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Psalms Chapter 139

Eripe me, Domine.

A prayer to be delivered from the wicked.

139:1. Unto the end, a psalm of David.

139:2. Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: rescue me from the unjust

139:3. Who have devised iniquities in their hearts: all the day long
they designed battles.

139:4. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent: the venom of
asps is under their lips.

139:5. Keep me, O Lord, from the hand of the wicked: and from unjust
men deliver me. Who have proposed to supplant my steps:

139:6. The proud have hidden a net for me. And they have stretched out
cords for a snare: they have laid for me a stumblingblock by the

139:7. I said to the Lord: Thou art my God: hear, O Lord, the voice of
my supplication.

139:8. O Lord, Lord, the strength of my salvation: thou hast
overshadowed my head in the day of battle.

139:9. Give me not up, O Lord, from my desire to the wicked: they have
plotted against me; do not thou forsake me, lest they should triumph.

139:10. The head of them compassing me about: the labour of their lips
shall overwhelm them.

139:11. Burning coals shall fall upon them; thou wilt cast them down
into the fire: in miseries they shall not be able to stand.

139:12. A man full of tongue shall not be established in the earth:
evil shall catch the unjust man unto destruction.

139:13. I know that the Lord will do justice to the needy, and will
revenge the poor.

139:14. But as for the just, they shall give glory to thy name: and the
upright shall dwell with thy countenance.

Psalms Chapter 140

Domine, clamavi.

A prayer against sinful words, and deceitful flatterers.

A psalm of David.

140:1. I have cried to thee, O Lord, hear me: hearken to my voice, when
I cry to thee.

140:2. Let my prayer be directed as incense in thy sight; the lifting
up of my hands, as evening sacrifice.

140:3. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: and a door round about my

140:4. Incline not my heart to evil words; to make excuses in sins.
With men that work iniquity: and I will not communicate with the
choicest of them.

140:5. The just man shall correct me in mercy, and shall reprove me:
but let not the oil of the sinner fatten my head. For my prayer shall
still be against the things with which they are well pleased:

Let not the oil of the sinner, etc. . .That is, the flattery, or
deceitful praise.--Ibid. For my prayer, etc. . .So far from coveting
their praises, who are never well pleased but with things that are
evil; I shall continually pray to be preserved from such things as they
are delighted with.

140:6. Their judges falling upon the rock have been swallowed up. They
shall hear my words, for they have prevailed:

Their judges, etc. . .Their rulers, or chiefs, quickly vanish and
perish, like ships dashed against the rocks, and swallowed up by the
waves. Let them then hear my words, for they are powerful and will
prevail; or, as it is in the Hebrew, for they are sweet.

140:7. As when the thickness of the earth is broken up upon the ground:
Our bones are scattered by the side of hell.

140:8. But to thee, O Lord, Lord, are my eyes: in thee have I put my
trust, take not away my soul.

140:9. Keep me from the snare, which they have laid for me, and from
the stumblingblocks of them that work iniquity.

140:10. The wicked shall fall in his net: I am alone until I pass.

I am alone, etc. . .Singularly protected by the Almighty, until I pass
all their nets and snares.

Psalms Chapter 141

Voce mea.

A prayer of David in extremity of danger.

141:1. Of understanding for David, A prayer when he was in the cave. [1
Kings 24.]

141:2. I cried to the Lord with my voice: with my voice I made
supplication to the Lord.

141:3. In his sight I pour out my prayer, and before him I declare my

141:4. When my spirit failed me, then thou knewest my paths. In this
way wherein I walked, they have hidden a snare for me.

141:5. I looked on my right hand, and beheld, and there was no one that
would know me. Flight hath failed me: and there is no one that hath
regard to my soul.

141:6. I cried to thee, O Lord: I said: Thou art my hope, my portion in
the land of the living.

141:7. Attend to my supplication: for I am brought very low. Deliver me
from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

141:8. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the
just wait for me, until thou reward me.

Psalms Chapter 142

Domine, exaudi.

The psalmist in tribulation calleth upon God for his delivery. The
seventh penitential psalm.

142:1. A psalm of David, when his son Absalom pursued him. [2 Kings 17.]
Hear, O Lord, my prayer: give ear to my supplication in thy truth:
hear me in thy justice.

142:2. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight
no man living shall be justified.

142:3. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul: he hath brought down my
life to the earth. He hath made me to dwell in darkness as those that
have been dead of old:

142:4. And my spirit is in anguish within me: my heart within me is

142:5. I remembered the days of old, I meditated on all thy works: I
meditated upon the works of thy hands.

142:6. I stretched forth my hands to thee: my soul is as earth without
water unto thee.

142:7. Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit hath fainted away. Turn not
away thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the

142:8. Cause me to hear thy mercy in the morning; for in thee have I
hoped. Make the way known to me, wherein I should walk: for I have
lifted up my soul to thee.

142:9. Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord, to thee have I fled:

142:10. Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God. Thy good spirit
shall lead me into the right land:

142:11. for thy name's sake, O Lord, thou wilt quicken me in thy justice.
Thou wilt bring my soul out of trouble:

142:12. And in thy mercy thou wilt destroy my enemies. And thou wilt
cut off all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.

Psalms Chapter 143

Benedictus Dominus.

The prophet praiseth God, and prayeth to be delivered from his enemies.
No worldly happiness is to be compared with that of serving God.

A psalm of David against Goliath.

143:1. Blessed be the Lord my God, who teacheth my hands to fight, and
my fingers to war.

143:2. My mercy, and my refuge: my support, and my deliverer: My
protector, and I have hoped in him: who subdueth my people under me.

143:3. Lord, what is man, that thou art made known to him? or the son
of man, that thou makest account of him?

143:4. Man is like to vanity: his days pass away like a shadow.

143:5. Lord, bow down thy heavens and descend: touch the mountains, and
they shall smoke.

143:6. Send forth lightning, and thou shalt scatter them: shoot out thy
arrows, and thou shalt trouble them.

143:7. Put forth thy hand from on high, take me out, and deliver me
from many waters: from the hand of strange children:

143:8. Whose mouth hath spoken vanity: and their right hand is the
right hand of iniquity.

143:9. To thee, O God, I will sing a new canticle: on the psaltery and
an instrument of ten strings I will sing praises to thee.

143:10. Who givest salvation to kings: who hast redeemed thy servant
David from the malicious sword:

143:11. Deliver me, And rescue me out of the hand of strange children;
whose mouth hath spoken vanity: and their right hand is the right hand
of iniquity:

143:12. Whose sons are as new plants in their youth: Their daughters
decked out, adorned round about after the similitude of a temple:

143:13. Their storehouses full, flowing out of this into that. Their
sheep fruitful in young, abounding in their goings forth:

143:14. Their oxen fat. There is no breach of wall, nor passage, nor
crying out in their streets.

