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fruits, and the trespass-offering, and the gift of the shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification, and the first-fruits of the holy things.

And stretch thine hand unto the poor ;- that thy blessing may be perfected.

A gift hath grace, in the sight of every man living; and for the dead, detain it not.

Fail not to be with them that weep; and mourn with them that mourn. Be not slow to visit the sick : for that shall make thee to be beloved.

Whatsoever thou takest in hand, remember the end; and thou shalt never do amiss.

Strive not with a mighty man, lest thou fall into his hands.

Be not at variance with a rich man, lest he overweigh thee: for gold hath destroyed many, and perverted the hearts of kings.

Strive not with a man that is full of tongue ; and heap not wood upon his fire.

Jest not with a rude man, lest thy ancestors be disgraced.

Reproach not a man that turneth from sin : but remember that we are all worthy of punishment.

Dishonour not a man in his old age: for, even some of us wax old.

Rejoice not over thy greatest enemy, being dead; but remember that we die all.

Despise not the discourse of the wise, but acquaint thyself with their proverbs: for of them thou shalt learn instruction, and how to serve great nen with ease.

Miss not the discourse of the elders; for, they also learned of their fathers; and of them thou shalt learn understanding, and to give answer as need requireth.

Kindle not the coals of a sinner, lest thou be burnt with the flame of his fire.

Rise not up, in anger, at the presence of an injurious person, lest he lie in wait to entrap thee in thy words.

Lend not unto him that is mightier than thyself ; for if thou lendest him, count it but lost.

Be not surety above thy power ; for, if thou be surety, take care to pay.it.

Go not to law with a judge; for, they will judge for him according to his honour.

Travel not by the way with a bold fellow, lest he become grievous unto thee : for, he will do according to his own will; and thou shalt perish with him through his own folly. Strive not with an angry man,


not with him into a solitary place : for, blood is nothing in his sight; and where there is no help, he will over. throw thee.

Consult not with a fool; for, he cannot keep counsel.

Open not thine heart to every man, lest he re. quite thee with a shrewd turn.

Be not jealous over the wife of thy bosom; and teach her not an evil lesson against thyself.


Give not thy soul unto a woman, to set her foot upon thy substance.

Meet not with an harlot, lest thou fall into her snares.

Forsake not an old friend; for, the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine : when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.

Envy not the glory of a sinner; for, thou knowest not. what shall be his end.

Delight not in the thing that the ungodly have pleasure in; but remember that they shall not go unpunished unto their grave.

Keep thee far from the man that hath power to kill, so shalt thou not doubt the fear of death : and if thou come unto him, make no fault, lest he take away thy life presently: remember that thou goest in the midst of snares, and that thou walkest upon the battlements of the city.

As near as thou canst, guess at thy neighbour; and consult with the wise.

Let thy talk be with the wise; and all thy communication in the law of the most High. And let just men eat and drink with thee; and let thy glorying be in the fear of the Lord.

For the hand of the artificer, the work shall be commended: and the wise ruler of the people, for his speech,

A man of an ill tongue is dangerous in his city; and he that is rash in his talk shall be hated,

A wise judge will instruct his people; and the government of a prudent man is well ordered..

As the judge of the people is himself, so are his officers; and, what manner of man the ruler of the city is, such are all they that dwell therein.

An unwise king destroyeth his people; but through the prudence of them which are in authori. ty, the city shall be inhabited.

In the hand of God is the prosperity of man: and upon the person of the scribe shall he lay his honour.

Bear not hatred to thy neighbour for every wrong; and do nothing at all by injurious praco tices.

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Pride is hateful before God and man: and by both doth one commit iniquity.

Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and riches got by deceit, the kingdom is translated from one people to another.

Why are earth and ashes froud? There is not a more wicked thing than a covetous man: for, such a gne setteth his own soul to sale, because, while he liveth, he casteth away his bowels.

The physician cutteth off a long disease : and he that is to-day a king, to-morrow shall die.

For, when a man is dead he shall inherit creeping things, beasts and worms.

The beginning of pride is, when one departeth from God, and his heart is turned away from his maker.

For pride is the beginning of sin ; and he that hath it, shall pour out abomination : and therefore the Lord brought upon them strange calamities; and overthrew them utterly.


The Lord hath cast down the thrones of proud princes; and set up the meek in their stead.

The Lord hath plucked up the roots of the proud nations; and planted the lowly in their place.

The Lord overthrew countries of the heathen; and destroyed them to the foundations of the earth.

He took some of them away, and destroyed thein; and hath made their memorial to cease from the earth.

Pride was not made for men, nor furious anger for them that are born of a woman.

They that fear the Lord, are as sure seed; and they that love him, an honourable plant: they that regard not the law, are a dishonivuruble seed; they that transgress the commandments, are a deceivable seed.

Among brethren, he that is chief, is honourable; so are they that fear the Lord in his

eyes. The fear of the Lord goeth before the obtaining of authority: but roughness and pride is the losing thereof.

Whether he be-rich, noble, or poor, their glory is the fear of the Lord.

It is not meet to despise the poor man that hath understanding ; neither is it convenient to magnify a sinful man.

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