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And nobles, even all the judges of the


I love them that love me;

Female Excellence.

WHо can find a virtuous woman?
For her price is far above rubies.

And those that seek me early shall The heart of her husband doth safely

find me.

Riches and honor are with me;
Yea, durable riches and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, yea, than
fine gold;

And my revenue than choice silver.
I lead in the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of judgment,
That I may cause those that love me
to inherit substance;
And I will fill their treasures.

Prayer of Agur.

Surely I am more brutish than any


And have not the understanding of



I neither learned wisdom,
Nor have the knowledge of the holy.

trust in her,

So that he shall have no need of

She will do him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax,
And worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants' ships;
She bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night,
And giveth meat to her household,
And a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it:
With the fruit of her hand she plant-
eth a vineyard.

She girdeth her loins with strength,
And strengtheneth her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise
is good:

Who hath ascended up into heaven, Her candle goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle,

or descended?

Who hath gathered the wind in his And her hands hold the distaff.

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He is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Add thou not unto his words,

She stretcheth out her hand to the


Yea, she reacheth forth her hand to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household:

For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She maketh herself coverings of ta-

Her clothing is silk and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,

Lest he reprove thee, and thou be When he sitteth among the elders of

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She looketh well to the ways of her But the simple pass on, and are


And eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed;

Her husband also, and he praiseth her.

'Many daughters have done virtuously,

But thou excellest them all.'


By humility and the fear of the Lord
Are riches, and honor, and life.
Thorns and snares are in the way of
the froward:

He that doth keep his soul shall be
far from them.

Train up a child in the way he should


Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain : And when he is old, he will not depart But a woman that feareth the Lord,

she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; And let her own works praise her in

the gates.

My beloved spake, and said unto me,
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and
come away.

For, lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is


And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

The fig-tree putteth forth her green figs,

And the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.

Arise, my love, my fair one, and

come away.

Miscellaneous Proverbs.

Many waters cannot quench love,
Neither can the floods drown it:
If a man would give all the substance
of his house for love,

It would utterly be contemned.
A good name is rather to be chosen
than great riches,
And loving favor rather than silver
and gold.

from it. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a


But the rod of correction shall drive it
far from him.

Withhold not correction from the child:
For if thou beatest him with the rod,
he shall not dio.
Thou shalt beat him with the rod,
And shalt deliver his soul from hell.
My son, if thine heart be wise,
My heart shall rejoice, even mine.
Yea, my reins shall rejoice,
When thy lips speak right things.
Let not thine heart envy sinners:
But be thou in the fear of the Lord

all the day long:
For surely there is an end.;
And thine expectation shall not be
cut off.

Make no friendship with an angry


And with a furious man thou shalt
not go:

Lest thou learn his ways,
And get a snare to thy soul.
Be not thou one of them that strike

Or of them that are sureties for debts.
If thou hast nothing to pay,
Why should he take away thy bed
from under thee?
Remove not the ancient landmark,
Which thy fathers have set.
Seest thou a man diligent in his busi-

The rich and poor meet together:
The Lord is the maker of them all.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and He shall stand before kings;


OH that my grief were thoroughly] My brethren have dealt deceitfully as weighed, a brook, And my calamity laid in the balances And as the stream of brooks they together!

pass away;

For now it would be heavier than the Which are blackish by reason of the

sand of the sea:


Therefore my words are swallowed up. And wherein the snow is hid:

For the arrows of the Almighty are What time they wax warm, they vanish:

within me, The poison whereof drinketh up my When it is hot, they are consumed out spirit: of their place. The terrors of God do set themselves The paths of their way are turned in array against me.


Doth the wild ass bray when he hath They go to nothing, and perish.

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Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

The troops of Tema looked,

The companies of Sheba waited for


They were confounded because they

had hoped ;

They came thither, and were ashamed.

The things that my soul refused to For now ye are nothing;


Are as my sorrowful meat.

Ye see my casting down, and are afraid.

