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Apocrypha 29 Remember that thou wast begotten of | fellow, lest he become grievous unto thee : them, and how canst thou recompense them for he will do according to his own will, and the dings that they have done for thee? thou shalt perish with him through his foily.

29 Fear the Lord with all thy soul, and 16 Strive not with an angry man, and go reverence his priests.

not with him into a solitary place : for blood 30 Love him that made thee with all thy is as nothing in his sight, and where there is strength, and forsake not his ministers. no help, he will overthrow thee.

31 Fear ihe Lord, and honour the priest ; 17 Consult not with a fool, for he cannot and give him his portion, as it is commanded keep counsel. thee; the first fruits, and the trespass offer- 18 Do no secret thing before a strarger ; ing, and the gift of the shoulders, and the for thou knowest not what he will bring forth. sacrifice of sanctification, and the first fruits 19 Open not thine heart to every maa, lest of the holy things.

he requite thee with a shrewd turn. 32 And stretch thine hand unto the poor,

CHAP. IX. that thy blessing may be perfected.

i We are advised bow to use our wives. 3 Wb 33 A gift hath grace in the sight of every women to avoid, 10 and not to ibange an eld man living, and for the dead detain it not. friend.

E not jealous and mourn with them that mourn.

35 Be not slow to visit the sick : for that i thyself. shall make thee to be beloved.

2 Give not thy soul unto a woman to set 36 Whatsoever thou takest in hand, re- ! her foot upon thy substance. member the cod, and thou shalt never do 3 Meet not with an harlot, lest thou fall amiss.

into her snares. CHAP. VIII.

4 Use not much the company of a woman 1 Whom we may not strive with, 8 nor despise, that is a singer, iest thou be taken with her 10 nor

- provoke, 15 nor have to do witb. attempts. TRIVE not with a mighty man, lest thou 5 Gaze not on a maid, that thou fall not by

those things that are precious in her. 2 Be not at variance with a rich man, lest 6 Give not thy soul unto harlots, that thou he overweigh thee : for gold hath destroyed lose not thine inheritance. many, and perverted the hearts of kings. 7 Look not round about thee in the streets

3 Strive not with a man that is full of of the city, neither wander thou in the solitongue, and heap not wood upon his fire. tary places thereof.

4 Jest not with a rude man, lest thy ances- Turu away thine eye from a beautiful tors be disgraced.

woman, and look not upon another's beauty; 5 Reproach not a man that turneth from for many have been deceived by the beauty sin, but remember that we are all worthy of of a woman ; for herewith love is kindled as punishment.

a fire. 6 Dishonour not a man in his old age: for 9 Sit not at all with another man's wife, even some of us wax old.

nor sit down with her in thine arms, and 7 Rejoice not over thy greatest enemy be- spend not thy money with her at the wine ; ing dead, but remember that we die all. lest thine heart incline unto her, and so

8 Despise not the discourse of the wise, through thy desire thou fall into destruction. but acquaint thyeelf with their proverbs : for 10 | Forsake not an old friend ; for the of them thou shalt learn instruction, and how new is not comparable to him : a new friend to serve great men with ease.

is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt 9 Miss not the discourse of the elders : for drink it with pleasure. they also learned of their fathers, and of them 11 Envy not the glory of a sinner : for thou shalt learn understanding, and to give thou knowest not what shall be his end. answer as need requireth.

12 Delight not in the thing that the ungodly 10 & Kindle not the coals of a sinner, lest have pleasure in : but remember they shall thou be burnt with the flame of his fire. not go unpunished unto their grave.

11 Rise not up (in anger] at the presence 13 Keep thee far from the man that hath of an injurious person, lese he lie in wait to power to kill ; so shalt thou not doubt the entrap thee in thy words.

fear of death : and if thou come unto him, 12 Lend not unto him that is mightier than make no fault, lest he take away thy life pres. thyself ? for if thou lendest him, count it but ently : remember that thou goest in the lost.

midst of snares, and that thou walkest upon 13 Be not surety above thy power : for if the battlements of the city. thou be surety, take care to pay it.

