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An exhortation to praise God. PSALMS.

God's love to the church. 8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the sand ye waters that be above the heavens. plind: the LORD raiseth them that are bow 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: ed down : the Lord loveth the righteous : for he commanded, and they were created.

9 The Lord preserveth the strangers; he 6 He hath also e tablished them for ever relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the and ever: he hath made a decree which way of the wickedhe turneth upside down. shall not pass.

io The Lord shall reign for ever, even 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, ye thy God, o Zion, unto all generations. dragons and all deeps: Praise

ye
the LORD.

8°Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; PSALM CXLVII.

stormy wind fulfilling his word: PRAN ORAISE ye the LORD: for it is good to 9 Mountains, and all bills; fruitful trees,

sing praises unto our God; for it is and all cedars · pleasant; and praise is comely.

10 Beasts, and all cattle ; creeping 2 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem : things, and flying fowl: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. 11 Kings of the earth, and all people;

3 He healeth the broken in heart, and princes, and all judges of the earth : bindeth up their wounds.

12 Both young men, and maidens; old 4 He telleth the number of the stars; he men, and children: calleth them all by their names.

13 Let them praise the name of the 5 Great is our LORD, and of great power: LORD : for his name alone is excellent; his understanding is infinite.

bis glory is above the earth and heaven. 6 The Lord lifteth up the meek: he 14 He also exalteth the horn of his peocasteth the wicked down to the ground. ple, the praise of all his saints; even of

7 Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; the children of Israel, a people near unto sing praise upon the harp unto our God: him. Praise ye the Lord. 8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds,

PSALM CXLIX. who prepareth rain for the earth, who PRAISE ye the Lord. Sing unto the maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. LORD a new song, and his praise in

9 He giveth to the beast his food, and the congregation of saints. to the young ravens which cry.

2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made 10 Me delighteth not in the strength of him: let the children of Zion be joyful in the horse : he taketh not pleasure in the their King. legs of a man.

3 Let them praise his name in the dance: | 11 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that let them sing praises unto him with the fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. timbrel and harp.

12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem ; 4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his praise thy God, o Zion.

people: he will beautify the meek with 13 For he hath strengthened the bars of salvation. thy gates; he hath blessed thy children 6 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let within thee.

them sing aloud upon their beds. 14 He maketh peace in thy, borders, 6 Let the high praises of God be in their and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. mouth, and a two-edged sword in their

15 He sendeth forth his commandment band; upon earth: bis word runneth very swiftly, 7 To execute vengeance upon the hea

16 He giveth snow like wool: he scat- then, and punishments upon the people ; tereth the hoar-frost like ashes.

8 To bind their kings with chains, and 17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: their nobles with fetters of iron; who can stand before his cold?

9 To execute upon them the judgment 18 He sendeth out his word, and melt- written ; this honour have all his saints.. eth_them : be causeth his wind to blow, Praise ye the Lord. and the waters flow,

PSALM CL. 19 He showeto his word unto Jacob, PRAISE ye the LORD: Praise God in

: fir20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: mament of his power. and as for his judgments, they have not 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise known them. Praise ye the LORD. him according to his excellent greatness. PSALM CXLVIII.

3 Praise him with the sound of the trumPRAISE ye the Lord. Praise ye the pet

: praise him with the psaltery and harp, from heavens in the heights.

dance: praise him with stringed instru? Praise ye him, all his angels : praise ments and organs. ye him, all his hosts.

5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals : 3 Praise ye him, sun and moon : praise praise him upon the high-sounding cymbals. bim, all ye stars of light.

6 Let every thing that hath breath praise 4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

I The PROVERBS.

Say wait for blood, let'us kurk pritilgt for My son, if thou wilt receive my words,

CHAP. J.

1 25 But ye have set at nought all my Taking of Israel "HE proverbs of Solomon the son of counsel, and would none of my reproof:

26 I also will laugh at your calamity: 2 To know wisdom and instruction ; I will mock when your fear cometh ; to perceive the words of understanding ; 27 When your fear cometh as desola

3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, tion, and your destruction cometb as a justice, and judgment, and equity; whirlwind; when distress and anguish

4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the cometh upon you. young man knowledge and discretion.

