381Honour a physician with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him.
2For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king.
3The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration.
4The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them.
5Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known?
6And he hath given men skill, that he might be honoured in his marvellous works.
7With such doth he heal men, and taketh away their pains.
8Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth,
9My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole.
10Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness.
11Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being.
12Then give place to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let him not go from thee, for thou hast need of him.
13There is a time when in their hands there is good success.
14For they shall also pray unto the Lord, that he would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life.
15He that sinneth before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician.
16My son, let tears fall down over the dead, and begin to lament, as if thou hadst suffered great harm thyself; and then cover his body according to the custom, and neglect not his burial.
17Weep bitterly, and make great moan, and use lamentation, as he is worthy, and that a day or two, lest thou be evil spoken of: and then comfort thyself for thy heaviness.
18For of heaviness cometh death, and the heaviness of the heart breaketh strength.
19In affliction also sorrow remaineth: and the life of the poor is the curse of the heart.
20Take no heaviness to heart: drive it away, and remember the last end.
21Forget it not, for there is no turning again: thou shalt not do him good, but hurt thyself.
22Remember my judgment: for thine also shall be so; yesterday for me, and to day for thee.
23When the dead is at rest, let his remembrance rest; and be comforted for him, when his Spirit is departed from him.
24The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure: and he that hath little business shall become wise.
25How can he get wisdom that holdeth the plough, and that glorieth in the goad, that driveth oxen, and is occupied in their labours, and whose talk is of bullocks?
26He giveth his mind to make furrows; and is diligent to give the kine fodder.
27So every carpenter and workmaster, that laboureth night and day: and they that cut and grave seals, and are diligent to make great variety, and give themselves to counterfeit imagery, and watch to finish a work:
28The smith also sitting by the anvil, and considering the iron work, the vapour of the fire wasteth his flesh, and he fighteth with the heat of the furnace: the noise of the hammer and the anvil is ever in his ears, and his eyes look still upon the pattern of the thing that he maketh; he setteth his mind to finish his work, and watcheth to polish it perfectly:
29So doth the potter sitting at his work, and turning the wheel about with his feet, who is alway carefully set at his work, and maketh all his work by number;
30He fashioneth the clay with his arm, and boweth down his strength before his feet; he applieth himself to lead it over; and he is diligent to make clean the furnace:
31All these trust to their hands: and every one is wise in his work.
32Without these cannot a city be inhabited: and they shall not dwell where they will, nor go up and down:
33They shall not be sought for in publick counsel, nor sit high in the congregation: they shall not sit on the judges’ seat, nor understand the sentence of judgment: they cannot declare justice and judgment; and they shall not be found where parables are spoken.
34But they will maintain the state of the world, and all their desire is in the work of their craft.
391But he that giveth his mind to the law of the most High, and is occupied in the meditation thereof, will seek out the wisdom of all the ancient, and be occupied in prophecies.
2He will keep the sayings of the renowned men: and where subtil parables are, he will be there also.
3He will seek out the secrets of grave sentences, and be conversant in dark parables.
4He shall serve among great men, and appear before princes: he will travel through strange countries; for he hath tried the good and the evil among men.
5He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and will pray before the most High, and will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins.
6When the great Lord will, he shall be filled with the spirit of understanding: he shall pour out wise sentences, and give thanks unto the Lord in his prayer.
7He shall direct his counsel and knowledge, and in his secrets shall he meditate.
8He shall shew forth that which he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord.
9Many shall commend his understanding; and so long as the world endureth, it shall not be blotted out; his memorial shall not depart away, and his name shall live from generation to generation.
10Nations shall shew forth his wisdom, and the congregation shall declare his praise.
11If he die, he shall leave a greater name than a thousand: and if he live, he shall increase it.
12Yet have I more to say, which I have thought upon; for I am filled as the moon at the full.
13Hearken unto me, ye holy children, and bud forth as a rose growing by the brook of the field:
14And give ye a sweet savour as frankincense, and flourish as a lily, send forth a smell, and sing a song of praise, bless the Lord in all his works.
15Magnify his name, and shew forth his praise with the songs of your lips, and with harps, and in praising him ye shall say after this manner:
16All the works of the Lord are exceeding good, and whatsoever he commandeth shall be accomplished in due season.
17And none may say, What is this? wherefore is that? for at time convenient they shall all be sought out: at his commandment the waters stood as an heap, and at the words of his mouth the receptacles of waters.
