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Apocrypba. .
Chap. XXXI.

Apocrypla. he were not dead : for he hath left one be- 2 Watching care will not let a man slumhind him that is like himself.

ber, as a sore disease breaketh sleep. 5 While he lived, he saw and rejoiced in 3 The rich hath great labour in gathering him : and when he died, he was not sorrowful. riches together; and when he resteth, he is

6 He left behind him an avenger against filled with his delicates. his enemies, and one that shall requite kind- 4 The poor laboureth in his poor estate; ness to his friends.

and when he leaveth off, he is still needy. 7 T He that maketh too much of his son 5 He that loveth gold shall not be justified, shall bind up his wounds; and his bowels will and he that followeth corruption shall have be troubled at every cry.

enough thereof. 8 An horse not broken becometh head- 6 Gold hath been the ruin of many, and strong: and a child left to himself will be wilful. their destruction was present.

9 Cocker thy child, and he shall make thee 7 It is a stumbling block unto them that afraid : play with him, and he will bring thee sacrifice unto it, and every fool shall be taken to heaviness.

therewith. 10 Laugh not with him, lest thou have 8 Blessed is the rich that is found without sorrow with him, and lest thou gnash thy blemish, and hath not gone after gold. teeth in the end.

9 Who is he? and we will call him bless11 Give him no liberty in his youth, and ed : for wonderful things hath he done wink not at his follies.

among his people. 12 Bow down his neck while he is young, 10 Who hath been tried thereby, and and beat him on the sides while he is a child, found perfect ? then let him glory. Who lest he wax stubborn, and be disobedient un- might offend, and hath not offended ? or to thee, and so bring sorrow to thine heart. done evil, and hath not done it?

13 Chastise thy son, and hold him to la- 11 His goods shall be established, and the bour, lest his lewd behaviour be an offence | congregation shall declare his alms. unto thee.

12 If thou sit at a bountiful table, be 14 4 Better is the poor, being sound and not greedy upon it, and say not, There is strong of constitution, than a rich man that much meat on it. is afflicted in his body.

13 Remember that a wicked eye is an 15 Health and good estate of body are evil thing: and what is created more wicked above all gold, and a strong body above infi- than an eye? therefore it weepeth upon evnite wealth.

ery occasion. 16 There is no riches above a sound body, 14 Stretch not thine hand whithersoever and no joy above the joy of the heart. it looketh, and thrust it not with him into

17 Death is better than a bitter life or con- the dish. tinual sickness.

15 Judge of thy neighbour by thyself : 18 Delicates poured upon a mouth shut || and be discreet in every point. up are as messes of meat set upon a grave. 16 Eat, as it becometh a man, those things

19 What good doeth the offering unto an which are set before thee; and devour not, idol ? for neither can it eat nor smell : so is lest thou be hated. he that is persecuted of the Lord.

17 Leave off first for manners sake; and 20 He seeth with his eyes and groaneth, be not unsatiable, lest thou offend. as an eunuch that embraceth a virgin and 18 When thou sittest among many, reachi sigheth.

not thine hand out first of all. 21 Give not over thy mind to heaviness, 19 A very little is sufficient for a man well and afflict not thyself in thine own counsel. nurtured, and he fetcheth not his wind short

22 The gladness of the heart is the life of upon his bed. man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth 20 Sound sleep cometh of moderate eathis days.

ing: he riseth early, and his wits are with 23 Love thine own soul, and comfort thy him : but the pain of watching, and choler, heart, remove sorrow far from thee: for sor- and pangs of the belly, are with an unsatiable row hath killed


and there is no profit therein.

21 And if thou hast been forced to eat, 24 Envy and wrath shorten the life, and arise, go forth, vomit, and thou shalt have rest. carefulness bringeth age before the time. 22 My son, hear me, and despise me not,

25 A cheerful and good heart will have a and at the last thou shalt find as I told thee : care of his meat and diet.

in all thy works be quick, so shall there no CHAP. XXXI.

sickness come unto thee. 1 Of the desire of ricbes, 12 of moderation and 29 Whoso is liberal of his meat, men shall

excess in eating, or drinking wine. speak well of him; and the report of his good CATCHING for riches consumeth the house keeping will be believed.

flesh, and the care thereof driveth 24 But against him that is a niggard of way sleep

his meat the whole city shall murmur; and




Apocrypha. .

