Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach
 All wisdom cometh
from the Lord, and is with him for ever.
 Who can number the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the
days of eternity?
 Who can find out the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth,
and the deep, and wisdom?
 Wisdom hath been created before all things, and the understanding of
prudence from everlasting.
 The word of God most high is the fountain of wisdom; and her ways are
 To whom hath the root of wisdom been revealed? or who hath known her
 [Unto whom hath the knowledge of wisdom been made manifest? and who
hath understood her great experience?]
 There is one wise and greatly to be feared, the Lord sitting upon his
 He created her, and saw her, and numbered her, and poured her out
upon all his works.
 She is with all flesh according to his gift, and he hath given her
to them that love him.
 The fear of the Lord is honour, and glory, and gladness, and a crown
 The fear of the Lord maketh a merry heart, and giveth joy, and
gladness, and a long life.
 Whoso feareth the Lord, it shall go well with him at the last, and
he shall find favour in the day of his death.
 To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and it was created with
the faithful in the womb.
 She hath built an everlasting foundation with men, and she shall
continue with their seed.
 To fear the Lord is fulness of wisdom, and filleth men with her
 She filleth all their house with things desirable, and the garners
with her increase.
 The fear of the Lord is a crown of wisdom, making peace and perfect
health to flourish; both which are the gifts of God: and it enlargeth their
rejoicing that love him.
 Wisdom raineth down skill and knowledge of understanding standing,
and exalteth them to honour that hold her fast.
 The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and the branches thereof are
 The fear of the Lord driveth away sins: and where it is present, it
turneth away wrath.
 A furious man cannot be justified; for the sway of his fury shall be
 A patient man will tear for a time, and afterward joy shall spring
up unto him.
 He will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall
declare his wisdom.
 The parables of knowledge are in the treasures of wisdom: but
godliness is an abomination to a sinner.
 If thou desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord shall
give her unto thee.
 For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction: and faith and
meekness are his delight.
 Distrust not the fear of the Lord when thou art poor: and come not
unto him with a double heart.
 Be not an hypocrite in the sight of men, and take good heed what
 Exalt not thyself, lest thou fall, and bring dishonour upon thy
soul, and so God discover thy secrets, and cast thee down in the midst of the
congregation, because thou camest not in truth to the fear of the Lord, but thy
heart is full of deceit.
 My son, if thou come
to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul for temptation.
 Set thy heart aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in
time of trouble.
 Cleave unto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased
at thy last end.
 Whatsoever is brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be patient when
thou art changed to a low estate.
 For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of
 Believe in him, and he will help thee; order thy way aright, and
trust in him.
 Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and go not aside, lest ye
 Ye that fear the Lord, believe him; and your reward shall not fail.
 Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, and for everlasting joy and
 Look 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?
 For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy, longsuffering, and
very pitiful, and forgiveth sins, and saveth in time of affliction.
 Woe be to fearful hearts, and faint hands, and the sinner that goeth
 Woe unto him that is fainthearted! for he believeth not; therefore
shall he not be defended.
 Woe unto you that have lost patience! and what will ye do when the
Lord shall visit you?
 They that fear the Lord will not disobey his Word; and they that
love him will keep his ways.
 They that fear the Lord will seek that which is well, pleasing unto
him; and they that love him shall be filled with the law.
 They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and humble their
souls in his sight,
 Saying, 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.
 Hear me your father,
O children, and do thereafter, that ye may be safe.
 For the Lord hath given the father honour over the children, and hath
confirmed the authority of the mother over the sons.
 Whoso honoureth his father maketh an atonement for his sins:
 And he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up treasure.
 Whoso honoureth his father shall have joy of his own children; and
when he maketh his prayer, he shall be heard.
 He that honoureth his father shall have a long life; and he that is
obedient unto the Lord shall be a comfort to his mother.
 He that feareth the Lord will honour his father, and will do service
unto his parents, as to his masters.
 Honour thy father and mother both in word and deed, that a blessing
may come upon thee from them.
 For the blessing of the father establisheth the houses of children;
but the curse of the mother rooteth out foundations.
 Glory not in the dishonour of thy father; for thy father's dishonour
is no glory unto thee.
 For the glory of a man is from the honour of his father; and a
mother in dishonour is a reproach to the children.
 My son, help thy father in his age, and grieve him not as long as he
 And if his understanding fail, have patience with him; and despise
him not when thou art in thy full strength.
 For the relieving of thy father shall not be forgotten: and instead
of sins it shall be added to build thee up.
 In the day of thine affliction it shall be remembered; thy sins also
shall melt away, as the ice in the fair warm weather.
 He that forsaketh his father is as a blasphemer; and he that
angereth his mother is cursed: of God.
 My son, go on with thy business in meekness; so shalt thou be
beloved of him that is approved.
 The greater thou art, the more humble thyself, and thou shalt find
favour before the Lord.
 Many are in high place, and of renown: but mysteries are revealed
unto the meek.
 For the power of the Lord is great, and he is honoured of the lowly.
 Seek not out things that are too hard for thee, neither search the
things that are above thy strength.
 But 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.
 Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shewed
unto thee than men understand.
 For many are deceived by their own vain opinion; and an evil
suspicion hath overthrown their judgment.
 Without eyes thou shalt want light: profess not the knowledge
therefore that thou hast not.
 A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the last; and he that loveth
danger shall perish therein.
 An obstinate heart shall be laden with sorrows; and the wicked man
shall heap sin upon sin.
 In the punishment of the proud there is no remedy; for the plant of
wickedness hath taken root in him.
 The heart of the prudent will understand a parable; and an attentive
ear is the desire of a wise man.
 Water will quench a flaming fire; and alms maketh an atonement for
 And he that requiteth good turns is mindful of that which may come
hereafter; and when he falleth, he shall find a stay.
 My son, defraud not
the poor of his living, and make not the needy eyes to wait long.
 Make not an hungry soul sorrowful; neither provoke a man in his
 Add not more trouble to an heart that is vexed; and defer not to give
to him that is in need.
 Reject not the supplication of the afflicted; neither turn away thy
face from a poor man.
 Turn not away thine eye from the needy, and give him none occasion to
 For if he curse thee in the bitterness of his soul, his prayer shall
be heard of him that made him.
 Get thyself the love of the congregation, and bow thy head to a great
 Let it not grieve thee to bow down thine ear to the poor, and give
him a friendly answer with meekness.
 Deliver him that suffereth wrong from the hand of the oppressor; and
be not fainthearted when thou sittest in judgment.
 Be 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.
 Wisdom exalteth her children, and layeth hold of them that seek her.
 He that loveth her loveth life; and they that seek to her early
shall be filled with joy.
 He that holdeth her fast shall inherit glory; and wheresoever she
entereth, the Lord will bless.
 They that serve her shall minister to the Holy One: and them that
love her the Lord doth love.
 Whoso giveth ear unto her shall judge the nations: and he that
attendeth unto her shall dwell securely.
 If a man commit himself unto her, he shall inherit her; and his
generation shall hold her in possession.
 For 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.
 Then will she return the straight way unto him, and comfort him, and
shew him her secrets.
 But if he go wrong, she will forsake him, and give him over to his
 Observe the opportunity, and beware of evil; and be not ashamed when
it concerneth thy soul.
 For there is a shame that bringeth sin; and there is a shame which
is glory and grace.
 Accept no person against thy soul, and let not the reverence of any
man cause thee to fall.
 And refrain not to speak, when there is occasion to do good, and
hide not thy wisdom in her beauty.
 For by speech wisdom shall be known: and learning by the word of the
 In no wise speak against the truth; but be abashed of the error of
 Be not ashamed to confess thy sins; and force not the course of the
 Make not thyself an underling to a foolish man; neither accept the
person of the mighty.
 Strive for the truth unto death, and the Lord shall fight for thee.
 Be not hasty in thy tongue, and in thy deeds slack and remiss.
 Be not as a lion in thy house, nor frantick among thy servants.
 Let not thine hand be stretched out to receive, and shut when thou
 Set thy heart upon
thy goods; and say not, I have enough for my life.
 Follow not thine own mind and thy strength, to walk in the ways of
 And say not, Who shall controul me for my works? for the Lord will
surely revenge thy pride.
 Say not, I have sinned, and what harm hath happened unto me? for the
Lord is longsuffering, he will in no wise let thee go.
 Concerning propitiation, be not without fear to add sin unto sin:
 And say not His mercy is great; he will be pacified for the multitude
of my sins: for mercy and wrath come from him, and his indignation resteth upon
 Make no tarrying to turn to the Lord, and put not off from day to
day: for suddenly shall the wrath of the Lord come forth, and in thy security
thou shalt be destroyed, and perish in the day of vengeance.
 Set not thine heart upon goods unjustly gotten, for they shall not
profit thee in the day of calamity.
 Winnow not with every wind, and go not into every way: for so doth
the sinner that hath a double tongue.
 Be stedfast in thy understanding; and let thy word be the same.
 Be swift to hear; and let thy life be sincere; and with patience
 If thou hast understanding, answer thy neighbour; if not, lay thy
hand upon thy mouth.
 Honour and shame is in talk: and the tongue of man is his fall.
 Be not called a whisperer, and lie not in wait with thy tongue: for
a foul shame is upon the thief, and an evil condemnation upon the double tongue.
 Be not ignorant of any thing in a great matter or a small.
 Instead of a friend
become not an enemy; for [thereby] thou shalt inherit an ill name, shame, and
reproach: even so shall a sinner that hath a double tongue.
 Extol not thyself in the counsel of thine own heart; that thy soul be
not torn in pieces as a bull [straying alone.]
 Thou shalt eat up thy leaves, and lose thy fruit, and leave thyself
as a dry tree.
 A wicked soul shall destroy him that hath it, and shall make him to
be laughed to scorn of his enemies.
 Sweet language will multiply friends: and a fairspeaking tongue will
increase kind greetings.
 Be in peace with many: nevertheless have but one counsellor of a
 If thou wouldest get a friend, prove him first and be not hasty to
 For some man is a friend for his own occasion, and will not abide in
the day of thy trouble.
 And there is a friend, who being turned to enmity, and strife will
discover thy reproach.
 Again, some friend is a companion at the table, and will not
continue in the day of thy affliction.
 But in thy prosperity he will be as thyself, and will be bold over
 If thou be brought low, he will be against thee, and will hide
himself from thy face.
 Separate thyself from thine enemies, and take heed of thy friends.
 A faithfu1l friend is a strong defence: and he that hath found such
an one hath found a treasure.
 Nothing doth countervail a faithful friend, and his excellency is
 A faithful friend is the medicine of life; and they that fear the
Lord shall find him.
 Whoso feareth the Lord shall direct his friendship aright: for as he
is, so shall his neighbour be also.
 My son, gather instruction from thy youth up: so shalt thou find
wisdom till thine old age.
 Come unto her as one that ploweth and soweth, and wait for her good
fruits: for thou shalt not toil much in labouring about her, but thou shalt eat
of her fruits right soon.
 She is very unpleasant to the unlearned: he that is without
understanding will not remain with her.
 She will lie upon him as a mighty stone of trial; and he will cast
her from him ere it be long.
 For wisdom is according to her name, and she is not manifest unto
 Give ear, my son, receive my advice, and refuse not my counsel,
 And put thy feet into her fetters, and thy neck into her chain.
 Bow down thy shoulder, and bear her, and be not grieved with her
 Come unto her with thy whole heart, and keep her ways with all thy
 Search, and seek, and she shall be made known unto thee: and when
thou hast got hold of her, let her not go.
 For at the last thou shalt find her rest, and that shall be turned
to thy joy.
 Then shall her fetters be a strong defence for thee, and her chains
a robe of glory.
 For there is a golden ornament upon her, and her bands are purple
 Thou shalt put her on as a robe of honour, and shalt put her about
thee as a crown of joy.
 My son, if thou wilt, thou shalt be taught: and if thou wilt apply
thy mind, thou shalt be prudent.
 If thou love to hear, thou shalt receive understanding: and if thou
bow thine ear, thou shalt be wise,
 Stand in the multitude of the elders; and cleave unto him that is
 Be willing to hear every godly discourse; and let not the parables
of understanding escape thee.
 And if thou seest a man of understanding, get thee betimes unto him,
and let thy foot wear the steps of his door.
 Let thy mind be upon the ordinances of the Lord and meditate
continually in his commandments: he shall establish thine heart, and give thee
wisdom at thine owns desire.
 Do no evil, so shall
no harm come unto thee.
 Depart from the unjust, and iniquity shall turn away from thee.
 My son, sow not upon the furrows of unrighteousness, and thou shalt
not reap them sevenfold.
 Seek not of the Lord preeminence, neither of the king the seat of
 justify not thyself before the Lord; and boast not of thy wisdom
before the king.
 Seek not to be judge, being not able to take away iniquity; lest at
any time thou fear the person of the mighty, an stumblingblock in the way of thy
 Offend not against the multitude of a city, and then thou shalt not
cast thyself down among the people.
 Bind not one sin upon another; for in one thou shalt not be
 Say not, God will look upon the multitude of my oblations, and when I
offer to the most high God, he will accept it.
 Be not fainthearted when thou makest thy prayer, and neglect not to
 Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterness of his soul: for there is
one which humbleth and exalteth.
 Devise not a lie against thy brother; neither do the like to thy
 Use not to make any manner of lie: for the custom thereof is not
 Use not many words in a multitude of elders, and make not much
babbling when thou prayest.
 Hate not laborious work, neither husbandry, which the most High hath
 Number not thyself among the multitude of sinners, but remember that
wrath will not tarry long.
 Humble thyself greatly: for the vengeance of the ungodly is fire and
 Change not a friend for any good by no means; neither a faithful
brother for the gold of Ophir.
 Forego not a wise and good woman: for her grace is above gold.
 Whereas thy servant worketh truly, entreat him not evil. nor the
hireling that bestoweth himself wholly for thee.
 Let thy soul love a good servant, and defraud him not of liberty.
 Hast thou cattle? have an eye to them: and if they be for thy
profit, keep them with thee.
 Hast thou children? instruct them, and bow down their neck from
 Hast thou daughters? have a care of their body, and shew not thyself
cheerful toward them.
 Marry thy daughter, and so shalt thou have performed a weighty
matter: but give her to a man of understanding.
 Hast thou a wife after thy mind? forsake her not: but give not
thyself over to a light woman.
 Honour thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrows
of thy mother.
 Remember that thou wast begotten of them; and how canst thou
recompense them the things that they have done for thee?
 Fear the Lord with all thy soul, and reverence his priests.
