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For the food of thy household,
And for the maintenance for thy maidens.

The wicked flee when no man pursueth:
But the righteous are bold as a lion.

For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof:

But by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

A poor man that oppresseth the poor

Is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

They that forsake the law praise the wicked:
But such as keep the law contend with them.

Evil men understand not judgment:

But they that seek the Lord understand all things.

Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, Than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: But he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance,

He shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law,

Even his prayer shall be abomination.

Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way,

He shall fall himself into his own pit:

But the upright shall have good things in possession.

The rich man is wise in his own conceit; But the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: But when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Happy is the man that feareth alway:
But he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mis-

As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear;
So is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

The prince that wanteth understanding is also a

great oppressor: But he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his


A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person Shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.

Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved:

But he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: But he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

A faithful man shall abound with blessings: But he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

To have respect of persons is not good:

For for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, And considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour

Than he that flattereth with the tongue.

Whoso robbeth his father or his mother,

And saith, It is no transgression;

The same is the companion of a destroyer.

He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife:' But he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.

He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool:

But whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack:

But he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

When the wicked rise, men hide themselves:
But when they perish, the righteous increase.

He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, Shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice:

But when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father:
But he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth
his substance.

The king by judgment establisheth the land:
But he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

A man that flattereth his neighbour
Spreadeth a net for his feet.

In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare:
But the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: But the wicked regardeth not to know it.

Scornful men bring a city into a snare:
But wise men turn away wrath.

If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man,
Whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

The bloodthirsty hate the upright:
But the just seek his soul.

A fool uttereth all his mind:

But a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

If a ruler hearken to lies,
All his servants are wicked.

The poor and the deceitful man meet together:
The Lord lighteneth both their eyes.

The king that faithfully judgeth the poor,
His throne shall be established for ever.

The rod and reproof give wisdom:
But a child left to himself bringeth his mother to

When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth:

But the righteous shall see their fall.

Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest;
Yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

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