28 Then shall they call upon me, but 5 Å wise man will hear, and will in- I will not answer; they shall seek me early, crease learning; and a man of understand- but they shall not find me; ing shall attain unto wise counsels: 29 For that they hated knowledge, and

6 To understand a proverb, and the in- did not choose the fear of the LORD: terpretation: the words of the wise, and 30 They would none of my counsel: their dark sayings.

they despised all my reproof. 7 The fear of the LORD is the begin 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit ning of knowledge : but fools despise wis- of their own way, and be filled with their dom and instruction.

own devices, 8 My son, hear the instruction of thy 32 For the turning away of the simple father, and forsake not the law of thy mo- shall slay them, and the prosperity of ther :

fools shall destroy them. 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace 33 But wboso hearkeneth unto me shall unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.ldwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear

10 | My son, if sinners entice thee, of evil. consent thou not.

CHAP. II. 11 us, let us

and hide my commandments with the innocent without cause :

thee: 12 Let us swallow thern up alive as the 2 So that thou incline thine ear unto grave; and whole, as those that go down wisdom, and apply thine heart to underinto the pit:

standing ; 13 We shall find all precious substance, 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, we shall fill our houses with spoil: and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all 4 If thou seekest her aş silver, and have one purse:

searchest for her as for hid treasures ; -15 My son walk not thou in the

way

5 Then shalt thou understand the fear with them ; refrain thy foot from their of the LORD, and find the knowledge of path:

God. 16 For their feet run to evil, and make 6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of haste to shed blood:

his mouth cometh knowledge and under17. Surely in vain the net is spread in standing: the sight of any bird.

7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the 18 And they lay, wait for their own righteous: he is a buckler to them that blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. walk uprightly.

19 So are the ways of every one that is 8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, greedy of gain; which taketh away the and preserveth the way of bis saints. life of the owners thereof.

9 Then shalt thou understand righteous20 T Wisdom crieth without; she ut-ness, and judgment, and equity; yea, tereth her voice in the streets :

every good path. 21 She crieth in the chief place of con 10 T When wisdom entereth into thine course, in the openings of the gates: in heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy the city she utteretb her words, saying, soul; 22 How long, ye simple ones,

will

ye 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, unlove simplicity ? and the scorners delight derstanding shall keep thee: in their

scorning, and fools bate knowledge! 12 To deliver thee from the way of the 23 Turn you at my reproof: bebold, I evil man, from the man that speaketh frowill pour out my spirit unto you, I will ward things; makė known my words unto you.

13 Who leave the paths of upright24 | Because I have called and ye re- ness, to walk in the ways of darkness; fused; I have stretched out my hand, and 14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight no man regarded ;

in the frowardness of the wicked ;

The riches of wisdom.

CHAP. III, IV. Her power and benefits. 15 Whose ways are crooked, and they hold upon her: and happy is every one froward in their paths :

that retaineth her. 16 To deliver thee from the strange 19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded woman, even from the stranger which fat- the earth ; by understanding bath he estereth with her words ;

tablished the heavens. 17 Which försaketh the guide of her 20 By his knowledge the depths are youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her broken up, and the clouds drop down the God.

dew. 18 For her house inclineth unto death, 21 | My son, let not them depart from and her paths unto the dead.

thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and dis19 None that go unto her return again, cretion : neither take they bold of the paths of life. 22 So shall they be life unto thy soul,

20 That thou mayest walk in the way and grace to thy neck. of good men, and keep the paths of the 23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way righteous.

safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. 21 For the upright shall dwell in the 24° When thou liest down, thou shalt not land, and the perfect shall remain in it. be afraid : yea, thou shalt lie down, and

22 But the wicked shall be cut off from thy sleep shall be sweet. the earth, and the transgressors shall be 25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither rooted out of it.

of the desolation of the wicked, when it CHAP. III.

cometh. Mon

Y son, forget not my law; but let 26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence,

thine heart keep my commandments: and shall keep thy foot from being taken. 2 For length of days, and long life, and 27 | Withhold not good from them to peace shall they add to thee.

whom it is due, when it is in the power of 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: thine hand to do it. bind them about thy neck; write them 28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and upon the table of thine heart":

come again, and to-morrow I will give ; 4 So shalt thou find favour and good un- when thou hast it by thee. derstanding in the sight of God and man. 29 Devise not evil against thy neigh

