231O Lord, Father and Governor of all my whole life, leave me not to their counsels, and let me not fall by them.
2Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom over mine heart? that they spare me not for mine ignorances, and it pass not by my sins:
3Lest mine ignorances increase, and my sins abound to my destruction, and I fall before mine adversaries, and mine enemy rejoice over me, whose hope is far from thy mercy.
4O Lord, Father and God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from thy servants always a haughty mind.
5Turn away from me vain hopes and concupiscence, and thou shalt hold him up that is desirous always to serve thee.
6Let not the greediness of the belly nor lust of the flesh take hold of me; and give not over me thy servant into an impudent mind.
7Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth: he that keepeth it shall never be taken in his lips.
8The sinner shall be left in his foolishness: both the evil speaker and the proud shall fall thereby.
9Accustom not thy mouth to swearing; neither use thyself to the naming of the Holy One.
10For as a servant that is continually beaten shall not be without a blue mark: so he that sweareth and nameth God continually shall not be faultless.
11A man that useth much swearing shall be filled with iniquity, and the plague shall never depart from his house: if he shall offend, his sin shall be upon him: and if he acknowledge not his sin, he maketh a double offence: and if he swear in vain, he shall not be innocent, but his house shall be full of calamities.
12There is a word that is clothed about with death: God grant that it be not found in the heritage of Jacob; for all such things shall be far from the godly, and they shall not wallow in their sins.
13Use not thy mouth to intemperate swearing, for therein is the word of sin.
14Remember thy father and thy mother, when thou sittest among great men. Be not forgetful before them, and so thou by thy custom become a fool, and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse they day of thy nativity.
15The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words will never be reformed all the days of his life.
16Two sorts of men multiply sin, and the third will bring wrath: a hot mind is as a burning fire, it will never be quenched till it be consumed: a fornicator in the body of his flesh will never cease till he hath kindled a fire.
17All bread is sweet to a whoremonger, he will not leave off till he die.
18A man that breaketh wedlock, saying thus in his heart, Who seeth me? I am compassed about with darkness, the walls cover me, and no body seeth me; what need I to fear? the most High will not remember my sins:
19Such a man only feareth the eyes of men, and knoweth not that the eyes of the Lord are ten thousand times brighter than the sun, beholding all the ways of men, and considering the most secret parts.
20He knew all things ere ever they were created; so also after they were perfected he looked upon them all.
21This man shall be punished in the streets of the city, and where he suspecteth not he shall be taken.
22Thus shall it go also with the wife that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir by another.
23For first, she hath disobeyed the law of the most High; and secondly, she hath trespassed against her own husband; and thirdly, she hath played the whore in adultery, and brought children by another man.
24She shall be brought out into the congregation, and inquisition shall be made of her children.
25Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit.
26She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her reproach shall not be blotted out.
27And they that remain shall know that there is nothing better than the fear of the Lord, and that there is nothing sweeter than to take heed unto the commandments of the Lord.
28It is great glory to follow the Lord, and to be received of him is long life.
241Wisdom shall praise herself, and shall glory in the midst of her people.
2In the congregation of the most High shall she open her mouth, and triumph before his power.
3I came out of the mouth of the most High, and covered the earth as a cloud.
4I dwelt in high places, and my throne is in a cloudy pillar.
5I alone compassed the circuit of heaven, and walked in the bottom of the deep.
6In the waves of the sea and in all the earth, and in every people and nation, I got a possession.
7With all these I sought rest: and in whose inheritance shall I abide?
8So the Creator of all things gave me a commandment, and he that made me caused my tabernacle to rest, and said, Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thine inheritance in Israel.
9He created me from the beginning before the world, and I shall never fail.
10In the holy tabernacle I served before him; and so was I established in Sion.
11Likewise in the beloved city he gave me rest, and in Jerusalem was my power.
12And I took root in an honourable people, even in the portion of the Lord’s inheritance.
13I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and as a cypress tree upon the mountains of Hermon.
14I was exalted like a palm tree in En-gaddi, and as a rose plant in Jericho, as a fair olive tree in a pleasant field, and grew up as a plane tree by the water.
