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28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great

men.

CHAP. XVIII. TAROUGH desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

9 He also that is slothful in his work brother to him that is a great waster.

10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

14 The spirit of a man will sustain

17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

CHAP. XIX. BETTER is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

4 Wealth maketh many friends;

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16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will be pay him again.

18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying

cease from strife : but every fool will be meddling.

4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness : but a faithful man who can find ?

7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil

with his eyes.

9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin ?

10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.

11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.

24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.

: 27 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.

30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

CHAP. XXI.

The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes : but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

3 To do justice and judgment is

more acceptable to the LORD than 18 The wicked shall be a ransom sacrifice.

for the righteous, and the trans4 An high look, and a proud gressor for the upright. heart, and the plowing of the wick- 19 It is better to dwell in the wiled, is sin.

derness, than with a contentious and 5 The thoughts of the diligent

an angry

woman. tend only to plenteousness; but of 20 There is treasure to be desired every one that is hasty only to want. and oil in the dwelling of the wise;

6 The getting of treasures by a but a foolish man spendeth it up. lying tongue is a vanity tossed to 21 He that followeth after rightand fro of them that seek death.

eousness and mercy findeth life, 7 The robbery of the wicked shall righteousness, and honour. destroy them; because they refuse 22 A wise man scaleth the city of to do judgment.

the mighty, and casteth down the 8 The way of man is froward and strength of the confidence thereof. strange: but as for the pure, his 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth work is right.

and his tongue keepeth his soul 9 It is better to dwell in a corner from troubles. of the housetop, than with a brawl- 24 Proud and haughty scorner is ing woman in a wide house.

his name, who dealeth in proud 10 The soul of the wicked desir- wrath. eth evil: his neighbour findeth no 25 The desire of the slothful killeth favour in his eyes.

him; for his hands refuse to labour. 11 When the scorner is punished, 26 He coveteth greedily all the the simple is made wise: and when day long: but the righteous giveth the wise is instructed, he receiveth and spareth not. knowledge.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is 12 The righteous man wisely con- abomination: how much more, when sidereth the house of the wicked : he bringeth it with a wicked mind? but God overthroweth the wicked 28 A false witness shall perish : for their wickedness.

but the man that heareth speaketh 13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at constantly. the cry of the poor, he also shall 29 A wicked man hardeneth his cry himself, but shall not be heard. face: but as for the upright, he di14 A gift in secret pacifieth an

recteth his way. ger: and a reward in the bosom 30 There is no wisdom nor under

standing nor counsel against the 15 It is joy to the just to do judg

LORD. ment: but destruction shall be to the 31 The horse is prepared against workers of iniquity.

the day of battle: but safety is of 16 The man that wandereth out the LORD. of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the

CHAP. XXII. dead. 17 He that loveth pleasure shall

A Good name is rather to be chosen be a poor man: he that loveth wine than great riches, and loving favour and oil shall not be rich.

rather than silver and gold.

strong wrath.

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