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An exhortation to the practice of virtue.

[1] My son, forget not my law, and let thy heart keep my commandments. [2] For they shall add to thee length of days, and years of life and peace. [3] Let not mercy and truth leave thee, put them about thy neck, and write them in the tables of thy heart: [4] And thou shalt find grace and good understanding before God and men. [5] Have confidence in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon thy own prudence.

[6] In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps. [7] Be not wise in thy own conceit: fear God, and depart from evil: [8] For it shall be health to thy navel, and moistening to thy bones. [9] Honour the Lord with thy substance, and give him of the first of all thy fruits: [10] And thy barns shall be filled with abundance, and thy presses shall run over with wine.

[11] My son, reject not the correction of the Lord: and do not faint when thou art chastised by him: [12] For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth: and as a father in the son he pleaseth himself. [13] Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom and is rich in prudence: [14] The purchasing thereof is better than the merchandise of silver, and her fruit than the chiefest and purest gold: [15] She is more precious than all riches: and all the things that are desired, are not to be compared with her.

[16] Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand riches and glory. [17] Her ways are beautiful ways, and all her paths are peaceable. [18] She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and he that shall retain her is blessed. [19] The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth, hath established the heavens by prudence. [20] By his wisdom the depths have broken out, and the clouds grow thick with dew.

[21] My son, let not these things depart from thy eyes: keep the law and counsel: [22] And there shall be life to thy soul, and grace to thy mouth. [23] Then shalt thou walk confidently in thy way, and thy foot shall not stumble: [24] If thou sleep, thou shalt not fear: thou shalt rest, and thy sleep shall be sweet. [25] Be not afraid of sudden fear, nor of the power of the wicked falling upon thee.

[26] For the Lord will be at thy side, and will keep thy foot that thou be not taken. [27] Do not withhold him from doing good, who is able: if thou art able, do good thyself also. [28] Say not to thy friend: Go, and come again: and tomorrow I will give to thee: when thou canst give at present. [29] Practise not evil against thy friend, when he hath confidence in thee. [30] Strive not against a man without cause, when he hath done thee no evil.

[31] Envy not the unjust man, and do not follow his ways: [32] For every mocker is an abomination to the Lord, and his communication is with the simple. [33] Want is from the Lord in the house of the wicked: but the habitations of the just shall be blessed. [34] He shall scorn the scorners, and to the meek he will give grace. [35] The wise shall possess glory: the promotion of fools is disgrace.

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