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[1] Wine is a luxurious thing, and drunkenness riotous: whosoever is delighted therewith shall not be wise. [2] As the roaring of a lion, so also is the dread of a king: he that provoketh him, sinneth against his own soul. [3] It is an honour for a man to separate himself from quarrels: but all fools are meddling with reproaches. [4] Because of the cold the sluggard would not plough: he shall beg therefore in the summer, and it shall not be given him. [5] Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water: but a wise man will draw it out.

[6] Many men are called merciful: but who shall find a faithful man? [7] The just that walketh in his simplicity, shall leave behind him blessed children. [8] The king, that sitteth on the throne of judgment, scattereth away all evil with his look. [9] Who can say: My heart is clean, I am pure from sin? [10] Diverse weights and diverse measures, both are abominable before God.

[11] By his inclinations a child is known, if his works be clean and right. [12] The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made them both. [13] Love not sleep, lest poverty oppress thee: open thy eyes, and be filled with bread. [14] It is nought, it is nought, saith every buyer: and when he is gone away, then he will boast. [15] There is gold, and a multitude of jewels: but the lips of knowledge are a precious vessel.

[16] Take away the garment of him that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge from him for strangers. [17] The bread of lying is sweet to a man: but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. [18] Designs are strengthened by counsels: and wars are to be managed by governments. [19] Meddle not with him that revealeth secrets, and walketh deceitfully, and openeth wide his lips. [20] He that curseth his father, and mother, his lamp shall be put out in the midst of darkness.

[21] The inheritance gotten hastily in the beginning, in the end shall be without a blessing. [22] Say not: I will return evil: wait for the Lord and he will deliver thee. [23] Diverse weights are an abomination before the Lord: a deceitful balance is not good. [24] The steps of man are guided by the Lord: but who is the man that can understand his own way? [25] It is ruin to a man to devour holy ones, and after vows to retract.

[26] A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth over them the wheel. [27] The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, which searcheth all the hidden things of the bowels. [28] Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is strengthened by clemency. [29] The joy of young men is their strength: and the dignity of old men, their grey hairs. [30] The blueness of a wound shall wipe away evils: and stripes in the more inward parts of the belly.

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