143:15. They have called the people happy, that hath these things: but
happy is that people whose God is the Lord.

Psalms Chapter 144

Exaltabo te, Deus.

A psalm of praise, to the infinite majesty of God.

144:1. Praise, for David himself. I will extol thee, O God my king: and
I will bless thy name for ever; yea, for ever and ever.

144:2. Every day will I bless thee: and I will praise thy name for
ever; yea, for ever and ever.

144:3. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: and of his
greatness there is no end.

144:4. Generation and generation shall praise thy works: and they shall
declare thy power.

144:5. They shall speak of the magnificence of the glory of thy
holiness: and shall tell thy wondrous works.

144:6. And they shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and
shall declare thy greatness.

144:7. They shall publish the memory of the abundance of thy sweetness:
and shall rejoice in thy justice.

144:8. The Lord is gracious and merciful: patient and plenteous in

144:9. The Lord is sweet to all: and his tender mercies are over all
his works.

144:10. Let all thy works, O lord, praise thee: and let thy saints
bless thee.

144:11. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom: and shall tell of
thy power:

144:12. To make thy might known to the sons of men: and the glory of
the magnificence of thy kingdom.

144:13. Thy kingdom is a kingdom of all ages: and thy dominion endureth
throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words: and
holy in all his works.

144:14. The Lord lifteth up all that fall: and setteth up all that are
cast down.

144:15. The eyes of all hope in thee, O Lord: and thou givest them meat
in due season.

144:16. Thou openest thy hand, and fillest with blessing every living

144:17. The Lord is just in all his ways: and holy in all his works.

144:18. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him: to all that
call upon him in truth.

144:19. He will do the will of them that fear him: and he will hear
their prayer, and save them.

144:20. The Lord keepeth all them that love him; but all the wicked he
will destroy.

144:21. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh
bless his holy name forever; yea, for ever and ever.

Psalms Chapter 145

Lauda, anima.

We are not to trust in men, but in God alone.

145:1. Alleluia, of Aggeus and Zacharias.

145:2. Praise the Lord, O my soul, in my life I will praise the Lord: I
will sing to my God as long as I shall be. Put not your trust in

145:3. In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation.

145:4. His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return into his earth:
in that day all their thoughts shall perish.

145:5. Blessed is he who hath the God of Jacob for his helper, whose
hope is in the Lord his God:

145:6. Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all things that are in

145:7. Who keepeth truth for ever: who executeth judgment for them that
suffer wrong: who giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth them that
are fettered:

145:8. The Lord enlighteneth the blind. The Lord lifteth up them that
are cast down: the Lord loveth the just.

145:9. The Lord keepeth the strangers, he will support the fatherless
and the widow: and the ways of sinners he will destroy.

145:10. The Lord shall reign for ever: thy God, O Sion, unto generation
and generation.

Psalms Chapter 146

Laudate Dominum.

An exhortation to praise God for his benefits.

146:1. Alleluia. Praise ye the Lord, because psalm is good: to our God
be joyful and comely praise.

146:2. The Lord buildeth up Jerusalem: he will gather together the
dispersed of Israel.

146:3. Who healeth the broken of heart, and bindeth up their bruises.

146:4. Who telleth the number of the stars: and calleth them all by
their names.

146:5. Great is our Lord, and great is his power: and of his wisdom
there is no number.

146:6. The Lord lifteth up the meek, and bringeth the wicked down even
to the ground.

146:7. Sing ye to the Lord with praise: sing to our God upon the harp.

146:8. Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the
earth. Who maketh grass to grow on the mountains, and herbs for the
service of men.

146:9. Who giveth to beasts their food: and to the young ravens that
call upon him.

146:10. He shall not delight in the strength of the horse: nor take
pleasure in the legs of a man.

146:11. The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him: and in them
that hope in his mercy.

Psalms Chapter 147

Lauda, Jerusalem.

The church is called upon to praise God for his peculiar graces and
favours to his people. In the Hebrew, this psalm is joined to the


147:12. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: praise thy God, O Sion.

147:13. Because he hath strengthened the bolts of thy gates, he hath
blessed thy children within thee.

147:14. Who hath placed peace in thy borders: and filleth thee with the
fat of corn.

147:15. Who sendeth forth his speech to the earth: his word runneth

147:16. Who giveth snow like wool: scattereth mists like ashes.

147:17. He sendeth his crystal like morsels: who shall stand before the
face of his cold?

He sendeth his crystal. . .That is, his ice. Some understand it of hail,
which is, as it were, ice, divided into particles or morsels.

147:18. He shall send out his word, and shall melt them: his wind shall
blow, and the waters shall run.

147:19. Who declareth his word to Jacob: his justices and his judgments
to Israel.

147:20. He hath not done in like manner to every nation: and his
judgments he hath not made manifest to them. Alleluia.

Psalms Chapter 148

Laudate Dominum de caelis.

All creatures are invited to praise their Creator.


148:1. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye him in the high

148:2. Praise ye him, all his angels, praise ye him, all his hosts.

148:3. Praise ye him, O sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and

148:4. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens: and let all the waters that
are above the heavens

148:5. Praise the name of the Lord. For he spoke, and they were made:
he commanded, and they were created.

148:6. He hath established them for ever, and for ages of ages: he hath
made a decree, and it shall not pass away.

148:7. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all ye deeps:

148:8. Fire, hail, snow, ice, stormy winds, which fulfil his word:

148:9. Mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars:

148:10. Beasts and all cattle: serpents and feathered fowls:

148:11. Kings of the earth and all people: princes and all judges of
the earth:

148:12. Young men and maidens: let the old with the younger, praise the
name of the Lord:

148:13. For his name alone is exalted.

148:14. The praise of him is above heaven and earth: and he hath
exalted the horn of his people. A hymn to all his saints to the
children of Israel, a people approaching to him. Alleluia.

Psalms Chapter 149

Cantate Domino.

The church is particularly bound to praise God.


149:1. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: let his praise be in the
church of the saints.

149:2. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: and let the children of
Sion be joyful in their king.

149:3. Let them praise his name in choir: let them sing to him with the
timbrel and the psaltery.

149:4. For the Lord is well pleased with his people: and he will exalt
the meek unto salvation.

149:5. The saints shall rejoice in glory: they shall be joyful in their

149:6. The high praises of God shall be in their mouth: and two-edged
swords in their hands:

149:7. To execute vengeance upon the nations, chastisements among the

149:8. To bind their kings with fetters, and their nobles with manacles
of iron.

