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.
171The Lord created man of the earth, and turned him into it again.
2He gave them few days, and a short time, and power also over the things therein.
3He endued them with strength by themselves, and made them according to his image,
4And put the fear of man upon all flesh, and gave him dominion over beasts and fowls.
5They received the use of the five operations of the Lord, and in the sixth place he imparted them understanding, and in the seventh speech, an interpreter of the cogitations thereof.
6Counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, ears, and a heart, gave he them to understand.
7Withal he filled them with the knowledge of understanding, and shewed them good and evil.
8He set his eye upon their hearts, that he might shew them the greatness of his works.
9He gave them to glory in his marvellous acts for ever, that they might declare his works with understanding.
10And the elect shall praise his holy name.
11Beside this he gave them knowledge, and the law of life for an heritage.
12He made an everlasting covenant with them, and shewed them his judgments.
13Their eyes saw the majesty of his glory, and their ears heard his glorious voice.
14And he said unto them, Beware of all unrighteousness; and he gave every man commandment concerning his neighbour.
15Their ways are ever before him, and shall not be hid from his eyes.
16Every man from his youth is given to evil; neither could they make to themselves fleshy hearts for stony.
17For in the division of the nations of the whole earth he set a ruler over every people; but Israel is the Lord’s portion:
18Whom, being his firstborn, he nourisheth with discipline, and giving him the light of his love doth not forsake him.
19Therefore all their works are as the sun before him, and his eyes are continually upon their ways.
20None of their unrighteous deeds are hid from him, but all their sins are before the Lord
21But the Lord being gracious and knowing his workmanship, neither left nor forsook them, but spared them.
22The alms of a man is as a signet with him, and he will keep the good deeds of man as the apple of the eye, and give repentance to his sons and daughters.
23Afterwards he will rise up and reward them, and render their recompence upon their heads.
24But unto them that repent, he granted them return, and comforted those that failed in patience.
25Return unto the Lord, and forsake thy sins, make thy prayer before his face, and offend less.
26Turn again to the most High, and turn away from iniquity: for he will lead thee out of darkness into the light of health, and hate thou abomination vehemently.
27Who shall praise the most High in the grave, instead of them which live and give thanks?
28Thanksgiving perisheth from the dead, as from one that is not: the living and sound in heart shall praise the Lord.
29How great is the lovingkindness of the Lord our God, and his compassion unto such as turn unto him in holiness!
30For all things cannot be in men, because the son of man is not immortal.
31What is brighter than the sun? yet the light thereof faileth; and flesh and blood will imagine evil.
32He vieweth the power of the height of heaven; and all men are but earth and ashes.
181He that liveth for ever Hath created all things in general.
2The Lord only is righteous, and there is none other but he,
3Who governeth the world with the palm of his hand, and all things obey his will: for he is the King of all, by his power dividing holy things among them from profane.
4To whom hath he given power to declare his works? and who shall find out his noble acts?
5Who shall number the strength of his majesty? and who shall also tell out his mercies?
6As for the wondrous works of the Lord, there may nothing be taken from them, neither may any thing be put unto them, neither can the ground of them be found out.
7When a man hath done, then he beginneth; and when he leaveth off, then he shall be doubtful.
8What is man, and whereto serveth he? what is his good, and what is his evil?
9The number of a man’s days at the most are an hundred years.
10As a drop of water unto the sea, and a gravelstone in comparison of the sand; so are a thousand years to the days of eternity.
11Therefore is God patient with them, and poureth forth his mercy upon them.
12He saw and perceived their end to be evil; therefore he multiplied his compassion.
13The mercy of man is toward his neighbour; but the mercy of the Lord is upon all flesh: he reproveth, and nurtureth, and teacheth and bringeth again, as a shepherd his flock.
14He hath mercy on them that receive discipline, and that diligently seek after his judgments.
15My son, blemish not thy good deeds, neither use uncomfortable words when thou givest any thing.
16Shall not the dew asswage the heat? so is a word better than a gift.
17Lo, is not a word better than a gift? but both are with a gracious man.
18A fool will upbraid churlishly, and a gift of the envious consumeth the eyes.
19Learn before thou speak, and use physick or ever thou be sick.
20Before judgment examine thyself, and in the day of visitation thou shalt find mercy.
21Humble thyself before thou be sick, and in the time of sins shew repentance.
22Let nothing hinder thee to pay thy vow in due time, and defer not until death to be justified.
23Before thou prayest, prepare thyself; and be not as one that tempteth the Lord.
24Think upon the wrath that shall be at the end, and the time of vengeance, when he shall turn away his face.
25When thou hast enough, remember the time of hunger: and when thou art rich, think upon poverty and need.
26From the morning until the evening the time is changed, and all things are soon done before the Lord.
27A wise man will fear in every thing, and in the day of sinning he will beware of offence: but a fool will not observe time.
28Every man of understanding knoweth wisdom, and will give praise unto him that found her.
29They that were of understanding in sayings became also wise themselves, and poured forth exquisite parables.
30Go not after thy lusts, but refrain thyself from thine appetites.
31If thou givest thy soul the desires that please her, she will make thee a laughingstock to thine enemies that malign thee.
32Take not pleasure in much good cheer, neither be tied to the expence thereof.
33Be not made a beggar by banqueting upon borrowing, when thou hast nothing in thy purse: for thou shalt lie in wait for thine own life, and be talked on.