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: 8 He that trusteth in his the instruction of wisdom: and own heart is a fool: but whoso before honour is humility. walketh wisely, he shall be de- 16 Better it is to be of an livered.

humble spirit with the lowly, 9 Before destruction the heart than to divide the spoil with of man is haughty, and before the proud. honour is humility:

17 The Lord will cause the 10 A man's pride shall bring arrogancy of the proud to cease, him low : but honour shall up- and will lay low the haughtihold the humble in spirit. ness of the terrible.

(11 Let another man praise 18 And the most proud shall thee, and not thine own mouth; a stumble and fall, and none shall stranger, and not thine own lips. raise him up.

12 It is not good to eat much 19 Though the Lord be high, honey: so for men to search their yet hath he respect unto the own glory, is not glory. lowly: but the proud he know

13 Seest thou a man wise in eth afar off. his own conceit? there is more 20 Surely he scorneth the hope of a fool than of him, scorners : but he giveth grace

14 By humility and fear of unto the lowly. the Lord are riches and honour 21 Be not wise in thine own and life.

eyes: fear the Lord, and depart 15 The fear of the Lord is from evil.


Section VIII.-Industry.



and make it fit for thyself in

the field ; and afterwards build I WENT by the field of the thine house. slothful; and by the vineyard 6 He that tilleth his land of the man void of understand- shall be satisfied with bread : ing;

but he that followeth vain per2 And lo, it was all grown sons is void of understanding. over with thorns, and nettles 7 He that loveth pleasure had covered the face thereof, shall be a poor man: he that and the stone-wall thereof was loveth wine and oil shall not be broken down.

rich. 3 Then I saw, and consider- 8 The thoughts of the dilied it well : I looked upon it, gent tend only to plenteousness; and received instruction. but of every one that is hasty,

T4 Love not sleep, lest thou only to want. come to poverty; open thine 9 He becometh poor that deal. eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied eth with a slack hand : but the with bread.

hand of the diligent maketh rich, 5 Prepare thy work without, 10 He that gathereth in sum



mer is a wise son : but he that his work is brother to him that sleepeth in harvest is a son that is a great waster. causeth shame.

24 Slothfulness casteth into 11 He that tilleth his land

a deep sleep ; and an idle soul shall have plenty of bread: but shall suffer hunger. he that followeth after vain per- T 25 Go to the ant, thou sons shall have poverty enough. sluggard; consider her ways,

12 The desire of the sloth and be wise : ful killeth him ; for his hands 26 Which having no guide, refuse to labour.

overseer, or ruler, 13 He coveteth greedily all 27 Provideth her meat in the the day long: but the righteous summer, and gathereth her food giveth, and spareth not.

in the harvest. 14 The soul of the sluggard 28 How long wilt thou sleep, desireth, and hath nothing: but Osluggard ? when wilt thou the soul of the diligent shall be rise out of thy sleep? made fat.

29 Yet a little sleep, a little T 15 The slothful man saith, slumber, a little folding of the There is a lion in the way; a hands to sleep : lion is in the streets.

30 So shall thy poverty come 16 As the door turneth upon as one that travaileth, and thy his hinges, so doth the slothful want as an armed man.

31 Be thou diligent to 17 The slothful hideth his know the state of thy flocks, hand in his bosom; it grieveth and look well to thy herds: him to bring it again to his 32. For riches are not for ever: mouth.

and doth the crown endure to 18 As vinegar to the teeth, every generation ? and as smoke to the eyes, so is 33 The hay appeareth, and the sluggard to them that send the tender grass sheweth itself, him.

and herbs of the mountains are 19 The way of the slothful gathered. man is as an hedge of thorns : 34 The lambs are for thy but the way of the righteous is clothing, and the goats are the made plain.

price of the field. 20 The sluggard is wiser in 35 And thou shalthave goat's his own conceit then seven men milk enough for thy food, for the that can render a reason. food of thy household, and for

21 The sluggard will not maintenance for thy maidens. plough by reason of the cold; | 36 In all labour there is therefore shall he beg in harvest, profit : but the talk of the lips and have nothing.

tendeth only to penury. 22 The hand of the diligent 37 There is a treasure to be shall bear rule: but the slothful desired, and oil in the dwelling shall be under tribute.

of the wise ; but a foolish man 23 He also that is slothful in spendeth it up..

upon his bed.


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38 Seest thou a man diligent the spindle, and her hands hold in his business ? he shall stand the distaff. before kings; he shall not stand 11 She stretcheth out her before mean men.

hand to the poor; yea, she 39 He that laboureth labour reacheth forth her hands to the eth for himself; for his mouth needy. craveth it of him.

12 She is not afraid of the 40 Wealth gotten by vanity snow for her household : for all shall be diminished: but he that her household are clothed with gathereth by labour shall in- scarlet. crease.

13 She maketh herself cover41 A man shall be satisfied ings of tapestry: her clothing with good by the fruit of his is silk and purple. mouth, and the recompense of 14 Her husband is known in a man's hands shall be rendered the gates, when he sitteth among unto him.

the elders of the land.

15 She maketh fine linen, LESSON LVIII.

and selleth it; and delivereth

girdles unto the merchant. Who can find a virtuous woman? 16 Strength and honour are for her price is far above rubies. her clothing: and she shall re

2 The heart of her husband joice in time to come. doth safely trust in her, so that 17 She openeth her mouth he shall have no need of spoil. with wisdom; and in her tongue

3. She will do him good and is the law of kindness. not evil all the days of her life. 18 She looketh well to the

4 She seeketh wool and flax, ways of her household, and eatand worketh willingly with her eth not the bread of idleness. hands.