149:9. To execute upon them the judgment that is written: this glory is
to all his saints. Alleluia.

Psalms Chapter 150

Laudate Dominum in sanctis.

An exhortation to praise God with all sorts of instruments.


150:1. Praise ye the Lord in his holy places: praise ye him in the
firmament of his power.

150:2. Praise ye him for his mighty acts: praise ye him according to
the multitude of his greatness.

150:3. Praise him with the sound of trumpet: praise him with psaltery
and harp.

150:4. Praise him with timbrel and choir: praise him with strings and

150:5. Praise him on high sounding cymbals: praise him on cymbals of
joy: let every spirit praise the Lord. Alleluia.


This Book is so called, because it consists of wise and weighty
sentences: regulating the morals of men: and directing them to wisdom
and virtue. And these sentences are also called PARABLES, because great
truths are often couched in them under certain figures and similitudes.

Proverbs Chapter 1

The use and end of the proverbs. An exhortation to flee the company of
the wicked: and to hearken to the voice of wisdom.

1:1. The parables of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel,

1:2. To know wisdom, and instruction:

1:3. To understand the words of prudence: and to receive the
instruction of doctrine, justice, and judgment, and equity:

1:4. To give subtilty to little ones, to the young man knowledge and

1:5. A wise man shall hear, and shall be wiser: and he that
understandeth shall possess governments.

1:6. He shall understand a parable and the interpretation, the words of
the wise, and their mysterious sayings.

1:7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise
wisdom and instruction.

1:8. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the
law of thy mother:

1:9. That grace may be added to thy head, and a chain of gold to thy

1:10. My son, if sinners shall entice thee, consent not to them.

1:11. If they shall say: Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood,
let us hide snares for the innocent without cause:

1:12. Let us swallow him up alive like hell, and whole as one that
goeth down into the pit.

1:13. We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses
with spoils.

1:14. Cast in thy lot with us, let us all have one purse.

1:15. My son, walk not thou with them, restrain thy foot from their

1:16. For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

1:17. But a net is spread in vain before the eyes of them that have

1:18. And they themselves lie in wait for their own blood, and practise
deceits against their own souls.

1:19. So the ways of every covetous man destroy the souls of the

1:20. Wisdom preacheth abroad, she uttereth her voice in the streets:

1:21. At the head of multitudes she crieth out, in the entrance of the
gates of the city she uttereth her words, saying:

1:22. O children, how long will you love childishness, and fools covet
those things which are hurtful to themselves, and the unwise hate

1:23. Turn ye at my reproof: behold I will utter my spirit to you, and
will shew you my words.

1:24. Because I called, and you refused: I stretched out my hand, and
there was none that regarded.

1:25. You have despised all my counsel, and have neglected my

1:26. I also will laugh in your destruction, and will mock when that
shall come to you which you feared.

1:27. When sudden calamity shall fall on you, and destruction, as a
tempest, shall be at hand: when tribulation and distress shall come
upon you:

1:28. Then shall they call upon me, and I will not hear: they shall
rise in the morning, and shall not find me:

1:29. Because they have hated instruction, and received not the fear of
the Lord,

1:30. Nor consented to my counsel, but despised all my reproof.

1:31. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and shall be
filled with their own devices.

1:32. The turning away of little ones shall kill them, and the
prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

1:33. But he that shall hear me, shall rest without terror, and shall
enjoy abundance, without fear of evils.

Proverbs Chapter 2

The advantages of wisdom: and the evils from which it delivers.

2:1. My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and wilt hide my
commandments with thee,

2:2. That thy ear may hearken to wisdom: incline thy heart to know

2:3. For if thou shalt call for wisdom, and incline thy heart to

2:4. If thou shalt seek her as money, and shalt dig for her as for a

2:5. Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and shalt find
the knowledge of God:

2:6. Because the Lord giveth wisdom: and out of his mouth cometh
prudence and knowledge.

2:7. He wilt keep the salvation of the righteous, and protect them that
walk in simplicity,

2:8. Keeping the paths of justice, and guarding the ways of saints.

2:9. Then shalt thou understand justice, and judgment, and equity, and
every good path.

2:10. If wisdom shall enter into thy heart, and knowledge please thy

2:11. Counsel shall keep thee, and prudence shall preserve thee,

2:12. That thou mayst be delivered from the evil way, and from the man
that speaketh perverse things:

2:13. Who leave the right way, and walk by dark ways:

2:14. Who are glad when they have done evil, and rejoice in the most
wicked things:

2:15. Whose ways are perverse, and their steps infamous.

2:16. That thou mayst be delivered from the strange woman, and from the
stranger, who softeneth her words;

2:17. And forsaketh the guide of her youth,

2:18. And hath forgotten the covenant of her God: for her house
inclineth unto death, and her paths to hell.

2:19. None that go in unto her, shall return again, neither shall they
take hold of the paths of life.

2:20. That thou mayst walk in a good way: and mayst keep the paths of
the just.

2:21. For they that are upright, shall dwell in the earth; and the
simple shall continue in it.

2:22. But the wicked shall be destroyed from the earth: and they that
do unjustly, shall be taken away from it.

Proverbs Chapter 3

An exhortation to the practice of virtue.

3:1. My son, forget not my law, and let thy heart keep my commandments.

3:2. For they shall add to thee length of days, and years of life, and

3:3. Let not mercy aud truth leave thee, put them about thy neck, and
write them in the tables of thy heart.

3:4. And thou shalt find grace, and good understanding before God and

3:5. Have confidence in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon
thy own prudence.

3:6. In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps.

3:7. Be not wise in thy own conceit: fear God, and depart from evil:

3:8. For it shall be health to thy navel, and moistening to thy bones.

3:9. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and give him of the first of
all thy fruits;

3:10. And thy barns shall be filled with abundance, and thy presses
shall run over with wine.

3:11. My son, reject not the correction of the Lord: and do not faint
when thou art chastised by him:

3:12. For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth: and as a father in the
son he pleaseth himself.

3:13. Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom, and is rich in prudence:

3:14. The purchasing thereof is better than the merchandise of silver,
and her fruit than the chief and purest gold:

3:15. She is more precious than all riches: and all the things that are
desired, are not to be compared to her.

3:16. Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand riches
and glory.

3:17. Her ways are beautiful ways, and all her paths are peaceable.

3:18. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and he that
shall retain her is blessed.

3:19. The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth, hath established the
heavens by prudence.

3:20. By his wisdom the depths have broken out, and the clouds grow
thick with dew.

