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In the twenty following chapters are contained many wise sayings and axioms, relating to wisdom and folly, virtue and vice.

[1] A wise son maketh the father glad: but a foolish son is the sorrow of his mother. [2] Treasures of wickedness shall profit nothing: but justice shall deliver from death. [3] The Lord will not afflict the soul of the just with famine, and he will disappoint the deceitful practices of the wicked. [4] The slothful hand hath wrought poverty: but the hand of the industrious getteth riches. He that trusteth to lies feedeth the winds: and the same runneth after birds that fly away. [5] He that gathered in the harvest is a wise son: but he that snorteth in the summer, is the son of confusion.

[6] The blessing of the Lord is upon the head of the just: but iniquity covereth the mouth of the wicked. [7] The memory of the just is with praises: and the name of the wicked shall rot. [8] The wise of heart receiveth precepts: a fool is beaten with lips. [9] He that walketh sincerely, walketh confidently: but he that perverteth his ways, shall be manifest. [10] He that winketh with the eye shall cause sorrow: and the foolish in lips shall be beaten.

[11] The mouth of the just is a vein of life: and the mouth of the wicked covereth iniquity. [12] Hatred stirreth up strifes: and charity covereth all sins. [13] In the lips of the wise is wisdom found: and a rod on the back of him that wanteth sense. [14] Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the fool is next to confusion. [15] The substance of a rich man is the city of his strength: the fear of the poor is their poverty.

[16] The work of the just is unto life: but the fruit of the wicked, unto sin. [17] The way of life, to him that observeth correction: but he that forsaketh reproofs goeth astray. [18] Lying lips hide hatred: he that uttereth reproach is foolish. [19] In the multitude of words there shall not want sin: but he that refraineth his lips is most wise. [20] The tongue of the just is as choice silver: but the heart of the wicked is nothing worth.

[21] The lips of the just teach many: but they that are ignorant, shall die in the want of understanding. [22] The blessing of the Lord maketh men rich: neither shall affliction be joined to them. [23] A fool worketh mischief as it were for sport: but wisdom is prudence to a man. [24] That which the wicked feareth, shall come upon him: to the just their desire shall be given. [25] As a tempest that passeth, so the wicked shall be no more: but the just is as an everlasting foundation.

[26] As vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that sent him. [27] The fear of the Lord shall prolong days: and the years of the wicked shall be shortened. [28] The expectation of the just is joy; but the hope of the wicked shall perish. [29] The strength of the upright is the way of the Lord: and fear to them that work evil. [30] The just shall never be moved: but the wicked shall not dwell on the earth.

[31] The mouth of the just shall bring forth wisdom: the tongue of the perverse shall perish. [32] The lips of the just consider what is acceptable: and the mouth of the wicked uttereth perverse things.

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