Blessed is the man who has a virtuous wife, for the number of his days will be double.
A virtuous woman rejoices her husband, and he will fulfill the years of his life in peace.
A good wife is a good portion, which will be given in the portion of those who fear the Lord.
Whether a man is rich or poor, if he has a good heart toward the Lord, he will at all times rejoice with a cheerful countenance.
There are three things that my heart fears; and for the fourth I was sore afraid; the slander of a city, the gathering together of an unruly multitude, and a false accusation; all these are worse than death.
But a grief of heart and sorrow is a woman who is jealous over another woman, and a scourge of the tongue which communicates with all.
An evil wife is a yoke shaken here and there; he who has hold of her is as though he held a scorpion.
A drunken woman and a gadder abroad causes great anger, and she will not cover her own shame.
The whoredom of a woman may be known in her haughty looks and eyelids.
If your daughter is shameless, keep her in straitly, unless she abuses herself through overmuch liberty.
Watch over an impudent eye; and do not marvel if she trespasses against you.
She will open her mouth, as a thirsty traveller when he has found a fountain, and drink of every water near her; by every hedge will she sit down, and open her quiver against every arrow.
The grace of a wife delights her husband, and her discretion will fatten his bones.
A silent and loving woman is a gift of the Lord; and there is nothing worth so much as a well-instructed mind.
A shamefaced and faithful woman is a double grace, and her continent mind cannot be valued.
As the sun when it arises in the high heaven; so is the beauty of a good wife in the ordering of her house.
As the clear light is upon the holy candlestick; so is the beauty of the face in ripe age.
As the golden pillars are upon the sockets of silver; so are the fair feet with a constant heart.
My son, keep the flower of your age sound; and do not give your strength to strangers.
When you have gotten a fruitful possession through all the field, sow it with your own seed, trusting in the goodness of your stock.
So your race which you leave will be magnified, having the confidence of their good descent.
A harlot will be accounted as spittle; but a married woman is a tower against death to her husband.
A wicked woman is given as a portion to a wicked man; but a Godly woman is given to him who fears the Lord.
A dishonest woman contemns shame; but an honest woman will reverence her husband.
A shameless woman will be counted as a dog; but she who is shamefaced will fear the Lord.
A woman who honors her husband will be judged wise of all; but she who dishonors him in her pride will be counted ungodly of all.
A loud crying woman and a scold will be sought out to drive away the enemies.
There are two things that grieve my heart; and the third makes me angry; a man of war who suffers poverty; and men of understanding who are not set by; and one who returns from righteousness to sin; the Lord prepares such for the sword.
A merchant will hardly keep himself from doing wrong; and a huckster will not be freed from sin.
Many have sinned for a small matter; and he who seeks for abundance will turn his eyes away.
As a nail sticks fast between the joinings of the stones; so does sin stick close between buying and selling.
Unless a man holds himself diligently in the fear of the Lord, his house will soon be overthrown.
As when one sifts with a sieve, the refuse remains; so the filth of man in his talk.
The furnace proves the potter's vessels; so the trial of man is in his reasoning.
The fruit declares if the tree has been dressed; so is the utterance of a conceit in the heart of man.
Praise no man before you hear him speak; for this is the trial of men.
If you follow righteousness, you will obtain her, and put her on, as a glorious long robe.
The birds will resort to their like; so will truth return to those who practise in her.
As the lion lies in wait for the prey; so sin for those who work iniquity.
The discourse of a Godly man is always with wisdom; but a fool changes as the moon.
If you are among the indiscreet, observe the time; but be continually among men of understanding.
The discourse of fools is irksome, and their sport is the wantonness of sin.
The talk of him who swears much makes the hair stand upright; and their brawls make one stop his ears.
The strife of the proud is bloodshedding, and their revilings are grievous to the ear.
Whoso discovers secrets loses his credit; and will never find a friend to his mind.
Love your friend, and be faithful to him; but if you betray his secrets, no longer follow after him.
For as a man has destroyed his enemy; so have you lost the love of your neighbor.
As one who lets a bird go out of his hand, so have you let your neighbor go, and will not get him again
Follow after him no more, for he is too far off; he is as a roe escaped out of the snare.
As for a wound, it may be bound up; and after reviling there may be reconcilement; but he who betrays secrets is without hope.
He who winks with the eyes works evil; and he who knows him will depart from him.
When you are present, he will speak sweetly, and will admire your words; but at the last he will writhe his mouth, and slander your sayings.
I have hated many things, but nothing like him; for the Lord will hate him.
Whoso casts a stone on high casts it on his own head; and a deceitful stroke will make wounds.
Whoso digs a pit will fall therein; and he who sets a trap will be taken therein.
He who works mischief, it will fall upon him, and he will not know from where it comes.
Mockery and reproach are from the proud; but vengeance, as a lion, will lie in wait for them.
Those who rejoice at the fall of the righteous will be taken in the snare; and anguish will consume them before they die.
Malice and wrath, even these are abominations; and the sinful man will have them both.
He who revenges will find vengeance from the Lord, and He will surely keep his sins [in remembrance.]
Forgive your neighbor the hurt that he has done to you, so your sins will also be forgiven when you pray. *Matthew 6:14 - 15, *Matthew 18:23 - 35, *Mark 11:25 - 26, *Luke 6:37, *~24:22
One man bears hatred against another, and does he seek pardon from the Lord?
He shows no mercy to a man, who is like himself; and does he ask forgiveness of his own sins?
If he who is but flesh nourishes hatred, who will intreat for pardon of his sins?
Remember your end, and let enmity cease; [remember] corruption and death, and abide in the commandments.
Remember the commandments, and bear no malice to your neighbor; [remember] the covenant of the Highest, and wink at ignorance.
Abstain from strife, and you will diminish your sins; for a furious man will kindle strife,
A sinful man disquiets friends, and makes debate among those who are at peace.
As the matter of the fire is, so it burns; and as a man's strength is, so is his wrath; and according to his riches his anger rises; and the stronger they are who contend, the more they will be inflamed.
A hasty contention kindles a fire; and a hasty fighting sheds blood.
If you blow the spark, it will burn; if you spit upon it, it will be quenched; and both these come out of your mouth.
Curse the whisperer and doubletongued; for such have destroyed many who were at peace.
A backbiting tongue has disquieted many, and driven them from nation to nation; it has pulled down strong cities, and overthrown the houses of great men.
A backbiting tongue has cast out virtuous women, and deprived them of their labors.
Whoso listens to it will never find rest, and never dwell quietly.
The stroke of the whip makes marks in the flesh; but the stroke of the tongue breaks the bones.
Many have fallen by the edge of the sword; but not so many as have fallen by the tongue.
Well is he who is defended through the venom thereof; who has not drawn the yoke thereof, nor has been bound in her bands.
For the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are bands of brass.
The death thereof is an evil death, the grave was better than it.
It will not have rule over those who fear God, neither will they be burned with the flame thereof.
Such who forsake the Lord will fall into it; and it will burn in them, and not be quenched; it will be sent upon them as a lion, and devour them as a leopard.
Look that you hedge your possession about with thorns, and bind up your silver and gold,
And weigh your words in a balance, and make a door and bar for your mouth.
Beware [that] you do not slide by it, unless you fall before him who lies in wait.
He who is merciful will lend to his neighbor; and he who strengthens his hand keeps the commandments.
Lend to your neighbor in a time of his need, and pay your neighbor again in due season.
Keep your word, and deal faithfully with him, and you will always find the thing that is necessary for you.
Many, when a thing was lent them, reckoned it to be found, and put them to trouble who helped them.
Until he has received, he will kiss a man's hand; and for his neighbor's money, he will speak submissly; but when he should repay, he will prolong the time, and return words of grief, and complain of the time.