19 Her children arise up, and 5 She is like the merchant's call her blessed ; her husband ships; she bringeth her food also, and he praiseth her:

; from afar.

20 Many daughters have done 6 She riseth also while it is virtuously, but thou excellest yet night, and giveth meat to them all. her household, and a portion to 21 Favour is deceitful, and her maidens.

beauty is vain : but a woman 7 She considereth a field, and that feareth the Lord, she shall buyeth it: with the fruit of her be praised. hands she planteth a vineyard. 22 Give her of the fruit of

8 She girdeth her loins with her hands; and let her own strength, and strengtheneth her works praise her in the gates.


23 House and riches are · 9 She perceiveth that her the inheritance of fathers: but merchandise is good.: her can- a prudent wife is from the dle goeth not out by night.

Lord. 10 She layeth her hands to


SECTION IX.-Wisdom and Discretion.


man which is without discre

tion. A wise man will hear, and will 13 The lips of the wise di. increase learning; and a man of sperse knowledge: but the heart understanding shall attain unto of the foolish doth not so. wise counsels.

14 The mouth of the just 2 He that getteth wisdom, bringeth forth wisdom : but loveth his own soul : he that the froward tongue shall be keepeth understanding, shall cut out. find good.

15 The lips of the righteous 3 A prudent man concealeth know what is acceptable: but knowledge : but the heart of the mouth of the wicked speakfools proclaimeth foolishness. eth frowardness.

4 By long forbearing is a 16 The heart of the righteous prince persuaded, and a soft studieth to answer: but the tongue breaketh the hone. mouth of the wicked poureth

5 Hast thou found honey? out evil things. eat so much as is sufficient for 17 A fool's lips enter into thee, lest thou be filled there- contention, and his mouth callwith, and vomit it.

eth for strokes. 6 Withdraw thy foot from thy 18 A fool's mouth is his deneighbour's house; lest he be struction, and his lips are the weary of thee, and so hate thee. snare of his soul.

7 Go not forth hastily to 19 Though thou shouldest strive, lest thou know not what bray a fool in a mortar among to do in the end thereof, when wheat with a pestle, yet will thy neighbour hath put thee to not his foolishness depart from shame.


As a dog returneth to 8 Debate thy cause with thy his vomit, so a fool returneth neighbour himself; and discover to his folly. not a secret to another:

20 He that is void of wisdom 9 Lest he that heareth it put despiseth his neighbour : but a thee to shame, and thine infamy man of understanding holdeth turn not away.

10 A wholesome tongue is a 21 A tale-bearer revealeth tree of life : but perverseness secrets : but he that is of a therein is a breach in the spirit. faithful spirit concealeth the

11 A fool despiseth his fa- matter. ther's instruction : but he that 22 He that goeth about as a regardeth reproof is prudent. tale-bearer revealeth secrets :

12 As a jewel of gold in a therefore meddle not with him swine's snout, so is a fair wo- that flattereth with his lips,

his peace.





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23 Where no counsel is, the satisfied with the fruit of his people fall : but in the multitude mouth; and with the increase of counsellors there is safety. of his lips shall he be filled.

24 Every purpose is esta- 37 Death and life are in the blished by counsel: and with power of the tongue; and they good advice make war.

that love it shall eat the fruit 925 Delight is not seemly for thereof. a fool, much less for a servant 38 The wise shall inherit to have rule over princes. glory, but shame shall be the

26 He that hath knowledge promotion of fools. spareth his words : and a man of understanding is of an ex

LESSON LX. cellent spirit.

27 Even a fool, when he hold- A Fool uttereth all his mind; eth his peace, is counted wise: but a wise man keepeth it in, and he that shutteth his lips is till afterwards. esteemed a man of understand, 2 It is as sport to a fool to ing

do mischief: but a man of un28 In the multitude of words derstanding hath wisdom. there wanteth not sin : but he 3 Wherefore is there a price that refraineth his lips is wise. in the hand of a fool to get wise

29 Seest thou a man that is dom, seeing he hath no heart hasty in his words ? there is to it? more hope of a fool than of 4 The way of a fool is right him.

in his own eyes : but he that 30 The lips of the righteous hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. feed many: but fools die for 5 He is in the way of life want of wisdom.

that keepeth instruction : but 31 Days should speak, and he that refuseth reproof, errmultitude of years should teach eth. wisdom,

6 A prudent man foreseeth 32 Doth not the ear try the evil, and hideth himself : words? and the mouth taste his but the simple pass on, and are meat ?

punished. 33 With the ancient is wis- 7 In the mouth of the fooldom, and in length of days, ish is a rod of pride : but the understanding. With him is lips of the wise shall preserve wisdom and strength, he hath them. counsel and understanding. 8 In the lips of him that

34 The hoary head is a crown hath understanding wisdom is of glory, if it be found in the way found; but a rod is for the back of righteousness,

of him that is void of under35 Whoso keepeth his standing. mouth and his tongue, keepeth 9 Wise men lay up knowhis soul from troubles.

ledge: but the mouth of the 36 A man's belly shall be foolish is near destruction,

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