3:21. My son, let not these things depart from thy eyes: keep the law
and counsel:

3:22. And there shall be life to thy soul, and grace to thy mouth.

3:23. Then shalt thou walk confidently in thy way, and thy foot shall
not stumble:

3:24. If thou sleep, thou shalt not fear: thou shalt rest, and thy
sleep shall be sweet.

3:25. Be not afraid of sudden fear, nor of the power of the wicked
falling upon thee.

3:26. For the Lord will be at thy side, and will keep thy foot that
thou be not taken.

3:27. Do not withhold him from doing good, who is able: if thou art
able, do good thyself also.

3:28. Say not to thy friend: Go, and come again: and to morrow I will
give to thee: when thou canst give at present.

3:29. Practise not evil against thy friend, when he hath confidence in

3:30. Strive not against a man without cause, when he hath done thee no

3:31. Envy not the unjust man, and do not follow his ways.

3:32. For every mocker is an abomination to the Lord, and his
communication is with the simple.

3:33. Want is from the Lord in the house of the wicked: but the
habitations of the just shall be blessed.

3:34. He shall scorn the scorners, and to the meek he will give grace.

3:35. The wise shall possess glory: the promotion of fools is disgrace.

Proverbs Chapter 4

A further exhortation to seek after wisdom.

4:1. Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend, that
you may know prudence.

4:2. I will give you a good gift, forsake not my law.

4:3. For I also was my father's son, tender, and as an only son in the
sight of my mother:

4:4. And he taught me, and said: Let thy heart receive my words, keep
my commandments, and thou shalt live.

4:5. Get wisdom, get prudence: forget not, neither decline from the
words of my mouth.

4:6. Forsake her not, and she shall keep thee: love her, and she shall
preserve thee.

4:7. The beginning of wisdom, get wisdom, and with all thy possession
purchase prudence.

4:8. Take hold on her, and she shall exalt thee: thou shalt be
glorified by her, when thou shalt embrace her.

4:9. She shall give to thy head increase of graces, and protect thee
with a noble crown.

4:10. Hear, O my son, and receive my words, that years of life may be
multiplied to thee.

4:11. I will shew thee the way of wisdom, I will lead thee by the paths
of equity:

4:12. Which when thou shalt have entered, thy steps shall not be
straitened, and when thou runnest, thou shalt not meet a

4:13. Take hold on instruction, leave it not: keep it, because it is
thy life.

4:14. Be not delighted in the paths of the wicked, neither let the way
of evil men please thee.

4:15. Flee from it, pass not by it: go aside, and forsake it.

4:16. For they sleep not, except they have done evil: and their sleep
is taken away unless they have made some to fall.

4:17. They eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of iniquity.

4:18. But the path of the just, as a shining light, goeth forwards, and
increaseth even to perfect day.

4:19. The way of the wicked is darksome: they know not where they fall.

4:20. My son, hearken to my words, and incline thy ear to my sayings.

4:21. Let them not depart from thy eyes, keep them in the midst of thy

4:22. For they are life to those that find them, and health to all

4:23. With all watchfulness keep thy heart, because life issueth out
from it.

4:24. Remove from thee a froward mouth, and let detracting lips be far
from thee.

4:25. Let thy eyes look straight on, and let thy eyelids go before thy

4:26. Make straight the path for thy feet, and all thy ways shall be

4:27. Decline not to the right hand, nor to the left: turn away thy
foot from evil. For the Lord knoweth the ways that are on the right
hand: but those are perverse which are on the left hand. But he will
make thy courses straight, he will bring forward thy ways in peace.

Proverbs Chapter 5

An exhortation to fly unlawful lust, and the occasions of it.

5:1. My son, attend to my wisdom, and incline thy ear to my prudence,

5:2. That thou mayst keep thoughts, and thy lips may preserve
instruction. Mind not the deceit of a woman.

5:3. For the lips of a harlot are like a honeycomb dropping, and her
throat is smoother than oil.

5:4. But her end is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword.

5:5. Her feet go down into death, and her steps go in as far as hell.

5:6. They walk not by the path of life, her steps are wandering, and

5:7. Now, therefore, my son, hear me, and depart not from the words of
my mouth.

5:8. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the doors of her

5:9. Give not thy honour to strangers, and thy years to the cruel.

5:10. Lest strangers be filled with thy strength, and thy labours be in
another man's house,

5:11. And thou mourn at the last, when thou shalt have spent thy flesh
and thy body, and say;

5:12. Why have I hated instruction, and my heart consented not to

5:13. And have not heard the voice of them that taught me, and have not
inclined my ear to masters?

5:14. I have almost been in all evil, in the midst of the church and of
the congregation.

5:15. Drink water out of thy own cistern, and the streams of thy own

5:16. Let thy fountains be conveyed abroad, and in the streets divide
thy waters.

5:17. Keep them to thyself alone, neither let strangers be partakers
with thee.

5:18. Let thy vein be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of thy youth:

5:19. Let her be thy dearest hind, and most agreeable fawn: let her
breasts inebriate thee at all times: be thou delighted continually with
her love.

5:20. Why art thou seduced, my son, by a strange woman, and art
cherished in the bosom of another?

5:21. The Lord beholdeth the ways of man, and considereth all his

5:22. His own iniquities catch the wicked, and he is fast bound with
the ropes of his own sins.

5:23. He shall die, because he hath not received instruction, and in
the multitude of his folly he shall be deceived.

Proverbs Chapter 6

Documents on several heads.

6:1. My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, thou hast engaged fast
thy hand to a stranger,

6:2. Thou art ensnared with the words of thy mouth, and caught with thy
own words.

6:3. Do, therefore, my son, what I say, and deliver thyself: because
thou art fallen into the hand of thy neighbour. Run about, make haste,
stir up thy friend:

6:4. Give not sleep to thy eyes, neither let thy eyelids slumber.

6:5. Deliver thyself as a doe from the hand, and as a bird from the
hand of the fowler.

6:6. Go to the ant, O sluggard, and consider her ways, and learn

6:7. Which, although she hath no guide, nor master, nor captain,

6:8. Provideth her meat for herself in the summer, and gathereth her
food in the harvest.

6:9. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of
thy sleep?

6:10. Thou wilt sleep a little, thou wilt slumber a little, thou wilt
fold thy hands a little to sleep:

6:11. And want shall come upon thee, as a traveller, and poverty as a
man armed. But if thou be diligent, thy harvest shall come as a
fountain, and want shall flee far from thee.

6:12. A man that is an apostate, an unprofitable man, walketh with a
perverse mouth,

6:13. He winketh with the eyes, presseth with the foot, speaketh with
the finger.