If he prevails, he will hardly receive the half, and he will count as if he had found it; if not, he has deprived him of his money, and he has gotten him an enemy without cause; he pays him with cursings and railings; and for honor, he will pay him disgrace.
Many therefore have refused to lend for other men's ill dealing, fearing to be defrauded.
Yet have patience with a man in poor estate, and do not delay to show him mercy.
Help the poor for the commandment's sake, and do not turn him away because of his poverty.
Lose your money for your brother and your friend, and do not let it rust under a stone to be lost.
Lay up your treasure according to the commandments of the Most High, and it will bring you more profit than gold.
Shut up alms in your storehouses; and it will deliver you from all affliction.
It will fight for you against your enemies better than a mighty shield and strong spear.
An honest man is a pledge for his neighbor; but he who is impudent will forsake him.
Do not forget the friendship of your pledge, for he has given his life for you.
A sinner will overthrow the good estate of his pledge;
And he who is of an unthankful mind will leave him [in danger] who delivered him.
Suretiship has undone many of good estate, and shaken them as a wave of the sea; it has driven mighty men from their houses, so that they wandered among strange nations.
A wicked man transgressing the commandments of the Lord will fall into suretiship; and he who undertakes and follows other men's business for gain will fall into judgment.
Help your neighbor according to your power, and beware that you yourself do not fall into the same.
The chief thing for life is water, and bread, and clothing, and a house to cover shame.
Better is the life of a poor man in a mean cottage, than delicate fare in another man's house.
Be it little or much, hold yourself contented, that you do not hear the reproach of your house.
For it is a miserable life to go from house to house; for where you are a stranger, you do not dare open your mouth.
You will entertain, and feast, and have no thanks; moreover, you will hear bitter words;
Come, you stranger, and furnish a table, and feed me of that [which] you have ready.
Give place, you stranger, to an honorable man; my brother comes to be lodged, and I have need of my house.
These things are grievous to a man of understanding; the upbraiding of houseroom, and reproaching of the lender.
He who loves his son causes him to often feel the rod, that he may have joy of him in the end.
He who chastises his son will have joy in him, and will rejoice of him among his acquaintance.
He who teaches his son grieves the enemy; and he will rejoice of him before his friends.
Though his father dies, yet he is as though he were not dead; for he has left one behind him who is like himself.
While he lived, he saw and rejoiced in him; and when he died, he was not sorrowful.
He left behind him an avenger against his enemies, and one who will requite kindness to his friends.
He who makes too much of his son will bind up his wounds; and his bowels will be troubled at every cry.
A horse not broken becomes headstrong; and a child left to himself will be willful.
Cocker your child, and he will make you afraid; play with him, and he will bring you to heaviness.
Do not laugh with him, unless you have sorrow with him, and unless you gnash your teeth in the end.
Give him no liberty in his youth, and do not wink at his follies.
Bow down his neck while he is young, and beat him on the sides while he is a child, unless he waxes stubborn, and becomes disobedient to you, and so brings sorrow to your heart.
Chastise your son, and hold him to labor, unless his lewd behaviour becomes an offence to you.
Better is the poor, being sound and strong of constitution, than a rich man who is afflicted in his body.
Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth.
There are no riches above a sound body, and no joy above the joy of the heart.
Death is better than a bitter life or continual sickness.
Delicates poured upon a mouth shut up are as messes of meat set upon a grave.
What good does the offering to an idol? For neither can it eat or smell; so is he who is persecuted of the Lord.
He sees with his eyes and groans, as an eunuch who embraces a virgin and sighs.
Do not give over your mind to heaviness, and do not afflict yourself in your own counsel.
The gladness of the heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongs his days.
Love your own soul, and comfort your heart, remove sorrow far from you; for sorrow has killed many, and there is no profit therein.
Envy and wrath shorten the life, and carefulness brings age before the time.
A cheerful and good heart will have a care of his meat and diet.
Watching for riches consumes the flesh, and the care thereof drives away sleep.
Watching care will not let a man slumber, as a sore disease breaks sleep,
The rich have great labor in gathering riches together; and when he rests, he is filled with his delicates.
The poor labors in his poor estate; and when he leaves off, he is still needy.
He who loves gold will not be justified, and he who follows corruption will have enough thereof.
Gold has been the ruin of many, and their destruction was present.
It is a stumblingblock to those who sacrifice to it, and every fool will be taken therewith.
Blessed is the rich who is found without blemish, and has not gone after gold.
Who is he? And we will call him blessed; for he has done wonderful things among his people.
Who has been tried thereby, and found perfect? Then let him glory. Who might offend, and has not offended? Or done evil, and has not done it?
His goods will be established, and the congregation will declare his alms.
If you sit at a bountiful table, do not be greedy upon it, and do not say, "There is much meat on it."
Remember that a wicked eye is an evil thing; and what is created more wicked than an eye? Therefore it weeps upon every occasion.
Do not stretch your hand wherever it looks, and do not thrust with him into the dish.
Do not judge your neighbor by yourself; and be discreet in every point.
Eat as it becomes a man, those things which are set before you; and devour note, unless you become hated.
Leave off first for manners' sake; and do not be unsatiable, unless you offend.
When you sit among many, do not reach your hand out first of all.
A very little is sufficient for a man well nurtured, and he does not fetch his wind short upon his bed.
Sound sleep comes of moderate eating; he rises early, and his wits are with him; but the pain of watching, and choler, and pangs of the belly, are with an unsatiable man.
And if you have been forced to eat, arise, go forth, vomit, and you will have rest.
My son, hear me, and do not despise me, and at the last you will find as I told you; in all your works be quick, so will no sickness come to you.
Whoso is liberal of his meat, men will speak well of him; and the report of his good housekeeping will be believed.
But against him who is miserable of his meat, the whole city will murmur; and the testimonies of his miserableness will not be doubted of.
Do not show your valiantness in wine; for wine has destroyed many.
The furnace proves the edge by dipping; so does wine by drunkeness [prove] the hearts of the proud.
Wine is as good as life to a man, if it is drunk moderately; what life is then to a man who is without wine? For it was made to make men glad.
Wine drunk measurably and in season brings gladness of the heart, and cheerfulness of the mind;
But wine drunken with excess makes bitterness of the mind, with brawling and quarrelling.
Drunkenness increases the rage of a fool until he offends; it diminishes strength, and makes wounds.
Do not rebuke your neighbor at the wine, and do not despise him in his mirth; give him no despiteful words, and do not press upon him with urging him [to drink.]
If you are made the master [of a feast,] do not lift yourself up, but be among them as one of the rest; take diligent care for them, and so sit down.
And when you have done all your office, take your place, that you may be merry with them, and receive a crown for your well ordering of the feast.
Speak, you who are the elder, for it behooves you, but with sound judgment; and do not hinder music.
Do not pour out words where there is a musician, and do not show forth wisdom out of time.
A concert of music in a banquet of wine is as a signet of carbuncle set in gold.
As a signet of an emerald set in a work of gold, so is the melody of music with pleasant wine.
Speak, young man, if there is need of you; and yet scarcely when you are asked twice.
Do not let your speech be short, comprehending much in few words; be as one who knows and yet holds his tongue.
If you are among great men, do not make yourself equal with them; and when ancient men are in place, do not use many words.
Before the thunder goes lightning; and before a shamefaced man will go favor.
Rise up in time, and do not be the last; but get home without delay.
There, take your pastime, and do what you will; but do not sin by proud speech.
And for these things, bless Him who made you, and has replenished you with His good things.
Whoso fears the Lord will receive His discipline; and those who seek Him early will find favor.
He who seeks the law will be filled therewith; but the hypocrite will be offended thereat.
Those who fear the Lord will find judgment, and will kindle justice as a light.
A sinful man will not be reproved, but find an excuse according to his will.
A man of counsel will be considerate; but a strange and proud man is not daunted with fear, even when, of himself, he has done without counsel.
