THE WISDOM OF JESUS THE SON OF SIRACH,
A Prologue made by an uncertain Author
THIS Jesus was the son of Sirach, and grandchild to Jesus of the same
name with him: this man therefore lived in the latter times, after the people had been led
away captive, and called home again, and almost after all the prophets. Now his
grandfather Jesus, as he himself witnesseth, was a man of great diligence and wisdom among
the Hebrews, who did not only gather the grave and short sentences of wise men, that had
been before him, but himself also uttered some of his own, full of much understanding and
wisdom. When as therefore the first Jesus died, leaving this book almost perfected, Sirach
his son receiving it after him left it to his own son Jesus, who, having gotten it into
his hands, compiled it all orderly into one volume, and called it Wisdom, intituling it
both by his own name, his father's name, and his grandfather's; alluring the hearer by the
very name of Wisdom to have a greater love to the study of this book. It containeth
therefore wise dark sentences, and parables, and certain particular ancient godly stories
of men that pleased God; also his prayer and song; moreover, what benefits God had
vouchsafed his people, and what plagues he had heaped upon their enemies. This Jesus did
imitate Solomon, and was no less famous for wisdom and learning, both being indeed a man
of great learning, and so reputed also.
The Prologue of the Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach
WHEREAS many and great things have been delivered unto us by the law and
the prophets, and by others that have followed their steps, for the which things Israel
ought to be commended for learning and wisdom; and whereof not only the readers must needs
become skilful themselves, but also they that desire to learn be able to profit them which
are without, both by speaking and writing: my grandfather Jesus, when he had much given
himself to the reading of the law, and the prophets, and other books of our fathers, and
had gotten therein good judgment, was drawn on also himself to write something pertaining
to learning and wisdom; to the intent that those which are desirous to learn, and are
addicted to these things, might profit much more in living according to the law. Wherefore
let me intreat you to read it with favour and attention, and to pardon us, wherein we may
seem to come short of some words, which we have laboured to interpret. For the same things
uttered in Hebrew, and translated into another tongue, have not the same force in them;
and not only these things, but the law itself, and the prophets, and the rest of the
books, have no small difference, when they are spoken in their own language. For in the
eight and thirtieth year coming into Egypt, when Euergetes was king, and continuing there
some time, I found a book of no small learning: therefore I thought it most necessary for
me to bestow some diligence and travail to interpret it; using great watchfulness and
skill in that space to bring the book to an end, and set it forth for them also, which in
a strange country are willing to learn, being prepared before in manners to live after the
ALL wisdom cometh from the Lord, and is with him for ever.
2 Who can number the
sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the days of eternity?
3 Who can find out
the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the deep, and wisdom?
4 Wisdom hath been
created before all things, and the understanding of prudence from everlasting.
5 The word of God
most high is the fountain of wisdom; and her ways are everlasting commandments.
6 To whom hath the
root of wisdom been revealed? or who hath known her wise counsels?
7 [Unto whom hath
the knowledge of wisdom been made manifest? and who hath understood her great experience?]
8 There is one wise
and greatly to be feared, the Lord sitting upon his throne.
9 He created her,
and saw her, and numbered her, and poured her out upon all his works.
10 She is with all
flesh according to his gift, and he hath given her to them that love him.
11 The fear of the
Lord is honour, and glory, and gladness, and a crown of rejoicing.
12 The fear of the
Lord maketh a merry heart, and giveth joy, and gladness, and a long life.
13 Whoso feareth the
Lord, it shall go well with him at the last, and he shall find favour in the day of his
14 To fear the Lord
is the beginning of wisdom: and it was created with the faithful in the womb.
15 She hath built an
everlasting foundation with men, and she shall continue with their seed.
16 To fear the Lord
is fulness of wisdom, and filleth men with her fruits.
17 She filleth all
their house with things desirable, and the garners with her increase.
18 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.
19 Wisdom raineth
down skill and knowledge of understanding, and exalteth them to honour that hold her fast.
20 The root of
wisdom is to fear the Lord, and the branches thereof are long life.
21 The fear of the
Lord driveth away sins: and where it is present, it turneth away wrath.
22 A furious man
cannot be justified; for the sway of his fury shall be his destruction.
23 A patient man
will bear for a time, and afterward joy shall spring up unto him.
24 He will hide his
words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom.
25 The parables of
knowledge are in the treasures of wisdom: but godliness is an abomination to a sinner.
26 If thou desire
wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord shall give her unto thee.
27 For the fear of
the Lord is wisdom and instruction: and faith and meekness are his delight.
28 Distrust not the
fear of the Lord when thou art poor: and come not unto him with a double heart.
29 Be not an
hypocrite in the sight of men, and take goodheed what thou speakest.
30 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.
2 Set thy heart
aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble.
3 Cleave unto him,
and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end.
4 Whatsoever is
brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be patient when thou art changed to a low estate.
5 For gold is tried
in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.
6 Believe in him,
and he will help thee; order thy way aright, and trust in him.
7 Ye that fear the
Lord, wait for his mercy; and go not aside, lest ye fall.
8 Ye that fear the
Lord, believe him; and your reward shall not fail.
9 Ye that fear the
Lord, hope for good, and for everlasting joy and mercy.
10 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
11 For the Lord is
full of compassion and mercy, longsuffering, and very pitiful, and forgiveth sins, and
saveth in time of affliction.
12 Woe be to fearful
hearts, and faint hands, and the sinner that goeth two ways!
13 Woe unto him that
is fainthearted! for he believeth not; therefore shall he not be defended.
14 Woe unto you that
have lost patience! and what will ye do when the Lord shall visit you?
15 They that fear
the Lord will not disobey his word; and they that love him will keep his ways.
16 They that fear
the Lord will seek that which is wellpleasing unto him; and they that love him shall be
filled with the law.
17 They that fear
the Lord will prepare their hearts, and humble their souls in his sight,
18 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.
1 Hear me your
father, O children, and do thereafter, that ye may be safe.
2 For the Lord hath
given the father honour over the children, and hath confirmed the authority of the mother
over the sons.
3 Whoso honoureth
his father maketh an atonement for his sins:
4 And he that
honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up treasure.
5 Whoso honoureth
his father shall have joy of his own children; and when he maketh his prayer, he shall be
6 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.
7 He that feareth
the Lord will honour his father, and will do service unto his parents, as to his masters.
8 Honour thy father
and mother both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon thee from them.
9 For the blessing
of the father establisheth the houses of children; but the curse of the mother rooteth out
10 Glory not in the
dishonour of thy father; for thy father's dishonour is no glory unto thee.
11 For the glory of
a man is from the honour of his father; and a mother in dishonour is a reproach to the
12 My son, help thy
father in his age, and grieve him not as long as he liveth.
13 And if his
understanding fail, have patience with him; and despise him not when thou art in thy full
14 For the relieving
of thy father shall not be forgotten: and instead of sins it shall be added to build thee
15 In the day of
thine affliction it shall be remembered; thy sins also shall melt away, as the ice in the
fair warm weather.
16 He that forsaketh
his father is as a blasphemer; and he that angereth his mother is cursed: of God.
17 My son, go on
with thy business in meekness; so shalt thou be beloved of him that is approved.
18 The greater thou
art, the more humble thyself, and thou shalt find favour before the Lord.
19 Many are in high
place, and of renown: but mysteries are revealed unto the meek.
20 For the power of
the Lord is great, and he is honoured of the lowly.
21 Seek not out
things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are above thy strength.
22 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.
23 Be not curious in
unnecessary matters: for more things are shewed unto thee than men understand.
24 For many are
deceived by their own vain opinion; and an evil suspicion hath overthrown their judgment.
25 Without eyes thou
shalt want light: profess not the knowledge therefore that thou hast not.
26 A stubborn heart
shall fare evil at the last; and he that loveth danger shall perish therein.
27 An obstinate
heart shall be laden with sorrows; and the wicked man shall heap sin upon sin.
28 In the punishment
of the proud there is no remedy; for the plant of wickedness hath taken root in him.
29 The heart of the
prudent will understand a parable; and an attentive ear is the desire of a wise man.
30 Water will quench
a flaming fire; and alms maketh an atonement for sins.
31 And he that
requiteth good turns is mindful of that which may come hereafter; and when he falleth, he
shall find a stay.
1 My son, defraud
not the poor of his living, and make not the needy eyes to wait long.
2 Make not an hungry
soul sorrowful; neither provoke a man in his distress.
3 Add not more
trouble to an heart that is vexed; and defer not to give to him that is in need.
4 Reject not the
supplication of the afflicted; neither turn away thy face from a poor man.
5 Turn not away
thine eye from the needy, and give him none occasion to curse thee:
6 For if he curse
thee in the bitterness of his soul, his prayer shall be heard of him that made him.
7 Get thyself the
love of the congregation, and bow thy head to a great man.
8 Let it not grieve
thee to bow down thine ear to the poor, and give him a friendly answer with meekness.
9 Deliver him that
suffereth wrong from the hand of the oppressor; and be not fainthearted when thou sittest
10 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.
11 Wisdom exalteth
her children, and layeth hold of them that seek her.
12 He that loveth
her loveth life; and they that seek to her early shall be filled with joy.
13 He that holdeth
her fast shall inherit glory; and wheresoever she entereth, the Lord will bless.
14 They that serve
her shall minister to the Holy One: and them that love her the Lord doth love.
15 Whoso giveth ear
unto her shall judge the nations: and he that attendeth unto her shall dwell securely.
16 If a man commit
himself unto her, he shall inherit her; and his generation shall hold her in possession.
17 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.
18 Then will she
return the straight way unto him, and comfort him, and shew him her secrets.
19 But if he go
wrong, she will forsake him, and give him over to his own ruin.
20 Observe the
opportunity, and beware of evil; and be not ashamed when it concerneth thy soul.
21 For there is a
shame that bringeth sin; and there is a shame which is glory and grace.
22 Accept no person
against thy soul, and let not the reverence of any man cause thee to fall.
23 And refrain not
to speak, when there is occasion to do good, and hide not thy wisdom in her beauty.
24 For by speech
wisdom shall be known: and learning by the word of the tongue.
25 In no wise speak
against the truth; but be abashed of the error of thine ignorance.
26 Be not ashamed to
confess thy sins; and force not the course of the river.
27 Make not thyself
an underling to a foolish man; neither accept the person of the mighty.
28 Strive for the
truth unto death, and the Lord shall fight for thee.
29 Be not hasty in
thy tongue, and in thy deeds slack and remiss.
30 Be not as a lion
in thy house, nor frantick among thy servants.
31 Let not thine
hand be stretched out to receive, and shut when thou shouldest repay.
1 Set thy heart
upon thy goods; and say not, I have enough for my life.
2 Follow not thine
own mind and thy strength, to walk in the ways of thy heart:
3 And say not, Who
shall controul me for my works? for the Lord will surely revenge thy pride.
4 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.
propitiation, be not without fear to add sin unto sin:
6 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 sinners.
7 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
8 Set not thine
heart upon goods unjustly gotten, for they shall not profit thee in the day of calamity.
9 Winnow not with
every wind, and go not into every way: for so doth the sinner that hath a double tongue.
10 Be stedfast in
thy understanding; and let thy word be the same.
11 Be swift to hear;
and let thy life be sincere; and with patience give answer.
12 If thou hast
understanding, answer thy neighbour; if not, lay thy hand upon thy mouth.
13 Honour and shame
is in talk: and the tongue of man is his fall.
14 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.
15 Be not ignorant
of any thing in a great matter or a small.
1 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.
2 Extol not thyself
in the counsel of thine own heart; that thy soul be not torn in pieces as a bull [straying
3 Thou shalt eat up
thy leaves, and lose thy fruit, and leave thyself as a dry tree.
4 A wicked soul
shall destroy him that hath it, and shall make him to be laughed to scorn of his enemies.
5 Sweet language
will multiply friends: and a fairspeaking tongue will increase kind greetings.
6 Be in peace with
many: nevertheless have but one counsellor of a thousand.
7 If thou wouldest
get a friend, prove him first and be not hasty to credit him.
