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Great men, and judges, and potentates, shall be honoured, yet is there none of them greater than he that feareth the Lord.

Unto the servant that is wise shall they that are free do service : and he that hath knowledge will not grudge when he is reformed.

Be not overwise in doing thy business; and boast not thyself in the time of thy distress.

Better is he that laboureth and aboundeth in all things, than he that boasteth himself, and wanteth bread.

My son, glorify thy soul in meekness; and give it honour according to the dignity thereof.

Who will justify him that *sinneth against his own soul? and, who will honour him that dishonoureth his own life? The poor man is honoured for his skill; and the rich man is honoured for his riches,

He that is honoured in poverty, how much more in riches ? he that is dishonourable in riches, how much more in poverty ?

Wisdom lifteth up the head of him that is of low degree ; and maketh him to sit among great men.

Commend not a man for his beauty; neither abhor a man for his outward appearance.

The bee is little among such as fly; but her fruit is the chief among sweet things.

Boast not of thy cloathing and raiment, and exe alt not thyself in the day of honour: for the works

of the Lord are wonderful, and his works among men are hidden.

Many kings have sat down upon the ground; and one that was never thought of, hath worn the


Many mighty men have been greatly disgraced ; and the honourable delivered into other men's hands.

Blame not before thou hast examined the truth: understand first, and then rebuke.

Answer not before thou hast heard the cause ; neither interrupt men in the midst of their talk.

Strive not in a matter that concerneth thee not : and sit not in judgement with sinners.

My son, meddle not with many matters : for, if thou meddle much, thou shalt not be innocent; and, if thou follow after, thou shalt not obtain ; neither shalt thou escape by fleeing.

There is one that laboureth and taketh pains, and maketh haste, and is so much the more behind.

Again, there is another that is slow, and hath need of help, wanting ability, and full of poverty : yet the eye of the Lord looked upon him for good, and set him up from his low estate; and lifted up his head from misery;, so that many, who saw it, marvelled at him.

Prosperity and adversity, life and death, poverty and riches, come of the Lord.

Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the

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law, are of the Lord: love, and the way of good works, are from him.

Error and darkness had their beginning together with sinners : and evil shall wax old with them that glory therein.

The gift of the Lord remaineth with the godly; and his favour bringeth prosperity for ever.

There is that waxeth rich by his wariness and pinching; and this is the portion of his reward': whereas, he saith, I have found rest, and now will eat continually of my goods: and yet he knoweth not what time shall come upon him, and that he must leave those things to others, and die.

Be stedfast in thy covenant, and be conversant therein; and wax old in thy work.

Marvel not at the works of sinners, but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy labour : for, it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord, on the sudden, to make a poor man rich.

The blessing of the Lord is in the reward of the godly; and suddenly he maketh his blessing to flourish.

Say not, what profit is there of my service and what good things shall I have hereafter ?

Again, say not, I have enough, and possess many things, and what evil can come to me hereafter ?

In the day of prosperity there is a forgetfulness of affliction: and in the day of affliction there is no more remembrance of prosperity.

For, it is an easy thing unto the Lord, in the day of death, to reward a man according to his ways.

The affliction of an hour maketh a man forget pleasure : and in his end his deeds shall be discovered.

Judge none blessed before his death; for a man shall be known in his children.

Bring not every man into thine house: for the deceitful man hath many trains.

Like as a partridge, taken and kept in a cage, so is the heart of the proud; and, like as a spy, watcheth he for thy fall: for he lieth in wait, and turneth good into evil; and, in things worthy praise, will he lay blame upon thee.

Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is kindled: and a sinful man layeth wait for blood.

Take heed of a mischievous man, for he worketh wickedness, lest he bring upon thee a perpetual blot.

Receive a stranger into thine house, and he will disturb thee, and turn thee out of thine own.

When thou wilt do good, know to whom thou doest it:, so shalt thou be thanked for thy benefits.

Do good to the godly man, and thou shalt find a recompence; and if not from him, yet from the most High

There can no good come to him who is always occupied in evil: nor to him that giveth no alms. Give to the godly man, and help not a sinner.

Do well unto him that is lowly; but give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overmaster thee thereby :

for, otherwise, thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done unto him.

For the most High hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance unto the ungodly; and keepeth them against the mighty day of their punishment.

A friend cannot be known in prosperity; and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.

In the prosperity of a man, enemies will be grieved: but in his adversity, even a friend will depart.

Never trust thine enemy: for, like as iron ruste eth, so is his wickedness.

Though he humble himself, and go crouching, yet take good heed, and beware of him, and thou shalt be unto him, as if thou hadst wiped a looking glass ; and thou shalt know that his rust hath not been altogether wiped away.

Set him not by thee, lest, when he hath overthrown thee, he stand up in thy place; neither let him sit at thy right hand, lest he seek to take thy seat, and thou, at the last, remember my words, and be pricked therewith.

Who will pity a charmer, that is bitten with a serpent? or, any such as come nigh wild beasts? So, one that goeth to a sinner ; and is defiled with him in his sins, who will pity ?

For a while he will abide with thee; but if thou begin to fall, he will not tarry.

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