18At his commandment is done whatsoever pleaseth him; and none can hinder, when he will save.
19The works of all flesh are before him, and nothing can be hid from his eyes.
20He seeth from everlasting to everlasting; and there is nothing wonderful before him.
21A man need not to say, What is this? wherefore is that? for he hath made all things for their uses.
22His blessing covered the dry land as a river, and watered it as a flood.
23As he hath turned the waters into saltness: so shall the heathen inherit his wrath.
24As his ways are plain unto the holy; so are they stumblingblocks unto the wicked.
25For the good are good things created from the beginning: so evil things for sinners.
26The principal things for the whole use of man’s life are water, fire, iron, and salt, flour of wheat, honey, milk, and the blood of the grape, and oil, and clothing.
27All these things are for good to the godly: so to the sinners they are turned into evil.
28There be spirits that are created for vengeance, which in their fury lay on sore strokes; in the time of destruction they pour out their force, and appease the wrath of him that made them.
29Fire, and hail, and famine, and death, all these were created for vengeance;
30Teeth of wild beasts, and scorpions, serpents, and the sword punishing the wicked to destruction.
31They shall rejoice in his commandment, and they shall be ready upon earth, when need is; and when their time is come, they shall not transgress his word.
32Therefore from the beginning I was resolved, and thought upon these things, and have left them in writing.
33All the works of the Lord are good: and he will give every needful thing in due season.
34So that a man cannot say, This is worse than that: for in time they shall all be well approved.
35And therefore praise ye the Lord with the whole heart and mouth, and bless the name of the Lord.
401Great travail is created for every man, and an heavy yoke is upon the sons of Adam, from the day that they go out of their mother’s womb, till the day that they return to the mother of all things.
2Their imagination of things to come, and the day of death, trouble their thoughts, and cause fear of heart;
3From him that sitteth on a throne of glory, unto him that is humbled in earth and ashes;
4From him that weareth purple and a crown, unto him that is clothed with a linen frock.
5Wrath, and envy, trouble, and unquietness, fear of death, and anger, and strife, and in the time of rest upon his bed his night sleep, do change his knowledge.
6A little or nothing is his rest, and afterward he is in his sleep, as in a day of keeping watch, troubled in the vision of his heart, as if he were escaped out of a battle.
7When all is safe, he awaketh, and marvelleth that the fear was nothing.
8Such things happen unto all flesh, both man and beast, and that is sevenfold more upon sinners.
9Death, and bloodshed, strife, and sword, calamities, famine, tribulation, and the scourge;
10These things are created for the wicked, and for their sakes came the flood.
11All things that are of the earth shall turn to the earth again: and that which is of the waters doth return into the sea.
12All bribery and injustice shall be blotted out: but true dealing shall endure for ever.
13The goods of the unjust shall be dried up like a river, and shall vanish with noise, like a great thunder in rain.
14While he openeth his hand he shall rejoice: so shall transgressors come to nought.
15The children of the ungodly shall not bring forth many branches: but are as unclean roots upon a hard rock.
16The weed growing upon every water and bank of a river shall be pulled up before all grass.
17Bountifulness is as a most fruitful garden, and mercifulness endureth for ever.
18To labour, and to be content with that a man hath, is a sweet life: but he that findeth a treasure is above them both.
19Children and the building of a city continue a man’s name: but a blameless wife is counted above them both.
20Wine and musick rejoice the heart: but the love of wisdom is above them both.
21The pipe and the psaltery make sweet melody: but a pleasant tongue is above them both.
22Thine eye desireth favour and beauty: but more than both corn while it is green.
23A friend and companion never meet amiss: but above both is a wife with her husband.
24Brethren and help are against time of trouble: but alms shall deliver more than them both.
25Gold and silver make the foot stand sure: but counsel is esteemed above them both.
26Riches and strength lift up the heart: but the fear of the Lord is above them both: there is no want in the fear of the Lord, and it needeth not to seek help.
27The fear of the Lord is a fruitful garden, and covereth him above all glory.
28My son, lead not a beggar’s life; for better it is to die than to beg.
29The life of him that dependeth on another man’s table is not to be counted for a life; for he polluteth himself with other men’s meat: but a wise man well nurtured will beware thereof.
30Begging is sweet in the mouth of the shameless: but in his belly there shall burn a fire.