Did I say, Bring unto me?

O that I might have my request;
And that God would grant me the Or,
thing that I long for!

Even that it would please God to de- Or,
stroy me ;

That he would let loose his hand, and

cut me off!

Give a reward for me of your substance?

Deliver me from the enemy's


Or, Redeem me from the hand of the

Teach me, and I will hold my tongue:
And cause me to understand wherein

Then should I yet have comfort;
Yea, I would harden myself in sorrow:
Let him not spare; for I have not con- I have erred.
cealed the words of the Holy One.
What is my strength, that I should

And what is mine end, that I should
prolong my life?

Is my strength the strength of stones?
Or is my flesh of brass?
Is not my help in me?

And is wisdom driven quite from me?
To him that is afflicted, pity should be
showed from his friend;

How forcible are right words!
But what doth your arguing reprove?
Do ye imagine to reprove words,
And the spches of one that is des-
Which are as wind?

Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless,
And ye dig a pit for your friend.
Now therefore be content, look upon


For it is evident unto you if I lie.

But he forsaketh the fear of the Al-Return, I pray you, let it not be ini

Yea, return again, my righteousness When I say, My bed shall comfort is in it.

Is there iniquity in my tongue?


My couch shall ease my complaint;

Cannot my taste discern perverse Then thou scarest me with dreams, things?

And terrifiest me through visions:
So that my soul chooseth strangling,

Is there not an appointed time to man And death rather than my life.

I loath it; I would not live alway:

upon earth? Are not his days also like the days of Let me alone; for my days are vanity. What is man, that thou shouldest

an hireling?

As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow,

And as an hireling looketh for reward of his work;


So am I made to possess months of vanity,

And wearisome nights are appointed

to me.

magnify him?

And that thou shouldest set thine

heart upon him?

And that thou shouldest visit him
every morning,

And try him every moment?
How long wilt thou not depart from


When I lie down, I say, When shall Nor let me alone till I swallow down I arise, and the night be gone ? my spittle?

And I am full of tossings to and fro I have sinned: what shall I do unto unto the dawning of the day.

My flesh is clothed with worms and O clods of dust;

My skin is broken, and becomes



thou Preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee,

So that I am a burden to myself?

My days are swifter than a weaver's And why dost thou not pardon my


And are spent without hope.

O remember that my life is wind:
Mine eyes shall no more see good.
The eye of him that hath seen me
shall see me no more:

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Thine eyes are upon me, and I am not. Then Job answered and said,
As the cloud is consumed and van-I know it is so of a truth:

isheth away:

But how should a man be just with God?

So he that goeth down to the grave If he will contend with him, He cannot answer him one of a thousand.

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Which commandeth the sun, and it For he knoweth vain men:

riseth not;

And sealeth up the stars.

Which alone spreadeth out the hea


And treadeth upon the waves of the


Which maketh Arcturus, Orion,
And Pleiades, and the chambers of
the south.

Which doeth great things past finding

Yea, and wonders without number.
Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him


He seeth wickedness also;
Will he not then consider it?
For vain man would be wise,
Though man be born like a wild
ass's colt.

If thou prepare thine heart,
And stretch out thine hands towards

If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far

And let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.

For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot;

He passeth on also, but I perceive Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt

him not.

Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him?

Who will say unto him, What doest thou?

If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: And if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me:

not fear:

Because thou shalt forget thy misery,
And remember it as waters that pass


And thine age shall be clearer than the noon-day;

Thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.


thou shalt be secure, because there is hope;

If I say, I am perfect, it shall also Yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety. Now my days are swifter than a Also thou shalt lie down, and none

prove me perverse.


They flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships:

As the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

Canst thou by searching find out

Canst thou find out the Almighty
unto perfection?.

It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do?

Deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

The measure thereof is longer than the earth,

And broader than the sea.

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And bringest me into judgment with thee?

If he cut off, and shut up, or gather Who can bring a clean thing out of


an unclean? not one.

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