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Of physicians and medicines: what is to be done in sickness, and how we are to mourn for the dead. Of the employments of labourers and artificers.

[1] Honour the physician for the need thou hast of him: for the most High hath created him. [2] For all healing is from God, and he shall receive gifts of the king. [3] The skill of the physician shall lift up his head, and in the sight of great men he shall be praised. [4] The most High hath created medicines out of the earth, and a wise man will not abhor them. [5] Was not bitter water made sweet with wood?

[6] The virtue of these things is come to the knowledge of men, and the most High hath given knowledge to men, that he may be honoured in his wonders. [7] By these he shall cure and shall allay their pains, and of these the apothecary shall make sweet confections, and shall make up ointments of health, and of his works there shall be no end. [8] For the peace of God is over all the face of the earth. [9] My son, in thy sickness neglect not thyself, but pray to the Lord, and he shall heal thee. [10] Turn away from sin and order thy hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all offence.

[11] Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour, and make a fat offering, and then give place to the physician. [12] For the Lord created him: and let him not depart from thee, for his works are necessary. [13] For there is a time when thou must fall into their hands: [14] And they shall beseech the Lord, that he would prosper what they give for ease and remedy, for their conversation. [15] He that sinneth in the sight of his Maker, shall fall into the hands of the physician.

[16] My son, shed tears over the dead, and begin to lament as if thou hadst suffered some great harm, and according to judgment cover his body, and neglect not his burial.

[38] Upon the judges' seat they shall not sit, and the ordinance of judgment they shall not understand, neither shall they declare discipline and judgment, and they shall not be found where parables are spoken: [39] But they shall strengthen the state of the world, and their prayer shall be in the work of their craft, applying their soul, and searching in the law of the most High.

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