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of thy name, from the teeth of them that were ready to devour me, and out of the hands of fuch as fought after my life, and from the manifold afflictions which I had;

4 From the choking of fire on every fide, and from the midft of the fire which I kindled not;

5 From the depth of the belly of hell, from an unclean tongue, and from lying words:

6 By an accufation to the king from an unrighteous tongue, my foul drew near even unto death, my life was near to the hell beneath.

7 They compaffed me on every fide, and there was no man to help me: I looked for the fuccour of men, but there was none.

9 Then lifted I up my fupplication from the earth, and prayed for deliverance from death.

III will praife thy name continually, and will fing praife with thanksgiving; and fo my prayer was heard;

12 For thou favedft me from deftruction, and deliveredft me from the evil time: therefore will I give thanks, and praise thee, and bless thy name, O Lord.

13 When I was yet young, or ever I went abroad, I defired wisdom openly in my prayer.

14 I prayed for her before the temple, and will feek her out even to the end.

16 I bowed down mine 8 Then thought I upon ear a little, and received her, thy mercy, O Lord, and up-and gat much learning. on thy acts of old, how thou 17I profited therein, theredelivereft fuch as wait for fore will I afcribe the glory thee, and faveft them out of unto him that giveth me wifthe hands of the enemies. dom.

10 I called upon the Lord, the Father of my Lord, that he would not leave me in the days of my trouble, and in the time of the proud, when there was no help.

15 Even from the flower, till the grape was ripe, hath my heart delighted in her; my foot went the right way, from my youth up sought I after her.

18 For I purposed to do after her, and earnestly I followed that which is good; fo fhall I not be confounded.

19 My foul hath wrestled with her, and in my doings I was exact: I ftretched forth my hands to the heaven above and bewailed my ignorances of her.

20 I directed my foul unto and faid, Buy her for your her, and I found her in pure-felves without money. nefs: I have had my heart 26 Put your neck under joined with her from the be- the yoke, and let your foul ginning, therefore fhall I not receive inftruction; fhe is hard at hand to find.

be forfaken.

21 My heart was troubled in seeking her: therefore have I gotten a good poffeffion.

22 The Lord hath given me a tongue for my reward, and I will praise him there


23 Draw near unto me, ye unlearned, and dwell in the house of learning. 24 Wherefore are ye flow, and what fay ye of thefe things, feeing your fouls are very thirsty. 25 I opened my mouth,

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