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will honour his father, and will and instead of sins it shall be do service unto his parents, as

added to build thee up. to his masters.

15 In the day of thine afflic8 Honour thy father and mo- tion it shall be remembered ; ther both in word and deed, that thy sins also shall melt away, as a blessing may come upon thee the ice in the fair warm weather. from them.

16 He that forsaketh his fa9 For the blessing of the fa. ther is as a blasphemer; and he ther establisheth the houses of that angereth his mother is children; bụt the curse of the cursed of God. mother rooteth out foundations. 17 An evil-nurtured son is

10 Glory not in the dishonour the dishonour of his father that of thy father; for thy father's begat him: and a foolish daugh

a dishonour is no glory unto thee. ter is born to his loss.

11 For the glory of a man is 18 Honour thy father with from the honour of his father ; thy whole heart, and forget not and a mother in dishonour is a the sorrows of thy mother. reproach to the children.

19 For how canst thou re12 My son, help thy father compense them the things that in his age, and grieve him not they have done for thee? as long as he liveth.

20 Despise not thy mother, 13 And if his understanding but honour her all the days of fail, have patience with him; thy life, and do that which shall and despise him not when thou please her, and grieve her not. art in thy full strength.

21 Remember, my son, that 14 For the relieving of thy she saw many dangers for thee, father shall not be forgotten : when thou wast in her womb.

Section XI.-Duty to Friends.



rable unto him : a new friend

is as new wine; when it is Change not a friend for any old, thou shalt drink it with good, by no means; neither a pleasure. faithful brother for the gold of 5 Sweet language will mulOphir.

tiply friends: and a fair-speak2 Forgo not a wise and good ing tongue will increase kind woman : for her grace is above greetings. gold.

6 Be in peace with many: 3 A silent and loving woman nevertheless have but one counis a gift of the Lord ; and there sellor of a thousand, is nothing so much worth as a 7 If thou wouldest get a mind well instructed.

friend, prove him first, and be 4 Forsake not an old friend; not hasty to credit him. for the new is not compa- 8 For some man is a friend


for his own occasion, and will many times it is a slander; and not abide in the day of thy believe not every tale. trouble.

21 There is one that slippeth '? 9 And there is a friend, who, in his speech, but not from his being turned to enmity and heart; and who is he that hath strife, will discover thyreproach. not offended with his tongue?

10 Again, some friend is a 22 Admonish thy neighbour companion at the table, and before thou threaten him; and will not continue in the day of not being angry, give place to thy affliction.

the law of the Most High. 11 But in thy prosperity he 23 Love thy friend, and be will be as thyself, and will be faithful unto him: hut if thou bold over thy servants.

bewrayest his secrets, follow no · 12 If thou be brought low,

more after him. he will be against thee, and will 24 For as a man hath de. hide himself from thy face. stroyed his enemy, so hast thou

13 Separate thyselffrom thine lost the love of thy neighbour. enemies, and take heed of thy 25 As one that letteth a bird friends.

go out of his hand, so hast thou ( 14 A faithful friend is a let thy neighbour go, and shalt strong defence : and he that not get him again. hath found such an one hath 26 Follow after him no more, found a treasure.

for he is too far off ; he is as a 15 Nothing doth countervail roe escaped out of the snare. a faithful friend, and his excel- 27 As for a wound, it may lency is invaluable.

be bound up; and after reviling 16 A faithful friend is the there may be reconcilement: medicine of life; and they that but he that bewrayeth secrets fear the Lord shall find him. is without hope.

17 Whoso feareth the Lord 28 Is it not a grief unto shall direct his friendshiparight: death, when a companion and for as he is, so shall his neigh- friend is turned to an enemy? bour be also.

29 Instead of a friend become 18 Admonish a friend, it may not an enemy; for thereby thou be he hath not done it; and if shalt inherit an ill name, shame, he have done it, that he do it and reproach.

30 Forget not thy friend in 19 Admonish thy friend, it thy mind, and be not unmindful may be he hath not said it; and of him in thy riches. if he have, that he speak it not 31 A friend cannot be known again.

in prosperity; and an enemy 20 Admonish a friend, for cannot be hidden in adversity.

no more.


Section XII.--Honesty and Veracity.

for the manifestation of his

wicked deeds. Love righteousness, ye that be 10 For the ear of jealousy judges of the earth : think of heareth all things : and the the Lord with a good heart, noise of murmurings is not and in simplicity of heart seek hid. him..

