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1No evils shall happen to him that feareth the Lord, but in temptation God will keep him, and deliver him from evils. 2A wise man hateth not the commandments and justices, and he shall not be dashed in pieces as a ship in a storm. 3A man of understanding is faithful to the law of God, and the law is faithful to him. 4He that cleareth up a question, shall prepare what to say, and so having prayed he shall be heard, and shall keep discipline, and then he shall answer. 5The heart of a fool is as a wheel of a cart: and his thoughts are like a rolling axletree. 6A friend that is a mocker, is like a stallion horse: he neigheth under every one that sitteth upon him. 7Why doth one day excel another, and one light another, and one year another year, when all come of the sun? 8By the knowledge of the Lord they were distinguished, the sun being made, and keeping his commandment. 9And he ordered the seasons, and holidays of them, and in them they celebrated festivals at an hour. 10Some of them God made high and great days, and some of them he put in the number of ordinary days. And all men are from the ground, and out of the earth, from whence Adam was created. 11With much knowledge the Lord hath divided them and diversified their ways. 12Some of them hath he blessed, and exalted: and some of them hath he sanctified, and set near himself: and some of them hath he cursed and brought low, end turned them from their station. 13As the potter's clay is in his hand, to fashion and order it: 14All his ways are according to his ordering: so man is in the hand of him that made him, and he will render to him according to his judgment. 15Good is set against evil, and life against death: so also is the sinner against a just man. And so look upon all the works of the most High. Two and two, and one against another. 16And I awaked last of all, and as one that gathereth after the grapegatherers. 17In the blessing of God I also have hoped: and as one that gathereth grapes, have I filled the winepress. 18See that I have not laboured for myself only, but for all that seek discipline. 19Hear me, ye great men, and all ye people, and hearken with your ears, ye rulers of the church. 20Give not to son or wife, brother or friend, power over thee while thou livest; and give not thy estate to another, lest then repent, and thou entreat for the same. 21As long as thou livest, and hast breath in thee, let no man change thee. 22For it is better that thy children should ask of thee, than that thou look toward the hands of thy children. 23In all thy works keep the pre-eminence. 24Let no stain sully thy glory. In the time when thou shalt end the days of thy life, and in the time of thy decease, distribute thy inheritance. 25Fodder, and a wand, and a burden are for an ass: bread, and correction, and work for a slave. 26He worketh under correction, and seeketh to rest: let his hands be idle, and he seeketh liberty. 27The yoke and the thong bend a stiff neck, and continual labours bow a slave. 28Torture and fetters are for a malicious slave: send him to work, that he be not idle: 29For idleness hath taught much evil. 30Set him to work: for so it is fit for him. And if he be not obedient, bring him down with fetters, but be not excessive towards any one: and do no grievous thing without judgment. 31If thou have a faithful servant, let him be to thee as thy own soul: treat him as a brother: because in the blood of thy soul thou hast gotten him. 32If thou hurt him unjustly, he will run away: 33And if he rise up and depart, thou knowest not whom to ask, and in what way to seek him.
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