
but thou excellest 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 j
and let her own works praise her in the





1 The Fresher sheweth that all human courses are vain ;
4 because the creatures are restless in their courses ;
9 they bring forth nothing new, and all old things are
forgotten, 12 aTid because he hath found it so in the
studies of wisdom.

about 977.

about 977.

a ver. 12.
ch. 7. 27. &
12. 8, 9. 10.
b Pa. 3d. 5.
6. & 62. 9.1c
144. 4.
ch. 12. 8.
c Rom. 8. SO.
d ch. 2. 22.
&3 9

THE words "of the Preacher, the son
of David, king in Jerusalem.

2 '•Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher,
vanity of vanities; "all «s vanity.

3 ^What profit hath a man of all his
labour which he taketh under the sun ?


The vanity of all


human courses.


4 One generation passeth away, and
another generation cometh : ^but the earth
abideth for ever.

5 ^The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth
down, and t hasteth to his place where he

6 sThe wind goeth toward the south, and
turneth about unto the north; it whirleth
about continually, and the wind returneth
again according to his circuits.

7 ''AH the rivers run into the sea ; yet the
sea is not full : unto the place from whence
the rivers come, thither they f return again.

8 All things are full of labour; man can-
not utter it : ' the eye is not satisfied with
seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

9 '' The thing that hath been, it is that
which shall be ; and that which is done is
that which shall be done : and there is no
new thing under the sun.

10 Is there any thing whereof it may be
said. See, this is new? it hath been already
of old time, which was before us.

11 There is no remembrance of former
things ; neither shall there be any remem-
brance of things that are to come with those
that snail come after.

12 IT 'I the Preacher was king over Israel
in Jerusalem.

13 And I gave my heart to seek and search
out by wisdom concerning all things that
are done under heaven : ™ this sore travail
hath God given to the sons of man ||to be

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