1 1:1. All wisdom is from the Lord God, and hath been always with him, and is before all time.
2 1:2. Who hath numbered the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the days of the world? Who hath measured the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the depth of the abyss?
3 1:3. Who hath searched out the wisdom of God that goeth before all things?
4 1:4. Wisdom hath been created before all things, and the understanding of prudence from everlasting.
5 1:5. The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdom, and her ways are everlasting commandments.
6 1:6. To whom hath the root of wisdom been revealed, and who hath known her wise counsels?
7 1:7. To whom hath the discipline of wisdom been revealed and made manifest? and who hath understood the multiplicity of her steps?
8 1:8. There is one most high Creator Almighty, and a powerful king, and greatly to be feared, who sitteth upon his throne, and is the God of dominion.
9 1:9. He created her in the Holy Ghost, and saw her, and numbered her, and measured her.
10 1:10. And he poured her out upon all his works, and upon all flesh according to his gift, and hath given her to them that love him.
11 1:11. The fear of the Lord is honour, and glory, and gladness, and a crown of joy.
12 1:12. The fear of the Lord shall delight the heart, and shall give joy, and gladness, and length of days.
13 1:13. With him that feareth the Lord, it shall go well in the latter end, and in the day of his death he shall be blessed.
14 1:14. The love of God is honourable wisdom.
15 1:15. And they to whom she shall shew herself love her by the sight, and by the knowledge of her great works.
16 1:16. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and was created with the faithful in the womb, it walketh with chosen women, and is known with the just and faithful.
17 1:17. The fear of the Lord is the religiousness of knowledge.
18 1:18. Religiousness shall keep and justify the heart, it shall give joy and gladness.
19 1:19. It shall go well with him that feareth the Lord, and in the days of his end he shall be blessed.
20 1:20. To fear God is the fulness of wisdom, and fulness is from the fruits thereof.
21 1:21. She shall fill all her house with her increase, and the storehouses with her treasures.
22 1:22. The fear of the Lord is a crown of wisdom, filling up peace and the fruit of salvation:
23 1:23. And it hath seen, and numbered her: but both are the gifts of God.
24 1:24. Wisdom shall distribute knowledge, and understanding of prudence: and exalteth the glory of them that hold her.
25 1:25. The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord: and the branches thereof are long-lived.
26 1:26. In the treasures of wisdom is understanding, and religiousness of knowledge: but to sinners wisdom is an abomination.
27 1:27. The fear of the Lord driveth out sin:
28 1:28. For he that is without fear, cannot be justified: for the wrath of his high spirits is his ruin.
29 1:29. A patient man shall bear for a time, and afterwards joy shall be restored to him.
30 1:30. A good understanding will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom.
31 1:31. In the treasures of wisdom is the signification of discipline:
32 1:32. But the worship of God is an abomination to a sinner.
33 1:33. Son, if thou desire wisdom, keep justice, and God will give her to thee.
34 1:34. For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and discipline: and that which is agreeable to him,
35 1:35. Is faith, and meekness: and he will fill up his treasures.
36 1:36. Be not incredulous to the fear of the Lord: and come not to him with a double heart.
37 1:37. Be not a hypocrite in the sight of men, and let not thy lips be a stumblingblock to thee.
38 1:38. Watch over them, lest thou fall, and bring dishonour upon thy soul,
39 1:39. And God discover thy secrets, and cast thee down in the midst of the congregation.
40 1:40. Because thou camest to the Lord wickedly, and thy heart is full of guile and deceit.
41 2:1. Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation.
42 2:2. Humble thy heart, and endure: incline thy ear, and receive the words of understanding: and make not haste in the time of clouds.
43 2:3. Wait on God with patience: join thyself to God, and endure, that thy life may be increased in the latter end.
44 2:4. Take all that shall be brought upon thee: and in thy sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep patience.
45 2:5. For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation.
46 2:6. Believe God, and he will recover thee: and direct thy way, and trust in him. Keep his fear, and grow old therein.
47 2:7. Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy: and go not aside from him lest ye fall.
48 2:8. Ye that fear the Lord, believe him: and your reward shall not be made void.
49 2:9. Ye that fear the Lord hope in him, and mercy shall come to you for your delight.
50 2:10. Ye that fear the Lord, love him, and your hearts shall be enlightened.
51 2:11. My children behold the generations of men: and know ye that no one hath hoped in the Lord, and hath been confounded.
52 2:12. For who hath continued in his commandment, and hath been forsaken? or who hath called upon him, and he despised him?
53 2:13. For God is compassionate and merciful, and will forgive sins in the day of tribulation: and he is a protector to all that seek him in truth.
54 2:14. Woe to them that are of a double heart and to wicked lips, and to the hands that do evil, and to the sinner that goeth on the earth two ways.
55 2:15. Woe to them that are fainthearted, who believe not God: and therefore they shall not be protected by him.
56 2:16. Woe to them that have lost patience, and that have forsaken the right ways, and have gone aside into crooked ways.
57 2:17. And what will they do, when the Lord shall begin to examine?
58 2:18. They that fear the Lord, will not be incredulous to his word: and they that love him, will keep his way.
59 2:19. They that fear the Lord, will seek after the things that are well pleasing to him: and they that love him, shall be filled with his law.
60 2:20. They that fear the Lord, will prepare their hearts, and in his sight will sanctify their souls,
61 2:21. They that fear the Lord, keep his commandments, and will have patience even until his visitation,
62 2:22. Saying: If we do not penance, we shall fall into the hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men.
63 2:23. For according to his greatness, so also is his mercy with him.
64 3:1. The sons of wisdom are the church of the just: and their generation, obedience and love.
65 3:2. Children, hear the judgment of your father, and so do that you may be saved.
66 3:3. For God hath made the father honourable to the children: and seeking the judgment of the mothers, hath confirmed it upon the children.
67 3:4. He that loveth God, shall obtain pardon for his sins by prayer, and shall refrain himself from them, and shall be heard in the prayer of days.
68 3:5. And he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up a treasure.
69 3:6. He that honoureth his father shall have joy in his own children, and in the day of his prayer he shall be heard.
70 3:7. He that honoureth his father shall enjoy a long life: and he that obeyeth the father, shall be a comfort to his mother.
71 3:8. He that feareth the Lord, honoureth his parents, and will serve them as his masters that brought him into the world.
72 3:9. Honour thy father, in work and word, and all patience,
73 3:10. That a blessing may come upon thee from him, and his blessing may remain in the latter end.
74 3:11. The father's blessing establisheth the houses of the children: but the mother's curse rooteth up the foundation.
75 3:12. Glory not in the dishonour of thy father: for his shame is no glory to thee.
76 3:13. For the glory of a man is from the honour of his father, and a father without honour is the disgrace of the son.
77 3:14. Son, support the old age of thy father, and grieve him not in his life;
78 3:15. And if his understanding fail, have patience with him, and despise him not when thou art in thy strength: for the relieving of the father shall not be forgotten.
79 3:16. For good shall be repaid to thee for the sin of thy mother.
80 3:17. And in justice thou shalt be built up, and in the day of affliction thou shalt be remembered: and thy sins shall melt away as the ice in the fair warm weather.
81 3:18. Of what an evil fame is he that forsaketh his father: and he is cursed of God that angereth his mother.
82 3:19. My son, do thy works in meekness, and thou shalt be beloved above the glory of men.
83 3:20. The greater thou art, the more humble thyself in all things, and thou shalt find grace before God:
84 3:21. For great is the power of God alone, and he is honoured by the humble.
85 3:22. Seek not the things that are too high for thee, and search not into things above thy ability: but the things that God hath commanded thee, think on them always, and in many of his works be not curious.
86 3:23. For it is not necessary for thee to see with thy eyes those things that are hid.
87 3:24. In unnecessary matters be not over curious, and in many of his works thou shalt not be inquisitive.
88 3:25. For many things are shewn to thee above the understanding of men.
89 3:26. And the suspicion of them hath deceived many, and hath detained their minds in vanity.
90 3:27. A hard heart shall fear evil at the last: and he that loveth danger shall perish in it.
91 3:28. A heart that goeth two ways shall not have success, and the perverse of heart shall be scandalized therein.
92 3:29. A wicked heart shall be laden with sorrows, and the sinner will add sin to sin.
93 3:30. The congregation of the proud shall not be healed: for the plant of wickedness shall take root in them, and it shall not be perceived.
94 3:31. The heart of the wise is understood in wisdom, and a good ear will hear wisdom with all desire.
95 3:32. A wise heart, and which hath understanding, will abstain from sins, and in the works of justice shall have success.
96 3:33. Water quencheth a flaming fire, and alms resisteth sins:
97 3:34. And God provideth for him that sheweth favour: he remembereth him afterwards, and in the time of his fall he shall find a sure stay.
98 4:1. Son, defraud not the poor of alms, and turn not away thy eyes from the poor.
99 4:2. Despise not the hungry soul: and provoke not the poor in his want.
100 4:3. Afflict not the heart of the needy, and defer not to gibe to him that is in distress.
101 4:4. Reject not the petition of the afflicted: and turn not away thy face from the needy.
102 4:5. Turn not away thy eyes from the poor for fear of anger: and leave not to them that ask of thee to curse thee behind thy back.
103 4:6. For the prayer of him that curseth thee in the bitterness of his soul, shall be heard, for he that made him will hear him.
104 4:7. Make thyself affable to the congregation of the poor, and humble thy soul to the ancient, and bow thy head to a great man.
105 4:8. Bow down thy ear cheerfully to the poor, and pay what thou owest, and answer him peaceable words with mildness.
106 4:9. Deliver him that suffereth wrong out of the hand of the proud: and be not fainthearted in thy soul.
107 4:10. In judging be merciful to the fatherless as a father, and as a husband to their mother.
108 4:11. And thou shalt be as the obedient son of the most High, and he will have mercy on thee more than a mother.
109 4:12. Wisdom inspireth life into her children, and protecteth them that seek after her, and will go before them in the way of justice.
110 4:13. And he that loveth her, loveth life: and they that watch for her, shall embrace her sweetness.
111 4:14. They that hold her fast, shall inherit life: and whithersoever she entereth, God will give a blessing.
112 4:15. They that serve her, shall be servants to the holy one: and God loveth them that love her.
113 4:16. He that hearkeneth to her, shall judge nations: and he that looketh upon her, shall remain secure.
114 4:17. If he trust to her, he shall inherit her, and his generation shall be in assurance.
115 4:18. For she walketh with him in temptation, and at the first she chooseth him.
116 4:19. She will bring upon him fear and dread and trial: and she will scourge him with the affliction of her discipline, till she try him by her laws, and trust his soul.
117 4:20. Then she will strengthen him, and make a straight way to him, and give him joy,
118 4:21. And will disclose her secrets to him, and will heap upon him treasures of knowledge and understanding of justice.
119 4:22. But if he go astray, she will forsake him, and deliver him into the hands of his enemy.
120 4:23. Son, observe the time, and fly from evil.
121 4:24. For thy soul be not ashamed to say the truth.
122 4:25. For there is a shame that bringeth sin, and there is a shame that bringeth glory and grace.
123 4:26. Accept no person against thy own person, nor against thy soul a lie.
124 4:27. Reverence not thy neighbour in his fall:
125 4:28. And refrain not to speak in the time of salvation. Hide not thy wisdom in her beauty.
126 4:29. For by the tongue wisdom is discerned: and understanding, and knowledge, and learning by the word of the wise, and steadfastness in the works of justice.
127 4:30. In nowise speak against the truth, but be ashamed of the lie of thy ignorance.
128 4:31. Be not ashamed to confess thy sins, but submit not thyself to every man for sin.
129 4:32. Resist not against the face of the mighty, and do not strive against the stream of the river.
130 4:33. Strive for justice for thy soul, and even unto death fight for justice, and God will overthrow thy enemies for thee.
131 4:34. Be not hasty in thy tongue: and slack and remiss in thy works.
132 4:35. Be not as a lion in thy house, terrifying them of thy household, and oppressing them that are under thee.
133 4:36. Let not thy hand be stretched out to receive, and shut when thou shouldst give.
134 5:1. Set not thy heart upon unjust possessions, and say not: I have enough to live on: for it shall be of no service in the time of vengeance and darkness.
135 5:2. Follow not in thy strength the desires of thy heart:
136 5:3. And say not: How mighty am I? and who shall bring me under for my deeds? for God will surely take revenge.
137 5:4. Say not: I have sinned, and what harm hath befallen me? for the most High is a patient rewarder.
138 5:5. Be not without fear about sin forgiven, and add not sin upon sin:
139 5:6. And say not: The mercy of the Lord is great, he will have mercy on the multitude of my sins.
140 5:7. For mercy and wrath quickly come from him, and his wrath looketh upon sinners.
141 5:8. Delay not to be converted to the Lord, and defer it not from day to day.
142 5:9. For his wrath shall come on a sudden, and in the time of vengeance he will destroy thee.
143 5:10. Be not anxious for goods unjustly gotten: for they shall not profit thee in the day of calamity and revenge.
144 5:11. Winnow not with every wind, and go not into every way: for so is every sinner proved by a double tongue.
145 5:12. Be steadfast in the way of the Lord, and in the truth of thy judgment, and in knowledge, and let the word of peace and justice keep with thee.
146 5:13. Be meek to hear the word, that thou mayst understand: and return a true answer with wisdom.
147 5:14. If thou have understanding, answer thy neighbour: but if not, let thy hand be upon thy mouth, lest thou be surprised in an unskilful word, and be confounded.
148 5:15. Honour and glory is in the word of the wise, but the tongue of the fool is his ruin.
149 5:16. Be not called a whisperer, and be not taken in thy tongue, and confounded.
150 5:17. For confusion and repentance is upon a thief, and an evil mark of disgrace upon the double tongued, but to the whisperer hatred, and enmity, and reproach.
151 5:18. Justify alike the small and the great.
152 6:1. Instead of a friend become not an enemy to thy neighbour: for an evil man shall inherit reproach and shame, so shall every sinner that is envious and double tongued.
153 6:2. Extol not thyself in the thoughts of thy soul like a bull: lest thy strength be quashed by folly,
154 6:3. And it eat up thy leaves, and destroy thy fruit, and thou be left as a dry tree in the wilderness.
155 6:4. For a wicked soul shall destroy him that hath it, and maketh him to be a joy to his enemies, and shall lead him into the lot of the wicked.
156 6:5. A sweet word multiplieth friends, and appeaseth enemies, and a gracious tongue in a good man aboundeth.
157 6:6. Be in peace with many, but let one of a thousand be thy counsellor.
158 6:7. If thou wouldst get a friend, try him before thou takest him, and do not credit him easily.
159 6:8. For there is a friend for his own occasion, and he will not abide in the day of thy trouble.
160 6:9. And there is a friend that turneth to enmity; and there is a friend that will disclose hatred and strife and reproaches.
161 6:10. And there is a friend a companion at the table, and he will not abide in the day of distress.
162 6:11. A friend if he continue steadfast, shall be to thee as thyself, and shall act with confidence among them of thy household.
163 6:12. If he humble himself before thee, and hide himself from thy face, thou shalt have unanimous friendship for good.
164 6:13. Separate thyself from thy enemies, and take heed of thy friends.
165 6:14. A faithful friend is a strong defence: and he that hath found him, hath found a treasure.
166 6:15. Nothing can be compared to a faithful friend, and no weight of gold and silver is able to countervail the goodness of his fidelity.
167 6:16. A faithful friend is the medicine of life and immortality: and they that fear the Lord, shall find him.
168 6:17. He that feareth God, shall likewise have good friendship: because according to him shall his friend be.
169 6:18. My son, from thy youth up receive instruction, and even to thy grey hairs thou shalt find wisdom.
170 6:19. Come to her as one that plougheth, and soweth, and wait for her good fruits:
171 6:20. For in working about her thou shalt labour a little, and shalt quickly eat of her fruits.
172 6:21. How very unpleasant is wisdom to the unlearned, and the unwise will not continue with her.
173 6:22. She shall be to them as a mighty stone of trial, and they will cast her from them before it be long.
174 6:23. For the wisdom of doctrine is according to her name, and she is not manifest unto many, but with them to whom she is known, she continueth even to the sight of God.
175 6:24. Give ear, my son, and take wise counsel, and cast not away my advice.
176 6:25. Put thy feet into her fetters, and thy neck into her chains:
177 6:26. Bow down thy shoulder, and bear her, and be not grieved with her bands.
178 6:27. Come to her with all thy mind, and keep her ways with all thy power.
179 6:28. Search for her, and she shall be made known to thee, and when thou hast gotten her, let her not go:
180 6:29. For in the latter end thou shalt find rest in her, and she shall be turned to thy joy.
181 6:30. Then shall her fetters be a strong defence for thee, and a firm foundation, and her chain a robe of glory:
182 6:31. For in her is the beauty of life, and her bands are a healthful binding.
183 6:32. Thou shalt put her on as a robe of glory, and thou shalt set her upon thee as a crown of joy.
184 6:33. My son, if thou wilt attend to me, thou shalt learn: and if thou wilt apply thy mind, thou shalt be wise.
185 6:34. If thou wilt incline thy ear, thou shalt receive instruction: and if thou love to hear, thou shalt be wise.
186 6:35. Stand in the multitude of ancients that are wise, and join thyself from thy heart to their wisdom, that thou mayst hear every discourse of God, and the sayings of praise may not escape thee.
187 6:36. And if thou see a man of understanding, go to him early in the morning, and let thy foot wear the steps of his doors.
188 6:37. Let thy thoughts be upon the precepts of God, and meditate continually on his commandments: and he will give thee a heart, and the desire of wisdom shall be given to thee.
189 7:1. Do no evils, and no evils shall lay hold of thee.
190 7:2. Depart from the unjust, and evils shall depart from thee.
191 7:3. My son, sow not evils in the furrows of injustice, and thou shalt not reap them sevenfold.
192 7:4. Seek not of the Lord a preeminence, nor of the king the seat of honour.
193 7:5. Justify not thyself before God, for he knoweth the heart: and desire not to appear wise before the king.
194 7:6. Seek not to be made a judge, unless thou have strength enough to extirpate iniquities: lest thou fear the person of the powerful, and lay a stumblingblock for thy integrity.
195 7:7. Offend not against the multitude of a city, neither cast thyself in upon the people,
196 7:8. Nor bind sin to sin: for even in one thou shalt not be unpunished.
197 7:9. Be not fainthearted in thy mind:
198 7:10. Neglect not to pray, and to give alms.
199 7:11. Say not: God will have respect to the multitude of my gifts, and when I offer to the most high God, he will accept my offerings.
200 7:12. Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterness of his soul: for there is one that humbleth and exalteth, God who seeth all.
201 7:13. Devise not a lie against thy brother: neither do the like against thy friend.
202 7:14. Be not willing to make any manner of lie: for the custom thereof is not good.
203 7:15. Be not full of words in a multitude of ancients, and repeat not the word in thy prayer.
204 7:16. Hate not laborious works, nor husbandry ordained by the most High.
205 7:17. Number not thyself among the multitude of the disorderly.
206 7:18. Remember wrath, for it will not tarry long.
207 7:19. Humble thy spirit very much: for the vengeance on the flesh of the ungodly is fire and worms.
208 7:20. Do not transgress against thy friend deferring money, nor despise thy dear brother for the sake of gold.