Do nothing without advice; and when you have once done, do not repent.
Do not go in a way wherein you may fall, and do not stumble among the stones.
Do not be confident in a plain way.
And beware of your own children.
In every good work, trust your own soul; for this is the keeping of the commandments.
He who believes in the Lord takes heed to the commandment; and he who trusts in Him will never fare the worse.
No evil will happen to him who fears the Lord; but in temptation, even again, He will deliver him.
A wise man does not hate the law; but he who is a hypocrite therein is as a ship in a storm.
A man of understanding trusts in the law; and the law is faithful to him, as an oracle.
Prepare what to say, and so you will be heard; and bind up instruction, and then make answer.
The heart of the foolish is like a cartwheel; and his thoughts are like a rolling axletree.
A stallion horse is as a mocking friend, he neighs under everyone who sits upon him.
Why does one day excel another, when all the light of every day in the year is as of the sun?
By the knowledge of the Lord they were distinguished; and He altered seasons and feasts.
Some of them He has made high days, and made them holy, and some of them He has made ordinary days.
And all men are from the ground, and Adam was created of earth;
In much knowledge, the Lord has divided them, and made their ways diverse.
Some of them He has blessed and exalted, and some of them He sanctified, and set near Himself; but some of them He has cursed and brought low, and turned out of their places.
As the clay is in the potter's hand, to fashion it at his pleasure; so man is in the hand of Him who made him, to render to them according to His judgment.
Good is set against evil, and life against death; so is the Godly against the sinner, and the sinner against the Godly.
So look upon all the works of the Most High; and there are two and two, one against another.
I awoke up last of all, as one who gathers after the grapegatherers; by the blessing of the Lord, I profited, and tread my winepress like a gatherer of grapes.
Consider that I did not labor for myself only, but for all those who seek learning.
Hear me, O you great men of the people, and listen with your ears, you rulers of the congregation.
Do not give your son and wife, your brother and friend, power over you while you live, and do not give your goods to another; unless it repents you, and you intreat for the same again.
As long as you live and have breath in you, do not give yourself over to any.
For it is better that your children should seek you, than that you should stand to their courtesy.
In all your works, keep to yourself the preeminence; do not leave a stain in your honor.
At the time when you will end your days, and finish your life, distribute your inheritance.
Fodder, a wand, and burdens, are for the ass; and bread, correction, and work, for a servant.
If you set your servant to labor, you will find rest; but if you let him go idle, he will seek liberty.
A yoke and a collar bow the neck; so are tortures and torments for an evil servant.
Send him to labor, that he is not idle; for idleness teaches much evil.
Set him to work, as is fit for him; if he is not obedient, put on more heavy fetters.
But do not be excessive toward any; and do nothing without discretion.
If you have a servant, let him be to you as yourself, because you have bought him with a price.
If you have a servant, entreat him as a brother; for you have need of him, as of your own soul; if you entreat him evil, and he runs from you, which way will you go to seek him?
The hopes of a man void of understanding are vain and false; and dreams lift up fools.
Whoso regards dreams is like him who catches at a shadow, and follows after the wind.
The vision of dreams is the resemblance of one thing to another, even as the likeness of a face to a face.
Of an unclean thing, what can be cleansed? And from that thing which is false, what truth can come?
Divinations, and soothsayings, and dreams, are vain; and the heart fancies, as a woman's heart in travail.
If they are not sent from the Most High in your visitation, do not set your heart upon them.
For dreams have deceived many, and they have failed who put their trust in them.
The law will be found perfect without lies; and wisdom is perfection to a faithful mouth.
A man who has travelled knows many things; and he who has much experience will declare wisdom.
He who has no experience knows little; but he who has travelled is full of prudence.
When I travelled, I saw many things; and I understand more than I can express.
I was often times in danger of death; yet I was delivered because of these things.
The spirit of those who fear the Lord will live; for their hope is in Him who saves them.
Whoso fears the Lord will not fear or be afraid; for He is his hope.
Blessed is the soul of him who fears the Lord; to whom does he look? And who is his strength?
For the eyes of the Lord are upon those who love Him, He is their mighty protection and strong stay, a defence from heat, and a cover from the sun at noon, a preservation from stumbling, and a help from falling.
He raises up the soul, and lightens the eyes; He gives health, life, and blessing.
He who sacrifices of a thing wrongfully gotten, his offering is ridiculous; and the gifts of unjust men are not accepted.
The Most High is not pleased with the offerings of the wicked; neither is He pacified for sin by the multitude of sacrifices.
Whoso brings an offering of the goods of the poor does as one who kills the son before his father's eyes.
The bread of the needy is their life; he who defrauds him thereof is a man of blood.
He who takes away his neighbor's living slays him; and he who defrauds the laborer of his hire is a bloodshedder.
When one builds, and another pulls down, what profit do they have then but labor?
When one prays, and another curses, whose voice will the Lord hear?
He who washes himself after the touching of a dead body, if he touches it again, what avails his washing?
So is it with a man who fasts for his sins, and goes again, and does the same; who will hear his prayer? Or what does his humbling profit him?
He who keeps the law brings enough offerings; he who takes heed to the commandment offers a peace offering.
He who requites a goodturn offers fine flour; and he who gives alms sacrifices praise.
To depart from wickedness is a thing pleasing to the Lord; and to forsake unrighteousness is a propitiation.
You will not appear empty before the Lord.
For all these things [are to be done] because of the commandment.
The offering of the righteous makes the altar fat, and the sweet savor thereof is before the Most High.
The sacrifice of a just man is acceptable. And the memorial thereof will never be forgotten.
Give the Lord His honor with a good eye, and diminish not the firstfruits of your hands.
In all your gifts, show a cheerful countenance, and dedicate your tithes with gladness.
Give to the Most High accordingly as He has enriched you; and as you have gotten, give with a cheerful eye.
For the Lord recompenses, and will give you seven times as much.
Do not think to corrupt with gifts; for He will not receive such; and do not trust unrighteous sacrifices; for the Lord is Judge, and with Him is no partiality.
He will not accept any person against a poor man, but will hear the prayer of the oppressed.
He will not despise the supplication of the fatherless; nor the widow, when she pours out her complaint.
Do the tears not run down the widow's cheeks? And is her cry not against him who causes them to fall?
He who serves the Lord will be accepted with favor, and his prayer will reach to the clouds.
The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds; and until it comes near, he will not be comforted; and will not depart, until the Most High will behold to judge righteously, and execute judgment.
For the Lord will not be slack, neither will the Mighty be patient toward them, until He has smitten in sunder the loins of the unmerciful, and repaid vengeance to the heathen; until He has taken away the multitude of the proud, and broken the sceptre of the unrighteous;
Until He has rendered to every man according to his deeds, and to the works of men according to their devices; until He has judged the cause of His people, and made them to rejoice in His mercy.
Mercy is seasonable in the time of affliction, as clouds of rain in the time of drought.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord God of all, and behold us;
And send Your fear upon all the nations that do not seek after You.
Lift up Your hand against the strange nations, and let them see Your power.
As You were sanctified in us before them; so are You magnified among them before us.
And let them know You, as we have known You, that there is no God but only You, O God.
Show new signs, and make other strange wonders; glorify Your hand and Your right arm, that they may set forth Your wondrous works.
Raise up indignation, and pour out wrath; take away the adversary, and destroy the enemy.
Be diligent in season, remember the covenant, and let them declare Your wonderful works.
Let him who escapes be consumed by the rage of the fire; and let them perish who oppress the people.
Smite the heads of the rulers of the heathen in sunder, who say, "There is none other but us."
Gather all the tribes of Jacob together, and inherit them, as from the beginning.
O Lord, have mercy upon the people who are called by Your name, and upon Israel, whom You have named Your firstborn.
