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[1] A wise son heareth the doctrine of his father: but he that is a scorner, beareth not when he is reproved. [2] Of the fruit of his own mouth shall a man be filled with good things: but the soul of transgressors is wicked. [3] He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his soul: but he that hath no guard on his speech shall meet with evils. [4] The sluggard willeth and willeth not: but the soul of them that work, shall be made fat. [5] The just shall hate a lying word: but the wicked confoundeth, and shall be confounded.

[6] Justice keepeth the way of the innocent: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner. [7] One is as it were rich, when he hath nothing: and another is as it were poor, when he hath great riches. [8] The ransom of a man' s life are his riches: but he that is poor beareth not reprehension. [9] The light of the just giveth joy: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. [10] Among the proud there are always contentions: but they that do all things with counsel, are ruled by wisdom.

[11] Substance got in haste shall be diminished: but that which by little and little is gathered with the hand shall increase. [12] Hope that is deferred afflicteth the soul: desire when it cometh is a tree of life. [13] Whosoever speaketh ill of any thing, bindeth himself for the time to come: but he that feareth the commandment, shall dwell in peace. Deceitful souls go astray in sins: the just are merciful, and shew mercy. [14] The law of the wise is a fountain of life, that he may decline from the ruin of death. [15] Good instruction shall give grace: in the way of scorners is a deep pit.

[16] The prudent man doth all things with counsel: but he that is a fool, layeth open his folly. [17] The messenger of the wicked shall fall into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health. [18] Poverty and shame to him that refuseth instruction: but he that yieldeth to reproof, shall be glorified. [19] The desire that is accomplished, delighteth the soul: fools hate them that flee from evil things. [20] He that walketh with the wise, shall be wise: a friend of fools shall become like to them.

[21] Evil pursueth sinners: and to the just good shall be repaid. [22] The good man leaveth heirs, sons, and grandsons: and the substance of the sinner is kept for the just. [23] Much food is in the tillage of fathers: but for others it is gathered with out judgment. [24] He that spareth the rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him correcteth him betimes. [25] The just eateth and filleth his soul: but the belly of the wicked is never to be filled.

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