209 7:21. Depart not from a wise and good wife, whom thou hast gotten in the fear of the Lord: for the grace of her modesty is above gold.
210 7:22. Hurt not the servant that worketh faithfully, nor the hired man that giveth thee his life.
211 7:23. Let a wise servant be dear to thee as thy own soul, defraud him not of liberty, nor leave him needy.
212 7:24. Hast thou cattle? have an eye to them: and if they be for thy profit, keep them with thee.
213 7:25. Hast thou children? instruct them, and bow down their neck from their childhood.
214 7:26. Hast thou daughters? have a care of their body, and shew not thy countenance gay towards them.
215 7:27. Marry thy daughter well, and thou shalt do a great work, and give her to a wise man.
216 7:28. If thou hast a wife according to thy soul, cast her not off: and to her that is hateful, trust not thyself. With thy whole heart,
217 7:29. Honour thy father, and forget not the groanings of thy mother:
218 7:30. Remember that thou hadst not been born but through them: and make a return to them as they have done for thee.
219 7:31. With all thy soul fear the Lord, and reverence his priests.
220 7:32. With all thy strength love him that made thee: and forsake not his ministers.
221 7:33. Honour God with all thy soul and give honour to the priests, and purify thyself with thy arms.
222 7:34. Give them their portion, as it is commanded thee, of the firstfruits and of purifications: and for thy negligences purify thyself with a few.
223 7:35. Offer to the Lord the gift of thy shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification, and the firstfruits of the holy things:
224 7:36. And stretch out thy hand to the poor, that thy expiation and thy blessing may be perfected.
225 7:37. A gift hath grace in the sight of all the living, and restrain not grace from the dead.
226 7:38. Be not wanting in comforting them that weep, and walk with them that mourn.
227 7:39. Be not slow to visit the sick: for by these things thou shalt be confirmed in love.
228 7:40. In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.
229 8:1. Strive not with a powerful man, lest thou fall into his hands.
230 8:2. Contend not with a rich man, lest he bring an action against thee.
231 8:3. For gold and silver hath destroyed many, and hath reached even to the heart of kings, and perverted them.
232 8:4. Strive not with a man that is full of tongue, and heap not wood upon his fire.
233 8:5. Communicate not with an ignorant man, lest he speak ill of thy family.
234 8:6. Despise not a man that turneth away from sin, nor reproach him therewith: remember that we are all worthy of reproof.
235 8:7. Despise not a man in his old age; for we also shall become old.
236 8:8. Rejoice not at the death of thy enemy; knowing that we all die, and are not willing that others should rejoice at our death.
237 8:9. Despise not the discourse of them that are ancient and wise, but acquaint thyself with their proverbs.
238 8:10. For of them thou shalt learn wisdom, and instruction of understanding, and to serve great men without blame.
239 8:11. Let not the discourse of the ancients escape thee, for they have learned of their fathers:
240 8:12. For of them thou shalt learn understanding, and to give an answer in time of need.
241 8:13. Kindle not the coals of sinners by rebuking them, lest thou be burnt with the flame of the fire of their sins.
242 8:14. Stand not against the face of an injurious person, lest he sit as a spy to entrap thee in thy words.
243 8:15. Lend not to a man that is mightier than thyself: and if thou lendest, count it as lost.
244 8:16. Be not surety above thy power: and if thou be surety, think as if thou wert to pay it.
245 8:17. Judge not against a judge: for he judgeth according to that which is just.
246 8:18. Go not on the way with a bold man, lest he burden thee with his evils: for he goeth according to his own will, and thou shalt perish together with his folly.
247 8:19. Quarrel not with a passionate man, and go not into the desert with a bold man: for blood is as nothing in his sight, and where there is no help he will overthrow thee.
248 8:20. Advise not with fools, for they cannot love but such things as please them.
249 8:21. Before a stranger do no matter of counsel: for thou knowest not what he will bring forth.
250 8:22. Open not thy heart to every man: lest he repay thee with an evil turn, and speak reproachfully to thee.
251 9:1. Be not jealous over the wife of thy bosom, lest she shew in thy regard the malice of a wicked lesson.
252 9:2. Give not the power of thy soul to a woman, lest she enter upon thy strength, and thou be confounded.
253 9:3. Look not upon a woman that hath a mind for many: lest thou fall into her snares.
254 9:4. Use not much the company of her that is a dancer, and hearken not to her, lest thou perish by the force of her charms.
255 9:5. Gaze not upon a maiden, lest her beauty be a stumblingblock to thee.
256 9:6. Give not thy soul to harlots in any point: lest thou destroy thyself and thy inheritance.
257 9:7. Look not round about thee in the ways of the city, nor wander up and down in the streets thereof.
258 9:8. Turn away thy face from a woman dressed up, and gaze not about upon another's beauty.
259 9:9. For many have perished by the beauty of a woman, and hereby lust is enkindled as a fire.
260 9:10. Every woman that is a harlot, shall be trodden upon as dung in the way.
261 9:11. Many by admiring the beauty of another man's wife, have become reprobate, for her conversation burneth as fire.
262 9:12. Sit not at all with another man's wife, nor repose upon the bed with her:
263 9:13. And strive not with her over wine, lest thy heart decline towards her and by thy blood thou fall into destruction.
264 9:14. Forsake not an old friend, for the new will not be like to him.
265 9:15. A new friend is as new wine: it shall grow old, and thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
266 9:16. Envy not the glory and riches of a sinner: for thou knowest not what his ruin shall be.
267 9:17. Be not pleased with the wrong done by the unjust, knowing that even to hell the wicked shall not please.
268 9:18. Keep thee far from the man that hath power to kill, so thou shalt not suspect the fear of death.
269 9:19. And if thou come to him, commit no fault, lest he take away thy life.
270 9:20. Know it to be a communication with death: for thou art going in the midst of snares, and walking upon the arms of them that are grieved.
271 9:21. According to thy power beware of thy neighbour, and treat with the wise and prudent.
272 9:22. Let just men be thy guests, and let thy glory be in the fear of God.
273 9:23. And let the thought of God be in thy mind, and all thy discourse on the commandments of the Highest.
274 9:24. Works shall be praised for the hand of the artificers, and the prince of the people for the wisdom of his speech, but the word of the ancients for the sense.
275 9:25. A man full of tongue is terrible in his city, and he that is rash in his word shall be hateful.
276 10:1. A wise judge shall judge his people, and the government of a prudent man shall be steady.
277 10:2. As the judge of the people is himself, so also are his ministers: and what manner of man the ruler of a city is, such also are they that dwell therein.
278 10:3. An unwise king shall be the ruin of his people: and cities shall be inhabited through the prudence of the rulers.
279 10:4. The power of the earth is in the hand of God, and in his time he will raise up a profitable ruler over it.
280 10:5. The prosperity of man is in the hand of God, and upon the person of the scribe he shall lay his honour.
281 10:6. Remember not any injury done thee by thy neighbour, and do thou nothing by deeds of injury.
282 10:7. Pride is hateful before God and men: and all iniquity of nations is execrable.
283 10:8. A kingdom is translated from one people to another, because of injustices, and wrongs, and injuries, and divers deceits.
284 10:9. But nothing is more wicked than the covetous man. Why is earth, and ashes proud?
285 10:10. There is not a more wicked thing than to love money: for such a one setteth even his own soul to sale: because while he liveth he hath cast away his bowels.
286 10:11. All power is of short life. A long sickness is troublesome to the physician.
287 10:12. The physician cutteth off a short sickness: so also a king is to day, and to morrow he shall die.
288 10:13. For when a man shall die, he shall inherit serpents, and beasts, and worms.
289 10:14. The beginning of the pride of man, is to fall off from God:
290 10:15. Because his heart is departed from him that made him: for pride is the beginning of all sin: he that holdeth it, shall be filled with maledictions, and it shall ruin him in the end.
291 10:16. Therefore hath the Lord disgraced the assemblies of the wicked, and hath utterly destroyed them.
292 10:17. God hath overturned the thrones of proud princes, and hath set up the meek in their stead.
293 10:18. God hath made the roots of proud nations to wither, and hath planted the humble of these nations.
294 10:19. The Lord hath overthrown the lands of the Gentiles, and hath destroyed them even to the foundation.
295 10:20. He hath made some of them to wither away, and hath destroyed them, and hath made the memory of them to cease from the earth.
296 10:21. God hath abolished the memory of the proud, and hath preserved the memory of them that are humble in mind.
297 10:22. Pride was not made for men: nor wrath for the race of women.
298 10:23. That seed of men shall be honoured, which feareth God: but that seed shall be dishonoured, which transgresseth the commandments of the Lord.
299 10:24. In the midst of brethren their chief is honourable: so shall they that fear the Lord, be in his eyes.
300 10:25. The fear of God is the glory of the rich, and of the honourable, and of the poor.
301 10:26. Despise not a just man that is poor, and do not magnify a sinful man that is rich.
302 10:27. The great man, and the judge, and the mighty is in honour: and there is none greater than he that feareth God.
303 10:28. They that are free shall serve a servant that is wise: and a man that is prudent and well instructed will not murmur when he is reproved; and he that is ignorant, shall not be honoured.
304 10:29. Extol not thyself in doing thy work, and linger not in the time of distress;
305 10:30. Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all things, than he that boasteth himself and wanteth bread.
306 10:31. My son, keep thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to its desert.
307 10:32. Who will justify him that sinneth against his own soul? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own soul?
308 10:33. The poor man is glorified by his discipline and fear, and there is a man that is honoured for his wealth.
309 10:34. But he that is glorified in poverty, how much more in wealth? and he that is glorified in wealth, let him fear poverty.
310 11:1. The wisdom of the humble shall exalt his head, and shall make him sit in the midst of great men.
311 11:2. Praise not a man for his beauty, neither despise a man for his look.
312 11:3. The bee is small among flying things but her fruit hath the chiefest sweetness.
313 11:4. Glory not in apparel at any time, and be not exalted in the day of thy honour: for the works of the Highest only are wonderful, and his works are glorious, and secret, and hidden.
314 11:5. Many tyrants have sat on the throne, and he whom no man would think on, hath worn the crown.
315 11:6. Many mighty men have been greatly brought down, and the glorious have been delivered into the hand of others.
316 11:7. Before thou inquire, blame no man: and when thou hast inquired, reprove justly.
317 11:8. Before thou hear, answer not a word: and interrupt not others in the midst of their discourse.
318 11:9. Strive not in a matter which doth not concern thee, and sit not in judgment with sinners.
319 11:10. My son, meddle not with many matters: and if thou be rich, thou shalt not be free from sin: for if thou pursue after thou shalt not overtake; and if thou run before thou shalt not escape.
320 11:11. There is an ungodly man that laboureth, and maketh haste, and is in sorrow, and is so much the more in want.
321 11:12. Again, there is an inactive man that wanteth help, is very weak in ability, and full of poverty:
322 11:13. Yet the eye of God hath looked upon him for good, and hath lifted him up from his low estate, and hath exalted his head: and many have wondered at him, and have glorified God.
323 11:14. Good things and evil, life and death, poverty and riches, are from God.
324 11:15. Wisdom and discipline, and the knowledge of the law are with God. Love and the ways of good things are with him.
325 11:16. Error and darkness are created with sinners: and they that glory in evil things, grow old in evil.
326 11:17. The gift of God abideth with the just, and his advancement shall have success for ever.
327 11:18. There is one that is enriched by living sparingly, and this is the portion of his reward.
328 11:19. In that he saith: I have found me rest, and now I will eat of my goods alone:
329 11:20. And he knoweth not what time shall pass, and that death approacheth, and that he must leave all to others, and shall die.
330 11:21. Be steadfast in thy covenant, and be conversant therein, and grow old in the work of thy commandments.
331 11:22. Abide not in the works of sinners. But trust in God, and stay in thy place,
332 11:23. For it is easy in the eyes of God on a sudden to make the poor man rich.
333 11:24. The blessing of God maketh haste to reward the just, and in a swift hour his blessing beareth fruit.
334 11:25. Say not: What need I, and what good shall I have by this?
335 11:26. Say not: I am sufficient for myself: and what shall I be made worse by this?
336 11:27. In the day of good things be not unmindful of evils: and in the day of evils be not unmindful of good things:
337 11:28. For it is easy before God in the day of death to reward every one according to his ways.
338 11:29. The affliction of an hour maketh one forget great delights, and in the end of a man is the disclosing of his works.
339 11:30. Praise not any man before death, for a man is known by his children.
340 11:31. Bring not every man into thy house: for many are the snares of the deceitful.
341 11:32. For as corrupted bowels send forth stinking breath, and as the partridge is brought into the cage, and as the roe into the snare: so also is the heart of the proud, and as a spy that looketh on the fall of his neighbour.
342 11:33. For he lieth in wait and turneth good into evil, and on the elect he will lay a blot.
343 11:34. Of one spark cometh a great fire, and of one deceitful man much blood: and a sinful man lieth in wait for blood.
344 11:35. Take heed to thyself of a mischievous man, for he worketh evils: lest he bring upon thee reproach for ever.
345 11:36. Receive a stranger in, and he shall overthrow thee with a whirlwind, and shall turn thee out of thy own.
346 12:1. If thou do good, know to whom thou dost it, and there shall be much thanks for thy good deeds.
347 12:2. Do good to the just, and thou shalt find great recompense: and if not of him, assuredly of the Lord.
348 12:3. For there is no good for him that is always occupied in evil, and that giveth no alms: for the Highest hateth sinners, and hath mercy on the penitent.
349 12:4. Give to the merciful and uphold not the sinner: God will repay vengeance to the ungodly and to sinners, and keep them against the day of vengeance.
350 12:5. Give to the good, and receive not a sinner.
351 12:6. Do good to the humble, and give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not to him, lest thereby he overmaster thee.
352 12:7. For thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done to him: for the Highest also hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance to the ungodly.
353 12:8. A friend shall not be known in prosperity, and an enemy shall not be hidden in adversity.
354 12:9. In the prosperity of a man, his enemies are grieved: and a friend is known in his adversity.
355 12:10. Never trust thy enemy for as a brass pot his wickedness rusteth:
356 12:11. Though he humble himself and go crouching, yet take good heed and beware of him.
357 12:12. Set him not by thee, neither let him sit on thy right hand, lest he turn into thy place, and seek to take thy seat and at the last thou acknowledge my words, and be pricked with my sayings.
358 12:13. Who will pity an enchanter struck by a serpent, or any that come near wild beasts? so is it with him that keepeth company with a wicked man, and is involved in his sins.
359 12:14. For an hour he will abide with thee: but if thou begin to decline, he will not endure it.
360 12:15. An enemy speaketh sweetly with his lips, but in his heart he lieth in wait, to throw thee into a pit.
361 12:16. An enemy weepeth with his eyes: but if he find an opportunity he will not be satisfied with blood:
362 12:17. And if evils come upon thee, thou shalt find him there first.
363 12:18. An enemy hath tears in his eyes, and while he pretendeth to help thee, will undermine thy feet.
364 12:19. He will shake his head, and clap his hands, and whisper much, and change his countenance.
365 13:1. He that toucheth pitch, shall be defiled with it: and he that hath fellowship with the proud, shall put on pride.
366 13:2. He shall take a burden upon him that hath fellowship with one more honourable than himself. And have no fellowship with one that is richer than thyself.
367 13:3. What agreement shall the earthen pot have with the kettle? for if they knock one against the other, it shall be broken.
368 13:4. The rich man hath done wrong, and yet he will fume: but the poor is wronged and must hold his peace.
369 13:5. If thou give, he will make use of thee: and if thou have nothing, he will forsake thee.
370 13:6. If thou have any thing, he will live with thee, and will make thee bare, and he will not be sorry for thee.
371 13:7. If he have need of thee he will deceive thee, and smiling upon thee will put thee in hope; he will speak thee fair, and will say: What wantest thou?
372 13:8. And he will shame thee by his meats, till he have drawn thee dry twice or thrice, and at last he will laugh at thee: and afterward when he seeth thee, he will forsake thee, and shake his head at thee.
373 13:9. Humble thyself to God, and wait for his hands.
374 13:10. Beware that thou be not deceived into folly, and be humbled.
375 13:11. Be not lowly in thy wisdom, lest being humbled thou be deceived into folly.
376 13:12. If thou be invited by one that is mightier, withdraw thyself: for so he will invite thee the more.
377 13:13. Be not troublesome to him, lest thou be put back: and keep not far from him, lest thou be forgotten.
378 13:14. Affect not to speak with him as an equal, and believe not his many words: for by much talk he will sift thee, and smiling will examine thee concerning thy secrets.
379 13:15. His cruel mind will lay up thy words: and he will not spare to do thee hurt, and to cast thee into prison.
380 13:16. Take heed to thyself, and attend diligently to what thou hearest: for thou walkest in danger of thy ruin.
381 13:17. When thou hearest those things, see as it were in sleep, and thou shalt awake.
382 13:18. Love God all thy life, and call upon him for thy salvation.
383 13:19. Every beast loveth its like: so also every man him that is nearest to himself.
384 13:20. All flesh shall consort with the like to itself, and every man shall associate himself to his like.
385 13:21. If the wolf shall at any time have fellowship with the lamb, so the sinner with the just.
386 13:22. What fellowship hath a holy man with a dog, or what part hath the rich with the poor?
387 13:23. The wild ass is the lion's prey in the desert: so also the poor are devoured by the rich.
388 13:24. And as humility is an abomination to the proud: so also the rich man abhorreth the poor.
389 13:25. When a rich man is shaken, he is kept up by his friends: but when a poor man is fallen down, he is thrust away even by his acquaintance.
390 13:26. When a rich man hath been deceived, he hath many helpers: he hath spoken proud things, and they have justified him.
391 13:27. The poor man was deceived, and he is rebuked also: he hath spoken wisely, and could have no place.
392 13:28. The rich man spoke, and all held their peace, and what he said they extol even to the clouds.
393 13:29. The poor man spoke, and they say: Who is this? and if he stumble, they will overthrow him.
394 13:30. Riches are good to him that hath no sin in his conscience: and poverty is very wicked in the mouth of the ungodly.
395 13:31. The heart of a man changeth his countenance, either for good, or for evil.
396 13:32. The token of a good heart, and a good countenance thou shalt hardly find, and with labour.
397 14:1. Blessed is the man that hath not slipped by a word out of his mouth, and is not pricked with the remorse of sin.
398 14:2. Happy is he that hath had no sadness of his mind, and who is not fallen from his hope.
399 14:3. Riches are not comely for a covetous man and a niggard, and what should an envious man do with gold?
400 14:4. He that gathereth together by wronging his own soul, gathereth for others, and another will squander away his goods in rioting.
401 14:5. He that is evil to himself, to whom will he be good? and he shall not take pleasure in his goods.
402 14:6. There is none worse than he that envieth himself, and this is the reward of his wickedness:
403 14:7. And if he do good, he doth it ignorantly, and unwillingly: and at the last he discovereth his wickedness.
404 14:8. The eye of the envious is wicked: and he turneth away his face, and despiseth his own soul.
405 14:9. The eye of the covetous man is insatiable in his portion of iniquity: he will not be satisfied till he consume his own soul, drying it up.
406 14:10. An evil eye is towards evil things: and he shall not have his fill of bread, but shall be needy and pensive at his own table.
