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51

Cautions against sin in general, and some sins in particular.

[1] My son, hast thou sinned? do so no more: but for thy former sins also pray that they may be forgiven thee. [2] Flee from sins as from the face of a serpent: for if thou comest near them, they will take hold of thee. [3] The teeth thereof are the teeth of a lion, killing the souls of men. [4] All iniquity is like a two-edged sword, there is no remedy for the wound thereof. [5] Injuries and wrongs will waste riches: and the house that is very rich shall be brought to nothing by pride: so the substance of the proud shall be rooted out.

[6] The prayer out of the mouth of the poor shall reach the ears of God, and judgment shall come for him speedily. [7] He that hateth to be reproved walketh in the trace of a sinner: and he that feareth God will turn to his own heart. [8] He that is mighty by a bold tongue is known afar off, but a wise man knoweth to slip by him. [9] He that buildeth his house at other men' s charges, is as he that gathereth himself stones to build in the winter. [10] The congregation of sinners is like tow heaped together, and the end of them is a flame of fire.

[11] The way of sinners is made plain with stones, and in their end is hell, and darkness, and pains. [12] He that keepeth justice shall get the understanding thereof. [13] The perfection of the fear of God is wisdom and understanding. [14] He that is not wise in good, will not be taught. [15] But there is a wisdom that aboundeth in evil: and there is no understanding where there is bitterness.

[16] The knowledge of a wise man shall abound like a flood, and his counsel continueth like a fountain of life. [17] The heart of a fool is like a broken vessel, and no wisdom at all shall it hold. [18] A man of sense will praise every wise word he shall hear, and will apply it to himself: the luxurious man hath heard it, and it shall displease him, and he will cast it behind his back. [19] The talking of a fool is like a burden in the way: but in the lips of the wise, grace shall be found. [20] The mouth of the prudent is sought after in the church, and they will think upon his words in their hearts.

[21] As a house that is destroyed, so is wisdom to a fool: and the knowledge of the unwise is as words without sense. [22] Doctrine to a fool is as fetters on the feet, and like manacles on the right hand. [23] A fool lifteth up his voice in laughter: but a wise man will scarce laugh low to himself. [24] Learning to the prudent is as an ornament of gold, and like a bracelet upon his right arm. [25] The foot of a fool is soon in his neighbour' s house: but a man of experience will be abashed at the person of the mighty.

[26] A fool will peep through the window into the house: but he that is well taught will stand without. [27] It is the folly of a man to hearken at the door: and a wise man will be grieved with the disgrace. [28] The lips of the unwise will be telling foolish things but the words of the wise shall be weighed in a balance. [29] The heart of fools is in their mouth: and the mouth of wise men is in their heart. [30] While the ungodly curseth the devil, he curseth his own soul.

[30] While the ungodly: He condemneth and curseth himself: inasmuch as by sin he takes part with the devil, and is, as it were, his member and subject.

[31] The talebearer shall defile his own soul, and shall be hated by all: and he that shall abide with him shall be hateful: the silent and wise man shall be honoured.

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