8 For some man is a
friend for his own occasion, and will not abide in the day of thy trouble.
9 And there is a
friend, who being turned to enmity, and strife will discover thy reproach.
10 Again, some
friend is a companion at the table, and will not continue in the day of thy affliction.
11 But in thy
prosperity he will be as thyself, and will be bold over thy servants.
12 If thou be
brought low, he will be against thee, and will hide himself from thy face.
13 Separate thyself
from thine enemies, and take heed of thy friends.
14 A faithfull
friend is a strong defence: and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure.
15 Nothing doth
countervail a faithful friend, and his excellency is invaluable.
16 A faithful friend
is the medicine of life; and they that fear the Lord shall find him.
17 Whoso feareth the
Lord shall direct his friendship aright: for as he is, so shall his neighbour be also.
18 My son, gather
instruction from thy youth up: so shalt thou find wisdom till thine old age.
19 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.
20 She is very
unpleasant to the unlearned: he that is without understanding will not remain with her.
21 She will lie upon
him as a mighty stone of trial; and he will cast her from him ere it be long.
22 For wisdom is
according to her name, and she is not manifest unto many.
23 Give ear, my son,
receive my advice, and refuse not my counsel,
24 And put thy feet
into her fetters, and thy neck into her chain.
25 Bow down thy
shoulder, and bear her, and be not grieved with her bonds.
26 Come unto her
with thy whole heart, and keep her ways with all thy power.
27 Search, and seek,
and she shall be made known unto thee: and when thou hast got hold of her, let her not go.
28 For at the last
thou shalt find her rest, and that shall be turned to thy joy.
29 Then shall her
fetters be a strong defence for thee, and her chains a robe of glory.
30 For there is a
golden ornament upon her, and her bands are purple lace.
31 Thou shalt put
her on as a robe of honour, and shalt put her about thee as a crown of joy.
32 My son, if thou
wilt, thou shalt be taught: and if thou wilt apply thy mind, thou shalt be prudent.
33 If thou love to
hear, thou shalt receive understanding: and if thou bow thine ear, thou shalt be wise,
34 Stand in the
multitude of the elders; and cleave unto him that is wise.
35 Be willing to
hear every godly discourse; and let not the parables of understanding escape thee.
1 Do no evil, so
shall no harm come unto thee.
2 Depart from the
unjust, and iniquity shall turn away from thee.
3 My son, sow not
upon the furrows of unrighteousness, and thou shalt not reap them sevenfold.
4 Seek not of the
Lord preeminence, neither of the king the seat of honour.
5 justify not
thyself before the Lord; and boast not of thy wisdom before the king.
6 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 uprightness.
7 Offend not against
the multitude of a city, and then thou shalt not cast thyself down among the people.
8 Bind not one sin
upon another; for in one thou shalt not be unpunished.
9 Say not, God will
look upon the multitude of my oblations, and when I offer to the most high God, he will
10 Be not
fainthearted when thou makest thy prayer, and neglect not to give alms.
11 Laugh no man to
scorn in the bitterness of his soul: for there is one which humbleth and exalteth.
12 Devise not a lie
against thy brother; neither do the like to thy friend.
13 Use not to make
any manner of lie: for the custom thereof is not good.
14 Use not many
words in a multitude of elders, and make not much babbling when thou prayest.
15 Hate not
laborious work, neither husbandry, which the most High hath ordained.
16 Number not
thyself among the multitude of sinners, but remember that wrath will not tarry long.
17 Humble thyself
greatly: for the vengeance of the ungodly is fire and worms.
18 Change not a
friend for any good by no means; neither a faithful brother for the gold of Ophir.
19 Forego not a wise
and good woman: for her grace is above gold.
20 Whereas thy
servant worketh truly, entreat him not evil. nor the hireling that bestoweth himself
wholly for thee.
21 Let thy soul love
a good servant, and defraud him not of liberty.
22 Hast thou cattle?
have an eye to them: and if they be for thy profit, keep them with thee.
23 Hast thou
children? instruct them, and bow down their neck from their youth.
24 Hast thou
daughters? have a care of their body, and shew not thyself cheerful toward them.
25 Marry thy
daughter, and so shalt thou have performed a weighty matter: but give her to a man of
26 Hast thou a wife
after thy mind? forsake her not: but give not thyself over to a light woman.
27 Honour thy father
with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrows of thy mother.
28 Remember that
thou wast begotten of them; and how canst thou recompense them the things that they have
done for thee?
29 Fear the Lord
with all thy soul, and reverence his priests.
30 Love him that
made thee with all thy strength, and forsake not his ministers.
31 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 holy things.
32 And stretch thine
hand unto the poor, that thy blessing may be perfected.
33 A gift hath grace
in the sight of every man living; and for the dead detain it not.
34 Fail not to be
with them that weep, and mourn with them that mourn.
35 Be not slow to
visit the sick: for that shall make thee to be beloved.
36 Whatsoever thou
takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt never do amiss.
1 Strive not with
a mighty man, lest thou fall into his hands.
2 Be not at variance
with a rich man, lest he overweigh thee: for gold hath destroyed many, and perverted the
hearts of kings.
3 Strive not with a
man that is full of tongue, and heap not wood upon his fire.
4 Jest not with a
rude man, lest thy ancestors be disgraced.
5 Reproach not a man
that turneth from sin, but remember that we are all worthy of punishment.
6 Dishonour not a
man in his old age: for even some of us wax old.
7 Rejoice not over
thy greatest enemy being dead, but remember that we die all.
8 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.
9 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 requireth.
10 Kindle not the
coals of a sinner, lest thou be burnt with the flame of his fire.
11 Rise not up [in
anger] at the presence of an injurious person, lest he lie in wait to entrap thee in thy
12 Lend not unto him
that is mightier than thyself; for if thou lendest him, count it but lost.
13 Be not surety
above thy power: for if thou be surety, take care to pay it.
14 Go not to law
with a judge; for they will judge for him according to his honour.
1 Be not jealous
over the wife of thy bosom, and teach her not an evil lesson against thyself.
2 Give not thy soul
unto a woman to set her foot upon thy substance.
3 Meet not with an
harlot, lest thou fall into her snares.
4 Use not much the
company of a woman that is a singer, lest thou be taken with her attempts.
5 Gaze not on a
maid, that thou fall not by those things that are precious in her.
6 Give not thy soul
unto harlots, that thou lose not thine inheritance.
7 Look not round
about thee in the streets of the city, neither wander thou in the solitary place thereof.
8 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.
9 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
10 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.
11 Envy not the
glory of a sinner: for thou knowest not what shall be his end.
12 Delight not in
the thing that the ungodly have pleasure in; but remember they shall not go unpunished
unto their grave.
13 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.
14 As near as thou
canst, guess at thy neighbour, and consult with the wise.
15 Let thy talk be
with the wise, and all thy communication in the law of the most High.
16 And let just men
eat and drink with thee; and let thy glorying be in the fear of the Lord.
17 For the hand of
the artificer the work shall be commended: and the wise ruler of the people for his
18 A man of an ill
tongue is dangerous in his city; and he that is rash in his talk shall be hated.
1 A wise judge
will instruct his people; and the government of a prudent man is well ordered.
2 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.
3 An unwise king
destroyeth his people; but through the prudence of them which are in authority the city
shall be inhabited.
4 The power of the
earth is in the hand of the Lord, and in due time he will set over it one that is
5 In the hand of God
is the prosperity of man: and upon the person of the scribe shall he lay his honour.
6 Bear not hatred to
thy neighbour for every wrong; and do nothing at all by injurious practices.
7 Pride is hateful
before God and man: and by both doth one commit iniquity.
8 Because of
unrighteous dealings, injuries, and riches got by deceit, the kingdom is translated from
one people to another.
9 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.
10 The physician
cutteth off a long disease; and he that is to day a king to morrow shall die.
11 For when a man is
dead, he shall inherit creeping things, beasts, and worms.
12 The beginning of
pride is when one departeth from God, and his heart is turned away from his Maker.
13 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.
14 The Lord hath
cast down the thrones of proud princes, and set up the meek in their stead.
15 The Lord hath
plucked up the roots of the proud nations, and planted the lowly in their place.
16 The Lord
overthrew countries of the heathen, and destroyed them to the foundations of the earth.
17 He took some of
them away, and destroyed them, and hath made their memorial to cease from the earth.
18 Pride was not
made for men, nor furious anger for them that are born of a woman.
19 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
20 Among brethren he
that is chief is honorable; so are they that fear the Lord in his eyes.
21 The fear of the
Lord goeth before the obtaining of authority: but roughness and pride is the losing
22 Whether he be
rich, noble, or poor, their glory is the fear of the Lord.
23 It is not meet to
despise the poor man that hath understanding; neither is it convenient to magnify a sinful
24 Great men, and
judges, and potentates, shall be honoured; yet is there none of them greater than he that
feareth the Lord.
25 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.
26 Be not overwise
in doing thy business; and boast not thyself in the time of thy distress.
27 Better is he that
laboureth, and aboundeth in all things, than he that boasteth himself, and wanteth bread.
28 My son, glorify
thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to the dignity thereof.
29 Who will justify
him that sinneth against his own soul? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own
30 The poor man is
honoured for his skill, and the rich man is honoured for his riches.
31 He that is
honoured in poverty, how much more in riches? and he that is dishonourable in riches, how
much more in poverty?
1 Wisdom lifteth
up the head of him that is of low degree, and maketh him to sit among great men.
2 Commend not a man
for his beauty; neither abhor a man for his outward appearance.
3 The bee is little
among such as fly; but her fruit is the chief of sweet things.
4 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 are hidden.
5 Many kings have
sat down upon the ground; and one that was never thought of hath worn the crown.
6 Many mighty men
have been greatly disgraced; and the honourable delivered into other men's hands.
7 Blame not before
thou hast examined the truth: understand first, and then rebuke.
8 Answer not before
thou hast heard the cause: neither interrupt men in the midst of their talk.
9 Strive not in a
matter that concerneth thee not; and sit not in judgment with sinners.
10 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.
11 There is one that
laboureth, and taketh pains, and maketh haste, and is so much the more behind.
12 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,
13 And lifted up his
head from misery; so that many that saw from him is peace over all the
14 Prosperity and
adversity, life and death, poverty and riches, come of the Lord.
knowledge, and understanding of the law, are of the Lord: love, and the way of good works,
are from him.
16 Error and
darkness had their beginning together with sinners: and evil shall wax old with them that
17 The gift of the
Lord remaineth with the ungodly, and his favour bringeth prosperity for ever.
18 There is that
waxeth rich by his wariness and pinching, and this his the portion of his reward:
19 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.
20 Be stedfast in
thy covenant, and be conversant therein, and wax old in thy work.
21 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.
22 The blessing of
the Lord is in the reward of the godly, and suddenly he maketh his blessing flourish.
23 Say not, What
profit is there of my service? and what good things shall I have hereafter?
24 Again, say not, I
have enough, and possess many things, and what evil shall I have hereafter?
25 In the day of
prosperity there is a forgetfulness of affliction: and in the day of affliction there is
no more remembrance of prosperity.
26 For it is an easy
thing unto the Lord in the day of death to reward a man according to his ways.
27 The affliction of
an hour maketh a man forget pleasure: and in his end his deeds shall be discovered.
28 Judge none
blessed before his death: for a man shall be known in his children.
29 Bring not every
man into thine house: for the deceitful man hath many trains.
30 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:
31 For he lieth in
wait, and turneth good into evil, and in things worthy praise will lay blame upon thee.
32 Of a spark of
fire a heap of coals is kindled: and a sinful man layeth wait for blood.
33 Take heed of a
mischievous man, for he worketh wickedness; lest he bring upon thee a perpetual blot.
34 Receive a
stranger into thine house, and he will disturb thee, and turn thee out of thine own.
1 When thou wilt
do good know to whom thou doest it; so shalt thou be thanked for thy benefits.
2 Do good to the
godly man, and thou shalt find a recompence; and if not from him, yet from the most High.
3 There can no good
come to him that is always occupied in evil, nor to him that giveth no alms.
4 Give to the godly
man, and help not a sinner.
5 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.