 Love him that made thee with all thy strength, and forsake not his
 Fear the Lord, and honor the priest; and give him his portion, as it
is commanded thee; the firstfruits, and the trespass offering, and the gift of
the shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification, and the firstfruits of the
 And stretch thine hand unto the poor, that thy blessing may be
 A gift hath grace in the sight of every man living; and for the dead
detain it not.
 Fail not to be with them that weep, and mourn with them that mourn.
 Be not slow to visit the sick: fir that shall make thee to be
 Whatsoever thou takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt
never do amiss.
 Strive not with a
mighty man' lest thou fall into his hands.
 Be not at variance with a rich man, lest he overweigh thee: for gold
hath destroyed many, and perverted the hearts of kings.
 Strive not with a man that is full of tongue, and heap not wood upon
 Jest not with a rude man, lest thy ancestors be disgraced.
 Reproach not a man that turneth from sin, but remember that we are
all worthy of punishment.
 Dishonour not a man in his old age: for even some of us wax old.
 Rejoice not over thy greatest enemy being dead, but remember that we
 Despise not the discourse of the wise, but acquaint thyself with
their proverbs: for of them thou shalt learn instruction, and how to serve great
men with ease.
 Miss not the discourse of the elders: for they also learned of their
fathers, and of them thou shalt learn understanding, and to give answer as need
 Kindle not the coals of a sinner, lest thou be burnt with the flame
of his fire.
 Rise not up [in anger] at the presence of an injurious person, lest
he lie in wait to entrap thee in thy words
 Lend not unto him that is mightier than thyself; for if thou lendest
him, count it but lost.
 Be not surety above thy power: for if thou be surety, take care to
 Go not to law with a judge; for they will judge for him according to
 Travel not by the way with a bold fellow, lest he become grievous
unto thee: for he will do according to his own will, and thou shalt perish with
him through his folly.
 Strive not with an angry man, and go not with him into a solitary
place: for blood is as nothing in his sight, and where there is no help, he will
 Consult not with a fool; for he cannot keep counsel.
 Do no secret thing before a stranger; for thou knowest not what he
will bring forth.
 Open not thine heart to every man, lest he requite thee with a
 Be not jealous over
the wife of thy bosom, and teach her not an evil lesson against thyself.
 Give not thy soul unto a woman to set her foot upon thy substance.
 Meet not with an harlot, lest thou fall into her snares.
 Use not much the company of a woman that is a singer, lest thou be
taken with her attempts.
 Gaze not on a maid, that thou fall not by those things that are
precious in her.
 Give not thy soul unto harlots, that thou lose not thine inheritance.
 Look not round about thee in the streets of the city, neither wander
thou in the solitary place thereof.
 Turn away thine eye from a beautiful woman, and look not upon
another's beauty; for many have been deceived by the beauty of a woman; for
herewith love is kindled as a fire.
 Sit not at all with another man's wife, nor sit down with her in
thine arms, and spend not thy money with her at the wine; lest thine heart
incline unto her, and so through thy desire thou fall into destruction.
 Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a
new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
 Envy not the glory of a sinner: for thou knowest not what shall be
 Delight not in the thing that the ungodly have pleasure in; but
remember they shall not go unpunished unto their grave.
 Keep thee far from the man that hath power to kill; so shalt thou
not doubt the fear of death: and if thou come unto him, make no fault, lest he
take away thy life presently: remember that thou goest in the midst of snares,
and that thou walkest upon the battlements of the city.
 As near as thou canst, guess at thy neighbour, and consult with the
 Let thy talk be with the wise, and all thy communication in the law
of the most High.
 And let just men eat and drink with thee; and let thy glorying be in
the fear of the Lord.
 For the hand of the artificer the work shall be commended: and the
wise ruler of the people for his speech.
 A man of an ill tongue is dangerous in his city; and he that is rash
in his talk shall be hated.
 A wise judge will
instruct his people; and the government of a prudent man is well ordered.
 As the judge of the people is himself, so are his officers; and what
manner of man the ruler of the city is, such are all they that dwell therein.
 An unwise king destroyeth his people; but through the prudence of
them which are in authority the city shall be inhabited.
 The power of the earth is in the hand of the Lord, and in due time he
will set over it one that is profitable.
 In the hand of God is the prosperity of man: and upon the person of
the scribe shall he lay his honour.
 Bear not hatred to thy neighbour for every wrong; and do nothing at
all by injurious practices.
 Pride is hateful before God and man: and by both doth one commit
 Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and riches got by deceit,
the kingdom is translated from one people to another.
 Why is earth and ashes proud? There is not a more wicked thing than a
covetous man: for such an one setteth his own soul to sale; because while he
liveth he casteth away his bowels.
 The physician cutteth off a long disease; and he that is to day a
king to morrow shall die.
 For when a man is dead, he shall inherit creeping things, beasts,
 The beginning of pride is when one departeth from God, and his heart
is turned away from his Maker.
 For pride is the beginning of sin, and he that hath it shall pour
out abomination: and therefore the Lord brought upon them strange calamities,
and overthrew them utterly.
 The Lord hath cast down the thrones of proud princes, and set up the
meek in their stead.
 The Lord hath plucked up the roots of the proud nations, and planted
the lowly in their place.
 The Lord overthrew countries of the heathen, and destroyed them to
the foundations of the earth.
 He took some of them away, and destroyed them, and hath made their
memorial to cease from the earth.
 Pride was not made for men, nor furious anger for them that are born
of a woman.
 They that fear the Lord are a sure seed, and they that love him an
honourable plant: they that regard not the law are a dishonourable seed; they
that transgress the commandments are a deceivable seed.
 Among brethren he that is chief is honorable; so are they that fear
the Lord in his eyes.
 The fear of the Lord goeth before the obtaining of authority: but
roughness and pride is the losing thereof.
 Whether he be rich, noble, or poor, their glory is the fear of the
 It is not meet to despise the poor man that hath understanding;
neither is it convenient to magnify a sinful man.
 Great men, and judges, and potentates, shall be honoured; yet is
there none of them greater than he that feareth the Lord.
 Unto the servant that is wise shall they that are free do service:
and he that hath knowledge will not grudge when he is reformed.
 Be not overwise in doing thy business; and boast not thyself in the
time of thy distress.
 Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all things, than he
that boasteth himself, and wanteth bread.
 My son, glorify thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according
to the dignity thereof.
 Who will justify him that sinneth against his own soul? and who will
honour him that dishonoureth his own life?
 The poor man is honoured for his skill, and the rich man is honoured
for his riches.
 He that is honoured in poverty, how much more in riches? and he that
is dishonourable in riches, how much more in poverty?
 Wisdom lifteth up the
head of him that is of low degree, and maketh him to sit among great men.
 Commend not a man for his beauty; neither abhor a man for his outward
 The bee is little among such as fly; but her fruit is the chief of
 Boast not of thy clothing and raiment, and exalt not thyself in the
day of honour: for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and his works among men
 Many kings have sat down upon the ground; and one that was never
thought of hath worn the crown.
 Many mighty men have been greatly disgraced; and the honourable
delivered into other men's hands.
 Blame not before thou hast examined the truth: understand first, and
 Answer not before thou hast heard the cause: neither interrupt men in
the midst of their talk.
 Strive not in a matter that concerneth thee not; and sit not in
judgment with sinners.
 My son, meddle not with many matters: for if thou meddle much, thou
shalt not be innocent; and if thou follow after, thou shalt not obtain, neither
shalt thou escape by fleeing.
 There is one that laboureth, and taketh pains, and maketh haste, and
is so much the more behind.
 Again, there is another that is slow, and hath need of help, wanting
ability, and full of poverty; yet the eye of the Lord looked upon him for good,
and set him up from his low estate,
 And lifted up his head from misery; so that many that saw from him
is peace over all the
 Prosperity and adversity, life and death, poverty and riches, come
of the Lord.
 Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the law, are of the Lord:
love, and the way of good works, are from him.
 Error and darkness had their beginning together with sinners: and
evil shall wax old with them that glory therein.
 The gift of the Lord remaineth with the ungodly, and his favour
bringeth prosperity for ever.
 There is that waxeth rich by his wariness and pinching, and this his
the portion of his reward:
 Whereas he saith, I have found rest, and now will eat continually of
my goods; and yet he knoweth not what time shall come upon him, and that he must
leave those things to others, and die.
 Be stedfast in thy covenant, and be conversant therein, and wax old
in thy work.
 Marvel not at the works of sinners; but trust in the Lord, and abide
in thy labour: for it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord on the sudden to
make a poor man rich.
 The blessing of the Lord is in the reward of the godly, and suddenly
he maketh his blessing flourish.
 Say not, What profit is there of my service? and what good things
shall I have hereafter?
 Again, say not, I have enough, and possess many things, and what
evil shall I have hereafter?
 In the day of prosperity there is a forgetfulness of affliction: and
in the day of affliction there is no more remembrance of prosperity.
 For it is an easy thing unto the Lord in the day of death to reward
a man according to his ways.
 The affliction of an hour maketh a man forget pleasure: and in his
end his deeds shall be discovered.
 Judge none blessed before his death: for a man shall be known in his
 Bring not every man into thine house: for the deceitful man hath
 Like as a partridge taken [and kept] in a cage, so is the heart of
the proud; and like as a spy, watcheth he for thy fall:
 For he lieth in wait, and turneth good into evil, and in things
worthy praise will lay blame upon thee.
 Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is kindled: and a sinful man
layeth wait for blood.
 Take heed of a mischievous man, for he worketh wickedness; lest he
bring upon thee a perpetual blot.
 Receive a stranger into thine house, and he will disturb thee, and
turn thee out of thine own.
 When thou wilt do
good know to whom thou doest it; so shalt thou be thanked for thy benefits.
 Do good to the godly man, and thou shalt find a recompence; and if
not from him, yet from the most High.
 There can no good come to him that is always occupied in evil, nor to
him that giveth no alms.
 Give to the godly man, and help not a sinner.
 Do well unto him that is lowly, but give not to the ungodly: hold
back thy bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overmaster thee thereby: for
[else] thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have
done unto him.
 For the most High hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance unto the
ungodly, and keepeth them against the mighty day of their punishment.
 Give unto the good, and help not the sinner.
 A friend cannot be known in prosperity: and an enemy cannot be hidden
 In the prosperity of a man enemies will be grieved: but in his
adversity even a friend will depart.
 Never trust thine enemy: for like as iron rusteth, so is his
 Though he humble himself, and go crouching, yet take good heed and
beware of him, and thou shalt be unto him as if thou hadst wiped a lookingglass,
and thou shalt know that his rust hath not been altogether wiped away.
 Set him not by thee, lest, when he hath overthrown thee, he stand up
in thy place; neither let him sit at thy right hand, lest he seek to take thy
seat, and thou at the last remember my words, and be pricked therewith.
 Who will pity a charmer that is bitten with a serpent, or any such
as come nigh wild beasts?
 So one that goeth to a sinner, and is defiled with him in his sins,
who will pity?
 For a while he will abide with thee, but if thou begin to fall, he
will not tarry.
 An enemy speaketh sweetly with his lips, but in his heart he
imagineth how to throw thee into a pit: he will weep with his eyes, but if he
find opportunity, he will not be satisfied with blood.
 If adversity come upon thee, thou shalt find him there first; and
though he pretend to help thee, yet shall he undermine thee.
 He will shake his head, and clap his hands, and whisper much, and
change his countenance.
 He that toucheth
pitch shall be defiled therewith; and he that hath fellowship with a proud man
shall be like unto him.
 Burden not thyself above thy power while thou livest; and have no
fellowship with one that is mightier and richer than thyself: for how agree the
kettle and the earthen pot together? for if the one be smitten against the
other, it shall be broken.
 The rich man hath done wrong, and yet he threateneth withal: the poor
is wronged, and he must intreat also.
 If thou be for his profit, he will use thee: but if thou have
nothing, he will forsake thee.
 If thou have any thing, he will live with thee: yea, he will make
thee bare, and will not be sorry for it.
 If he have need of thee, he will deceive thee, and smile upon thee,
and put thee in hope; he will speak thee fair, and say, What wantest thou?
 And he will shame thee by his meats, until he have drawn thee dry
twice or thrice, and at the last he will laugh thee to scorn afterward, when he
seeth thee, he will forsake thee, and shake his head at thee.
 Beware that thou be not deceived and brought down in thy jollity.
 If thou be invited of a mighty man, withdraw thyself, and so much the
more will he invite thee.
 Press thou not upon him, lest thou be put back; stand not far off,
lest thou be forgotten.
 Affect not to be made equal unto him in talk, and believe not his
many words: for with much communication will he tempt thee, and smiling upon
thee will get out thy secrets:
 But cruelly he will lay up thy words, and will not spare to do thee
hurt, and to put thee in prison.
 Observe, and take good heed, for thou walkest in peril of thy
overthrowing: when thou hearest these things, awake in thy sleep.
 Love the Lord all thy life, and call upon him for thy salvation.
 Every beast loveth his like, and every man loveth his neighbor.
 All flesh consorteth according to kind, and a man will cleave to his
 What fellowship hath the wolf with the lamb? so the sinner with the
 What agreement is there between the hyena and a dog? and what peace
between the rich and the poor?
 As the wild ass is the lion's prey in the wilderness: so the rich
eat up the poor.
 As the proud hate humility: so doth the rich abhor the poor.
 A rich man beginning to fall is held up of his friends: but a poor
man being down is thrust away by his friends.
 When a rich man is fallen, he hath many helpers: he speaketh things
not to be spoken, and yet men justify him: the poor man slipped, and yet they
rebuked him too; he spake wisely, and could have no place.
 When a rich man speaketh, every man holdeth his tongue, and, look,
what he saith, they extol it to the clouds: but if the poor man speak, they say,
What fellow is this? and if he stumble, they will help to overthrow him.
 Riches are good unto him that hath no sin, and poverty is evil in
the mouth of the ungodly.
 The heart of a man changeth his countenance, whether it be for good
or evil: and a merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.
 A cheerful countenance is a token of a heart that is in prosperity;
and the finding out of parables is a wearisome labour of the mind.
 Blessed is the man
that hath not slipped with his mouth, and is not pricked with the multitude of
 Blessed is he whose conscience hath not condemned him, and who is not
fallen from his hope in the Lord.
 Riches are not comely for a niggard: and what should an envious man
do with money?
 He that gathereth by defrauding his own soul gathereth for others,
that shall spend his goods riotously.
 He that is evil to himself, to whom will he be good? he shall not
take pleasure in his goods.