407 14:11. My son, if thou have any thing, do good to thyself, and offer to God worthy offerings.
408 14:12. Remember that death is not slow, and that the covenant of hell hath been shewn to thee: for the covenant of this world shall surely die.
409 14:13. Do good to thy friend before thou die, and according to thy ability, stretching out thy hand give to the poor.
410 14:14. Defraud not thyself of the good day, and let not the part of a good gift overpass thee.
411 14:15. Shalt thou not leave to others to divide by lot thy sorrows and labours?
412 14:16. Give and take, and justify thy soul.
413 14:17. Before thy death work justice: for in hell there is no finding food.
414 14:18. All flesh shall fade as grass, and as the leaf that springeth out on a green tree.
415 14:19. Some grow, and some fall off: so is the generation of flesh and blood, one cometh to an end, and another is born.
416 14:20. Every work that is corruptible shall fail in the end: and the worker thereof shall go with it.
417 14:21. And every excellent work shall be justified: and the worker thereof shall be honoured therein.
418 14:22. Blessed is the man that shall continue in wisdom, and that shall meditate in his justice, and in his mind shall think of the all seeing eye of God.
419 14:23. He that considereth her ways in his heart, and hath understanding in her secrets, who goeth after her as one that traceth, and stayeth in her ways.
420 14:24. He who looketh in at her windows, and hearkeneth at her door.
421 14:25. He that lodgeth near her house, and fastening a pin in her walls shall set up his tent high unto her, where good things shall rest in his lodging for ever.
422 14:26. He shall set his children under her shelter, and shall lodge under her branches:
423 14:27. He shall be protected under her covering from the heat, and shall rest in her glory.
424 15:1. He that feareth God, will do good: and he that possesseth justice, shall lay hold on her,
425 15:2. And she will meet him as an honourable mother, and will receive him as a wife married of a virgin.
426 15:3. With the bread of life and understanding, she shall feed him, and give him the water of wholesome wisdom to drink: and she shall be made strong in him, and he shall not be moved.
427 15:4. And she shall hold him fast, and he shall not be confounded: and she shall exalt him among his neighbours.
428 15:5. And in the midst of the church she shall open his mouth, and shall fill him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and shall clothe him with a robe of glory.
429 15:6. She shall heap upon him a treasure of joy and gladness, and shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.
430 15:7. But foolish men shall not obtain her, and wise men shall meet her, foolish men shall not see her: for she is far from pride and deceit.
431 15:8. Lying men shall be mindful of her: but men that speak truth shall be found with her, and shall advance, even till they come to the sight of God.
432 15:9. Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner:
433 15:10. For wisdom came forth from God: for praise shall be with the wisdom of God, and shall abound in a faithful mouth, and the sovereign Lord will give praise unto it.
434 15:11. Say not: It is through God, that she is not with me: for do not thou the things that he hateth.
435 15:12. Say not: He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of wicked men.
436 15:13. The Lord hateth all abomination of error, and they that fear him shall not love it.
437 15:14. God made man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of his own counsel.
438 15:15. He added his commandments and precepts.
439 15:16. If thou wilt keep the commandments and perform acceptable fidelity for ever, they shall preserve thee.
440 15:17. He hath set water and fire before thee: stretch forth thy hand to which thou wilt.
441 15:18. Before man is life and death, good and evil, that which he shall choose shall be given him:
442 15:19. For the wisdom of God is great, and he is strong in power, seeing all men without ceasing.
443 15:20. The eyes of the Lord are towards them that fear him, and he knoweth al the work of man.
444 15:21. He hath commanded no man to do wickedly, and he hath given no man license to sin;
445 15:22. For he desireth not a multitude of faithless and unprofitable children.
446 16:1. Rejoice not in ungodly children, if they be multiplied: neither be delighted in them, if the fear of God be not with them.
447 16:2. Trust not to their life, and respect not their labours.
448 16:3. For better is one that feareth God, than a thousand ungodly children.
449 16:4. And it is better to die without children, than to leave ungodly children.
450 16:5. By one that is wise a country shall be inhabited, the tribe of the ungodly shall become desolate.
451 16:6. Many such things hath my eyes seen, and greater things than these my ear hath heard.
452 16:7. In the congregation of sinners a fire shall be kindled, and in an unbelieving nation wrath shall flame out.
453 16:8. The ancient giants did not obtain pardon for their sins, who were destroyed trusting to their own strength:
454 16:9. And he spared not the place where Lot sojourned, but abhorred them for the pride of their word.
455 16:10. He had not pity on them, destroying the whole nation that extolled themselves in their sins.
456 16:11. So did he with the six hundred thousand footmen, who were gathered together in the hardness of their heart: and if one had been stiffnecked, it is a wonder if he had escaped unpunished:
457 16:12. For mercy and wrath are with him. He is mighty to forgive, and to pour out indignation:
458 16:13. According as his mercy is, so his correction judgeth a man according to his works.
459 16:14. The sinner shall not escape in his rapines, and the patience of him that sheweth mercy shall not be put off.
460 16:15. All mercy shall make a place for every man according to the merit of his works, and according to the wisdom of his sojournment.
461 16:16. Say not: I shall be hidden from God, and who shall remember me from on high?
462 16:17. In such a multitude I shall not be known: for what is my soul in such an immense creation?
463 16:18. Behold the heaven, and the heavens of heavens, the deep, and all the earth, and the things that are in them, shall be moved in his sight,
464 16:19. The mountains also, and the hills, and the foundations of the earth: when God shall look upon them, they shall be shaken with trembling.
465 16:20. And in all these things the heart is senseless: and every heart is understood by him.
466 16:21. And his ways who shall understand, and the storm, which no eye of man shall see?
467 16:22. For many of his works are hidden, but the works of his justice who shall declare? or who shall endure? for the testament is far from some, and the examination of all is in the end.
468 16:23. He that wanteth understanding thinketh vain things, and the foolish, and erring man, thinketh foolish things.
469 16:24. Hearken to me, my son, and learn the discipline of understanding, and attend to my words in thy heart.
470 16:25. And I will shew forth good doctrine in equity, and will seek to declare wisdom: and attend to my words in thy heart, whilst with equity of spirit I tell thee the virtues that God hath put upon his works from the beginning, and I shew forth in truth his knowledge.
471 16:26. The works of God are done in judgment from the beginning, and from the making of them he distinguished their parts, and their beginnings in their generations.
472 16:27. He beautified their works for ever, they have neither hungered, nor laboured, and they have not ceased from their works.
473 16:28. Nor shall any of them straiten his neighbour at any time.
474 16:29. Be not thou incredulous to his word.
475 16:30. After this God looked upon the earth, and filled it with his goods.
476 16:31. The soul of every living thing hath shewn forth before the face thereof, and into it they return again.
477 17:1. God created man of the earth, and made him after his own image.
478 17:2. And he turned him into it again, and clothed him with strength according to himself.
479 17:3. He gave him the number of his days and time, and gave him power over all things that are upon the earth.
480 17:4. He put the fear of him upon all flesh, and he had dominion over beasts and fowls.
481 17:5. He created of him a helpmate like to himself, he gave them counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, and ears, and a heart to devise: and he filled them with the knowledge of understanding.
482 17:6. He created in them the science of the spirit, he fired their heart with wisdom, and shewed them both good and evil.
483 17:7. He set his eye upon their hearts to shew them the greatness of his works:
484 17:8. That they might praise the name which he hath sanctified: and glory in his wondrous act that they might declare the glorious things of his works.
485 17:9. Moreover he gave them instructions, and the law of life for an inheritance.
486 17:10. He made an everlasting covenant with them, and he shewed them his justice and judgments.
487 17:11. And their eye saw the majesty of his glory, and their ears heard his glorious voice, and he said to them: Beware of all iniquity.
488 17:12. And he gave to every one of them commandment concerning his neighbour.
489 17:13. Their ways are always before him, they are not hidden from his eyes.
490 17:14. Over every nation he set a ruler.
491 17:15. And Israel was made the manifest portion of God.
492 17:16. And all their works are as the sun in the sight of God: and his eyes are continually upon their ways.
493 17:17. Their covenants were not hid by their iniquity, and all their iniquities are in the sight of God.
494 17:18. The alms of a man is as a signet with him, and shall preserve the grace of a man as the apple of the eye:
495 17:19. And afterward he shall rise up, and shall render them their reward, to every one upon their own head, and shall turn them down into the bowels of the earth.
496 17:20. But to the penitent he hath given the way of justice, and he hath strengthened them that were fainting in patience, and hath appointed to them the lot of truth.
497 17:21. Turn to the Lord, and forsake thy sins:
498 17:22. Make thy prayer before the face of the Lord, and offend less.
499 17:23. Return to the Lord, and turn away from thy injustice, and greatly hate abomination.
500 17:24. And know the justices and judgments of God, and stand firm in the lot set before thee, and in prayer to the most high God.
501 17:25. Go to the side of the holy age, with them that live and give praise to God.
502 17:26. Tarry not in the error of the ungodly, give glory before death. Praise perisheth from the dead as nothing.
503 17:27. Give thanks whilst thou art living, whilst thou art alive and in health thou shalt give thanks, and shalt praise God, and shalt glory in his mercies.
504 17:28. How great is the mercy of the Lord, and his forgiveness to them that turn to him!
505 17:29. For all things cannot be in men, because the son of man is not immortal, and they are delighted with the vanity of evil.
506 17:30. What is brighter than the sun; yet it shall be eclipsed. Or what is more wicked than that which flesh and blood hath invented? and this shall be reproved.
507 17:31. He beholdeth the power of the height of heaven: and all men are earth and ashes.
508 18:1. He that liveth for ever created all things together. God only shall be justified, and he remaineth an invincible king for ever.
509 18:2. Who is able to declare his works?
510 18:3. For who shall search out his glorious acts?
511 18:4. And who shall show forth the power of his majesty? or who shall be able to declare his mercy?
512 18:5. Nothing may be taken away, nor added, neither is it possible to find out the glorious works of God.
513 18:6. When a man hath done, then shall he begin: and when he leaveth off, he shall be at a loss.
514 18:7. What is man, and what is his grace? and what is his good, or what is his evil?
515 18:8. The number of the days of men at the most are a hundred years, as a drop of water of the sea are they esteemed: and as a pebble of the sand, so are a few years compared to eternity.
516 18:9. Therefore God is patient in them, and poureth forth his mercy upon them.
517 18:10. He hath seen the presumption of their heart that it is wicked, and hath known their end that it is evil.
518 18:11. Therefore hath he filled up his mercy in their favour, and hath shewn them the way of justice.
519 18:12. The compassion of man is toward his neighbour: but the mercy of God is upon all flesh.
520 18:13. He hath mercy, and teacheth, and correcteth, as a shepherd doth his flock.
521 18:14. He hath mercy on him that receiveth the discipline of mercy, and that maketh haste in his judgments.
522 18:15. My son, in thy good deeds, make no complaint, and when thou givest any thing, add not grief by an evil word.
523 18:16. Shall not the dew assuage the heat? so also the good word is better than the gift.
524 18:17. Lo, is not a word better than a gift? but both are with a justified man.
525 18:18. A fool will upbraid bitterly: and a gift of one ill taught consumeth the eyes.
526 18:19. Before judgment prepare thee justice, and learn before thou speak.
527 18:20. Before sickness take a medicine, and before judgment examine thyself, and thou shalt find mercy in the sight of God.
528 18:21. Humble thyself before thou art sick, and in the time of sickness shew thy conversation.
529 18:22. Let nothing hinder thee from praying always, and be not afraid to be justified even to death: for the reward of God continueth for ever.
530 18:23. Before prayer prepare thy soul: and be not as a man that tempteth God.
531 18:24. Remember the wrath that shall be at the last day, and the time of repaying when he shall turn away his face.
532 18:25. Remember poverty in the time of abundance, and the necessities of poverty in the day of riches.
533 18:26. From the morning until the evening the time shall be changed, and all these are swift in the eyes of God.
534 18:27. A wise man will fear in every thing, and in the days of sins will beware of sloth.
535 18:28. Every man of understanding knoweth wisdom, and will give praise to him that findeth her.
536 18:29. They that were of good understanding in words, have also done wisely themselves: and have understood truth and justice, and have poured forth proverbs and judgments.
537 18:30. Go not after thy lusts, but turn away from thy own will.
538 18:31. If thou give to thy soul her desires, she will make thee a joy to thy enemies.
539 18:32. Take no pleasure in riotous assemblies, be they ever so small: for their concertation is continual.
540 18:33. Make not thyself poor by borrowing to contribute to feasts when thou hast nothing in thy purse: for thou shalt be an enemy to thy own life.
541 19:1. A workman that is a drunkard shall not be rich: and he that contemneth small things, shall fall by little and little.
542 19:2. Wine and women make wise men fall off, and shall rebuke the prudent:
543 19:3. And he that joineth himself to harlots, will be wicked. Rottenness and worms shall inherit him, and he shall be lifted up for a greater example, and his soul shall be taken away out of the number.
544 19:4. He that is hasty to give credit, is light of heart, and shall be lessened: and he that sinneth against his own soul, shall be despised.
545 19:5. He that rejoiceth in iniquity, shall be censured, and he that hateth chastisement, shall have less life: and he that hateth babbling, extinguisheth evil.
546 19:6. He that sinneth against his own soul, shall repent: and he that is delighted with wickedness, shall be condemned.
547 19:7. Rehearse not again a wicked and harsh word, and thou shalt not fare the worse.
548 19:8. Tell not thy mind to friend or foe: and if there be a sin with thee, disclose it not.
549 19:9. For he will hearken to thee, and will watch thee, and as it were defending thy sin he will hate thee, and so will he be with thee always.
550 19:10. Hast thou heard a word against thy neighbour? let it die within thee, trusting that it will not burst thee.
551 19:11. At the hearing of a word the fool is in travail, as a woman groaning in the bringing forth a child.
552 19:12. As an arrow that sticketh in a man's thigh: so is a word in the heart of a fool.
553 19:13. Reprove a friend, lest he may not have understood, and say: I did it not: or if he did it, that he may do it no more.
554 19:14. Reprove thy neighbour, for it may be he hath not said it: and if he hath said it, that he may not say it again.
555 19:15. Admonish thy friend: for there is often a fault committed.
556 19:16. And believe not every word. There is one, that slippeth with the tongue, but not from his heart.
557 19:17. For who is there that hath not offended with his tongue? Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him.
558 19:18. And give place to the fear of the most High: for the fear of God is all wisdom, and therein is to fear God, and the disposition of the law is in all wisdom.
559 19:19. But the learning of wickedness is not wisdom: and the device of sinners is not prudence.
560 19:20. There is a subtle wickedness, and the same is detestable: and there is a man that is foolish, wanting in wisdom.
561 19:21. Better is a man that hath less wisdom, and wanteth understanding, with the fear of God, than he that aboundeth in understanding, and transgresseth the law of the most High.
562 19:22. There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is unjust.
563 19:23. And there is one that uttereth an exact word telling the truth. There is one that humbleth himself wickedly, and his interior is full of deceit:
564 19:24. And there is one that submitteth himself exceedingly with a great lowliness: and there is one that casteth down his countenance, and maketh as if he did not see that which is unknown:
565 19:25. And if he be hindered from sinning for want of power, if he shall find opportunity to do evil, he will do it.
566 19:26. A man is known by his look, and a wise man, when thou meetest him, is known by his countenance.
567 19:27. The attire of the body, and the laughter of the teeth, and the gait of the man, shew what he is.
568 19:28. There is a lying rebuke in the anger of an injurious man: and there is a judgment that is not allowed to be good: and there is one that holdeth his peace, he is wise.
569 20:1. How much better is it to reprove, than to be angry, and not to hinder him that confesseth in prayer.
570 20:2. The lust of an eunuch shall deflour a young maiden:
571 20:3. So is he that by violence executeth of the unwise.
572 20:4. How good is it, when thou art reproved, to shew repentance! for so thou shalt escape wilful sin.
573 20:5. There is one that holdeth his peace, that is found wise: and there is another that is hateful, that is bold in speech.
574 20:6. There is one that holdeth his peace, because he knoweth not what to say: and there is another that holdeth his peace, knowing the proper time.
575 20:7. A wise man will hold his peace till he see opportunity: but a babbler, and a fool, will regard no time.
576 20:8. He that useth many words shall hurt his own soul: and he that taketh authority to himself unjustly shall be hated.
577 20:9. There is success in evil things to a man without discipline, and there is a finding that turneth to loss.
578 20:10. There is a gift that is not profitable: and there is a gift, the recompense of which is double.
579 20:11. There is an abasement because of glory: and there is one that shall lift up his head from a low estate.
580 20:12. There is that buyeth much for a small price, and restoreth the same sevenfold.
581 20:13. A man wise in words shall make himself beloved: but the graces of fools shall be poured out.
582 20:14. The gift of the fool shall do thee no good: for his eyes are sevenfold.
583 20:15. He will give a few things, and upbraid much: and the opening of his mouth is the kindling of a fire.
584 20:16. To day a man lendeth, and to morrow he asketh it again: such a man as this is hateful.
585 20:17. A fool shall have no friend, and there shall be no thanks for his good deeds.
586 20:18. For they that eat his bread, are of a false tongue. How often, and how many will laugh him to scorn!
587 20:19. For he doth not distribute with right understanding that which was to be had: in like manner also that which was not to be had.
588 20:20. The slipping of a false tongue is as one that falleth on the pavement: so the fall of the wicked shall come speedily.
589 20:21. A man without grace is as a vain fable, it shall be continually in the mouth of the unwise.
590 20:22. A parable coming out of a fool's mouth shall be rejected: for he doth not speak it in due season.
591 20:23. There is that is hindered from sinning through want, and in his rest he shall be pricked.
592 20:24. There is that will destroy his own soul through shamefacedness, and by occasion of an unwise person he will destroy it: and by respect of person he will destroy himself.
593 20:25. There is that for bashfulness promiseth to his friend, and maketh him his enemy for nothing.
594 20:26. A lie is a foul blot in a man, and yet it will be continually in the mouth of men without discipline.
595 20:27. A thief is better than a man that is always lying: but both of them shall inherit destruction.
596 20:28. The manners of lying men are without honour: and their confusion is with them without ceasing.
597 20:29. A wise man shall advance himself with his words, and a prudent man shall please the great ones.
598 20:30. He that tilleth his land shall make a high heap of corn: and he that worketh justice shall be exalted: and he that pleaseth great men shall escape iniquity.
599 20:31. Presents and gifts blind the eyes of judges, and make them dumb in the mouth, so that they cannot correct.
600 20:32. O Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is not seen: what profit is there in them both?
601 20:33. Better is he that hideth his folly, than the man that hideth his wisdom.
602 21:1. My son, hast thou sinned? do so no more: but for thy former sins also pray that they may be forgiven thee.
603 21:2. Flee from sins as from the face of a serpent: for if thou comest near them, they will take hold of thee.
604 21:3. The teeth thereof are the teeth of a lion, killing the souls of men.
605 21:4. All iniquity is like a two-edged sword, there is no remedy for the wound thereof.
606 21:5. Injuries and wrongs will waste riches: and the house that is very rich shall be brought to nothing by pride: so the substance of the proud shall be rooted out.