11 Therefore beware of murs 2 For he will be found of muring, which is unprofitable; them that tempt him not; and and refrain your tongue from sheweth himself unto such as backbiting : for there is no do not distrust him.

word so secret, that shall go 3 Froward thoughts sepa- for naught; and the mouth rate from God: and his power, that belieth slayeth the soul. when it is tried, reproveth the | 12 Distrust not the fear of unwise.

the Lord when thou art poor : 4 For into a malicious soul and come not unto him with a wisdom shall not enter, nor double heart. dwell in the body that is sub- 13 Be not an hypocrite in ject unto sin.

the sight of men, and take good 5 For the holy spirit of disci.. heed what thou speakest. pline will flee deceit, and re- 14 Exalt not thyself, lest move from thoughts that are thou fall, and bring dishonour without understanding; and will upon thy soul; and so God disnot abide when unrighteousness cover thy secrets, and cast thee cometh in.

down in the midst of the con6 For wisdom is a loving gregation, because thou camest spirit, and will not acquit a not in truth to the fear of the blasphemer of his words : for Lord, but thy heart is full of God is witness of his reins, and deceit. a true beholder of his heart, and 15 Devise not a lie against a hearer of his tongue.

thy brother; neither do the like 7 For the Spirit of the Lord to thy friend. filleth the world: and that which 16 Use not to make any containeth all things hath know- manner of lie; for the custom ledge of the voice.

thereof is not good. 8 Therefore he that speaketh 17 A lie is a foul blot in a unrighteous things cannot be man, yet it is continually in the hid: neither shall vengeance, mouth of the untaught. when it punisheth, pass by him. 18 A thief is better than a

9 For inquisition shall be man that is accustomed to lie : made into the counsels of the but they both shall have deungodly: and the sound of his struction to heritage. words shall come unto the Lord 19 The disposition of a liar


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is dishonourable, and his shame is a shame which is glory and is ever with him.

grace. 20 Be not called a whisper- 25 Accept no person against er, and lie not in wait with thy thy soul, and let not the revetongue : for a foul shame is up- rence of any man cause thee to on the thief, and an evil con- fall. demnation


the double 26 And refrain not to speak, tongue.

when there is occasion to do 21 In no wise speak against good, and hide not thy wisdom the truth; but be abashed of in her beauty. the error of thine ignorance. 27 Winnow not with

every 22 Be not ashamed to con- wind, and go not into every fess thy sins; and force not the way: for so doth the sinner course of the river.

that hath a double tongue. 23 Observe the opportunity, 28 Be steadfast in thy underand beware of evil; and be not standing; and let thy word be ashamed when it concerneth thy the same. soul.

29 Strive for the truth unto 24 For there is a shame death, and the Lord shall fight that bringeth sin; and there for thee.

Section XIII.-Humility.
LESSON XXVI. away, and destroyed them, and

hath made their memorial to It is meet to be subject unto cease from the earth. God, and that a man that is 7 Pride was not made for mortal should not proudly think men, nor furious anger

for them of himself, as if he were God. that are born of a woman : why

2 The beginning of pride is is earth and ashes proud ? when one departeth from God, 8 Pride is hateful before God and his heart is turned away and man: and by both doth one from his Maker.

commit iniquity. 3 For pride is the beginning T 9 My son, go on with thy of sin, and he that hath it shall business in meekness; so shalt pour out abomination.

thou be beloved of him that is 4 The Lord hath cast down approved. the thrones of proud princes, 10 The greater thou art, the and set up the meek in their more humble thyself, and thou stead.

shalt find favour before the Lord. 5 The Lord hath plucked up 11 Follow not thine own the roots of the proud nations, mind and thy strength, to walk and planted the lowly in their in the ways of thy heart: place.

12 And say not, Who shall 6 He took some of them control me for my works ? for

the Lord will surely chastise 22 In the punishment of the thy pride.

proud there is no remedy; for 13 For the power of the Lord the plant of wickedness hath is great, and he is honoured of taken root in him. the lowly.

23 Mockery and reproach 14 Extol not thyself in the are from the proud; but vencounsel of thine own heart, but geance, as a lion, shall lie in humble thy soul greatly.

wait for them, 15 Seek not out the things 24 Seek not of the Lord prethat are too hard for thee; nei- eminence; neither of the king ther search the things that are the seat of honour. above thy strength.

25 Justify not thyself before 16 But what is commanded the Lord; and boast not of thy thee, think thereon with reve- wisdom before the king. rence;

for it is not needful for 26 Seek not to be judge, thee to see with thine eyes the being not able to take away things that are secret,

iniquity ; lest at any time thou 17 Ask counsel of all that fear the person of the mighty, are wise, and despise not any and lay a stumbling block in counsel that is profitable. the way of thy uprightness.

18 For many are deceived 27 Offend not against the by their own vain opinion; and multitude of a city, and then an evil suspicion hath over- thou shalt not cast thyself down thrown their judgement. among the people. 19 Without eyes thou shalt

28 Bind not one sin upon want light : profess not the another; for in one thou shalt knowledge therefore that thou not be unpunished. hast not.

29 Say not, God will look 20 A stubborn heart shall fare upon the multitude of my

obevilat the last; and he that loveth lations, and when I offer to the danger shall perish therein. most high God, he will accept it.

21 An obstinate heart shall 30 O Lord, Father and God be laden with sorrows; and the of my life, give me not a proud wicked man shall heap sin up- look, but turn away from thy on sin.

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righteousness. My son, be mindful of the Lord 2 For if thou deal truly, thy our God all thy days, and let doings shall prosperously sucnot thy will be set to sin, or to ceed to thee, and to all them transgress his commandments: that live justly. do uprightly all thy life long, 3 Give alms of thy substance;

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