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  1. Better is a morsel with pleasure in peace, than a house full of many good things and unjust sacrifices, with strife.
  2. A wise servant shall have rule over foolish masters, and shall divide portions among brethren.
  3. As silver and gold are tried in a furnace, so are choice hearts with the Lord.
  4. A bad man hearkens to the tongue of transgressors: but a righteous man attends not to false lips.
  5. He that laughs at the poor provokes him that made him; and he that rejoices at the destruction of another shall not be held guiltless: but he that has compassion shall find mercy.

  6. Children's children are the crown of old men; and their fathers are the glory of children. The faithful has the whole world full of wealth; but the faithless not even a farthing.
  7. Faithful lips will not suit a fool; nor lying lips a just man.
  8. Instruction is to them that use it a gracious reward: and whithersoever it may turn, it shall prosper.
  9. He that conceals injuries seeks love; but he that hates to hide them separates friends and [a] kindred.
  10. A threat breaks down the heart of a wise man; but a fool, though scourged, understands not.
  11. Every bad man stirs up strifes: but the Lord will send out against him an unmerciful messenger.

  12. Care may befall a man of understanding; but fools will meditate evils.
  13. Whoso rewards evil for good, evil shall not be removed from his house.
  14. Rightful rule gives power to words; but sedition and strife precede poverty.
  15. He that pronounces the unjust just, and the just unjust, is unclean and abominable with God.
  16. Why has the fool wealth? for a senseless man will not be able to purchase wisdom. He that exalts his own house seeks ruin; and he that turns aside from instruction shall fall into mischiefs.
  17. Have thou a friend for every time, and let brethren be useful in distress; for on this account are they born.
  18. A foolish man applauds and rejoices over himself, as he also that becomes surety would make himself responsible for his own friends.

  19. A lover of sin rejoices in strifes;
  20. and the hard-hearted man [b] comes not in for good. A man of a changeful tongue will fall into mischiefs;
  21. and the heart of a fool is grief to its possessor. A father rejoices not over an uninstructed son; but a wise son gladdens his mother.
  22. A glad heart promotes health; but the bones of a sorrowful man dry up.
  23. The ways of a man who unjustly receives gifts in his bosom do not prosper; and an ungodly man perverts the ways of righteousness.
  24. The countenance of a wise man is sensible; but the eyes of a fool go to the ends of the earth.
  25. A foolish son is a cause of anger to his father, and grief to her that bore him.

  26. It is not right to punish a righteous man, nor is it holy to plot against righteous princes.
  27. He that forbears to utter a hard word is discreet, and a patient man is wise.
  28. Wisdom shall be imputed to a fool who asks after wisdom: and he who holds his peace shall seem to be sensible.

[a] Comp. Heb. [b] Or, meets not with good men.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons, Ltd., London, 1851]

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