Apocrypba. the testimonies of his niggardness shall not 14 ( Whoso feareth the Lord will receive be doubted of.

his discipline; and they that seek him early 25 Shew not thy valiantness in wine ; for shall find favour. wine hath destroyed many.

15 He that seeketh the law shall be filled 26 The furnace proveth the edge by dip- therewith : but the hypocrite will be offend. ping : so doth wine the hearts of the proud | ed thereat. by drunkenness.

16 They that fear the Lord shall find 27 Wine is as good as life to a man, if it || judgment, and shall kindle justice as a be drunk moderately : what is life then to light. a man that is without wine? for it was made 17 A sinful man will not be reproved, but to make men glad.

findeth an excuse according to his will. 28 Wine measurably drunk and in season 18 9 A man of counsel will be consider. bringeth gladness of the heart, and cheerful- ate; but a strange and proud man is not ness of the mind :

daunted with ear, even when of himself he 29 But wine drunken with excess maketh | hath done without counsel. bitterness of the mind, with brawling and 19 Do nothing without advice; and wher quarrelling:

thou hast once done, repent not. 30 Drunkenness increaseth the rage of a 20 Go not in a way wherein thou mayest fool till ie oifend: it diminisheth strength, fall, and stumble not among the stones. and maketh wounds.

21 Be not confident in a plain way. 31 Rebuke not thy neiglıbour at the wine, 22 And beware of thine own children. and despise him not in his mirth : give him 23 | In every good work trust thy own no despiteful words, and press not upon him | soul; for this is the keeping of the commandwith urging him to drink.] CHAP. XXXII.

24 He that believeth in the Lord taketh 1 Of his duty that is chief or master in a feast. || heed to the commandment; and he that 14 Of the fear of God. 18 Of counsel. 23

trustcth in him shall fare never the worse. Trust not to any but to thyself, and to God.

CHAP. XXXII. F thou be made the master (of a feast,) lift 1 Tbe safety of bim that fearetb the Lord. 7

Times and seasons are of God. of the rest, take diligent care for them, and "HERE shall no evil happen unto him so sit down.

2 And when thou hast done all thy office, || tion even again he will deliver him. take thy place, that thou mayest be merry 2 A wise man hateth not the law; but he with them, and receive a crown for thy well that is an hypocrite therein is as a ship in a ordering of the feast.

3 Speak, thou that art the elder, for it be- 3 A man of understanding trusteth in the cometh thee, but with sound judgment; and law; and the law is faithful unto him, as an hinder not musick.

oracle. 4 Pour not out words where there is a mu- 4 Prepare what to say, and so thou shalt sician, and shew not forth wisdom out of time. be heard: and bind up instruction, and then

5 A concert of musick in a banquet of || make answer. wine is as a signet of carbuncle set in gold. 5 The heart of the foolish is like a cart

6 As a signet of an emerald set in a work || wheel ; and his thoughts are like a rolling of gold, so is the melody of musick with

axletree. pleasant wine.

6 A stallion horse is as a mocking friend, 7 Speak, young man, if there be need of he neigheth under every one that sitteth upon thee : and yet scarcely when thou art twice | him. asked.

7 f Why doth one day excel another, 8 Let thy speech be short, comprehending when as all the light of every day in the year much in few words; be as one that knoweth is of the sun ? and yet holdeth his tongue.

8 By the knowledge of the Lord they 9 If thou be among great men, make not were distinguished : and he altered seasons thyself equal with them; and when ancient || and feasts. men are in place, use not many words.

9 Some of them hath he made high days, 10 Before the thunder goeth lightning; and and hallowed them, and some of them hath before a shamefaced man shall go favour. he made ordinary days.

11 Rise up betimes, and be not the last ; 10 And all men are from the ground, and but get thee home without delay.

Adam was created of earth. 12 There take thy pastime, and do what 11 In much knowledge the Lord hath dithou wilt: but sin not by proud speech. vided them, and made their ways diverse.

13 And for these things bless him that 12 Some of them hath he blessed and exmade thee, and hath replenished thee with alted, and some of them hath he sanctified, his good things.

and set near himself: but some of them hath



up fools.

