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.
201There is a reproof that is not comely: again, some man holdeth his tongue, and he is wise.
2It is much better to reprove, than to be angry secretly: and he that confesseth his fault shall be preserved from hurt.
3How good is it, when thou art reproved, to shew repentance! for so shalt thou escape wilful sin.
4As is the lust of an eunuch to deflower a virgin; so is he that executeth judgment with violence.
5There is one that keepeth silence, and is found wise: and another by much babbling becometh hateful.
6Some man holdeth his tongue, because he hath not to answer: and some keepeth silence, knowing his time.
7A wise man will hold his tongue till he see opportunity: but a babbler and a fool will regard no time.
8He that useth many words shall be abhorred; and he that taketh to himself authority therein shall be hated.
9There is a sinner that hath good success in evil things; and there is a gain that turneth to loss.
10There is a gift that shall not profit thee; and there is a gift whose recompence is double.
11There is an abasement because of glory; and there is that lifteth up his head from a low estate.
12There is that buyeth much for a little, and repayeth it sevenfold.
13A wise man by his words maketh him beloved: but the graces of fools shall be poured out.
14The gift of a fool shall do thee no good when thou hast it; neither yet of the envious for his necessity: for he looketh to receive many things for one.
15He giveth little, and upbraideth much; he openeth his mouth like a crier; to day he lendeth, and to morrow will he ask it again: such an one is to be hated of God and man.
16The fool saith, I have no friends, I have no thank for all my good deeds, and they that eat my bread speak evil of me.
17How oft, and of how many shall he be laughed to scorn! for he knoweth not aright what it is to have; and it is all one unto him as if he had it not.
18To slip upon a pavement is better than to slip with the tongue: so the fall of the wicked shall come speedily.
19An unseasonable tale will always be in the mouth of the unwise.
20A wise sentence shall be rejected when it cometh out of a fool’s mouth; for he will not speak it in due season.
21There is that is hindered from sinning through want: and when he taketh rest, he shall not be troubled.
22There is that destroyeth his own soul through bashfulness, and by accepting of persons overthroweth himself.
23There is that for bashfulness promiseth to his friend, and maketh him his enemy for nothing.
24A lie is a foul blot in a man, yet it is continually in the mouth of the untaught.
25A thief is better than a man that is accustomed to lie: but they both shall have destruction to heritage.
26The disposition of a liar is dishonourable, and his shame is ever with him.
27A wise man shall promote himself to honour with his words: and he that hath understanding will please great men.
28He that tilleth his land shall increase his heap: and he that pleaseth great men shall get pardon for iniquity.
29Presents and gifts blind the eyes of the wise, and stop up his mouth that he cannot reprove.
30Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is hoarded up, what profit is in them both?
31Better is he that hideth his folly than a man that hideth his wisdom.
32Necessary patience in seeking the Lord is better than he that leadeth his life without a guide.