51 Trust in the LORD with all thine bour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. heart; and lean not unto thine own under 30 | Strive not with a man without standing.

cause, if be have done thee no harm. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, 31 T Envy thou not the oppressor, and and he shall direct thy paths.

choose none of his ways. 7 | Be not wise in thine own eyes: 32 For the froward is abomination to fear the LORD, and depart from evil. the LORD : but his secret is with the right

8 It shall be health to thy navel, and eous. marrow to thy bones.

33 | The curse of the LORD is in the 9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, house of the wicked : but he blesseth the and with the first-fruits of all thine in- habitation of the just. crease :

34 | Surely he scorneth the scorners: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with but he giveth grace unto the lowly. plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with 35 The wise shall inberit glory: but new wine.

shame shall be the promotion of fools. ing of the LORD'; neither be weary of his Heather

, and attend to know under11 | My son, despise not the chasten

CHAP. IV. correction :

12 For whom the LORD loveth he cor-standing, recteth ; even as a father the son in whoin 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake he delighteth.

ye not my law. 13 1 Happy is the man that findeth wis 3 For I was my father's son, tender and dom, and the man that getteth understand- only beloved in the sight of my mother. ing.

^ He taught me also, and said unto me, 14 For the merchandize of it is better Let thine heart retain my words: keep than the merchandize of silver, and the my commandments, and live. gain thereof than fine gold.

5 Get wisdom, get understanding : for15 She is more precious than rubies: get it not*; neither decline from the words and all the things thou canst desire are not of my mouth. to be compared unto her.

6 Forsake her not, and she shall pre16 Length of days is in her right hand ; serve thee : love her, and she shall keep and in her left hand riches and honour. thee.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; thereand all her paths are peace.

fore get wisdom: and with all thy getting 18 She is a tree of life to them that lay Tget understanding.

Solomon recommends wisdom. PROVERBS. He exhorts to chastity.

8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee :! 9 Lest thou give thine honour unto she shall bring thee to honour, when thou others, and thy years unto the cruel: dost embrace her.

10 Lest strangers be filled with thy 9 She shall give to thine head an orna-wealth ; and thy labours be in the house of ment of grace: a crown of glory shall sbe a stranger; deliver to thee.

11 And thou mourn at the last, when 10 Hear, O my son, and receive mythy flesh and thy body are consumed, sayings ; and the years of thy life shall be 12 And say, How have 1 bated instrucmany.

tion, and my heart despised reproof; 11 I have taught thee in the way

of wis 13 And have not obeyed the voice of dom ; I have led thee in right paths. my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not that instructed me! be straitened; and when thou runnest, 14 I was almost in all evil in the midst thou shalt not stumble.

of the congregation and assembly. 13 Take fast hold of instruction ; let 15 | Drink waters out of thine own her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. cistern, and running waters out of thine

14 Enter not into the path of the wick- own well. ed, and go not in the way of evil men. 16 Let thy fountains be dispersed

15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. and pass away.

17 Let them be only thine own, and not 16 For they sleep not, except they have strangers' with thee. done mischief; and their sleep is taken 18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and reaway, unless they cause some to fall. joice with the wife of thy youth.

17 For they eat the bread of wicked 19 Let her be as the loving hind and ness, and drink the wine of violence.

pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee 18 But the path of the just is as the at all times; and be thou ravished always shining light, that shineth more and more with her love. unto the perfect day.

20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ra19 The way of the wicked is as dark- vished with a strange woman, and embrace ness: they know not at what they stumble. the bosom of a stranger?

20 | My son, attend to my words; in 21 For the ways of man are before the cline thine ear unto my sayings, eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; his goings. keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 9 His own iniquities shall take the

22 For they are life unto those that find wicked himself, and he shall be holden them, and health to all their flesh. with the cords of his sins.

23'T Keep thy heart with all diligence; 23 He shall die without instruction: for out of it are the issues of life. and in the greatness of his folly he shall go

24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, astray. and perverse lips put far from thee.

CHÁP. VI.

Y thine eye-lids look straight before thee. if thou hast stricken thy hand with

26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let a stranger, all thy ways be established.