6:14. With a wicked heart he deviseth evil, and at all times he soweth

6:15. To such a one his destruction shall presently come, and he shall
suddenly be destroyed, and shall no longer have any remedy.

6:16. Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his
soul detesteth:

6:17. Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,

6:18. A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run
into mischief,

6:19. A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth
discord among brethren.

6:20. My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the
law of thy mother.

6:21. Bind them in thy heart continually, and put them about thy neck.

6:22. When thou walkest, let them go with thee: when thou sleepest, let
them keep thee, and when thou awakest, talk with them.

6:23. Because the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light, and
reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

6:24. That they may keep thee from the evil woman, and from the
flattering tongue of the stranger.

6:25. Let not thy heart covet her beauty, be not caught with her winks:

6:26. For the price of a harlot is scarce one loaf: but the woman
catcheth the precious soul of a man.

6:27. Can a man hide fire in his bosom, and his garments not burn?

6:28. Or can he walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be burnt?

6:29. So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife, shall not be clean
when he shall touch her.

6:30. The fault is not so great when a man hath stolen: for he stealeth
to fill his hungry soul:

The fault is not so great, etc. . .The sin of theft is not so great, as
to be compared with adultery: especially when a person pressed with
hunger (which is the case here spoken of) steals to satisfy nature.
Moreover the damage done by theft may much more easily be repaired,
than the wrong done by adultery. But this does not hinder, but that
theft also is a mortal sin, forbidden by one of the ten commandments.

6:31. And if he be taken, he shall restore sevenfold, and shall give up
all the substance of his house.

6:32. But he that is an adulterer, for the folly of his heart shall
destroy his own soul:

6:33. He gathereth to himself shame and dishonour, and his reproach
shall not be blotted out:

6:34. Because the jealousy and rage of the husband will not spare in
the day of revenge,

6:35. Nor will he yield to any man's prayers, nor will he accept for
satisfaction ever so many gifts.

Proverbs Chapter 7

The love of wisdom is the best preservative from being led astray by

7:1. My son, keep my words, and lay up my precepts with thee. Son,

7:2. Keep my commandments, and thou shalt live: and my law as the apple
of thy eye:

7:3. Bind it upon thy fingers, write it upon the tables of thy heart.

7:4. Say to wisdom: Thou art my sister: and call prudence thy friend,

7:5. That she may keep thee from the woman that is not thine, and from
the stranger who sweeteneth her words.

7:6. For I looked out of the window of my house through the lattice,

7:7. And I see little ones, I behold a foolish young man,

7:8. Who passeth through the street by the corner, and goeth nigh the
way of her house,

7:9. In the dark when it grows late, in the darkness and obscurity of
the night.

7:10. And behold a woman meeteth him in harlot's attire, prepared to
deceive souls: talkative and wandering,

7:11. Not bearing to be quiet, not able to abide still at home,

7:12. Now abroad, now in the streets, now lying in wait near the

7:13. And catching the young man, she kisseth him, and with an impudent
face, flattereth, saying:

7:14. I vowed victims for prosperity, this day I have paid my vows.

7:15. Therefore I am come out to meet thee, desirous to see thee, and I
have found thee.

7:16. I have woven my bed with cords, I have covered it with painted
tapestry, brought from Egypt.

7:17. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

7:18. Come, let us be inebriated with the breasts, and let us enjoy the
desired embraces, till the day appear.

7:19. For my husband is not at home, he is gone a very long journey.

7:20. He took with him a bag of money: he will return home the day of
the full moon.

7:21. She entangled him with many words, and drew him away with the
flattery of her lips.

7:22. Immediately he followeth her as an ox led to be a victim, and as
a lamb playing the wanton, and not knowing that he is drawn like a fool
to bonds,

7:23. Till the arrow pierce his liver: as if a bird should make haste
to the snare, and knoweth not that his life is in danger.

7:24. Now, therefore, my son, hear me, and attend to the words of my

7:25. Let not thy mind be drawn away in her ways: neither be thou
deceived with her paths.

7:26. For she hath cast down many wounded, and the strongest have been
slain by her.

7:27. Her house is the way to hell, reaching even to the inner chambers
of death.

Proverbs Chapter 8

The preaching of wisdom. Her excellence.

8:1. Doth not wisdom cry aloud, and prudence put forth her voice?

8:2. Standing in the top of the highest places by the way, in the midst
of the paths,

8:3. Beside the gates of the city, in the very doors she speaketh,

8:4. O ye men, to you I call, and my voice is to the sons of men.

8:5. O little ones understand subtlety, and ye unwise, take notice.

8:6. Hear, for I will speak of great things: and my lips shall be
opened to preach right things.

8:7. My mouth shall meditate truth, and my lips shall hate wickedness.

8:8. All my words are just, there is nothing wicked, nor perverse in

8:9. They are right to them that understand, and just to them that find

8:10. Receive my instruction, and not money: choose knowledge rather
than gold.

8:11. For wisdom is better than all the most precious things: and
whatsoever may be desired cannot be compared to it.

8:12. I, wisdom, dwell in counsel, and am present in learned thoughts.

8:13. The fear of the Lord hateth evil; I hate arrogance, and pride,
and every wicked way, and a mouth with a double tongue.

8:14. Counsel and equity is mine, prudence is mine, strength is mine.

8:15. By me kings reign, and lawgivers decree just things.

8:16. By me princes rule, and the mighty decree justice.

8:17. I love them that love me: and they that in the morning early
watch for me, shall find me.

8:18. With me are riches and glory, glorious riches and justice.

8:19. For my fruit is better than gold and the precious stone, and my
blossoms than choice silver.

8:20. I walk in the way of justice, in the midst of the paths of

8:21. That I may enrich them that love me, and may fill their

8:22. The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he
made any thing from the beginning.

8:23. I was set up from eternity, and of old, before the earth was

8:24. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived, neither
had the fountains of waters as yet sprung out.

8:25. The mountains, with their huge bulk, had not as yet been
established: before the hills, I was brought forth:

8:26. He had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of
the world.

8:27. When he prepared the heavens, I was present: when with a certain
law, and compass, he enclosed the depths:

8:28. When he established the sky above, and poised the fountains of

8:29. When he compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the
waters that they should not pass their limits: when he balanced the
foundations of the earth;

8:30. I was with him forming all things: and was delighted every day,
playing before him at all times;

8:31. Playing in the world: and my delights were to be with the
children of men.

8:32. Now, therefore, ye children, hear me: blessed are they that keep
my ways.

8:33. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

8:34. Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my
gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors.

8:35. He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation
from the Lord.

8:36. But he that shall sin against me shall hurt his own soul. All
that hate me love death.

