41My son, defraud not the poor of his living, and make not the needy eyes to wait long.
2Make not an hungry soul sorrowful; neither provoke a man in his distress.
3Add not more trouble to an heart that is vexed; and defer not to give to him that is in need.
4Reject not the supplication of the afflicted; neither turn away thy face from a poor man.
5Turn not away thine eye from the needy, and give him none occasion to curse thee:
6For if he curse thee in the bitterness of his soul, his prayer shall be heard of him that made him.
7Get thyself the love of the congregation, and bow thy head to a great man.
8Let it not grieve thee to bow down thine ear to the poor, and give him a friendly answer with meekness.
9Deliver him that suffereth wrong from the hand of the oppressor; and be not fainthearted when thou sittest in judgment.
10Be as a father unto the fatherless, and instead of an husband unto their mother: so shalt thou be as the son of the most High, and he shall love thee more than thy mother doth.
11Wisdom exalteth her children, and layeth hold of them that seek her.
12He that loveth her loveth life; and they that seek to her early shall be filled with joy.
13He that holdeth her fast shall inherit glory; and wheresoever she entereth, the Lord will bless.
14They that serve her shall minister to the Holy One: and them that love her the Lord doth love.
15Whoso giveth ear unto her shall judge the nations: and he that attendeth unto her shall dwell securely.
16If a man commit himself unto her, he shall inherit her; and his generation shall hold her in possession.
17For at the first she will walk with him by crooked ways, and bring fear and dread upon him, and torment him with her discipline, until she may trust his soul, and try him by her laws.
18Then will she return the straight way unto him, and comfort him, and shew him her secrets.
19But if he go wrong, she will forsake him, and give him over to his own ruin.
20Observe the opportunity, and beware of evil; and be not ashamed when it concerneth thy soul.
21For there is a shame that bringeth sin; and there is a shame which is glory and grace.
22Accept no person against thy soul, and let not the reverence of any man cause thee to fall.
23And refrain not to speak, when there is occasion to do good, and hide not thy wisdom in her beauty.
24For by speech wisdom shall be known: and learning by the word of the tongue.
25In no wise speak against the truth; but be abashed of the error of thine ignorance.
26Be not ashamed to confess thy sins; and force not the course of the river.
27Make not thyself an underling to a foolish man; neither accept the person of the mighty.
28Strive for the truth unto death, and the Lord shall fight for thee.
29Be not hasty in thy tongue, and in thy deeds slack and remiss.
30Be not as a lion in thy house, nor frantick among thy servants.
31Let not thine hand be stretched out to receive, and shut when thou shouldest repay.
51Set thy heart upon thy goods; and say not, I have enough for my life.
2Follow not thine own mind and thy strength, to walk in the ways of thy heart:
3And say not, Who shall controul me for my works? for the Lord will surely revenge thy pride.
4Say not, I have sinned, and what harm hath happened unto me? for the Lord is longsuffering, he will in no wise let thee go.
5Concerning propitiation, be not without fear to add sin unto sin:
6And say not His mercy is great; he will be pacified for the multitude of my sins: for mercy and wrath come from him, and his indignation resteth upon sinners.
7Make no tarrying to turn to the Lord, and put not off from day to day: for suddenly shall the wrath of the Lord come forth, and in thy security thou shalt be destroyed, and perish in the day of vengeance.
8Set not thine heart upon goods unjustly gotten, for they shall not profit thee in the day of calamity.
9Winnow not with every wind, and go not into every way: for so doth the sinner that hath a double tongue.
10Be stedfast in thy understanding; and let thy word be the same.
11Be swift to hear; and let thy life be sincere; and with patience give answer.
12If thou hast understanding, answer thy neighbour; if not, lay thy hand upon thy mouth.
13Honour and shame is in talk: and the tongue of man is his fall.
14Be not called a whisperer, and lie not in wait with thy tongue: for a foul shame is upon the thief, and an evil condemnation upon the double tongue.
15Be not ignorant of any thing in a great matter or a small.
61Instead of a friend become not an enemy; for thereby thou shalt inherit an ill name, shame, and reproach: even so shall a sinner that hath a double tongue.
2Extol not thyself in the counsel of thine own heart; that thy soul be not torn in pieces as a bull straying alone.
3Thou shalt eat up thy leaves, and lose thy fruit, and leave thyself as a dry tree.
4A wicked soul shall destroy him that hath it, and shall make him to be laughed to scorn of his enemies.
5Sweet language will multiply friends: and a fairspeaking tongue will increase kind greetings.
6Be in peace with many: nevertheless have but one counsellor of a thousand.
7If thou wouldest get a friend, prove him first and be not hasty to credit him.
8For some man is a friend for his own occasion, and will not abide in the day of thy trouble.
9And there is a friend, who being turned to enmity, and strife will discover thy reproach.
10Again, some friend is a companion at the table, and will not continue in the day of thy affliction.
11But in thy prosperity he will be as thyself, and will be bold over thy servants.
12If thou be brought low, he will be against thee, and will hide himself from thy face.
13Separate thyself from thine enemies, and take heed of thy friends.
14A faithfull friend is a strong defence: and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure.
15Nothing doth countervail a faithful friend, and his excellency is invaluable.
16A faithful friend is the medicine of life; and they that fear the Lord shall find him.
17Whoso feareth the Lord shall direct his friendship aright: for as he is, so shall his neighbour be also.
18My son, gather instruction from thy youth up: so shalt thou find wisdom till thine old age.
19Come unto her as one that ploweth and soweth, and wait for her good fruits: for thou shalt not toil much in labouring about her, but thou shalt eat of her fruits right soon.
20She is very unpleasant to the unlearned: he that is without understanding will not remain with her.
21She will lie upon him as a mighty stone of trial; and he will cast her from him ere it be long.
22For wisdom is according to her name, and she is not manifest unto many.
23Give ear, my son, receive my advice, and refuse not my counsel,
24And put thy feet into her fetters, and thy neck into her chain.
25Bow down thy shoulder, and bear her, and be not grieved with her bonds.
26Come unto her with thy whole heart, and keep her ways with all thy power.
27Search, and seek, and she shall be made known unto thee: and when thou hast got hold of her, let her not go.
28For at the last thou shalt find her rest, and that shall be turned to thy joy.
29Then shall her fetters be a strong defence for thee, and her chains a robe of glory.
30For there is a golden ornament upon her, and her bands are purple lace.
31Thou shalt put her on as a robe of honour, and shalt put her about thee as a crown of joy.
32My son, if thou wilt, thou shalt be taught: and if thou wilt apply thy mind, thou shalt be prudent.
33If thou love to hear, thou shalt receive understanding: and if thou bow thine ear, thou shalt be wise,
34Stand in the multitude of the elders; and cleave unto him that is wise.
35Be willing to hear every godly discourse; and let not the parables of understanding escape thee.
36And if thou seest a man of understanding, get thee betimes unto him, and let thy foot wear the steps of his door.
37Let thy mind be upon the ordinances of the Lord and meditate continually in his commandments: he shall establish thine heart, and give thee wisdom at thine owns desire.