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10 The crown of the wise is

LESSON LXI. their riches : but the foolishness of fools is folly.

A WISE son heareth his father's 11 A wise man scaleth the instruction : but a scorner hear. city of the mighty, and casteth eth not rebuke. down the strength of the confi- 2 A man shall eat good by dence thereof.

the fruit of his mouth: but the 12 The heart of the prudent soul of the transgressors shall getteth knowledge; and the ear eat violence. of the wise seeketh knowledge. 3 He that keepeth his mouth

13 Good understanding keepeth his life : but he that giveth favour: but the way of openeth wide his lips shall have transgressors is hard.

destruction. 14 Every prudent man deal- 4 As an ear-ring of gold, and eth with knowledge: but a fool an ornament of fine gold, so is layeth open his folly.

a wise reprover upon an obe15 Aman shall be commended dient ear. according to his wisdom : but 5 Folly is joy to him that is he that is of a perverse heart destitute of wisdom: but a man shall be despised.

of understanding walketh up16 He that being often re- rightly. proved, hardeneth his neck, shall

6 Without counsel purposes suddenly be destroyed; and that are disappointed : but in the without remedy.

multitude of counsellors they 17 Judgements are prepared are established. for scorners, and stripes for the 7 A man hath joy by the back of fools.

answer of his mouth: and a 18 Counsel in the heart of word spoken in due season, man is like deep water; but a how good is it ! man of understanding will draw 8 A word fitly spokenislikeapit out.

ples of gold in pictures of silver. 19 When the scorner is T 9 The legs of the lame are punished, the simple is made not equal: so is a parable in the wise : and when the wise is mouth of fools. instructed, he receiveth know- 10 The tongue of the wise ledge.

useth knowledge aright: but 20 Answer not a fool accord- the mouth of fools poureth out ing to his folly, lest thou also foolishness. be like unto him.

11 He that refuseth instruc21 Answer a fool according tion despiseth his own soul: but to his folly, lest he be wise in he that heareth reproof getteth his own conceit.

understanding. 22 He that sendeth a message

12 Poverty and shame shall be by the hand of a fool, cutteth off to him that refuseth instruction: the feet, and drinketh damage. but he that regardeth reproof

shall be honoured.



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13 The desire accomplished standing : but that which is is sweet to the soul : but it is in the midst of fools is made abomination to fools to depart known. from evil.

27 Every wise woman buildeth 14 He that walketh with wise her house, but the foolish pluckmen shall be wise : but a com- eth it down with her hands. panion of fools shall be de. stroyed.

LESSON LXII. 15 Whoso loveth instruction, loveth knowledge: but he that Through desire a man having hateth reproof is brutish. separated himself, seeketh and

16 The heart of him that hath intermeddleth with all wisdom. understanding seeketh know- 2 A fool hath no delight in ledge: but the mouth of fools understanding, but that his feedeth on foolishness.


discover itself. 17 The simple believeth 3 When the wicked cometh, every word: but the prudent man then cometh also contempt, and looketh well to his going. with ignominy reproach.

18 A wise man feareth, and 4 The words of a man's departeth from evil : but the mouth are as deep waters; and fool rageth and is confident. the well-spring of wisdom as a

19 The simple inherit folly: flowing brook. but the prudent are crowned 5 He that handleth a matter with knowledge.

wisely shall find good : and 20 A scorner loveth not one whoso trusteth in the Lord, that reproveth him: neither will happy is he. he go unto the wise.

6 The wise in heart shall be 21 A scorner seeketh wisdom, called prudent: and the sweetand findeth it ot: but know- ness of the lips increaseth learnledge is easy unto him that un- ing. derstandeth.

7 Understanding is a well22 Go from the presence of spring of life unto him that hath a foolish man, when thou, per- it: but the instruction of fools ceivest not in him the lips of is folly. knowledge.

8 The heart of the wise 23 Speak not in the ears of teacheth his mouth, and addeth a fool : for he will despise the learning to his lips. wisdom of thy words.

19 Pleasant words are as an 24 The wisdom of the pru- honeycomb, sweet to the soul, dent is to understand his way: and health to the bones. but the folly of fools is deceit. 10 There is a way that seem

25 Fools make a mock at sin: eth right unto a man, but the but among the righteous there is end thereof are the ways of favour.

death. 26 Wisdom resteth in the 11 The light of the eyes heart of him that hath under. rejoiceth the heart ; and a


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good report maketh the bones 17 As a thorn goeth up into

the hand of a drunkard, so is 12 The ear that heareth the a parable in the mouth of reproof of life abideth among fools. the wise.

18 Let a bear robbed of her 13 There is gold and a mul- whelps meet a man, rather than titude of rubies: but the lips of a fool in his folly. knowledge are a precious jewel. 19 Better is the poor that

14 The wise in heart will re- walketh in his integrity, than ceive commandments : but a he that is perverse in his lips, prating fool shall fall.

and is a fool, 15 He that covereth a trans- 20 Also, that the soul be gression seeketh love ; but he without knowledge, it is not that repeateth a matter sepa- good; and he that hasteth with rateth very friends.

his feet, sinneth. 16 A reproof entereth more 21 The foolishness of man into a wise man than an hun- perverteth his way: and his dred stripes into a fool, heart fretteth against the Lord.

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SECTION X-Government of the Temper.



