The vanity of dreams. The advantage of experience, and of the fear of God.
1 The hopes of a man that is void of understanding are vain and deceitful: and dreams lift up fools.
Vana spes et mendacium viro insensato : et somnia extollunt imprudentes.
2 The man that giveth heed to lying visions, is like to him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind.
Quasi qui apprehendit umbram et persequitur ventum, sic et qui attendit ad visa mendacia.
3 The vision of dreams is the resemblance of one thing to another: as when a man's likeness is before the face of a man.
Hoc secundum hoc visio somniorum, ante faciem hominis similitudo hominis.
4 What can be made clean by the unclean? and what truth can come from that which is false?
Ab immundo, quid mundabitur? et a mendace, quid verum dicetur?
5 Deceitful divinations and lying omens and the dreams of evildoers, are vanity:
Divinatio erroris, et auguria mendacia, et somnia malefacientium, vanitas est :
6 And the heart fancieth as that of a woman in travail: except it be a vision sent forth from the most High, set not thy heart upon them.
et sicut parturientis, cor tuum phantasias patitur. Nisi ab Altissimo fuerit emissa visitatio, ne dederis in illis cor tuum :
7 For dreams have deceived many, and they have failed that put their trust in them.
multos enim errare fecerunt somnia, et exciderunt sperantes in illis.
8 The word of the law shall be fulfilled without a lie, and wisdom shall be made plain in the mouth of the faithful.
Sine mendacio consummabitur verbum legis, et sapientia in ore fidelis complanabitur.
9 What doth he know, that hath not been tried? A man that hath much experience, shall think of many things: and he that hath learned many things, shall shew forth understanding.
Qui non est tentatus quid scit? vir in multis expertus cogitabit multa : et qui multa didicit enarrabit intellectum.
10 He that hath no experience, knoweth little: and he that hath been experienced in many things, multiplieth prudence.
Qui non est expertus pauca recognoscit : qui autem in multis factus est, multiplicat malitiam.
11 He that hath not been tried, what manner of things doth he know? he that hath been surprised, shall abound with subtlety.
Qui tentatus non est qualia scit? qui implanatus est abundabit nequitia.
12 I have seen many things by travelling, and many customs of things.
Multa vidi errando, et plurimas verborum consuetudines.
13 Sometimes I have been in danger of death for these things, and I have been delivered by the grace of God.
Aliquoties usque ad mortem periclitatus sum horum causa, et liberatus sum gratia Dei.
14 The spirit of those that fear God; is sought after, and by his regard shall be blessed.
Spiritus timentium Deum quaeritur, et in respectu illius benedicetur.
15 For their hope is on him that saveth them, and the eyes of God are upon them that love him.
Spes enim illorum in salvantem illos, et oculi Dei in diligentes se.
16 He that feareth the Lord shall tremble at nothing, and shall not be afraid for he is his hope.
Qui timet Dominum nihil trepidabit : et non pavebit, quoniam ipse est spes ejus.
17 The soul of him that feareth the Lord is blessed.
Timentis Dominum, beata est anima ejus.
18 To whom doth he look, and who in his strength?
Ad quem respicit, et quis est fortitudo ejus?
19 The eyes of the Lord are upon them that fear him, he is their powerful protector, and strong stay, a defence from the heat, and a cover from the sun at noon,
Oculi Domini super timentes eum : protector potentiae, firmamentum virtutis, tegimen ardoris, et umbraculum meridiani :
20 A preservation from stumbling, and a help from falling; he raiseth up the soul, and enlighteneth the eyes, and giveth health, and life, and blessing.
deprecatio offensionis, et adjutorium casus : exaltans animam, et illuminans oculos, dans sanitatem, et vitam, et benedictionem.
21 The offering of him that sacrificeth of a thing wrongfully gotten, is stained, and the mockeries of the unjust are not acceptable.
Immolantis ex iniquo oblatio est maculata, et non sunt beneplacitae subsannationes injustorum.
22 The Lord is only for them that wait upon him in the way of truth and justice.
Dominus solus sustinentibus se in via veritatis et justitiae.
23 The most High approveth not the gifts of the wicked: neither hath he respect to the oblations of the unjust, nor will he be pacified for sins by the multitude of their sacrifices.
Dona iniquorum non probat Altissimus, nec respicit in oblationes iniquorum, nec in multitudine sacrificiorum eorum propitiabitur peccatis.
24 He that offereth sacrifice of the goods of the poor, is as one that sacrificeth the son in the presence of his father.
Qui offert sacrificium ex substantia pauperum, quasi qui victimat filium in conspectu patris sui.
25 The bread of the needy, is the life of the poor: he that defraudeth them thereof, is a man of blood.
Panis egentium vita pauperum est : qui defraudat illum homo sanguinis est.
26 He that taketh away the bread gotten by sweat, is like him that killeth his neighbour.
Qui aufert in sudore panem, quasi qui occidit proximum suum.
27 He that sheddeth blood, and he that defraudeth the labourer of his hire, are brothers.
Qui effundit sanguinem, et qui fraudem facit mercenario, fratres sunt.
28 When one buildeth up, and another pulleth down: what profit have they but the labour?
Unus aedificans, et unus destruens : quid prodest illis, nisi labor?
29 When one prayeth, and another curseth: whose voice will God hear?
Unus orans, et unus maledicens : cujus vocem exaudiet Deus?
30 He that washeth himself after touching the dead, if he toucheth him again, what doth his washing avail?
Qui baptizatur a mortuo, et iterum tangit eum, quid proficit lavatio illius?
31 So a man that fasteth for his sins, and doth the same again, what doth his humbling himself profit him? who will hear his prayer?
Sic homo qui jejunat in peccatis suis, et iterum eadem faciens : quid proficit humiliando se? orationem illius quis exaudiet?