 There is none worse than he that envieth himself; and this is a
recompence of his wickedness.
 And if he doeth good, he doeth it unwillingly; and at the last he
will declare his wickedness.
 The envious man hath a wicked eye; he turneth away his face, and
 A covetous man's eye is not satisfied with his portion; and the
iniquity of the wicked drieth up his soul.
 A wicked eye envieth [his] bread, and he is a niggard at his table.
 My son, according to thy ability do good to thyself, and give the
Lord his due offering.
 Remember that death will not be long in coming, and that the
covenant of the grave is not shewed unto thee.
 Do good unto thy friend before thou die, and according to thy
ability stretch out thy hand and give to him.
 Defraud not thyself of the good day, and let not the part of a good
desire overpass thee.
 Shalt thou not leave thy travails unto another? and thy labours to
be divided by lot?
 Give, and take, and sanctify thy soul; for there is no seeking of
dainties in the grave.
 All flesh waxeth old as a garment: for the covenant from the
beginning is, Thou shalt die the death.
 As of the green leaves on a thick tree, some fall, and some grow; so
is the generation of flesh and blood, one cometh to an end, and another is born.
 Every work rotteth and consumeth away, and the worker thereof shall
 Blessed is the man that doth meditate good things in wisdom, and
that reasoneth of holy things by his understanding. ing.
 He that considereth her ways in his heart shall also have
understanding in her secrets.
 Go after her as one that traceth, and lie in wait in her ways.
 He that prieth in at her windows shall also hearken at her doors.
 He that doth lodge near her house shall also fasten a pin in her
 He shall pitch his tent nigh unto her, and shall lodge in a lodging
where good things are.
 He shall set his children under her shelter, and shall lodge under
 By her he shall be covered from heat, and in her glory shall he
 He that feareth the
Lord will do good, and he that hath the knowledge of the law shall obtain her.
 And as a mother shall she meet him, and receive him as a wife married
of a virgin.
 With the bread of understanding shall she feed him, and give him the
water of wisdom to drink.
 He shall be stayed upon her, and shall not be moved; and shall rely
upon her, and shall not be confounded.
 She shall exalt him above his neighbours, and in the midst of the
congregation shall she open his mouth.
 He shall find joy and a crown of gladness, and she shall cause him to
inherit an everlasting name.
 But foolish men shall not attain unto her, and sinners shall not see
 For she is far from pride, and men that are liars cannot remember
 Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner, for it was not sent
him of the Lord.
 For praise shall be uttered in wisdom, and the Lord will prosper it.
 Say not thou, It is through the Lord that I fell away: for thou
oughtest not to do the things that he hateth.
 Say not thou, He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of the
 The Lord hateth all abomination; and they that fear God love it not.
 He himself made man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of
 If thou wilt, to keep the commandments, and to perform acceptable
 He hath set fire and water before thee: stretch forth thy hand unto
whether thou wilt.
 Before man is life and death; and whether him liketh shall be given
 For the wisdom of the Lord is great, and he is mighty in power, and
beholdeth all things:
 And his eyes are upon them that fear him, and he knoweth every work
 He hath commanded no man to do wickedly, neither hath he given any
man licence to sin.
 Desire not a
multitude of unprofitable children, neither delight in ungodly sons.
 Though they multiply, rejoice not in them, except the fear of the
Lord be with them.
 Trust not thou in their life, neither respect their multitude: for
one that is just is better than a thousand; and better it is to die without
children, than to have them that are ungodly.
 For by one that hath understanding shall the city be replenished: but
the kindred of the wicked shall speedily become desolate.
 Many such things have I seen with mine eyes, and mine ear hath heard
greater things than these.
 In the congregation of the ungodly shall a fire be kindled; and in a
rebellious nation wrath is set on fire.
 He was not pacified toward the old giants, who fell away in the
strength of their foolishness.
 Neither spared he the place where Lot sojourned, but abhorred them
for their pride.
 He pitied not the people of perdition, who were taken away in their
 Nor the six hundred thousand footmen, who were gathered together in
the hardness of their hearts.
 And if there be one stiffnecked among the people, it is marvel if he
escape unpunished: for mercy and wrath are with him; he is mighty to forgive,
and to pour out displeasure.
 As his mercy is great, so is his correction also: he judgeth a man
according to his works
 The sinner shall not escape with his spoils: and the patience of the
godly shall not be frustrate.
 Make way for every work of mercy: for every man shall find according
to his works.
 The Lord hardened Pharaoh, that he should not know him, that his
powerful works might be known to the world.
 His mercy is manifest to every creature; and he hath separated his
light from the darkness with an adamant.
 Say not thou, I will hide myself from the Lord: shall any remember
me from above? I shall not be remembered among so many people: for what is my
soul among such an infinite number of creatures?
 Behold, the heaven, and the heaven of heavens, the deep, and the
earth, and all that therein is, shall be moved when he shall visit.
 The mountains also and foundations of the earth be shaken with
trembling, when the Lord looketh upon them.
 No heart can think upon these things worthily: and who is able to
conceive his ways?
 It is a tempest which no man can see: for the most part of his works
 Who can declare the works of his justice? or who can endure them?
for his covenant is afar off, and the trial of all things is in the end.
 He that wanteth understanding will think upon vain things: and a
foolish man erring imagineth follies.
 by son, hearken unto me, and learn knowledge, and mark my words with
 I will shew forth doctrine in weight, and declare his knowledge
 The works of the Lord are done in judgment from the beginning: and
from the time he made them he disposed the parts thereof.
 He garnished his works for ever, and in his hand are the chief of
them unto all generations: they neither labour, nor are weary, nor cease from
 None of them hindereth another, and they shall never disobey his
 After this the Lord looked upon the earth, and filled it with his
 With all manner of living things hath he covered the face thereof;
and they shall return into it again.
 The Lord created man
of the earth, and turned him into it again.
 He gave them few days, and a short time, and power also over the
 He endued them with strength by themselves, and made them according
to his image,
 And put the fear of man upon all flesh, and gave him dominion over
beasts and fowls.
 They received the use of the five operations of the Lord, and in the
sixth place he imparted them understanding, and in the seventh speech, an
interpreter of the cogitations thereof.]
 Counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, ears, and a heart, gave he them to
 Withal he filled them with the knowledge of understanding, and shewed
them good and evil.
 He set his eye upon their hearts, that he might shew them the
greatness of his works.
 He gave them to glory in his marvellous acts for ever, that they
might declare his works with understanding.
 And the elect shall praise his holy name.
 Beside this he gave them knowledge, and the law of life for an
 He made an everlasting covenant with them, and shewed them his
 Their eyes saw the majesty of his glory, and their ears heard his
 And he said unto them, Beware of all unrighteousness; and he gave
every man commandment concerning his neighbour.
 Their ways are ever before him, and shall not be hid from his eyes.
 Every man from his youth is given to evil; neither could they make
to themselves fleshy hearts for stony.
 For in the division of the nations of the whole earth he set a ruler
over every people; but Israel is the Lord's portion:
 Whom, being his firstborn, he nourisheth with discipline, and giving
him the light of his love doth not forsake him.
 Therefore all their works are as the sun before him, and his eyes
are continually upon their ways.
 None of their unrighteous deeds are hid from him, but all their sins
are before the Lord
 But the Lord being gracious and knowing his workmanship, neither
left nor forsook them, but spared them.
 The alms of a man is as a signet with him, and he will keep the good
deeds of man as the apple of the eye, and give repentance to his sons and
 Afterwards he will rise up and reward them, and render their
recompence upon their heads.
 But unto them that repent, he granted them return, and comforted
those that failed in patience.
 Return unto the Lord, and forsake thy sins, make thy prayer before
his face, and offend less.
 Turn again to the most High, and turn away from iniquity: for he
will lead thee out of darkness into the light of health, and hate thou
 Who shall praise the most High in the grave, instead of them which
live and give thanks?
 Thanksgiving perisheth from the dead, as from one that is not: the
living and sound in heart shall praise the Lord.
 How great is the lovingkindness of the Lord our God, and his
compassion unto such as turn unto him in holiness!
 For all things cannot be in men, because the son of man is not
 What is brighter than the sun? yet the light thereof faileth; and
flesh and blood will imagine evil.
 He vieweth the power of the height of heaven; and all men are but
earth and ashes.
 He that liveth for
ever Hath created all things in general.
 The Lord only is righteous, and there is none other but he,
 Who governeth the world with the palm of his hand, and all things
obey his will: for he is the King of all, by his power dividing holy things
among them from profane.
 To whom hath he given power to declare his works? and who shall find
out his noble acts?
 Who shall number the strength of his majesty? and who shall also tell
out his mercies?
 As for the wondrous works of the Lord, there may nothing be taken
from them, neither may any thing be put unto them, neither can the ground of
them be found out.
 When a man hath done, then he beginneth; and when he leaveth off,
then he shall be doubtful.
 What is man, and whereto serveth he? what is his good, and what is
 The number of a man's days at the most are an hundred years.
 As a drop of water unto the sea, and a gravelstone in comparison of
the sand; so are a thousand years to the days of eternity.
 Therefore is God patient with them, and poureth forth his mercy upon
 He saw and perceived their end to be evil; therefore he multiplied
 The mercy of man is toward his neighbour; but the mercy of the Lord
is upon all flesh: he reproveth, and nurtureth, and teacheth and bringeth again,
as a shepherd his flock.
 He hath mercy on them that receive discipline, and that diligently
seek after his judgments.
 My son, blemish not thy good deeds, neither use uncomfortable words
when thou givest any thing.
 Shall not the dew asswage the heat? so is a word better than a gift.
 Lo, is not a word better than a gift? but both are with a gracious
 A fool will upbraid churlishly, and a gift of the envious consumeth
 Learn before thou speak, and use physick or ever thou be sick.
 Before judgment examine thyself, and in the day of visitation thou
shalt find mercy.
 Humble thyself before thou be sick, and in the time of sins shew
 Let nothing hinder thee to pay thy vow in due time, and defer not
until death to be justified.
 Before thou prayest, prepare thyself; and be not as one that
tempteth the Lord.
 Think upon the wrath that shall be at the end, and the time of
vengeance, when he shall turn away his face.
 When thou hast enough, remember the time of hunger: and when thou
art rich, think upon poverty and need.
 From the morning until the evening the time is changed, and all
things are soon done before the Lord.
 A wise man will fear in every thing, and in the day of sinning he
will beware of offence: but a fool will not observe time.
 Every man of understanding knoweth wisdom, and will give praise unto
him that found her.
 They that were of understanding in sayings became also wise
themselves, and poured forth exquisite parables.
 Go not after thy lusts, but refrain thyself from thine appetites.
 If thou givest thy soul the desires that please her, she will make
thee a laughingstock to thine enemies that malign thee.
 Take not pleasure in much good cheer, neither be tied to the expence
 Be not made a beggar by banqueting upon borrowing, when thou hast
nothing in thy purse: for thou shalt lie in wait for thine own life, and be
 A labouring man that
A is given to drunkenness shall not be rich: and he that contemneth small things
shall fall by little and little.
 Wine and women will make men of understanding to fall away: and he
that cleaveth to harlots will become impudent.
 Moths and worms shall have him to heritage, and a bold man shall be
 He that is hasty to give credit is lightminded; and he that sinneth
shall offend against his own soul.
 Whoso taketh pleasure in wickedness shall be condemned: but he that
resisteth pleasures crowneth his life.
 He that can rule his tongue shall live without strife; and he that
hateth babbling shall have less evil.
 Rehearse not unto another that which is told unto thee, and thou
shalt fare never the worse.
 Whether it be to friend or foe, talk not of other men's lives; and if
thou canst without offence, reveal them not.
 For he heard and observed thee, and when time cometh he will hate
 If thou hast heard a word, let it die with thee; and be bold, it
will not burst thee.
 A fool travaileth with a word, as a woman in labour of a child.
 As an arrow that sticketh in a man's thigh, so is a word within a
 Admonish a friend, it may be he hath not done it: and if he have
done it, that he do it no more.
 Admonish thy friend, it may be he hath not said it: and if he have,
that he speak it not again.
 Admonish a friend: for many times it is a slander, and believe not
 There is one that slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart;
and who is he that hath not offended with his tongue?
 Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him; and not being
angry, give place to the law of the most High.
 The fear of the Lord is the first step to be accepted [of him,] and
wisdom obtaineth his love.
 The knowledge of the commandments of the Lord is the doctrine of
life: and they that do things that please him shall receive the fruit of the
tree of immortality.
 The fear of the Lord is all wisdom; and in all wisdom is the
performance of the law, and the knowledge of his omnipotency.
 If a servant say to his master, I will not do as it pleaseth thee;
though afterward he do it, he angereth him that nourisheth him.
 The knowledge of wickedness is not wisdom, neither at any time the
counsel of sinners prudence.
 There is a wickedness, and the same an abomination; and there is a
fool wanting in wisdom.
 He that hath small understanding, and feareth God, is better than
one that hath much wisdom, and transgresseth the law of the most High.
 There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is unjust; and there is
one that turneth aside to make judgment appear; and there is a wise man that
justifieth in judgment.
 There is a wicked man that hangeth down his head sadly; but inwardly
he is full of deceit,
 Casting down his countenance, and making as if he heard not: where
he is not known, he will do thee a mischief before thou be aware.
 And if for want of power he be hindered from sinning, yet when he
findeth opportunity he will do evil.
 A man may be known by his look, and one that hath understanding by
his countenance, when thou meetest him.
 A man's attire, and excessive laughter, and gait, shew what he is.
 There is a reproof
that is not comely: again, some man holdeth his tongue, and he is wise.
 It is much better to reprove, than to be angry secretly: and he that
confesseth his fault shall be preserved from hurt.
 How good is it, when thou art reproved, to shew repentance! for so
shalt thou escape wilful sin.
 As is the lust of an eunuch to deflower a virgin; so is he that
executeth judgment with violence.
 There is one that keepeth silence, and is found wise: and another by
much babbling becometh hateful.
 Some man holdeth his tongue, because he hath not to answer: and some
keepeth silence, knowing his time.
 A wise man will hold his tongue till he see opportunity: but a
babbler and a fool will regard no time.
 He that useth many words shall be abhorred; and he that taketh to
himself authority therein shall be hated.
 There is a sinner that hath good success in evil things; and there is
a gain that turneth to loss.
 There is a gift that shall not profit thee; and there is a gift
whose recompence is double.
 There is an abasement because of glory; and there is that lifteth up
his head from a low estate.
 There is that buyeth much for a little, and repayeth it sevenfold.