607 21:6. The prayer out of the mouth of the poor shall reach the ears of God, and judgment shall come for him speedily.
608 21:7. He that hateth to be reproved walketh in the trace of a sinner: and he that feareth God will turn to his own heart.
609 21:8. He that is mighty by a bold tongue is known afar off, but a wise man knoweth to slip by him.
610 21:9. He that buildeth his house at other men's charges, is as he that gathereth himself stones to build in the winter.
611 21:10. The congregation of sinners is like tow heaped together, and the end of them is a flame of fire.
612 21:11. The way of sinners is made plain with stones, and in their end is hell, and darkness, and pains.
613 21:12. He that keepeth justice shall get the understanding thereof.
614 21:13. The perfection of the fear of God is wisdom and understanding.
615 21:14. He that is not wise in good, will not be taught.
616 21:15. But there is a wisdom that aboundeth in evil: and there is no understanding where there is bitterness.
617 21:16. The knowledge of a wise man shall abound like a flood, and his counsel continueth like a fountain of life.
618 21:17. The heart of a fool is like a broken vessel, and no wisdom at all shall it hold.
619 21:18. A man of sense will praise every wise word he shall hear, and will apply it to himself: the luxurious man hath heard it, and it shall displease him, and he will cast it behind his back.
620 21:19. The talking of a fool is like a burden in the way: but in the lips of the wise, grace shall be found.
621 21:20. The mouth of the prudent is sought after in the church, and they will think upon his words in their hearts.
622 21:21. As a house that is destroyed, so is wisdom to a fool: and the knowledge of the unwise is as words without sense.
623 21:22. Doctrine to a fool is as fetters on the feet, and like manacles on the right hand.
624 21:23. A fool lifteth up his voice in laughter: but a wise man will scarce laugh low to himself.
625 21:24. Learning to the prudent is as an ornament of gold, and like a bracelet upon his right arm.
626 21:25. The foot of a fool is soon in his neighbour's house: but a man of experience will be abashed at the person of the mighty.
627 21:26. A fool will peep through the window into the house: but he that is well taught will stand without.
628 21:27. It is the folly of a man to hearken at the door: and a wise man will be grieved with the disgrace.
629 21:28. The lips of the unwise will be telling foolish things: but the words of the wise shall be weighed in a balance.
630 21:29. The heart of fools is in their mouth: and the mouth of wise men is in their heart.
631 21:30. While the ungodly curseth the devil, he curseth his own soul.
632 21:31. The talebearer shall defile his own soul, and shall be hated by all: and he that shall abide with him shall be hateful: the silent and wise man shall be honoured.
633 22:1. The sluggard is pelted with a dirty stone, and all men will speak of his disgrace.
634 22:2. The sluggard is pelted with the dung of oxen: and every one that toucheth him will shake his hands.
635 22:3. A son ill taught is the confusion of the father: and a foolish daughter shall be to his loss.
636 22:4. A wise daughter shall bring an inheritance to her husband: but she that confoundeth, becometh a disgrace to her father.
637 22:5. She that is bold shameth both her father and husband, and will not be inferior to the ungodly: and shall be disgraced by them both.
638 22:6. A tale out of time is like music in mourning: but the stripes and instruction of wisdom are never out of time.
639 22:7. He that teacheth a fool, is like one that glueth a potsherd together.
640 22:8. He that telleth a word to him that heareth not, is like one that waketh a man out of a deep sleep.
641 22:9. He speaketh with one that is asleep, who uttereth wisdom to a fool: and in the end of the discourse he saith: Who is this?
642 22:10. Weep for the dead, for his light hath failed: and weep for the fool, for his understanding faileth.
643 22:11. Weep but a little for the dead, for he is at rest.
644 22:12. For the wicked life of a wicked fool is worse than death.
645 22:13. The mourning for the dead is seven days: but for a fool and an ungodly man all the days of their life.
646 22:14. Talk not much with a fool and go not with him that hath no sense.
647 22:15. Keep thyself from him, that thou mayst not have trouble, and thou shalt not be defiled with his sin.
648 22:16. Turn away from him, and thou shalt find rest, and shalt not be wearied out with his folly.
649 22:17. What is heavier than lead? and what other name hath he but fool?
650 22:18. Sand and salt, and a mass of iron is easier to bear, than a man without sense, that is both foolish and wicked.
651 22:19. A frame of wood bound together in the foundation of a building, shall not be loosed: so neither shall the heart that is established by advised counsel.
652 22:20. The thought of him that is wise at all times, shall not be depraved by fear.
653 22:21. As pales set in high places, and plasterings made without cost, will not stand against the face of the wind:
654 22:22. So also a fearful heart in the imagination of a fool shall not resist against the violence of fear.
655 22:23. As a fearful heart in the thought of a fool at all times will not fear, so neither shall he that continueth always in the commandments of God.
656 22:24. He that pricketh the eye, bringeth out tears: and he that pricketh the heart, bringeth forth resentment.
657 22:25. He that flingeth a stone at birds, shall drive them away: so he that upbraideth his friend, breaketh friendship.
658 22:26. Although thou hast drawn a sword at a friend, despair not: for there may be a returning. To a friend,
659 22:27. If thou hast opened a sad mouth, fear not, for there may be a reconciliation: except upbraiding, and reproach, and pride, and disclosing of secrets, or a treacherous wound: for in all these cases a friend will flee away.
660 22:28. Keep fidelity with a friend in his poverty, that in his prosperity also thou mayst rejoice.
661 22:29. In the time of his trouble continue faithful to him, that thou mayst also be heir with him in his inheritance.
662 22:30. As the vapour of a chimney, and the smoke of the fire goeth up before the fire: so also injurious words, and reproaches, and threats, before blood.
663 22:31. I will not be ashamed to salute a friend, neither will I hide myself from his face: and if any evil happen to me by him, I will bear it.
664 22:32. But every one that shall hear it, will beware of him.
665 22:33. Who will set a guard before my mouth, and a sure seal upon my lips, that I fall not by them, and that my tongue destroy me not?
666 23:1. O Lord, father, and sovereign ruler of my life, leave me not to their counsel: nor suffer me to fall by them.
667 23:2. Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom over my heart, that they spare me not in their ignorances, and that their sins may not appear:
668 23:3. Lest my ignorances increase, and my offences be multiplied, and my sins abound, and I fall before my adversaries, and my enemy rejoice over me?
669 23:4. O Lord, father, and God of my life, leave me not to their devices.
670 23:5. Give me not haughtiness of my eyes, and turn away from me all coveting.
671 23:6. Take from me the greediness of the belly, and let not the lusts of the flesh take hold of me, and give me not over to a shameless and foolish mind.
672 23:7. Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth, and he that will keep it shall not perish by his lips, nor be brought to fall into most wicked works.
673 23:8. A sinner is caught in his own vanity, and the proud and the evil speakers shall fall thereby.
674 23:9. Let not thy mouth be accustomed to swearing: for in it there are many falls.
675 23:10. And let not the naming of God be usual in thy mouth, and meddle not with the names of saints, for thou shalt not escape free from them.
676 23:11. For as a slave daily put to the question, is never without a blue mark: so every one that sweareth, and nameth, shall not be wholly pure from sin.
677 23:12. A man that sweareth much, shall be filled with iniquity, and a scourge shall not depart from his house.
678 23:13. And if he make it void, his sin shall be upon him, and if he dissemble it, he offendeth double:
679 23:14. And if he swear in vain, he shall not be justified: for his house shall be filled with his punishment.
680 23:15. There is also another speech opposite to death, let it not be found in the inheritance of Jacob.
681 23:16. For from the merciful all these things shall be taken away, and they shall not wallow in sins.
682 23:17. Let not thy mouth be accustomed to indiscreet speech: for therein is the word of sin.
683 23:18. Remember thy father and thy mother, for thou sittest in the midst of great men:
684 23:19. Lest God forget thee in their sight, and thou, by thy daily custom be infatuated and suffer reproach: and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse the day of thy nativity.
685 23:20. The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words, will never be corrected all the days of his life.
686 23:21. Two sorts of men multiply sins, and the third bringeth wrath and destruction.
687 23:22. A hot soul is a burning fire, it will never be quenched, till it devour some thing.
688 23:23. And a man that is wicked in the mouth of his flesh, will not leave off till he hath kindled a fire.
689 23:24. To a man that is a fornicator all bread is sweet, he will not be weary of sinning unto the end.
690 23:25. Every man that passeth beyond his own bed, despising his own soul, and saying: Who seeth me?
691 23:26. Darkness compasseth me about, and the walls cover me, and no man seeth me: whom do I fear? the most High will not remember my sins.
692 23:27. And he understandeth not that his eye seeth all things, for such a man's fear driveth him from the fear of God, and the eyes of men fearing him:
693 23:28. And he knoweth not that the eyes of the Lord are far brighter than the sun, beholding round about all the ways of men, and the bottom of the deep, and looking into the hearts of men, into the most hidden parts.
694 23:29. For all things were known to the Lord God, before they were created: so also after they were perfected he beholdeth all things.
695 23:30. This man shall be punished in the streets of the city, and he shall be chased as a colt: and where he suspected not, he shall be taken.
696 23:31. And he shall be in disgrace with all men, because he understood not the fear of the Lord.
697 23:32. So every woman also that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir by another:
698 23:33. For first she hath been unfaithful to the law of the most High: and secondly, she hath offended against her husband: thirdly, she hath fornicated in adultery, and hath gotten her children of another man.
699 23:34. This woman shall be brought into the assembly, and inquisition shall be made of her children.
700 23:35. Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit.
701 23:36. She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her infamy shall not be blotted out.
702 23:37. And they that remain shall know, that there is nothing better than the fear of God: and that there is nothing sweeter than to have regard to the commandments of the Lord.
703 23:38. It is great glory to follow the Lord: for length of days shall be received from him.
704 24:1. Wisdom shall praise her own self, and shall be honoured in God, and shall glory in the midst of her people,
705 24:2. And shall open her mouth in the churches of the most High, and shall glorify herself in the sight of his power,
706 24:3. And in the midst of her own people she shall be exalted, and shall be admired in the holy assembly.
707 24:4. And in the multitude of the elect she shall have praise, and among the blessed she shall be blessed, saying:
708 24:5. I came out of the mouth of the most High, the firstborn before all creatures:
709 24:6. I made that in the heavens there should rise light that never faileth, and as a cloud I covered all the earth:
710 24:7. I dwelt in the highest places, and my throne is in a pillar of a cloud.
711 24:8. I alone have compassed the circuit of heaven, and have penetrated into the bottom of the deep, and have walked in the waves of the sea,
712 24:9. And have stood in all the earth: and in every people,
713 24:10. And in every nation I have had the chief rule:
714 24:11. And by my power I have trodden under my feet the hearts of all the high and low: and in all these I sought rest, and I shall abide in the inheritance of the Lord.
715 24:12. Then the creator of all things commanded, and said to me: and he that made me, rested in my tabernacle,
716 24:13. And he said to me: Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thy inheritance in Israel, and take root in my elect.
717 24:14. From the beginning, and before the world, was I created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy dwelling place I have ministered before him.
718 24:15. And so was I established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem.
719 24:16. And I took root in an honourable people, and in the portion of my God his inheritance, and my abode is in the full assembly of saints.
720 24:17. I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and as a cypress tree on mount Sion.
721 24:18. I was exalted like a palm tree in Cades, and as a rose plant in Jericho:
722 24:19. As a fair olive tree in the plains, and as a plane tree by the water in the streets, was I exalted.
723 24:20. I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon, and aromatical balm: I yielded a sweet odour like the best myrrh:
724 24:21. And I perfumed my dwelling as storax, and galbanum, and onyx, and aloes, and as the frankincense not cut, and my odour is as the purest balm.
725 24:22. I have stretched out my branches as the turpentine tree, and my branches are of honour and grace.
726 24:23. As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odour: and my flowers are the fruit of honour and riches.
727 24:24. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope.
728 24:25. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue.
729 24:26. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits.
730 24:27. For my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb.
731 24:28. My memory is unto everlasting generations.
732 24:29. They that eat me, shall yet hunger: and they that drink me, shall yet thirst.
733 24:30. He that hearkeneth to me, shall not be confounded: and they that work by me, shall not sin.
734 24:31. They that explain me shall have life everlasting.
735 24:32. All these things are the book of life, and the covenant of the most High, and the knowledge of truth.
736 24:33. Moses commanded a law in the precepts of justices, and an inheritance to the house of Jacob, and the promises to Israel.
737 24:34. He appointed to David his servant to raise up of him a most mighty king, and sitting on the throne of glory for ever.
738 24:35. Who filleth up wisdom as the Phison, and as the Tigris in the days of the new fruits.
739 24:36. Who maketh understanding to abound as the Euphrates, who multiplieth it as the Jordan in the time of harvest.
740 24:37. Who sendeth knowledge as the light, and riseth up as Gehon in the time of the vintage.
741 24:38. Who first hath perfect knowledge of her, and a weaker shall not search her out.
742 24:39. For her thoughts are more vast than the sea, and her counsels more deep than the great ocean.
743 24:40. I, wisdom, have poured out rivers.
744 24:41. I, like a brook out of a river of a mighty water; I, like a channel of a river, and like an aqueduct, came out of paradise.
745 24:42. I said: I will water my garden of plants, and I will water abundantly the fruits of my meadow.
746 24:43. And behold my brook became a great river, and my river came near to a sea:
747 24:44. For I make doctrine to shine forth to all as the morning light, and I will declare it afar off.
748 24:45. I will penetrate to all the lower parts of the earth, and will behold all that sleep, and will enlighten all that hope in the Lord.
749 24:46. I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and will leave it to them that seek wisdom, and will not cease to instruct their offspring even to the holy age.
750 24:47. See ye that I have not laboured myself only, but for all that seek out the truth.
751 25:1. With three things my spirit is pleased, which are approved before God and men:
752 25:2. The concord of brethren, and the love of neighbours, and man and wife that agree well together.
753 25:3. Three sorts my soul hateth, and I am greatly grieved at their life:
754 25:4. A poor man that is proud: a rich man that is a liar: an old man that is a fool, and doting.
755 25:5. The things that thou hast not gathered in thy youth, how shalt thou find them in thy old age?
756 25:6. O how comely is judgment for a grey head, and for ancients to know counsel!
757 25:7. O how comely is wisdom for the aged, and understanding and counsel to men of honour!
758 25:8. Much experience is the crown of old men, and the fear of God is their glory.
759 25:9. Nine things that are not to be imagined by the heart have I magnified, and the tenth I will utter to men with my tongue.
760 25:10. A man that hath joy of his children: and he that liveth and seeth the fall of his enemies.
761 25:11. Blessed is he that dwelleth with a wise woman, and that hath not slipped with his tongue, and that hath not served such as are unworthy of him.
762 25:12. Blessed is he that findeth a true friend, and that declareth justice to an ear that heareth.
763 25:13. How great is he that findeth wisdom and knowledge! but there is none above him that feareth the Lord.
764 25:14. The fear of God hath set itself above all things:
765 25:15. Blessed is the man, to whom it is given to have the fear of God: he that holdeth it, to whom shall he be likened?
766 25:16. The fear of God is the beginning of his love: and the beginning of faith is to be fast joined unto it.
767 25:17. The sadness of the heart is every plague: and the wickedness of a woman is all evil.
768 25:18. And a man will choose any plague, but the plague of the heart:
769 25:19. And any wickedness, but the wickedness of a woman:
770 25:20. And any affliction, but the affliction from them that hate him:
771 25:21. And any revenge, but the revenge of enemies.
772 25:22. There is no head worse than the head of a serpent:
773 25:23. And there is no anger above the anger of a woman. It will be more agreeable to abide with a lion and a dragon, than to dwell with a wicked woman.
774 25:24. The wickedness of a woman changeth her face: and she darkeneth her countenance as a bear: and sheweth it like sackcloth. In the midst of her neighbours,
775 25:25. Her husband groaned, and hearing he sighed a little.
776 25:26. All malice is short to the malice of a woman, let the lot of sinners fall upon her.
777 25:27. As the climbing of a sandy way is to the feet of the aged, so is a wife full of tongue to a quiet man.
778 25:28. Look not upon a woman's beauty, and desire not a woman for beauty.
779 25:29. A woman's anger, and impudence, and confusion is great.
780 25:30. A woman, if she have superiority, is contrary to her husband.
781 25:31. A wicked woman abateth the courage, and maketh a heavy countenance, and a wounded heart.
782 25:32. Feeble hands, and disjointed knees, a woman that doth not make her husband happy.
783 25:33. From the woman came the beginning of sin, and by her we all die.
784 25:34. Give no issue to thy water, no, not a little: nor to a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad.
785 25:35. If she walk not at thy hand, she will confound thee in the sight of thy enemies.
786 25:36. Cut her off from thy flesh, lest she always abuse thee.
787 26:1. Happy is the husband of a good wife: for the number of his years is double.
788 26:2. A virtuous woman rejoiceth her husband, and shall fulfil the years of his life in peace.
789 26:3. A good wife is a good portion, she shall be given in the portion of them that fear God, to a man for his good deeds.
790 26:4. Rich or poor, if his heart is good, his countenance shall be cheerful at all times.
791 26:5. Of three things my heart hath been afraid, and at the fourth my face hath trembled:
792 26:6. The accusation of a city, and the gathering together of the people:
793 26:7. And a false calumny, all are more grievous than death.
794 26:8. A jealous woman is the grief and mourning of the heart.
795 26:9. With a jealous woman is a scourge of the tongue which communicateth with all.
796 26:10. As a yoke of oxen that is moved to and fro, so also is a wicked woman: he that hath hold of her, is as he that taketh hold of a scorpion.
797 26:11. A drunken woman is a great wrath: and her reproach and shame shall not be hid.
798 26:12. The fornication of a woman shall be known by the haughtiness of her eyes and by her eyelids.
799 26:13. On a daughter that turneth not away herself, set a strict watch: lest finding an opportunity she abuse herself.
800 26:14. Take heed of the impudence of her eyes, and wonder not if she slight thee.
801 26:15. She will open her mouth as a thirsty traveller to the fountain, and will drink of every water near her, and will sit down by every hedge, and open her quiver against every arrow, until she fail.
802 26:16. The grace of a diligent woman shall delight her husband, and shall fat his bones.
803 26:17. Her discipline is the gift of God.
804 26:18. Such is a wise and silent woman, and there is nothing so much worth as a well instructed soul.
805 26:19. A holy and shamefaced woman is grace upon grace.
806 26:20. And no price is worthy of a continent soul.
807 26:21. As the sun when it riseth to the world in the high places of God, so is the beauty of a good wife for the ornament of her house.
808 26:22. As the lamp shining upon the holy candlestick, so is the beauty of the face in a ripe age,
809 26:23. As golden pillars upon bases of silver, so are the firm feet upon the soles of a steady woman.
810 26:24. As everlasting foundations upon a solid rock, so the commandments of God in the heart of a holy woman.
811 26:25. At two things my heart is grieved, and the third bringeth anger upon me.
812 26:26. A man of war fainting through poverty, and a man of sense despised:
813 26:27. And he that passeth over from justice to sin, God hath prepared such an one for the sword.
814 26:28. Two sorts of callings have appeared to me hard and dangerous: a merchant is hardly free from negligence: and a huckster shall not be justified from the sins of the lips.