O be merciful to Jerusalem, Your holy city, the place of Your rest.
Fill Zion with Your unspeakable oracles, and Your people with Your glory;
Give testimony to those whom You have possessed from the beginning, and raise up prophets who have been in Your name.
Reward those who wait for You, and let Your prophets be found faithful.
O Lord, hear the prayer of Your servants, according to the blessing of Aaron over Your people, that all those who dwell upon the earth may know that You are the Lord, the eternal God.
The belly devours all meats, yet one meat is better than another.
As the palate tastes various kinds of venison; so does a heart of understanding, false speeches.
A froward heart causes heaviness; but a man of experience will recompense him.
A woman will receive every man, yet one daughter is better than another.
The beauty of a woman cheers the countenance, and a man loves nothing better.
If there is kindness, meekness, and comfort, in her tongue, then her husband is not like other men.
He who gets a wife begins a possession, a help like to himself, and a pillar of rest.
Where no hedge is, there the possession is spoiled; and he who has no wife will wander up and down mourning.
Who will trust a thief well appointed, who skips from city to city? So [who will believe] a man who has no house, and lodges wherever the night takes him?
Every friend says, "I am his friend also;" but there is a friend, who is only a friend in name.
Is it not a grief to death, when a companion and friend are turned to an enemy?
O wicked imagination, from where did you come in to cover the earth with deceit?
There is a companion, who rejoices in the prosperity of a friend, but will be against him in the time of trouble.
There is a companion, who helps his friend for the belly, and takes up the buckler against the enemy.
Do not forget your friend in your mind, and do not be unmindful of him in your riches.
Every counselor extols counsel; but there are some who counsel for himself.
Beware of a counselor, and know before what need he has; for he will counsel for himself; unless he cast the lot upon you,
And say to you, "Your way is good;" and afterward he stands on the other side, to see what will befall you.
Do not consult with one who suspects you; and hide your counsel from such who envy you.
Neither consult with a woman touching her of whom she is jealous; neither with a coward in matters of war; nor with a merchant concerning exchange; nor with a buyer of selling; nor with an envious man of thankfulness; nor with an unmerciful man touching kindness; nor with the slothful for any work; nor with a hireling for a year of finishing work; nor with an idle servant of much business; do not listen to these in any matter of counsel.
But be continually with a Godly man, whom you know keeps the commandments of the Lord, whose, mind is according to your mind, and will sorrow with you, if you will miscarry.
And let the counsel of your own heart stand; for there is no man more faithful to you than it.
For a man's mind is sometimes accustomed to tell him more than seven watchmen, who sit above in a high tower.
And above all this, pray to the Most High, that He will direct your way in truth.
Let reason go before every enterprize, and counsel before every action.
The countenance is a sign of changing of the heart.
Four manner of things appear; good and evil, life and death; but the tongue rules over them continually.
There is one who is wise and teaches many, and yet is unprofitable to himself.
There is one who shows wisdom in words, and is hated; he will be destitute of all food.
For grace is not given, him from the Lord, because he is deprived of all wisdom.
Another is wise to himself; and the fruits of understanding are commendable in his mouth.
A wise man instructs his people; and the fruits of his understanding do not fail.
A wise man will be filled with blessing; and all those who see him will count him happy.
The days of the life of man may be numbered; but the days of Israel are innumerable.
A wise man will inherit glory among his people, and his name will be perpetual.
My son, prove your soul in your life, and see what is evil for it, and do not give that to it.
For all things are not profitable for all men, neither does every soul have pleasure in everything.
Do not be unsatiable in any dainty thing, nor too greedy upon meats;
For excess of meats brings sickness, and surfeiting will turn into choler.
By surfeiting have many perished; but he who takes heed prolongs his life.
Honor a physician with the honor due to him for the uses which you may have of him; for the Lord has created him.
For of the Most High comes healing, and He will receive honor of the king.
The skill of the physician will lift up his head; and in the sight of great men, he will be in admiration.
The Lord has created medicines out of the earth; and he who is wise will not abhor them.
Was the water not made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known?
And He has given men skill, that He might be honored in His marvelous works.
With such does He heal [men,] and takes away their pains.
Of such does the apothecary make a confection; and of His works there is no end; and from Him is peace over all the earth,
My son, in your sickness do not be negligent; but pray to the Lord, and He will make you whole.
Leave off from sin, and order your hands aright, and cleanse your heart from all wickedness.
Give a sweet savor, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being.
Then give place to the physician, for the Lord has created him; let him not go from you, for you have need of him.
There is a time when there is good success in their hands.
For they will also pray to the Lord, that He would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life.
He who sins before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician.
My son, let tears fall down over the dead, and begin to lament, as if you had suffered great harm yourself; and then cover his body according to the custom, and do not neglect his burial.
Weep bitterly, and make great moan, and use lamentation, as he is worthy, and that a day or two, unless you are spoken evil of; and then comfort yourself for your heaviness.
For of heaviness comes death, and the heaviness of the heart breaks strength.
In affliction, sorrow also remains; and the life of the poor is the curse of the heart.
Take no heaviness to heart; drive it away, and member the last end.
Do not forget it, for there is no turning again; you will not do him good, but hurt yourself.
Remember my judgment; for yours will also be so; yesterday for me, and today for you.
When the dead are at rest, let his remembrance rest; and be comforted for him, when his spirit has departed from him.
The wisdom of a learned man comes by opportunity of leisure; and he who has little business will become wise.
How can he get wisdom who holds the plough, and who glories in the goad, who drives oxen, and is occupied in their labors, and whose talk is of bullocks?
He gives his mind to make furrows; and is diligent to give the kine fodder.
So every carpenter and workmaster, who labors night and day; and those who cut and grave seals, and are diligent to make great variety, and give themselves to counterfeit imagery, and watch to finish a work;
The smith also sitting by the anvil, and considering the iron work, the vapor of the fire wastes his flesh, and he fights with the heat of the furnace; the noise of the hammer and the anvil is ever in his ears, and his eyes look still upon the pattern of the thing that he makes; he sets his mind to finish his work, and watches to polish it perfectly;
So does the potter sitting at his work, and turning the wheel about with his feet, who is alway carefully set at his work, and makes all his work by number;
He fashions the clay with his arm, and bows down his strength before his feet; he applies himself to lead it over; and he is diligent to make the furnace clean;
All these trust their hands; and everyone is wise in his work.
Without these, a city cannot be inhabited; and they will not dwell where they will, nor go up and down;
They will not be sought for in public counsel, nor sit high in the congregation; they will not sit on the judges' seat, nor understand the sentence of judgment; they cannot declare justice and judgment; and they will not be found where parables are spoken.
But they will maintain the state of the world, and [all] their desire is in the work of their craft.
But he who gives his mind to the law of the Most High, and is occupied in the meditation thereof, will seek out the wisdom of all the ancient, and be occupied in prophecies.
He will keep the sayings of the renowned men; and where subtil parables are, he will also be there.
He will seek out the secrets of grave sentences, and be conversant in dark parables.
He will serve among great men, and appear before princes; he will travel through strange countries; for he has tried the good and the evil among men.
He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord who made him, and will pray before the Most High, and will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins.
When the great Lord wills, he will be filled with the Spirit of Understanding; he will pour out wise sentences, and give thanks to the Lord in his prayer.
He will direct his counsel and knowledge, and in his secrets, he will meditate.
He will show forth that which he has learned, and will glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord.
Many will commend his understanding; and so long as the world endures, it will not be blotted out; his memorial will not depart away, and his name will live from generation to generation.
Nations will show forth his wisdom, and the congregation will declare his praise.
If he dies, he will leave a greater name than a thousand; and if he lives, he will increase it.
Yet I have more to say, which I have thought upon; for I am filled as the moon at the full.
