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The Proverbs of Solomon

(Part Two)

The 16th Chapter
     The fear of the Lord is the right science of wisdom, and lowliness goes before honor.
     * A man may well purpose a thing in his heart, but the answer of the tongue comes from the Lord. That is, no will of man can come to good purpose, without the help of God. MN
     A man thinks all his ways to be clean, but it is the Lord that fashions minds.
     Commit your works unto the Lord, and look what you devisest, it shall prosper.
     The Lord does all things for his own sake, yes and when he keeps the ungodly for the day of wrath.
     The Lord abhors all presumptuous and proud hearts, there may neither strength nor power escape.
     With loving mercy and faithfulness sins be forgiven, and who so searches the Lord eschueth (eschew: avoid, shun, escape) evil.
     When a mans ways please the Lord, he makes his very enemies to be his friends.
     Better is it to have a little thing with righteousness, than great rents wrongfully gotten.
     A man devises a way in his heart, but it is the Lord that orders his goings.
     When the prophecy is in the lips of the king, his mouth shall not go wrong in judgement.
     A true measure and a true balance are the Lords, he makes all weights.
     It is an great abomination when kings are wicked, for a kings seat should be holden up with righteousness.
     Righteous lips are pleasant unto kings, and they love him that speaks the truth.
     The king displeasure is a messenger of death, but a wise man will pacify him.
     The cheerful countenance of the king is life, and his loving favor is as the evening dew.
     To have wisdom in possession is better than gold, and to get understanding is more worth than silver.
     The path for the righteous eschueth (eschew: avoid, shun, escape) evil, and who so looks well to his ways keeps his own soul.
     Presumptuousness goes before destruction, and after a proud stomach there follows a fall.
     Better it is to be of humble mind with the lowly, than to divide the spoils with the proud.
     He that handles a matter wisely, obtains good: and blessed is he , that puts his trust in the Lord.
     Who so has a wise understanding is called to counsel: but he that can speak fair gets more riches.
     Understanding is a well of life unto him that has it, as for the chastening of fools, it is but foolishness.
     The heart of the wise enforms his mouth, and amends the doctrine in his lips.

     Fair words are an honeycomb, a refreshing of the mind, and health of the bones.
     There is a way that men think to be right, but the end thereof leads unto death.
     A troublous soul disquiets herself, for her own mouth has brought her thereto.
     An ungodly person stirs up evil, and in his lips he is as an hot burning fire.
     A froward body causes strife, and he that is a babble of his tongue, makes division among Princes.
     A wicked man beguiles his neighbor, and leads him the way that is not good.
     He that winks with his eyes, imagines mischief: and he that bites his lips, will do some harm.
     Age is a crown of worship, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
     A patient man is better than one strong: and he that can rule himself, is more worth than he that wins a city.
     The lots are cast into the lap, but their fall stands before the Lord.

The 17th Chapter
     Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a full house and many fat cattle with strife.
     A discreet servant shall have more rule than the sons that have no wisdom, and shall have like heritage with the brethren.
     Like as silver is tried in the fire and gold in the furnace, even so does the Lord prove the hearts.
     A wicked body holds much of false lips, and a disassembling person gives ear to a disceitful tongue.
     Whoso laughs the poor to scorn, blasphemes his maker: and he that is glad of another mans hurt, shall not be unpunished.
     Childrens children are a worship unto the elders, and the fathers are the honor of the children.
     An eloquent speech becomes not a fool, a disassembling mouth also becomes not a Prince.
     Liberality is as a precious stone unto him that has it, for wheresoever he becomes, he prospereth.
     Who so covers another mans offense, seeks love: but he that discloses the fault, sets friends at variance.
     One reproof only does more good to that has understanding, than an hundred stripes into a fool.
     A *sedicious person seeks mischief, but a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. sedition = disloyalty, treachery, labored strife, promotes rebellion (against godly ways)
     It were better to *come against (meet) a she bear robbed of her whelps, then against a fool in his foolishness.
     Whoso rewards evil for good, the plague shall not depart from his house.
     He that sows discord and strife, is like one that digs up a water brook: but an open enemy is like the water that breaks out and runs abroad.
     The Lord hates as well him that justifies the ungodly, as him that condemns the innocent.
     What helps it to give a fool money in his hand, where as he has no mind to buy wisdom?
     He is a friend that always loves, and in adversity a man shall know who is his brother.
     Whom so promises by the hand, and is surety for another, he is a fool.
     He that loves strife, delights in sin: and he that sets his door to high, seeks after a fall.
     Who so has a froward heart obtains no good: and he that has an *overthwart tongue, shall fall into mischief. *overthwart = to impede, obstruct, prevent, frustrate.
     An unwise body brings himself in to sorrow, and the father of a fool can have no joy.
     A merry heart makes a lusty age, but a sorrowful mind drys up the bones.
     The ungodly takes gifts out of the bosom, to *wreste the ways of judgment.
*wreste = from wrest meaning; to distort or twist the nature or meaning of.
     Wisdom shines in the face of him that has understanding, but the eyes of fools wander throughout all lands.
     An undiscreet son is a grief unto his father, and an heaviness unto his mother that bare him.
     To punish the innocent, an to smite the Princes that give true judgement, are both evil.
     He is wise and discreet that tempers his words: and he is a man of understanding, that makes much of his spirit.
     Yes a very fool (when he holds his tongue) is counted wise, and to have understanding, when he shuts his lips.

