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A fool's wrath is more troublesome to bear, and more intolerable, than they.

XXVII. 10 Neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity : for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far of Do not rather make choice, in the day of thine adversity to repair for comfort, to the house of thy brother, than of thy tried and faithful friend; for a true hearted loving neighbour, is better than an overlie and unrespective brother. · XXVII. 14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him. The false acclamation and hollowly officious compliment of a for. mal friend, shall speed no better with a wise man, than if he had entertained him with a curse; and that flattery of his shall turn to a curse upon his own head,

XXVII. 16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself. She can no more be hid, than the wind that bloweth upon the face, or the oily substance of the ointment upon the hand; these both of them will be perceived : so' will the unquiet spirit of a contentious woman.

XXVII. 17 Iron sharpeneth iron ; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. As iron or steel getteth an edge by the attrition of metal of the same kind ; so by the conversation of one friend with another, are the good parts and faculties of men increased.

XXVII. 19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. As he, that looks into the water, sees there his own face'; so he, that looks into his friend's heart, sees there his own heart.

XXVII. 21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so to a man is his praise. There is no way so sure to try a man's discretion and temper, as by praising him : if he be vain and light, he will be puffed up with it'; if he be wise and solid, he will be no whit moved therewith.

XXVII. 23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy ftocks, and look well to thy herds. Be diligent, above all parts of husbandry, in that which concerns thy cattle, whether flocks or herds, as that which affordeth the most certain and constant increase.

XXVII. 24 For riches are not for ever : and doth the crown endure to every generation ? For the money, that thou layest up, and household treasure, is fickle, and subject to sudden loss, and thy honour and dignity will not last always; but the benefit, that arises from thy cattle, continues.

XXVII. 25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself. For the earth in a constant succession yields thee grass and hay, &c.

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XXVIII. 1 The wicked flee when no man pursues. The wicked man hath such affrights within his own conscience, that he is subject to be terrified with every outward occasion; and when he hath no enemy, is apt to pursue himself.

XXVIII. ? For the transgression of a land inany are the princes thereof. they shodnocenota land is the cause of th The wickedness of a land is the cause of the manifold changes of the princes and governors thereof, whereby both the people and rulers conspiring in evil are punished.

XXVIII. 3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food. . A rich oppressor leaves a man poor, but a poor oppressor leaves him nothing.

XXVIII. 4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked. Those, that do willingly break, and cast off the law of God, do, in so doing, give approbation and encouragement to wickedness.

XXVIII. 5 They that seek the LORD. understand all things. They, that are true hearted to God, and conscionable in their ways, have so much light from God's Spirit, as that they understand their whole duty to God: they know both what they should do, and how they should perform it.

XXVIII. 17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall fee to the pit ; let no mun stay him. A man, that hath imbrued his hand in innocent blood, driven by the horror of his conscience, flies he knows not whither; even into the mouth of the pit : such a man runs into the very jaws of death; neither let any man offer to stay him from that deserved judgment: it is not for any eye to pity him, that hath been so cruel to another.

XXVIII. 19 He that followeth strange persons shall have poverty enough. He, that followeth vain and idle persons, shall fall into extreme poverty. * XXVIII. 22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him. He, that would be rich too soon, not caring by what means, how indirect soever, he obtain wealth, that man hath a covetous eye, and a base niggardly heart; and knows not, that, through the just judgment of God, this his immoderate eagerness shall be punished with want and beggary.

XXVIII. 24 Whoső robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is a companion of a destroyer. A rebellious unthrift, that, notwithstanding all good counsel to the contrary, wasteth the goods of his parents, and will not be convinced of his offence, but persists in the maintenance of his lawless courses, is, for the heinousness of his sin, in the next degree to a murtherer.

XXIX. 5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

A man, that mattereth his neighbour, goes about to do him a secret mischief; and doth, as it were, lay a net to catch and entangle him to his ruin.

XXIX. 8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare. Those, that are wilfully wicked, and do scornfully reject all good counsel and reproof, are the means to draw down judgments upon the very city where they dwell.

XXIX. 9 Whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest. Whether a wise man deal with him seriously and severely, or whether jestingly and merrily, all is one: he shall not be able to prevail ; either for his own peace, or the other's reformation.

XXIX. 10 But the just seek his soul. But the righteous man, contrarily, seeks to preserve his life, and to save his soul.

XXIX. 12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked. Such as the ruler is, such will be his attendants : if the governor be one, whose cars are open to either flatteries or slanders, his fol. lowers will frame themselves to feed his wicked humours in all things.