Cuar. XXXIV.

Apocrypha. . he cursed and brought low, and turned out of their places.

ing are vain and false : and dreams lift 13 As the clay is in the potter's hand, to Yashion it at his pleasure: so man is in the 2 Whoso regardeth dreams is like him hand of him that made him, to render to that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth afthem as liketh him best.

ter the wind. 14 Good is set against evil, and life against 3 The vision of dreams is the resemblance death: so is the godly against the sinner, and of one thing to another, even as the likeness the sinner against the godly.

of a face to a face. 15 So look upon all the works of the 4 Of an unclean thing what can be cleansMost High ; and there are two and iwo, one ed ? and from that thing which is false what against another.

truth can come? 16 I awaked up last of all, as one that 5 Divinations, and soothsayings, and gathereth after the grape gatherers: by the dreams, are vain : and the heart fancieth, as blessing of the Lord I profited, and filled


a woman's heart in travail. wine press like a gatherer of grapes.

6 Jf they be not sent from the Most High 17 Consider that I laboured not for my in thy visitation, set not thy heart upon them. self only, but for all then that seek learning. 7 For dreams have deceived many, and

18 Hear me, O ye great men of the peo- they have failed that put their trust in them. ple, and hearken with your ears, ye rulers of 8 The law shall be found perfect without the congregation.

lies : and wisdom is perfection to a faithful 19 Give not thy son and wife, thy brother mouth. and friend, power over thee while thou livest, 9 A man that hath travelled knoweth maand give not thy goods to another : lest it ny things; and he that hath much experience repent thee, and thou entreat for the same will declare wisdom. again.

10 He that hath no experience knoweth 20 As long as thou livest and hast breath little : but he that hath travelled is full of in thee, give not thyself over to any.

prudence. 21 For better it is that thy children should 11 When I travelled, I saw many things ; seek to thee, than that thou shouldest stand and I understood more than I can express. to their courtesy.

12 I was oft times in danger of death: yet 22 In all thy works kecp to thyself the I was delivered because of these things. preeminence; leave not a stain in thine hon- 13 I The spirit of those that fear the Lord

shall live; for their hope is in him that saveth 23 At the time when thou shalt end thy them. days, and finish thy life, distribute thine in- 14 Whoso feareth the Lord shall not fear heritance.

nor be afraid ; for he is his hope. 24 Fodder, a wand, and burdens, are for 15 Blessed is the soul of him that feareth the ass; and bread, correction, and work, for the Lord: to whom doth he look ? and who a servant.

is his strength ? 25 If thou set thy servant to labour, thou 16 For the eyes of the Lord are upon shalt find rest : but if thou let him go idle, them that love him, he is their mighty prohe shall seek liberty.

tection and strong stay, a defence from heat, 26 A yoke and á collar do bow the neck: and a cover from the sun at noon, a preserso are tortures and torments for an evil ser- vation from stumbling, and an help from vant.

falling 27 Send him to labour, that he be not idle; 17 He raiseth up the soul, and lighteneth for idleness teacheth much evil.


eyes : he giveth health, life, and blessing. 28 Set him to work, as is fit for him : if 18'q He that sacrificeth of a thing wrong. he be not obedient, put on more heavy fetters. fully gotten, his offering is ridiculous; and

29 But be not excessive toward any; and the gifts of unjust men are not accepted. without discretion do nothing.

19 The Most High is not pleased with 30 If thou have a servant, let him be un- the offerings of the wicked; neither is he pato thee as thyself, because thou hast bought cified for sin by the multitude of sacrifices. him with a price.

20 Whoso bringeth an offering of the 31 If thou have a servant, entreat him as goods of the poor doeth as one that killeth a brother : for thou hast need of him, as of the son before his father's eyes. thine own soul : if thou entreat him evil, and 21 The bread of the needy is their life : he run from thee, which way wilt thou go to he that defraudeth him thereof is a man of seek him ?

blood. CHAP. XXXIV.

22 He that taketh away his neighbour's 1 Of dreams. 13 Tbe praise and blessing of living slayeth him; and he that defraudeth

them tbat fear the Lord. 18 The offering of the labourer of his hire is a blood shedder. the wicked, God acceptetb not.