 A wise man by his words maketh him beloved: but the graces of fools
shall be poured out.
 The gift of a fool shall do thee no good when thou hast it; neither
yet of the envious for his necessity: for he looketh to receive many things for
 He giveth little, and upbraideth much; he openeth his mouth like a
crier; to day he lendeth, and to morrow will he ask it again: such an one is to
be hated of God and man.
 The fool saith, I have no friends, I have no thank for all my good
deeds, and they that eat my bread speak evil of me.
 How oft, and of how many shall he be laughed to scorn! for he
knoweth not aright what it is to have; and it is all one unto him as if he had
 To slip upon a pavement is better than to slip with the tongue: so
the fall of the wicked shall come speedily.
 An unseasonable tale will always be in the mouth of the unwise.
 A wise sentence shall be rejected when it cometh out of a fool's
mouth; for he will not speak it in due season.
 There is that is hindered from sinning through want: and when he
taketh rest, he shall not be troubled.
 There is that destroyeth his own soul through bashfulness, and by
accepting of persons overthroweth himself.
 There is that for bashfulness promiseth to his friend, and maketh
him his enemy for nothing.
 A lie is a foul blot in a man, yet it is continually in the mouth of
 A thief is better than a man that is accustomed to lie: but they
both shall have destruction to heritage.
 The disposition of a liar is dishonourable, and his shame is ever
 A wise man shall promote himself to honour with his words: and he
that hath understanding will please great men.
 He that tilleth his land shall increase his heap: and he that
pleaseth great men shall get pardon for iniquity.
 Presents and gifts blind the eyes of the wise, and stop up his mouth
that he cannot reprove.
 Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is hoarded up, what profit is
in them both?
 Better is he that hideth his folly than a man that hideth his
 Necessary patience in seeking ing the Lord is better than he that
leadeth his life without a guide.
 My son, hast thou
sinned? do so no more, but ask pardon for thy former sins.
 Flee from sin as from the face of a serpent: for if thou comest too
near it, it will bite thee: the teeth thereof are as the teeth of a lion,
slaying the souls of men.
 All iniquity is as a two edged sword, the wounds whereof cannot be
 To terrify and do wrong will waste riches: thus the house of proud
men shall be made desolate.
 A prayer out of a poor man's mouth reacheth to the ears of God, and
his judgment cometh speedily.
 He that hateth to be reproved is in the way of sinners: but he that
feareth the Lord will repent from his heart.
 An eloquent man is known far and near; but a man of understanding
knoweth when he slippeth.
 He that buildeth his house with other men's money is like one that
gathereth himself stones for the tomb of his burial.
 The congregation of the wicked is like tow wrapped together: and the
end of them is a flame of fire to destroy them.
 The way of sinners is made plain with stones, but at the end thereof
is the pit of hell.
 He that keepeth the law of the Lord getteth the understanding
thereof: and the perfection of the fear of the Lord is wisdom.
 He that is not wise will not be taught: but there is a wisdom which
 The knowledge of a wise man shall abound like a flood: and his
counsel is like a pure fountain of life.
 The inner parts of a fool are like a broken vessel, and he will hold
no knowledge as long as he liveth.
 If a skilful man hear a wise word, he will commend it, and add unto
it: but as soon as one of no understanding heareth it, it displeaseth him, and
he casteth it behind his back.
 The talking of a fool is like a burden in the way: but grace shall
be found in the lips of the wise.
 They enquire at the mouth of the wise man in the congregation, and
they shall ponder his words in their heart.
 As is a house that is destroyed, so is wisdom to a fool: and the
knowledge of the unwise is as talk without sense.
 Doctrine unto fools is as fetters on the feet, and like manacles on
the right hand.
 A fool lifteth up his voice with laughter; but a wise man doth
scarce smile a little.
 Learning is unto a wise man as an ornament of gold, and like a
bracelet upon his right arm.
 A foolish man's foot is soon in his [neighbour's] house: but a man
of experience is ashamed of him.
 A fool will peep in at the door into the house: but he that is well
nurtured will stand without.
 It is the rudeness of a man to hearken at the door: but a wise man
will be grieved with the disgrace.
 The lips of talkers will be telling such things as pertain not unto
them: but the words of such as have understanding are weighed in the balance.
 The heart of fools is in their mouth: but the mouth of the wise is
in their heart.
 When the ungodly curseth Satan, he curseth his own soul.
 A whisperer defileth his own soul, and is hated wheresoever he
 A slothful man is
compared to a filthy stone, and every one will hiss him out to his disgrace.
 A slothful man is compared to the filth of a dunghill: every man that
takes it up will shake his hand.
 An evilnurtured man is the dishonour of his father that begat him:
and a [foolish] daughter is born to his loss.
 A wise daughter shall bring an inheritance to her husband: but she
that liveth dishonestly is her father's heaviness.
 She that is bold dishonoureth both her father and her husband, but
they both shall despise her.
 A tale out of season [is as] musick in mourning: but stripes and
correction of wisdom are never out of time.
 Whoso teacheth a fool is as one that glueth a potsherd together, and
as he that waketh one from a sound sleep.
 He that telleth a tale to a fool speaketh to one in a slumber: when
he hath told his tale, he will say, What is the matter?
 If children live honestly, and have wherewithal, they shall cover the
baseness of their parents.
 But children, being haughty, through disdain and want of nurture do
stain the nobility of their kindred.
 Weep for the dead, for he hath lost the light: and weep for the
fool, for he wanteth understanding: make little weeping for the dead, for he is
at rest: but the life of the fool is worse than death.
 Seven days do men mourn for him that is dead; but for a fool and an
ungodly man all the days of his life.
 Talk not much with a fool, and go not to him that hath no
understanding: beware of him, lest thou have trouble, and thou shalt never be
defiled with his fooleries: depart from him, and thou shalt find rest, and never
be disquieted with madness.
 What is heavier than lead? and what is the name thereof, but a fool?
 Sand, and salt, and a mass of iron, is easier to bear, than a man
 As timber girt and bound together in a building cannot be loosed
with shaking: so the heart that is stablished by advised counsel shall fear at
 A heart settled upon a thought of understanding is as a fair
plaistering on the wall of a gallery.
 Pales set on an high place will never stand against the wind: so a
fearful heart in the imagination of a fool cannot stand against any fear.
 He that pricketh the eye will make tears to fall: and he that
pricketh the heart maketh it to shew her knowledge.
 Whoso casteth a stone at the birds frayeth them away: and he that
upbraideth his friend breaketh friendship.
 Though thou drewest a sword at thy friend, yet despair not: for
there may be a returning [to favour.]
 If thou hast opened thy mouth against thy friend, fear not; for
there may be a reconciliation: except for upbraiding, or pride, or disclosing of
secrets, or a treacherous wound: for for these things every friend will depart.
 Be faithful to thy neighbour in his poverty, that thou mayest
rejoice in his prosperity: abide stedfast unto him in the time of his trouble,
that thou mayest be heir with him in his heritage: for a mean estate is not
always to be contemned: nor the rich that is foolish to be had in admiration.
 As the vapour and smoke of a furnace goeth before the fire; so
reviling before blood.
 I will not be ashamed to defend a friend; neither will I hide myself
 And if any evil happen unto me by him, every one that heareth it
will beware of him.
 Who shall set a watch before my mouth, and a seal of wisdom upon my
lips, that I fall not suddenly by them, and that my tongue destroy me not?
 O Lord, Father and
Governor of all my whole life, leave me not to their counsels, and let me not
fall by them.
 Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom
over mine heart? that they spare me not for mine ignorances, and it pass not by
 Lest mine ignorances increase, and my sins abound to my destruction,
and I fall before mine adversaries, and mine enemy rejoice over me, whose hope
is far from thy mercy.
 O Lord, Father and God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn
away from thy servants always a haughty mind.
 Turn away from me vain hopes and concupiscence, and thou shalt hold
him up that is desirous always to serve thee.
 Let not the greediness of the belly nor lust of the flesh take hold
of me; and give not over me thy servant into an impudent mind.
 Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth: he that keepeth it
shall never be taken in his lips.
 The sinner shall be left in his foolishness: both the evil speaker
and the proud shall fall thereby.
 Accustom not thy mouth to swearing; neither use thyself to the naming
of the Holy One.
 For as a servant that is continually beaten shall not be without a
blue mark: so he that sweareth and nameth God continually shall not be
 A man that useth much swearing shall be filled with iniquity, and
the plague shall never depart from his house: if he shall offend, his sin shall
be upon him: and if he acknowledge not his sin, he maketh a double offence: and
if he swear in vain, he shall not be innocent, but his house shall be full of
 There is a word that is clothed about with death: God grant that it
be not found in the heritage of Jacob; for all such things shall be far from the
godly, and they shall not wallow in their sins.
 Use not thy mouth to intemperate swearing, for therein is the word
 Remember thy father and thy mother, when thou sittest among great
men. Be not forgetful before them, and so thou by thy custom become a fool, and
wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse they day of thy nativity.
 The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words will never be
reformed all the days of his life.
 Two sorts of men multiply sin, and the third will bring wrath: a hot
mind is as a burning fire, it will never be quenched till it be consumed: a
fornicator in the body of his flesh will never cease till he hath kindled a
 All bread is sweet to a whoremonger, he will not leave off till he
 A man that breaketh wedlock, saying thus in his heart, Who seeth me?
I am compassed about with darkness, the walls cover me, and no body seeth me;
what need I to fear? the most High will not remember my sins:
 Such a man only feareth the eyes of men, and knoweth not that the
eyes of the Lord are ten thousand times brighter than the sun, beholding all the
ways of men, and considering the most secret parts.
 He knew all things ere ever they were created; so also after they
were perfected he looked upon them all.
 This man shall be punished in the streets of the city, and where he
suspecteth not he shall be taken.
 Thus shall it go also with the wife that leaveth her husband, and
bringeth in an heir by another.
 For first, she hath disobeyed the law of the most High; and
secondly, she hath trespassed against her own husband; and thirdly, she hath
played the whore in adultery, and brought children by another man.
 She shall be brought out into the congregation, and inquisition
shall be made of her children.
 Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth
 She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her reproach shall not
be blotted out.
 And they that remain shall know that there is nothing better than
the fear of the Lord, and that there is nothing sweeter than to take heed unto
the commandments of the Lord.
 It is great glory to follow the Lord, and to be received of him is
 Wisdom shall praise
herself, and shall glory in the midst of her people.
 In the congregation of the most High shall she open her mouth, and
triumph before his power.
 I came out of the mouth of the most High, and covered the earth as a
 I dwelt in high places, and my throne is in a cloudy pillar.
 I alone compassed the circuit of heaven, and walked in the bottom of
 In the waves of the sea and in all the earth, and in every people and
nation, I got a possession.
 With all these I sought rest: and in whose inheritance shall I abide?
 So the Creator of all things gave me a commandment, and he that made
me caused my tabernacle to rest, and said, Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and
thine inheritance in Israel.
 He created me from the beginning before the world, and I shall never
 In the holy tabernacle I served before him; and so was I established
 Likewise in the beloved city he gave me rest, and in Jerusalem was
 And I took root in an honourable people, even in the portion of the
 I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and as a cypress tree upon
the mountains of Hermon.
 I was exalted like a palm tree in En-gaddi, and as a rose plant in
Jericho, as a fair olive tree in a pleasant field, and grew up as a plane tree
by the water.
 I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aspalathus, and I yielded a
pleasant odour like the best myrrh, as galbanum, and onyx, and sweet storax, and
as the fume of frankincense in the tabernacle.
 As the turpentine tree I stretched out my branches, and my branches
are the branches of honour and grace.
 As the vine brought I forth pleasant savour, and my flowers are the
fruit of honour and riches.
 I am the mother of fair love, and fear, and knowledge, and holy
hope: I therefore, being eternal, am given to all my children which are named of
 Come unto me, all ye that be desirous of me, and fill yourselves
with my fruits.
 For my memorial is sweeter than honey, and mine inheritance than the
 They that eat me shall yet be hungry, and they that drink me shall
yet be thirsty.
 He that obeyeth me shall never be confounded, and they that work by
me shall not do amiss.
 All these things are the book of the covenant of the most high God,
even the law which Moses commanded for an heritage unto the congregations of
 Faint not to be strong in the Lord; that he may confirm you, cleave
unto him: for the Lord Almighty is God alone, and beside him there is no other
 He filleth all things with his wisdom, as Phison and as Tigris in
the time of the new fruits.
 He maketh the understanding to abound like Euphrates, and as Jordan
in the time of the harvest.
 He maketh the doctrine of knowledge appear as the light, and as Geon
in the time of vintage.
 The first man knew her not perfectly: no more shall the last find
 For her thoughts are more than the sea, and her counsels profounder
than the great deep.
 I also came out as a brook from a river, and as a conduit into a
 I said, I will water my best garden, and will water abundantly my
garden bed: and, lo, my brook became a river, and my river became a sea.
 I will yet make doctrine to shine as the morning, and will send
forth her light afar off.
 I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and leave it to all ages
 Behold that I have not laboured for myself only, but for all them
that seek wisdom.
 In three things I was
beautified, and stood up beautiful both before God and men: the unity of
brethren, the love of neighbours, a man and a wife that agree together.
 Three sorts of men my soul hateth, and I am greatly offended at their
life: a poor man that is proud, a rich man that is a liar, and an old adulterer
 If thou hast gathered nothing in thy youth, how canst thou find any
thing in thine age?
 O how comely a thing is judgment for gray hairs, and for ancient men
to know counsel!
 O how comely is the wisdom of old men, and understanding and counsel
to men of honour.
 Much experience is the crown of old men, and the fear of God is their
 There be nine things which I have judged in mine heart to be happy,
and the tenth I will utter with my tongue: A man that hath joy of his children;
and he that liveth to see the fall of his enemy:
 Well is him that dwelleth with a wife of understanding, and that hath
not slipped with his tongue, and that hath not served a man more unworthy than
 Well is him that hath found prudence, and he that speaketh in the
ears of them that will hear:
 O how great is he that findeth wisdom! yet is there none above him
that feareth the Lord.
 But the love of the Lord passeth all things for illumination: he
that holdeth it, whereto shall he be likened?
 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of his love: and faith is the
beginning of cleaving unto him.
 [Give me] any plague, but the plague of the heart: and any
wickedness, but the wickedness of a woman:
 And any affliction, but the affliction from them that hate me: and
any revenge, but the revenge of enemies.
 There is no head above the head of a serpent; and there is no wrath
above the wrath of an enemy.
 I had rather dwell with a lion and a dragon, than to keep house with
a wicked woman.
