141Blessed is the man that hath not slipped with his mouth, and is not pricked with the multitude of sins.
2Blessed is he whose conscience hath not condemned him, and who is not fallen from his hope in the Lord.
3Riches are not comely for a niggard: and what should an envious man do with money?
4He that gathereth by defrauding his own soul gathereth for others, that shall spend his goods riotously.
5He that is evil to himself, to whom will he be good? he shall not take pleasure in his goods.
6There is none worse than he that envieth himself; and this is a recompence of his wickedness.
7And if he doeth good, he doeth it unwillingly; and at the last he will declare his wickedness.
8The envious man hath a wicked eye; he turneth away his face, and despiseth men.
9A covetous man’s eye is not satisfied with his portion; and the iniquity of the wicked drieth up his soul.
10A wicked eye envieth his bread, and he is a niggard at his table.
11My son, according to thy ability do good to thyself, and give the Lord his due offering.
12Remember that death will not be long in coming, and that the covenant of the grave is not shewed unto thee.
13Do good unto thy friend before thou die, and according to thy ability stretch out thy hand and give to him.
14Defraud not thyself of the good day, and let not the part of a good desire overpass thee.
15Shalt thou not leave thy travails unto another? and thy labours to be divided by lot?
16Give, and take, and sanctify thy soul; for there is no seeking of dainties in the grave.
17All flesh waxeth old as a garment: for the covenant from the beginning is, Thou shalt die the death.
18As 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.
19Every work rotteth and consumeth away, and the worker thereof shall go withal.
20Blessed is the man that doth meditate good things in wisdom, and that reasoneth of holy things by his understanding.
21He that considereth her ways in his heart shall also have understanding in her secrets.
22Go after her as one that traceth, and lie in wait in her ways.
23He that prieth in at her windows shall also hearken at her doors.
24He that doth lodge near her house shall also fasten a pin in her walls.
25He shall pitch his tent nigh unto her, and shall lodge in a lodging where good things are.
26He shall set his children under her shelter, and shall lodge under her branches.
27By her he shall be covered from heat, and in her glory shall he dwell.
151He that feareth the Lord will do good, and he that hath the knowledge of the law shall obtain her.
2And as a mother shall she meet him, and receive him as a wife married of a virgin.
3With the bread of understanding shall she feed him, and give him the water of wisdom to drink.
4He shall be stayed upon her, and shall not be moved; and shall rely upon her, and shall not be confounded.
5She shall exalt him above his neighbours, and in the midst of the congregation shall she open his mouth.
6He shall find joy and a crown of gladness, and she shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.
7But foolish men shall not attain unto her, and sinners shall not see her.
8For she is far from pride, and men that are liars cannot remember her.
9Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner, for it was not sent him of the Lord.
10For praise shall be uttered in wisdom, and the Lord will prosper it.
11Say not thou, It is through the Lord that I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do the things that he hateth.
12Say not thou, He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of the sinful man.
13The Lord hateth all abomination; and they that fear God love it not.
14He himself made man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of his counsel;
15If thou wilt, to keep the commandments, and to perform acceptable faithfulness.
16He hath set fire and water before thee: stretch forth thy hand unto whether thou wilt.
17Before man is life and death; and whether him liketh shall be given him.
18For the wisdom of the Lord is great, and he is mighty in power, and beholdeth all things:
19And his eyes are upon them that fear him, and he knoweth every work of man.
20He hath commanded no man to do wickedly, neither hath he given any man licence to sin.
161Desire not a multitude of unprofitable children, neither delight in ungodly sons.
2Though they multiply, rejoice not in them, except the fear of the Lord be with them.
3Trust not thou in their life, neither respect their multitude: for one that is just is better than a thousand; and better it is to die without children, than to have them that are ungodly.
4For by one that hath understanding shall the city be replenished: but the kindred of the wicked shall speedily become desolate.
5Many such things have I seen with mine eyes, and mine ear hath heard greater things than these.
6In the congregation of the ungodly shall a fire be kindled; and in a rebellious nation wrath is set on fire.
7He was not pacified toward the old giants, who fell away in the strength of their foolishness.
8Neither spared he the place where Lot sojourned, but abhorred them for their pride.
9He pitied not the people of perdition, who were taken away in their sins:
10Nor the six hundred thousand footmen, who were gathered together in the hardness of their hearts.
11And if there be one stiffnecked among the people, it is marvel if he escape unpunished: for mercy and wrath are with him; he is mighty to forgive, and to pour out displeasure.
12As his mercy is great, so is his correction also: he judgeth a man according to his works
13The sinner shall not escape with his spoils: and the patience of the godly shall not be frustrate.
14Make way for every work of mercy: for every man shall find according to his works.
15The Lord hardened Pharaoh, that he should not know him, that his powerful works might be known to the world.
16His mercy is manifest to every creature; and he hath separated his light from the darkness with an adamant.
17Say not thou, I will hide myself from the Lord: shall any remember me from above? I shall not be remembered among so many people: for what is my soul among such an infinite number of creatures?
18Behold, the heaven, and the heaven of heavens, the deep, and the earth, and all that therein is, shall be moved when he shall visit.
19The mountains also and foundations of the earth be shaken with trembling, when the Lord looketh upon them.
20No heart can think upon these things worthily: and who is able to conceive his ways?
21It is a tempest which no man can see: for the most part of his works are hid.
22Who can declare the works of his justice? or who can endure them? for his covenant is afar off, and the trial of all things is in the end.
23He that wanteth understanding will think upon vain things: and a foolish man erring imagineth follies.
24My son, hearken unto me, and learn knowledge, and mark my words with thy heart.
25I will shew forth doctrine in weight, and declare his knowledge exactly.
26The works of the Lord are done in judgment from the beginning: and from the time he made them he disposed the parts thereof.
27He garnished his works for ever, and in his hand are the chief of them unto all generations: they neither labour, nor are weary, nor cease from their works.
28None of them hindereth another, and they shall never disobey his word.
29After this the Lord looked upon the earth, and filled it with his blessings.
30With all manner of living things hath he covered the face thereof; and they shall return into it again.