The 18th Chapter
     Who so has pleasure to sow discord, speaks a quarrel in every thing.
     A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in those things that his heart rejoices.
     Where ungodliness is, there is also disdain: and so there follows shame and dishonor.
     The words of a mans mouth are like deep waters, and the well of wisdom is like a full stream.
     It is not good to regard the person of the ungodly, or to put back the righteous in judgment.
     A fools lips are ever brawling, and his mouth provokes unto battle.
     A fools mouth is his own destruction, and his lips are the snare for his own soul.
     The words of a sclanderer are very wounds, and go through unto the innermost parts of the body.
     Who so is slothful and slack in his labor, is the brother of him that is a waster.
     The name of the Lord is a strong castle, the righteous flys unto it, and shall be saved.
     But the rich mans goods are his stronghold, yes he takes them for an high wall around about him.
     After pride comes destruction, and honor after lowliness.
     He that gives sentence in a matter before he hear it, is a fool, and worthy to be confounded.
     A good stomach drives away a mans disease, but when the spirit is vexed, who may abide it.
     A wise heart labors for knowledge, and a prudent ear seeks understanding.
     Liberality brings a man to honor and worship, and sets him among great men.
     The righteous accuses himself first of all, if his neighbor come, he shall find him.
     The lot pacifies the variance, and parts the mighty asunder.
     The unity of brethren is stronger than a castle, and they that hold together are like the bar of a palace.
     A mans belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his own mouth, and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
     Death and life stand in the power of the tongue, he that loves, it shall enjoy the fruit thereof.
     Whoso finds a wife finds a good thing, and receives an wholesome benefit of the Lord.
     The poor makes supplication and prays meekly, but the rich gives a rough answer.
     A friend that delights in love, does a man more friendship, and sticks faster unto him than a brother.

The 19th Chapter
     Better is the poor that lives godly, than is the blasphemer that is but a fool.
     Where no discretion is, there the soul is not well: and who so is swift of foot, stumbles hastily.
     Foolishness makes a man to go out of his way, and then is his heart unpatient against the Lord.
     Riches make many friends, but the poor is forsaken of his own friends.
     A false witness shall not remain unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape.
     The multitude hangs upon great men, and every man favors him that gives rewards.
     As for the poor, he is hated among all his brethren: yes his own friends forsake him, and he that gives credence unto words, gets nothing.
     He that is wise loves his own soul: and who so has understanding, shall prosper.
     A false witness shall not remain unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall perish.
     Delicate ease becomes not a fool, much more unseemly is it, a bond man to have rule of princes.
     A wise man puts off displeasure, and it is his honor to let some faults pass.
     The kings dishonor is like the roaring of a Lion, but his friendship is like the dew upon the grass.
     An undiscreet son is the heaviness of his father, and a *brauling wife is like the top of an house, where through it is ever dropping. *from brawling, loud, quarrelsome
     House and riches may a man have by the heritage of his elders, but a discreet woman is a gift of the Lord.
     Slothfulness brings sleep, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
     Who so keeps the commandment, keeps his own soul: but he that regards not his way, shall die.
     He that has pity upon the poor, lends unto the Lord: and look what he lays out, it shall be paid him again.
     Chasten your son while there is hope, but let not your soul be moved to slay him.
     For great wrath brings harm, therefore let him go, and so may you teach him more nurture.
     O' give ear unto good counsel, and be content to be reformed, that you may be wise here after.
     There are many devices in a mans heart, nevertheless the counsel of the Lord shall stand.
     It is a mans worship to do good, and better is it to be a poor man, than a dissembler.
     The fear of the Lord preserves life, yes it gives plenteousness, without the visitation of any plague.
     A slothful body shoots his hand into his bosom, so that he can not put it to his mouth.
     If you smite a scornful person, the ignorant shall take better heed: and if you reproves one that has understanding, he will be the wiser.
     He that hurts his father or shuts out his mother, is a shameful and unworthy son.
     My son hears no more the doctrine that leads you away from the words of understanding.
     A false witness laughs judgement to scorn, and the mouth of the ungodly eats up wickedness.
     Punishments are ordered for the scornful, and stripes for the fools back.