Proverbs Chapter 9

Wisdom invites all to her feast. Folly calls another way.

9:1. Wisdom hath built herself a house, she hath hewn her out seven

9:2. She hath slain her victims, mingled her wine, and set forth her

9:3. She hath sent her maids to invite to the tower, and to the walls
of the city:

9:4. Whosoever is a little one, let him come to me. And to the unwise
she said:

9:5. Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine which I have mingled for

9:6. Forsake childishness, and live, and walk by the ways of prudence.

9:7. He that teacheth a scorner, doth an injury to himself; and he that
rebuketh a wicked man, getteth himself a blot.

9:8. Rebuke not a scorner, lest he hate thee. Rebuke a wise man, and he
will love thee.

9:9. Give an occasion to a wise man, and wisdom shall be added to him.
Teach a just man, and he shall make haste to receive it.

9:10. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the
knowledge of the holy is prudence.

9:11. For by me shall thy days be multiplied, and years of life shall
be added to thee.

9:12. If thou be wise, thou shalt be so to thyself: and if a scorner,
thou alone shalt bear the evil.

9:13. A foolish woman and clamorous, and full of allurements, and
knowing nothing at all,

9:14. Sat at the door of her house, upon a seat, in a high place of the

9:15. To call them that pass by the way, and go on their journey:

9:16. He that is a little one, let him turn to me. And to the fool she

9:17. Stolen waters are sweeter, and hidden bread is more pleasant.

9:18. And he did not know that giants are there, and that her guests
are in the depths of hell.

Proverbs Chapter 10

In the twenty following chapters are contained many wise sayings and
axioms, relating to wisdom and folly, virtue and vice.

10:1. A wise son maketh the father glad: but a foolish son is the
sorrow of his mother.

10:2. Treasures of wickedness shall profit nothing: but justice shall
deliver from death.

10:3. The Lord will not afflict the soul of the just with famine, and
he will disappoint the deceitful practices of the wicked.

10:4. The slothful hand hath wrought poverty: but the hand of the
industrious getteth riches. He that trusteth to lies feedeth the winds:
and the same runneth after birds, that fly away.

10:5. He that gathereth in the harvest, is a wise son: but he that
snorteth in the summer, is the son of confusion.

10:6. The blessing of the Lord is upon the head of the just: but
iniquity covereth the mouth of the wicked.

10:7. The memory of the just is with praises: and the name of the
wicked shall rot.

10:8. The wise of heart receiveth precepts: a fool is beaten with lips.

10:9. He that walketh sincerely, walketh confidently: but he that
perverteth his ways, shall be manifest.

10:10. He that winketh with the eye, shall cause sorrow: and the
foolish in lips shall be beaten.

10:11. The mouth of the just is a vein of life: and the mouth of the
wicked covereth iniquity.

10:12. Hatred stirreth up strifes: and charity covereth all sins.

10:13. In the lips of the wise is wisdom found: and a rod on the back
of him that wanteth sense.

10:14. Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the fool is next to

10:15. The substance of a rich man is the city of his strength: the
fear of the poor is their poverty.

10:16. The work of the just is unto life: but the fruit of the wicked
unto sin.

10:17. The way of life, to him that observeth correction: but he that
forsaketh reproofs, goeth astray.

10:18. Lying lips hide hatred: he that uttereth reproach, is foolish.

10:19. In the multitude of words there shall not want sin: but he that
refraineth his lips, is most wise.

10:20. The tongue of the just is as choice silver: but the heart of the
wicked is nothing worth.

10:21. The lips of the just teach many: but they that are ignorant,
shall die in the want of understanding.

10:22. The blessing of the Lord maketh men rich: neither shall
affliction be joined to them.

10:23. A fool worketh mischief as it were for sport: but wisdom is
prudence to a man.

10:24. That which the wicked feareth, shall come upon him: to the just
their desire shall be given.

10:25. As a tempest that passeth, so the wicked shall be no more: but
the just is as an everlasting foundation.

10:26. As vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so is the
sluggard to them that sent him.

10:27. The fear of the Lord shall prolong days: and the years of the
wicked shall be shortened.

10:28. The expectation of the just is joy: but the hope of the wicked
shall perish.

10:29. The strength of the upright is the way of the Lord: and fear to
them that work evil.

10:30. The just shall never be moved: but the wicked shall not dwell on
the earth.

10:31. The mouth of the just shall bring forth wisdom: the tongue of
the perverse shall perish.

10:32. The lips of the just consider what is acceptable: and the mouth
of the wicked uttereth perverse things.

Proverbs Chapter 11

11:1. A deceitful balance is an abomination before the Lord: and a just
weight is his will.

11:2. Where pride is, there also shall be reproach: but where humility
is, there also is wisdom.

11:3. The simplicity of the just shall guide them: and the
deceitfulness of the wicked shall destroy them.

11:4. Riches shall not profit in the day of revenge: but justice shall
deliver from death.

11:5. The justice of the upright shall make his way prosperous: and the
wicked man shall fall by his own wickedness.

11:6. The justice of the righteous shall deliver them: and the unjust
shall be caught in their own snares.

11:7. When the wicked man is dead, there shall be no hope any more: and
the expectation of the solicitous shall perish.

11:8. The just is delivered out of distress: and the wicked shall be
given up for him.

11:9. The dissembler with his mouth deceiveth his friend: but the just
shall be delivered by knowledge.

11:10. When it goeth well with the just, the city shall rejoice: and
when the wicked perish, there shall be praise.

11:11. By the blessing of the just the city shall be exalted: and by
the mouth of the wicked it shall be overthrown.

11:12. He that despiseth his friend, is mean of heart: but the wise man
will hold his peace.

11:13. He that walketh deceitfully, revealeth secrets: but he that is
faithful, concealeth the thing committed to him by his friend.

11:14. Where there is no governor, the people shall fall: but there is
safety where there is much counsel.

11:15. He shall be afflicted with evil, that is surety for a stranger:
but he that is aware of snares, shall be secure.

11:16. A gracious woman shall find glory: and the strong shall have

11:17. A merciful man doth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel
casteth off even his own kindred.

11:18. The wicked maketh an unsteady work: but to him that soweth
justice, there is a faithful reward.

11:19. Clemency prepareth life: and the pursuing of evil things, death.

11:20. A perverse heart is abominable to the Lord: and his will is in
them that walk sincerely.

11:21. Hand in hand the evil man shall not be innocent: but the seed of
the just shall be saved.

11:22. A golden ring in a swine's snout, a woman fair and foolish.

11:23. The desire of the just is all good, the expectation of the
wicked is indignation.

11:24. Some distribute their own goods, and grow richer: others take
away what is not their own, and are always in want.

