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or of them that are sureties for debts. If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee? (xxii. 26, 27).
A gift is like a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth (xvii. 8).
A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment (xvii. 23).
A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men (xviii. 16).
A gift in secret pacifieth anger, and a reward in the bosom strong wrath (xxi. 14).
OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise (xii. 15).
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death (xiv. 12).
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes : but the Lord weigheth the spirits (xvi. 2).
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips (xxvii. 2).
OF DECEITFULNESS. Deceit is in the heart of them that ima
gine evil; but to the counsellors of peace is joy (xii. 20).
It is naught, it is naught, sayeth the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth (xx. 14).
Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel (xx. 17).
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint (xxv. 19).
As a mad man, who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, so is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport ? (xxvi. 18, 19).
OF ILL-GOTTEN GAIN.
Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death (x. 2).
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the begivning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed (xs. 21).
He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor (xxviii. 8).
Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer (xxviii. 24).
OF OLD AGE AND YOUTH, The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness (xvi. 31).
Children's children are the crown of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers (xvii. 6).
The glory of young men is their strength; and the beauty of old men is the grey head (xx. 29).
OF THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN.
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (xiii. 24).
Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying (xix. 18).
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it (xxii. 6).
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him (xxii. 15).
Withhold not correction from the child; for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell (xxiii. 13, 14).
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame (xxix. 15).
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go pot in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For
they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall, For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day (iv. 14-18).
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked (x. 11).
By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked (xi. 11).
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be de stroyed (xiii. 20).
OF GOOD AND BAD WOMEN.
As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion (xi. 22).
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband : but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones (xii. 4).
Every wise woman buildeth her house; but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands (xiv. 1).
House and riches are the inheritance of fathers; and a prudent wife is from the Lord (xix. 14).
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman (xxi. 19).
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her: she will do him good, and not evil, all the days of her life (xxxi. 10–12).
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised (xxxi. 30).
OF SENSUAL PLEASURES.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise (xx. 1).
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich (xxi. 17).
When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee; and put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties; for they are decitful meat (xxiii. 1-3).
Eat not thou the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats; for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words (xxiii. 6–8).
Be not among wine-bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags (xxiii. 20, 21).