 The wickedness of a woman changeth her face, and darkeneth her
countenance like sackcloth.
 Her husband shall sit among his neighbours; and when he heareth it
shall sigh bitterly.
 All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman: let the
portion of a sinner fall upon her.
 As the climbing up a sandy way is to the feet of the aged, so is a
wife full of words to a quiet man.
 Stumble not at the beauty of a woman, and desire her not for
 A woman, if she maintain her husband, is full of anger, impudence,
and much reproach.
 A wicked woman abateth the courage, maketh an heavy countenance and
a wounded heart: a woman that will not comfort her husband in distress maketh
weak hands and feeble knees.
 Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die.
 Give the water no passage; neither a wicked woman liberty to gad
 If she go not as thou wouldest have her, cut her off from thy flesh,
and give her a bill of divorce, and let her go.
 Blessed is the man
that hath a virtuous wife, for the number of his days shall be double.
 A virtuous woman rejoiceth her husband, and he shall fulfil the years
of his life in peace.
 A good wife is a good portion, which shall be given in the portion of
them that fear the Lord.
 Whether a man be rich or poor, if he have a good heart toward the
Lord, he shall at all times rejoice with a cheerful countenance.
 There be three things that mine heart feareth; and for the fourth I
was sore afraid: the slander of a city, the gathering together of an unruly
multitude, and a false accusation: all these are worse than death.
 But a grief of heart and sorrow is a woman that is jealous over
another woman, and a scourge of the tongue which communicateth with all.
 An evil wife is a yoke shaken to and fro: he that hath hold of her is
as though he held a scorpion.
 A drunken woman and a gadder abroad causeth great anger, and she will
not cover her own shame.
 The whoredom of a woman may be known in her haughty looks and
 If thy daughter be shameless, keep her in straitly, lest she abuse
herself through overmuch liberty.
 Watch over an impudent eye: and marvel not if she trespass against
 She will open her mouth, as a thirsty traveller when he hath found a
fountain, and drink of every water near her: by every hedge will she sit down,
and open her quiver against every arrow.
 The grace of a wife delighteth her husband, and her discretion will
fatten his bones.
 A silent and loving woman is a gift of the Lord; and there is
nothing so much worth as a mind well instructed.
 A shamefaced and faithful woman is a double grace, and her continent
mind cannot be valued.
 As the sun when it ariseth in the high heaven; so is the beauty of a
good wife in the ordering of her house.
 As the clear light is upon the holy candlestick; so is the beauty of
the face in ripe age.
 As the golden pillars are upon the sockets of silver; so are the
fair feet with a constant heart.
 My son, keep the flower of thine age sound; and give not thy
strength to strangers.
 When thou hast gotten a fruitful possession through all the field,
sow it with thine own seed, trusting in the goodness of thy stock.
 So thy race which thou leavest shall be magnified, having the
confidence of their good descent.
 An harlot shall be accounted as spittle; but a married woman is a
tower against death to her husband.
 A wicked woman is given as a portion to a wicked man: but a godly
woman is given to him that feareth the Lord.
 A dishonest woman contemneth shame: but an honest woman will
reverence her husband.
 A shameless woman shall be counted as a dog; but she that is
shamefaced will fear the Lord.
 A woman that honoureth her husband shall be judged wise of all; but
she that dishonoureth him in her pride shall be counted ungodly of all.
 A loud crying woman and a scold shall be sought out to drive away
 There be two things that grieve my heart; and the third maketh me
angry: a man of war that suffereth poverty; and men of understanding that are
not set by; and one that returneth from righteousness to sin; the Lord prepareth
such an one for the sword.
 A merchant shall hardly keep himself from doing wrong; and an
huckster shall not be freed from sin.
 Many have sinned for
a small matter; and he that seeketh for abundance will turn his eyes away.
 As a nail sticketh fast between the joinings of the stones; so doth
sin stick close between buying and selling.
 Unless a man hold himself diligently in the fear of the Lord, his
house shall soon be overthrown.
 As when one sifteth with a sieve, the refuse remaineth; so the filth
of man in his talk.
 The furnace proveth the potter's vessels; so the trial of man is in
 The fruit declareth if the tree have been dressed; so is the
utterance of a conceit in the heart of man.
 Praise no man before thou hearest him speak; for this is the trial of
 If thou followest righteousness, thou shalt obtain her, and put her
on, as a glorious long robe.
 The birds will resort unto their like; so will truth return unto them
that practise in her.
 As the lion lieth in wait for the prey; so sin for them that work
 The discourse of a godly man is always with wisdom; but a fool
changeth as the moon.
 If thou be among the indiscreet, observe the time; but be
continually among men of understanding.
 The discourse of fools is irksome, and their sport is the wantonness
 The talk of him that sweareth much maketh the hair stand upright;
and their brawls make one stop his ears.
 The strife of the proud is bloodshedding, and their revilings are
grievous to the ear.
 Whoso discovereth secrets loseth his credit; and shall never find
friend to his mind.
 Love thy friend, and be faithful unto him: but if thou betrayest his
secrets, follow no more after him.
 For as a man hath destroyed his enemy; so hast thou lost the love of
 As one that letteth a bird go out of his hand, so hast thou let thy
neighbour go, and shalt not get him again
 Follow after him no more, for he is too far off; he is as a roe
escaped out of the snare.
 As for a wound, it may be bound up; and after reviling there may be
reconcilement: but he that betrayeth secrets is without hope.
 He that winketh with the eyes worketh evil: and he that knoweth him
will depart from him.
 When thou art present, he will speak sweetly, and will admire thy
words: but at the last he will writhe his mouth, and slander thy sayings.
 I have hated many things, but nothing like him; for the Lord will
 Whoso casteth a stone on high casteth it on his own head; and a
deceitful stroke shall make wounds.
 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that setteth a trap
shall be taken therein.
 He that worketh mischief, it shall fall upon him, and he shall not
know whence it cometh.
 Mockery and reproach are from the proud; but vengeance, as a lion,
shall lie in wait for them.
 They that rejoice at the fall of the righteous shall be taken in the
snare; and anguish shall consume them before they die.
 Malice and wrath, even these are abominations; and the sinful man
shall have them both.
 He that revengeth
shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins [in
 Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so shall
thy sins also be forgiven when thou prayest.
 One man beareth hatred against another, and doth he seek pardon from
 He sheweth no mercy to a man, which is like himself: and doth he ask
forgiveness of his own sins?
 If he that is but flesh nourish hatred, who will intreat for pardon
of his sins?
 Remember thy end, and let enmity cease; [remember] corruption and
death, and abide in the commandments.
 Remember the commandments, and bear no malice to thy neighbour:
[remember] the covenant of the Highest, and wink at ignorance.
 Abstain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins: for a furious
man will kindle strife,
 A sinful man disquieteth friends, and maketh debate among them that
be at peace.
 As the matter of the fire is, so it burneth: and as a man's strength
is, so is his wrath; and according to his riches his anger riseth; and the
stronger they are which contend, the more they will be inflamed.
 An hasty contention kindleth a fire: and an hasty fighting sheddeth
 If thou blow the spark, it shall burn: if thou spit upon it, it
shall be quenched: and both these come out of thy mouth.
 Curse the whisperer and doubletongued: for such have destroyed many
that were at peace.
 A backbiting tongue hath disquieted many, and driven them from
nation to nation: strong cities hath it pulled down, and overthrown the houses
of great men.
 A backbiting tongue hath cast out virtuous women, and deprived them
of their labours.
 Whoso hearkeneth unto it shall never find rest, and never dwell
 The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of
the tongue breaketh the bones.
 Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have
fallen by the tongue.
 Well is he that is defended through the venom thereof; who hath not
drawn the yoke thereof, nor hath been bound in her bands.
 For the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are
bands of brass.
 The death thereof is an evil death, the grave were better than it.
 It shall not have rule over them that fear God, neither shall they
be burned with the flame thereof.
 Such as forsake the Lord shall fall into it; and it shall burn in
them, and not be quenched; it shall be sent upon them as a lion, and devour them
as a leopard.
 Look that thou hedge thy possession about with thorns, and bind up
thy silver and gold,
 And weigh thy words in a balance, and make a door and bar for thy
 Beware thou slide not by it, lest thou fall before him that lieth in
 He that is merciful
will lend unto his neighbour; and he that strengtheneth his hand keepeth the
 Lend to thy neighbour in time of his need, and pay thou thy neighbour
again in due season.
 Keep thy word, and deal faithfully with him, and thou shalt always
find the thing that is necessary for thee.
 Many, when a thing was lent them, reckoned it to be found, and put
them to trouble that helped them.
 Till 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.
 If 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.
 Many therefore have refused to lend for other men's ill dealing,
fearing to be defrauded.
 Yet have thou patience with a man in poor estate, and delay not to
shew him mercy.
 Help the poor for the commandment's sake, and turn him not away
because of his poverty.
 Lose thy money for thy brother and thy friend, and let it not rust
under a stone to be lost.
 Lay up thy treasure according to the commandments of the most High,
and it shall bring thee more profit than gold.
 Shut up alms in thy storehouses: and it shall deliver thee from all
 It shall fight for thee against thine enemies better than a mighty
shield and strong spear.
 An honest man is surety for his neighbour: but he that is impudent
will forsake him.
 Forget not the friendship of thy surety, for he hath given his life
 A sinner will overthrow the good estate of his surety:
 And he that is of an unthankful mind will leave him [in danger] that
 Suretiship 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.
 A 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.
 Help thy neighbour according to thy power, and beware that thou
thyself fall not into the same.
 The chief thing for life is water, and bread, and clothing, and an
house to cover shame.
 Better is the life of a poor man in a mean cottage, than delicate
fare in another man's house.
 Be it little or much, hold thee contented, that thou hear not the
reproach of thy house.
 For it is a miserable life to go from house to house: for where thou
art a stranger, thou darest not open thy mouth.
 Thou shalt entertain, and feast, and have no thanks: moreover thou
shalt hear bitter words:
 Come, thou stranger, and furnish a table, and feed me of that thou
 Give place, thou stranger, to an honourable man; my brother cometh
to be lodged, and I have need of mine house.
 These things are grievous to a man of understanding; the upbraiding
of houseroom, and reproaching of the lender.
 He that loveth his
son causeth him oft to feel the rod, that he may have joy of him in the end.
 He that chastiseth his son shall have joy in him, and shall rejoice
of him among his acquaintance.
 He that teacheth his son grieveth the enemy: and before his friends
he shall rejoice of him.
 Though his father die, yet he is as though he were not dead: for he
hath left one behind him that is like himself.
 While he lived, he saw and rejoiced in him: and when he died, he was
 He left behind him an avenger against his enemies, and one that shall
requite kindness to his friends.
 He that maketh too much of his son shall bind up his wounds; and his
bowels will be troubled at every cry.
 An horse not broken becometh headstrong: and a child left to himself
will be wilful.
 Cocker thy child, and he shall make thee afraid: play with him, and
he will bring thee to heaviness.
 Laugh not with him, lest thou have sorrow with him, and lest thou
gnash thy teeth in the end.
 Give him no liberty in his youth, and wink not at his follies.
 Bow 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.
 Chastise thy son, and hold him to labour, lest his lewd behaviour be
an offence unto thee.
 Better is the poor, being sound and strong of constitution, than a
rich man that is afflicted in his body.
 Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body
above infinite wealth.
 There is no riches above a sound body, and no joy above the joy of
 Death is better than a bitter life or continual sickness.
 Delicates poured upon a mouth shut up are as messes of meat set upon
 What good doeth the offering unto an idol? for neither can it eat
nor smell: so is he that is persecuted of the Lord.
 He seeth with his eyes and groaneth, as an eunuch that embraceth a
virgin and sigheth.
 Give not over thy mind to heaviness, and afflict not thyself in
thine own counsel.
 The gladness of the heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of
a man prolongeth his days.
 Love thine own soul, and comfort thy heart, remove sorrow far from
thee: for sorrow hath killed many, and there is no profit therein.
 Envy and wrath shorten the life, and carefulness bringeth age before
 A cheerful and good heart will have a care of his meat and diet.
 Watching for riches
consumeth the flesh, and the care thereof driveth away sleep.
 Watching care will not let a man slumber, as a sore disease breaketh
 The rich hath great labour in gathering riches together; and when he
resteth, he is filled with his delicates.
 The poor laboureth in his poor estate; and when he leaveth off, he is
 He that loveth gold shall not be justified, and he that followeth
corruption shall have enough thereof.
 Gold hath been the ruin of many, and their destruction was present.
 It is a stumblingblock unto them that sacrifice unto it, and every
fool shall be taken therewith.
 Blessed is the rich that is found without blemish, and hath not gone
 Who is he? and we will call him blessed: for wonderful things hath he
done among his people.
 Who 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?
 His goods shall be established, and the congregation shall declare
 If thou sit at a bountiful table, be not greedy upon it, and say
not, There is much meat on it.
 Remember that a wicked eye is an evil thing: and what is created
more wicked than an eye? therefore it weepeth upon every occasion.
 Stretch not thine hand whithersoever it looketh, and thrust it not
with him into the dish.
 Judge not thy neighbour by thyself: and be discreet in every point.
 Eat as it becometh a man, those things which are set before thee;
and devour note, lest thou be hated.
 Leave off first for manners' sake; and be not unsatiable, lest thou
 When thou sittest among many, reach not thine hand out first of all.
 A very little is sufficient for a man well nurtured, and he fetcheth
not his wind short upon his bed.
 Sound 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.
 And if thou hast been forced to eat, arise, go forth, vomit, and
thou shalt have rest.
 My 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
 Whoso is liberal of his meat, men shall speak well of him; and the
report of his good housekeeping will be believed.
 But 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.
 Shew not thy valiantness in wine; for wine hath destroyed many.
 The furnace proveth the edge by dipping: so doth wine the hearts of
the proud by drunkeness.
 Wine 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.
 Wine measurably drunk and in season bringeth gladness of the heart,
and cheerfulness of the mind:
 But wine drunken with excess maketh bitterness of the mind, with
brawling and quarrelling.
 Drunkenness increaseth the rage of a fool till he offend: it
diminisheth strength, and maketh wounds.
 Rebuke 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
 If thou be made the
master [of a feast,] lift not thyself up, but be among them as one of the rest;
take diligent care for them, and so sit down.
 And when thou hast done all thy office, take thy place, that thou
mayest be merry with them, and receive a crown for thy well ordering of the
 Speak, thou that art the elder, for it becometh thee, but with sound
judgment; and hinder not musick.