23 Wben one buildeth, and another pull


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Apocrypba. eth down, what profit have they then but | High shall behold to judge righteously, and labour?

execute judgment. 24 When one prayeth, and another curs- 18 For the Lord will not be slack, neither eth, whose voice will the Lord hear? will the Mighty be patient toward them, till

25 He that washeth himself after the touch- | he have smitten in sunder the loins of the ing of a dead body, if he touch it again, || unmerciful, and repayed vengeance to the what availeth his washing ?

heathen ; till he have taken away the multi26 So it is with a man that fasteth for his tude of the proud, and broken the sceptre of sins, and goeth again, and doeth the same: the unrighteous ; who will hear his prayer ? or what doth his 19 Till he have rendered to every man acbumbling profit him?

cording to his deeds, and to the works of men CHAP. XXXV.

according to their devices ; till he have judg1 Sacrifices pleasing to God. 14 The prayer of ed the cause of his people, and made them to

the futberless, of the widow, and of the bumble rejoice in his mercy. in spirit.

20 Mercy is seasonable in the time of afE

enough : he taketh beed to the commandment offereth a peace offering.

CHAP. XXXVI. 2 He that requiteth a good turn offereth 1 A prayer for the church against the enemies fine flour; and he that giveth alms sacrificeth tbercof : 18 A good heart and a froward. praise.

[AVE mercy upon us, O Lord God of all, pleasing to the Lord ; and to forsake un- 2 And send thy fear upon all the nations righteousness is a propitiation.

that seek not after thee. 4 Thou shalt not appear empty before the 3 Lift up thy hand against the strange naLord.

tions, and let them see thy power. 5 For all these things [are to be done] be- 4 As thou wast sanctified in us before cause of the commandment.

them : so be thou magnified among them be6 The offering of the righteous maketh fore us. the altar fat, and the sweet savour thereof is 5 And let them know thee, as we have before the Most High.

known thee, that there is no God but only 7 The sacrifice of a just man is acceptable, thou, O God. and the memorial thereof shall never be for- 6 Shew new signs, and make other strange gotten.

wonders : glorify thy hand and thy right 8 Give the Lord his honour with a good arm, that they may set forth thy wonderous eye, and diminish not the first fruits of thine works. bands.

7 Raise up indignation, and pour out 9 In all thy gifts shew a cheerful counte- wrath : take away the adversary, and destroy Dance, and dedicate thy tithes with gladness. the enemy.

10 Give unto the Most High according as 8 Make the time short, remember the coy. he hath enriched thee; and as thou hast got- enant, and let them declare thy wonderful ten, give with a cheerful eye.

works. 11 For the Lord recompenseth, and will 9 Let him that escapeth be consumed by give thee seven times as much.

the rage of the fire; and let them perish that 12 Do not think to corrupt with gifts ; || oppress the people. for such he will not receive : and trust not 10 Smite in sunder the heads of the rulers to unrighteous sacrifices ; for the Lord is

of the heathen, that say, 'There is none other judge, and with him is no respect of per- but we.

11 Gather all the tribes of Jacob together, 13 He will not accept any person against and inherit thou them, as from the beginning. a poor man, but will hear the prayer of the 12 O Lord, have mercy upon the people oppressed.

that is called by thy name, and upon Israel, 14 ( He will not despise the supplication whom thou hast named thy first born. of the fatherless ; nor the widow, when she 13 O be merciful unto Jerusalem, thy holy poureth out her complaint.

city, the place of thy rest. 15 Do not the tears run down the wid- 14 Fill Sion with thine unspeakable, oraow's cheeks ? and is not her cry against him cles, and thy people with thy glory. that causech them to fall ?

15 Give testimony unto those that thou 16 He ihat serveth the Lord shall be ac- hast possessed from the beginning, and raise cepted with favour, and his prayer shall up prophets that have been in thy name. reach unto the clouds.

