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horse [is] prepared against the day of battle: but safety
[is] of the LORD; no military preparations will do, unless
he gives success. This is a powerful motive to prayer, és
pecially in time of war, to commit all our national interests
and concerns to him, and to go forth in his strength.



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] name [is] rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] loving favour rather than filver and gold; without the respect and kindness of a man's neighbours and friends his riches will not make him comforta

ble; let us be thankful if we have a good reputation, and
2 do nothing to forfeit it. The rich and poor meet to-

gether : the LORD [is] the maker of them all; with
regard to happiness they are much upon the same footing;
God hath fixed their respetive circumstances, and at death

they shall all certainly meet together and be upon a level; let
3 the rich therefore be humble, and the poor contented. A

. prudent (man) foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; he makes provision against it: but the fimple pass on, and

are punished; they never think of it till they fall into it; 4 this is applicable both to '

worldly and religious concerns. By
humility [and] the fear of the LORD [are] riches,
5 honour, and life. Thorns [and] snares, continual per-

plexity and vexation, [are] in the way of the froward: he
that doth keep his soul, that watches over his actions and

words, and is of a friendly obliging disposition, shall be far
6 from them. Train up a child in the way he should go:

and when he is old, he will not depart from it; this is

generally tho' not universally true, and a great motive it is 9 to a prudent and pious education of children. The rich

ruleth over the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to

the lender: this should be a motive to diligence and frugality, 8 that we may not be dependant upon others. He that low

eth iniquity shall reap vanity, that is, mortification and

disappointment: and the rod of his anger, the power 9 with which he injures others, fhall fail. He that hath a bountiful eye, who fees and compassionates the mifery of


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others, shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to 10 the poor. Caft out the scorner, him who difdains advice and counsel

, and is obftinately bent on his own way, and contention shall go out; yea, ftrife and reproach shall il cease.' He that loveth pureness of heart, an upright

man, who delivers his mind in acceptable language, [for] the

grace of his lips, the king [shall be] his friend. 12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, God gra

ciously watches over those who make his law their rule and religion their care; and he overthroweth the words of

the tranfgreffor; he cuts short the power of the wicked, 13 so that they do not what they intend. The flothful (man)

faith, (There is] a lion without, I shall be flain in the

streets; a very unlikely thing to meet a lion in the streets; it 14 fhows the folly of Nothful people's excuses. The mouth of

strange women [is] a deep pit; their fociety is a gulf of

destruction : he that is abhorred of the LORD, who is 15 given up to his wicked lufts, fhall fall therein. Foolish.

ness [is] bound in the heart of a child; [but] the rod

of correction shall drive it far from him; in many cafes 16 this is the only method. He that

He that opprefseth the poor to increase his [riches, and] he that giveth to the rich, [shall] furely (come] to want; providence often delivers

unjust men into the hands of oppressors, who serve them as 17 they served others. Bow down thine ear, and hear the

words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my 18 knowledge, the wife lesons which I teach thee. For sit

is] a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they fhall withal be fitted in thy lips; they will be thy delight

and ornament; and enable thee to speak properly and use. 19 fully. That thy trust may be in the Lord, I have made

known to thee this day, even to thee; I have acquainted

thee with these things, that thou mayest thereby be encouraged 20 to trust only in God. Have not I written to thee excel

lent things in counsels and knowledge ; I refer to thy 21 own judgment and discretion; That I might make thee

know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mighteft answer the words of truth to them that fend unto thee? be useful to those that consult thee or employ thee in any business; this is one great advantage of wisdom, that

22 it fits men for useful services in life. Rob not the poor,

because he [is] poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate, that is, in the court of justice'; let him not be

overthrown or injured because he wants money to defend 23 his cause : For the LORD, the supreme judge, will plead

their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled 24 them. Make no friendship with an angry man; and 25 with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lelt thou learn

his ways, and get a snare to thy soul; left his passions

provoke thine; ör lest his example corrupt thee, and lead thee 26 into fin. Be not thou [one] of them that strike hands, 27 [or] of them that are sureties for debts. If thou haft

nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee? It is prudent to avoid being bound for others, left the creditor in the rage of his disappointment go beyond

what the law allows, and reduce thee to great extremity 28 thro' thy own folly. Remove not the antient land mark,

which thy fathers have set, for the distinction of one in29 heritance from another. Seest thou a man diligent in his

business, a man that looks about him, is active and diligent in his own proper work, he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean (men ;) he is likely to rise and be advanced in life. If we desire to stand before the King of kings, and to be numbered among his favourites, let us not be nothful in business, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.



