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My son, defraud not the poor of his living, and make not the 'needy eyes to wait long. Make not a hungry soul sorrowful; neither provoke a man in his distress.

Add not more trouble to an heart that is vexed; and defer not to give to him that is in need. Reject not the supplication of the afflicted ; neither turn away thy face from a poor man.

Turn not away thine eye from the needy, and give him none occasion to curse thee. Let it not grieve thee to bow down thine ear to the poor, and give him a friendly answer with meekness. Deliver him that suffereth wrong

from the hand of the oppressor ; and be not fainthearted when thou sittest in judgement. 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. Fail not to be with them that weep, and mourn with them that mourn.

Be not slow to visit the sick: for that shall make thee to be beloved. Reproach not a man that turneth from sin, but remember that we are all worthy of punishment. My son, blemish not thy good deeds, neither use uncom

fortable words when thou givest any thing. Shall not the dew assuage the heat ? so is a word better than a gift. Lo, is not a word better than a gift? but both are with a gracious man.

From the same.

When thou wilt do good, know to whom thou doest it; so shalt thou be thanked for thy benefits. Do good to the godly man, and thou shalt find a recompence; and if not from him, yet from the Most High. Help the poor for the commandment's sake, and turn him not away because of his poverty. And stretch thine hand unto the poor, that thy blessing may be perfected. Give unto the Most High according as he hath enriched thee; and as thou hast gotten, give with a cheerful eye. For the Lord recompenseth, and will give thee seven times as much, Lay up thy treasure according to the commandments of the Most High, and it shall bring thee more profit than gold. It shall fight for thee against thine enemies better than a mighty shield and strong spear.

Water will quench a flaming fire; and alms maketh an atonement for sins. And he that requiteth good turns is mindful of

that which may come hereafter; and when he falleth, he shall find a stay.


Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate : for the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to-morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. He that hath a bountiful


shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. Whoo stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker; but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor. Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. He that despiseth his neighbour sin. neth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. He that hath pity upon

the poor


unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.


Give of thy broad to the hungry, and of thy garments to them that are naked; give alms of thy substance; and when thou givest alıns, let not thine eye be envious, neither turn thy face from any poor, and the face of God shall not be turned away from thee. If thou hast abundance, give alms accordingly: if thou have but a little, be not afraid to give according to that little : for thou layest up a good treasure for thyself against the day of necessity. For alms is a good gift unto all that give it in the sight of the

Most Iligh.

On meelness and humility.


My son, go on with thy business in meekness: so shalt thou be beloved of him that is approved. The greater thou art, the more humble thyself, and thou shalt find favour before the Lord. For the power of the Lord is great, and he is honoured

of the lowly.. Seek not,out the things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are above thy strength. But what is commanded thee, think thereupon with reverence; for it is not needlul for thee to see with thine eyes the things that are in secret.

Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shewed unto thee than men understand.

For many are deceived by their own vain opinion : and an evil su picion hath overthrown their judgement. Without eyes thou shalt want light: profess not the knowledge thereiere that thou hast not. Extol not thyself in the counsel of thine ova heart; be not overwise in doing thy business; and boast not thyself in the time of thy distress, Better is he that laboureth, and aboundcth in all things, than he that boasteth himsilt, and wanteth bread. My son, glorify thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to the dignity thereof. 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. For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction; and faith and meekness are his deligh'.

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