6 For the most High
hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance unto the ungodly, and keepeth them against the
mighty day of their punishment.
7 Give unto the
good, and help not the sinner.
8 A friend cannot be
known in prosperity: and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.
9 In the prosperity
of a man enemies will be grieved: but in his adversity even a friend will depart.
10 Never trust thine
enemy: for like as iron rusteth, so is his wickedness.
11 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.
12 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.
13 Who will pity a
charmer that is bitten with a serpent, or any such as come nigh wild beasts?
14 So one that goeth
to a sinner, and is defiled with him in his sins, who will pity?
15 For a while he
will abide with thee, but if thou begin to fall, he will not tarry.
16 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.
17 If adversity come
upon thee, thou shalt find him there first; and though he pretend to help thee, yet shall
he undermine thee.
18 He will shake his
head, and clap his hands, and whisper much, and change his countenance.
1 He that
toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith; and he that hath fellowship with a proud man
shall be like unto him.
2 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.
3 The rich man hath
done wrong, and yet he threateneth withal: the poor is wronged, and he must intreat also.
4 If thou be for his
profit, he will use thee: but if thou have nothing, he will forsake thee.
5 If thou have any
thing, he will live with thee: yea, he will make thee bare, and will not be sorry for it.
6 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?
7 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.
8 Beware that thou
be not deceived and brought down in thy jollity.
9 If thou be invited
of a mighty man, withdraw thyself, and so much the more will he invite thee.
10 Press thou not
upon him, lest thou be put back; stand not far off, lest thou be forgotten.
11 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:
12 But cruelly he
will lay up thy words, and will not spare to do thee hurt, and to put thee in prison.
13 Observe, and take
good heed, for thou walkest in peril of thy overthrowing: when thou hearest these things,
awake in thy sleep.
14 Love the Lord all
thy life, and call upon him for thy salvation.
15 Every beast
loveth his like, and every man loveth his neighbor.
16 All flesh
consorteth according to kind, and a man will cleave to his like.
17 What fellowship
hath the wolf with the lamb? so the sinner with the godly.
18 What agreement is
there between the hyena and a dog? and what peace between the rich and the poor?
19 As the wild ass
is the lion's prey in the wilderness: so the rich eat up the poor.
20 As the proud hate
humility: so doth the rich abhor the poor.
21 A rich man
beginning to fall is held up of his friends: but a poor man being down is thrust away by
22 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
23 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.
24 Riches are good
unto him that hath no sin, and poverty is evil in the mouth of the ungodly.
25 The heart of a
man changeth his countenance, whether it be for good or evil: and a merry heart maketh a
26 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.
1 Blessed is the
man that hath not slipped with his mouth, and is not pricked with the multitude of sins.
2 Blessed is he
whose conscience hath not condemned him, and who is not fallen from his hope in the Lord.
3 Riches are not
comely for a niggard: and what should an envious man do with money?
4 He that gathereth
by defrauding his own soul gathereth for others, that shall spend his goods riotously.
5 He that is evil to
himself, to whom will he be good? he shall not take pleasure in his goods.
6 There is none
worse than he that envieth himself; and this is a recompence of his wickedness.
7 And if he doeth
good, he doeth it unwillingly; and at the last he will declare his wickedness.
8 The envious man
hath a wicked eye; he turneth away his face, and despiseth men.
9 A covetous man's
eye is not satisfied with his portion; and the iniquity of the wicked drieth up his soul.
10 A wicked eye
envieth [his] bread, and he is a niggard at his table.
11 My son, according
to thy ability do good to thyself, and give the Lord his due offering.
12 Remember that
death will not be long in coming, and that the covenant of the grave is not shewed unto
13 Do good unto thy
friend before thou die, and according to thy ability stretch out thy hand and give to him.
14 Defraud not
thyself of the good day, and let not the part of a good desire overpass thee.
15 Shalt thou not
leave thy travails unto another? and thy labours to be divided by lot?
16 Give, and take,
and sanctify thy soul; for there is no seeking of dainties in the grave.
17 All flesh waxeth
old as a garment: for the covenant from the beginning is, Thou shalt die the death.
18 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.
19 Every work
rotteth and consumeth away, and the worker thereof shall go withal.
20 Blessed is the
man that doth meditate good things in wisdom, and that reasoneth of holy things by his
21 He that
considereth her ways in his heart shall also have understanding in her secrets.
22 Go after her as
one that traceth, and lie in wait in her ways.
23 He that prieth in
at her windows shall also hearken at her doors.
24 He that doth
lodge near her house shall also fasten a pin in her walls.
25 He shall pitch
his tent nigh unto her, and shall lodge in a lodging where good things are.
26 He shall set his
children under her shelter, and shall lodge under her branches.
27 By her he shall
be covered from heat, and in her glory shall he dwell.
1 He that feareth
the Lord will do good, and he that hath the knowledge of the law shall obtain her.
2 And as a mother
shall she meet him, and receive him as a wife married of a virgin.
3 With the bread of
understanding shall she feed him, and give him the water of wisdom to drink.
4 He shall be stayed
upon her, and shall not be moved; and shall rely upon her, and shall not be confounded.
5 She shall exalt
him above his neighbours, and in the midst of the congregation shall she open his mouth.
6 He shall find joy
and a crown of gladness, and she shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.
7 But foolish men
shall not attain unto her, and sinners shall not see her.
8 For she is far
from pride, and men that are liars cannot remember her.
9 Praise is not
seemly in the mouth of a sinner, for it was not sent him of the Lord.
10 For praise shall
be uttered in wisdom, and the Lord will prosper it.
11 Say not thou, It
is through the Lord that I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do the things that he
12 Say not thou, He
hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of the sinful man.
13 The Lord hateth
all abomination; and they that fear God love it not.
14 He himself made
man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of his counsel;
15 If thou wilt, to
keep the commandments, and to perform acceptable faithfulness.
16 He hath set fire
and water before thee: stretch forth thy hand unto whether thou wilt.
17 Before man is
life and death; and whether him liketh shall be given him.
18 For the wisdom of
the Lord is great, and he is mighty in power, and beholdeth all things:
19 And his eyes are
upon them that fear him, and he knoweth every work of man.
20 He hath commanded
no man to do wickedly, neither hath he given any man licence to sin.
1 Desire not a
multitude of unprofitable children, neither delight in ungodly sons.
2 Though they
multiply, rejoice not in them, except the fear of the Lord be with them.
3 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.
4 For by one that
hath understanding shall the city be replenished: but the kindred of the wicked shall
speedily become desolate.
5 Many such things
have I seen with mine eyes, and mine ear hath heard greater things than these.
6 In the
congregation of the ungodly shall a fire be kindled; and in a rebellious nation wrath is
set on fire.
7 He was not
pacified toward the old giants, who fell away in the strength of their foolishness.
8 Neither spared he
the place where Lot sojourned, but abhorred them for their pride.
9 He pitied not the
people of perdition, who were taken away in their sins:
10 Nor the six
hundred thousand footmen, who were gathered together in the hardness of their hearts.
11 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.
12 As his mercy is
great, so is his correction also: he judgeth a man according to his works
13 The sinner shall
not escape with his spoils: and the patience of the godly shall not be frustrate.
14 Make way for
every work of mercy: for every man shall find according to his works.
15 The Lord hardened
Pharaoh, that he should not know him, that his powerful works might be known to the world.
16 His mercy is
manifest to every creature; and he hath separated his light from the darkness with an
17 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
18 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.
19 The mountains
also and foundations of the earth be shaken with trembling, when the Lord looketh upon
20 No heart can
think upon these things worthily: and who is able to conceive his ways?
21 It is a tempest
which no man can see: for the most part of his works are hid.
22 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.
23 He that wanteth
understanding will think upon vain things: and a foolish man erring imagineth follies.
24 by son, hearken
unto me, and learn knowledge, and mark my words with thy heart.
25 I will shew forth
doctrine in weight, and declare his knowledge exactly.
26 The works of the
Lord are done in judgment from the beginning: and from the time he made them he disposed
the parts thereof.
27 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 their works.
28 None of them
hindereth another, and they shall never disobey his word.
29 After this the
Lord looked upon the earth, and filled it with his blessings.
30 With all manner
of living things hath he covered the face thereof; and they shall return into it again.
1 The Lord
created man of the earth, and turned him into it again.
2 He gave them few
days, and a short time, and power also over the things therein.
3 He endued them
with strength by themselves, and made them according to his image,
4 And put the fear
of man upon all flesh, and gave him dominion over beasts and fowls.
5 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.
6 Counsel, and a
tongue, and eyes, ears, and a heart, gave he them to understand.
7 Withal he filled
them with the knowledge of understanding, and shewed them good and evil.
8 He set his eye
upon their hearts, that he might shew them the greatness of his works.
9 He gave them to
glory in his marvellous acts for ever, that they might declare his works with
10 And the elect
shall praise his holy name.
11 Beside this he
gave them knowledge, and the law of life for an heritage.
12 He made an
everlasting covenant with them, and shewed them his judgments.
13 Their eyes saw
the majesty of his glory, and their ears heard his glorious voice.
14 And he said unto
them, Beware of all unrighteousness; and he gave every man commandment concerning his
15 Their ways are
ever before him, and shall not be hid from his eyes.
16 Every man from
his youth is given to evil; neither could they make to themselves fleshy hearts for stony.
17 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:
18 Whom, being his
firstborn, he nourisheth with discipline, and giving him the light of his love doth not
19 Therefore all
their works are as the sun before him, and his eyes are continually upon their ways.
20 None of their
unrighteous deeds are hid from him, but all their sins are before the Lord
21 But the Lord
being gracious and knowing his workmanship, neither left nor forsook them, but spared
22 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 daughters.
23 Afterwards he
will rise up and reward them, and render their recompence upon their heads.
24 But unto them
that repent, he granted them return, and comforted those that failed in patience.
25 Return unto the
Lord, and forsake thy sins, make thy prayer before his face, and offend less.
26 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 abomination vehemently.
27 Who shall praise
the most High in the grave, instead of them which live and give thanks?
perisheth from the dead, as from one that is not: the living and sound in heart shall
praise the Lord.
29 How great is the
lovingkindness of the Lord our God, and his compassion unto such as turn unto him in
30 For all things
cannot be in men, because the son of man is not immortal.
31 What is brighter
than the sun? yet the light thereof faileth; and flesh and blood will imagine evil.
32 He vieweth the
power of the height of heaven; and all men are but earth and ashes.
1 He that liveth
for ever Hath created all things in general.
2 The Lord only is
righteous, and there is none other but he,
3 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.
4 To whom hath he
given power to declare his works? and who shall find out his noble acts?
5 Who shall number
the strength of his majesty? and who shall also tell out his mercies?
6 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.
7 When a man hath
done, then he beginneth; and when he leaveth off, then he shall be doubtful.
8 What is man, and
whereto serveth he? what is his good, and what is his evil?
9 The number of a
man's days at the most are an hundred years.
10 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.
11 Therefore is God
patient with them, and poureth forth his mercy upon them.
12 He saw and
perceived their end to be evil; therefore he multiplied his compassion.
13 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.
14 He hath mercy on
them that receive discipline, and that diligently seek after his judgments.
15 My son, blemish
not thy good deeds, neither use uncomfortable words when thou givest any thing.
16 Shall not the dew
asswage the heat? so is a word better than a gift.
17 Lo, is not a word
better than a gift? but both are with a gracious man.
18 A fool will
upbraid churlishly, and a gift of the envious consumeth the eyes.
19 Learn before thou
speak, and use physick or ever thou be sick.
20 Before judgment
examine thyself, and in the day of visitation thou shalt find mercy.
21 Humble thyself
before thou be sick, and in the time of sins shew repentance.
22 Let nothing
hinder thee to pay thy vow in due time, and defer not until death to be justified.
23 Before thou
prayest, prepare thyself; and be not as one that tempteth the Lord.
24 Think upon the
wrath that shall be at the end, and the time of vengeance, when he shall turn away his
25 When thou hast
enough, remember the time of hunger: and when thou art rich, think upon poverty and need.