16 Reward them that wait for chee, and 17. The prayer of the humble pierceth the let thy prophets be found faithful. clouds : and till it come nigh, he will not be 17'0 Lord, hear the prayer of thy sercomforted; and will not depart, till the Most vants, according to the blessing of Aaron



Apocrypba. over thy people, that all they which dwell of finishing work; nor with an idle servant upon the earth may know that thou art the of much business : hearken not unto these in Lord, the eternal God.

any matter of counsel. 18 q The belly devoureth all meats, yet is 12 But be continually with a godly man, one meat better than another.

whom thou knowest to keep the command19 As the palate tasteth divers kinds of ments of the Lord, whose mind is according venison : so doth an heart of understanding to thy mind, and will sorrow with thee, if false speeches.

thou shalt miscarry. 20 A froward heart causeth heaviness : but 13 And let the counsel of thine own heart a man of experience will recompense him. stand: for there is no man mure faithful unto

21 A woman will receive every man, yet thee than it. is one daughter better than another.

14 For a man's mind is sometime wont to 22 The beauty of a woman cheereth the tell him more than seven watchmen, that sit countenance, and a man loveth nothing better. | above in an high tower.

23 If there be kindness, meekness, and 15 And above all this pray to the Most comfort in her tongue, then is not her hus- | High, that he will direct thy way in truth band like other men.

16 Let reason go before every enterprise, 24 He that getteth a wife, beginneth a and counsel before every action. possession, a help like unto himself, and a 17 The countenance is a sign of changing pillar of rest.

of the heart. 25 Where no hedge is, there the posses- 18 Four manner of things appear: good sion is spoiled : and he that hath no wife and evil, life and deaih : but the tongue rulwill wander up and down mourning. eth over them continually.

26 Who will trust a thief well appointed, 19 There is one that is wise and teacheth that skippeth from city to city ? 50 [who many, and yet is unprofitable to himself. will believe) a man that hath no house, and 20 There is one that sheweth wisdom in lodgeth wheresoever the night taketh him? words, and is hated : be shall be destitute of CHAP. XXXVII.

all food. 1 How to know friends and counsellors. 27 21 For grace is not given him from the Learn to refrain thine appetite.

Lord; because he is deprived of all wisdom. VERY friend saith, I am his friend also, 22 Another is wise to himself ; and the

fruits of understanding are commendable in frie in name.

his mouth. 2 Is it not a grief unto death, when a com- 23 A wise man instructeth his people ; and panion and friend is turned to an enemy? the fruits of his understanding fail not.

3 O wicked imagination, whence camest 24 A wise man shall be filled with blessthou in to cover the earth with deceit ? ing; and all they that see him shall count

4 There is a companion, which rejoiceth him happy. in the prosperity of a friend, but in the time 25 The days of the life of man may be of trouble will be against him.

numbered : but the days of Israel are innu5 There is a companion, which helpeth || merable. his friend for the belly, and taketh up the 26 A wise man shall inherit glory among buckler against the enemy.

his people, and his name shall be perpetual. 6 Forget not tly friend in thy mind, and 27 ? My son, prove thy soul in thy life, be not unmindful of him in thy riches. and see what is evil for it, and give not that

7 Every counsellor extolleth counsel ; but there is some that counselleth for himself. 28 For all things are not profitable for all

8 Beware of a counsellor, and know be- men, neither hath every soul pleasure in evfore what need he hath ; for he will counsel

ery thing for himself; lest he cast the lot upon thee, 29 Be not unsatiable in any dainty thing,

9 And say unto thee, Thy way is good : nor too greedy upon meats : and afterward he stand on the other side, to 30 For excess of meats bringeth sickness, see what shall befal thee.

and surfeiting will turn into choler. 10 Consult not with one that suspecteth 31 By surfeiting have many perished ; thee: and hide thy counsel from such as en- but he that taketh heed prolongeth his life.

CHAP. XXXVIII. 11 Neither consult with a woman touch- i Honour due to the physician, and why. 16 How ing her of whom she is jealous ; neither with

to weep and mourn for tbe dead. a coward in matters of war; nor with a mer- ONOUR a physician with the honour chant concerning exchange ; nor with a buyer of selling; nor with an envious man of have of him : for the Lord hath created him. thankfulness ; nor with an unmerciful man 2 For of the Most High comcth healing, touching kindness ; nor with the slothful for and he shall receive honour of the king. any work; nor with an hireling for a year 3 The skill of the physician shall lift up

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