 Pour not out words where there is a musician, and shew not forth
wisdom out of time.
 A concert of musick in a banquet of wine is as a signet of carbuncle
set in gold.
 As a signet of an emerald set in a work of gold, so is the melody of
musick with pleasant wine.
 Speak, young man, if there be need of thee: and yet scarcely when
thou art twice asked.
 Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in few words; be as one
that knoweth and yet holdeth his tongue.
 If thou be among great men, make not thyself equal with them; and
when ancient men are in place, use not many words.
 Before the thunder goeth lightning; and before a shamefaced man
shall go favour.
 Rise up betimes, and be not the last; but get thee home without
 There take thy pastime, and do what thou wilt: but sin not by proud
 And for these things bless him that made thee, and hath replenished
thee with his good things.
 Whoso feareth the Lord will receive his discipline; and they that
seek him early shall find favour.
 He that seeketh the law shall be filled therewith: but the hypocrite
will be offended thereat.
 They that fear the Lord shall find judgment, and shall kindle
justice as a light.
 A sinful man will not be reproved, but findeth an excuse according
to his will.
 A man of counsel will be considerate; but a strange and proud man is
not daunted with fear, even when of himself he hath done without counsel.
 Do nothing without advice; and when thou hast once done, repent not.
 Go not in a way wherein thou mayest fall, and stumble not among the
 Be not confident in a plain way.
 And beware of thine own children.
 In every good work trust thy own soul; for this is the keeping of
 He that believeth in the Lord taketh heed to the commandment; and he
that trusteth in him shall fare never the worse.
 There shall no evil
happen unto him that feareth the Lord; but in temptation even again he will
 A wise man hateth not the law; but he that is an hypocrite therein is
as a ship in a storm.
 A man of understanding trusteth in the law; and the law is faithful
unto him, as an oracle.
 Prepare what to say, and so thou shalt be heard: and bind up
instruction, and then make answer.
 The heart of the foolish is like a cartwheel; and his thoughts are
like a rolling axletree.
 A stallion horse is as a mocking friend, he neigheth under every one
that sitteth upon him.
 Why doth one day excel another, when as all the light of every day in
the year is of the sun?
 By the knowledge of the Lord they were distinguished: and he altered
seasons and feasts.
 Some of them hath he made high days, and hallowed them, and some of
them hath he made ordinary days.
 And all men are from the ground, and Adam was created of earth:
 In much knowledge the Lord hath divided them, and made their ways
 Some 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.
 As 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
 Good is set against evil, and life against death: so is the godly
against the sinner, and the sinner against the godly.
 So look upon all the works of the most High; and there are two and
two, one against another.
 I 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.
 Consider that I laboured not for myself only, but for all them that
 Hear me, O ye great men of the people, and hearken with your ears,
ye rulers of the congregation.
 Give 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.
 As long as thou livest and hast breath in thee, give not thyself
over to any.
 For better it is that thy children should seek to thee, than that
thou shouldest stand to their courtesy.
 In all thy works keep to thyself the preeminence; leave not a stain
in thine honour.
 At the time when thou shalt end thy days, and finish thy life,
distribute thine inheritance.
 Fodder, a wand, and burdens, are for the ass; and bread, correction,
and work, for a servant. .
 If thou set thy servant to labour, thou shalt find rest: but if thou
let him go idle, he shall seek liberty.
 A yoke and a collar do bow the neck: so are tortures and torments
for an evil servant.
 Send him to labour, that he be not idle; for idleness teacheth much
 Set him to work, as is fit for him: if he be not obedient, put on
more heavy fetters.
 But be not excessive toward any; and without discretion do nothing.
 If thou have a servant, let him be unto thee as thyself, because
thou hast bought him with a price.
 If 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?
 The hopes of a man
void of understanding are vain and false: and dreams lift up fools.
 Whoso regardeth dreams is like him that catcheth at a shadow, and
followeth after the wind.
 The vision of dreams is the resemblance of one thing to another, even
as the likeness of a face to a face.
 Of an unclean thing what can be cleansed? and from that thing which
is false what truth can come?
 Divinations, and soothsayings, and dreams, are vain: and the heart
fancieth, as a woman's heart in travail.
 If they be not sent from the most High in thy visitation, set not thy
heart upon them.
 For dreams have deceived many, and they have failed that put their
trust in them.
 The law shall be found perfect without lies: and wisdom is perfection
to a faithful mouth.
 A man that hath travelled knoweth many things; and he that hath much
experience will declare wisdom.
 He that hath no experience knoweth little: but he that hath
travelled is full of prudence.
 When I travelled, I saw many things; and I understand more than I
 I was ofttimes in danger of death: yet I was delivered because of
 The spirit of those that fear the Lord shall live; for their hope is
in him that saveth them.
 Whoso feareth the Lord shall not fear nor be afraid; for he is his
 Blessed is the soul of him that feareth the Lord: to whom doth he
look? and who is his strength?
 For 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.
 He raiseth up the soul, and lighteneth the eyes: he giveth health,
life, and blessing.
 He that sacrificeth of a thing wrongfully gotten, his offering is
ridiculous; and the gifts of unjust men are not accepted.
 The most High is not pleased with the offerings of the wicked;
neither is he pacified for sin by the multitude of sacrifices.
 Whoso bringeth an offering of the goods of the poor doeth as one
that killeth the son before his father's eyes.
 The bread of the needy is their life: he that defraudeth him thereof
is a man of blood.
 He that taketh away his neighbour's living slayeth him; and he that
defraudeth the labourer of his hire is a bloodshedder.
 When one buildeth, and another pulleth down, what profit have they
then but labour?
 When one prayeth, and another curseth, whose voice will the Lord
 He that washeth himself after the touching of a dead body, if he
touch it again, what availeth his washing?
 So 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?
 He that keepeth the
law bringeth offerings enough: he that taketh heed to the commandment offereth a
 He that requiteth a goodturn offereth fine flour; and he that giveth
alms sacrificeth praise.
 To depart from wickedness is a thing pleasing to the Lord; and to
forsake unrighteousness is a propitiation.
 Thou shalt not appear empty before the Lord.
 For all these things [are to be done] because of the commandment.
 The offering of the righteous maketh the altar fat, and the sweet
savour thereof is before the most High.
 The sacrifice of a just man is acceptable. and the memorial thereof
shall never be forgotten.
 Give the Lord his honour with a good eye, and diminish not the
firstfruits of thine hands.
 In all thy gifts shew a cheerful countenance, and dedicate thy tithes
 Give unto the most High according as he hath enriched thee; and as
thou hast gotten, give with a cheerful eye.
 For the Lord recompenseth, and will give thee seven times as much.
 Do 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.
 He will not accept any person against a poor man, but will hear the
prayer of the oppressed.
 He will not despise the supplication of the fatherless; nor the
widow, when she poureth out her complaint.
 Do not the tears run down the widow's cheeks? and is not her cry
against him that causeth them to fall?
 He that serveth the Lord shall be accepted with favour, and his
prayer shall reach unto the clouds.
 The 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.
 For 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;
 Till 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.
 Mercy is seasonable in the time of affliction, as clouds of rain in
the time of drought.
 Have mercy upon us, O
Lord God of all, and behold us:
 And send thy fear upon all the nations that seek not after thee.
 Lift up thy hand against the strange nations, and let them see thy
 As thou wast sanctified in us before them: so be thou magnified among
them before us.
 And let them know thee, as we have known thee, that there is no God
but only thou, O God.
 Shew new signs, and make other strange wonders: glorify thy hand and
thy right arm, that they may set forth thy wondrous works.
 Raise up indignation, and pour out wrath: take away the adversary,
and destroy the enemy.
 Sake the time short, remember the covenant, and let them declare thy
 Let him that escapeth be consumed by the rage of the fire; and let
them perish that oppress the people.
 Smite in sunder the heads of the rulers of the heathen, that say,
There is none other but we.
 Gather all the tribes of Jacob together, and inherit thou them, as
from the beginning.
 O Lord, have mercy upon the people that is called by thy name, and
upon Israel, whom thou hast named thy firstborn.
 O be merciful unto Jerusalem, thy holy city, the place of thy rest.
 Fill Sion with thine unspeakable oracles, and thy people with thy
 Give testimony unto those that thou hast possessed from the
beginning, and raise up prophets that have been in thy name.
 Reward them that wait for thee, and let thy prophets be found
 O Lord, hear the prayer of thy servants, according to the blessing
of Aaron over thy people, that all they which dwell upon the earth may know that
thou art the Lord, the eternal God.
 The belly devoureth all meats, yet is one meat better than another.
 As the palate tasteth divers kinds of venison: so doth an heart of
understanding false speeches.
 A froward heart causeth heaviness: but a man of experience will
 A woman will receive every man, yet is one daughter better than
 The beauty of a woman cheereth the countenance, and a man loveth
 If there be kindness, meekness, and comfort, in her tongue, then is
not her husband like other men.
 He that getteth a wife beginneth a possession, a help like unto
himself, and a pillar of rest.
 Where no hedge is, there the possession is spoiled: and he that hath
no wife will wander up and down mourning.
 Who will trust a thief well appointed, that skippeth from city to
city? so [who will believe] a man that hath no house, and lodgeth wheresoever
the night taketh him?
 Every friend saith, I
am his friend also: but there is a friend, which is only a friend in name.
 Is it not a grief unto death, when a companion and friend is turned
to an enemy?
 O wicked imagination, whence camest thou in to cover the earth with
 There is a companion, which rejoiceth in the prosperity of a friend,
but in the time of trouble will be against him.
 There is a companion, which helpeth his friend for the belly, and
taketh up the buckler against the enemy.
 Forget not thy friend in thy mind, and be not unmindful of him in thy
 Every counsellor extolleth counsel; but there is some that
counselleth for himself.
 Beware of a counsellor, and know before what need he hath; for he
will counsel for himself; lest he cast the lot upon thee,
 And say unto thee, Thy way is good: and afterward he stand on the
other side, to see what shall befall thee.
 Consult not with one that suspecteth thee: and hide thy counsel from
such as envy thee.
 Neither consult with a woman touching her of whom she is jealous;
neither with a coward in matters of war; nor with a merchant concerning
exchange; nor with a buyer of selling; nor with an envious man of thankfulness;
nor with an unmerciful man touching kindness; nor with the slothful for any
work; nor with an hireling for a year of finishing work; nor with an idle
servant of much business: hearken not unto these in any matter of counsel.
 But be continually with a godly man, whom thou knowest to keep the
commandments of the Lord, whose, mind is according to thy mind, and will sorrow
with thee, if thou shalt miscarry.
 And let the counsel of thine own heart stand: for there is no man
more faithful unto thee than it.
 For a man's mind is sometime wont to tell him more than seven
watchmen, that sit above in an high tower.
 And above all this pray to the most High, that he will direct thy
way in truth.
 Let reason go before every enterprize, and counsel before every
 The countenance is a sign of changing of the heart.
 Four manner of things appear: good and evil, life and death: but the
tongue ruleth over them continually.
 There is one that is wise and teacheth many, and yet is unprofitable
 There is one that sheweth wisdom in words, and is hated: he shall be
destitute of all food.
 For grace is not given, him from the Lord, because he is deprived of
 Another is wise to himself; and the fruits of understanding are
commendable in his mouth.
 A wise man instructeth his people; and the fruits of his
understanding fail not.
 A wise man shall be filled with blessing; and all they that see him
shall count him happy.
 The days of the life of man may be numbered: but the days of Israel
 A wise man shall inherit glory among his people, and his name shall
 My son, prove thy soul in thy life, and see what is evil for it, and
give not that unto it.
 For all things are not profitable for all men, neither hath every
soul pleasure in every thing.
 Be not unsatiable in any dainty thing, nor too greedy upon meats:
 For excess of meats bringeth sickness, and surfeiting will turn into
 By surfeiting have many perished; but he that taketh heed prolongeth
 Honour a physician
with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord
hath created him.
 For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of
 The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight
of great men he shall be in admiration.
 The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise
will not abhor them.
 Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might
 And he hath given men skill, that he might be honoured in his
 With such doth he heal [men,] and taketh away their pains.
 Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there
is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth,
 My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and
he will make thee whole.
 Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy
heart from all wickedness.
 Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat
offering, as not being.
 Then give place to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let
him not go from thee, for thou hast need of him.
 There is a time when in their hands there is good success.
 For they shall also pray unto the Lord, that he would prosper that,
which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life.
 He that sinneth before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the
 My 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.
 Weep 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.
 For of heaviness cometh death, and the heaviness of the heart
 In affliction also sorrow remaineth: and the life of the poor is the
curse of the heart.
 Take no heaviness to heart: drive it away, and member the last end.
 Forget it not, for there is no turning again: thou shalt not do him
good, but hurt thyself.
 Remember my judgment: for thine also shall be so; yesterday for me,
and to day for thee.
 When the dead is at rest, let his remembrance rest; and be comforted
for him, when his Spirit is departed from him.
 The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure: and he
that hath little business shall become wise.
 How 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
 He giveth his mind to make furrows; and is diligent to give the kine
 So 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:
 The 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:
 So 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
 He 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:
 All these trust to their hands: and every one is wise in his work.
 Without these cannot a city be inhabited: and they shall not dwell
where they will, nor go up and down:
 They 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.
 But they will maintain the state of the world, and [all] their
desire is in the work of their craft.
 But 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.
 He will keep the sayings of the renowned men: and where subtil
parables are, he will be there also.
 He will seek out the secrets of grave sentences, and be conversant in
 He 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
 He 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.
 When 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.
 He shall direct his counsel and knowledge, and in his secrets shall
 He shall shew forth that which he hath learned, and shall glory in
the law of the covenant of the Lord.
 Many 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.
 Nations shall shew forth his wisdom, and the congregation shall
declare his praise.
 If he die, he shall leave a greater name than a thousand: and if he
live, he shall increase it.
 Yet have I more to say, which I have thought upon; for I am filled
as the moon at the full.
 Hearken unto me, ye holy children, and bud forth as a rose growing
by the brook of the field:
 And 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.
 Magnify 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:
 All the works of the Lord are exceeding good, and whatsoever he
commandeth shall be accomplished in due season.
 And 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.
 At his commandment is done whatsoever pleaseth him; and none can
hinder, when he will save.
 The works of all flesh are before him, and nothing can be hid from
 He seeth from everlasting to everlasting; and there is nothing
wonderful before him.
 A man need not to say, What is this? wherefore is that? for he hath
made all things for their uses.
 His blessing covered the dry land as a river, and watered it as a
 As he hath turned the waters into saltness: so shall the heathen
inherit his wrath.
