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[1] Better is the poor man, that walketh in his simplicity, than a rich man that is perverse in his lips, and unwise. [2] Where there is no knowledge of the soul, there is no good: and he that is hasty with his feet shall stumble. [3] The folly of a man supplanteth his steps: and he fretteth in his mind against God. [4] Riches make many friends: but from the poor man, even they whom he had, depart. [5] A false witness shall not be unpunished: and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

[6] Many honour the person of him that is mighty, and are friends of him that giveth gifts. [7] The brethren of the poor man hate him: moreover also his friends have departed far from him. He that followeth after words only, shall have nothing. [8] But he that possesseth a mind, loveth his own soul, and he that keepeth prudence shall find good things. [9] A false witness shall not be unpunished: and he that speaketh lies, shall perish. [10] Delicacies are not seemly for a fool: nor for a servant to have rule over princes.

[11] The learning of a man is known by patience and his glory is to pass over wrongs. [12] As the roaring of a lion, so also is the anger of a king: and his cheerfulness as the dew upon the grass. [13] A foolish son is the grief of his father: and a wrangling wife is like a roof continually dropping through. [14] House and riches are given by parents: but a prudent wife is properly from the Lord. [15] Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

[16] He that keepeth the commandment, keepeth his own soul: but he that neglecteth his own way, shall die. [17] He that hath mercy on the poor, lendeth to the Lord: and he will repay him. [18] Chastise thy son, despair not: but to the killing of him set not thy soul. [19] He that is impatient, shall suffer damage: and when he shall take away he shall add another thing. [20] Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayst be wise in thy latter end.

[21] There are many thoughts in the heart of a man: but the will of the Lord shall stand firm. [22] A needy man is merciful: and better is the poor than the lying man. [23] The fear of the Lord is unto life: and he shall abide in fulness without being visited with evil. [24] The slothful hideth his hand under his armpit, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth. [25] The wicked man being; scourged, the fool shall be wiser: but if thou rebuke a wise man he will understand discipline.

[26] He that afflicteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is infamous and unhappy. [27] Cease not, O my son, to hear instruction, and be not ignorant of the words of knowledge. [28] An unjust witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity. [29] Judgments are prepared for scorners: and striking hammers for the bodies of fools.

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