26 From the morning
until the evening the time is changed, and all things are soon done before the Lord.
27 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.
28 Every man of
understanding knoweth wisdom, and will give praise unto him that found her.
29 They that were of
understanding in sayings became also wise themselves, and poured forth exquisite parables.
30 Go not after thy
lusts, but refrain thyself from thine appetites.
31 If thou givest
thy soul the desires that please her, she will make thee a laughingstock to thine enemies
that malign thee.
32 Take not pleasure
in much good cheer, neither be tied to the expence thereof.
33 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 talked on.
1 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.
2 Wine and women
will make men of understanding to fall away: and he that cleaveth to harlots will become
3 Moths and worms
shall have him to heritage, and a bold man shall be taken away.
4 He that is hasty
to give credit is lightminded; and he that sinneth shall offend against his own soul.
5 Whoso taketh
pleasure in wickedness shall be condemned: but he that resisteth pleasures crowneth his
6 He that can rule
his tongue shall live without strife; and he that hateth babbling shall have less evil.
7 Rehearse not unto
another that which is told unto thee, and thou shalt fare never the worse.
8 Whether it be to
friend or foe, talk not of other men's lives; and if thou canst without offence, reveal
9 For he heard and
observed thee, and when time cometh he will hate thee.
10 If thou hast
heard a word, let it die with thee; and be bold, it will not burst thee.
11 A fool travaileth
with a word, as a woman in labour of a child.
12 As an arrow that
sticketh in a man's thigh, so is a word within a fool's belly.
13 Admonish a
friend, it may be he hath not done it: and if he have done it, that he do it no more.
14 Admonish thy
friend, it may be he hath not said it: and if he have, that he speak it not again.
15 Admonish a
friend: for many times it is a slander, and believe not every tale.
16 There is one that
slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart; and who is he that hath not offended with
17 Admonish thy
neighbour before thou threaten him; and not being angry, give place to the law of the most
18 The fear of the
Lord is the first step to be accepted [of him,] and wisdom obtaineth his love.
19 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.
20 The fear of the
Lord is all wisdom; and in all wisdom is the performance of the law, and the knowledge of
21 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.
22 The knowledge of
wickedness is not wisdom, neither at any time the counsel of sinners prudence.
23 There is a
wickedness, and the same an abomination; and there is a fool wanting in wisdom.
24 He that hath
small understanding, and feareth God, is better than one that hath much wisdom, and
transgresseth the law of the most High.
25 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.
26 There is a wicked
man that hangeth down his head sadly; but inwardly he is full of deceit,
27 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.
28 And if for want
of power he be hindered from sinning, yet when he findeth opportunity he will do evil.
29 A man may be
known by his look, and one that hath understanding by his countenance, when thou meetest
30 A man's attire,
and excessive laughter, and gait, shew what he is.
1 There is a
reproof that is not comely: again, some man holdeth his tongue, and he is wise.
2 It is much better
to reprove, than to be angry secretly: and he that confesseth his fault shall be preserved
3 How good is it,
when thou art reproved, to shew repentance! for so shalt thou escape wilful sin.
4 As is the lust of
an eunuch to deflower a virgin; so is he that executeth judgment with violence.
5 There is one that
keepeth silence, and is found wise: and another by much babbling becometh hateful.
6 Some man holdeth
his tongue, because he hath not to answer: and some keepeth silence, knowing his time.
7 A wise man will
hold his tongue till he see opportunity: but a babbler and a fool will regard no time.
8 He that useth many
words shall be abhorred; and he that taketh to himself authority therein shall be hated.
9 There is a sinner
that hath good success in evil things; and there is a gain that turneth to loss.
10 There is a gift
that shall not profit thee; and there is a gift whose recompence is double.
11 There is an
abasement because of glory; and there is that lifteth up his head from a low estate.
12 There is that
buyeth much for a little, and repayeth it sevenfold.
13 A wise man by his
words maketh him beloved: but the graces of fools shall be poured out.
14 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 one.
15 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.
16 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.
17 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 it not.
18 To slip upon a
pavement is better than to slip with the tongue: so the fall of the wicked shall come
19 An unseasonable
tale will always be in the mouth of the unwise.
20 A wise sentence
shall be rejected when it cometh out of a fool's mouth; for he will not speak it in due
21 There is that is
hindered from sinning through want: and when he taketh rest, he shall not be troubled.
22 There is that
destroyeth his own soul through bashfulness, and by accepting of persons overthroweth
23 There is that for
bashfulness promiseth to his friend, and maketh him his enemy for nothing.
24 A lie is a foul
blot in a man, yet it is continually in the mouth of the untaught.
25 A thief is better
than a man that is accustomed to lie: but they both shall have destruction to heritage.
26 The disposition
of a liar is dishonourable, and his shame is ever with him.
27 A wise man shall
promote himself to honour with his words: and he that hath understanding will please great
28 He that tilleth
his land shall increase his heap: and he that pleaseth great men shall get pardon for
29 Presents and
gifts blind the eyes of the wise, and stop up his mouth that he cannot reprove.
30 Wisdom that is
hid, and treasure that is hoarded up, what profit is in them both?
31 Better is he that
hideth his folly than a man that hideth his wisdom.
patience in seeking ing the Lord is better than he that leadeth his life without a guide.
1 My son, hast
thou sinned? do so no more, but ask pardon for thy former sins.
2 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.
3 All iniquity is as
a two edged sword, the wounds whereof cannot be healed.
4 To terrify and do
wrong will waste riches: thus the house of proud men shall be made desolate.
5 A prayer out of a
poor man's mouth reacheth to the ears of God, and his judgment cometh speedily.
6 He that hateth to
be reproved is in the way of sinners: but he that feareth the Lord will repent from his
7 An eloquent man is
known far and near; but a man of understanding knoweth when he slippeth.
8 He that buildeth
his house with other men's money is like one that gathereth himself stones for the tomb of
9 The congregation
of the wicked is like tow wrapped together: and the end of them is a flame of fire to
10 The way of
sinners is made plain with stones, but at the end thereof is the pit of hell.
11 He that keepeth
the law of the Lord getteth the understanding thereof: and the perfection of the fear of
the Lord is wisdom.
12 He that is not
wise will not be taught: but there is a wisdom which multiplieth bitterness.
13 The knowledge of
a wise man shall abound like a flood: and his counsel is like a pure fountain of life.
14 The inner parts
of a fool are like a broken vessel, and he will hold no knowledge as long as he liveth.
15 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.
16 The talking of a
fool is like a burden in the way: but grace shall be found in the lips of the wise.
17 They enquire at
the mouth of the wise man in the congregation, and they shall ponder his words in their
18 As is a house
that is destroyed, so is wisdom to a fool: and the knowledge of the unwise is as talk
19 Doctrine unto
fools is as fetters on the feet, and like manacles on the right hand.
20 A fool lifteth up
his voice with laughter; but a wise man doth scarce smile a little.
21 Learning is unto
a wise man as an ornament of gold, and like a bracelet upon his right arm.
22 A foolish man's
foot is soon in his [neighbour's] house: but a man of experience is ashamed of him.
23 A fool will peep
in at the door into the house: but he that is well nurtured will stand without.
24 It is the
rudeness of a man to hearken at the door: but a wise man will be grieved with the
25 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.
26 The heart of
fools is in their mouth: but the mouth of the wise is in their heart.
27 When the ungodly
curseth Satan, he curseth his own soul.
28 A whisperer
defileth his own soul, and is hated wheresoever he dwelleth.
1 A slothful man
is compared to a filthy stone, and every one will hiss him out to his disgrace.
2 A slothful man is
compared to the filth of a dunghill: every man that takes it up will shake his hand.
3 An evilnurtured
man is the dishonour of his father that begat him: and a [foolish] daughter is born to his
4 A wise daughter
shall bring an inheritance to her husband: but she that liveth dishonestly is her father's
5 She that is bold
dishonoureth both her father and her husband, but they both shall despise her.
6 A tale out of
season [is as] musick in mourning: but stripes and correction of wisdom are never out of
7 Whoso teacheth a
fool is as one that glueth a potsherd together, and as he that waketh one from a sound
8 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?
9 If children live
honestly, and have wherewithal, they shall cover the baseness of their parents.
10 But children,
being haughty, through disdain and want of nurture do stain the nobility of their kindred.
11 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
12 Seven days do men
mourn for him that is dead; but for a fool and an ungodly man all the days of his life.
13 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.
14 What is heavier
than lead? and what is the name thereof, but a fool?
15 Sand, and salt,
and a mass of iron, is easier to bear, than a man without understanding.
16 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 no time.
17 A heart settled
upon a thought of understanding is as a fair plaistering on the wall of a gallery.
18 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.
19 He that pricketh
the eye will make tears to fall: and he that pricketh the heart maketh it to shew her
20 Whoso casteth a
stone at the birds frayeth them away: and he that upbraideth his friend breaketh
21 Though thou
drewest a sword at thy friend, yet despair not: for there may be a returning [to favour.]
22 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.
23 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
24 As the vapour and
smoke of a furnace goeth before the fire; so reviling before blood.
25 I will not be
ashamed to defend a friend; neither will I hide myself from him.
26 And if any evil
happen unto me by him, every one that heareth it will beware of him.
27 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?
1 O Lord, Father
and Governor of all my whole life, leave me not to their counsels, and let me not fall by
2 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 my sins:
3 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.
4 O Lord, Father and
God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from thy servants always a haughty
5 Turn away from me
vain hopes and concupiscence, and thou shalt hold him up that is desirous always to serve
6 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.
7 Hear, O ye
children, the discipline of the mouth: he that keepeth it shall never be taken in his
8 The sinner shall
be left in his foolishness: both the evil speaker and the proud shall fall thereby.
9 Accustom not thy
mouth to swearing; neither use thyself to the naming of the Holy One.
10 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 faultless.
11 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 calamities.
12 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.
13 Use not thy mouth
to intemperate swearing, for therein is the word of sin.
14 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.
15 The man that is
accustomed to opprobrious words will never be reformed all the days of his life.
16 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 fire.
17 All bread is
sweet to a whoremonger, he will not leave off till he die.
18 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:
19 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
20 He knew all
things ere ever they were created; so also after they were perfected he looked upon them
21 This man shall be
punished in the streets of the city, and where he suspecteth not he shall be taken.
22 Thus shall it go
also with the wife that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir by another.
23 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
24 She shall be
brought out into the congregation, and inquisition shall be made of her children.
25 Her children
shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit.
26 She shall leave
her memory to be cursed, and her reproach shall not be blotted out.
27 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.
28 It is great glory
to follow the Lord, and to be received of him is long life.
1 Wisdom shall
praise herself, and shall glory in the midst of her people.
2 In the
congregation of the most High shall she open her mouth, and triumph before his power.
3 I came out of the
mouth of the most High, and covered the earth as a cloud.
4 I dwelt in high
places, and my throne is in a cloudy pillar.
5 I alone compassed
the circuit of heaven, and walked in the bottom of the deep.
6 In the waves of
the sea and in all the earth, and in every people and nation, I got a possession.
7 With all these I
sought rest: and in whose inheritance shall I abide?
8 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.
9 He created me from
the beginning before the world, and I shall never fail.
10 In the holy
tabernacle I served before him; and so was I established in Sion.
11 Likewise in the
beloved city he gave me rest, and in Jerusalem was my power.
12 And I took root
in an honourable people, even in the portion of the Lord's inheritance.
13 I was exalted
like a cedar in Libanus, and as a cypress tree upon the mountains of Hermon.
14 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.
15 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.
16 As the turpentine
tree I stretched out my branches, and my branches are the branches of honour and grace.
17 As the vine
brought I forth pleasant savour, and my flowers are the fruit of honour and riches.
18 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 him.
19 Come unto me, all
ye that be desirous of me, and fill yourselves with my fruits.
20 For my memorial
is sweeter than honey, and mine inheritance than the honeycomb.
21 They that eat me
shall yet be hungry, and they that drink me shall yet be thirsty.
22 He that obeyeth
me shall never be confounded, and they that work by me shall not do amiss.
23 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 Jacob.
24 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 Saviour.