815 27:1. Through poverty many have sinned: and he that seeketh to be enriched, turneth away his eye.
816 27:2. As a stake sticketh fast in the midst of the joining of stones, so also in the midst of selling and buying, sin shall stick fast.
817 27:3. Sin shall be destroyed with the sinner.
818 27:4. Unless thou hold thyself diligently in the fear of the Lord, thy house shall quickly be overthrown.
819 27:5. As when one sifteth with a sieve, the dust will remain: so will the perplexity of a man in his thoughts.
820 27:6. The furnace trieth the potter's vessels, and the trial of affliction just men.
821 27:7. As the dressing of a tree sheweth the fruit thereof, so a word out of the thought of the heart of man.
822 27:8. Praise not a man before he speaketh, for this is the trial of men.
823 27:9. If thou followest justice, thou shalt obtain her: and shalt put her on as a long robe of honour, and thou shalt dwell with her: and she shall protect thee for ever, and in the day of acknowledgment thou shalt find a strong foundation.
824 27:10. Birds resort unto their like: so truth will return to them that practise her.
825 27:11. The lion always lieth in wait for prey: so do sins for them that work iniquities.
826 27:12. A holy man continueth in wisdom as the sun: but a fool is changed as the moon.
827 27:13. In the midst of the unwise keep in the word till its time: but be continually among men that think.
828 27:14. The discourse of sinners is hateful, and their laughter is at the pleasures of sin.
829 27:15. The speech that sweareth much shall make the hair of the head stand upright: and its irreverence shall make one stop his ears.
830 27:16. In the quarrels of the road is the shedding of blood: and their cursing is a grievous hearing.
831 27:17. He that discloseth the secret of a friend loseth his credit, and shall never find a friend to his mind.
832 27:18. Love thy neighbour, and be joined to him with fidelity.
833 27:19. But if thou discover his secrets, follow no more after him.
834 27:20. For as a man that destroyeth his friend, so is he that destroyeth the friendship of his neighbour.
835 27:21. And as one that letteth a bird go out of his hand, so hast thou let thy neighbour go, and thou shalt not get him again.
836 27:22. Follow after him no more, for he is gone afar off, he is fled, as a roe escaped out of the snare because his soul is wounded.
837 27:23. Thou canst no more bind him up. And of a curse there is reconciliation:
838 27:24. But to disclose the secrets of a friend, leaveth no hope to an unhappy soul.
839 27:25. He that winketh with the eye forgeth wicked things, and no man will cast him off:
840 27:26. In the sight of thy eyes he will sweeten his mouth, and will admire thy words: but at the last he will writhe his mouth, and on thy words he will lay a stumblingblock.
841 27:27. I have hated many things but not like him, and the Lord will hate him.
842 27:28. If one cast a stone on high, it will fall upon his own head: and the deceitful stroke will wound the deceitful.
843 27:29. He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it: and he that setteth a stone for his neighbour, shall stumble upon it: and he that layeth a snare for another, shall perish in it.
844 27:30. A mischievous counsel shall be rolled back upon the author, and he shall not know from whence it cometh to him.
845 27:31. Mockery and reproach are of the proud, and vengeance as a lion shall lie in wait for him.
846 27:32. They shall perish in a snare that are delighted with the fall of the just: and sorrow shall consume them before they die.
847 27:33. Anger and fury are both of them abominable, and the sinful man shall be subject to them.
848 28:1. He that seeketh to revenge himself, shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins in remembrance.
849 28:2. Forgive thy neighbour if he hath hurt thee: and then shall thy sins be forgiven to thee when thou prayest.
850 28:3. Man to man reserveth anger, and doth he seek remedy of God?
851 28:4. He hath no mercy on a man like himself, and doth he entreat for his own sins?
852 28:5. He that is but flesh, nourisheth anger, and doth he ask forgiveness of God? who shall obtain pardon for his sins?
853 28:6. Remember thy last things, and let enmity cease:
854 28:7. For corruption and death hang over in his commandments.
855 28:8. Remember the fear of God, and be not angry with thy neighbour.
856 28:9. Remember the covenant of the most High, and overlook the ignorance of thy neighbour.
857 28:10. Refrain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins.
858 28:11. For a passionate man kindleth strife, and a sinful man will trouble his friends, and bring in debate in the midst of them that are at peace.
859 28:12. For as the wood of the forest is, so the fire burneth, and as a man's strength is, so shall his anger be, and according to his riches he shall increase his anger.
860 28:13. A hasty contention kindleth a fire and a hasty quarrel sheddeth blood and a tongue that beareth witness bringeth death.
861 28:14. If thou blow the spark, it shall burn as a fire: and if thou spit upon it, it shall be quenched: both come out of the mouth.
862 28:15. The whisperer and the double tongue is accursed: for he hath troubled many that were at peace.
863 28:16. The tongue of a third person hath disquieted many, and scattered them from nation to nation.
864 28:17. It hath destroyed the strong cities of the rich, and hath overthrown the houses of great men.
865 28:18. It hath cut in pieces the forces of people, and undone strong nations.
866 28:19. The tongue of a third person hath cast out valiant women, and deprived them of their labours.
867 28:20. He that hearkeneth to it, shall never have rest, neither shall he have a friend in whom he may repose.
868 28:21. The stroke of a whip maketh a blue mark: but the stroke of the tongue will break the bones.
869 28:22. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not so many as have perished by their own tongue.
870 28:23. Blessed is he that is defended from a wicked tongue, that hath not passed into the wrath thereof, and that hath not drawn the yoke thereof, and hath not been bound in its bands.
871 28:24. For its yoke is a yoke of iron: and its bands are bands of brass.
872 28:25. The death thereof is a most evil death: and hell is preferable to it.
873 28:26. Its continuance shall not be for a long time, but it shall possess the ways of the unjust: and the just shall not be burnt with its flame.
874 28:27. They that forsake God shall fall into it, and it shall burn in them, and shall not be quenched, and it shall be sent upon them as a lion, and as a leopard it shall tear them.
875 28:28. Hedge in thy ears with thorns, hear not a wicked tongue, and make doors and bars to thy mouth.
876 28:29. Melt down thy gold and silver, and make a balance for thy words, and a just bridle for thy mouth:
877 28:30. And take heed lest thou slip with thy tongue, and fall in the sight of thy enemies who lie in wait for thee, and thy fall be incurable unto death.
878 29:1. He that sheweth mercy, lendeth to his neighbour: and he that is stronger in hand, keepeth the commandments.
879 29:2. Lend to thy neighbour in the time of his need, and pay thou thy neighbour again in due time.
880 29:3. Keep thy word, and deal faithfully with him: and thou shalt always find that which is necessary for thee.
881 29:4. Many have looked upon a thing lent as a thing found, and have given trouble to them that helped them.
882 29:5. Till they receive, they kiss the hands of the lender, and in promises they humble their voice:
883 29:6. But when they should repay, they will ask time, and will return tedious and murmuring words, and will complain of the time:
884 29:7. And if he be able to pay, he will stand off, he will scarce pay one half, and will count it as if he had found it:
885 29:8. But if not, he will defraud him of his money, and he shall get him for an enemy without cause.
886 29:9. And he will pay him with reproaches and curses, and instead of honour and good turn will repay him injuries.
887 29:10. Many have refused to lend, not out of wickedness, but they were afraid to be defrauded without cause.
888 29:11. But yet towards the poor be thou more hearty, and delay not to shew him mercy.
889 29:12. Help the poor because of the commandment: and send him not away empty handed because of his poverty.
890 29:13. Lose thy money for thy brother and thy friend: and hide it not under a stone to be lost.
891 29:14. Place thy treasure in the commandments of the most High, and it shall bring thee more profit than gold.
892 29:15. Shut up alms in the heart of the poor, and it shall obtain help for thee against all evil.
893 29:16. Better than the shield of the mighty, and better than the spear:
894 29:17. It shall fight for thee against thy enemy.
895 29:18. A good man is surety for his neighbour: and he that hath lost shame, will leave him to himself.
896 29:19. Forget not the kindness of thy surety: for he hath given his life for thee.
897 29:20. The sinner and the unclean fleeth from his surety.
898 29:21. A sinner attributeth to himself the goods of his surety: and he that is of an unthankful mind will leave him that delivered him.
899 29:22. A man is surety for his neighbour: and when he hath lost all shame, he shall forsake him.
900 29:23. Evil suretyship hath undone many of good estate, and hath tossed them as a wave of the sea.
901 29:24. It hath made powerful men to go from place to place round about, and they have wandered in strange countries.
902 29:25. A sinner that transgresseth the commandment of the Lord, shall fall into an evil suretyship: and he that undertaketh many things, shall fall into judgment.
903 29:26. Recover thy neighbour according to thy power, and take heed to thyself that thou fall not.
904 29:27. The chief thing for man's life is water and bread, and clothing, and a house to cover shame.
905 29:28. Better is the poor man's fare under a roof of boards, than sumptuous cheer abroad in another man's house.
906 29:29. Be contented with little instead of much, and thou shalt not hear the reproach of going abroad.
907 29:30. It is a miserable life to go as a guest from house to house: for where a man is a stranger, he shall not deal confidently, nor open his mouth.
908 29:31. He shall entertain and feed, and give drink to the unthankful, and moreover he shall hear bitter words.
909 29:32. Go, stranger, and furnish the table, and give others to eat what thou hast in thy hand.
910 29:33. Give place to the honourable presence of my friends: for I want my house, my brother being to be lodged with me.
911 29:34. These things are grievous to a man of understanding: the upbraiding of houseroom, and the reproaching of the lender.
912 30:1. He that loveth his son, frequently chastiseth him, that he may rejoice in his latter end, and not grope after the doors of his neighbours.
913 30:2. He that instructeth his son shall be praised in him, and shall glory in him in the midst of them of his household.
914 30:3. He that teacheth his son, maketh his enemy jealous, and in the midst of his friends he shall glory in him.
915 30:4. His father is dead, and he is as if he were not dead: for he hath left one behind him that is like himself.
916 30:5. While he lived he saw and rejoiced in him: and when he died he was not sorrowful, neither was he confounded before his enemies.
917 30:6. For he left behind him a defender of his house against his enemies, and one that will requite kindness to his friends.
918 30:7. For the souls of his sons he shall bind up his wounds, and at every cry his bowels shall be troubled.
919 30:8. A horse not broken becometh stubborn, and a child left to himself will become headstrong.
920 30:9. Give thy son his way, and he shall make thee afraid: play with him, and he shall make thee sorrowful.
921 30:10. Laugh not with him, lest thou have sorrow, and at the last thy teeth be set on edge.
922 30:11. Give him not liberty in his youth, and wink not at his devices.
923 30:12. Bow down his neck while he is young, and beat his sides while he is a child, lest he grow stubborn, and regard thee not, and so be a sorrow of heart to thee.
924 30:13. Instruct thy son, and labour about him, lest his lewd behaviour be an offence to thee.
925 30:14. Better is a poor man who is sound, and strong of constitution, than a rich man who is weak and afflicted with evils.
926 30:15. Health of the soul in holiness of justice, is better than all gold and silver: and a sound body, than immense revenues.
927 30:16. There is no riches above the riches of the health of the body: and there is no pleasure above the joy of the heart.
928 30:17. Better is death than a bitter life, and everlasting rest, than continual sickness.
929 30:18. Good things that are hidden in a mouth that is shut, are as messes of meat set about a grave.
930 30:19. What good shall an offering do to an idol? for it can neither eat, nor smell:
931 30:20. So is he that is persecuted by the Lord, bearing the reward of his iniquity:
932 30:21. He seeth with his eyes, and groaneth, as an eunuch embracing a virgin, and sighing.
933 30:22. Give not up thy soul to sadness, and afflict not thyself in thy own counsel.
934 30:23. The joyfulness of the heart, is the life of a man, and a never failing treasure of holiness: and the joy of a man is length of life.
935 30:24. Have pity on thy own soul, pleasing God, and contain thyself: gather up thy heart in his holiness: and drive away sadness far from thee.
936 30:25. For sadness hath killed many, and there is no profit in it.
937 30:26. Envy and anger shorten a man's days, and pensiveness will bring old age before the time.
938 30:27. A cheerful and good heart is always feasting: for his banquets are prepared with diligence.
939 31:1. Watching for riches consumeth the flesh, and the thought thereof driveth away sleep.
940 31:2. The thinking beforehand turneth away the understanding, and a grievous sickness maketh the soul sober.
941 31:3. The rich man hath laboured in gathering riches together, and when he resteth he shall be filled with his goods.
942 31:4. The poor man hath laboured in his low way of life, and in the end he is still poor.
943 31:5. He that loveth gold, shall not be justified: and he that followeth after corruption, shall be filled with it.
944 31:6. Many have been brought to fall for gold, and the beauty thereof hath been their ruin.
945 31:7. Gold is a stumblingblock to them that sacrifice to it: woe to them that eagerly follow after it, and every fool shall perish by it.
946 31:8. Blessed is the rich man that is found without blemish: and that hath not gone after gold, nor put his trust in money nor in treasures.
947 31:9. Who is he, and we will praise him? for he hath done wonderful things in his life.
948 31:10. Who hath been tried thereby, and made perfect, he shall have glory everlasting. He that could have transgressed, and hath not transgressed: and could do evil things, and hath not done them:
949 31:11. Therefore are his goods established in the Lord, and all the church of the saints shall declare his alms.
950 31:12. Art thou set at a great table? be not the first to open thy mouth upon it.
951 31:13. Say not: There are many things which are upon it.
952 31:14. Remember that a wicked eye is evil.
953 31:15. What is created more wicked than an eye? therefore shall it weep over all the face when it shall see.
954 31:16. Stretch not out thy hand first, lest being disgraced with envy thou be put to confusion.
955 31:17. Be not hasty in a feast.
956 31:18. Judge of the disposition of thy neighbour by thyself.
957 31:19. Use as a frugal man the things that are set before thee: lest if thou eatest much, thou be hated.
958 31:20. Leave off first, for manners' sake: and exceed not, lest thou offend.
959 31:21. And if thou sittest among many, reach not thy hand out first of all, and be not the first to ask for drink.
960 31:22. How sufficient is a little wine for a man well taught, and in sleeping thou shalt not be uneasy with it, and thou shalt feel no pain.
961 31:23. Watching, and choler, and gripes, are with an intemperate man:
962 31:24. Sound and wholesome sleep with a moderate man: he shall sleep till morning, and his soul shall be delighted with him.
963 31:25. And if thou hast been forced to eat much, arise, go out, and vomit: and it shall refresh thee, and thou shalt not bring sickness upon thy body.
964 31:26. Hear me, my son, and despise me not: and in the end thou shalt find my words.
965 31:27. In all thy works be quick, and no infirmity shall come to thee.
966 31:28. The lips of many shall bless him that is liberal of his bread, and the testimony of his truth is faithful.
967 31:29. Against him that is niggardly of his bread, the city will murmur, and the testimony of his niggardliness is true.
968 31:30. Challenge not them that love wine: for wine hath destroyed very many.
969 31:31. Fire trieth hard iron: so wine drunk to excess shall rebuke the hearts of the proud.
970 31:32. Wine taken with sobriety is equal life to men: if thou drink it moderately, thou shalt be sober.
971 31:33. What is his life, who is diminished with wine?
972 31:34. What taketh away life? death.
973 31:35. Wine was created from the beginning to make men joyful, and not to make them drunk.
974 31:36. Wine drunken with moderation is the joy of the soul and the heart.
975 31:37. Sober drinking is health to soul and body.
976 31:38. Wine drunken with excess raiseth quarrels, and wrath, and many ruins.
977 31:39. Wine drunken with excess is bitterness of the soul.
978 31:40. The heat of drunkenness is the stumblingblock of the fool, lessening strength and causing wounds.
979 31:41. Rebuke not thy neighbour in a banquet of wine: and despise him not in his mirth.
980 31:42. Speak not to him words of reproach: and press him not in demanding again.
981 32:1. Have they made thee ruler? be not lifted up: be among them as one of them.
982 32:2. Have care of them, and so sit down, and when thou hast acquitted thyself of all thy charge, take thy place:
983 32:3. That thou mayst rejoice for them, and receive a crown as an ornament of grace, and get the honour of the contribution.
984 32:4. Speak, thou that art elder: for it becometh thee,
985 32:5. To speak the first word with careful knowledge, and hinder not music.
986 32:6. Where there is no hearing, pour not out words, and be not lifted up out of season with thy wisdom.
987 32:7. A concert of music in a banquet of wine is as a carbuncle set in gold.
988 32:8. As a signet of an emerald in a work of gold: so is the melody of music with pleasant and moderate wine.
989 32:9. Hear in silence, and for thy reverence good grace shall come to thee.
990 32:10. Young man, scarcely speak in thy own cause.
991 32:11. If thou be asked twice, let thy answer be short.
992 32:12. In many things be as if thou wert ignorant, and hear in silence and withal seeking.
993 32:13. In the company of great men take not upon thee: and when the ancients are present, speak not much.
994 32:14. Before a storm goeth lightning: and before shamefacedness goeth favour: and for thy reverence good grace shall come to thee.
995 32:15. And at the time of rising be not slack: but be first to run home to thy house, and there withdraw thyself, and there take thy pastime.
996 32:16. And do what thou hast a mind, but not in sin or proud speech.
997 32:17. And for all these things bless the Lord, that made thee, and that replenisheth thee with all his good things.
998 32:18. He that feareth the Lord, will receive his discipline: and they that will seek him early, shall find a blessing.
999 32:19. He that seeketh the law, shall be filled with it: and he that dealeth deceitfully, shall meet with a stumblingblock therein.
1000 32:20. They that fear the Lord, shall find just judgment, and shall kindle justice as a light.
1001 32:21. A sinful man will flee reproof, and will find an excuse according to his will.
1002 32:22. A man of counsel will not neglect understanding, a strange and proud man will not dread fear:
1003 32:23. Even after he hath done with fear without counsel, he shall be controlled by the things of his own seeking.
1004 32:24. My son, do thou nothing without counsel, and thou shalt not repent when thou hast done.
1005 32:25. Go not in the way of ruin, and thou shalt not stumble against the stones: trust not thyself to a rugged way, lest thou set a stumblingblock to thy soul.
1006 32:26. And beware of thy own children, and take heed of them of thy household.
1007 32:27. In every work of thine regard thy soul in faith: for this is the keeping of the commandments.
1008 32:28. He that believeth God, taketh heed to the commandments: and he that trusteth in him, shall fare never the worse.
1009 33:1. No evils shall happen to him that feareth the Lord, but in temptation God will keep him and deliver him from evils.
1010 33:2. A wise man hateth not the commandments and justices, and he shall not be dashed in pieces as a ship in a storm.
1011 33:3. A man of understanding is faithful to the law of God, and the law is faithful to him.
1012 33:4. He that cleareth up a question, shall prepare what to say, and so having prayed he shall be heard, and shall keep discipline, and then he shall answer.
1013 33:5. The heart of a fool is as a wheel of a cart: and his thoughts are like a rolling axletree.
1014 33:6. A friend that is a mocker, is like a stallion horse: he neigheth under every one that sitteth upon him.
1015 33:7. Why doth one day excel another, and one light another, and one year another year, when all come of the sun?