 As his ways are plain unto the holy; so are they stumblingblocks
unto the wicked.
 For the good are good things created from the beginning: so evil
things for sinners.
 The 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.
 All these things are for good to the godly: so to the sinners they
are turned into evil.
 There 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.
 Fire, and hail, and famine, and death, all these were created for
 Teeth of wild beasts, and scorpions, serpents, and the sword
punishing the wicked to destruction.
 They 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
 Therefore from the beginning I was resolved, and thought upon these
things, and have left them in writing.
 All the works of the Lord are good: and he will give every needful
thing in due season.
 So that a man cannot say, This is worse than that: for in time they
shall all be well approved.
 And therefore praise ye the Lord with the whole heart and mouth, and
bless the name of the Lord.
 Great 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.
 Their imagination of things to come, and the day of death, [trouble]
their thoughts, and [cause] fear of heart;
 From him that sitteth on a throne of glory, unto him that is humbled
in earth and ashes;
 From him that weareth purple and a crown, unto him that is clothed
with a linen frock.
 Wrath, 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
 A 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.
 When all is safe, he awaketh, and marvelleth that the fear was
 [Such things happen] unto all flesh, both man and beast, and that is
sevenfold more upon sinners.
 Death, and bloodshed, strife, and sword, calamities, famine,
tribulation, and the scourge;
 These things are created for the wicked, and for their sakes came
 All things that are of the earth shall turn to the earth again: and
that which is of the waters doth return into the sea.
 All bribery and injustice shall be blotted out: but true dealing
shall endure for ever.
 The goods of the unjust shall be dried up like a river, and shall
vanish with noise, like a great thunder in rain.
 While he openeth his hand he shall rejoice: so shall transgressors
come to nought.
 The children of the ungodly shall not bring forth many branches: but
are as unclean roots upon a hard rock.
 The weed growing upon every water and bank of a river shall be
pulled up before all grass.
 Bountifulness is as a most fruitful garden, and mercifulness
endureth for ever.
 To labour, and to be content with that a man hath, is a sweet life:
but he that findeth a treasure is above them both.
 Children and the building of a city continue a man's name: but a
blameless wife is counted above them both.
 Wine and musick rejoice the heart: but the love of wisdom is above
 The pipe and the psaltery make sweet melody: but a pleasant tongue
is above them both.
 Thine eye desireth favour and beauty: but more than both corn while
it is green.
 A friend and companion never meet amiss: but above both is a wife
with her husband.
 Brethren and help are against time of trouble: but alms shall
deliver more than them both.
 Gold and silver make the foot stand sure: but counsel is esteemed
above them both.
 Riches 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
 The fear of the Lord is a fruitful garden, and covereth him above
 My son, lead not a beggar's life; for better it is to die than to
 The 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.
 Begging is sweet in the mouth of the shameless: but in his belly
there shall burn a fire.
 O 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!
 O 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!
 Fear 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.
 And 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
 The children of sinners are abominable children, and they that are
conversant in the dwelling of the ungodly.
 The inheritance of sinners' children shall perish, and their
posterity shall have a perpetual reproach.
 The children will complain of an ungodly father, because they shall
be reproached for his sake.
 Woe 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:
 And if ye be born, ye shall be born to a curse: and if ye die, a
curse shall be your portion.
 All that are of the earth shall turn to earth again: so the ungodly
shall go from a curse to destruction.
 The mourning of men is about their bodies: but an ill name of
sinners shall be blotted out.
 Have regard to thy name; for that shall continue with thee above a
thousand great treasures of gold.
 A good life hath but few days: but a good name endureth for ever.
 My children, keep discipline in peace: for wisdom that is hid, and a
treasure that is not seen, what profit is in them both?
 A man that hideth his foolishness is better than a man that hideth
 Therefore be shamefaced according to my word: for it is not good to
retain all shamefacedness; neither is it altogether approved in every thing.
 Be ashamed of whoredom before father and mother: and of a lie before
a prince and a mighty man;
 Of an offence before a judge and ruler; of iniquity before a
congregation and people; of unjust dealing before thy partner and friend;
 And 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;
 And of silence before them that salute thee; and to look upon an
 And 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.
 Or 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;
 Or of iterating and speaking again that which thou hast heard; and
of revealing of secrets.
 So shalt thou be truly shamefaced and find favour before all men.
 Of these things be
not thou ashamed, and accept no person to sin thereby:
 Of the law of the most High, and his covenant; and of judgment to
justify the ungodly;
 Of reckoning with thy partners and travellers; or of the gift of the
heritage of friends;
 Of exactness of balance and weights; or of getting much or little;
 And of merchants' indifferent selling; of much correction of
children; and to make the side of an evil servant to bleed.
 Sure keeping is good, where an evil wife is; and shut up, where many
 Deliver all things in number and weight; and put all in writing that
thou givest out, or receivest in.
 Be not ashamed to inform the unwise and foolish, and the extreme aged
that contendeth with those that are young: thus shalt thou be truly learned, and
approved of all men living.
 The father waketh for the daughter, when no man knoweth; and the care
for her taketh away sleep: when she is young, lest she pass away the flower of
her age; and being married, lest she should be hated:
 In her virginity, lest she should be defiled and gotten with child
in her father's house; and having an husband, lest she should misbehave herself;
and when she is married, lest she should be barren.
 Keep a sure watch over a shameless daughter, lest she make thee a
laughingstock to thine enemies, and a byword in the city, and a reproach among
the people, and make thee ashamed before the multitude.
 Behold not every body's beauty, and sit not in the midst of women.
 For from garments cometh a moth, and from women wickedness.
 Better is the churlishness of a man than a courteous woman, a woman,
I say, which bringeth shame and reproach.
 I will now remember the works of the Lord, and declare the things
that I have seen: In the words of the Lord are his works.
 The sun that giveth light looketh upon all things, and the work
thereof is full of the glory of the Lord.
 The Lord hath not given power to the saints to declare all his
marvellous works, which the Almighty Lord firmly settled, that whatsoever is
might be established for his glory.
 He seeketh out the deep, and the heart, and considereth their crafty
devices: for the Lord knoweth all that may be known, and he beholdeth the signs
of the world.
 He declareth the things that are past, and for to come, and
revealeth the steps of hidden things.
 No thought escapeth him, neither any word is hidden from him.
 He hath garnished the excellent works of his wisdom, and he is from
everlasting to everlasting: unto him may nothing be added, neither can he be
diminished, and he hath no need of any counsellor.
 Oh how desirable are all his works! and that a man may see even to a
 All these things live and remain for ever for all uses, and they are
 All things are double one against another: and he hath made nothing
 One thing establisheth the good or another: and who shall be filled
with beholding his glory?
 The pride of the
height, the clear firmament, the beauty of heaven, with his glorious shew;
 The sun when it appeareth, declaring at his rising a marvellous
instrument, the work of the most High:
 At noon it parcheth the country, and who can abide the burning heat
 A man blowing a furnace is in works of heat, but the sun burneth the
mountains three times more; breathing out fiery vapours, and sending forth
bright beams, it dimmeth the eyes.
 Great is the Lord that made it; and at his commandment runneth
 He made the moon also to serve in her season for a declaration of
times, and a sign of the world.
 From the moon is the sign of feasts, a light that decreaseth in her
 The month is called after her name, increasing wonderfully in her
changing, being an instrument of the armies above, shining in the firmament of
 The beauty of heaven, the glory of the stars, an ornament giving
light in the highest places of the Lord.
 At the commandment of the Holy One they will stand in their order,
and never faint in their watches.
 Look upon the rainbow, and praise him that made it; very beautiful
it is in the brightness thereof.
 It compasseth the heaven about with a glorious circle, and the hands
of the most High have bended it.
 By his commandment he maketh the snow to fall aplace, and sendeth
swiftly the lightnings of his judgment.
 Through this the treasures are opened: and clouds fly forth as
 By his great power he maketh the clouds firm, and the hailstones are
 At his sight the mountains are shaken, and at his will the south
 The noise of the thunder maketh the earth to tremble: so doth the
northern storm and the whirlwind: as birds flying he scattereth the snow, and
the falling down thereof is as the lighting of grasshoppers:
 The eye marvelleth at the beauty of the whiteness thereof, and the
heart is astonished at the raining of it.
 The hoarfrost also as salt he poureth on the earth, and being
congealed, it lieth on the top of sharp stakes.
 When the cold north wind bloweth, and the water is congealed into
ice, it abideth upon every gathering together of water, and clotheth the water
as with a breastplate.
 It devoureth the mountains, and burneth the wilderness, and
consumeth the grass as fire.
 A present remedy of all is a mist coming speedily, a dew coming
after heat refresheth.
 By his counsel he appeaseth the deep, and planteth islands therein.
 They that sail on the sea tell of the danger thereof; and when we
hear it with our ears, we marvel thereat.
 For therein be strange and wondrous works, variety of all kinds of
beasts and whales created.
 By him the end of them hath prosperous success, and by his word all
 We may speak much, and yet come short: wherefore in sum, he is all.
 How shall we be able to magnify him? for he is great above all his
 The Lord is terrible and very great, and marvellous is his power.
 When ye glorify the Lord, exalt him as much as ye can; for even yet
will he far exceed: and when ye exalt him, put forth all your strength, and be
not weary; for ye can never go far enough.
 Who hath seen him, that he might tell us? and who can magnify him as
 There are yet hid greater things than these be, for we have seen but
a few of his works.
 For the Lord hath made all things; and to the godly hath he given
 Let us now praise
famous men, and our fathers that begat us.
 The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through his great power
from the beginning.
 Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their
power, giving counsel by their understanding, and declaring prophecies:
 Leaders of the people by their counsels, and by their knowledge of
learning meet for the people, wise and eloquent are their instructions:
 Such as found out musical tunes, and recited verses in writing:
 Rich men furnished with ability, living peaceably in their
 All these were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of
 There be of them, that have left a name behind them, that their
praises might be reported.
 And some there be, which have no memorial; who are perished, as
though they had never been; and are become as though they had never been born;
and their children after them.
 But these were merciful men, whose righteousness hath not been
 With their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance, and
their children are within the covenant.
 Their seed standeth fast, and their children for their sakes.
 Their seed shall remain for ever, and their glory shall not be
 Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for
 The people will tell of their wisdom, and the congregation will shew
forth their praise.
 Enoch pleased the Lord, and was translated, being an example of
repentance to all generations.
 Noah was found perfect and righteous; in the time of wrath he was
taken in exchange [for the world;] therefore was he left as a remnant unto the
earth, when the flood came.
 An everlasting covenant was made with him, that all flesh should
perish no more by the flood.
 Abraham was a great father of many people: in glory was there none
like unto him;
 Who kept the law of the most High, and was in covenant with him: he
established the covenant in his flesh; and when he was proved, he was found
 Therefore he assured him by an oath, that he would bless the nations
in his seed, and that he would multiply him as the dust of the earth, and exalt
his seed as the stars, and cause them to inherit from sea to sea, and from the
river unto the utmost part of the land.
 With Isaac did he establish likewise [for Abraham his father's sake]
the blessing of all men, and the covenant, And made it rest upon the head of
Jacob. He acknowledged him in his blessing, and gave him an heritage, and
divided his portions; among the twelve tribes did he part them.
 And he brought out of
him a merciful man, which found favour in the sight of all flesh, even Moses,
beloved of God and men, whose memorial is blessed.
 He made him like to the glorious saints, and magnified him, so that
his enemies stood in fear of him.
 By his words he caused the wonders to cease, and he made him glorious
in the sight of kings, and gave him a commandment for his people, and shewed him
part of his glory.
 He sanctified him in his faithfuless and meekness, and chose him out
of all men.
 He made him to hear his voice, and brought him into the dark cloud,
and gave him commandments before his face, even the law of life and knowledge,
that he might teach Jacob his covenants, and Israel his judgments.
 He exalted Aaron, an holy man like unto him, even his brother, of the
tribe of Levi.
 An everlasting covenant he made with him and gave him the priesthood
among the people; he beautified him with comely ornaments, and clothed him with
a robe of glory.
 He put upon him perfect glory; and strengthened him with rich
garments, with breeches, with a long robe, and the ephod.
 And he compassed him with pomegranates, and with many golden bells
round about, that as he went there might be a sound, and a noise made that might
be heard in the temple, for a memorial to the children of his people;
 With an holy garment, with gold, and blue silk, and purple, the work
of the embroidere, with a breastplate of judgment, and with Urim and Thummim;
 With twisted scarlet, the work of the cunning workman, with precious
stones graven like seals, and set in gold, the work of the jeweller, with a
writing engraved for a memorial, after the number of the tribes of Israel.
 He set a crown of gold upon the mitre, wherein was engraved
Holiness, an ornament of honour, a costly work, the desires of the eyes, goodly
 Before him there were none such, neither did ever any stranger put
them on, but only his children and his children's children perpetually.
 Their sacrifices shall be wholly consumed every day twice
 Moses consecrated him, and anointed him with holy oil: this was
appointed unto him by an everlasting covenant, and to his seed, so long as the
heavens should remain, that they should minister unto him, and execute the
office of the priesthood, and bless the people in his name.
 He chose him out of all men living to offer sacrifices to the Lord,
incense, and a sweet savour, for a memorial, to make reconciliation for his
 He gave unto him his commandments, and authority in the statutes of
judgments, that he should teach Jacob the testimonies, and inform Israel in his
 Strangers conspired together against him, and maligned him in the
wilderness, even the men that were of Dathan's and Abiron's side, and the
congregation of Core, with fury and wrath.
 This the Lord saw, and it displeased him, and in his wrathful
indignation were they consumed: he did wonders upon them, to consume them with
the fiery flame.
 But he made Aaron more honourable, and gave him an heritage, and
divided unto him the firstfruits of the increase; especially he prepared bread
 For they eat of the sacrifices of the Lord, which he gave unto him
and his seed.
 Howbeit in the land of the people he had no inheritance, neither had
he any portion among the people: for the Lord himself is his portion and
 The third in glory is Phinees the son of Eleazar, because he had
zeal in the fear of the Lord, and stood up with good courage of heart: when the
people were turned back, and made reconciliation for Israel.
 Therefore was there a covenant of peace made with him, that he
should be the chief of the sanctuary and of his people, and that he and his
posterity should have the dignity of the priesthood for ever:
 According to the covenant made with David son of Jesse, of the tribe
of Juda, that the inheritance of the king should be to his posterity alone: so
the inheritance of Aaron should also be unto his seed.
 God give you wisdom in your heart to judge his people in
righteousness, that their good things be not abolished, and that their glory may
endure for ever.
