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.
411O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that liveth at rest in his possessions, unto the man that hath nothing to vex him, and that hath prosperity in all things: yea, unto him that is yet able to receive meat!
2O death, acceptable is thy sentence unto the needy, and unto him whose strength faileth, that is now in the last age, and is vexed with all things, and to him that despaireth, and hath lost patience!
3Fear not the sentence of death, remember them that have been before thee, and that come after; for this is the sentence of the Lord over all flesh.
4And why art thou against the pleasure of the most High? there is no inquisition in the grave, whether thou have lived ten, or an hundred, or a thousand years.
5The children of sinners are abominable children, and they that are conversant in the dwelling of the ungodly.
6The inheritance of sinners’ children shall perish, and their posterity shall have a perpetual reproach.
7The children will complain of an ungodly father, because they shall be reproached for his sake.
8Woe be unto you, ungodly men, which have forsaken the law of the most high God! for if ye increase, it shall be to your destruction:
9And if ye be born, ye shall be born to a curse: and if ye die, a curse shall be your portion.
10All that are of the earth shall turn to earth again: so the ungodly shall go from a curse to destruction.
11The mourning of men is about their bodies: but an ill name of sinners shall be blotted out.
12Have regard to thy name; for that shall continue with thee above a thousand great treasures of gold.
13A good life hath but few days: but a good name endureth for ever.
14My children, keep discipline in peace: for wisdom that is hid, and a treasure that is not seen, what profit is in them both?
15A man that hideth his foolishness is better than a man that hideth his wisdom.
16Therefore be shamefaced according to my word: for it is not good to retain all shamefacedness; neither is it altogether approved in every thing.
17Be ashamed of whoredom before father and mother: and of a lie before a prince and a mighty man;
18Of an offence before a judge and ruler; of iniquity before a congregation and people; of unjust dealing before thy partner and friend;
19And of theft in regard of the place where thou sojournest, and in regard of the truth of God and his covenant; and to lean with thine elbow upon the meat; and of scorning to give and take;
20And of silence before them that salute thee; and to look upon an harlot;
21And to turn away thy face from thy kinsman; or to take away a portion or a gift; or to gaze upon another man’s wife.
22Or to be overbusy with his maid, and come not near her bed; or of upbraiding speeches before friends; and after thou hast given, upbraid not;
23Or of iterating and speaking again that which thou hast heard; and of revealing of secrets.
24So shalt thou be truly shamefaced and find favour before all men.