14 As near as thou canst, guess at thy 14 Go not to law with a judge, for they neighbour, and consult with the wise. will judge for him according to his honour. 15 Let thy talk be with the wise, and all thy

15 I Travel not by the way with a bold || communication in the law of the Most High.


Apocrypba. 16 And let just men cat anddrink with thee; 18 Pride was not made for men, nor furi. and let thy glorying be in the fear of the Lord. ous anger for them that are born of a woman. 17 For the hand of the artificer the work

19 They that fear the Lord are a sure shall be commended : and the wise ruler of seed, and they that love him an honourable the people for his speech.

plant : they that regard not the law are a 18 A man of an ill tongue is dangerous in dishonourable seed; they that transgress the his city ; and he that is rash in his talk shall commandments are a deceivable seed. be hated.

20 Among brethren he that is chief is honCHAP. X.

ourable ; so are they that fear the Lord in his 1 The advantages of a wise ruler. 7 The incon- eyes.

veniences of pride, injustice, and covetousness. 21 The fear of the Lord goeth before the A

WISE judge will instruct his people ; obtaining of authority: but roughness and

and the government of a prudent man pride is the losing thereof. is well ordered.

22 Whether he be rich, noble, or poor, 2 As the judge of the people is himself, so their glory is the fear of the Lord. are his officers ; and what manner of man the 23 It is not meet to despise the poor man ruler of the city is, such are all they that that hath understanding ; neither is it condwell therein.

venient to magnify a sinful man. 3 An unwise king destroyeth his people ; 24 Great men, and judges, and potentates, but through the prudence of them which shall be honoured ; yet is there none of them are in authority the city shall be inhabited. greater than he that feareth the Lord.

4 The power of the earth is in the hand 25 Unto the servant that is wise shall they of the Lord, and in due time he will set over that are free do service : and he that hath it one that is profitable.

knowledge will not grudge when he is re5 In the hand of God is the prosperity of || formed. man : and upon the person of the scribe shall 26 Be not overwise in doing thy business ; he lay his honour.

and boast not thyself in the time of thy dis6 Bear not hatred to thy neighbour for every wrong ; and do nothing at all by inju- 27 Better is he that laboureth and abound. rious practices.

eth in all things, than he that boasieth him7 Pride is hateful before God and man: self, and wanteth bread. and by both doth one commit iniquity. 28 My son, glorify thy soul in meekness,

8 Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and give it honour according to the dignity and riches got by deceit, the kingdom is thereof. translated from one people to another. 29 Who will justify him that sinneth a

9 Why is earth and ashes proud? there is gainst his own soul ? 'and who will honour not a more wicked thing than a covetous him that dishonoureth his own life? man: for such an one setteth his own soul to SO The poor man is honoured for his skill, sale ; because while he liveth he casteth away and the rich man is honoured for his riches. his bowels.

31 He that is honoured in poverty, how 10 The plıysician cutteth off a long dis- | much more in riches ? and he that is dishonease; and he that is to-day a king, tomorrow ourable in riches, how much more in povshall die. 11 For when a man is dead, he shall in

CHAP. X. herit creeping things, beasts, and worms. 4 We may not vaunt nor set forth ourselves, 8

12 The beginning of pride is when one de- nor answer rasbly, 10 nor meddle with many parteth from God, and his heart is turned away from his Maker.

ISDOM lifteth up the head of him that




that hath it shall pour out abomination : and sit among great men. therefore the Lord brought upon them strange 2 Commend not a man for his beauty, neicalamities, and overthrew them utterly. ther abhor a man for his outward appearance.

14 The Lord hath cast down the thrones 3 The bee is little among such as fly ; but of proud princes, and set up the meek in their her fruit is the chief of sweet things. stead.

4 Boast not of thy clothing and raiment, 15 The Lord hath plucked up the roots of and exalt not thyself in the day of honour : the proud nations, and planted the lowly in for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and their place.

his works among men are hidden. 16 The Lord overthrew countries of the 5 Many kings have sat down upon the heathen, and destroyed them to the founda- ground; and one that was never thought of tions of the earth.

hath worn the crown. 17 He took some of them away, and de- 6 Many mighty men have been greatly stroyed them, and hath made their memorial disgraced; and the honourable delivered into to cease from the earth.

other men's hands.