25 He filleth all
things with his wisdom, as Phison and as Tigris in the time of the new fruits.
26 He maketh the
understanding to abound like Euphrates, and as Jordan in the time of the harvest.
27 He maketh the
doctrine of knowledge appear as the light, and as Geon in the time of vintage.
28 The first man
knew her not perfectly: no more shall the last find her out.
29 For her thoughts
are more than the sea, and her counsels profounder than the great deep.
30 I also came out
as a brook from a river, and as a conduit into a garden.
31 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.
32 I will yet make
doctrine to shine as the morning, and will send forth her light afar off.
33 I will yet pour
out doctrine as prophecy, and leave it to all ages for ever.
34 Behold that I
have not laboured for myself only, but for all them that seek wisdom.
1 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.
2 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 that doateth.
3 If thou hast
gathered nothing in thy youth, how canst thou find any thing in thine age?
4 O how comely a
thing is judgment for gray hairs, and for ancient men to know counsel!
5 O how comely is
the wisdom of old men, and understanding and counsel to men of honour.
6 Much experience is
the crown of old men, and the fear of God is their glory.
7 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
8 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 himself:
9 Well is him that
hath found prudence, and he that speaketh in the ears of them that will hear:
10 O how great is he
that findeth wisdom! yet is there none above him that feareth the Lord.
11 But the love of
the Lord passeth all things for illumination: he that holdeth it, whereto shall he be
12 The fear of the
Lord is the beginning of his love: and faith is the beginning of cleaving unto him.
13 [Give me] any
plague, but the plague of the heart: and any wickedness, but the wickedness of a woman:
14 And any
affliction, but the affliction from them that hate me: and any revenge, but the revenge of
15 There is no head
above the head of a serpent; and there is no wrath above the wrath of an enemy.
16 I had rather
dwell with a lion and a dragon, than to keep house with a wicked woman.
17 The wickedness of
a woman changeth her face, and darkeneth her countenance like sackcloth.
18 Her husband shall
sit among his neighbours; and when he heareth it shall sigh bitterly.
19 All wickedness is
but little to the wickedness of a woman: let the portion of a sinner fall upon her.
20 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.
21 Stumble not at
the beauty of a woman, and desire her not for pleasure.
22 A woman, if she
maintain her husband, is full of anger, impudence, and much reproach.
23 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.
24 Of the woman came
the beginning of sin, and through her we all die.
25 Give the water no
passage; neither a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad.
26 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.
1 Blessed is the
man that hath a virtuous wife, for the number of his days shall be double.
2 A virtuous woman
rejoiceth her husband, and he shall fulfil the years of his life in peace.
3 A good wife is a
good portion, which shall be given in the portion of them that fear the Lord.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 An evil wife is a
yoke shaken to and fro: he that hath hold of her is as though he held a scorpion.
8 A drunken woman
and a gadder abroad causeth great anger, and she will not cover her own shame.
9 The whoredom of a
woman may be known in her haughty looks and eyelids.
10 If thy daughter
be shameless, keep her in straitly, lest she abuse herself through overmuch liberty.
11 Watch over an
impudent eye: and marvel not if she trespass against thee.
12 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.
13 The grace of a
wife delighteth her husband, and her discretion will fatten his bones.
14 A silent and
loving woman is a gift of the Lord; and there is nothing so much worth as a mind well
15 A shamefaced and
faithful woman is a double grace, and her continent mind cannot be valued.
16 As the sun when
it ariseth in the high heaven; so is the beauty of a good wife in the ordering of her
17 As the clear
light is upon the holy candlestick; so is the beauty of the face in ripe age.
18 As the golden
pillars are upon the sockets of silver; so are the fair feet with a constant heart.
19 My son, keep the
flower of thine age sound; and give not thy strength to strangers.
20 When thou hast
gotten a fruitful possession through all the field, sow it with thine own seed, trusting
in the goodness of thy stock.
21 So thy race which
thou leavest shall be magnified, having the confidence of their good descent.
22 An harlot shall
be accounted as spittle; but a married woman is a tower against death to her husband.
23 A wicked woman is
given as a portion to a wicked man: but a godly woman is given to him that feareth the
24 A dishonest woman
contemneth shame: but an honest woman will reverence her husband.
25 A shameless woman
shall be counted as a dog; but she that is shamefaced will fear the Lord.
26 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.
27 A loud crying
woman and a scold shall be sought out to drive away the enemies.
28 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.
29 A merchant shall
hardly keep himself from doing wrong; and an huckster shall not be freed from sin.
1 Many have
sinned for a small matter; and he that seeketh for abundance will turn his eyes away.
2 As a nail sticketh
fast between the joinings of the stones; so doth sin stick close between buying and
3 Unless a man hold
himself diligently in the fear of the Lord, his house shall soon be overthrown.
4 As when one
sifteth with a sieve, the refuse remaineth; so the filth of man in his talk.
5 The furnace
proveth the potter's vessels; so the trial of man is in his reasoning.
6 The fruit
declareth if the tree have been dressed; so is the utterance of a conceit in the heart of
7 Praise no man
before thou hearest him speak; for this is the trial of men.
8 If thou followest
righteousness, thou shalt obtain her, and put her on, as a glorious long robe.
9 The birds will
resort unto their like; so will truth return unto them that practise in her.
10 As the lion lieth
in wait for the prey; so sin for them that work iniquity.
11 The discourse of
a godly man is always with wisdom; but a fool changeth as the moon.
12 If thou be among
the indiscreet, observe the time; but be continually among men of understanding.
13 The discourse of
fools is irksome, and their sport is the wantonness of sin.
14 The talk of him
that sweareth much maketh the hair stand upright; and their brawls make one stop his ears.
15 The strife of the
proud is bloodshedding, and their revilings are grievous to the ear.
16 Whoso discovereth
secrets loseth his credit; and shall never find friend to his mind.
17 Love thy friend,
and be faithful unto him: but if thou betrayest his secrets, follow no more after him.
18 For as a man hath
destroyed his enemy; so hast thou lost the love of thy neighbor.
19 As one that
letteth a bird go out of his hand, so hast thou let thy neighbour go, and shalt not get
20 Follow after him
no more, for he is too far off; he is as a roe escaped out of the snare.
21 As for a wound,
it may be bound up; and after reviling there may be reconcilement: but he that betrayeth
secrets is without hope.
22 He that winketh
with the eyes worketh evil: and he that knoweth him will depart from him.
23 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.
24 I have hated many
things, but nothing like him; for the Lord will hate him.
25 Whoso casteth a
stone on high casteth it on his own head; and a deceitful stroke shall make wounds.
26 Whoso diggeth a
pit shall fall therein: and he that setteth a trap shall be taken therein.
27 He that worketh
mischief, it shall fall upon him, and he shall not know whence it cometh.
28 Mockery and
reproach are from the proud; but vengeance, as a lion, shall lie in wait for them.
29 They that rejoice
at the fall of the righteous shall be taken in the snare; and anguish shall consume them
before they die.
30 Malice and wrath,
even these are abominations; and the sinful man shall have them both.
1 He that
revengeth shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins [in
2 Forgive thy
neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so shall thy sins also be forgiven when
3 One man beareth
hatred against another, and doth he seek pardon from the Lord?
4 He sheweth no
mercy to a man, which is like himself: and doth he ask forgiveness of his own sins?
5 If he that is but
flesh nourish hatred, who will intreat for pardon of his sins?
6 Remember thy end,
and let enmity cease; [remember] corruption and death, and abide in the commandments.
7 Remember the
commandments, and bear no malice to thy neighbour: [remember] the covenant of the Highest,
and wink at ignorance.
8 Abstain from
strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins: for a furious man will kindle strife,
9 A sinful man
disquieteth friends, and maketh debate among them that be at peace.
10 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
11 An hasty
contention kindleth a fire: and an hasty fighting sheddeth blood.
12 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.
13 Curse the
whisperer and doubletongued: for such have destroyed many that were at peace.
14 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.
15 A backbiting
tongue hath cast out virtuous women, and deprived them of their labours.
16 Whoso hearkeneth
unto it shall never find rest, and never dwell quietly.
17 The stroke of the
whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones.
18 Many have fallen
by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue.
19 Well is he that
is defended through the venom thereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor hath been
bound in her bands.
20 For the yoke
thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are bands of brass.
21 The death thereof
is an evil death, the grave were better than it.
22 It shall not have
rule over them that fear God, neither shall they be burned with the flame thereof.
23 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.
24 Look that thou
hedge thy possession about with thorns, and bind up thy silver and gold,
25 And weigh thy
words in a balance, and make a door and bar for thy mouth.
26 Beware thou slide
not by it, lest thou fall before him that lieth in wait.
1 He that is
merciful will lend unto his neighbour; and he that strengtheneth his hand keepeth the
2 Lend to thy
neighbour in time of his need, and pay thou thy neighbour again in due season.
3 Keep thy word, and
deal faithfully with him, and thou shalt always find the thing that is necessary for thee.
4 Many, when a thing
was lent them, reckoned it to be found, and put them to trouble that helped them.
5 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.
6 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.
7 Many therefore
have refused to lend for other men's ill dealing, fearing to be defrauded.
8 Yet have thou
patience with a man in poor estate, and delay not to shew him mercy.
9 Help the poor for
the commandment's sake, and turn him not away because of his poverty.
10 Lose thy money
for thy brother and thy friend, and let it not rust under a stone to be lost.
11 Lay up thy
treasure according to the commandments of the most High, and it shall bring thee more
profit than gold.
12 Shut up alms in
thy storehouses: and it shall deliver thee from all affliction.
13 It shall fight
for thee against thine enemies better than a mighty shield and strong spear.
14 An honest man is
surety for his neighbour: but he that is impudent will forsake him.
15 Forget not the
friendship of thy surety, for he hath given his life for thee.
16 A sinner will
overthrow the good estate of his surety:
17 And he that is of
an unthankful mind will leave him [in danger] that delivered him.
18 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.
19 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.
20 Help thy
neighbour according to thy power, and beware that thou thyself fall not into the same.
21 The chief thing
for life is water, and bread, and clothing, and an house to cover shame.
22 Better is the
life of a poor man in a mean cottage, than delicate fare in another man's house.
23 Be it little or
much, hold thee contented, that thou hear not the reproach of thy house.
24 For it is a
miserable life to go from house to house: for where thou art a stranger, thou darest not
open thy mouth.
25 Thou shalt
entertain, and feast, and have no thanks: moreover thou shalt hear bitter words:
26 Come, thou
stranger, and furnish a table, and feed me of that thou hast ready.
27 Give place, thou
stranger, to an honourable man; my brother cometh to be lodged, and I have need of mine
28 These things are
grievous to a man of understanding; the upbraiding of houseroom, and reproaching of the
1 He that loveth
his son causeth him oft to feel the rod, that he may have joy of him in the end.
2 He that chastiseth
his son shall have joy in him, and shall rejoice of him among his acquaintance.
3 He that teacheth
his son grieveth the enemy: and before his friends he shall rejoice of him.
4 Though his father
die, yet he is as though he were not dead: for he hath left one behind him that is like
5 While he lived, he
saw and rejoiced in him: and when he died, he was not sorrowful.
6 He left behind him
an avenger against his enemies, and one that shall requite kindness to his friends.
7 He that maketh too
much of his son shall bind up his wounds; and his bowels will be troubled at every cry.
8 An horse not
broken becometh headstrong: and a child left to himself will be wilful.
9 Cocker thy child,
and he shall make thee afraid: play with him, and he will bring thee to heaviness.
10 Laugh not with
him, lest thou have sorrow with him, and lest thou gnash thy teeth in the end.
11 Give him no
liberty in his youth, and wink not at his follies.
12 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.
13 Chastise thy son,
and hold him to labour, lest his lewd behaviour be an offence unto thee.
14 Better is the
poor, being sound and strong of constitution, than a rich man that is afflicted in his
15 Health and good
estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth.
16 There is no
riches above a sound body, and no joy above the joy of the heart.
17 Death is better
than a bitter life or continual sickness.
18 Delicates poured
upon a mouth shut up are as messes of meat set upon a grave.
