331There shall no evil happen unto him that feareth the Lord; but in temptation even again he will deliver him.
2A wise man hateth not the law; but he that is an hypocrite therein is as a ship in a storm.
3A man of understanding trusteth in the law; and the law is faithful unto him, as an oracle.
4Prepare what to say, and so thou shalt be heard: and bind up instruction, and then make answer.
5The heart of the foolish is like a cartwheel; and his thoughts are like a rolling axletree.
6A stallion horse is as a mocking friend, he neigheth under every one that sitteth upon him.
7Why doth one day excel another, when as all the light of every day in the year is of the sun?
8By the knowledge of the Lord they were distinguished: and he altered seasons and feasts.
9Some of them hath he made high days, and hallowed them, and some of them hath he made ordinary days.
10And all men are from the ground, and Adam was created of earth:
11In much knowledge the Lord hath divided them, and made their ways diverse.
12Some of them hath he blessed and exalted and some of them he sanctified, and set near himself: but some of them hath he cursed and brought low, and turned out of their places.
13As the clay is in the potter’s hand, to fashion it at his pleasure: so man is in the hand of him that made him, to render to them as liketh him best.
14Good is set against evil, and life against death: so is the godly against the sinner, and the sinner against the godly.
15So look upon all the works of the most High; and there are two and two, one against another.
16I awaked up last of all, as one that gathereth after the grapegatherers: by the blessing of the Lord I profited, and tred my winepress like a gatherer of grapes.
17Consider that I laboured not for myself only, but for all them that seek learning.
18Hear me, O ye great men of the people, and hearken with your ears, ye rulers of the congregation.
19Give not thy son and wife, thy brother and friend, power over thee while thou livest, and give not thy goods to another: lest it repent thee, and thou intreat for the same again.
20As long as thou livest and hast breath in thee, give not thyself over to any.
21For better it is that thy children should seek to thee, than that thou shouldest stand to their courtesy.
22In all thy works keep to thyself the preeminence; leave not a stain in thine honour.
23At the time when thou shalt end thy days, and finish thy life, distribute thine inheritance.
24Fodder, a wand, and burdens, are for the ass; and bread, correction, and work, for a servant.
25If thou set thy servant to labour, thou shalt find rest: but if thou let him go idle, he shall seek liberty.
26A yoke and a collar do bow the neck: so are tortures and torments for an evil servant.
27Send him to labour, that he be not idle; for idleness teacheth much evil.
28Set him to work, as is fit for him: if he be not obedient, put on more heavy fetters.
29But be not excessive toward any; and without discretion do nothing.
30If thou have a servant, let him be unto thee as thyself, because thou hast bought him with a price.
31If thou have a servant, entreat him as a brother: for thou hast need of him, as of thine own soul: if thou entreat him evil, and he run from thee, which way wilt thou go to seek him?
341The hopes of a man void of understanding are vain and false: and dreams lift up fools.
2Whoso regardeth dreams is like him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind.
3The vision of dreams is the resemblance of one thing to another, even as the likeness of a face to a face.
4Of an unclean thing what can be cleansed? and from that thing which is false what truth can come?
5Divinations, and soothsayings, and dreams, are vain: and the heart fancieth, as a woman’s heart in travail.
6If they be not sent from the most High in thy visitation, set not thy heart upon them.
7For dreams have deceived many, and they have failed that put their trust in them.
8The law shall be found perfect without lies: and wisdom is perfection to a faithful mouth.
9A man that hath travelled knoweth many things; and he that hath much experience will declare wisdom.
10He that hath no experience knoweth little: but he that hath travelled is full of prudence.
11When I travelled, I saw many things; and I understand more than I can express.
12I was ofttimes in danger of death: yet I was delivered because of these things.
13The spirit of those that fear the Lord shall live; for their hope is in him that saveth them.
14Whoso feareth the Lord shall not fear nor be afraid; for he is his hope.
15Blessed is the soul of him that feareth the Lord: to whom doth he look? and who is his strength?
16For the eyes of the Lord are upon them that love him, he is their mighty protection and strong stay, a defence from heat, and a cover from the sun at noon, a preservation from stumbling, and an help from falling.
17He raiseth up the soul, and lighteneth the eyes: he giveth health, life, and blessing.
18He that sacrificeth of a thing wrongfully gotten, his offering is ridiculous; and the gifts of unjust men are not accepted.
19The most High is not pleased with the offerings of the wicked; neither is he pacified for sin by the multitude of sacrifices.
20Whoso bringeth an offering of the goods of the poor doeth as one that killeth the son before his father’s eyes.
21The bread of the needy is their life: he that defraudeth him thereof is a man of blood.
22He that taketh away his neighbour’s living slayeth him; and he that defraudeth the labourer of his hire is a bloodshedder.
23When one buildeth, and another pulleth down, what profit have they then but labour?
24When one prayeth, and another curseth, whose voice will the Lord hear?
25He that washeth himself after the touching of a dead body, if he touch it again, what availeth his washing?
26So is it with a man that fasteth for his sins, and goeth again, and doeth the same: who will hear his prayer? or what doth his humbling profit him?
351He that keepeth the law bringeth offerings enough: he that taketh heed to the commandment offereth a peace offering.
2He that requiteth a goodturn offereth fine flour; and he that giveth alms sacrificeth praise.
3To depart from wickedness is a thing pleasing to the Lord; and to forsake unrighteousness is a propitiation.
4Thou shalt not appear empty before the Lord.
5For all these things are to be done because of the commandment.
6The offering of the righteous maketh the altar fat, and the sweet savour thereof is before the most High.
7The sacrifice of a just man is acceptable. and the memorial thereof shall never be forgotten.
8Give the Lord his honour with a good eye, and diminish not the firstfruits of thine hands.
9In all thy gifts shew a cheerful countenance, and dedicate thy tithes with gladness.
10Give unto the most High according as he hath enriched thee; and as thou hast gotten, give with a cheerful eye.
11For the Lord recompenseth, and will give thee seven times as much.
12Do not think to corrupt with gifts; for such he will not receive: and trust not to unrighteous sacrifices; for the Lord is judge, and with him is no respect of persons.
13He will not accept any person against a poor man, but will hear the prayer of the oppressed.
14He will not despise the supplication of the fatherless; nor the widow, when she poureth out her complaint.
15Do not the tears run down the widow’s cheeks? and is not her cry against him that causeth them to fall?
16He that serveth the Lord shall be accepted with favour, and his prayer shall reach unto the clouds.
17The prayer of the humble pierceth the clouds: and till it come nigh, he will not be comforted; and will not depart, till the most High shall behold to judge righteously, and execute judgment.
18For the Lord will not be slack, neither will the Mighty be patient toward them, till he have smitten in sunder the loins of the unmerciful, and repayed vengeance to the heathen; till he have taken away the multitude of the proud, and broken the sceptre of the unrighteous;
19Till he have rendered to every man according to his deeds, and to the works of men according to their devices; till he have judged the cause of his people, and made them to rejoice in his mercy.
20Mercy is seasonable in the time of affliction, as clouds of rain in the time of drought.