 Jesus the son a Nave
was valiant in the wars, and was the successor of Moses in prophecies, who
according to his name was made great for the saving of the elect of God, and
taking vengeance of the enemies that rose up against them, that he might set
Israel in their inheritance.
 How great glory gat he, when he did lift up his hands, and stretched
out his sword against the cities!
 Who before him so stood to it? for the Lord himself brought his
enemies unto him.
 Did not the sun go back by his means? and was not one day as long as
 He called upon the most high Lord, when the enemies pressed upon him
on every side; and the great Lord heard him.
 And with hailstones of mighty power he made the battle to fall
violently upon the nations, and in the descent [of Beth-horon] he destroyed them
that resisted, that the nations might know all their strength, because he fought
in the sight of the Lord, and he followed the Mighty One.
 In the time of Moses also he did a work of mercy, he and Caleb the
son of Jephunne, in that they withstood the congregation, and withheld the
people from sin, and appeased the wicked murmuring.
 And of six hundred thousand people on foot, they two were preserved
to bring them in to the heritage, even unto the land that floweth with milk and
 The Lord gave strength also unto Caleb, which remained with him unto
his old age: so that he entered upon the high places of the land, and his seed
obtained it for an heritage:
 That all the children of Israel might see that it is good to follow
 And concerning the judges, every one by name, whose heart went not a
whoring, nor departed from the Lord, let their memory be blessed.
 Let their bones flourish out of their place, and let the name of
them that were honoured be continued upon their children.
 Samuel, the prophet of the Lord, beloved of his Lord, established a
kingdom, and anointed princes over his people.
 By the law of the Lord he judged the congregation, and the Lord had
respect unto Jacob.
 By his faithfulness he was found a true prophet, and by his word he
was known to be faithful in vision.
 He called upon the mighty Lord, when his enemies pressed upon him on
every side, when he offered the sucking lamb.
 And the Lord thundered from heaven, and with a great noise made his
voice to be heard.
 And he destroyed the rulers of the Tyrians, and all the princes cf
 And before his long sleep he made protestations in the sight of the
Lord and his anointed, I have not taken any man's goods, so much as a shoe: and
no man did accuse him.
 And after his death he prophesied, and shewed the king his end, and
lifted up his voice from the earth in prophecy, to blot out the wickedness of
 And after him rose up
Nathan to prophesy in the time of David.
 As is the fat taken away from the peace offering, so was David chosen
out of the children of Israel.
 He played with lions as with kids, and with bears as with lambs.
 Slew he not a giant, when he was yet but young? and did he not take
away reproach from the people, when he lifted up his hand with the stone in the
sling, and beat down the boasting of Goliath?
 For he called upon the most high Lord; and he gave him strength in
his right hand to slay that mighty warrior, and set up the horn of his people.
 So the people honoured him with ten thousands, and praised him in the
blessings of the Lord, in that he gave him a crown of glory.
 For he destroyed the enemies on every side, and brought to nought the
Philistines his adversaries, and brake their horn in sunder unto this day.
 In all his works he praised the Holy One most high with words of
glory; with his whole heart he sung songs, and loved him that made him.
 He set singers also before the altar, that by their voices they might
make sweet melody, and daily sing praises in their songs.
 He beautified their feasts, and set in order the solemn times until
the end, that they might praise his holy name, and that the temple might sound
 The Lord took away his sins, and exalted his horn for ever: he gave
him a covenant of kings, and a throne of glory in Israel.
 After him rose up a wise son, and for his sake he dwelt at large.
 Solomon reigned in a peaceable time, and was honoured; for God made
all quiet round about him, that he might build an house in his name, and prepare
his sanctuary for ever.
 How wise wast thou in thy youth and, as a flood, filled with
 Thy soul covered the whole earth, and thou filledst it with dark
 Thy name went far unto the islands; and for thy peace thou wast
 The countries marvelled at thee for thy songs, and proverbs, and
parables, and interpretations.
 By the name of the Lord God, which is called the Lord God of Israel,
thou didst gather gold as tin and didst multiply silver as lead.
 Thou didst bow thy loins unto women, and by thy body thou wast
brought into subjection.
 Thou didst stain thy honour, and pollute thy seed: so that thou
broughtest wrath upon thy children, and wast grieved for thy folly.
 So the kingdom was divided, and out of Ephraim ruled a rebellious
 But the Lord will never leave off his mercy, neither shall any of
his works perish, neither will he abolish the posterity of his elect, and the
seed of him that loveth him he will not take away: wherefore he gave a remnant
unto Jacob, and out of him a root unto David.
 Thus rested Solomon with his fathers, and of his seed he left behind
him Roboam, even the foolishness of the people, and one that had no
understanding, who turned away the people through his counsel. There was also
Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin, and shewed Ephraim the way
 And their sins were multiplied exceedingly, that they were driven
out of the land.
 For they sought out all wickedness, till the vengeance came upon
 Then stood up Elias
the prophet as fire, and his word burned like a lamp.
 He brought a sore famine upon them, and by his zeal he diminished
 By the word of the Lord he shut up the heaven, and also three times
brought down fire.
 O Elias, how wast thou honoured in thy wondrous deeds! and who may
glory like unto thee!
 Who didst raise up a dead man from death, and his soul from the place
of the dead, by the word of the most High:
 Who broughtest kings to destruction, and honorable men from their
 Who heardest the rebuke of the Lord in Sinai, and in Horeb the
judgment of vengeance:
 Who annointedst kings to take revenge, and prophets to succeed after
 Who was taken up in a whirlwind of fire, and in a chariot of fiery
 Who wast ordained for reproofs in their times, to pacify the wrath
of the Lord's judgment, before it brake forth into fury, and to turn the heart
of the father unto the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.
 Blessed are they that saw thee, and slept in love; for we shall
 Elias it was, who was covered with a whirlwind: and Eliseus was
filled with his spirit: whilst he lived, he was not moved with the presence of
any prince, neither could any bring him into subjection.
 No word could overcome him; and after his death his body prophesied.
 He did wonders in his life, and at his death were his works
 For all this the people repented not, neither departed they from
their sins, till they were spoiled and carried out of their land, and were
scattered through all the earth: yet there remained a small people, and a ruler
in the house of David:
 Of whom some did that which was pleasing to God, and some multiplied
 Ezekias fortified his city, and brought in water into the midst
thereof: he digged the hard rock with iron, and made wells for waters.
 In his time Sennacherib came up, and sent Rabsaces, and lifted up
his hand against Sion, and boasted proudly.
 Then trembled their hearts and hands, and they were in pain, as
women in travail.
 But they called upon the Lord which is merciful, and stretched out
their hands toward him: and immediately the Holy One heard them out of heaven,
and delivered them by the ministry of Esay.
 He smote the host of the Assyrians, and his angel destroyed them.
 For Ezekias had done the thing that pleased the Lord, and was strong
in the ways of David his father, as Esay the prophet, who was great and faithful
in his vision, had commanded him.
 In his time the sun went backward, and he lengthened the king's
 He saw by an excellent spirit what should come to pass at the last,
and he comforted them that mourned in Sion.
 He shewed what should come to pass for ever, and secret things or
ever they came.
 The remembrance of
Josias is like the composition of the perfume that is made by the art of the
apothecary: it is sweet as honey in all mouths, and as musick at a banquet of
 He behaved himself uprightly in the conversion of the people, and
took away the abominations of iniquity.
 He directed his heart unto the Lord, and in the time of the ungodly
he established the worship of God.
 All, except David and Ezekias and Josias, were defective: for they
forsook the law of the most High, even the kings of Juda failed.
 Therefore he gave their power unto others, and their glory to a
 They burnt the chosen city of the sanctuary, and made the streets
desolate, according to the prophecy of Jeremias.
 For they entreated him evil, who nevertheless was a prophet,
sanctified in his mother's womb, that he might root out, and afflict, and
destroy; and that he might build up also, and plant.
 It was Ezekiel who saw the glorious vision, which was shewed him upon
the chariot of the cherubims.
 For he made mention of the enemies under the figure of the rain, and
directed them that went right.
 And of the twelve prophets let the memorial be blessed, and let
their bones flourish again out of their place: for they comforted Jacob, and
delivered them by assured hope.
 How shall we magnify Zorobabel? even he was as a signet on the right
 So was Jesus the son of Josedec: who in their time builded the
house, and set up an holy temple to the Lord, which was prepared for everlasting
 And among the elect was Neemias, whose renown is great, who raised
up for us the walls that were fallen, and set up the gates and the bars, and
raised up our ruins again.
 But upon the earth was no man created like Enoch; for he was taken
from the earth.
 Neither was there a young man born like Joseph, a governor of his
brethren, a stay of the people, whose bones were regarded of the Lord.
 Sem and Seth were in great honour among men, and so was Adam above
every living thing in creation.
 Simon the high
priest, the son of Onias, who in his life repaired the house again, and in his
days fortified the temple:
 And by him was built from the foundation the double height, the high
fortress of the wall about the temple:
 In his days the cistern to receive water, being in compass as the
sea, was covered with plates of brass:
 He took care of the temple that it should not fall, and fortified the
city against besieging:
 How was he honoured in the midst of the people in his coming out of
 He was as the morning star in the midst of a cloud, and as the moon
at the full:
 As the sun shining upon the temple of the most High, and as the
rainbow giving light in the bright clouds:
 And as the flower of roses in the spring of the year, as lilies by
the rivers of waters, and as the branches of the frankincense tree in the time
 As fire and incense in the censer, and as a vessel of beaten gold set
with all manner of precious stones:
 And as a fair olive tree budding forth fruit, and as a cypress tree
which groweth up to the clouds.
 When he put on the robe of honour, and was clothed with the
perfection of glory, when he went up to the holy altar, he made the garment of
 When he took the portions out of the priests' hands, he himself
stood by the hearth of the altar, compassed about, as a young cedar in Libanus;
and as palm trees compassed they him round about.
 So were all the sons of Aaron in their glory, and the oblations of
the Lord in their hands, before all the congregation of Israel.
 And finishing the service at the altar, that he might adorn the
offering of the most high Almighty,
 He stretched out his hand to the cup, and poured of the blood of the
grape, he poured out at the foot of the altar a sweetsmelling savour unto the
most high King of all.
 Then shouted the sons of Aaron, and sounded the silver trumpets, and
made a great noise to be heard, for a remembrance before the most High.
 Then all the people together hasted, and fell down to the earth upon
their faces to worship their Lord God Almighty, the most High.
 The singers also sang praises with their voices, with great variety
of sounds was there made sweet melody.
 And the people besought the Lord, the most High, by prayer before
him that is merciful, till the solemnity of the Lord was ended, and they had
finished his service.
 Then he went down, and lifted up his hands over the whole
congregation of the children of Israel, to give the blessing of the Lord with
his lips, and to rejoice in his name.
 And they bowed themselves down to worship the second time, that they
might receive a blessing from the most High.
 Now therefore bless ye the God of all, which only doeth wondrous
things every where, which exalteth our days from the womb, and dealeth with us
according to his mercy.
 He grant us joyfulness of heart, and that peace may be in our days
in Israel for ever:
 That he would confirm his mercy with us, and deliver us at his time!
 There be two manner of nations which my heart abhorreth, and the
third is no nation:
 They that sit upon the mountain of Samaria, and they that dwell
among the Philistines, and that foolish people that dwell in Sichem.
 Jesus the son of Sirach of Jerusalem hath written in this book the
instruction of understanding and knowledge, who out of his heart poured forth
 Blessed is he that shall be exercised in these things; and he that
layeth them up in his heart shall become wise.
 For if he do them, he shall be strong to all things: for the light
of the Lord leadeth him, who giveth wisdom to the godly. Blessed be the name of
the Lord for ever. Amen, Amen.
[A Prayer of Jesus the son of
Sirach.] I will thank thee, O Lord and King, and praise thee, O God my
Saviour: I do give praise unto thy name:
 For thou art my defender and helper, and has preserved my body from
destruction, and from the snare of the slanderous tongue, and from the lips that
forge lies, and has been mine helper against mine adversaries:
 And hast delivered me, according to the multitude of they mercies and
greatness of thy name, from the teeth of them that were ready to devour me, and
out of the hands of such as sought after my life, and from the manifold
afflictions which I had;
 From the choking of fire on every side, and from the midst of the
fire which I kindled not;
 From the depth of the belly of hell, from an unclean tongue, and from
 By an accusation to the king from an unrighteous tongue my soul drew
near even unto death, my life was near to the hell beneath.
 They compassed me on every side, and there was no man to help me: I
looked for the succour of men, but there was none.
 Then thought I upon thy mercy, O Lord, and upon thy acts of old, how
thou deliverest such as wait for thee, and savest them out of the hands of the
 Then lifted I up my supplications from the earth, and prayed for
deliverance from death.
 I called upon the Lord, the Father of my Lord, that he would not
leave me in the days of my trouble, and in the time of the proud, when there was
 I will praise thy name continually, and will sing praises with
thanksgiving; and so my prayer was heard:
 For thou savedst me from destruction, and deliveredst me from the
evil time: therefore will I give thanks, and praise thee, and bless they name, O
 When I was yet young, or ever I went abroad, I desired wisdom openly
in my prayer.
 I prayed for her before the temple, and will seek her out even to
 Even from the flower till the grape was ripe hath my heart delighted
in her: my foot went the right way, from my youth up sought I after her.
 I bowed down mine ear a little, and received her, and gat much
 I profited therein, therefore will I ascribe glory unto him that
giveth me wisdom.
 For I purposed to do after her, and earnestly I followed that which
is good; so shall I not be confounded.
 My soul hath wrestled with her, and in my doings I was exact: I
stretched forth my hands to the heaven above, and bewailed my ignorances of her.
 I directed my soul unto her, and I found her in pureness: I have had
my heart joined with her from the beginning, therefore shall I not be foresaken.
 My heart was troubled in seeking her: therefore have I gotten a good
 The Lord hath given me a tongue for my reward, and I will praise him
 Draw near unto me, ye unlearned, and dwell in the house of learning.
 Wherefore are ye slow, and what say ye to these things, seeing your
souls are very thirsty?
 I opened my mouth, and said, Buy her for yourselves without money.
 Put your neck under the yoke, and let your soul receive instruction:
she is hard at hand to find.
 Behold with your eyes, how that I have but little labour, and have
gotten unto me much rest.
 Get learning with a great sum of money, and get much gold by her.
 Let your soul rejoice in his mercy, and be not ashamed of his
 Work your work betimes, and in his time he will give you your