1016 33:8. By the knowledge of the Lord they were distinguished, the sun being made, and keeping his commandment.
1017 33:9. And he ordered the seasons, and holidays of them, and in them they celebrated festivals at an hour.
1018 33:10. Some of them God made high and great days, and some of them he put in the number of ordinary days. And all men are from the ground, and out of the earth, from whence Adam was created.
1019 33:11. With much knowledge the Lord hath divided them and diversified their ways.
1020 33:12. Some of them hath he blessed, and exalted: and some of them hath he sanctified, and set near himself: and some of them hath he cursed and brought low, and turned them from their station.
1021 33:13. As the potter's clay is in his hand, to fashion and order it:
1022 33:14. All his ways are according to his ordering: so man is in the hand of him that made him, and he will render to him according to his judgment.
1023 33:15. Good is set against evil, and life against death: so also is the sinner against a just man. And so look upon all the works of the most High. Two and two, and one against another.
1024 33:16. And I awaked last of all, and as one that gathereth after the grapegatherers.
1025 33:17. In the blessing of God I also have hoped: and as one that gathereth grapes, have I filled the winepress.
1026 33:18. See that I have not laboured for myself only, but for all that seek discipline.
1027 33:19. Hear me, ye great men, and all ye people, and hearken with your ears, ye rulers of the church.
1028 33:20. Give not to son or wife, brother or friend, power over thee while thou livest; and give not thy estate to another, lest thou repent, and thou entreat for the same.
1029 33:21. As long as thou livest, and hast breath in thee, let no man change thee.
1030 33:22. For it is better that thy children should ask of thee, than that thou look toward the hands of thy children.
1031 33:23. In all thy works keep the pre-eminence.
1032 33:24. Let no stain sully thy glory. In the time when thou shalt end the days of thy life, and in the time of thy decease, distribute thy inheritance.
1033 33:25. Fodder, and a wand, and a burden are for an ass: bread, and correction, and work for a slave.
1034 33:26. He worketh under correction, and seeketh to rest: let his hands be idle, and he seeketh liberty.
1035 33:27. The yoke and the thong bend a stiff neck, and continual labours bow a slave.
1036 33:28. Torture and fetters are for a malicious slave: send him to work, that he be not idle:
1037 33:29. For idleness hath taught much evil.
1038 33:30. Set him to work: for so it is fit for him. And if he be not obedient, bring him down with fetters, but be not excessive towards any one, and do no grievous thing without judgment.
1039 33:31. If thou have a faithful servant, let him be to thee as thy own soul: treat him as a brother: because in the blood of thy soul thou hast gotten him.
1040 33:32. If thou hurt him unjustly, he will run away:
1041 33:33. And if he rise up and depart, thou knowest not whom to ask, and in what way to seek him.
1042 34:1. The hopes of a man that is void of understanding are vain and deceitful: and dreams lift up fools.
1043 34:2. The man that giveth heed to lying visions, is like to him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind.
1044 34:3. The vision of dreams is the resemblance of one thing to another: as when a man's likeness is before the face of a man.
1045 34:4. What can be made clean by the unclean? and what truth can come from that which is false?
1046 34:5. Deceitful divinations and lying omens and the dreams of evildoers, are vanity:
1047 34:6. And the heart fancieth as that of a woman in travail: except it be a vision sent forth from the most High, set not thy heart upon them.
1048 34:7. For dreams have deceived many, and they have failed that put their trust in them.
1049 34:8. The word of the law shall be fulfilled without a lie, and wisdom shall be made plain in the mouth of the faithful.
1050 34:9. What doth he know, that hath not been tried? A man that hath much experience, shall think of many things: and he that hath learned many things, shall shew forth understanding.
1051 34:10. He that hath no experience, knoweth little: and he that hath been experienced in many things, multiplieth prudence.
1052 34:11. He that hath not been tried, what manner of things doth he know? he that hath been surprised, shall abound with subtlety.
1053 34:12. I have seen many things by travelling, and many customs of things.
1054 34:13. Sometimes I have been in danger of death for these things, and I have been delivered by the grace of God.
1055 34:14. The spirit of those that fear God, is sought after, and by his regard shall be blessed.
1056 34:15. For their hope is on him that saveth them, and the eyes of God are upon them that love him.
1057 34:16. He that feareth the Lord shall tremble at nothing, and shall not be afraid: for he is his hope.
1058 34:17. The soul of him that feareth the Lord is blessed.
1059 34:18. To whom doth he look, and who is his strength?
1060 34:19. The eyes of the Lord are upon them that fear him, he is their powerful protector, and strong stay, a defence from the heat, and a cover from the sun at noon,
1061 34:20. A preservation from stumbling, and a help from falling: he raiseth up the soul, and enlighteneth the eyes, and giveth health, and life, and blessing.
1062 34:21. The offering of him that sacrificeth of a thing wrongfully gotten, is stained, and the mockeries of the unjust are not acceptable.
1063 34:22. The Lord is only for them that wait upon him in the way of truth and justice.
1064 34:23. The most High approveth not the gifts of the wicked: neither hath he respect to the oblations of the unjust, nor will he be pacified for sins by the multitude of their sacrifices.
1065 34:24. He that offereth sacrifice of the goods of the poor, is as one that sacrificeth the son in the presence of his father.
1066 34:25. The bread of the needy, is the life of the poor: he that defraudeth them thereof, is a man of blood.
1067 34:26. He that taketh away the bread gotten by sweat, is like him that killeth his neighbour.
1068 34:27. He that sheddeth blood, and he that defraudeth the laborer of his hire, are brothers.
1069 34:28. When one buildeth up, and another pulleth down: what profit have they but the labour?
1070 34:29. When one prayeth, and another curseth: whose voice will God hear?
1071 34:30. He that washeth himself after touching the dead, if he toucheth him again, what doth his washing avail?
1072 34:31. So a man that fasteth for his sins, and doth the same again, what doth his humbling himself profit him? who will hear his prayer?
1073 35:1. He that keepeth the law, multiplieth offerings.
1074 35:2. It is a wholesome sacrifice to take heed to the commandments, and to depart from all iniquity.
1075 35:3. And to depart from injustice, is to offer a propitiatory sacrifice for injustices, and a begging of pardon for sins.
1076 35:4. He shall return thanks, that offereth fine flour: and he that doth mercy, offereth sacrifice.
1077 35:5. To depart from iniquity is that which pleaseth the Lord, and to depart from injustice, is an entreaty for sins.
1078 35:6. Thou shalt not appear empty in the sight of the Lord.
1079 35:7. For all these things are to be done because of the commandment of God.
1080 35:8. The oblation of the just maketh the altar fat, and is an odour of sweetness in the sight of the most High.
1081 35:9. The sacrifice of the just is acceptable, and the Lord will not forget the memorial thereof.
1082 35:10. Give glory to God with a good heart: and diminish not the firstfruits of thy hands.
1083 35:11. In every gift shew a cheerful countenance, and sanctify thy tithes with joy.
1084 35:12. Give to the most High according to what he hath given to thee, and with a good eye do according to the ability of thy hands:
1085 35:13. For the Lord maketh recompense, and will give thee seven times as much.
1086 35:14. Do not offer wicked gifts, for such he will not receive.
1087 35:15. And look not upon an unjust sacrifice, for the Lord is judge, and there is not with him respect of person.
1088 35:16. The Lord will not accept any person against a poor man, and he will hear the prayer of him that is wronged.
1089 35:17. He will not despise the prayers of the fatherless: nor the widow, when she poureth out her complaint.
1090 35:18. Do not the widow's tears run down the cheek, and her cry against him that causeth them to fall?
1091 35:19. For from the cheek they go up even to heaven, and the Lord that heareth will not be delighted with them.
1092 35:20. He that adoreth God with joy, shall be accepted, and his prayer shall approach even to the clouds.
1093 35:21. The prayer of him that humbleth himself, shall pierce the clouds: and till it come nigh he will not be comforted: and he will not depart till the most High behold.
1094 35:22. And the Lord will not be slack, but will judge for the just, and will do judgment: and the Almighty will not have patience with them, that he may crush their back:
1095 35:23. And he will repay vengeance to the Gentiles, till he have taken away the multitude of the proud, and broken the sceptres of the unjust,
1096 35:24. Till he have rendered to men according to their deeds: and according to the works of Adam, and according to his presumption,
1097 35:25. Till he have judged the cause of his people, and he shall delight the just with his mercy.
1098 35:26. The mercy of God is beautiful in the time of affliction, as a cloud of rain in the time of drought.
1099 36:1. Have mercy upon us, O God of all, and behold us, and shew us the light of thy mercies:
1100 36:2. And send thy fear upon the nations, that have not sought after thee: that they may know that there is no God beside thee, and that they may shew forth thy wonders.
1101 36:3. Lift up thy hand over the strange nations, that they may see thy power.
1102 36:4. For as thou hast been sanctified in us in their sight, so thou shalt be magnified among them in our presence,
1103 36:5. That they may know thee, as we also have known thee, that there is no God beside thee, O Lord.
1104 36:6. Renew thy signs, and work new miracles.
1105 36:7. Glorify thy hand, and thy right arm.
1106 36:8. Raise up indignation, and pour out wrath.
1107 36:9. Take away the adversary, and crush the enemy.
1108 36:10. Hasten the time, and remember the end, that they may declare thy wonderful works.
1109 36:11. Let him that escapeth be consumed by the rage of the fire: and let them perish that oppress thy people.
1110 36:12. Crush the head of the princes of the enemies that say: There is no other beside us.
1111 36:13. Gather together all the tribes of Jacob: that they may know that there no God besides thee, and may declare thy great works: and thou shalt inherit them as from the beginning.
1112 36:14. Have mercy on thy people, upon whom thy name is invoked: and upon Israel, whom thou hast raised up to be thy firstborn.
1113 36:15. Have mercy on Jerusalem, the city which thou hast sanctified, the city of thy rest.
1114 36:16. Fill Sion with thy unspeakable words, and thy people with thy glory.
1115 36:17. Give testimony to them that are thy creatures from the beginning, and raise up the prophecies which the former prophets spoke in thy name.
1116 36:18. Reward them that patiently wait for thee, that thy prophets may be found faithful: and hear the prayers of thy servants,
1117 36:19. According to the blessing of Aaron over thy people, and direct us into the way of justice, and let all know that dwell upon the earth, that thou art God the beholder of all ages.
1118 36:20. The belly will devour all meat, yet one is better than another.
1119 36:21. The palate tasteth venison and the wise heart false speeches.
1120 36:22. A perverse heart will cause grief, and a man of experience will resist it.
1121 36:23. A woman will receive every man: yet one daughter is better than another.
1122 36:24. The beauty of a woman cheereth the countenance of her husband, and a man desireth nothing more.
1123 36:25. If she have a tongue that can cure, and likewise mitigate and shew mercy: her husband is not like other men.
1124 36:26. He that possesseth a good wife, beginneth a possession: she is a help like to himself, and a pillar of rest.
1125 36:27. Where there is no hedge, the possession shall be spoiled: and where there is no wife, he mourneth that is in want.
1126 36:28. Who will trust him that hath no rest, and that lodgeth wheresoever the night taketh him, as a robber well appointed, that skippeth from city to city.
1127 37:1. Every friend will say: I also am his friend: but there is a friend, that is only a friend in name. Is not this a grief even to death?
1128 37:2. But a companion and a friend shall be turned to an enemy.
1129 37:3. O wicked presumption, whence camest thou to cover the earth with thy malice, and deceitfulness?
1130 37:4. There is a companion who rejoiceth with his friend in his joys, but in the time of trouble, he will be against him.
1131 37:5. There is a companion who condoleth with his friend for his belly's sake, and he will take up a shield against the enemy.
1132 37:6. Forget not thy friend in thy mind, and be not unmindful of him in thy riches.
1133 37:7. Consult not with him that layeth a snare for thee, and hide thy counsel from them that envy thee.
1134 37:8. Every counsellor giveth out counsel, but there is one that is a counsellor for himself.
1135 37:9. Beware of a counsellor. And know before what need he hath: for he will devise to his own mind:
1136 37:10. Lest he thrust a stake into the ground, and say to thee:
1137 37:11. Thy way is good; and then stand on the other side to see what shall befall thee.
1138 37:12. Treat not with a man without religion concerning holiness, nor with an unjust man concerning justice, nor with a woman touching her of whom she is jealous, nor with a coward concerning war, nor with a merchant about traffic, nor with a buyer of selling, nor with an envious man of giving thanks,
1139 37:13. Nor with the ungodly of piety, nor with the dishonest of honesty, nor with the field laborer of every work,
1140 37:14. Nor with him that worketh by the year of the finishing of the year, nor with an idle servant of much business: give no heed to these in any matter of counsel.
1141 37:15. But be continually with a holy man, whomsoever thou shalt know to observe the fear of God,
1142 37:16. Whose soul is according to thy own soul: and who, when thou shalt stumble in the dark, will be sorry for thee.
1143 37:17. And establish within thyself a heart of good counsel: for there is no other thing of more worth to thee than it.
1144 37:18. The soul of a holy man discovereth sometimes true things, more than seven watchmen that sit in a high place to watch.
1145 37:19. But above all these things pray to the most High, that he may direct thy way in truth.
1146 37:20. In all thy works let the true word go before thee, and steady counsel before every action.
1147 37:21. A wicked word shall change the heart: out of which four manner of things arise, good and evil, life and death: and the tongue is continually the ruler of them. There is a man that is subtle and a teacher of many, and yet is unprofitable to his own soul.
1148 37:22. A skilful man hath taught many, and is sweet to his own soul.
1149 37:23. He that speaketh sophistically, is hateful: he shall be destitute of every thing.
1150 37:24. Grace is not given him from the Lord: for he is deprived of all wisdom.
1151 37:25. There is a wise man that is wise to his own soul: and the fruit of his understanding is commendable.
1152 37:26. A wise man instructeth his own people, and the fruits of his understanding are faithful.
1153 37:27. A wise man shall be filled with blessings, and they that see shall praise him.
1154 37:28. The life of a man is in the number of his days: but the days of Israel are innumerable.
1155 37:29. A wise man shall inherit honour among his people, and his name shall live for ever.
1156 37:30. My son, prove thy soul in thy life: and if it be wicked, give it no power:
1157 37:31. For all things are not expedient for all, and every kind pleaseth not every soul.
1158 37:32. Be not greedy in any feasting, and pour not out thyself upon any meat:
1159 37:33. For in many meats there will be sickness, and greediness will turn to choler.
1160 37:34. By surfeiting many have perished, but he that is temperate, shall prolong life.
1161 38:1. Honour the physician for the need thou hast of him: for the most High hath created him.
1162 38:2. For all healing is from God, and he shall receive gifts of the king.
1163 38:3. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head, and in the sight of great men he shall be praised.
1164 38:4. The most High hath created medicines out of the earth, and a wise man will not abhor them.
1165 38:5. Was not bitter water made sweet with wood?
1166 38:6. The virtue of these things is come to the knowledge of men, and the most High hath given knowledge to men, that he may be honoured in his wonders.
1167 38:7. By these he shall cure and shall allay their pains, and of these the apothecary shall make sweet confections, and shall make up ointments of health, and of his works there shall be no end.
1168 38:8. For the peace of God is over all the face of the earth.
1169 38:9. My son, in thy sickness neglect not thyself, but pray to the Lord, and he shall heal thee.
1170 38:10. Turn away from sin and order thy hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all offence.
1171 38:11. Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour, and make a fat offering, and then give place to the physician.
1172 38:12. For the Lord created him: and let him not depart from thee, for his works are necessary.
1173 38:13. For there is a time when thou must fall into their hands:
1174 38:14. And they shall beseech the Lord, that he would prosper what they give for ease and remedy, for their conversation.
1175 38:15. He that sinneth in the sight of his Maker, shall fall into the hands of the physician.
1176 38:16. My son, shed tears over the dead, and begin to lament as if thou hadst suffered some great harm, and according to judgment cover his body, and neglect not his burial.
1177 38:17. And for fear of being ill spoken of weep bitterly for a day, and then comfort thyself in thy sadness.
1178 38:18. And make mourning for him according to his merit for a day, or two, for fear of detraction.
1179 38:19. For of sadness cometh death, and it overwhelmeth the strength, and the sorrow of the heart boweth down the neck.
1180 38:20. In withdrawing aside sorrow remaineth: and the substance of the poor is according to his heart.
1181 38:21. Give not up thy heart to sadness, but drive it from thee: and remember the latter end.
1182 38:22. Forget it not: for there is no returning, and thou shalt do him no good, and shalt hurt thyself.
1183 38:23. Remember my judgment: for thine also shall be so: yesterday for me, and to day for thee.
1184 38:24. When the dead is at rest, let his remembrance rest, and comfort him in the departing of his spirit.
1185 38:25. The wisdom of a scribe cometh by his time of leisure: and he that is less in action, shall receive wisdom.
1186 38:26. With what wisdom shall he be furnished that holdeth the plough, and that glorieth in the goad, that driveth the oxen therewith, and is occupied in their labours, and his whole talk is about the offspring of bulls?
1187 38:27. He shall give his mind to turn up furrows, and his care is to give the kine fodder.
1188 38:28. So every craftsman and workmaster that laboureth night and day, he who maketh graven seals, and by his continual diligence varieth the figure: he shall give his mind to the resemblance of the picture, and by his watching shall finish the work.
1189 38:29. So doth the smith sitting by the anvil and considering the iron work. The vapour of the fire wasteth his flesh, and he fighteth with the heat of the furnace.
1190 38:30. The noise of the hammer is always in his ears, and his eye is upon the pattern of the vessel he maketh.
1191 38:31. He setteth his mind to finish his work, and his watching to polish them to perfection.
1192 38:32. So doth the potter sitting at his work, turning the wheel about with his feet, who is always carefully set to his work, and maketh all his work by number:
1193 38:33. He fashioneth the clay with his arm, and boweth down his strength before his feet:
1194 38:34. He shall give his mind to finish the glazing, and his watching to make clean the furnace.
1195 38:35. All these trust to their hands, and every one is wise in his own art.
1196 38:36. Without these a city is not built.
1197 38:37. And they shall not dwell, nor walk about therein, and they shall not go up into the assembly.
1198 38:38. Upon the judges' seat they shall not sit, and the ordinance of judgment they shall not understand, neither shall they declare discipline and judgment, and they shall not be found where parables are spoken:
1199 38:39. But they shall strengthen the state of the world, and their prayer shall be in the work of their craft, applying their soul, and searching in the law of the most High.
1200 39:1. The wise man will seek out the wisdom of all the ancients, and will be occupied in the prophets.
1201 39:2. He will keep the sayings of renowned men, and will enter withal into the subtilties of parables.
1202 39:3. He will search out the hidden meanings of proverbs, and will be conversant in the secrets of parables.
1203 39:4. He shall serve among great men, and appear before the governor.
1204 39:5. He shall pass into strange countries: for he shall try good and evil among men.
1205 39:6. He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and he will pray in the sight of the most High.
1206 39:7. He will open his mouth in prayer, and will make supplication for his sins.
1207 39:8. For if it shall please the great Lord, he will fill him with the spirit of understanding:
1208 39:9. And he will pour forth the words of his wisdom as showers, and in his prayer he will confess to the Lord.
1209 39:10. And he shall direct his counsel, and his knowledge, and in his secrets shall he meditate.