Listen to me, you holy children, and bud forth as a rose growing by the brook of the field;
And give a sweet savor as frankincense, and flourish as a lily, send forth a smell, and sing a song of praise, bless the Lord in all His works.
Magnify His name, and show forth His praise with the songs of your lips, and with harps, and in praising Him you will say after this manner;
"All the works of the Lord are exceedingly good, and whatever He commands will be accomplished in due season."
And none may say, "What is this? Why is that?" For at a convenient time they will all be sought out; at His commandment, the waters stood as a heap, and at the words of His mouth, the receptacles of waters.
At His commandment is done whatever pleases Him; and none can hinder, when He will save.
The works of all flesh are before Him, and nothing can be hidden from His eyes.
He sees from everlasting to everlasting; and there is nothing wonderful before Him.
A man does not need to say, "What is this? Why is that?" For He has made all things for their uses.
His blessing covered the dry land as a river, and watered it as a flood.
As He has turned the waters into saltness; so the heathen will inherit His wrath.
As His ways are plain to the holy; so are they stumblingblocks to the wicked.
For the good, are good things created from the beginning; so evil things for sinners.
The principal things for the whole use of man's life are water, fire, iron, and salt, flour of wheat, honey, milk, and the blood of the grape, and oil, and clothing.
All these things are for good to the Godly; so to the sinners they are turned into evil.
There are spirits that are created for vengeance, which in their fury, lay on sore strokes; in the time of destruction, they pour out their force, and appease the wrath of Him who made them.
Fire, and hail, and famine, and death, all these were created for vengeance;
Teeth of wild beasts, and scorpions, serpents, and the sword punishing the wicked to destruction.
They will rejoice in His commandment, and they will be ready upon earth, when need is; and when their time has come, they will not transgress His word.
Therefore from the beginning, I was resolved, and thought upon these things, and have left them in writing.
All the works of the Lord are good; and He will give every needful thing in due season.
So that a man cannot say, "This is worse than that;" For in time, they will all be well approved.
And therefore praise the Lord with the whole heart and mouth, and bless the name of the Lord.
Great travail is created for every man, and a heavy yoke is upon the sons of Adam, from the day that they go out of their mother's womb, until the day that they return to the mother of all things.
Their imagination of things to come, and the day of death, [trouble] their thoughts, and [cause] fear of heart;
From him who sits on a throne of glory, to him who is humbled in earth and ashes;
From him who wears purple and a crown, to him who is clothed with a linen frock.
Wrath, and envy, trouble, and unquietness, fear of death, and anger, and strife, and in the time of rest upon his bed, his night sleep, do change his knowledge.
A little or nothing is his rest, and afterward he is in his sleep, as in a day of keeping watch, troubled in the vision of his heart, as if he had escaped out of a battle.
When all is safe, he awakes, and marvels that the fear was nothing.
[Such things happen] to all flesh, both man and beast, and that is sevenfold more upon sinners.
Death, and bloodshed, strife, and sword, calamities, famine, tribulation, and the scourge;
These things are created for the wicked, and for their sake, the flood came.
All things that are of the earth will turn to the earth again; and that which is of the waters returns into the sea.
All bribery and injustice will be blotted out; but true dealing will endure forever.
The goods of the unjust will be dried up like a river, and will vanish with noise, like a great thunder in rain.
While he opens his hand, he will rejoice; so will transgressors come to nothing.
The children of the ungodly will not bring forth many branches; but are as unclean roots upon a hard rock.
The weed growing upon every water and bank of a river will be pulled up before all grass.
Bountifulness is as a most fruitful garden, and mercifulness endures forever.
To labor, and to be content with that a man has, is a sweet life; but he who finds a treasure is above them both.
Children and the building of a city continue a man's name; but a blameless wife is counted above them both.
Wine and music rejoice the heart; but the love of wisdom is above them both.
The pipe and the psaltery make sweet melody; but a pleasant tongue is above them both.
Your eye desires favor and beauty; but more than both, corn while it is green.
A friend and companion never meet amiss; but above both is a wife with her husband.
Brethren and help are against time of trouble; but alms will deliver more than them both.
Gold and silver make the foot stand sure; but counsel is esteemed above them both.
Riches and strength lift up the heart; but the fear of the Lord is above them both; there is no want in the fear of the Lord, and it does not need to seek help.
The fear of the Lord is a fruitful garden, and covers him above all glory.
My son, do not lead a beggar's life; for it is better to die than to beg.
The life of him who depends on another man's table is not to be counted for a life; for he pollutes himself with other men's meat; but a well nurtured wise man will beware thereof.
Begging is sweet in the mouth of the shameless; but in his belly, there will burn a fire.
O death, how bitter is the remembrance of you to a man who lives at rest in his possessions, to the man who has nothing to vex him, and who has prosperity in all things; indeed, to him who is yet able to receive meat!
O death, acceptable is your sentence to the needy, and to him whose strength fails, that is now in the last age, and is vexed with all things, and to him who despairs, and has lost patience!
Do not fear the sentence of death, remember those who have been before you, and who come after; for this is the sentence of the Lord over all flesh.
And why are you against the pleasure of the Most High? There is no inquisition in the grave, whether you have lived ten, or a hundred, or a thousand years.
The children of sinners are abominable children, and those who are conversant in the dwelling of the ungodly.
The inheritance of sinners' children will perish, and their posterity will have a perpetual reproach.
The children will complain of an ungodly father, because they will be reproached for his sake.
Woe to you, ungodly men, who have forsaken the law of the Most High God! For if you increase, it will be to your destruction;
And if you are born, you will be born to a curse; and if you die, a curse will be your portion.
All that are of the earth will turn to earth again; so the ungodly will go from a curse to destruction.
The mourning of men is about their bodies; but an ill name of sinners will be blotted out.
Have regard to your name; for that will continue with you above a thousand great treasures of gold.
A good life has but few days; but a good name endures forever.
My children, keep discipline in peace; for wisdom that is hidden, and a treasure that is not seen, what profit is in them both?
A man who hides his foolishness is better than a man who hides his wisdom.
Therefore be shamefaced according to my word; for it is not good to retain all shamefacedness; neither is it altogether approved in everything.
Be ashamed of whoredom before father and mother; and of a lie before a prince and a mighty man;
Of an offence before a judge and ruler; of iniquity before a congregation and people; of unjust dealing before your partner and friend;
And of theft in regard of the place where you sojourn, and in regard of the truth of God and His covenant; and to lean with your elbow upon the meat; and of scorning to give and take;
And of silence before those who salute you; and to look upon a harlot;
And to turn your face away from your kinsman; or to take away a portion or a gift; or to gaze upon another man's wife.
Or to be overbusy with his maid, and not come near her bed; or of upbraiding speeches before friends; and after you have given, do not upbraid;
Or of iterating and speaking again that which you have heard; and of revealing of secrets.
So you will be truly shamefaced and find favor before all men.
Of these things, do not be ashamed, and accept no person to sin thereby;
Of the law of the Most High, and His covenant; and of judgment to justify the ungodly;
Of reckoning with your partners and travellers; or of the gift of the heritage of friends;
Of exactness of balance and weights; or of getting much or little;
And of merchants' indifferent selling; of much correction of children; and to make the side of an evil servant to bleed.
Sure keeping is good, where an evil wife is; and shut up, where many hands are.
Deliver all things in number and weight; and put all in writing that you give out, or receive in.
Do not be ashamed to inform the unwise and foolish, and the extreme aged who contend with those who are young; thus you will be truly learned, and approved of all living men.
The father wakes for the daughter, when no man knows; and the care for her takes away sleep; when she is young, unless she passes away the flower of her age; and being married, unless she should be hated;
In her virginity, unless she should be defiled and gotten with child in her father's house; and having a husband, unless she should misbehave herself; and when she is married, unless she should be barren.