19 What good doeth
the offering unto an idol? for neither can it eat nor smell: so is he that is persecuted
of the Lord.
20 He seeth with his
eyes and groaneth, as an eunuch that embraceth a virgin and sigheth.
21 Give not over thy
mind to heaviness, and afflict not thyself in thine own counsel.
22 The gladness of
the heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days.
23 Love thine own
soul, and comfort thy heart, remove sorrow far from thee: for sorrow hath killed many, and
there is no profit therein.
24 Envy and wrath
shorten the life, and carefulness bringeth age before the time.
25 A cheerful and
good heart will have a care of his meat and diet.
1 Watching for
riches consumeth the flesh, and the care thereof driveth away sleep.
2 Watching care will
not let a man slumber, as a sore disease breaketh sleep,
3 The rich hath
great labour in gathering riches together; and when he resteth, he is filled with his
4 The poor laboureth
in his poor estate; and when he leaveth off, he is still needy.
5 He that loveth
gold shall not be justified, and he that followeth corruption shall have enough thereof.
6 Gold hath been the
ruin of many, and their destruction was present.
7 It is a
stumblingblock unto them that sacrifice unto it, and every fool shall be taken therewith.
8 Blessed is the
rich that is found without blemish, and hath not gone after gold.
9 Who is he? and we
will call him blessed: for wonderful things hath he done among his people.
10 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?
11 His goods shall
be established, and the congregation shall declare his alms.
12 If thou sit at a
bountiful table, be not greedy upon it, and say not, There is much meat on it.
13 Remember that a
wicked eye is an evil thing: and what is created more wicked than an eye? therefore it
weepeth upon every occasion.
14 Stretch not thine
hand whithersoever it looketh, and thrust it not with him into the dish.
15 Judge not thy
neighbour by thyself: and be discreet in every point.
16 Eat as it
becometh a man, those things which are set before thee; and devour note, lest thou be
17 Leave off first
for manners' sake; and be not unsatiable, lest thou offend.
18 When thou sittest
among many, reach not thine hand out first of all.
19 A very little is
sufficient for a man well nurtured, and he fetcheth not his wind short upon his bed.
20 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.
21 And if thou hast
been forced to eat, arise, go forth, vomit, and thou shalt have rest.
22 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 thee.
23 Whoso is liberal
of his meat, men shall speak well of him; and the report of his good housekeeping will be
24 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.
25 Shew not thy
valiantness in wine; for wine hath destroyed many.
26 The furnace
proveth the edge by dipping: so doth wine the hearts of the proud by drunkeness.
27 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.
28 Wine measurably
drunk and in season bringeth gladness of the heart, and cheerfulness of the mind:
29 But wine drunken
with excess maketh bitterness of the mind, with brawling and quarrelling.
increaseth the rage of a fool till he offend: it diminisheth strength, and maketh wounds.
31 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 drink.]
1 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.
2 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 feast.
3 Speak, thou that
art the elder, for it becometh thee, but with sound judgment; and hinder not musick.
4 Pour not out words
where there is a musician, and shew not forth wisdom out of time.
5 A concert of
musick in a banquet of wine is as a signet of carbuncle set in gold.
6 As a signet of an
emerald set in a work of gold, so is the melody of musick with pleasant wine.
7 Speak, young man,
if there be need of thee: and yet scarcely when thou art twice asked.
8 Let thy speech be
short, comprehending much in few words; be as one that knoweth and yet holdeth his tongue.
9 If thou be among
great men, make not thyself equal with them; and when ancient men are in place, use not
10 Before the
thunder goeth lightning; and before a shamefaced man shall go favour.
11 Rise up betimes,
and be not the last; but get thee home without delay.
12 There take thy
pastime, and do what thou wilt: but sin not by proud speech.
13 And for these
things bless him that made thee, and hath replenished thee with his good things.
14 Whoso feareth the
Lord will receive his discipline; and they that seek him early shall find favour.
15 He that seeketh
the law shall be filled therewith: but the hypocrite will be offended thereat.
16 They that fear
the Lord shall find judgment, and shall kindle justice as a light.
17 A sinful man will
not be reproved, but findeth an excuse according to his will.
18 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.
19 Do nothing
without advice; and when thou hast once done, repent not.
20 Go not in a way
wherein thou mayest fall, and stumble not among the stones.
21 Be not confident
in a plain way.
22 And beware of
thine own children.
23 In every good
work trust thy own soul; for this is the keeping of the commandments.
24 He that believeth
in the Lord taketh heed to the commandment; and he that trusteth in him shall fare never
1 There shall no
evil happen unto him that feareth the Lord; but in temptation even again he will deliver
2 A wise man hateth
not the law; but he that is an hypocrite therein is as a ship in a storm.
3 A man of
understanding trusteth in the law; and the law is faithful unto him, as an oracle.
4 Prepare what to
say, and so thou shalt be heard: and bind up instruction, and then make answer.
5 The heart of the
foolish is like a cartwheel; and his thoughts are like a rolling axletree.
6 A stallion horse
is as a mocking friend, he neigheth under every one that sitteth upon him.
7 Why doth one day
excel another, when as all the light of every day in the year is of the sun?
8 By the knowledge
of the Lord they were distinguished: and he altered seasons and feasts.
9 Some of them hath
he made high days, and hallowed them, and some of them hath he made ordinary days.
10 And all men are
from the ground, and Adam was created of earth:
11 In much knowledge
the Lord hath divided them, and made their ways diverse.
12 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.
13 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 best.
14 Good is set
against evil, and life against death: so is the godly against the sinner, and the sinner
against the godly.
15 So look upon all
the works of the most High; and there are two and two, one against another.
16 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.
17 Consider that I
laboured not for myself only, but for all them that seek learning.
18 Hear me, O ye
great men of the people, and hearken with your ears, ye rulers of the congregation.
19 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.
20 As long as thou
livest and hast breath in thee, give not thyself over to any.
21 For better it is
that thy children should seek to thee, than that thou shouldest stand to their courtesy.
22 In all thy works
keep to thyself the preeminence; leave not a stain in thine honour.
23 At the time when
thou shalt end thy days, and finish thy life, distribute thine inheritance.
24 Fodder, a wand,
and burdens, are for the ass; and bread, correction, and work, for a servant. .
25 If thou set thy
servant to labour, thou shalt find rest: but if thou let him go idle, he shall seek
26 A yoke and a
collar do bow the neck: so are tortures and torments for an evil servant.
27 Send him to
labour, that he be not idle; for idleness teacheth much evil.
28 Set him to work,
as is fit for him: if he be not obedient, put on more heavy fetters.
29 But be not
excessive toward any; and without discretion do nothing.
30 If thou have a
servant, let him be unto thee as thyself, because thou hast bought him with a price.
31 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?
1 The hopes of a
man void of understanding are vain and false: and dreams lift up fools.
2 Whoso regardeth
dreams is like him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind.
3 The vision of
dreams is the resemblance of one thing to another, even as the likeness of a face to a
4 Of an unclean
thing what can be cleansed? and from that thing which is false what truth can come?
5 Divinations, and
soothsayings, and dreams, are vain: and the heart fancieth, as a woman's heart in travail.
6 If they be not
sent from the most High in thy visitation, set not thy heart upon them.
7 For dreams have
deceived many, and they have failed that put their trust in them.
8 The law shall be
found perfect without lies: and wisdom is perfection to a faithful mouth.
9 A man that hath
travelled knoweth many things; and he that hath much experience will declare wisdom.
10 He that hath no
experience knoweth little: but he that hath travelled is full of prudence.
11 When I travelled,
I saw many things; and I understand more than I can express.
12 I was ofttimes in
danger of death: yet I was delivered because of these things.
13 The spirit of
those that fear the Lord shall live; for their hope is in him that saveth them.
14 Whoso feareth the
Lord shall not fear nor be afraid; for he is his hope.
15 Blessed is the
soul of him that feareth the Lord: to whom doth he look? and who is his strength?
16 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.
17 He raiseth up the
soul, and lighteneth the eyes: he giveth health, life, and blessing.
18 He that
sacrificeth of a thing wrongfully gotten, his offering is ridiculous; and the gifts of
unjust men are not accepted.
19 The most High is
not pleased with the offerings of the wicked; neither is he pacified for sin by the
multitude of sacrifices.
20 Whoso bringeth an
offering of the goods of the poor doeth as one that killeth the son before his father's
21 The bread of the
needy is their life: he that defraudeth him thereof is a man of blood.
22 He that taketh
away his neighbour's living slayeth him; and he that defraudeth the labourer of his hire
is a bloodshedder.
23 When one
buildeth, and another pulleth down, what profit have they then but labour?
24 When one prayeth,
and another curseth, whose voice will the Lord hear?
25 He that washeth
himself after the touching of a dead body, if he touch it again, what availeth his
26 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?
1 He that keepeth
the law bringeth offerings enough: he that taketh heed to the commandment offereth a peace
2 He that requiteth
a goodturn offereth fine flour; and he that giveth alms sacrificeth praise.
3 To depart from
wickedness is a thing pleasing to the Lord; and to forsake unrighteousness is a
4 Thou shalt not
appear empty before the Lord.
5 For all these
things [are to be done] because of the commandment.
6 The offering of
the righteous maketh the altar fat, and the sweet savour thereof is before the most High.
7 The sacrifice of a
just man is acceptable. and the memorial thereof shall never be forgotten.
8 Give the Lord his
honour with a good eye, and diminish not the firstfruits of thine hands.
9 In all thy gifts
shew a cheerful countenance, and dedicate thy tithes with gladness.
10 Give unto the
most High according as he hath enriched thee; and as thou hast gotten, give with a
11 For the Lord
recompenseth, and will give thee seven times as much.
12 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.
13 He will not
accept any person against a poor man, but will hear the prayer of the oppressed.
14 He will not
despise the supplication of the fatherless; nor the widow, when she poureth out her
15 Do not the tears
run down the widow's cheeks? and is not her cry against him that causeth them to fall?
16 He that serveth
the Lord shall be accepted with favour, and his prayer shall reach unto the clouds.
17 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.
18 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;
19 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
20 Mercy is
seasonable in the time of affliction, as clouds of rain in the time of drought.
1 Have mercy upon
us, O Lord God of all, and behold us:
2 And send thy fear
upon all the nations that seek not after thee.
3 Lift up thy hand
against the strange nations, and let them see thy power.
4 As thou wast
sanctified in us before them: so be thou magnified among them before us.
5 And let them know
thee, as we have known thee, that there is no God but only thou, O God.
6 Shew new signs,
and make other strange wonders: glorify thy hand and thy right arm, that they may set
forth thy wondrous works.
7 Raise up
indignation, and pour out wrath: take away the adversary, and destroy the enemy.
8 Sake the time
short, remember the covenant, and let them declare thy wonderful works.
9 Let him that
escapeth be consumed by the rage of the fire; and let them perish that oppress the people.
10 Smite in sunder
the heads of the rulers of the heathen, that say, There is none other but we.
11 Gather all the
tribes of Jacob together, and inherit thou them, as from the beginning.
12 O Lord, have
mercy upon the people that is called by thy name, and upon Israel, whom thou hast named
13 O be merciful
unto Jerusalem, thy holy city, the place of thy rest.
14 Fill Sion with
thine unspeakable oracles, and thy people with thy glory:
15 Give testimony
unto those that thou hast possessed from the beginning, and raise up prophets that have
been in thy name.
16 Reward them that
wait for thee, and let thy prophets be found faithful.
17 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.
18 The belly
devoureth all meats, yet is one meat better than another.
19 As the palate
tasteth divers kinds of venison: so doth an heart of understanding false speeches.
20 A froward heart
causeth heaviness: but a man of experience will recompense him.
21 A woman will
receive every man, yet is one daughter better than another.
22 The beauty of a
woman cheereth the countenance, and a man loveth nothing better.
23 If there be
kindness, meekness, and comfort, in her tongue, then is not her husband like other men.
24 He that getteth a
wife beginneth a possession, a help like unto himself, and a pillar of rest.
25 Where no hedge
is, there the possession is spoiled: and he that hath no wife will wander up and down
26 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?