15I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aspalathus, and I yielded a pleasant odour like the best myrrh, as galbanum, and onyx, and sweet storax, and as the fume of frankincense in the tabernacle.
16As the turpentine tree I stretched out my branches, and my branches are the branches of honour and grace.
17As the vine brought I forth pleasant savour, and my flowers are the fruit of honour and riches.
18I am the mother of fair love, and fear, and knowledge, and holy hope: I therefore, being eternal, am given to all my children which are named of him.
19Come unto me, all ye that be desirous of me, and fill yourselves with my fruits.
20For my memorial is sweeter than honey, and mine inheritance than the honeycomb.
21They that eat me shall yet be hungry, and they that drink me shall yet be thirsty.
22He that obeyeth me shall never be confounded, and they that work by me shall not do amiss.
23All these things are the book of the covenant of the most high God, even the law which Moses commanded for an heritage unto the congregations of Jacob.
24Faint not to be strong in the Lord; that he may confirm you, cleave unto him: for the Lord Almighty is God alone, and beside him there is no other Saviour.
25He filleth all things with his wisdom, as Phison and as Tigris in the time of the new fruits.
26He maketh the understanding to abound like Euphrates, and as Jordan in the time of the harvest.
27He maketh the doctrine of knowledge appear as the light, and as Geon in the time of vintage.
28The first man knew her not perfectly: no more shall the last find her out.
29For her thoughts are more than the sea, and her counsels profounder than the great deep.
30I also came out as a brook from a river, and as a conduit into a garden.
31I said, I will water my best garden, and will water abundantly my garden bed: and, lo, my brook became a river, and my river became a sea.
32I will yet make doctrine to shine as the morning, and will send forth her light afar off.
33I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and leave it to all ages for ever.
34Behold that I have not laboured for myself only, but for all them that seek wisdom.
251In three things I was beautified, and stood up beautiful both before God and men: the unity of brethren, the love of neighbours, a man and a wife that agree together.
2Three sorts of men my soul hateth, and I am greatly offended at their life: a poor man that is proud, a rich man that is a liar, and an old adulterer that doateth.
3If thou hast gathered nothing in thy youth, how canst thou find any thing in thine age?
4O how comely a thing is judgment for gray hairs, and for ancient men to know counsel!
5O how comely is the wisdom of old men, and understanding and counsel to men of honour.
6Much experience is the crown of old men, and the fear of God is their glory.
7There be nine things which I have judged in mine heart to be happy, and the tenth I will utter with my tongue: A man that hath joy of his children; and he that liveth to see the fall of his enemy:
8Well is him that dwelleth with a wife of understanding, and that hath not slipped with his tongue, and that hath not served a man more unworthy than himself:
9Well is him that hath found prudence, and he that speaketh in the ears of them that will hear:
10O how great is he that findeth wisdom! yet is there none above him that feareth the Lord.
11But the love of the Lord passeth all things for illumination: he that holdeth it, whereto shall he be likened?
12The fear of the Lord is the beginning of his love: and faith is the beginning of cleaving unto him.
13Give me any plague, but the plague of the heart: and any wickedness, but the wickedness of a woman:
14And any affliction, but the affliction from them that hate me: and any revenge, but the revenge of enemies.
15There is no head above the head of a serpent; and there is no wrath above the wrath of an enemy.
16I had rather dwell with a lion and a dragon, than to keep house with a wicked woman.
17The wickedness of a woman changeth her face, and darkeneth her countenance like sackcloth.
18Her husband shall sit among his neighbours; and when he heareth it shall sigh bitterly.
19All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman: let the portion of a sinner fall upon her.
20As the climbing up a sandy way is to the feet of the aged, so is a wife full of words to a quiet man.
21Stumble not at the beauty of a woman, and desire her not for pleasure.
22A woman, if she maintain her husband, is full of anger, impudence, and much reproach.
23A wicked woman abateth the courage, maketh an heavy countenance and a wounded heart: a woman that will not comfort her husband in distress maketh weak hands and feeble knees.
24Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die.
25Give the water no passage; neither a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad.
26If she go not as thou wouldest have her, cut her off from thy flesh, and give her a bill of divorce, and let her go.