Keep a sure watch over a shameless daughter, unless she makes you a laughingstock to your enemies, and a byword in the city, and a reproach among the people, and make you ashamed before the multitude.
Do not behold every body's beauty, and do not sit in the midst of women.
For from garments comes a moth, and from women, wickedness.
Better is the churlishness of a man than a courteous woman, a woman, I say, who brings shame and reproach.
I will now remember the works of the Lord, and declare the things that I have seen; In the words of the Lord are His works.
The sun that gives light looks upon all things, and the work thereof is full of the glory of the Lord.
The Lord has not given power to the saints to declare all His marvelous works, which the Almighty Lord firmly settled, that whatever is, might be established for His glory.
He seeks out the deep, and the heart, and considers their crafty devices; for the Lord knows all that may be known, and He beholds the signs of the world.
He declares the things that are past, and to come, and reveals the steps of hidden things.
No thought escapes Him, neither is any word hidden from Him.
He has garnished the excellent works of His wisdom, and He is from everlasting to everlasting; to Him may nothing be added, neither can He be diminished, and He has no need of any counselor.
Oh how desirable are all His works! And that a man may see even to a spark.
All these things live and remain forever for all uses, and they are all obedient.
All things are double one against another; and He has made nothing imperfect.
One thing establishes the good of another; and who will be filled with beholding His glory?
The pride of the height, the clear firmament, the beauty of heaven, with His glorious show;
The sun when it appears, declaring at his rising a marvelous instrument, the work of the Most High;
At noon it parches the country, and who can abide the burning heat thereof?
A man blowing a furnace is in works of heat, but the sun burns the mountains three times more; breathing out fiery vapors, and sending forth bright beams, it dims the eyes.
Great is the Lord who made it; and at His commandment, runs hastily.
He made the moon also to serve in her season for a declaration of times, and a sign of the world.
From the moon is the sign of feasts, a light that decreases in her perfection.
The month is called after her name, increasing wonderfully in her changing, being an instrument of the armies above, shining in the firmament of heaven;
The beauty of heaven, the glory of the stars, an ornament giving light in the highest places of the Lord.
At the commandment of the Holy One, they will stand in their order, and never faint in their watches.
Look upon the rainbow, and praise Him who made it; very beautiful it is in the brightness thereof.
It encompasses the heaven about with a glorious circle, and the hands of the Most High have bent it.
By His commandment, He makes the snow to fall aplace, and swiftly sends the lightnings of His judgment.
Through this, the treasures are opened; and clouds fly forth as fowls.
By His great power, He makes the clouds firm, and the hailstones are broken small.
At His sight, the mountains are shaken, and at His will, the south wind blows.
The noise of the thunder makes the earth tremble; so does the northern storm and the whirlwind; as birds flying, He scatters the snow, and the falling down thereof is as the lighting of grasshoppers;
The eye marvels at the beauty of the whiteness thereof, and the heart is astonished at the raining of it.
He also pours the hoarfrost as salt on the earth, and being congealed, it lies on the top of sharp stakes.
When the cold north wind blows, and the water is congealed into ice, it abides upon every gathering together of water, and clothes the water as with a breastplate.
It devours the mountains, and burns the wilderness, and consumes the grass as fire.
A present remedy of all is a mist coming speedily, a dew coming after heat refreshes.
By His counsel, He appeases the deep, and plants islands therein.
Those who sail on the sea tell of the danger thereof; and when we hear it with our ears, we marvel thereat.
For therein are strange and wondrous works, a variety of all kinds of beasts and whales created.
By Him, the end of them has prosperous success, and by His word, all things exist.
We may speak much, and yet come short; therefore in sum, He is all.
How will we be able to magnify Him? For He is great above all His works.
The Lord is terrible and very great, and marvelous is His power.
When you glorify the Lord, exalt Him as much as you can; for even yet will He far exceed; and when you exalt Him, put forth all your strength, and do not be weary; for you can never go far enough.
Who has seen Him, that He might tell us? And who can magnify Him as He is?
There are yet greater things hidden than these are, for we have seen but a few of His works.
For the Lord has made all things; and He has given wisdom to the Godly.
Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers who fathered us.
The Lord has done great glory by them through His great power from the beginning.
Such who bore rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and declaring prophecies;
Leaders of the people by their counsels, and by their knowledge of learning, meet for the people, wise and eloquent are their instructions;
Such who found out musical tunes, and recited verses in writing;
Rich men furnished with ability, living peaceably in their habitations;
All these were honored in their generations, and were the glory of their times.
There are of them, who have left a name behind them, that their praises might be reported.
And there are some, who have no memorial; who have perished, as though they had never been; and have become as though they had never been born; and their children after them.
But these were merciful men, whose righteousness has not been forgotten.
With their seed will a good inheritance continually remain, and their children are within the covenant.
Their seed stands fast, and their children for their sake.
Their seed will remain forever, and their glory will not be blotted out.
Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name lives forevermore.
The people will tell of their wisdom, and the congregation will show forth their praise.
Enoch pleased the Lord, and was translated, being an example of repentance to all generations.
Noah was found perfect and righteous; in the time of wrath, he was taken in exchange [for the world;] therefore he was left as a remnant to the earth, when the flood came.
An everlasting covenant was made with him, that all flesh should no longer perish by the flood.
Abraham was a great father of many people; there were none like him in glory;
Who kept the law of the Most High, and was in covenant with Him; he established the covenant in his flesh; and when he was tested, he was found faithful.
Therefore He assured him by an oath, that He would bless the nations in his seed, and that He would multiply him as the dust of the earth, and exalt his seed as the stars, and cause them to inherit from sea to sea, and from the river to the utmost part of the land.
With Isaac, He established likewise [for Abraham, his father's sake] the blessing of all men, and the covenant, and made it rest upon the head of Jacob. He acknowledged him in His blessing, and gave him a heritage, and divided his portions; He parted them among the twelve tribes.
And He brought a merciful man out of him, who found favor in the sight of all flesh, even Moses, beloved of God and men, whose memorial is blessed.
He made him like the glorious saints, and magnified him, so that his enemies stood in fear of him.
By His words, He caused the wonders to cease, and He made him glorious in the sight of kings, and gave him a commandment for His people, and showed him part of His glory.
He sanctified him in his faithfuless and meekness, and chose him out of all men.
He made him hear His voice, and brought him into the dark cloud, and gave him commandments before His Face, even the law of life and knowledge, that He might teach Jacob His covenants, and Israel His judgments.
He exalted Aaron, a holy man like him, even his brother, of the tribe of Levi.
He made an everlasting covenant with him and gave him the priesthood among the people; He beautified him with comely ornaments, and clothed him with a robe of glory.
He put perfect glory upon him; and strengthened him with rich garments, with breeches, with a long robe, and the ephod.
And He compassed him with pomegranates, and with many golden bells round about, that as he went, there might be a sound, and a noise made that might be heard in the temple, for a memorial to the children of His people;
With a holy garment, with gold, and blue silk, and purple, the work of the embroidere, with a breastplate of judgment, and with Urim and Thummim;
With twisted scarlet, the work of the cunning workman, with precious stones graven like seals, and set in gold, the work of the jeweller, with a writing engraved for a memorial, after the number of the tribes of Israel.
He set a crown of gold upon the mitre, wherein Holiness was engraved, an ornament of honor, a costly work, the desires of the eyes, goodly and beautiful.
Before him there were none such, neither did any stranger ever put them on, but only his children and his children's children perpetually.
Their sacrifices will continually be wholly consumed every day twice.
Moses consecrated him, and anointed him with holy oil; this was appointed to him by an everlasting covenant, and to his seed, so long as the heavens should remain, that they should minister to him, and execute the office of the priesthood, and bless the people in His name.
He chose him out of all living men to offer sacrifices to the Lord, incense, and a sweet savor, for a memorial, to make reconciliation for His people.