2 Thou art snared with the words of 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the thy mouth, thou art taken with the words left: remove thy foot from evil.

of thy mouth. CHAP. V.

3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thy. Y son, attend unto my wisdom, and self, when thou art come into the band of ? That thou mayest regard discretion, sure thy friend. and that thy lips may keep knowledge. 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, Dor

3 | For the lips of a strange woman slumber to thine eyelids. drop as a honey-comb, and her mouth is 5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand smoother than oil:

of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand 4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, of the fowler. sharp as a two-edged sword.

6 1 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; con5 Her feet go down to death; her steps sider her ways, and be wise: take hold on hell.

7 Which having no guide, overseer, or 6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path ruler, of life, her ways are moveable, that thou 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, canst not know them.

and gathereth her food in the harvest. 7 Hear me now therefore, ye children, 9 How long wilt thou sleep, 0 sluggard? and depart not from the words of my mouth. when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

8 Remove thy way far from her, and 10 Yet a little sleep, a litte slumber, a come not nigh the door of her house: little folding of the hands to sleep:

man.

The mischiefs of whoredom. CHAP. VII.

Description of a harlot. 11 So shall thy poverty come as one therefore he will not spare in the day of that travelleth, and thy want as an armed vengeance.

35 He will not regard any ransom: 12 | A naughty person, a wicked man, neither will he rest content, though thou walketh with a froward mouth.

givest many gifts. 13 He winketh with his eyes, he speak

CHAP. VII. eth with bis feet, he teacheth with his My son, keep my words, and lay up fingers;

14 Frowardness is in his heart, he de 2 Keep my commandments, and live; viseth mischief continually; he soweth and my law as the apple of thine eye. discord.

3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write 15 Therefore shall his calamity come them upon the table of thine heart. suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken 4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister without remedy.

and call understanding thy kinswoman: 16 | These six things doth the LORD 15 That they may keep thee from the hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto strange woman, from the stranger which him:

flattereth with her words. 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and 6 | For at the window of my house I hands that shed innocent blood,

looked through my casement, 18 A heart that deviseth wicked ima 7 And beheld among the simple ones, I ginations, feet that be swist in running to discerned among the youths, a young man mischief,

void of understanding, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, 8 Passing through the street near her and him that soweth discord among corner; and he went the way to her house. brethren.

9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the 20 | My son, keep thy father's com- black and dark night: mandment, and forsake not the law of thy 10 And behold, there met him a woman mother:

with the attire of a barlot, and subtile os 21 Bind them continually upon thine heart. heart, and tie them about thy neck. 11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet

22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; abide not in her house: when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; 12 Now is she without, now in the and when thou aw est, it shall talk with streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) thee.

13 So she caught him, and kissed him, 23 For the commandment is a lamp; and with an impudent face said unto him, and the law is light; and reproofs of in 14 I have peace-offerings with me; this struction are the way of life :

day have I paid my vows. 24 To keep thee from the evil woman, 15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, from the lattery of the tongue of a strange diligently to seek thy face, and I have

found thee. 25 Lust not after her beauty in thine 16 I have decked my bed with coverheart; neither let her take thee with her ings of tapestry, with carved works, with eyelids.

fine linen of Egypt. 26 For by means of a whorish woman a 17 I have perfumed my bed with man is brought to a piece of bread: and myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. 18 Come, let us take our fill of love

27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, until the morning: let us solace ourselves and his clothes not be burned ?

with loves. 28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his 19 For the good-man is not at home, he feet not be burned?"

is gone a long journey: 29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's 20 He hath taken a bag of money with wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not him, and will come home at the day apbe innocent.

pointed. 30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal 21 With her much fair speech she to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; caused him to yield, with the flattering of

31 But if he be found, he shall restore her lips she forced him. seven-fold; he shall give all the substance 22 "He goeth after her straightway, as of his house.

an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a tool to 32 But whoso committeth adultery with the correction of the stocks; a woman Jacketh understanding: he that| 23 Till a dart strike through his liver: doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth 33 A wound and dishonour shall be not that it is for his life. get; and his reproach shall not be wiped 24 T Hearken unto me now therefore, away.

Oye children, and attend to the words of 34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: my mouth.

woman.

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