The 20th Chapter
     Wine is a voluptuous thing, and drunkenness causes sedition: whoso delights therin, shall never be wise. voluptuous = provocative. sedition = disloyalty, treachery, labored strife.
     The king ought to be feared as the roaring of a lion, whoso provokes him unto anger, offends against his own soul.
     It is a mans honor to keep himself from strife, but they that have pleasure in brawling are fools every one.
     A slothful body will not go to plow for cold, therefore shall he go a begging in the Summer and have nothing.
     Wise counsel in the heart of man is like a water in the deep of the earth, but he that has understanding brings it forth.
     Many there be that are called good doers, but where shall one find a true and faithful man?
     Who so leads a godly and innocent life, happy shall his children be whom he leaves behind him.
     A king that sits in judgment, and looks well about him, drives away all evil.
     Who can say: my heart is clean, I am innocent from sin?
     To use two manners of weights, or two manners of measures, both these are abominable unto the Lord.
     A child is known by his conversation, whether his works be pure and right.
     As for the hearing of the ear and the sight of the eye, the Lord has made them both.
     Delight not you in sleep, least you come to poverty: but open your eyes, and you shall have bread enough.
     It is naught, It is naught, (say men) when they have it, but when it is gone, they give it a good word.
     A mouth of understanding is more worth than gold, many precious stones, and costly Jewels.
     Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for the unknown mans sake.
     Every man likes the bread that is gotten in deceit, but at the last his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
     Through counsel the things that men devise go forward: and with discretion ought wars to be taken in hand.
     Meddle not with him that *bewrayeth secretes, and is a sclanderer, and deceives with his lips. *bewray = to disclose, betray, or accuse.
     Who so curses his father and mother, his light shall be put out in the midst of darkness.
     The heritage that comes to hasty at first, shall not be praised in the end.
     Say not you: I will recompense evil, but put your trust in the Lord, and he shall defend you.
     The Lord abhors two manner of weights, and an false balance is an evil thing.
     For the Lord orders every mans goings, for what is he, that understands his own way?
     It is a snare for a man to blaspheme that which is holy, and then to go about with vows.
     A wise king destroys the ungodly, and brings the wheel over them.
     The lantern of the Lord is the breath of man, and goes through all the inward parts of the body.
     Mercy and faithfulness preserve the king, and with loving kindness his seat is holden up.
     The strength of young men is their worship, and a grey head, is an honor unto the aged.
     Wounds drive away evil, and so do stripes the inward parts of the body.