15 Wisdom, knowledge

, and understand. W


Apocrypbe. 7 Blame not before thou hast examined the 27 The affliction of an hour maketh 2 truth : understand first, and then rebuke. man forget pleasure : and in his end his

8 Answer not before thou hast heard the deeds shall be discovered. cause : neither interrupt men in the midst of 28 Judge none blessed before his death : their taik.

for a man shall be known in his children. 9 Sirive not in a matter that concerneth 29 Bring not every man into thine house : thee not; and sit not in judgment with sin- for the deceitful man hath many trains. Ders.

30 Like as a partridge taken (and kept) 10 | My son, meddle not with many mat- in a cage, so is the heart of the proud ; and ters : for if thou meddle much, thou shalt | like as a spy, watcheth he for thy fall : not be innocent : and if thou follow after, 31 For he lieth in wait, and turneth good thou shalt not obtain, neither shalt thou es- into evil, and in things worthy praise will cape by fleeing.

lay blame upon thee. 11 There is one that laboureth, and taketh 32 Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is pains, and maketh haste, and is so much the kindled : and a sinful man layeth wait for more behind.

blood. 12 Again, there is another that is slow, 33 Take heed of a mischievous man, for and hath need of help, wanting ability, and he worketh wickedness ; lest he bring upon full of poverty; yet the eye of the Lord thee a perpetual blot. looked upon him for good, and set him up 34 Receive a stranger into thine house, from his low estate,

and he will disturb thee, and turn thee out of 13 And lifted up his head from misery; thine own. so that many that saw it marvelled at him.

CHAP. XII. 14 Prosperity and adversity, life and death, 2 Be not liberal to the ungodly. 10 Trust zet poverty and riches, come of the Lord.

tbine enemy, nor ibe wicked.

THEN thou wilt do good, know to ing of ,

whom thou doest it; so shalt thou the way of good works, are from him. be thanked for thy benefits.

16 Error and darkness had their begin- 2 Do good to the godly man, and thou ning together with sinners : and evil shall shalt find a recompense ; and if not from wax old with them that glory therein. him, yet from the Most High.

17 The gift of the Lord remaineth with 3 There can no good come to him that is the godly, and his favour bringeth prosperity always occupied in evil, nor to him that girfor ever.

eth no alms. 18 There is that waxeth rich by his wari- 4 Give to the godly man, and help not a ness and pinching, and this is the portion of sinner. his reward :

5 Do well unto him that is lowly, but 19 Whereas he saith, I have found rest, I give not to the ungodly : hold back thy and now will eat continually of my goods ; || bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overand yet he knoweth not what time shall come master thee thereby : for (else) thou shalt upon him, and that he must leave those things receive twice as much evil for all the good to others, and die.

thou shalt have done unto him. 20 Be steadfast in thy covenant, and be 6 For the Most High hateth sinners, and conversant therein, and wax old in thy work. I will repay vengeance unto the ungodly, and

21 Marvel not at the works of sinners: keepeth them against the mighty day of their but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy la- || punishment. bour : for it is an easy thing in the sight of the 7 Give unto the good, and help not the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich. sinner.

22 The blessing of the Lord is in the re- 8 A friend cannot be known in prosperiward of the godly, and suddenly he maketh ty: and an enemy cannot be hid in adversity his blessing to flourish.

9 In the prosperity of a man, enemies will 23 Say not, what profit is there of my be grieved : but in his adversity, even a friend service ? and what good things shall I have will depart. hereafter ?

10 Never trust thine enemy: for like as 24 Again say not, I have enough, and pos- iron rusteth, so is his wickedness. sess many things, and what evil can come 11 Though he humble himself, and go to me hereafter?

crouching, yet take good heed and beware 25 In the day of prosperity there is a of him, and thou shalt be unto him as if thou forgetfulness of affliction : and in the day of hadst wiped a looking glass, and thou shalt affliction there is no more remembrance of know that his rust bath not been altogether prosperity.

wiped away 26 For it is an easy thing unto the Lord 12 Set him not by thee, lest, when he hath in the day of death to reward a man ac- overthrown thee, he stand up in thy place; cording to his ways.

neither let him sit at thy right hand, lest he


Apocryple. seek to take thy seat, and thou at the last 1 12 But cruelly lie will lay up thy words, remember my words, and be pricked there- || and will not spare to do thee hurt, and to put with.

thee in prison. 13 Who will pity the charmer that is bit 13 Observe, and take good heed, for thou ten with a serpent, or any such as come nigh walkest in peril of thy overthrowing: when wild beasts?

thou learest these things, awake in thy sleep. 14 So one that goeth to a sinner, and is 14 Love the Lord all thy life, and call defiled with him in his sins, who will pity ? upon him for thy salvation.

