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OF TRUE WISDOM, OR RELIGION. The Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding (Chap. ii. ver.

6). When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: to deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things (ii. 10–12).

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding: for the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace (iii. 13-17).

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace : a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee (iv. 7-9).


Be not wise in thine own eyes : fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones (iii. 7, 8).

The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened (x. 27),

The fear of the Lord tendeth to life; and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil (xix. 23).

By humility, and the fear of the Lord, are riches, honour, and life (xxii. 4).

OF TRUSTING IN GOD. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (iii. 5, 6).

He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch (xi. 28).

The fear of man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe (xxix. 25).

OF FRIENDSHIP. A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity (xvii. 17).

A man that hath friends must show himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother (xviii. 24).

Many will entreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts (xix. 6).

Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go ; lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul (xxii. 24, 25).

Faithful are the wounds of a friend: but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful (xxvii. 6).

Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's. house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near, than a brother far off (xxvii. 10).

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend (xxvii. 17).

OF SURETISHIP. He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it; and he that hateth suretiship is sure (xi. 15).

A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend (xvii, 18).

Be not thou one of them that strike hands,

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