HEN thou fittest to eat with a ruler, or any

person of superior rank or quality, consider diligently what [is] þefore thee, and how easily thou mayest 2 be drawn into excess: And put a knife to thy throat, if

thou [be] a man given to appetite; use any violence with 3 thyself rather than fall into intemperance. Be not desirous

of his dainties : for they (are) deceitful meat; persons by visiting those above their rank get an habit of high living, which often proves a 'fnare to them; plain fare is less expensive, more nourishing, and free from the temptations

4 which attend dainty meats. Labour not to be rich;

fatigue not thyself; make not a slavery of business ; fet bounds to thy contrivances ; do not place thy happiness in riches, nor seek them too eagerly: cease from thine own wisdom,

which may prompt thee to such a dangerous and destrutive 5 conduet. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is

not? for (riches] certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. Solomon, tho? a rich man, speaks of riches in a very contemptuous manner here, as if they had no real existence. They are often lost thro' such an excefive desire of more, as sets men upon hazardous enterprises, which, if they do not succeed, lessen their former gain; while hoarding them up is but letting

their wings grow, which makes them more readily fly away. 6 Eat thou not the bread of [him that hath] an evil eye,

a man of a covetous temper, who grudgeth thee every thing 7 thou eatest ; neither desire thou his dainty meats : For

as he thinketh in his heart, fo [is] he: Eat and drink, faith he to thee; but his heart [is] not with thee; he is

to be judged of by his disposition, and not by his compliments; 8 whatever he says, he has no real regard for thee. The

morsel (which] thou hast eaten shalt thou wish to vomit

up, and lose thy sweet words; repent of all thy compliments 9 and thanks. Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will 10 despise the wisdom of thy words. Remove not the old

land mark; and enter not into the fields of the father11 less, who are not able to right themselves. For their

redeemer [is] mighty; he shall plead their cause with

thee; if they have no near relation, kinsman, or friend to 12 avenge their wrong, God will do it. Apply thine heart

unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of know13 ledge. Withhold not correction from the child out of

foolisa pity: for [if] thou beatest him with the rod, he 14 Thall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and

shalt deliver his soul from hell; save him from those fin15 ful courses that might lead him to destruction. My son, if

thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. 16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right

things, and nothing that favours of impiety to God or un17 dutifulness to me. Let not thine heart envy finners: but

(be [be thou] in the fear of the Lord all the day long; this

will preserve thee from all corrupt affections and irregular 38 pasions. For surely there is an end ; and thine expec

tation shall not be cut off; thou wilt not upon the whole

lose by thy religion, but have a glorious reward here and 19. hereafter. Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide 20 thine heart in the way which I prescribe to thee. Be not

among wine bibbers ; among riotous eaters of flesh; 21 avoid the society of gluttons and drunkards : For the

drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsinefs shall clothe (a man] with rags; an idle,

trifling, sleepy habit, will make men negle&t their business, 22 and expose them to want and infemy. Hearken unto thy

father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother

when she is old, for her age is an additional argument for 23. thy dutiful regards to her. Buy the truth at any price,

and fell [it] not upon any confideration whatever, for thou

wilt furely lose by the bargain ; [also] wisdom, and ina 24 ftruction, and understanding. The father of the righ

teous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise

(child) shall have joy of him, in the virtue and regularity 25. of hu behaviour. Thy father and thy mother iall be

glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice; all her pains z6 in thy birth and education shall be abundantly repaid. My

fon, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways; do not only look grave and attentive, but set thinc heart and affections on what I say, and see that thou actesi

on the rules I have given thee, and after the example I have 27 set thee. For a whore [is] a deep ditch; and a strange

woman [is] a narrow pit; a man may easily fide into them, 28 but it may be difficult if not impossible to get out. She also

lieth in wait as (for) a prey, and increaseth the tranfgref

fors among men; whatever profesions of love she might make, 29 je draws multitudes into sin and ruin. Who hath woe?

who hath forrow? who hath contentions? who hath bab

bling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath 30 redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine;

they that go to seek mixed wine. This shows the mischief of drunkenness, that it hurts the body, the character, the comfort of life, the peace of society, and the good order


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