The 21st Chapter
     The kings heart is in the hand of the Lord, like as are the rivers of water: he may turns it *whither soever he will. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
     Every man thinks his own way to be right, but the Lord judges the hearts.
     To do righteousness and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
     An presumptuous look, and a proud stomach, and the lantern of the ungodly, is sin. See previous lantern of the Lord
     The devices of one that is diligent, bring plenteousness: but he that is unadvised, comes to poverty.
     Who so hordes up treasures with the deceitfulness of his tongue, is a fool, and like unto them that seek their own death.
      The robberies of the ungodly shall be their own destruction, for they would not do the thing that was right.
     The ways of the froward is strange, but the works of him that is clean, are right.
      It is better to dwell in a corner under the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
     The soul of the ungodly wishes evil, and has no pity upon his neighbor.
     When the scornful is punished, the ignorant take the better heed: and when a wise man is warned, he will receive the more understanding.
     The righteous enforms the house of the ungodly, but the ungodly go on still after their own wickedness.
     Whoso stops his ear at the crying of the poor, he shall cry himself and not be heard.
     A privy reward pacifies displeasure, and a gift in the bosom stills furriousness.
     The just delights in doing the thing that is right, but the workers of wickedness abhor the same.
     The man that wanders out of the way of wisdom, shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
     He that has pleasure in bankettes (banquets), shall be a poor man: Who so delights in wine and delicates, shall not be rich. bankettes = this is most likely banquets. RN
      The ungodly shall be given for the righteous, and the wicked for the just.
     It is better to dwell in a wilderness, than with a chiding and an angry woman.
     In a wise mans house there is great treasure and plenteousness, but a foolish body spends up all.
      Who so follows righteousness and mercy, finds both life, righteousness, and honor.
      A wise man wins the city of the mighty, and as for the strength that they trust in, he brings it down.
     Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue, the same keeps his soul from troubles.
     He that is proud and presumptuous, is called a scornful man, which in wrath dare work maliciously.
     The voluptuousness of the slothful is his own death, for his hands will not labor.
     He covets and desires all the day long, but the righteous is always giving and keeps nothing back.
     The sacrifice of the ungodly is abomination, for they offer the thing that is gotten in wickedness.
      A false witness shall perish, but he that will be content to hear, shall always have power to speak himself.
     A ungodly man goes forth rashly, but the just reforms his own way.
     There is no wisdom, there is no understanding, there is no counsel against the Lord.
     The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but the Lord gives victory.

The 22nd Chapter
     A good name is more worth than great riches, and loving favor is better than silver and gold.
     Whether riches or poverty do meet us, it comes all of God.
     A wise man sees the plague and hides himself, but the foolish go on still and are punished.
     The end of lowliness and the fear of God, is riches honor, prosperity and health.
     Spears and snares are in the way of the froward, but he that will keep his soul, let him flee from such.
     If you teaches a child in his youth what way he should go, he shall not leave it when he is old.
     The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
     He that sows wickedness shall reap sorrow, and the rod of his plague shall destroy him.
     A loving eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his bread unto the poor.
      Cast out the scornful man, and so shall strife go out with him, yes variance and *sclander shall cease. *sclander = may mean scandal and slander.
     Who so delights to be of a clean heart and of gracious lips, the king shall be his friend.
     The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, but as for the words of the despiteful, he brings them to naught.
      The slothful body says: There is a lion without, I might be slain in the street.
      The mouth of an harlot is a open pit, wherein he falls that the Lord is angry withal.
      Foolishness sticks in the heart of the lad, but the rod of correction drives it away.
     Who so does a poor man wrong to increase his own riches, gives (commonly) unto the rich, and at the last comes to poverty himself.
     My son bow down your ear, and harken unto the words of wisdom, apply your mind unto my doctrine: for it is a pleasant thing if you keep it in your heart, and practice it in your mouth: that you may always put your trust in the Lord.
     Have not I warned you very often with the counsel of learning?
     That I might show you the truth and that you with verity might answer them that lay anything against you?
      See that you rob not the poor because he is weak, and oppress not the simple in judgement: for the Lord himself will defend their cause, and do violence unto them that have used violence.
     Make no friendship with an angry willful man, and keep no company with the furious: least you learn his ways, and receive hurt unto your soul.
      Be not you one of them that bind their hand upon promise, and are surety for debt: for if you have nothing to pay, they shall take away your bed from under you.
     You shall not remove the landmark, which your fore elders have set.
      See you not, that they which be diligent in their business stand before kings, and not among the simple folk?