1 Every friend
saith, I am his friend also: but there is a friend, which is only a friend in name.
2 Is it not a grief
unto death, when a companion and friend is turned to an enemy?
3 O wicked
imagination, whence camest thou in to cover the earth with deceit?
4 There is a
companion, which rejoiceth in the prosperity of a friend, but in the time of trouble will
be against him.
5 There is a
companion, which helpeth his friend for the belly, and taketh up the buckler against the
6 Forget not thy
friend in thy mind, and be not unmindful of him in thy riches.
7 Every counsellor
extolleth counsel; but there is some that counselleth for himself.
8 Beware of a
counsellor, and know before what need he hath; for he will counsel for himself; lest he
cast the lot upon thee,
9 And say unto thee,
Thy way is good: and afterward he stand on the other side, to see what shall befall thee.
10 Consult not with
one that suspecteth thee: and hide thy counsel from such as envy thee.
11 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.
12 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.
13 And let the
counsel of thine own heart stand: for there is no man more faithful unto thee than it.
14 For a man's mind
is sometime wont to tell him more than seven watchmen, that sit above in an high tower.
15 And above all
this pray to the most High, that he will direct thy way in truth.
16 Let reason go
before every enterprize, and counsel before every action.
17 The countenance
is a sign of changing of the heart.
18 Four manner of
things appear: good and evil, life and death: but the tongue ruleth over them continually.
19 There is one that
is wise and teacheth many, and yet is unprofitable to himself.
20 There is one that
sheweth wisdom in words, and is hated: he shall be destitute of all food.
21 For grace is not
given, him from the Lord, because he is deprived of all wisdom.
22 Another is wise
to himself; and the fruits of understanding are commendable in his mouth.
23 A wise man
instructeth his people; and the fruits of his understanding fail not.
24 A wise man shall
be filled with blessing; and all they that see him shall count him happy.
25 The days of the
life of man may be numbered: but the days of Israel are innumerable.
26 A wise man shall
inherit glory among his people, and his name shall be perpetual.
27 My son, prove thy
soul in thy life, and see what is evil for it, and give not that unto it.
28 For all things
are not profitable for all men, neither hath every soul pleasure in every thing.
29 Be not unsatiable
in any dainty thing, nor too greedy upon meats:
30 For excess of
meats bringeth sickness, and surfeiting will turn into choler.
31 By surfeiting
have many perished; but he that taketh heed prolongeth his life.
1 Honour a
physician with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord
hath created him.
2 For of the most
High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king.
3 The skill of the
physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration.
4 The Lord hath
created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them.
5 Was not the water
made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known?
6 And he hath given
men skill, that he might be honoured in his marvellous works.
7 With such doth he
heal [men,] and taketh away their pains.
8 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,
9 My son, in thy
sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole.
10 Leave off from
sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness.
11 Give a sweet
savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being.
12 Then give place
to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let him not go from thee, for thou hast
need of him.
13 There is a time
when in their hands there is good success.
14 For they shall
also pray unto the Lord, that he would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy
to prolong life.
15 He that sinneth
before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician.
16 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.
17 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.
18 For of heaviness
cometh death, and the heaviness of the heart breaketh strength.
19 In affliction
also sorrow remaineth: and the life of the poor is the curse of the heart.
20 Take no heaviness
to heart: drive it away, and remember the last end.
21 Forget it not,
for there is no turning again: thou shalt not do him good, but hurt thyself.
22 Remember my
judgment: for thine also shall be so; yesterday for me, and to day for thee.
23 When the dead is
at rest, let his remembrance rest; and be comforted for him, when his Spirit is departed
24 The wisdom of a
learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure: and he that hath little business shall
25 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 of bullocks?
26 He giveth his
mind to make furrows; and is diligent to give the kine fodder.
27 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:
28 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:
29 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 by number;
30 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:
31 All these trust
to their hands: and every one is wise in his work.
32 Without these
cannot a city be inhabited: and they shall not dwell where they will, nor go up and down:
33 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.
34 But they will
maintain the state of the world, and [all] their desire is in the work of their craft.
1 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.
2 He will keep the
sayings of the renowned men: and where subtil parables are, he will be there also.
3 He will seek out
the secrets of grave sentences, and be conversant in dark parables.
4 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 men.
5 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.
6 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.
7 He shall direct
his counsel and knowledge, and in his secrets shall he meditate.
8 He shall shew
forth that which he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord.
9 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.
10 Nations shall
shew forth his wisdom, and the congregation shall declare his praise.
11 If he die, he
shall leave a greater name than a thousand: and if he live, he shall increase it.
12 Yet have I more
to say, which I have thought upon; for I am filled as the moon at the full.
13 Hearken unto me,
ye holy children, and bud forth as a rose growing by the brook of the field:
14 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.
15 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:
16 All the works of
the Lord are exceeding good, and whatsoever he commandeth shall be accomplished in due
17 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
18 At his
commandment is done whatsoever pleaseth him; and none can hinder, when he will save.
19 The works of all
flesh are before him, and nothing can be hid from his eyes.
20 He seeth from
everlasting to everlasting; and there is nothing wonderful before him.
21 A man need not to
say, What is this? wherefore is that? for he hath made all things for their uses.
22 His blessing
covered the dry land as a river, and watered it as a flood.
23 As he hath turned
the waters into saltness: so shall the heathen inherit his wrath.
24 As his ways are
plain unto the holy; so are they stumblingblocks unto the wicked.
25 For the good are
good things created from the beginning: so evil things for sinners.
26 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.
27 All these things
are for good to the godly: so to the sinners they are turned into evil.
28 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.
29 Fire, and hail,
and famine, and death, all these were created for vengeance;
30 Teeth of wild
beasts, and scorpions, serpents, and the sword punishing the wicked to destruction.
31 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 word.
32 Therefore from
the beginning I was resolved, and thought upon these things, and have left them in
33 All the works of
the Lord are good: and he will give every needful thing in due season.
34 So that a man
cannot say, This is worse than that: for in time they shall all be well approved.
35 And therefore
praise ye the Lord with the whole heart and mouth, and bless the name of the Lord.
1 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
2 Their imagination
of things to come, and the day of death, [trouble] their thoughts, and [cause] fear of
3 From him that
sitteth on a throne of glory, unto him that is humbled in earth and ashes;
4 From him that
weareth purple and a crown, unto him that is clothed with a linen frock.
5 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 knowledge.
6 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.
7 When all is safe,
he awaketh, and marvelleth that the fear was nothing.
8 [Such things
happen] unto all flesh, both man and beast, and that is sevenfold more upon sinners.
9 Death, and
bloodshed, strife, and sword, calamities, famine, tribulation, and the scourge;
10 These things are
created for the wicked, and for their sakes came the flood.
11 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.
12 All bribery and
injustice shall be blotted out: but true dealing shall endure for ever.
13 The goods of the
unjust shall be dried up like a river, and shall vanish with noise, like a great thunder
14 While he openeth
his hand he shall rejoice: so shall transgressors come to nought.
15 The children of
the ungodly shall not bring forth many branches: but are as unclean roots upon a hard
16 The weed growing
upon every water and bank of a river shall be pulled up before all grass.
17 Bountifulness is
as a most fruitful garden, and mercifulness endureth for ever.
18 To labour, and to
be content with that a man hath, is a sweet life: but he that findeth a treasure is above
19 Children and the
building of a city continue a man's name: but a blameless wife is counted above them both.
20 Wine and musick
rejoice the heart: but the love of wisdom is above them both.
21 The pipe and the
psaltery make sweet melody: but a pleasant tongue is above them both.
22 Thine eye
desireth favour and beauty: but more than both corn while it is green.
23 A friend and
companion never meet amiss: but above both is a wife with her husband.
24 Brethren and help
are against time of trouble: but alms shall deliver more than them both.
25 Gold and silver make the
foot stand sure: but counsel is esteemed above them both.
26 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 seek help.
27 The fear of the
Lord is a fruitful garden, and covereth him above all glory.
28 My son, lead not
a beggar's life; for better it is to die than to beg.
29 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.
30 Begging is sweet
in the mouth of the shameless: but in his belly there shall burn a fire.
1 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!
2 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
3 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.
4 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 thousand years.
5 The children of sinners
are abominable children, and they that are conversant in the dwelling of the ungodly.
6 The inheritance of
sinners' children shall perish, and their posterity shall have a perpetual reproach.
7 The children will
complain of an ungodly father, because they shall be reproached for his sake.
8 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:
9 And if ye be born,
ye shall be born to a curse: and if ye die, a curse shall be your portion.
10 All that are of
the earth shall turn to earth again: so the ungodly shall go from a curse to destruction.
11 The mourning of
men is about their bodies: but an ill name of sinners shall be blotted out.
12 Have regard to
thy name; for that shall continue with thee above a thousand great treasures of gold.
13 A good life hath
but few days: but a good name endureth for ever.
14 My children, keep
discipline in peace: for wisdom that is hid, and a treasure that is not seen, what profit
is in them both?
15 A man that hideth
his foolishness is better than a man that hideth his wisdom.
16 Therefore be
shamefaced according to my word: for it is not good to retain all shamefacedness; neither
is it altogether approved in every thing.
17 Be ashamed of
whoredom before father and mother: and of a lie before a prince and a mighty man;
18 Of an offence
before a judge and ruler; of iniquity before a congregation and people; of unjust dealing
before thy partner and friend;
19 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;
20 And of silence
before them that salute thee; and to look upon an harlot;
21 And to turn away
thy face from thy kinsman; or to take away a portion or a gift; or to gaze upon another
22 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;
23 Or of iterating
and speaking again that which thou hast heard; and of revealing of secrets.
shalt thou be truly shamefaced and find favour before all men.
1 Of these things
be not thou ashamed, and accept no person to sin thereby:
2 Of the law of the
most High, and his covenant; and of judgment to justify the ungodly;
3 Of reckoning with
thy partners and travellers; or of the gift of the heritage of friends;
4 Of exactness of
balance and weights; or of getting much or little;
5 And of merchants'
indifferent selling; of much correction of children; and to make the side of an evil
servant to bleed.
6 Sure keeping is
good, where an evil wife is; and shut up, where many hands are.
7 Deliver all things
in number and weight; and put all in writing that thou givest out, or receivest in.
8 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.
9 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
10 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
11 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
12 Behold not every
body's beauty, and sit not in the midst of women.
13 For from garments
cometh a moth, and from women wickedness.
14 Better is the
churlishness of a man than a courteous woman, a woman, I say, which bringeth shame and
15 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.
16 The sun that
giveth light looketh upon all things, and the work thereof is full of the glory of the
17 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.
18 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.
19 He declareth the
things that are past, and for to come, and revealeth the steps of hidden things.
20 No thought
escapeth him, neither any word is hidden from him.
21 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.
22 Oh how desirable
are all his works! and that a man may see even to a spark.
23 All these things
live and remain for ever for all uses, and they are all obedient.
24 All things are
double one against another: and he hath made nothing imperfect.
25 One thing
establisheth the good or another: and who shall be filled with beholding his glory?
1 The pride of
the height, the clear firmament, the beauty of heaven, with his glorious shew;
2 The sun when it
appeareth, declaring at his rising a marvellous instrument, the work of the most High:
3 At noon it
parcheth the country, and who can abide the burning heat thereof?
4 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.
5 Great is the Lord
that made it; and at his commandment runneth hastily.
6 He made the moon
also to serve in her season for a declaration of times, and a sign of the world.
7 From the moon is
the sign of feasts, a light that decreaseth in her perfection.
8 The month is
called after her name, increasing wonderfully in her changing, being an instrument of the
armies above, shining in the firmament of heaven;
9 The beauty of
heaven, the glory of the stars, an ornament giving light in the highest places of the
10 At the
commandment of the Holy One they will stand in their order, and never faint in their
11 Look upon the
rainbow, and praise him that made it; very beautiful it is in the brightness thereof.
12 It compasseth the
heaven about with a glorious circle, and the hands of the most High have bended it.
13 By his
commandment he maketh the snow to fall aplace, and sendeth swiftly the lightnings of his
14 Through this the
treasures are opened: and clouds fly forth as fowls.