15 for a while he will abide with thee, but | 15 | Every beast loveth his like, and if thou begin to fall, he will not tarry. every man loveth his neighbour.

16 An enemy speaketh sweetly with his | 16 All fiesh consorteth according to kind, lips, but in his heart he imagineth how to and a man will cleave to his like. throw thee into a pit : he will weep with his 17 What fellowship hath the wolf with cyes, but if he find opportunity, he will not the lamb ? so the sinner with the godly. be satisfied with blood.

18 What agreement is there between the 17 If adversity come upon thee, thou shalt hyena and a dog and what peace between find him there first ; and though he pretend the rich and the poor? to help thee, yet shall he undermine thee. 19 As the wild ass is the lion's prey in

18 He will shake his head, and clap his the wilderness : so the rich cat up the poor. hands, and whisper much, and change his 20 As the proud hate humility: so doth countenance.

the rich abhor the poor. CHAP. XIII.

21 A rich man beginning to fall is held 1 Keep not company witb the proud, or a mightier up of his friends: but a poor man being

tban thyself. 15 Like will be like, &c. down is thrust also away by his friends. D E that toucheth pitch shall be defiled 22 When a rich man is fallen, he hath IT therewith; and he that hath fellowship many helpers : he speaketh things not to be with a proud man shall be like unto him. | spoken, and yet men justify him: the poor

2 Burden not thyself above thy power | man slipped, and yet they rebuked him too ; while thou livest ; and have no fellowship he spake wisely, and could have no place. with one that is mightier and richer than thy- | 29 When a rich man speaketh, every man self: for how agree the kettle and the earth- | holdeth his tongue, and look, what he saith, en pot together? for if the one be smitten they extol it to the clouds : but if the poor against the other, it shall be broken.

man speak, they say, What fellow is this? 3 The rich man hath done wrong, and yet and if he stumble, they will help to overhe threateneth withal : the poor is wronged, throw him. and he must entreat also.

24 Riches are good unto him that hath no 4 If thou be for his profit, he will use | sin, and poverty is evil in the mouth of the thee: but if thou have nothing, he will for

ungodly. sake thee.

25 'Í'he heart of a man changeth his coun5 If thou have any thing, he will live with tenance, whether it be for good or evil : and thee: yea, he will make thee bare, and will a merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance. not be sorry for it.

26 A cheerful countenance is a token of a 6 If he have need of thee, he will deceive heart that is in prosperity; and the finding thee, and smile upon thee, and put thee in out of parables is a wearisome labour of the hope; he will speak thee fair, and say, What || mind. wantest thou ?

CHAP. XIV. 7 And he will shame thee by his meats, 2 A good conscience maketh men bappy. 20 Alen until he have drawn thee dry twice or thrice, are bappy that draw near to wisdom. and at the last he will laugh thee to scorn : DLESSED is the man that hath not slipped afterward, when he seeth thee, he will for D with his mouth, and is not pricked with sake thee, and shake his head at thee. the multitude of sins.

8 Beware that thou be not deceived, and I 2 Blessed is he whose conscience hath not brought down in thy jollity.

condemned him, and who is not fallen from 9 If thou be invited of a mighty man, his hope in the Lord. withdraw thyself, and so much the more will 1 3 Riches are not comely for a niggard : he invite thee.

and what should an envious man do with 10 Press thou not upon him, lest thou be | money? put back ; stand not far off, lest thou be for 4 He that gathereth by defrauding his gotten.

own soul gathereth for others, that shall spend 11 Affect not to be made equal unto him his goods riotously. in talk, and believe not his many words : 5 He that is evil to himself, to whom will for with much communication will lie tempt he be good ? he shall not take pleasure in thee, and smiling upon thee will get out thy Nhis goods. secrets :

