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and when thou givest alms, nor the hireling that bestoweth let not thine eye be envious; himself wholly for thee. neither turn thy face from 14 Let thy soul love a good any poor, and the face of God servant, and defraud him not of shall not be turned away from liberty. thee.

15 A furious man cannot be 4 If thou hast abundance, justified; for the sway of his give alms accordingly: if thou fury shall be his destruction. have but a little, be not afraid 16 A patient man will bear to give according to that little: for a time, and afterward joy

5 For thou layest up a good shall spring up unto him. treasure for thyself against the 17 He will hide his words day of necessity.

for a time, and the lips of many 6 Let not the wages of any shall declare his wisdom. man, which hath wrought for 18 And he that requiteth thee, tarry with thee, but give good turns is mindful of that him it out of hand: for if thou which may come hereafter; and serve God, he will also repay when he falleth, he shall find a thee: be circumspect, my son, stay. in all things thou doest, and be 19 Abstain from strife, and wise in all thy conversation. thou shalt diminish thy sins :

7 Do that to no man which for a furious man will kindle thou hatest: drink not wine to strife. make thee drunken: neither let 20 A sinful man disquietdrunkenness go with thee in thy eth friends, and maketh debate journey.

among them that be at peace. 8 Give of thy bread to the hungry, and of thy garments to

LESSON XXVIII. them that are naked.

9 Do right to the widow, KEEP thou the law and the comjudge for the fatherless, give to mandments, and shew thyself the poor, defend the orphan, merciful and just, that it may clothe the naked,

go well with thee. 10 Heal the broken and the 2 For the Lord is judge ; and weak, laugh not a lame man to with him is no respect of perscorn, defend the maimed, and let the blind man come into the 3 He will not accept any sight of my clearness.

person against a poor man, but 11 Be nut hasty in thy will hear the prayer of the optongue, and in thy deeds slack pressed. and remiss.

4 He will not despise the 12 Be not as a lion in thy supplication of the fatherless house, nor frantic among thy nor the widow, when she pourservants.

eth out her complaint. 13 Whereas thy servant work- 5 Do not the tears run down eth truly, entreat him not evil, the widow's cheeks? and is not


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cry against him that causeth find vengeance from the Lord; them to fall ?

and he will surely keep his sins 6 He that serveth the Lord in remembrance. shall be accepted with favour, 11 Forgive thy neighbour the and his prayer

shall reach unto hurt that he hath done uto the clouds.

thee, so shall thy sins also be 7 The prayer of the humble forgiven when thou prayest. pierceth the clouds : and till it 12 One man beareth hatred come nigh, he will not be com- against another; and doth he forted; and will not depart, till seek pardon from the Lord ? the Most High shall behold to 13 He sheweth no mercy to judge righteously, and execute a man, which is like himself; judgement.

and doth he ask forgiveness of 8 For the Lord will not be his own sins ? slack, neither will the Mighty 14 If he that is bat flesh be patient toward them, till he nourish hatred, who will entreat have'smitten in sunder the loins for pardon of his sins? of the unmerciful; till he have 15 Remember thy end, and taken away the multitude of let enmity cease ; remember the proud, and broken the scep- corruption and death, and abide tre of the unrighteous;

in the commandments. 9 Till he have rendered to 16 Remember the commandevery man according to his ments, and bear no malice to deeds, and to the works of men thy neighbour : remember the according to their devices; till covenant of the Highest, and he have judged the cause of his wink at ignorance. people, and made them to re- 17 Mercy is seasonable in joice in his mercy.

the time of affliction, as clouds 10 He that revengeth shall of rain in the time of drought.

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SECTION XV.-Moderation and Liberality.


4 Whereas he saith, I have

found rest, and now will eat Ser not thy heart upon thy continually of my goods; and goods; and say not, I have yet he knoweth not what time enough for my life.

shall come upon him, and that 2 Set not thine heart upon he must leave those things to goods unjustly gotten; for they others, and die. shall not profit thee in the day 5 Riches are not comely for of calamity.

a niggard : and what should T3 There is, that waxeth rich an envious man do with mo. by "his wariness and pinching, ney? and this is the portion of his re- 6 He that gathereth by deward :

frauding his own soul gathereth

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for others, that shall spend his 18 As a nail sticketh fast begoods riotously.

tween the joinings of the stones; 7 He that is evil to himself, so doth sin stick close between to whom will he be good ? he buying and selling. shall not take pleasure in his 19 Unless a man hold him. goods.

self diligently in the fear of the 8 There is none worse than Lord, his house shall soon be he that envieth himself; and overthrown. this is a recompence of his wickedness.

LESSON XXX. 9 And if he doeth good, he doeth it unwillingly; and at WATCHING for riches consumeth the last he will declare his the flesh, and the care thereof wickedness.

driveth away sleep. 10 The envious man hath a 2 Watching care will not let wicked eye ; he turneth away a man slumber, as a sore dishis face, and despiseth men. ease breaketh sleep.

