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An enemy speaketh sweetly with his lips; but in his heart he imagineth how to throw thee into a pit: he will weep with his eyes; but if he find opportunity, he will not be satisfied with blood.

If adversity come upon thee, thou shalt find him there first, and though he pretend to help thee, yet shall he undermine thee. He will shake his head and clap his hands, and whisper much, and change his countenance.

He that toucheth pitch, shall be defiled there. with; and he that hath fellowship with' a proud man, shall be like unto him.

Burden not thyself above thy power, while thou livest; and have no fellowship with one that is mightier and richer than thyself. For, how agree the kettle and the earthen pot together ? for, if the one be smitten against the other, it shall be broken.

The rich man hath done wrong, and yet he threateneth withal: the poor is wronged, and he must entreat also.

If thou be for his profit, he will use thee: but, if thou have nothing, he will forsake thee.

If thou have any thing, he will live with thee : yea, he will make thee bare, and will not be sorry for it.

If he have need of thee, he will deceive thee, and smile upon thee, and put thee in hope; he will speak thee fair, and say, what wantest thou ?

And he will shame thee by his meats, until he have drawn thee dry twice or thrice; and, at

last he will laugh thee to scorn: afterward, when he seeth thee, he will forsake thee, and shake. his head at thee.

Beware that thou be not deceived; and brought down by thy jollity.

If thou be invited of a righty man, withdraw thyself; and so much the more will he invite thee.

Press thou not upon him, lest thou be put back; stand not far off, lest thou be forgotten. "Affect not to be made equal unto him in talk, and believe not his many words: for, with much communication will he tempt thee, and smiling upon thee, will get out thy secrets.

But cruelly will he lay up thy words; and will not spare to do thee hurt, and to put thee in prison.

Observe, and take good heed, for, thou walkest in peril of thy overthrowing : when thou hearest these things, awake in thy sleep.

Love the Lord all thy life; and call upon him for thy salvation.

Every beast loveth his like, and every man loveth his neighbour.

All flesh comforteth according to kind; and a man will cleaye to his like.

What fellowship hath the wolf with the lamb ? so the sinner with the godly.

What agreement is there between thé hyena and a dog ? aud what peace between the rich and the


As the proud hate humility: so doth the rich

abhor the poor.

A rich man beginning to fall, is held up of his friends : but a poor man, being down, is thrust also away by his friends.

When a rich man is fallen, he hath many helpers : he speaketh things not to be spoken, and yet men justify him: the poor man slipt, and yet they rebuked him too; he spake wisely, and could have no place.

Riches are good unto him that hath no sin ; and poverty is evil in the mouth of the ungodly.

The heart of a man changeth his countenance, whether it be for good or evil: and a merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.

A cheerful countenance is a token of a heart that is in prosperity; and the finding out of parables is a wearisome labour of the mind.

Blessed is the man that hath not slipt with his mouth, and is not pricked with the multitude of his sins.

Blessed is he whose conscience hath not condemned him: and who is not fallen from his hope in the Lord.

Riches are not comely for a niggard : and what should an envious man do with money?


He that gathereth by defrauding his own soul, gathereth for others that shall spend his goods riotously.

He that is evil to himself, to whom will he be good ? he shall not take pleasure in his goods.

There is none worse than he that envieth himself; and this is a recompence of his wickedness.

And if he doeth good, he doeth it unwillingly; and at the last he will declare his wickedness.

The envious man hath a wicked eye; - he turneth away his face, and despiseth men.

A covetous man's eye is not satisfied with his portion; and the iniquity of the wicked drieth up his soul. A wicked

eye envieth his bread; and he is a nige gard at his table.

My son, according to thy ability do good to thyself; and give the Lord his due offering.

Remember that death will not be long in coming; and that the covenant of the grave is not shewed unto thee.

Do good unto thy friend before thou die; and according to thy ability, stretch out thy hand and give to him.

Defraud not thyself of the good day; and let not the part of a good desire overpass thee.

Shalt thou not leave thy travels unto another ? and thy labours to be divided by lot?

Give and take, and sanctify thy soul; for there is no seeking of dainties in the grave. All flesh waxeth old as a garment: for the cove.

nant from the beginning is, ' thou shalt die the death.'

As of the green leaves on a thick tree, some fall, and some grow; so is the generation of flesh and blood, one cometh to an end, and another is born.

Every work rotteth and consumeth away; and the worker thereof shall go withal.


Blessed is the man that i doth meditate good things in wisdom; and that reasoneth of holy things by his understanding.

He that considereth her ways in his heart, shall also have understanding in her secrets.

Go after her as one that traceth, and lie in wait in her ways. He that prieth in at her windows, shall also hearken at her doors. He that doth lodge near ber house, shall also fasten a pin in her walls. He shall pitch his tent nigh unto her, and shall lodge in a lodging where good things are. He shall set his children under her shelter, and shall lodge under her branches. By her he shall be covered from heat ; and in her glory shall he dwell.

He that feareth the Lord will do good;, and he that hath the knowledge of the law, shall obtain her. And as a mother shall she meet him,

and ceive him as a wife married of a virgin.

With the bread of understanding shall she feed him; and give him the water of wisdom to drink.

He shall be stayed upon her, and shall not be moved'; and shall rely upon her, and shall not be confounded.


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