8 He shutteth his eyes to de

vise froward things: moving his A NAUGHTY person, a wicked lips he bringeth evil to pass. man, walketh with a froward

99 An angry man stirreth up mouth.

strife, and a furious man abounda 2 He winketh with his eyes, eth in transgression. he speaketh with his feet, he 10 Wrath killeth the foolish teacheth with his fingers. man, and envy slayeth the silly

3 Frowardness is in his heart; one : wrath is cruel, and anger he deviseth mischief continuals is outrageous; but who is able ly; he soweth discord.

to stand before envy? 4 Therefore shall his cala- 11 A man of great wrath mity come suddenly; suddenly shall suffer punishment : for if shall he be broken without re- thou deliver him, yet thou must medy.

do it again. 5 An ungodly man diggeth 12 Make no friendship with up evil: and in his lips there is an angry man; and with a fua burning fire.

rious man thou shalt not go : 6 A froward man soweth Lest thou learn bis ways, and strife, and a whisperer sepa- get a snare to thy soul. rateth chief friends.

13 Thorns and snares are in 7 A violent man enticeth the way of the froward : he his neighbour, and leadeth him that doth keep his soul shall be into the way that is not good. far from them,

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14 My son, walk not thou in dealeth foolishly: and a man of the way with them ; refrain thy wicked devices is hated. foot from their path.

28 Whoso rewardeth evil 15 For their feet run to evil, for good, evil shall not depart and make haste to shed blood. from his house,

16 And they lay wait for 29 The beginning of strife their own blood; they lurk pri- is as when one letteth out wavily for their own lives.

ter: therefore leave off con917 A stone is heavy, and the tention before it be meddled sand weighty; but a fool's wrath with. is heavier than them both.

30 Cast out the scorner,

and 18 It is better to dwell in a contention shall go out; yea, corner of the house-top, than strife and reproach shall cease. with a brawling woman in a 31 The mouth of a righteous wide house.

man is a well of life : but vio. 19 It is better to dwell in the lence covereth the mouth of the wilderness, than with a con- wicked. tentious and an angry woman.

32 Hatred stirreth


strifes : 20 Better is a dry morsel, but love covereth all sins. and quietness therewith, than a 33 The lot causeth contenhouse full of sacrifices with tions to cease, and parteth bestrife.

tween the mighty. 21 He that is slow to wrath 34 A brother offended is is of great understanding : but harder to be won than a strong he that is hasty of spirit ex- city: and their contentions are alteth folly.

like the bars of a castle. 22 A sound heart is the life 35 He that hath no rule of the flesh : but envy the rot- over his own spirit, is like a tenness of the bones.

city that is broken down, and 23 He that is slow to anger without walls. is better than the mighty; and 36 A fool's wrath is presenthe that ruleth his spirits than ly known: but a prudent man he that taketh a city.

covereth shame. 24 The discretion of a man 37 He that passeth by, and deferreth his anger: and it is meddleth with strife belonging his glory to pass over a trans- not to him, like one that gression.

taketh a dog by the ears. 25 He loveth transgression 38 It is an honour for a man that loveth strife : and he that to cease from strife : but every exalteth his gate seeketh de- fool will be meddling. struction.

39 As coals are to burn26 He that hath a froward ing coals, and wood to fire; so heart findeth no good : and he is a contentious man to kindle that hath a perverse tongue strife. falleth into mischief.

40 Where no wood is, there 27 He that is soon angry the fire goeth out: so where


there is no tale-bearer, the strife of; and the patient in spirit is ceaseth.

better than the proud in spirit. 41 The words of a tale-bearer 44 A soft answer turneth are as wounds, and they go down away wrath : but grievous into the innermost parts of the words stir up anger. belly.

45 Cease from anger, and 42 If thou hast done foolish- forsake wrath : fret not thyself ly in lifting up thyself, or if in any wise to do evil. thou hast thought evil, lay thine 46 The meek shall inherit hand upon thy mouth.

the earth ; and shall delight 43 Better is the end of a themselves in the abundance of thing than the beginning there. peace.

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Section XI.—Moderation and Liberality.

life are his riches; but the poor

heareth not rebuke. THREE things have I required 9 Better is the poor that of thee; deny me them not be- walketh in his uprightness, than fore I die.

he that is perverse in his ways, 2 Remove far from me va- though he be rich. nity and lies; give me nei- 10 He that by unjust gain ther poverty nor riches; feed increaseth his substance, he me with food convenient for shall gather it for him that will

pity the poor. 3 Lest I be full, and deny il He that is greedy of gain thee, and say, Who is the Lord ? troubleth his own house; but he or lest I be poor, and steal, and that hateth gifts shall live. take the name of my God in 12 Hell and destruction are vain.

never full; so the eyes of man 4 Better is a little with are never satisfied. righteousness, than great reve- 13 Labour not to be rich : nues without right.

cease from thine own wisdom. 5 A good name is rather to 14 Wilt thou set thine eyes be chosen than great riches, and upon that which is not ? for loving favour rather than silver riches certainly make themselves

wings; they fly away as an 6 The rich and poor meet eagle towards heaven. together : the Lord is the maker 15 A little that a righteous of them all.

man hath is better than the 7 There is that maketh him- riches of many wicked. self rich, yet hath nothing : 16 In the house of the rightethere is that maketh himself ous is much treasure : but in the poor, yet hath great riches. revenues of the wicked is trou.

8 The ransom of a man's ble.

and gold.


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