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My son, keep the flower of thine age, sound; and give not thy strength unto strangers.
When thou hast gotten a fruitful possession through all the field, sow it with thine own seed, trusting in the goodness of thy stock.
So thy race, which thou leavest, shall be magni. fied, having the confidence of their good descent.
A harlot shall be accounted as spittle; but a married woman is a tower against death to her husband.
A wicked woman is given as a portion to a wicked man; but a godly woman is given to him that feareth the Lord.
A dishonest woman contemneth shame; but an honest woman will reverence her husband.
A shameless woman shall be counted as a dog; but she that is shame faced will fear the Lord.
A woman that honoureth her husband, shall be judged wise of all; but she that dishonoureth him in her pride, shall be counted ungodly of all.
A loud-crying woman and a scold shall be sought out to drive away the enemies.
There be two things that grieve my heart; and the third maketh me angry: a man of war that suffereth poverty; and men of understanding that are not set by; and one that returnerh from righteousness untò sin, the Lord prepareth such a one for the sword.
A merchant shall hardly keep himself from doing wrong; and an huckster shall not be freed from sin.
Many have sinned for a small matter : and he that seeketh for abundance will turn his eyes away.
As a nail sticketh fast between the joinings of the stones; so doth sin stick close between buying and selling.
Unless a man hold himself diligently in the fear of the Lord, his house shall soon be overthrown.
As when one sifteth with a sieve, the refuse remaineth ; so the filth of man in his talk.
The furnace proveth the potter's vessels; so the trial of man is in his reasoning.
The fruit declareth if the tree have been dressed; so is the utterance of a conceit in the heart of man.
Praise no man before thou hearest him speak; for this is the trial of men.
The birds will resort unto their like ; so will truth return unto them that practise in her.
As the lion lieth in wait for the prey; so sin for them that work iniquity.
The discourse of a godly man is always with wisdom; but a fool changeth as the moon.
If thou be among the indiscreet, observe the time;. but be continually among men of understanding.
The talk of him that sweareth much, maketh the hair stand upright ; and their brawls make one stop
The strife of the proud is bloodshedding; and their revilings are grievous to the ear.
Whoso discovereth secrets, loscth his credit; and shall never find a friend to his mind.
Love thy friend, and be fuithful unto him: þat if thou betrayest his secrets, follow no more after him.
For, as a man hath destroyed his enemy; so hast thou lost the love of thy neighbour.
As one that letteth a bird go out of his hand, so hast thou let thy neighbour go, and shalt not get him again.
Follow after him no more, for he is too far off ; he is as a roe escaped out of the snare.
As for a wound, it may be bound up; and, after reviling, there may be reconcilement: but he that betrayeth secrets, is without hope.
He that winketh with the eyes, worketh evil; and he that knoweth him, will depart from him, When thou art present, he will speak sweetly, and will admire thy words: but at the last he will writhe his mouth, and slander thy sayings. I have hated many things, but nothing like him; for the Lord will hate him.
Whoso casteth a stone on high, casteth it on his own head; and a deceitful stroke shall make wounds.
Whoso diggeth a pit, shall fall therein ; and he that setteth a trap, shall be taken therein.
He that worketh mischief, it shall fall upon him; and he shall not know whence it cometh.
Mockery and reproach are from the proud: but vengeance, as a lion, shall lie in wait for them.
They that rejoice at the fall of the righteous, shall be taken in the snare; and anguish shall consume them before they. die.
Malice and wrath, even these are abominations ; and the sinful man shall have them both.
He that revengeth, shall find vengeance from the Lord; and he will surely keep his sins in remembrance.
Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee ; so shall thy sins also be forgiven when
One man beareth hatred against another; and doth he seek pardon from the Lord ? He sheweth no mercy to a man who is like himself: and doth ḥe ask forgiveness of his own sins ? If he, that is but flesh, nourish hatred: who will entreat for. pardon of his sins?
Remember thy end, and let enmity cease; remember corruption and death, and abide in the commandments. Bear no malice to thy neighbour : remember the covenant of the Highest, and wink at ignorance.
Abstain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins : for a furious man will kindle strife,
A sinful man disquieteth friends, and maketh debate among them that be at peace.
As the matter of the fire is, so it burneth : and as a man's strength is, so is his wrath ; and according
to his riches his anger riseth; and the stronger they are, who contend, the more they will be enflamed.
A hasty contention kindleth a fire: and a hasty fighting sheddeth blood. If thou blow the spark, it shall burn; if thou spit upon it, it shall be quenched : and both these come out of thy mouth.
Curse the whisperer and double-tongued: for such have destroyed many that were at peace.
A backbiting tongue hath disquieted many, and driven them from nation to nation: strong cities hath it pulled down, and overthrown the houses of great men.
A backbiting tongue hath cast out virtuous wo. men, and deprived them of their labours. Whoso hearkeneth unto it, shall never find rest, and never dwell quietly.'
The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue.
Well is he that is defended from it, and hath not passed through the venom thereof: who hath not drawn the yoke thereof; nor hath been bound in her bands. For the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron; and the bands thereof are the bands of brass. The death thereof is an evil death; the grave were better than it.
It shall not have rule over them that fear God; neither shall they be bárnt with the flame thereof. Such as forsake the Lord, shall fall into it; and it