He gave His commandments to him, and authority in the statutes of judgments, that He should teach Jacob the testimonies, and inform Israel in His laws.
Strangers conspired together against him, and maligned him in the wilderness, even the men who were of Dathan's and Abiron's side, and the congregation of Core, with fury and wrath.
The Lord saw this, and it displeased Him, and in His wrathful indignation, they were consumed; He did wonders upon them, to consume them with the fiery flame.
But He made Aaron more honorable, and gave him a heritage, and divided the firstfruits of the increase to him; He especially prepared bread in abundance;
For they eat of the sacrifices of the Lord, which He gave to him and his seed.
Howbeit, in the land of the people, he had no inheritance, neither did he have any portion among the people; for the Lord Himself is his portion and inheritance.
The third in glory is Phinees, the son of Eleazar, because he had zeal in the fear of the Lord, and stood up with good courage of heart; when the people were turned back, and made reconciliation for Israel.
Therefore there was a covenant of peace made with him, that he should be the chief of the sanctuary and of His people, and that he and his posterity should have the dignity of the priesthood forever;
According to the covenant made with David, son of Jesse, of the tribe of Judah, that the inheritance of the king should be to his posterity alone; so the inheritance of Aaron should also be to his seed.
God gives you wisdom in your heart to judge His people in righteousness, that their good things are not abolished, and that their glory may endure forever.
Jesus, the son of a Nave, was valiant in the wars, and was the successor of Moses in prophecies, who according to his name, was made great for the saving of the elect of God, and taking vengeance of the enemies who rose up against them, that he might set Israel in their inheritance.
How great glory he got, when he lifted up his hands, and stretched out his sword against the cities!
Who so stood to it before him? For the Lord Himself brought his enemies to him.
Did the sun not go back by his means? And was one day not as long as two?
He called upon the Most High Lord, when the enemies pressed upon him on every side; and the great Lord heard him.
And with hailstones of mighty power, he made the battle to fall violently upon the nations, and in the descent [of Beth-horon] he destroyed those who resisted, that the nations might know all their strength, because he fought in the sight of the Lord, and he followed the Mighty One.
In the time of Moses, he also did a work of mercy, he and Caleb, the son of Jephunne, in that they withstood the congregation, and withheld the people from sin, and appeased the wicked murmuring.
And of six hundred thousand people on foot, those two were preserved to bring them in to the heritage, even to the land that flows with milk and honey.
The Lord also gave strength to Caleb, which remained with him to his old age; so that he entered upon the high places of the land, and his seed obtained it for a heritage;
That all the Children of Israel might see that it is good to follow the Lord.
And concerning the judges, everyone by name, whose heart did not go whoring, nor depart from the Lord, let their memory be blessed.
Let their bones flourish out of their place, and let the name of those who were honored be continued upon their children.
Samuel, the prophet of the Lord, beloved of his Lord, established a kingdom, and anointed princes over His people.
By the law of the Lord, he judged the congregation, and the Lord had respect to Jacob.
By his faithfulness, he was found a true prophet, and by his word, he was known to be faithful in vision.
He called upon the mighty Lord, when his enemies pressed upon him on every side, when he offered the sucking lamb.
And the Lord thundered from heaven, and with a great noise, made His voice to be heard.
And he destroyed the rulers of the Tyrians, and all the princes of the Philistines.
And before his long sleep, he made protestations in the sight of the Lord and His anointed, I have not taken any man's goods, so much as a shoe; and no man accused him.
And after his death, he prophesied, and showed the king his end, and lifted up his voice from the earth in prophecy, to blot out the wickedness of the people.
And after him, Nathan rose up to prophesy in the time of David.
As is the fat taken away from the peace offering, so was David chosen out of the Children of Israel.
He played with lions as with kids, and with bears as with lambs.
Did he not slay a giant, when he was yet but young? And did he not take away reproach from the people, when he lifted up his hand with the stone in the sling, and beat down the boasting of Goliath?
For he called upon the Most High Lord; and He gave him strength in his right hand to slay that mighty warrior, and set up the horn of His people.
So the people honored him with ten thousands, and praised him in the blessings of the Lord, in that He gave him a crown of glory.
For he destroyed the enemies on every side, and brought the Philistines his adversaries to nothing, and brake their horn in sunder to this day.
In all his works, he praised the Holy One Most High with words of glory; with his whole heart, he sung songs, and loved Him who made him.
He set singers also before the altar, that by their voices, they might make a sweet melody, and sing daily praises in their songs.
He beautified their feasts, and set the solemn times in order until the end, that they might praise His holy name, and that the temple might sound from morning.
The Lord took away his sins, and exalted his horn forever; He gave him a covenant of kings, and a throne of glory in Israel.
After him, a wise son rose up, and for his sake, he dwelt at large.
Solomon reigned in a peaceable time, and was honored; for God made all quiet round about him, that he might build a house in His name, and prepare His sanctuary forever.
How wise were you in your youth and, as a flood, filled with understanding!
Your soul covered the whole earth, and you filled it with dark parables.
Your name went far to the islands; and for your peace, you were beloved.
The countries marveled at you for your songs, and proverbs, and parables, and interpretations.
By the name of the Lord God, which is called the Lord God of Israel, you gathered gold as tin and multiplied silver as lead.
You bowed your loins to women, and by your body, you were brought into subjection.
You stained your honor, and polluted your seed; so that you brought wrath upon your children, and were grieved for your folly.
So the kingdom was divided, and out of Ephraim, a rebellious kingdom ruled.
But the Lord will never leave off His mercy, neither will any of His works perish, neither will He abolish the posterity of His elect, and the seed of him who loves Him, He will not take away; therefore He gave a remnant to Jacob, and out of him, a root to David.
Thus Solomon rested with his fathers, and of his seed, he left Roboam behind him, even the foolishness of the people, and one who had no understanding, who turned the people away through his counsel. There was also Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin, and showed Ephraim the way of sin;
And their sins were multiplied exceedingly, that they were driven out of the land.
For they sought out all wickedness, until the vengeance came upon them.
Then Elijah the prophet stood up as fire, and his word burned like a lamp.
He brought a sore famine upon them, and by his zeal, he diminished their number.
By the word of the Lord, he shut up the heaven, and also brought down fire three times.
O Elijah, how were you honored in your wondrous deeds! And who may glory like you!
Who raised up a dead man from death, and his soul from the place of the dead, by the word of the Most High;
Who brought kings to destruction, and honorable men from their bed;
Who heard the rebuke of the Lord in Sinai, and the judgment of vengeance in Horeb;
Who annointed kings to take revenge, and prophets to succeed after him;
Who was taken up in a whirlwind of fire, and in a chariot of fiery horses;
Who were ordained for reproofs in their times, to pacify the wrath of the Lord's judgment, before it broke forth into fury, and to turn the heart of the father to the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.
Blessed are those who saw you, and slept in love; for we will surely live.
Elijah it was, who was covered with a whirlwind; and Eliseus was filled with his spirit; while he lived, he was not moved with the presence of any prince, neither could any bring him into subjection.
No word could overcome him; and after his death, his body prophesied.
He did wonders in his life, and at his death, his works were marvelous.
For all this, the people did not repent, neither did they depart from their sins, until they were spoiled and carried out of their land, and were scattered through all the earth; yet there remained a small people, and a ruler in the house of David;
Of whom some did that which was pleasing to God, and some multiplied sins.
Ezekiel fortified his city, and brought in water into the midst thereof; he dug the hard rock with iron, and made wells for waters.
In his time, Sennacherib came up, and sent Rabsaces, and lifted up his hand against Zion, and boasted proudly.
Then their hearts and hands trembled, and they were in pain, as women in travail.
But they called upon the Lord who is Merciful, and stretched out their hands toward Him; and immediately the Holy One heard them out of heaven, and delivered them by the ministry of Esay.
