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51

We are to be liberal to the just: and not to trust the wicked.

[1] If thou do good, know to whom thou dost it, and there shall be much thanks for thy good deeds. [2] Do good to the just, and thou shalt find great recompense: and if not of him, assuredly of the Lord. [3] For there is no good for him that is always occupied in evil, and that giveth no alms: for the Highest hateth sinners, and hath mercy on the penitent. [4] Give to the merciful and uphold not the sinner: God will repay vengeance to the ungodly and to sinners, and keep them against the day of vengeance. [5] Give to the good, and receive not a sinner.

[6] Do good to the humble, and give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not to him, lest thereby he overmaster thee. [7] For thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done to him: for the Highest also hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance to the ungodly. [8] A friend shall not be known in prosperity, and an enemy shall not be hidden in adversity. [9] In the prosperity of a man, his enemies are grieved: and a friend is known in his adversity. [10] Never trust thy enemy: for as a brass pot his wickedness rusteth:

[11] Though he humble himself and go crouching, yet take good heed and beware of him. [12] Set him not by thee, neither let him sit on thy right hand, lest he turn into thy place, and seek to take thy seat: and at the last thou acknowledge my words, and be pricked with my sayings. [13] Who will pity an enchanter struck by a serpent, or any that come near wild beasts? so is it with him that keepeth company with a wicked man, and is involved in his sins. [14] For an hour he will abide with thee: but if thou begin to decline, he will not endure it. [15] An enemy speaketh sweetly with his lips, but in his heart he lieth in wait, to throw thee into a pit.

[16] An enemy weepeth with his eyes: but if he find an opportunity he will not be satisfied with blood: [17] And if evils come upon thee, thou shalt find him there first. [18] An enemy hath tears in his eyes, and while he pretendeth to help thee, will undermine thy feet. [19] He will shake his head, and clap his hands, and whisper much, and change his countenance.

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