The 23rd Chapter
     When you sit at the table to eat with a Lord, order yourself mannerly with the things that are set before you.
     Measure your appetite: and if you will rule your own self, be not over greedy with his meat, for meat beguiles and deceives.
     Take not over great travail and labor to be rich, beware of such a purpose.
     Why will you set your eye upon the thing, which suddenly vanishes away?
     For riches make themselves wings, and take their flight like an eagle into the air.
     Eat not you with the envious, and desire not his meat, for he has a *marvelous heart. *that is a heart that marvels at the works of man, worldly things. RN
     He says unto you: eat and drink, whereas his heart is not with you.
     Yes the morsels that you have eaten shall you perbrake (vomit up) and *lese those sweet words. perbrake = per; each one, break ; expel. *lese = 1) lose 2) lease; rent out the mouth 3) an insult to his truth
     Tell nothing into the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
     Remove not the old landmark, and come not within the field of the fatherless.
     For he that delivers them is mighty, even he shall defend their cause against you.
     Apply your heart unto learning, and your ear to the words of knowledge.
     Withhold not correction from the child, for if you beat him with the rod, he will not die thereof.
     You smite him with the rod, but you deliver his soul from hell.
     My son, if your heart receive wisdom, my heart also shall rejoice: yes my reins shall be very glad, if your lips speak the thing that is right.
     Let not your heart be jealous to follow sinners, but keep you still in the fear of the Lord all the day long: For the end is not yet come and your patient abiding shall not be in vain.
     My son, give ear and be wise, so shall your heart prosper in the way.
     Keep no company with winebibbers and riotous eaters of flesh: for such as be drunkards and riotous shall come to poverty, and he that is given to much sleep, shall go with a ragged coat.
     Give ear unto your father that begat you, and despise not your mother when she is old.
     *Labor for to get the truth: sell not away wisdom, nurture and understanding, for a righteous father is marvelous glad of a wise son, and delights in him, so shall your father be glad, and your mother that bare you, shall rejoice.
kjv =Buy the truth: and sell it not,
     My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes have pleasure in my ways.
     For an whore is a deep grave, and an harlot is a narrow pit.
     She lurks like a thief, and those that be not aware she brings unto her.
     Where is woe? where is sorrow? where is strife? where is brawling? where are wounds without cause? where be red eyes?
     Even among those that be ever at wine, and seek out were the best is.
     Look not you upon the wine, how red it is, and what a color it gives in the glass.
     It goes down softly, but at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings as an adder.
     So shall your eyes look unto strange women, and your heart shall muse upon froward things.
     Yes, you shall be as though you sleep in the midst of the sea, or on the top of the mast.
     They wounded me (you shall say) but it has not hurt me, they smote me, but i felt it not.
     When I a well awakened, I will go to drink again.

The 24th Chapter
     Be not you jealous over wicked men, and desire not you to be among them. For their heart imagines to do hurt, and their lips talk of mischief.
     Through wisdom an house shall be builded, and with understanding it shall be set up.
     Through discretion shall the chambers be filled with all costly and pleasant riches.
     A wise man is strong, yes, and a man of understanding is better than he that is mighty of strength.
     For with discretion must wars be taken in hand, and where as are many that can give counsel, there is the victory.
     Wisdom is an high thing, yes even to the fool, for he dare not open his mouth in the gate.
     He that imagines mischief, may well be called an ungracious person.
     The thought of the fool is sin, and the scornful is an abomination to men.
     If you be *oversene and negligent in time of need, then is your strength but small. *oversene = overseen
Deliver them that go unto death, and are lead away to be slain, and be not negligent therin.
     If you will say: I knew of it,
     Think you that he which made the hearts, does not consider it?
     And that he which regards your soul, sees it not?
     Shall he not recompense every man according to his works?
     My son, you eat honey and the sweet honeycomb, because it is sweet in your mouth.
     Even so shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto your soul, as soon as you have gotten it.
     And there is good hope, yes your hope shall not be in vain.
     Lay no privy wait wickedly upon the house of the righteous, and disquiet not his resting place.
     For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again, but the ungodly fall into wickedness.
     Rejoice not you at the fall of your enemy, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles.
     Lest the Lord when he sees it, be angry, and turn his wrath from him to the.
Let not your wrath and jealousy move you, to follow the wicked and ungodly.
     And why? the wicked have nothing to hope for, and the candle of the ungodly shall be put out.
     My son, fear you the Lord and the king, and keep no company with the sclaunderous: For their destruction shall come suddenly, and who knows the fall of them both?
     These are also the sayings the wise.
     It is not good to have respect of any person in judgment.
     He that says unto the ungodly: You are righteous, him shall the people curse, yes and the *comentie shall abhor him. *comentie a person unto whom is given a trust or charged to look into things. from cometre: a trustee. RN
     But they that rebuke the ungodly shall be commended, and a rich blessing shall come upon them.
     He makes himself to be well loved, that gives a good answer.
     First make up your work that is without, and look well unto that which you have in the field, and then build own house.
     Be no false witness against your neighbor, and hurt him not with your lips.
     Say not: I will handle him, even as he has dealt with me, and will reward every man according to his deeds.
     I went up the field of the slothful, and by the vineyards of the foolish man.
     And lo, it was all covered with nettles, and stood full of thistles, and the stone wall was broken down.
     This I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and took it for a warning.
     Yes sleep on still a little, slumber a little, fold your hands to together yet a little: so shall poverty come unto you as one that travails by the way, and necessity like a weaponed man.


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