He smote the host of the Assyrians, and His angel destroyed them.
For Ezekiel had done the thing that pleased the Lord, and was strong in the ways of David his father, as Esay the prophet, who was great and faithful in his vision, had commanded him.
In his time, the sun went backward, and he lengthened the king's life.
He saw by an excellent spirit what should come to pass at the last, and he comforted those who mourned in Zion.
He showed what should come to pass forever, and secret things or ever they came.
The remembrance of Josiah is like the composition of the perfume that is made by the art of the apothecary; it is sweet as honey in all mouths, and as music at a banquet of wine.
He behaved himself uprightly in the conversion of the people, and took away the abominations of iniquity.
He directed his heart to the Lord, and in the time of the ungodly, he established the worship of God.
All, except David and Ezekiel and Josiah, were defective; for they forsook the law of the Most High, even the kings of Judah failed.
Therefore He gave their power to others, and their glory to a strange nation.
They burnt the chosen city of the sanctuary, and made the streets desolate, according to the prophecy of Jeremiah. *17:5
For they entreated him evil, who nevertheless was a prophet, sanctified in his mother's womb, that he might root out, and afflict, and destroy; and that he might build up also, and plant.
It was Ezekiel who saw the glorious vision, which was shown him upon the chariot of the cherubims.
For he made mention of the enemies under the figure of the rain, and directed those who went right.
And of the twelve prophets, let the memorial be blessed, and let their bones flourish again out of their place; for they comforted Jacob, and delivered them by assured hope.
How will we magnify Zorobabel? Even he was as a signet on the right hand;
So was Jesus, the son of Josedec; who in their time, built the House, and set up a holy temple to the Lord, which was prepared for everlasting glory.
And among the elect was Nehemiah, whose renown is great, who raised up for us the walls that had fallen, *Nehemiah 2:17, *Nehemiah 6:15 and set up the gates and the bars, and raised up our ruins again.
But upon the earth was no man created like Enoch; for he was taken from the earth.
Neither was there a young man born like Joseph, a governor of his brethren, a stay of the people, whose bones were regarded of the Lord.
Sem and Seth were in great honor among men, and so was Adam above every living thing in creation.
Simon the high priest, the son of Onias, who, in his life, repaired the House again, and in his days, fortified the temple;
And by him, the double height was built from the foundation, the high fortress of the wall about the temple;
In his days, the cistern to receive water, being measured as the sea, was covered with plates of brass;
He took care of the temple that it should not fall, and fortified the city against besieging;
How he was honored in the midst of the people in his coming out of the sanctuary!
He was as the morning star in the midst of a cloud, and as the moon at the full;
As the sun shining upon the temple of the Most High, and as the rainbow giving light in the bright clouds;
And as the flower of roses in the spring of the year, as lilies by the rivers of waters, and as the branches of the frankincense tree in the time of summer;
As fire and incense in the censer, and as a vessel of beaten gold set with all manner of precious stones;
And as a fair olive tree budding forth fruit, and as a cypress tree which grows up to the clouds.
When he put on the robe of honor, and was clothed with the perfection of glory, when he went up to the holy altar, he made the garment of holiness honorable.
When he took the portions out of the priests' hands, he himself stood by the hearth of the altar, encompassed about, as a young cedar in Libanus; and as palm trees, they encompassed him round about.
So were all the sons of Aaron in their glory, and the oblations of the Lord in their hands, before all the congregation of Israel.
And finishing the service at the altar, that he might adorn the offering of the Most High Almighty,
He stretched out his hand to the cup, and poured of the blood of the grape, he poured out a sweetsmelling savor at the foot of the altar to the Most High King of all.
Then the sons of Aaron shouted, and sounded the silver trumpets, and made a great noise to be heard, for a remembrance before the Most High.
Then all the people hasted together, and fell down to the earth upon their faces to worship their Lord God Almighty, *48:29 the Most High.
The singers also sang praises with their voices, with great variety of sounds, a sweet melody was made.
And the people besought the Lord, the Most High, by prayer before Him who is Merciful, until the solemnity of the Lord had ended, and they had finished His service.
Then he went down, and lifted up his hands over the whole congregation of the Children of Israel, to give the blessing of the Lord with his lips, and to rejoice in His name.
And they bowed themselves down to worship the second time, that they might receive a blessing from the Most High.
Now therefore, bless the God of all, who only does wondrous things everywhere, who exalts our days from the womb, and deals with us according to His mercy.
He grants us joyfulness of heart, and that peace may be in our days in Israel forever;
That He would confirm His mercy with us, and deliver us at His time!
There are two manner of nations which my heart abhors, and the third is no nation;
Those who sit upon the mountain of Samaria, and those who dwell among the Philistines, and that foolish people who dwell in Sichem.
Jesus, the son of Sirach of Jerusalem, has written in this book, the instruction of understanding and knowledge, who, out of his heart, poured forth wisdom.
Blessed is he who will be exercised in these things; and he who lays them up in his heart will become wise.
For if he does them, he will be strong to all things; for the light of the Lord leads him, who gives wisdom to the Godly. Blessed is the name of the Lord forever. Amen, Amen.
[A Prayer of Jesus, the son of Sirach.] I will thank You, O Lord and King, and praise You, O God my Savior; I give praise to Your name;
For You are my defender and helper, and have preserved my body from destruction, and from the snare of the slanderous tongue, and from the lips that forge lies, and have been my helper against my adversaries;
And have delivered me, according to the multitude of the mercies and greatness of Your name, from the teeth of those who were ready to devour me, and out of the hands of such who sought after my life, and from the manifold afflictions which I had;
From the choking of fire on every side, and from the midst of the fire which I did not kindle;
From the depth of the belly of Hell, from an unclean tongue, and from lying words.
By an accusation to the king from an unrighteous tongue, my soul drew near even to death, my life was near to Hell beneath.
They encompassed me on every side, and there was no man to help me; I looked for the succour of men, but there was none.
Then I thought upon Your mercy, O Lord, and upon Your acts of old, how You deliver such who wait for You, and save them out of the hands of the enemies.
Then I lifted up my supplications from the earth, and prayed for deliverance from death.
I called upon the Lord, the Father of my lord, that He would not leave me in the days of my trouble, and in the time of the proud, when there was no help.
I will praise Your name continually, and will sing praises with thanksgiving; and so my prayer was heard;
For You saved me from destruction, and delivered me from the evil time; therefore I will give thanks, and praise You, and bless Your name, O Lord.
When I was yet young, or ever I went abroad, I desired wisdom openly in my prayer.
I prayed for her before the temple, and will seek her out even to the end.
Even from the flower until the grape was ripe, my heart has delighted in her; my foot went the right way, from my youth up, I sought after her.
I bowed down my ear a little, and received her, and got much learning.
I profited therein, therefore I will ascribe glory to Him who gives me wisdom.
For I purposed to do after her, and I earnestly followed that which is good; so I will not be confounded.
My soul has wrestled with her, and in my doings, I was exact; I stretched forth my hands to the heaven above, and bewailed my ignorances of her.
I directed my soul to her, and I found her in pureness; I have had my heart joined with her from the beginning, therefore I will not be forsaken.
My heart was troubled in seeking her; therefore I have gotten a good possession.
The Lord has given me a tongue for my reward, and I will praise Him therewith.
Draw near to me, you unlearned, and dwell in the house of learning.
Why are you slow, and what do you say to these things, seeing your souls are very thirsty?
I opened my mouth, and said, "Buy her for yourselves without money.
Put your neck under the yoke, and let your soul receive instruction; she is hard at hand to find."
Behold with your eyes, how I have but little labor, and have gotten much rest to me.
Get learning with a great sum of money, and get much gold by her.
Let your soul rejoice in His mercy, and do not be ashamed of His praise.
Work your work in season, and in his time, He will give you your reward.