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.
191A labouring man that A is given to drunkenness shall not be rich: and he that contemneth small things shall fall by little and little.
2Wine and women will make men of understanding to fall away: and he that cleaveth to harlots will become impudent.
3Moths and worms shall have him to heritage, and a bold man shall be taken away.
4He that is hasty to give credit is lightminded; and he that sinneth shall offend against his own soul.
5Whoso taketh pleasure in wickedness shall be condemned: but he that resisteth pleasures crowneth his life.
6He that can rule his tongue shall live without strife; and he that hateth babbling shall have less evil.
7Rehearse not unto another that which is told unto thee, and thou shalt fare never the worse.
8Whether it be to friend or foe, talk not of other men’s lives; and if thou canst without offence, reveal them not.
9For he heard and observed thee, and when time cometh he will hate thee.
10If thou hast heard a word, let it die with thee; and be bold, it will not burst thee.
11A fool travaileth with a word, as a woman in labour of a child.
12As an arrow that sticketh in a man’s thigh, so is a word within a fool’s belly.
13Admonish a friend, it may be he hath not done it: and if he have done it, that he do it no more.
14Admonish thy friend, it may be he hath not said it: and if he have, that he speak it not again.
15Admonish a friend: for many times it is a slander, and believe not every tale.
16There is one that slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart; and who is he that hath not offended with his tongue?
17Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him; and not being angry, give place to the law of the most High.
18The fear of the Lord is the first step to be accepted of him, and wisdom obtaineth his love.
19The knowledge of the commandments of the Lord is the doctrine of life: and they that do things that please him shall receive the fruit of the tree of immortality.
20The fear of the Lord is all wisdom; and in all wisdom is the performance of the law, and the knowledge of his omnipotency.
21If a servant say to his master, I will not do as it pleaseth thee; though afterward he do it, he angereth him that nourisheth him.
22The knowledge of wickedness is not wisdom, neither at any time the counsel of sinners prudence.
23There is a wickedness, and the same an abomination; and there is a fool wanting in wisdom.
24He that hath small understanding, and feareth God, is better than one that hath much wisdom, and transgresseth the law of the most High.
25There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is unjust; and there is one that turneth aside to make judgment appear; and there is a wise man that justifieth in judgment.
26There is a wicked man that hangeth down his head sadly; but inwardly he is full of deceit,
27Casting down his countenance, and making as if he heard not: where he is not known, he will do thee a mischief before thou be aware.
28And if for want of power he be hindered from sinning, yet when he findeth opportunity he will do evil.
29A man may be known by his look, and one that hath understanding by his countenance, when thou meetest him.
30A man’s attire, and excessive laughter, and gait, shew what he is.