- My words have been spoken by God -- the oracular answer of a king,
whom his mother instructed.
- What wilt thou keep, my son, what? the words of God. My firstborn
son, I speak to thee: what? [a] son of my
womb? what? son of my vows?
- Give not thy wealth to women, nor thy mind and living to remorse.
Do all things with counsel: drink wine with counsel.
- Princes are prone to anger: let them then not drink wine:
- lest they drink, and forget wisdom, and be not able to judge the
- Give strong drink to those that are in sorrow, and the wine to
drink to those in pain:
- that they may forget their poverty, and may not remember their
troubles any more.
- Open thy mouth with the word of God, and judge all fairly.
- Open thy mouth and judge justly, and plead the cause of the poor
[a] The usual punctuation has been altered.
[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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