15 By his great
power he maketh the clouds firm, and the hailstones are broken small.
16 At his sight the
mountains are shaken, and at his will the south wind bloweth.
17 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
18 The eye
marvelleth at the beauty of the whiteness thereof, and the heart is astonished at the
raining of it.
19 The hoarfrost
also as salt he poureth on the earth, and being congealed, it lieth on the top of sharp
20 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.
21 It devoureth the
mountains, and burneth the wilderness, and consumeth the grass as fire.
22 A present remedy
of all is a mist coming speedily, a dew coming after heat refresheth.
23 By his counsel he
appeaseth the deep, and planteth islands therein.
24 They that sail on
the sea tell of the danger thereof; and when we hear it with our ears, we marvel thereat.
25 For therein be
strange and wondrous works, variety of all kinds of beasts and whales created.
26 By him the end of
them hath prosperous success, and by his word all things consist.
27 We may speak
much, and yet come short: wherefore in sum, he is all.
28 How shall we be
able to magnify him? for he is great above all his works.
29 The Lord is
terrible and very great, and marvellous is his power.
30 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.
31 Who hath seen
him, that he might tell us? and who can magnify him as he is?
32 There are yet hid
greater things than these be, for we have seen but a few of his works.
33 For the Lord hath
made all things; and to the godly hath he given wisdom.
1 Let us now
praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.
2 The Lord hath
wrought great glory by them through his great power from the beginning.
3 Such as did bear
rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their
understanding, and declaring prophecies:
4 Leaders of the
people by their counsels, and by their knowledge of learning meet for the people, wise and
eloquent are their instructions:
5 Such as found out
musical tunes, and recited verses in writing:
6 Rich men furnished
with ability, living peaceably in their habitations:
7 All these were
honoured in their generations, and were the glory of their times.
8 There be of them,
that have left a name behind them, that their praises might be reported.
9 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.
10 But these were
merciful men, whose righteousness hath not been forgotten.
11 With their seed
shall continually remain a good inheritance, and their children are within the covenant.
12 Their seed
standeth fast, and their children for their sakes.
13 Their seed shall
remain for ever, and their glory shall not be blotted out.
14 Their bodies are
buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.
15 The people will
tell of their wisdom, and the congregation will shew forth their praise.
16 Enoch pleased the
Lord, and was translated, being an example of repentance to all generations.
17 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.
18 An everlasting
covenant was made with him, that all flesh should perish no more by the flood.
19 Abraham was a
great father of many people: in glory was there none like unto him;
20 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 faithful.
21 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.
22 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
1 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.
2 He made him like
to the glorious saints, and magnified him, so that his enemies stood in fear of him.
3 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.
4 He sanctified him
in his faithfuless and meekness, and chose him out of all men.
5 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.
6 He exalted Aaron,
an holy man like unto him, even his brother, of the tribe of Levi.
7 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.
8 He put upon him
perfect glory; and strengthened him with rich garments, with breeches, with a long robe,
and the ephod.
9 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;
10 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;
11 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.
12 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 and beautiful.
13 Before him there
were none such, neither did ever any stranger put them on, but only his children and his
children's children perpetually.
14 Their sacrifices
shall be wholly consumed every day twice continually.
15 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.
16 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 people.
17 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 laws.
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.
19 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.
20 But he made Aaron
more honourable, and gave him an heritage, and divided unto him the firstfruits of the
increase; especially he prepared bread in abundance:
21 For they eat of
the sacrifices of the Lord, which he gave unto him and his seed.
22 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 inheritance.
23 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.
24 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
25 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
26 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.
1 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.
2 How great glory
gat he, when he did lift up his hands, and stretched out his sword against the cities!
3 Who before him so
stood to it? for the Lord himself brought his enemies unto him.
4 Did not the sun go
back by his means? and was not one day as long as two?
5 He called upon the
most high Lord, when the enemies pressed upon him on every side; and the great Lord heard
6 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
7 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
8 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 honey.
9 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:
10 That all the
children of Israel might see that it is good to follow the Lord.
11 And concerning
the judges, every one by name, whose heart went not a whoring, nor departed from the Lord,
let their memory be blessed.
12 Let their bones
flourish out of their place, and let the name of them that were honoured be continued upon
13 Samuel, the
prophet of the Lord, beloved of his Lord, established a kingdom, and anointed princes over
14 By the law of the
Lord he judged the congregation, and the Lord had respect unto Jacob.
15 By his
faithfulness he was found a true prophet, and by his word he was known to be faithful in
16 He called upon
the mighty Lord, when his enemies pressed upon him on every side, when he offered the
17 And the Lord
thundered from heaven, and with a great noise made his voice to be heard.
18 And he destroyed
the rulers of the Tyrians, and all the princes cf the Philistines.
1 9 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.
20 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 the people.
1 And after him
rose up Nathan to prophesy in the time of David.
2 As is the fat
taken away from the peace offering, so was David chosen out of the children of Israel.
3 He played with
lions as with kids, and with bears as with lambs.
4 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?
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 He set singers
also before the altar, that by their voices they might make sweet melody, and daily sing
praises in their songs.
10 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 from morning.
11 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.
12 After him rose up
a wise son, and for his sake he dwelt at large.
13 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.
14 How wise wast
thou in thy youth and, as a flood, filled with understanding!
15 Thy soul covered
the whole earth, and thou filledst it with dark parables.
16 Thy name went far
unto the islands; and for thy peace thou wast beloved.
17 The countries
marvelled at thee for thy songs, and proverbs, and parables, and interpretations.
18 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.
19 Thou didst bow
thy loins unto women, and by thy body thou wast brought into subjection.
20 Thou didst stain
thy honour, and pollute thy seed: so that thou broughtest wrath upon thy children, and
wast grieved for thy folly.
21 So the kingdom
was divided, and out of Ephraim ruled a rebellious kingdom.
22 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.
23 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 of sin:
24 And their sins
were multiplied exceedingly, that they were driven out of the land.
25 For they sought
out all wickedness, till the vengeance came upon them.
1 Then stood up
Elias the prophet as fire, and his word burned like a lamp.
2 He brought a sore
famine upon them, and by his zeal he diminished their number.
3 By the word of the
Lord he shut up the heaven, and also three times brought down fire.
4 O Elias, how wast
thou honoured in thy wondrous deeds! and who may glory like unto thee!
5 Who didst raise up
a dead man from death, and his soul from the place of the dead, by the word of the most
6 Who broughtest
kings to destruction, and honorable men from their bed:
7 Who heardest the
rebuke of the Lord in Sinai, and in Horeb the judgment of vengeance:
8 Who annointedst
kings to take revenge, and prophets to succeed after him:
9 Who was taken up
in a whirlwind of fire, and in a chariot of fiery horses:
10 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.
11 Blessed are they
that saw thee, and slept in love; for we shall surely live.
12 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
13 No word could
overcome him; and after his death his body prophesied.
14 He did wonders in
his life, and at his death were his works marvellous.
15 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:
16 Of whom some did
that which was pleasing to God, and some multiplied sins.
17 Ezekias fortified
his city, and brought in water into the midst thereof: he digged the hard rock with iron,
and made wells for waters.
18 In his time
Sennacherib came up, and sent Rabsaces, and lifted up his hand against Sion, and boasted
19 Then trembled
their hearts and hands, and they were in pain, as women in travail.
20 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.
21 He smote the host
of the Assyrians, and his angel destroyed them.
22 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.
23 In his time the
sun went backward, and he lengthened the king's life.
24 He saw by an
excellent spirit what should come to pass at the last, and he comforted them that mourned
25 He shewed what
should come to pass for ever, and secret things or ever they came.
1 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 wine.
2 He behaved himself
uprightly in the conversion of the people, and took away the abominations of iniquity.
3 He directed his
heart unto the Lord, and in the time of the ungodly he established the worship of God.
4 All, except David
and Ezekias and Josias, were defective: for they forsook the law of the most High, even
the kings of Juda failed.
5 Therefore he gave
their power unto others, and their glory to a strange nation.
6 They burnt the
chosen city of the sanctuary, and made the streets desolate, according to the prophecy of
7 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.
8 It was Ezekiel who
saw the glorious vision, which was shewed him upon the chariot of the cherubims.
9 For he made
mention of the enemies under the figure of the rain, and directed them that went right.
10 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.
11 How shall we
magnify Zorobabel? even he was as a signet on the right hand:
12 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 glory.
13 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.
14 But upon the
earth was no man created like Enoch; for he was taken from the earth.
15 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.
16 Sem and Seth were
in great honour among men, and so was Adam above every living thing in creation.
1 Simon the high
priest, the son of Onias, who in his life repaired the house again, and in his days
fortified the temple:
2 And by him was
built from the foundation the double height, the high fortress of the wall about the
3 In his days the
cistern to receive water, being in compass as the sea, was covered with plates of brass:
4 He took care of
the temple that it should not fall, and fortified the city against besieging:
5 How was he
honoured in the midst of the people in his coming out of the sanctuary!
6 He was as the
morning star in the midst of a cloud, and as the moon at the full:
7 As the sun shining
upon the temple of the most High, and as the rainbow giving light in the bright clouds:
8 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 of summer:
9 As fire and
incense in the censer, and as a vessel of beaten gold set with all manner of precious
10 And as a fair
olive tree budding forth fruit, and as a cypress tree which groweth up to the clouds.
11 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 holiness honourable.
12 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.
13 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.
14 And finishing the
service at the altar, that he might adorn the offering of the most high Almighty,
15 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.
16 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.
17 Then all the
people together hasted, and fell down to the earth upon their faces to worship their Lord
God Almighty, the most High.
18 The singers also
sang praises with their voices, with great variety of sounds was there made sweet melody.
19 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.
20 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.
21 And they bowed
themselves down to worship the second time, that they might receive a blessing from the
22 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.
23 He grant us
joyfulness of heart, and that peace may be in our days in Israel for ever:
24 That he would
confirm his mercy with us, and deliver us at his time!
25 There be two
manner of nations which my heart abhorreth, and the third is no nation:
26 They that sit
upon the mountain of Samaria, and they that dwell among the Philistines, and that foolish
people that dwell in Sichem.
27 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 wisdom.
28 Blessed is he
that shall be exercised in these things; and he that layeth them up in his heart shall
29 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.]
1 I will thank
thee, O Lord and King, and praise thee, O God my Saviour: I do give praise unto thy name:
2 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
3 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;
4 From the choking
of fire on every side, and from the midst of the fire which I kindled not;
5 From the depth of
the belly of hell, from an unclean tongue, and from lying words.
6 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.
7 They compassed me
on every side, and there was no man to help me: I looked for the succour of men, but there
8 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 enemies.
9 Then lifted I up
my supplications from the earth, and prayed for deliverance from death.
10 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 no help.
11 I will praise thy
name continually, and will sing praises with thanksgiving; and so my prayer was heard:
12 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 Lord.
13 When I was yet
young, or ever I went abroad, I desired wisdom openly in my prayer.
14 I prayed for her
before the temple, and will seek her out even to the end.
15 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.
16 I bowed down mine
ear a little, and received her, and gat much learning.
17 I profited
therein, therefore will I ascribe glory unto him that giveth me wisdom.
18 For I purposed to
do after her, and earnestly I followed that which is good; so shall I not be confounded.
19 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.
20 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.
21 My heart was
troubled in seeking her: therefore have I gotten a good possession.
22 The Lord hath
given me a tongue for my reward, and I will praise him therewith.
23 Draw near unto
me, ye unlearned, and dwell in the house of learning.
24 Wherefore are ye
slow, and what say ye to these things, seeing your souls are very thirsty?
25 I opened my
mouth, and said, Buy her for yourselves without money.
26 Put your neck
under the yoke, and let your soul receive instruction: she is hard at hand to find.
27 Behold with your
eyes, how that I have but little labour, and have gotten unto me much rest.
28 Get learning with
a great sum of money, and get much gold by her.
29 Let your soul
rejoice in his mercy, and be not ashamed of his praise.
30 Work your work
betimes, and in his time he will give you your reward.