21My son, if thou come to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul for temptation.
2Set thy heart aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble.
3Cleave unto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end.
4Whatsoever is brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be patient when thou art changed to a low estate.
5For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.
6Believe in him, and he will help thee; order thy way aright, and trust in him.
7Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and go not aside, lest ye fall.
8Ye that fear the Lord, believe him; and your reward shall not fail.
9Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, and for everlasting joy and mercy.
10Look at the generations of old, and see; did ever any trust in the Lord, and was confounded? or did any abide in his fear, and was forsaken? or whom did he ever despise, that called upon him?
11For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy, longsuffering, and very pitiful, and forgiveth sins, and saveth in time of affliction.
12Woe be to fearful hearts, and faint hands, and the sinner that goeth two ways!
13Woe unto him that is fainthearted! for he believeth not; therefore shall he not be defended.
14Woe unto you that have lost patience! and what will ye do when the Lord shall visit you?
15They that fear the Lord will not disobey his Word; and they that love him will keep his ways.
16They that fear the Lord will seek that which is well, pleasing unto him; and they that love him shall be filled with the law.
17They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and humble their souls in his sight,
18Saying, We will fall into the hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men: for as his majesty is, so is his mercy.
31Hear me your father, O children, and do thereafter, that ye may be safe.
2For the Lord hath given the father honour over the children, and hath confirmed the authority of the mother over the sons.
3Whoso honoureth his father maketh an atonement for his sins:
4And he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up treasure.
5Whoso honoureth his father shall have joy of his own children; and when he maketh his prayer, he shall be heard.
6He that honoureth his father shall have a long life; and he that is obedient unto the Lord shall be a comfort to his mother.
7He that feareth the Lord will honour his father, and will do service unto his parents, as to his masters.
8Honour thy father and mother both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon thee from them.
9For the blessing of the father establisheth the houses of children; but the curse of the mother rooteth out foundations.
10Glory not in the dishonour of thy father; for thy father’s dishonour is no glory unto thee.
11For the glory of a man is from the honour of his father; and a mother in dishonour is a reproach to the children.
12My son, help thy father in his age, and grieve him not as long as he liveth.
13And if his understanding fail, have patience with him; and despise him not when thou art in thy full strength.
14For the relieving of thy father shall not be forgotten: and instead of sins it shall be added to build thee up.
15In the day of thine affliction it shall be remembered; thy sins also shall melt away, as the ice in the fair warm weather.
16He that forsaketh his father is as a blasphemer; and he that angereth his mother is cursed: of God.
17My son, go on with thy business in meekness; so shalt thou be beloved of him that is approved.
18The greater thou art, the more humble thyself, and thou shalt find favour before the Lord.
19Many are in high place, and of renown: but mysteries are revealed unto the meek.
20For the power of the Lord is great, and he is honoured of the lowly.
21Seek not out things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are above thy strength.
22But what is commanded thee, think thereupon with reverence, for it is not needful for thee to see with thine eyes the things that are in secret.
23Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shewed unto thee than men understand.
24For many are deceived by their own vain opinion; and an evil suspicion hath overthrown their judgment.
25Without eyes thou shalt want light: profess not the knowledge therefore that thou hast not.
26A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the last; and he that loveth danger shall perish therein.
27An obstinate heart shall be laden with sorrows; and the wicked man shall heap sin upon sin.
28In the punishment of the proud there is no remedy; for the plant of wickedness hath taken root in him.
29The heart of the prudent will understand a parable; and an attentive ear is the desire of a wise man.
30Water will quench a flaming fire; and alms maketh an atonement for sins.
31And he that requiteth good turns is mindful of that which may come hereafter; and when he falleth, he shall find a stay.
41My son, defraud not the poor of his living, and make not the needy eyes to wait long.
2Make not an hungry soul sorrowful; neither provoke a man in his distress.
3Add not more trouble to an heart that is vexed; and defer not to give to him that is in need.
4Reject not the supplication of the afflicted; neither turn away thy face from a poor man.
5Turn not away thine eye from the needy, and give him none occasion to curse thee:
6For if he curse thee in the bitterness of his soul, his prayer shall be heard of him that made him.
7Get thyself the love of the congregation, and bow thy head to a great man.
8Let it not grieve thee to bow down thine ear to the poor, and give him a friendly answer with meekness.
9Deliver him that suffereth wrong from the hand of the oppressor; and be not fainthearted when thou sittest in judgment.
10Be as a father unto the fatherless, and instead of an husband unto their mother: so shalt thou be as the son of the most High, and he shall love thee more than thy mother doth.
11Wisdom exalteth her children, and layeth hold of them that seek her.
12He that loveth her loveth life; and they that seek to her early shall be filled with joy.
13He that holdeth her fast shall inherit glory; and wheresoever she entereth, the Lord will bless.
14They that serve her shall minister to the Holy One: and them that love her the Lord doth love.
15Whoso giveth ear unto her shall judge the nations: and he that attendeth unto her shall dwell securely.
16If a man commit himself unto her, he shall inherit her; and his generation shall hold her in possession.
17For at the first she will walk with him by crooked ways, and bring fear and dread upon him, and torment him with her discipline, until she may trust his soul, and try him by her laws.
18Then will she return the straight way unto him, and comfort him, and shew him her secrets.
19But if he go wrong, she will forsake him, and give him over to his own ruin.
20Observe the opportunity, and beware of evil; and be not ashamed when it concerneth thy soul.
21For there is a shame that bringeth sin; and there is a shame which is glory and grace.
22Accept no person against thy soul, and let not the reverence of any man cause thee to fall.
23And refrain not to speak, when there is occasion to do good, and hide not thy wisdom in her beauty.
24For by speech wisdom shall be known: and learning by the word of the tongue.
25In no wise speak against the truth; but be abashed of the error of thine ignorance.
26Be not ashamed to confess thy sins; and force not the course of the river.
27Make not thyself an underling to a foolish man; neither accept the person of the mighty.
28Strive for the truth unto death, and the Lord shall fight for thee.
29Be not hasty in thy tongue, and in thy deeds slack and remiss.
30Be not as a lion in thy house, nor frantick among thy servants.
31Let not thine hand be stretched out to receive, and shut when thou shouldest repay.