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And nobles, even all the judges of the
I love them that love me;
WHо can find a virtuous woman?
And those that seek me early shall The heart of her husband doth safely
Riches and honor are with me;
And my revenue than choice silver.
Prayer of Agur.
Surely I am more brutish than any
And have not the understanding of
I neither learned wisdom,
trust in her,
So that he shall have no need of
She will do him good and not evil
She girdeth her loins with strength,
Who hath ascended up into heaven, Her candle goeth not out by night.
Who hath gathered the wind in his And her hands hold the distaff.
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.
Lest he reprove thee, and thou be When he sitteth among the elders of
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
He that doth keep his soul shall be
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
My beloved spake, and said unto me,
For, lo, the winter is past,
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
Many waters cannot quench love,
It would utterly be contemned.
from it. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a
But the rod of correction shall drive it
Withhold not correction from the child:
all the day long:
Make no friendship with an angry
And with a furious man thou shalt
Lest thou learn his ways,
Or of them that are sureties for debts.
The rich and poor meet together:
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!
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.
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;
Even that it would please God to de- Or,
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:
Then should I yet have comfort;
And what is mine end, that I should
Is my strength the strength of stones?
And is wisdom driven quite from me?
How forcible are right words!
Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless,
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:
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
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
And that thou shouldest set thine
heart upon him?
And that thou shouldest visit him
And try him every moment?
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:
Thine eyes are upon me, and I am not. Then Job answered and said,
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.
Which commandeth the sun, and it For he knoweth vain men:
And sealeth up the stars.
Which alone spreadeth out the hea
And treadeth upon the waves of the
Which maketh Arcturus, Orion,
Which doeth great things past finding
Yea, and wonders without number.
He seeth wickedness also;
If thou prepare thine heart,
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
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:
Because thou shalt forget thy misery,
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
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.
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.