11:25. The soul that blesseth, shall be made fat: and he that
inebriateth, shall be inebriated also himself.

11:26. He that hideth up corn, shall be cursed among the people: but a
blessing upon the head of them that sell.

11:27. Well doth he rise early who seeketh good things; but he that
seeketh after evil things, shall be oppressed by them.

11:28. He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the just shall
spring up as a green leaf.

11:29. He that troubleth his own house, shall inherit the winds: and
the fool shall serve the wise.

11:30. The fruit of the just man is a tree of life: and he that gaineth
souls is wise.

11:31. If the just man receive in the earth, how much more the wicked
and the sinner.

Proverbs Chapter 12

12:1. He that loveth correction, loveth knowledge: but he that hateth
reproof, is foolish.

12:2. He that is good, shall draw grace from the Lord: but he that
trusteth in his own devices, doth wickedly.

12:3. Man shall not be strengthened by wickedness: and the root of the
just shall not be moved.

12:4. A diligent woman is a crown to her husband: and she that doth
things worthy of confusion, is as rottenness in his bones.

12:5. The thoughts of the just are judgments: and the counsels of the
wicked are deceitful.

12:6. The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood: the mouth of the
just shall deliver them.

12:7. Turn the wicked, and they shall not be: but the house of the just
shall stand firm.

12:8. A man shall be known by his learning: but he that is vain and
foolish, shall be exposed to contempt.

12:9. Better is the poor man that provideth for himself, than he that
is glorious and wanteth bread.

12:10. The just regardeth the lives of his beasts: but the bowels of
the wicked are cruel.

12:11. He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he
that pursueth idleness is very foolish.

12:12. He that is delighted in passing his time over wine, leaveth a
reproach in his strong holds.

12:12. The desire of the wicked is the fortification of evil men: but
the root of the just shall prosper.

12:13. For the sins of the lips ruin draweth nigh to the evil man: but
the just shall escape out of distress.

12:14. By the fruit of his own mouth shall a man be filled with good
things, and according to the works of his hands it shall be repaid him.

12:15. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that is wise
hearkeneth unto counsels.

12:16. A fool immediately sheweth his anger: but he that dissembleth
injuries is wise.

12:17. He that speaketh that which he knoweth, sheweth forth justice:
but he that lieth, is a deceitful witness.

12:18. There is that promiseth, and is pricked as it were with a sword
of conscience: but the tongue of the wise is health.

12:19. The lip of truth shall be steadfast for ever: but he that is a
hasty witness, frameth a lying tongue.

12:20. Deceit is in the heart of them that think evil things: but joy
followeth them that take counsels of peace.

12:21. Whatsoever shall befall the just man, shall not make him sad:
but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

12:22. Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord: but they that deal
faithfully, please him.

12:23. A cautious man concealeth knowledge: and the heart of fools
publisheth folly.

12:24. The hand of the valiant shall bear rule: but that which is
slothful shall be under tribute.

12:25. Grief in the heart of a man shall bring him low, but with a good
word he shall be made glad.

12:26. He that neglecteth a loss for the sake of a friend, is just: but
the way of the wicked shall deceive them.

12:27. The deceitful man shall not find gain: but the substance of a
just man shall be precious gold.

12:28. In the path of justice is life: but the bye-way leadeth to

Proverbs Chapter 13

13:1. A wise son heareth the doctrine of his father: but he that is a
scorner, heareth not when he is reproved.

13:2. Of the fruit of his own month shall a man be filled with good
things: but the soul of transgressors is wicked.

13:3. He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his soul: but he that hath no
guard on his speech shall meet with evils.

13:4. The sluggard willeth, and willeth not: but the soul of them that
work, shall be made fat.

13:5. The just shall hate a lying word: but the wicked confoundeth, and
shall be confounded.

13:6. Justice keepeth the way of the innocent: but wickedness
overthroweth the sinner.

13:7. One is as it were rich, when he hath nothing and another is as it
were poor, when he hath great riches.

13:8. The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but he that is poor,
beareth not reprehension.

13:9. The light of the just giveth joy: but the lamp of the wicked
shall be put out.

13:10. Among the proud there are always contentions: but they that do
all things with counsel, are ruled by wisdom.

13:11. Substance got in haste shall be diminished: but that which by
little and little is gathered with the hand, shall increase.

13:12. Hope that is deferred afflicteth the soul: desire when it
cometh, is a tree of life.

13:13. Whosoever speaketh ill of any thing, bindeth himself for the
time to come: but he that feareth the commandment, shall dwell in
peace. Deceitful souls go astray in sins: the just are merciful, and
shew mercy.

13:14. The law of the wise is a fountain of life, that he may decline
from the ruin of death.

13:15. Good instruction shall give grace: in the way of scorners is a
deep pit.

13:16. The prudent man doth all things with counsel: but he that is a
fool, layeth open his folly.

13:17. The messenger of the wicked shall fall into mischief: but a
faithful ambassador is health.

13:18. Poverty and shame to him that refuseth instruction: but he that
yieldeth to reproof shall be glorified.

13:19. The desire that is accomplished, delighteth the soul: fools hate
them that flee from evil things.

13:20. He that walketh with the wise, shall be wise: a friend of fools
shall become like to them.

13:21. Evil pursueth sinners: and to the just good shall be repaid.

13:22. The good man leaveth heirs, sons, and grandsons: and the
substance of the sinner is kept for the just.

13:23. Much food is in the tillage of fathers: but for others it is
gathered without judgment.

13:24. He that spareth the rod, hateth his son: but he that loveth him,
correcteth him betimes.

13:25. The just eateth and filleth his soul: but the belly of the
wicked is never to be filled.

Proverbs Chapter 14

14:1. A wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish will pull down
with her hands that also which is built.

14:2. He that walketh in the right way, and feareth God, is despised by
him that goeth by an infamous way.

14:3. In the mouth of a fool is the rod of pride: but the lips of the
wise preserve them.

14:4. Where there are no oxen, the crib is empty: but where there is
much corn, there the strength of the ox is manifest.

14:5. A faithful witness will not lie: but a deceitful witness uttereth
a lie.

14:6. A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: the learning of the
wise is easy.

14:7. Go against a foolish man, and he knoweth not the lips of

14:8. The wisdom of a discreet man is to understand his way: and the
imprudence of fools erreth.

14:9. A fool will laugh at sin, but among the just grace shall abide.

14:10. The heart that knoweth the bitterness of his own soul, in his
joy the stranger shall not intermeddle.

14:11. The house of the wicked shall be destroyed: but the tabernacles
of the just shall flourish.

