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27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to-morrow I will give ; when thou hast it by thee.
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
30 | Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of
32 For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous. • 38 4 The curse of the Lorp is in the house of the wicked: but be blesseth the habitation of the just.
34 Surely he scornetk tlie scorners : but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
CHAP. IV. i Solomon, to persuade obedience, 3 sheweth what instruc
tion he hud of his parents, 5 to study wisdom, 14 and to shun the path of the wicked. 20 He exhorteth to faith,
23 und sanctification. HEAR, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend
to know understanding, 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding : forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thce : lore lier, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom : and with all thy getting gel understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thec : she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction ; let her not go : keep her; for she is thy life.
14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way
of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness : they know not at what they stumble.
20 | My son, attend to my words ; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let thein not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 | Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eye lids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left : remove thy foot from evil.
CHAP. V. 1 Solomon erhcrteth to the study of wisdom. 3 He sheweth
the mischief of whoredom and riot. 15 He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and chastity. 22 The wicked
are overtaken with their own sins. MY son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my
understanding : 2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil :
4 But her end is bitter a3 wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
Ś Her feet go down to death ; her steps take hold on hell.
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
9 Lest thou give thine honour into others, and thy years unto the cruel :
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth, and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
Il And thou niourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12 And say, how have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof:
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
14 I was almost in all evil, in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15 I Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets,
17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers with thee,
18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind, and pleasant roe ; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times, and be thou ravished always with her love.
20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger ?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
22 1 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
23 He shall die without instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
CHAP. VI. 1 Against suretiship, 6 idleness, 12 and mischievousness. 20
The blessings of obedience. 25 The mischiefs of whoredom. MY son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast
stricken thy hand with a stranger, 2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eye. lids.
5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 I Go to the ant, thou sluggard ; consider her ways, and be wise :
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard ? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travaileth, and thy want as an armed man.
12 9 A naughty person, a wicked man walketh waith a froward mouth.
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseid mischief continually; he soweth discord.
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
16 ( These six things doth the Lord hate : yea, seven are an abomination unto him :
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother :
21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the Aattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
25 | Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eye-lids.
26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread : and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned ?
28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned ?
29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.