11 A covetous man's eye is 3 Health and good estate of not satisfied with his portion; body are above all gold, and and the iniquity of the wicked a strong body above infinite drieth up his soul.

wealth. 12 A wicked envieth 4 There is no riches above his bread, and he is a niggard a sound body, and no joy above at his table.

the joy of the heart. 13 He counteth his life a pas- 5 He that loveth gold shall time, and his time here a market not be justified, and he that for gain : for, saith he, I must followeth corruption shall have be getting every way, though enough thereof. it be by evil means.

6 Gold hath been the ruin 14 There is not a more of many, and their destruction wicked thing than a covetous was present. man : for such an one setteth 7 It is a stumblingblock unto his own soul to sale.

them that sacrifice unto it, and 15 Because of unrighteous every fool shall be taken theredealings, injuries, and riches with. got by deceit, the kingdom is 8 Blessed is the rich that is translated from one people to found without blemish, and hath another.

not gone after gold. 16 A little with righteous- 9 Who is he? and we will ness is better than much with call him blessed : for wonderful unrighteousness. It is better to things hath he done among his give alms than to lay up gold.. people.

17 Many have sinned for a 10 Who hath been tried small matter; and he that seek- thereby, and found perfect ? eth for abundance will turn his then let him glory. Who might eyes away.

offend, and hath not offended ?


or done evil, and hath not done. 18 Yet have thou patience it?

with a man in poor estate, and 11 His goods shall be esta- delay not to shew him mercy. blished, and the congregation 19 Help the poor for the shall declare his alms.

commandment's sake, and turn ( 12 He that is merciful will him not away because of his lend unto his neighbour; and he poverty. that strengtheneth his hand 20 Lose thy money for thy keepeth the commandments, brother and thy friend, and leg

13 Lend to thy neighbour in it not rust under a stone, to be time of his need; and pay thou lost. thy neighbour again in due sea- 21 Lay up thy treasure ac

cording to the commandments 14 Keep thy word, and deal of the Most High, and it shall faithfully with him, and thou bring thee more profit than shalt always find the thing that gold. is necessary for thee.

22 Shut up alms in thy 15 Let not thine hand be storehouses; and it shall deliver stretched out to receive, and thee from all affliction. shut whenthou shouldest repay. 23 It shall fight for thee

16 Many, when a thing was against thine enemies better lent them, reckoned it to be than a mighty shield and strong found, and put them to trouble spear. that helped them.

24 Bountifulness is as a most 17 Many therefore have re- fruitful garden, and mercifulness fused to lend for other men's ill endureth for ever. dealing, fearing to be defrauded.

SECTION XVI.-Discretion.


so thou shalt be heard : and

bind up instruction, and then SPEAK, young man, if there be make answer. need of thee: and yet scarcely 5 If thou hast gathered nowhen thou art twice asked. thing in thy youth, how canst

2 Let thy speech be short, thou find any thing in thine comprehending much in few age? words; be as one that knoweth, 6 O how comely a thing is and yet holdeth his tongue. judgement for gray hairs, and

3 If, thou be among great for ancient men to know counmen, make not thyself equal sel! with them; and when ancient 7 O how comely is the wismen are in place, use not many dom of old men, and under words.

standing and counsel to men of 4 Prepare what to say, and honour!


8 Much" experience is the evil for it, and give not that crown of old men, and the fear unto it. of God is their glory:

22 For all things are not 9 A wise man instructeth profitable for all men, neither his people; and the fruits of hath every soul pleasure in his understanding fail not.

every thing. 10 The wisdom of a learned 23 And let the counsel of man cometh by opportunity of thine own heart stand : for leisure : and he that hath little there is no man more faithful business shall become wise. unto thee than it.

11 By speech wisdom shall 24 For a man's mind is some be known: and learning by the time wont to tell him more than word of the tongue.

seven watchmen, that sit above 12 He that can rule his in an high tower. tongue shall live without strife; 25 And above all this pray and he that hateth babbling to the Most High, that he will shall have less evil.

direct thy way in truth. 13 Rehearse not unto an- | 26 Let reason go before other that which is told unto every enterprise, and counsel thee, and thou shalt fare never before every action. the worse.

27 Do no evil, so shall no 14 The stroke of the whip harm come unto thee. maketh marks in the flesh : 28 Depart from the unjust, but the stroke of the tongue and iniquity shall turn away breaketh the bones.

from thee. | 15 My son, blemish not 29 The knowledge of wickthy good deeds, neither use un- edness is not wisdom, neither comfortable words when thou at any time the counsel of singivest any thing.

ners prudence. 16 Shall not the dew as- 30 All'iniquity is as a twosuage the heat ? so is a word edged sword, the wounds wherebetter than a gift.

of cannot be healed. 17 Lo, is not a word better 31 Let all things be perthan a gift? but both are with formed after the law of God a gracious man.

diligently unto the most high 18 A fool will upbraid churl. God. ishly, and a gift of the envious 32 Well is him that hath consumeth the eyes.

found prudence, and he that ( 19 Do nothing without ad- speaketh in the ears of them vice; and when thou hast once that will hear. done, repent not.

33 O how great is he that 20 Go not in a way where- findeth wisdom! yet is there in thou mayest fall, and stum- none above him that feareth the ble not among the stones. Lord.

21 My son, prove thy soul 34 But the love of the Lord in thy life, and see what is passeth all things for illumina

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