1210 39:11. He shall shew forth the discipline he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord.
1211 39:12. Many shall praise his wisdom, and it shall never be forgotten.
1212 39:13. The memory of him shall not depart away, and his name shall be in request from generation to generation.
1213 39:14. Nations shall declare his wisdom, and the church shall shew forth his praise.
1214 39:15. If he continue, he shall leave a name above a thousand: and if he rest, it shall be to his advantage.
1215 39:16. I will yet meditate that I may declare: for I am filled as with a holy transport.
1216 39:17. By a voice he saith: Hear me, ye divine offspring, and bud forth as the rose planted by the brooks of waters.
1217 39:18. Give ye a sweet odour as frankincense.
1218 39:19. Send forth flowers, as the lily, and yield a smell, and bring forth leaves in grace, and praise with canticles, and bless the Lord in his works.
1219 39:20. Magnify his name, and give glory to him with the voice of your lips, and with the canticles of your mouths, and with harps, and in praising him, you shall say in this manner:
1220 39:21. All the works of the Lord are exceeding good.
1221 39:22. At his word the waters stood as a heap: and at the words of his mouth the receptacles of waters:
1222 39:23. For at his commandment favour is shewn, and there is no diminishing of his salvation.
1223 39:24. The works of all flesh are before him, and there is nothing hid from his eyes.
1224 39:25. He seeth from eternity to eternity, and there is nothing wonderful before him.
1225 39:26. There is no saying: What is this, or what is that? for all things shall be sought in their time.
1226 39:27. His blessing hath overflowed like a river.
1227 39:28. And as a flood hath watered the earth; so shall his wrath inherit the nations, that have not sought after him.
1228 39:29. Even as he turned the waters into a dry land, and the earth was made dry: and his ways were made plain for their journey: so to sinners they are stumblingblocks in his wrath.
1229 39:30. Good things were created for the good from the beginning, so for the wicked, good and evil things.
1230 39:31. The principal things necessary for the life of men, are water, fire, and iron, salt, milk, and bread of flour, and honey, and the cluster of the grape, and oil, and clothing.
1231 39:32. All these things shall be for good to the holy, so to the sinners and the ungodly they shall be turned into evil.
1232 39:33. There are spirits that are created for vengeance, and in their fury they lay on grievous torments.
1233 39:34. In the time of destruction they shall pour out their force: and they shall appease the wrath of him that made them.
1234 39:35. Fire, hail, famine, and death, all these were created for vengeance.
1235 39:36. The teeth of beasts, and scorpions, and serpents, and the sword taking vengeance upon the ungodly unto destruction.
1236 39:37. In his commandments they shall feast, and they shall be ready upon earth when need is, and when their time is come they shall not transgress his word.
1237 39:38. Therefore from the beginning I was resolved, and I have meditated, and thought on these things and left them in writing,
1238 39:39. All the works of the Lord are good, and he will furnish every work in due time.
1239 39:40. It is not to be said: This is worse than that: for all shall be well approved in their time.
1240 39:41. Now therefore with the whole heart and mouth praise ye him, and bless the name of the Lord.
1241 40:1. Great labour is created for all men, and a heavy yoke is upon the children of Adam from the day of their coming out of their mother's womb, until the day of their burial into the mother of all.
1242 40:2. Their thoughts, and fears of the heart, their imagination of things to come, and the day of their end:
1243 40:3. From him that sitteth on a glorious throne, unto him that is humbled in earth and ashes:
1244 40:4. From him that weareth purple, and beareth the crown, even to him that is covered with rough linen: wrath, envy, trouble, unquietness, and the fear of death, continual anger, and strife,
1245 40:5. And in the time of rest upon his bed, the sleep of the night changeth his knowledge.
1246 40:6. A little and as nothing is his rest, and afterward in sleep, as in the day of keeping watch.
1247 40:7. He is troubled in the vision of his heart, as if he had escaped in the day of battle. In the time of his safety he rose up, and wondereth that there is no fear.
1248 40:8. Such things happen to all flesh, from man even to beast, and upon sinners are sevenfold more.
1249 40:9. Moreover, death, and bloodshed, strife, and sword, oppressions, famine, and affliction, and scourges:
1250 40:10. All these things are created for the wicked, and for their sakes came the flood.
1251 40:11. All things that are of the earth, shall return to the earth again, and all waters shall return to the sea.
1252 40:12. All bribery, and injustice shall be blotted out, and fidelity shall stand for ever.
1253 40:13. The riches of the unjust shall be dried up like a river, and shall pass away with a noise like a great thunder in rain.
1254 40:14. While he openeth his hands he shall rejoice: but transgressors shall pine away in the end.
1255 40:15. The offspring of the ungodly shall not bring forth many branches, and make a noise as unclean roots upon the top of a rock.
1256 40:16. The weed growing over every water, and at the bank of the river, shall be pulled up before all grass.
1257 40:17. Grace is like a paradise in blessings, and mercy remaineth for ever.
1258 40:18. The life of a laborer that is content with what he hath, shall be sweet, and in it thou shalt find a treasure.
1259 40:19. Children, and the building of a city shall establish a name, but a blameless wife shall be counted above them both.
1260 40:20. Wine and music rejoice the heart, but the love of wisdom is above them both.
1261 40:21. The flute and the psaltery make a sweet melody, but a pleasant tongue is above them both.
1262 40:22. Thy eye desireth favour and beauty, but more than these green sown fields.
1263 40:23. A friend and companion meeting together in season, but above them both is a wife with her husband.
1264 40:24. Brethren are a help in the time of trouble, but mercy shall deliver more than they.
1265 40:25. Gold and silver make the feet stand sure: but wise counsel is above them both.
1266 40:26. Riches and strength lift up the heart: but above these is the fear of the Lord.
1267 40:27. There is no want in the fear of the Lord, and it needeth not to seek for help.
1268 40:28. The fear of the Lord is like a paradise of blessing, and they have covered it above all glory.
1269 40:29. My son, in thy lifetime be not indigent: for it is better to die than to want.
1270 40:30. The life of him that looketh toward another man's table is not to be counted a life: for he feedeth his soul with another man's meat.
1271 40:31. But a man, well instructed and taught, will look to himself.
1272 40:32. Begging will be sweet in the mouth of the unwise, but in his belly there shall burn a fire.
1273 41:1. O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that hath peace in his possessions!
1274 41:2. To a man that is at rest, and whose ways are prosperous in all things, and that is yet able to take meat!
1275 41:3. O death thy sentence is welcome to the man that is in need, and to him whose strength faileth:
1276 41:4. Who is in a decrepit age, and that is in care about all things, and to the distrustful that loseth patience!
1277 41:5. Fear not the sentence of death. Remember what things have been before thee, and what shall come after thee: this sentence is from the Lord upon all flesh.
1278 41:6. And what shall come upon thee by the good pleasure of the most High? whether ten, or a hundred, or a thousand years.
1279 41:7. For among the dead there is no accusing of life.
1280 41:8. The children of sinners become children of abominations, and they that converse near the houses of the ungodly.
1281 41:9. The inheritance of the children of sinners shall perish, and with their posterity shall be a perpetual reproach.
1282 41:10. The children will complain of an ungodly father, because for his sake they are in reproach.
1283 41:11. Woe to you, ungodly men, who have forsaken the law of the most high Lord.
1284 41:12. And if you be born, you shall be born in malediction: and if you die, in malediction shall be your portion.
1285 41:13. All things that are of the earth, shall return into the earth: so the ungodly shall from malediction to destruction.
1286 41:14. The mourning of men is about their body, but the name of the ungodly shall be blotted out.
1287 41:15. Take care of a good name: for this shall continue with thee, more than a thousand treasures precious and great.
1288 41:16. A good life hath its number of days: but a good name shall continue for ever.
1289 41:17. My children, keep discipline in peace: for wisdom that is hid, and a treasure that is not seen, what profit is there in them both?
1290 41:18. Better is the man that hideth his folly, than the man that hideth his wisdom.
1291 41:19. Wherefore have a shame of these things I am now going to speak of.
1292 41:20. For it is not good to keep all shamefacedness: and all things do not please all men in opinion.
1293 41:21. Be ashamed of fornication before father and mother: and of a lie before a governor and a man in power:
1294 41:22. Of an offence before a prince, and a judge: of iniquity before a congregation and a people:
1295 41:23. Of injustice before a companion and friend: and in regard to the place where thou dwellest,
1296 41:24. Of theft, and of the truth of God, and the covenant: of leaning with thy elbow over meat, and of deceit in giving and taking:
1297 41:25. Of silence before them that salute thee: of looking upon a harlot: and of turning away thy face from thy kinsman.
1298 41:26. Turn not away thy face from thy neighbour, and of taking away a portion and not restoring.
1299 41:27. Gaze not upon another man's wife, and be not inquisitive after his handmaid, and approach not her bed.
1300 41:28. Be ashamed of upbraiding speeches before friends: and after thou hast given, upbraid not.
1301 42:1. Repeat not the word which thou hast heard, and disclose not the thing that is secret; so shalt thou be truly without confusion, and shalt find favour before all men: be not ashamed of any of these things, and accept no person to sin thereby:
1302 42:2. Of the law of the most High, and of his covenant, and of judgment to justify the ungodly:
1303 42:3. Of the affair of companions and travellers, and of the gift of the inheritance of friends:
1304 42:4. Of exactness of balance and weights, of getting much or little:
1305 42:5. Of the corruption of buying, and of merchants, and of much correction of children, and to make the side of a wicked slave to bleed.
1306 42:6. Sure keeping is good over a wicked wife.
1307 42:7. Where there are many hands, shut up, and deliver all things in number, and weight: and put all in writing that thou givest out or receivest in.
1308 42:8. Be not ashamed to inform the unwise and foolish, and the aged, that are judged by young men: and thou shalt be well instructed in all things, and well approved in the sight of all men living.
1309 42:9. The father waketh for the daughter when no man knoweth, and the care for her taketh away his sleep, when she is young, lest she pass away the flower of her age, and when she is married, lest she should be hateful:
1310 42:10. In her virginity, lest she should be corrupted, and be found with child in her father's house: and having a husband, lest she should misbehave herself, or at the least become barren.
1311 42:11. Keep a sure watch over a shameless daughter: lest at anytime she make thee become a laughingstock to thy enemies, and a byword in the city, and a reproach among the people, and she make thee ashamed before all the multitude.
1312 42:12. Behold not everybody's beauty: and tarry not among women.
1313 42:13. For from garments cometh a moth, and from a woman the iniquity of a man.
1314 42:14. For better is the iniquity of a man, than a woman doing a good turn, and a woman bringing shame and reproach.
1315 42:15. I will now remember the works of the Lord, and I will declare the things I have seen. By the words of the Lord are his works.
1316 42:16. The sun giving light hath looked upon all things, and full of the glory of the Lord is his work.
1317 42:17. Hath not the Lord made the saints to declare all his wonderful works, which the Lord Almighty hath firmly settled to be established for his glory?
1318 42:18. He hath searched out the deep, and the heart of men: and considered their crafty devices.
1319 42:19. For the Lord knoweth all knowledge, and hath beheld the signs of the world, he declareth the things that are past, and the things that are to come, and revealeth the traces of hidden things.
1320 42:20. No thought escapeth him, and no word can hide itself from him.
1321 42:21. He hath beautified the glorious works of his wisdom: and he is from eternity to eternity, and to him nothing may be added,
1322 42:22. Nor can he be diminished, and he hath no need of any counsellor.
1323 42:23. O how desirable are all his works, and what we can know is but as a spark!
1324 42:24. All these things live, and remain for ever, and for every use all things obey him.
1325 42:25. All things are double, one against another, and he hath made nothing defective.
1326 42:26. He hath established the good things of every one. And who shall be filled with beholding his glory?
1327 43:1. The firmament on high is his beauty, the beauty of heaven with its glorious shew.
1328 43:2. The sun when he appeareth shewing forth at his rising, an admirable instrument, the work of the most High.
1329 43:3. At noon he burneth the earth, and who can abide his burning heat? As one keeping a furnace in the works of heat:
1330 43:4. The sun three times as much, burneth the mountains, breathing out fiery vapours, and shining with his beams, he blindeth the eyes.
1331 43:5. Great is the Lord that made him, and at his words he hath hastened his course.
1332 43:6. And the moon in all in her season, is for a declaration of times and a sign of the world.
1333 43:7. From the moon is the sign of the festival day, a light that decreaseth in her perfection.
1334 43:8. The month is called after her name, increasing wonderfully in her perfection.
1335 43:9. Being an instrument of the armies on high, shining gloriously in the firmament of heaven.
1336 43:10. The glory of the stars is the beauty of heaven; the Lord enlighteneth the world on high.
1337 43:11. By the words of the holy one they stand in judgment, and shall never fall in their watches.
1338 43:12. Look upon the rainbow, and bless him that made it: it is very beautiful in its brightness.
1339 43:13. It encompasseth the heaven about with the circle of its glory, the hands of the most High have displayed it.
1340 43:14. By his commandment he maketh the snow to fall apace, and sendeth forth swiftly the lightnings of his judgment.
1341 43:15. Through this are the treasures opened, and the clouds fly out like birds.
1342 43:16. By his greatness he hath fixed the clouds, and the hailstones are broken.
1343 43:17. At his sight shall the mountains be shaken, and at his will the south wind shall blow.
1344 43:18. The noise of his thunder shall strike the earth, so doth the northern storm, and the whirlwind:
1345 43:19. And as the birds lighting upon the earth, he scattereth snow, and the falling thereof, is as the coming down of locusts.
1346 43:20. The eye admireth at the beauty of the whiteness thereof, and the heart is astonished at the shower thereof.
1347 43:21. He shall pour frost as salt upon the earth: and when it freezeth, it shall become like the tops of thistles.
1348 43:22. The cold north wind bloweth, and the water is congealed into crystal; upon every gathering together of waters it shall rest, and shall clothe the waters as a breastplate.
1349 43:23. And it shall devour the mountains, and burn the wilderness, and consume all that is green as with fire.
1350 43:24. A present remedy of all is the speedy coming of a cloud, and a dew that meeteth it, by the heat that cometh, shall overpower it.
1351 43:25. At his word the wind is still, and with his thought he appeaseth the deep, and the Lord hath planted islands therein.
1352 43:26. Let them that sail on the sea, tell the dangers thereof: and when we hear with our ears, we shall admire.
1353 43:27. There are great and wonderful works: a variety of beasts, and of all living things, and the monstrous creatures of whales.
1354 43:28. Through him is established the end of their journey, and by his word all things are regulated.
1355 43:29. We shall say much, and yet shall want words: but the sum of our words is, He is all.
1356 43:30. What shall we be able to do to glorify him? for the Almighty himself is above all his works.
1357 43:31. The Lord is terrible, and exceeding great, and his power is admirable.
1358 43:32. Glorify the Lord as much as ever you can, for he will yet far exceed, and his magnificence is wonderful.
1359 43:33. Blessing the Lord, exalt him as much as you can; for he is above all praise.
1360 43:34. When you exalt him put forth all your strength, and be not weary: for you can never go far enough.
1361 43:35. Who shall see him, and declare him? and who shall magnify him as he is from the beginning?
1362 43:36. There are many things hidden from us that are greater than these: for we have seen but a few of his works.
1363 43:37. But the Lord hath made all things, and to the godly he hath given wisdom.
1364 44:1. Let us now praise men of renown and our fathers in their generation.
1365 44:2. The Lord hath wrought great glory through his magnificence from the beginning.
1366 44:3. Such as have borne rule in their dominions, men of great power, and endued with their wisdom, shewing forth in the prophets the dignity of prophets,
1367 44:4. And ruling over the present people, and by the strength of wisdom instructing the people in most holy words.
1368 44:5. Such as by their skill sought out musical tunes, and published canticles of the scriptures.
1369 44:6. Rich men in virtue, studying beautifulness: living at peace in their houses.
1370 44:7. All these have gained glory in their generations, and were praised in their days.
1371 44:8. They that were born of them have left a name behind them, that their praises might be related:
1372 44:9. And there are some, of whom there is no memorial: who are perished, as if they had never been: and are become as if they had never been born, and their children with them.
1373 44:10. But these were men of mercy, whose godly deeds have not failed:
1374 44:11. Good things continue with their seed,
1375 44:12. Their posterity are a holy inheritance, and their seed hath stood in the covenants.
1376 44:13. And their children for their sakes remain for ever: their seed and their glory shall not be forsaken.
1377 44:14. Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation.
1378 44:15. Let the people shew forth their wisdom, and the church declare their praise.
1379 44:16. Henoch pleased God, and was translated into paradise, that he may give repentance to the nations.
1380 44:17. Noe was found perfect, just, and in the time of wrath he was made a reconciliation.
1381 44:18. Therefore was there a remnant left to the earth, when the flood came.
1382 44:19. The covenants of the world were made with him, that all flesh should no more be destroyed with the flood.
1383 44:20. Abraham was the great father of a multitude of nations, and there was not found the like to him in glory, who kept the law of the most High, and was in covenant with him.
1384 44:21. In his flesh he established the covenant, and in temptation he was found faithful.
1385 44:22. Therefore by an oath he gave him glory in his posterity, that he should increase as the dust of the earth,
1386 44:23. And that he would exalt his seed as the stars, and they should inherit from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.
1387 44:24. And he did in like manner with Isaac for the sake of Abraham his father.
1388 44:25. The Lord gave him the blessing of all nations, and confirmed his covenant upon the head of Jacob.
1389 44:26. He acknowledged him in his blessings, and gave him an inheritance, and divided him his portion in twelve tribes.
1390 44:27. And he preserved for him men of mercy, that found grace in the eyes of all flesh.
1391 45:1. Moses was beloved of God, and men: whose memory is in benediction.
1392 45:2. He made him like the saints in glory, and magnified him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words he made prodigies to cease.
1393 45:3. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him commandments in the sight of his people, and shewed him his glory.
1394 45:4. He sanctified him in his faith, and meekness, and chose him out of all flesh.
1395 45:5. For he heard him, and his voice, and brought him into a cloud.
1396 45:6. And he gave him commandments before his face, and a law of life and instruction, that he might teach Jacob his covenant, and Israel his judgments.
1397 45:7. He exalted Aaron his brother, and like to himself of the tribe of Levi:
1398 45:8. He made an everlasting covenant with him, and gave him the priesthood of the nation, and made him blessed in glory,
1399 45:9. And he girded him about with a glorious girdle, and clothed him with a robe of glory, and crowned him with majestic attire.
1400 45:10. He put upon him a garment to the feet, and breeches, and an ephod, and he compassed him with many little bells of gold all round about,
1401 45:11. That as he went there might be a sound, and a noise made that might be heard in the temple, for a memorial to the children of his people.
1402 45:12. He gave him a holy robe of gold, and blue, and purple, a woven work of a wise man, endued with judgment and truth:
1403 45:13. Of twisted scarlet the work of an artist, with precious stones cut and set in gold, and graven by the work of a lapidary for a memorial, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
1404 45:14. And a crown of gold upon his mitre wherein was engraved Holiness, an ornament of honour: a work of power, and delightful to the eyes for its beauty.
1405 45:15. Before him there were none so beautiful, even from the beginning.