14:12. There is a way which seemeth just to a man: but the ends thereof
lead to death.

14:13. Laughter shall be mingled with sorrow, and mourning taketh hold
of the ends of joy.

14:14. A fool shall be filled with his own ways, and the good man shall
be above him.

14:15. The innocent believeth every word: the discreet man considereth
his steps. No good shall come to the deceitful son: but the wise
servant shall prosper in his dealings, and his way shall be made

14:16. A wise man feareth, and declineth from evil: the fool leapeth
over, and is confident.

14:17. The impatient man shall work folly: and the crafty man is

14:18. The childish shall possess folly, and the prudent shall look for

14:19. The evil shall fall down before the good: and the wicked before
the gates of the just.

14:20. The poor man shall be hateful even to his own neighbour: but the
friends of the rich are many.

14:21. He that despiseth his neighbour, sinneth: but he that sheweth
mercy to the poor, shall be blessed. He that believeth in the Lord,
loveth mercy.

14:22. They err that work evil: but mercy and truth prepare good

14:23. In much work there shall be abundance: but where there are many
words, there is oftentimes want.

14:24. The crown of the wise, is their riches: the folly of fools,

14:25. A faithful witness delivereth souls: and the double dealer
uttereth lies.

14:26. In the fear of the Lord is confidence of strength, and there
shall be hope for his children.

14:27. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to decline from the
ruin of death.

14:28. In the multitude of people is the dignity of the king: and in
the small number of the people the dishonour of the prince.

14:29. He that is patient, is governed with much wisdom: but he that is
impatient, exalteth his folly.

14:30. Soundness of heart is the life of the flesh: but envy is the
rottenness of the bones.

14:31. He that oppresseth the poor, upbraideth his maker: but he that
hath pity on the poor, honoureth him.

14:32. The wicked man shall be driven out in his wickedness: but the
just hath hope in his death.

14:33. In the heart of the prudent resteth wisdom, and it shall
instruct all the ignorant.

14:34. Justice exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable.

14:35. A wise servant is acceptable to the king: he that is good for
nothing shall feel his anger.

Proverbs Chapter 15

15:1. A mild answer breaketh wrath: but a harsh word stirreth up fury.

15:2. The tongue of the wise adorneth knowledge: but the mouth of fools
bubbleth out folly.

15:3. The eyes of the Lord in every place behold the good and the evil.

15:4. A peaceable tongue is a tree of life: but that which is
immoderate, shall crush the spirit.

15:5. A fool laugheth at the instruction of his father: but he that
regardeth reproofs shall become prudent. In abundant justice there is
the greatest strength: but the devices of the wicked shall be rooted

15:6. The house of the just is very much strength: and in the fruits of
the wicked is trouble.

15:7. The lips of the wise shall disperse knowledge: the heart of fools
shall be unlike.

15:8. The victims of the wicked are abominable to the Lord: the vows of
the just are acceptable.

15:9. The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: he that
followeth justice is beloved by him.

15:10. Instruction is grievous to him that forsaketh the way of life:
he that hateth reproof shall die.

15:11. Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more the
hearts of the children of men?

15:12. A corrupt man loveth not one that reproveth him: nor will he go
to the wise.

15:13. A glad heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by grief of mind
the spirit is cast down.

15:14. The heart of the wise seeketh instruction: and the mouth of
fools feedeth on foolishness.

15:15. All the days of the poor are evil: a secure mind is like a
continual feast.

15:16. Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great
treasures without content.

15:17. It is better to be invited to herbs with love, than to a fatted
calf with hatred.

15:18. A passionate man stirreth up strifes: he that is patient
appeaseth those that are stirred up.

15:19. The way of the slothful is as a hedge of thorns: the way of the
just is without offence.

15:20. A wise son maketh a father joyful: but the foolish man despiseth
his mother.

15:21. Folly is joy to the fool: and the wise man maketh straight his

15:22. Designs are brought to nothing where there is no counsel: but
where there are many counsellors, they are established.

15:23. A man rejoiceth in the sentence of his mouth: and a word in due
time is best.

15:24. The path of life is above for the wise, that he may decline from
the lowest hell.

15:25. The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: and will
strengthen the borders of the widow.

15:26. Evil thoughts are an abomination to the Lord: and pure words
most beautiful shall be confirmed by him.

15:27. He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house: but he that
hateth bribes shall live. By mercy and faith sins are purged away: and
by the fear of the Lord every one declineth from evil.

15:28. The mind of the just studieth obedience: the mouth of the wicked
overfloweth with evils.

15:29. The Lord is far from the wicked: and he will hear the prayers of
the just.

15:30. The light of the eyes rejoiceth the soul: a good name maketh the
bones fat.

15:31. The ear that heareth the reproofs of life, shall abide in the
midst of the wise.

15:32. He that rejecteth instruction, despiseth his own soul: but he
that yieldeth to reproof, possesseth understanding.

15:33. The fear of the Lord is the lesson of wisdom: and humility goeth
before glory.

Proverbs Chapter 16

16:1. It is the part of man to prepare the soul: and of the Lord to
govern the tongue.

It is the part of man, etc. . .That is, a man should prepare in his
heart and soul what he is to say: but after all, it must be the Lord
that must govern his tongue, to speak to the purpose. Not that we can
think any thing of good without God's grace; but that after we have
(with God's grace) thought and prepared within our souls what we would
speak, if God does not govern our tongue, we shall not succeed in what
we speak.

16:2. All the ways of a man are open to his eyes: the Lord is the
weigher of spirits.

16:3. Lay open thy works to the Lord: and thy thoughts shall be

16:4. The Lord hath made all things for himself: the wicked also for
the evil day.

16:5. Every proud man is an abomination to the Lord: though hand should
be joined to hand, he is not innocent. The beginning of a good way is
to do justice: and this is more acceptable with God, than to offer

16:6. By mercy and truth iniquity is redeemed; and by the fear of the
Lord men depart from evil.

16:7. When the ways of man shall please the Lord, he will convert even
his enemies to peace.

16:8. Better is a little with justice, than great revenues with

16:9. The heart of man disposeth his way: but the Lord must direct his

16:10. Divination is in the lips of the king, his mouth shall not err
in judgment.

16:11. Weight and balance are judgments of the Lord: and his work all
the weights of the bag.

16:12. They that act wickedly are abominable to the king: for the
throne is established by justice.

16:13. Just lips are the delight of kings: he that speaketh right
things shall be loved.

16:14. The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: and the wise man
will pacify it.

16:15. In the cheerfulness of the king's countenance is life: and his
clemency is like the latter rain.

16:16. Get wisdom, because it is better than gold: and purchase

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