291He that is merciful will lend unto his neighbour; and he that strengtheneth his hand keepeth the commandments.
2Lend to thy neighbour in time of his need, and pay thou thy neighbour again in due season.
3Keep thy word, and deal faithfully with him, and thou shalt always find the thing that is necessary for thee.
4Many, when a thing was lent them, reckoned it to be found, and put them to trouble that helped them.
5Till he hath received, he will kiss a man’s hand; and for his neighbour’s money he will speak submissly: but when he should repay, he will prolong the time, and return words of grief, and complain of the time.
6If he prevail, he shall hardly receive the half, and he will count as if he had found it: if not, he hath deprived him of his money, and he hath gotten him an enemy without cause: he payeth him with cursings and railings; and for honour he will pay him disgrace.
7Many therefore have refused to lend for other men’s ill dealing, fearing to be defrauded.
8Yet have thou patience with a man in poor estate, and delay not to shew him mercy.
9Help the poor for the commandment’s sake, and turn him not away because of his poverty.
10Lose thy money for thy brother and thy friend, and let it not rust under a stone to be lost.
11Lay up thy treasure according to the commandments of the most High, and it shall bring thee more profit than gold.
12Shut up alms in thy storehouses: and it shall deliver thee from all affliction.
13It shall fight for thee against thine enemies better than a mighty shield and strong spear.
14An honest man is surety for his neighbour: but he that is impudent will forsake him.
15Forget not the friendship of thy surety, for he hath given his life for thee.
16A sinner will overthrow the good estate of his surety:
17And he that is of an unthankful mind will leave him in danger that delivered him.
18Suretiship hath undone many of good estate, and shaken them as a wave of the sea: mighty men hath it driven from their houses, so that they wandered among strange nations.
19A wicked man transgressing the commandments of the Lord shall fall into suretiship: and he that undertaketh and followeth other men’s business for gain shall fall into suits.
20Help thy neighbour according to thy power, and beware that thou thyself fall not into the same.
21The chief thing for life is water, and bread, and clothing, and an house to cover shame.
22Better is the life of a poor man in a mean cottage, than delicate fare in another man’s house.
23Be it little or much, hold thee contented, that thou hear not the reproach of thy house.
24For it is a miserable life to go from house to house: for where thou art a stranger, thou darest not open thy mouth.
25Thou shalt entertain, and feast, and have no thanks: moreover thou shalt hear bitter words:
26Come, thou stranger, and furnish a table, and feed me of that thou hast ready.
27Give place, thou stranger, to an honourable man; my brother cometh to be lodged, and I have need of mine house.
28These things are grievous to a man of understanding; the upbraiding of houseroom, and reproaching of the lender.
301He that loveth his son causeth him oft to feel the rod, that he may have joy of him in the end.
2He that chastiseth his son shall have joy in him, and shall rejoice of him among his acquaintance.
3He that teacheth his son grieveth the enemy: and before his friends he shall rejoice of him.
4Though his father die, yet he is as though he were not dead: for he hath left one behind him that is like himself.
5While he lived, he saw and rejoiced in him: and when he died, he was not sorrowful.
6He left behind him an avenger against his enemies, and one that shall requite kindness to his friends.
7He that maketh too much of his son shall bind up his wounds; and his bowels will be troubled at every cry.
8An horse not broken becometh headstrong: and a child left to himself will be wilful.
9Cocker thy child, and he shall make thee afraid: play with him, and he will bring thee to heaviness.
10Laugh not with him, lest thou have sorrow with him, and lest thou gnash thy teeth in the end.
11Give him no liberty in his youth, and wink not at his follies.
12Bow down his neck while he is young, and beat him on the sides while he is a child, lest he wax stubborn, and be disobedient unto thee, and so bring sorrow to thine heart.
13Chastise thy son, and hold him to labour, lest his lewd behaviour be an offence unto thee.
14Better is the poor, being sound and strong of constitution, than a rich man that is afflicted in his body.
15Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth.
16There is no riches above a sound body, and no joy above the joy of the heart.
17Death is better than a bitter life or continual sickness.
18Delicates poured upon a mouth shut up are as messes of meat set upon a grave.
19What good doeth the offering unto an idol? for neither can it eat nor smell: so is he that is persecuted of the Lord.
20He seeth with his eyes and groaneth, as an eunuch that embraceth a virgin and sigheth.
21Give not over thy mind to heaviness, and afflict not thyself in thine own counsel.
22The gladness of the heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days.
23Love thine own soul, and comfort thy heart, remove sorrow far from thee: for sorrow hath killed many, and there is no profit therein.
24Envy and wrath shorten the life, and carefulness bringeth age before the time.
25A cheerful and good heart will have a care of his meat and diet.
311Watching for riches consumeth the flesh, and the care thereof driveth away sleep.
2Watching care will not let a man slumber, as a sore disease breaketh sleep,
3The rich hath great labour in gathering riches together; and when he resteth, he is filled with his delicates.
4The poor laboureth in his poor estate; and when he leaveth off, he is still needy.
5He that loveth gold shall not be justified, and he that followeth corruption shall have enough thereof.
6Gold hath been the ruin of many, and their destruction was present.
7It is a stumblingblock unto them that sacrifice unto it, and every fool shall be taken therewith.
8Blessed is the rich that is found without blemish, and hath not gone after gold.
9Who is he? and we will call him blessed: for wonderful things hath he done among his people.
10Who hath been tried thereby, and found perfect? then let him glory. Who might offend, and hath not offended? or done evil, and hath not done it?
11His goods shall be established, and the congregation shall declare his alms.
12If thou sit at a bountiful table, be not greedy upon it, and say not, There is much meat on it.
13Remember that a wicked eye is an evil thing: and what is created more wicked than an eye? therefore it weepeth upon every occasion.
14Stretch not thine hand whithersoever it looketh, and thrust it not with him into the dish.
15Judge not thy neighbour by thyself: and be discreet in every point.
16Eat as it becometh a man, those things which are set before thee; and devour not, lest thou be hated.
17Leave off first for manners’ sake; and be not unsatiable, lest thou offend.
18When thou sittest among many, reach not thine hand out first of all.
19A very little is sufficient for a man well nurtured, and he fetcheth not his wind short upon his bed.
20Sound sleep cometh of moderate eating: he riseth early, and his wits are with him: but the pain of watching, and choler, and pangs of the belly, are with an unsatiable man.
21And if thou hast been forced to eat, arise, go forth, vomit, and thou shalt have rest.
22My son, hear me, and despise me not, and at the last thou shalt find as I told thee: in all thy works be quick, so shall there no sickness come unto thee.
23Whoso is liberal of his meat, men shall speak well of him; and the report of his good housekeeping will be believed.
24But against him that is a niggard of his meat the whole city shall murmur; and the testimonies of his niggardness shall not be doubted of.
25Shew not thy valiantness in wine; for wine hath destroyed many.
26The furnace proveth the edge by dipping: so doth wine the hearts of the proud by drunkeness.
27Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
28Wine measurably drunk and in season bringeth gladness of the heart, and cheerfulness of the mind:
29But wine drunken with excess maketh bitterness of the mind, with brawling and quarrelling.
30Drunkenness increaseth the rage of a fool till he offend: it diminisheth strength, and maketh wounds.
31Rebuke not thy neighbour at the wine, and despise him not in his mirth: give him no despiteful words, and press not upon him with urging him to drink.