1406 45:16. No stranger was ever clothed with them, but only his children alone, and his grandchildren for ever.
1407 45:17. His sacrifices were consumed with fire every day.
1408 45:18. Moses filled his hands and anointed him with holy oil.
1409 45:19. This was made to him for an everlasting testament, and to his seed as the days of heaven, to execute the office of the priesthood, and to have praise, and to glorify his people in his name.
1410 45:20. He chose him out of all men living, to offer sacrifice to God, incense, and a good savour, for a memorial to make reconciliation for his people:
1411 45:21. And he gave him power in his commandments, in the covenants of his judgments, that he should teach Jacob his testimonies, and give light to Israel in his law.
1412 45:22. And strangers stood up against him, and through envy the men that were with Dathan and Abiron, compassed him about in the wilderness, and the congregation of Core in their wrath.
1413 45:23. The Lord God saw and it pleased him not, and they were consumed in his wrathful indignation.
1414 45:24. He wrought wonders upon them, and consumed them with a flame of fire.
1415 45:25. And he added glory to Aaron, and gave him an inheritance, and divided unto him the firstfruits of the increase of the earth.
1416 45:26. He prepared them bread in the first place unto fulness: for the sacrifices also of the Lord they shall eat, which he gave to him, and to his seed.
1417 45:27. But he shall not inherit among the people in the land, and he hath no portion among the people: for he himself is his portion and inheritance.
1418 45:28. Phinees the son of Eleazar is the third in glory, by imitating him in the fear of the Lord:
1419 45:29. And he stood up in the shameful fall of the people: in the goodness and readiness of his soul he appeased God for Israel.
1420 45:30. Therefore he made to him a covenant of peace, to be the prince of the sanctuary, and of his people, that the dignity of priesthood should be to him and to his seed for ever.
1421 45:31. And a covenant to David the king, the son of Jesse of the tribe of Juda, an inheritance to him and to his seed, that he might give wisdom into our heart to judge his people in justice, that their good things might not be abolished, and he made their glory in their nation everlasting.
1422 46:1. Valiant in war was Jesus the son of Nave, who was successor of Moses among the prophets, who was great according to his name,
1423 46:2. Very great for the saving the elect of God, to overthrow the enemies that rose up against them, that he might get the inheritance for Israel.
1424 46:3. How great glory did he gain when he lifted up his hands, and stretched out swords against the cities?
1425 46:4. Who before him hath so resisted? for the Lord himself brought the enemies.
1426 46:5. Was not the sun stopped in his anger, and one day made as two?
1427 46:6. He called upon the most high Sovereign when the enemies assaulted him on every side, and the great and holy God heard him by hailstones of exceeding great force.
1428 46:7. He made a violent assault against the nation of his enemies, and in the descent he destroyed the adversaries.
1429 46:8. That the nations might know his power, that it is not easy to fight against God. And he followed the mighty one:
1430 46:9. And in the days of Moses he did a work of mercy, he and Caleb the son of Jephone, in standing against the enemy, and withholding the people from sins, and appeasing the wicked murmuring.
1431 46:10. And they two being appointed, were delivered out of the danger from among the number of six hundred thousand men on foot, to bring them into their inheritance, into the land that floweth with milk and honey.
1432 46:11. And the Lord gave strength also to Caleb, and his strength continued even to his old age, so that he went up to the high places of the land, and his seed obtained it for an inheritance:
1433 46:12. That all the children of Israel might see, that it is good to obey the holy God.
1434 46:13. Then all the judges, every one by name, whose heart was not corrupted: who turned not away from the Lord,
1435 46:14. That their memory might be blessed, and their bones spring up out of their place,
1436 46:15. And their name continue for ever, the glory of the holy men remaining unto their children.
1437 46:16. Samuel the prophet of the Lord, the beloved of the Lord his God, established a new government, and anointed princes over his people.
1438 46:17. By the law of the Lord he judged the congregation, and the God of Jacob beheld, and by his fidelity he was proved a prophet.
1439 46:18. And he was known to be faithful in his words, because he saw the God of light:
1440 46:19. And called upon the name of the Lord Almighty, in fighting against the enemies who beset him on every side, when he offered a lamb without blemish.
1441 46:20. And the Lord thundered from heaven, and with a great noise made his voice to be heard.
1442 46:21. And he crushed the princes of the Tyrians, and all the lords of the Philistines:
1443 46:22. And before the time of the end of his life in the world, he protested before the Lord, and his anointed: money, or any thing else, even to a shoe, he had not taken of any man, and no man did accuse him.
1444 46:23. And after this he slept, and he made known to the king, and shewed him the end of his life, and he lifted up his voice from the earth in prophecy to blot out the wickedness of the nation.
1445 47:1. Then Nathan the prophet arose in the days of David.
1446 47:2. And as the fat taken away from the flesh, so was David chosen from among the children of Israel.
1447 47:3. He played with lions as with lambs: and with bears he did in like manner as with the lambs of the flock, in his youth.
1448 47:4. Did not he kill the giant, and take away reproach from his people?
1449 47:5. In lifting up his hand, with the stone in the sling he beat down the boasting of Goliath:
1450 47:6. For he called upon the Lord the Almighty, and he gave strength in his right hand, to take away the mighty warrior, and to set up the horn of his nation.
1451 47:7. So in ten thousand did he glorify him, and praised him in the blessings of the Lord, in offering to him a crown of glory:
1452 47:8. For he destroyed the enemies on every side, and extirpated the Philistines the adversaries unto this day: he broke their horn for ever.
1453 47:9. In all his works he gave thanks to the holy one, and to the most High, with words of glory.
1454 47:10. With his whole heart he praised the Lord, and loved God that made him: and he gave him power against his enemies:
1455 47:11. And he set singers before the altar, and by their voices he made sweet melody.
1456 47:12. And to the festivals he added beauty, and set in order the solemn times even to the end of his life, that they should praise the holy name of the Lord, and magnify the holiness of God in the morning.
1457 47:13. The Lord took away his sins, and exalted his horn for ever: and he gave him a covenant of the kingdom, and a throne of glory in Israel.
1458 47:14. After him arose up a wise son, and for his sake he cast down all the power of the enemies.
1459 47:15. Solomon reigned in days of peace, and God brought all his enemies under him, that he might build a house in his name, and prepare a sanctuary for ever: O how wise wast thou in thy youth!
1460 47:16. And thou wast filled as a river with wisdom, and thy soul covered the earth.
1461 47:17. And thou didst multiply riddles in parables: thy name went abroad to the islands far off, and thou wast beloved in thy peace.
1462 47:18. The countries wondered at thee for thy canticles, and proverbs, and parables, and interpretations,
1463 47:19. And at the name of the Lord God, whose surname is, God of Israel.
1464 47:20. Thou didst gather gold as copper, and didst multiply silver as lead,
1465 47:21. And thou didst bow thyself to women: and by thy body thou wast brought under subjection.
1466 47:22. Thou hast stained thy glory, and defiled thy seed so as to bring wrath upon thy children, and to have thy folly kindled,
1467 47:23. That thou shouldst make the kingdom to be divided, and out of Ephraim a rebellious kingdom to rule.
1468 47:24. But God will not leave off his mercy, and he will not destroy, nor abolish his own works, neither will he cut up by the roots the offspring of his elect: and he will not utterly take away the seed of him that loveth the Lord.
1469 47:25. Wherefore he gave a remnant to Jacob, and to David of the same stock.
1470 47:26. And Solomon had an end with his fathers.
1471 47:27. And he left behind him of his seed, the folly of the nation,
1472 47:28. Even Roboam that had little wisdom, who turned away the people through his counsel:
1473 47:29. And Jeroboam the son of Nabat, who caused Israel to sin, and shewed Ephraim the way of sin, and their sins were multiplied exceedingly.
1474 47:30. They removed them far away from their land.
1475 47:31. And they sought out all iniquities, till vengeance came upon them, and put an end to all their sins.
1476 48:1. And Elias the prophet stood up, as a fire, and his word burnt like a torch.
1477 48:2. He brought a famine upon them, and they that provoked him in their envy, were reduced to a small number, for they could not endure the commandments of the Lord.
1478 48:3. By the word of the Lord he shut up the heaven, and he brought down fire from heaven thrice.
1479 48:4. Thus was Elias magnified in his wondrous works. And who can glory like to thee?
1480 48:5. Who raisedst up a dead man from below, from the lot of death, by the word of the Lord God.
1481 48:6. Who broughtest down kings to destruction, and brokest easily their power in pieces, and the glorious from their bed.
1482 48:7. Who heardest judgment in Sina, and in Horeb the judgments of vengeance.
1483 48:8. Who anointedst kings to penance, and madest prophets successors after thee.
1484 48:9. Who wast taken up in a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot of fiery horses.
1485 48:10. Who art registered in the judgments of times to appease the wrath of the Lord, to reconcile the heart of the father to the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.
1486 48:11. Blessed are they that saw thee, and were honoured with thy friendship.
1487 48:12. For we live only in our life, but after death our name shall not be such.
1488 48:13. Elias was indeed covered with the whirlwind, and his spirit was filled up in Eliseus: in his days he feared not the prince, and no man was more powerful than he.
1489 48:14. No word could overcome him, and after death his body prophesied.
1490 48:15. In his life he did great wonders, and in death he wrought miracles.
1491 48:16. For all this the people repented not, neither did they depart from their sins till they were cast out of their land, and were scattered through all the earth.
1492 48:17. And there was left but a small people, and a prince in the house of David.
1493 48:18. Some of these did that which pleased God: but others committed many sins.
1494 48:19. Ezechias fortified his city, and brought in water into the midst thereof, and he digged a rock with iron, and made a well for water.
1495 48:20. In his days Sennacherib came up, and sent Rabsaces, and lifted up his hand against them, and he stretched out his hand against Sion, and became proud through his power.
1496 48:21. Then their hearts and hands trembled, and they were in pain as women in travail.
1497 48:22. And they called upon the Lord who is merciful, and spreading their hands, they lifted them up to heaven: and the holy Lord God quickly heard their voice.
1498 48:23. He was not mindful of their sins, neither did he deliver them up to their enemies, but he purified them by the hand of Isaias, the holy prophet.
1499 48:24. He overthrew the army of the Assyrians, and the angel of the Lord destroyed them.
1500 48:25. For Ezechias did that which pleased God, and walked valiantly in the way of David his father, which Isaias, the great prophet, and faithful in the sight of God, had commanded him.
1501 48:26. In his days the sun wen backward, and he lengthened the king's life.
1502 48:27. With a great spirit he saw the things that are to come to pass at last, and comforted the mourners in Sion.
1503 48:28. He showed what should come to pass for ever, and secret things before they came.
1504 49:1. The memory of Josias is like the composition of a sweet smell made by the art of a perfumer:
1505 49:2. His remembrance shall be sweet as honey in every mouth, and as music at a banquet of wine.
1506 49:3. He was directed by God unto the repentance of the nation, and he took away the abominations of wickedness.
1507 49:4. And he directed his heart towards the Lord, and in the days of sinners he strengthened godliness.
1508 49:5. Except David, and Ezechias and Josias, all committed sin.
1509 49:6. For the kings of Juda forsook the law of the most High, and despised the fear of God.
1510 49:7. So they gave their kingdom to others, and their glory to a strange nation,
1511 49:8. They burnt the chosen city of holiness, and made the streets thereof desolate according to the prediction of Jeremias.
1512 49:9. For they treated him evil, who was consecrated a prophet from his mother's womb, to overthrow, and pluck up, and destroy, and to build again, and renew.
1513 49:10. It was Ezechiel that saw the glorious vision, which was shewn him upon the chariot of cherubims.
1514 49:11. For he made mention of the enemies under the figure of rain, and of doing good to them that shewed right ways.
1515 49:12. And may the bones of the twelve prophets spring up out of their place: for they strengthened Jacob, and redeemed themselves by strong faith.
1516 49:13. How shall we magnify Zorobabel? for he was as a signet on the right hand;
1517 49:14. In like manner Jesus the son of Josedec who in their days built the house, and set up a holy temple to the Lord, prepared for everlasting glory.
1518 49:15. And let Nehemias be a long time remembered, who raised up for us our walls that were cast down, and set up the gates and the bars, who rebuilt our houses.
1519 49:16. No man was born upon earth like Henoch: for he also was taken up from the earth.
1520 49:17. Nor as Joseph, who was a man born prince of his brethren, the support of his family, the ruler of his brethren, the stay of the people:
1521 49:18. And his bones were visited, and after death they prophesied.
1522 49:19. Seth and Sem obtained glory among men: and above every soul Adam in the beginning,
1523 50:1. Simon the high priest, the son of Onias, who in his life propped up the house, and in his days fortified the temple.
1524 50:2. By him also the height of the temple was founded, the double building and the high walls of the temple.
1525 50:3. In his days the wells of water flowed out, and they were filled as the sea above measure.
1526 50:4. He took care of his nation, and delivered it from destruction.
1527 50:5. He prevailed to enlarge the city, and obtained glory in his conversation with the people: and enlarged the entrance of the house and the court.
1528 50:6. He shone in his days as the morning star in the midst of a cloud, and as the moon at the full.
1529 50:7. And as the sun when it shineth, so did he shine in the temple of God.
1530 50:8. And as the rainbow giving light in bright clouds, and as the flower of roses in the days of the spring, and as the lilies that are on the brink of the water, and as the sweet smelling frankincense in the time of summer.
1531 50:9. As a bright fire, and frankincense burning in the fire.
1532 50:10. As a massy vessel of gold, adorned with every precious stone.
1533 50:11. As an olive tree budding forth, and a cypress tree rearing itself on high, when he put on the robe of glory, and was clothed with the perfection of power.
1534 50:12. When he went up to the holy altar, he honoured the vesture of holiness.
1535 50:13. And when he took the portions out of the hands of the priests, he himself stood by the altar. And about him was the ring of his brethren: and as the cedar planted in mount Libanus,
1536 50:14. And as branches of palm trees, they stood round about him, and all the sons of Aaron in their glory.
1537 50:15. And the oblation of the Lord was in their hands, before all the congregation of Israel: and finishing his service, on the altar, to honour the offering of the most high King,
1538 50:16. He stretched forth his hand to make a libation, and offered of the blood of the grape.
1539 50:17. He poured out at the foot of the altar a divine odour to the most high Prince.
1540 50:18. Then the sons of Aaron shouted, they sounded with beaten trumpets, and made a great noise to be heard for a remembrance before God.
1541 50:19. Then all the people together made haste, and fell down to the earth upon their faces, to adore the Lord their God, and to pray to the Almighty God the most High.
1542 50:20. And the singers lifted up their voices, and in the great house the sound of sweet melody was increased.
1543 50:21. And the people in prayer besought the Lord the most High, until the worship of the Lord was perfected, and they had finished their office.
1544 50:22. Then coming down, he lifted up his hands over all the congregation of the children of Israel, to give glory to God with his lips, and to glory in his name:
1545 50:23. And he repeated his prayer, willing to shew the power of God.
1546 50:24. And now pray ye to the God of all, who hath done great things in all the earth, who hath increased our days from our mother's womb, and hath done with us according to his mercy.
1547 50:25. May he grant us joyfulness of heart, and that there be peace in our days in Israel for ever:
1548 50:26. That Israel may believe that the mercy of God is with us, to deliver us in his days.
1549 50:27. There are two nations which my soul abhorreth: and the third is no nation: which I hate:
1550 50:28. They that sit on mount Seir, and the Philistines, and the foolish people that dwell in Sichem.
1551 50:29. Jesus the son of Sirach, of Jerusalem, hath written in this book the doctrine of wisdom and instruction, who renewed wisdom from his heart.
1552 50:30. Blessed is he that is conversant in these good things and he that layeth them up in his heart, shall be wise always.
1553 50:31. For if he do them, he shall be strong to do all things: because the light of God guideth his steps.
1554 51:1. A prayer of Jesus the son of Sirach. I will give glory to thee, O Lord, O King, and I will praise thee, O God my Saviour.
1555 51:2. I will give glory to thy name: for thou hast been a helper and protector to me.
1556 51:3. And hast preserved my body from destruction, from the snare of an unjust tongue, and from the lips of them that forge lies, and in the sight of them that stood by, thou hast been my helper.
1557 51:4. And thou hast delivered me, according to the multitude of the mercy of thy name, from them that did roar, prepared to devour.
1558 51:5. Out of the hands of them that sought my life, and from the gates of afflictions, which compassed me about:
1559 51:6. From the oppression of the flame which surrounded me, and in the midst of the fire I was not burnt.
1560 51:7. From the depth of the belly of hell, and from an unclean tongue, and from lying words, from an unjust king, and from a slanderous tongue:
1561 51:8. My soul shall praise the Lord even to death.
1562 51:9. And my life was drawing near to hell beneath.
1563 51:10. They compassed me on every side, and there was no one that would help me. I looked for the succour of men, and there was none.
1564 51:11. I remembered thy mercy, O Lord, and thy works, which are from the beginning of the world.
1565 51:12. How thou deliverest them that wait for thee, O Lord, and savest them out of the hands of the nations.
1566 51:13. Thou hast exalted my dwelling place upon the earth and I have prayed for death to pass away.
1567 51:14. I called upon the Lord, the father of my Lord, that he would not leave me in the day of my trouble, and in the time of the proud without help.
1568 51:15. I will praise thy name continually, and will praise it with thanksgiving, and my prayer was heard.
1569 51:16. And thou hast saved me from destruction, and hast delivered me from the evil time.
1570 51:17. Therefore I will give thanks, and praise thee, and bless the name of the Lord.
1571 51:18. When I was yet young, before I wandered about, I sought for wisdom openly in my prayer.
1572 51:19. I prayed for her before the temple, and unto the very end I will seek after her, and she flourished as a grape soon ripe.
1573 51:20. My heart delighted in her, my foot walked in the right way, from my youth up I sought after her.
1574 51:21. I bowed down my ear a little, and received her.
1575 51:22. I found much wisdom in myself, and profited much therein.
1576 51:23. To him that giveth me wisdom, will I give glory.
1577 51:24. For I have determined to follow her: I have had a zeal for good, and shall not be confounded.
1578 51:25. My soul hath wrestled for her, and in doing it I have been confirmed.
1579 51:26. I stretched forth my hands on high, and I bewailed my ignorance of her.
1580 51:27. I directed my soul to her, and in knowledge I found her.
1581 51:28. I possessed my heart with her from the beginning: therefore I shall not be forsaken.
1582 51:29. My entrails were troubled in seeking her: therefore shall I possess a good possession.
1583 51:30. The Lord hath given me a tongue for my reward: and with it I will praise him.
1584 51:31. Draw near to me, ye unlearned, and gather yourselves together into the hours of discipline.
1585 51:32. Why are ye slow and what do you say of these things? your souls are exceeding thirsty.
1586 51:33. I have opened my mouth, and have spoken: buy her for yourselves without silver,
1587 51:34. And submit your neck to the yoke, and let your soul receive discipline: for she is near at hand to be found.
1588 51:35. Behold with your eyes how I have laboured a little, and have found much rest to myself.
1589 51:36. Receive ye discipline as a great sum of money, and possess abundance of gold by her.
1590 51:37. Let your soul rejoice in his mercy and you shall not be confounded in his praise.
1591 51:38. Work your work before the time, and he will give you your reward in his time.