6 There is none wore than he that envi


Apocrypha. eth himself; and this is a recompense of his 3 With the bread of understanding shall wickedness.

| she feed him, and give him the water of wis7 And if he docth good, he doeth it un- dom to drink. willingly; and at the last he will declare his 4 He shall be stayed upon her, and shall wickedness.

not be moved ; and shall rely upon her, and & The envious man hath a wicked eye ; I shall not be confounded. he turneth away his face, and despiseth men. I 5 She shall exalt him above his neighbours,

9 A covetous man's eve is not satisfied and in the midst of the congregation shall with his portion ; and the iniquity of the she open his mouth. wicked drieth up his soul.

6 He shall find joy and a crown of glad. 10 A wicked eye envierh (his bread, and ness, and she shall cause him to inherit an he is a niggard at his table.

everlasting name. 11 My son, according to thy ability do | 79 But foolish men shall not attain unto good to thyself, and give the Lord his due her, and sinners shall not see her. offering

8 For she is far from pride, and men that 12 Remember that death will not be long are liars cannot remember her. in coming, and that the covenant of the grave 9 Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a is not shewed unto thee.

sinner, for it was not sent him of the Lord. 13 Do good unto thy friend before thou | 10 For praise shall be uttered in wisdom, die, and according to thy ability stretch out and the Lord will prosper it. thy hand and give to him.

11 Say not thou, It is through the Lord 14 Defraud not thyself of the good day, || that I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do and let not the part of a good desire over- | the things that he hateth. pass thee

12 Say not thou, He hath caused me to 15 Shalt thou not leave thy travails unto || err : for he hath no need of the sinful man. another and thy labours to be divided by lot? | 13 The Lord hateth all abomination ; and

16 Give, and take, and sanctify thy soul; | they that fear God love it not. for there is no seeking of dainties in the grave. 14 He himself made man from the begin

17 All flesh waxeth old as a garment : for ning, and left him in the hand of his counsel; the covenant from the beginning is, Thou 15 If thou wilt, to keep the commandshalt die the death.

ments, and to perform acceptable faithful18 As of the green leaves on a thick tree, ness. some fall, and some grow; so is the genera 16 He hath set fire and water before thee: tion of flesh and blood, one cometh to an || stretch forth thy hand unto whether thou end, and another is born.

wilt. 19 Every work rotteth and consumeth 17 Before man is life and death ; and away, and the worker thereof shall go withal. whether him liketh shall be given bim.

20 ( Blessed is the man that doth medi 18 For the wisdom of the Lord is great, tate good things in wisdom, and that reason and he is mighty in power, and beholdeth all eth of holy things by his understanding. things :

21 He that considereth her ways in his 19 And his eyes are upon them that fear heart shall also have understanding in her ll him, and he knoweth every work of man. secrets.

20 He hath commanded no man to do 22 Go after her as one that traceth, and wickedly, neither bath he given any man lilie in wait in her ways.

cense to sin. 23 He that prieth'in at her windows shall

CHAP. XVI. also hearken at her doors.

1 It is better to have none, tban many lead cbil. 24 He ihat doth lodge near her house shall dren. 20 God's works are unscarcbable. also fasten a pin in her walls.

N ESIRE not a multitude of unprofitable 25 He shall pitch his tent nigh unto her, children, neither delight in ungodly sons. and shall lodge in a lodging where good things 1 2 Though they multiply, rejoice not in are.

them, except the fear of the Lord be with 26 He shail set his children under her il them. shelter, and shall lodge under her branches. 3 Trust not thou in their life, neither re

27 By her he shall be covered from heat, spect their multitude : for one that is just is and in her glory shall he dwell.

better than a thousand ; and better it is to CHAP. XV.

die without children, than to have them that 2 Wisdom embraceth those that far God: 7 the ! are ungodly. wicket shall not get ber.

4 For by one that hath understanding shall LTE that feareth the Lord will do good; the city bé replenished: but the kindred of 11 and he that hath the knowledge of the die wicked shall speedily become desolate. law shall obtain lier.

5 Many such things have I seen with mine 2 9 And as a mother shall she meet him, leves, and mine ear hath heard greater things and receive him as a wise married of a virgin. than these.

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