XXIX. 13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together : the · LORD lighteneth both their eyes. ,

The innocent poor man and the crafty griping usurer meet both together, and the Lord causeth his sun to shine upon them both; maintaining both in life; doing good outwardly, even to the worst deserving.

XXIX. 18 IVhere there is no vision, the people perish. Where God withdraweth himself, and doth not reveal his will to any nation or people, there is no ordinary means of keeping their souls from perishing.

XXIX. 19 A servant will not be corrected with words: for though he understand he will not answer. He, that is of a servile and sturdy disposition, will not be correct. ed without blow's ; for though he do well enough understand a verbal reproof, yet he is no whit moved to an answerable regard of it.

XXIX. 24 He heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not. He heareth men urged with adjurations, whether they have stolen the thing, or know the thief; and yet keeps his wicked counsel, and will not bewray the malefactor.

XXIX. 25 The fear of a man bringeth a snare. That man, whose beart is overcome with a weak and diffident fear, not daring to cast himself upon the care and providence of the Almighty, bringeth misery upon himself.

XXIX. 26 Many seek the ruler's face (or, favour;) but every man's judgment cometh of the LORD. It is ordinary for men, when their cause is to be heard, to make friends to the judge; neglecting, in the mean time, to commit them. selves and their case to the Almighty, in whose hand the judge's heart is; whereas they ought first to begin with God, which can overrule all the actions and purposes of men.

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248 PARAPHRASE UPON THE HARD TEXTS OF SCRIPTURE.

XXX. 2, 3 Surely I am more brutish than any man, 8. I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy. Surely, 1, Agur, am sufficiently conscious to mine own ignorance and unworthiness: of myself, I do, I can know nothing; and there

fore am, as of myself, utterly unable to reach unto the great mys· teries of salvation.

. XXX. 4. Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell? Indeed, what man can do it ? Alas, how poor and impotent creatures are we? Is there any of us able to ascend up into heaven, and to descend thence again; yea, have we power to command ought in these lower regions? Have we the rule of the winds, of the waters, of the earth? Shew me the man, that can or dare arrogate this power to himself?

XXX. 10 Accuse not a servani unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty. Offer no unjust measure to the meanest person : do not wrongfully accuse a servant to bis master; lest, in the bitterness of his soul he curse thee, and God hearing bim shall punish thy guiltiness.

XXX. " There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There are four kinds of men, worthy of our avoidance and detestation: the first is of graceless children, who curse those parents, from whom they have received their life and being;

XXX. 12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. The next is of false hypocrites and self-pleasers, who think themselves holy and just, while yet they are full of wickedness;

XXX. 13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. The third is of proud men, who are exalted in their own opinions, and look scornfully over other men, perhaps better than themselves;

XXX. 14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, &c. The last is of cruel oppressors, which kill and devour the poor, &c.

XXX. 15 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough : The horseleach hath naturally a forked tongue; whereby she draweth blood insatiably of that part whereon soever it lights: answerable whereunto are three things, yea four, that still crave, and can never be satisfied :

XXX. 16 The grave ; and the barren womb; the earth that is Not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.

The grave is not satisfied with carcasses, the incontinent womb is not satisfied with lust, the dry earth drinks up all the water that falls upon it, the fire devours all the combustible matter that it lays hold upon, and all of these call for more.

XXX. 17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth ta obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. That man, who is so lewd and unnatural, as to mock his father and to despise his mother, shall be sure to be seized upon by the just judgments of God: his very eyes, in whom that wicked and graceless scorn hath shewed itself, shall be picked out of his head, by the greediest and fiercest ravens, and the young eagles shall eat them : certainly, God will find some means to be avenged of him.

XXX. 19 The way of a man with a maid. The close conveyances and subtle passages of a secret and crafty fornicator, with a cunning harlot.

XXX. 21 Four which it cannot bear. There are four things very intolerable.

XXX. 23 For an odious woman that is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress, A woman of lewd and odious qualities and conditions, which can. neither be reformed nor endured by her husband ; and a poor handmaid suddenly advanced to a rich estate, grown now insolent and imperious with her promotion.

XXX. 29 l'ea, four are comely in going. Yea four, which carry a good presence with them, and carry a kind of port and pleasure in their motion.

XXX. 31 An horse (as it is in the margin); an he goat ; and a king, against whom there is no rising up. A well shaped and beautiful horse proudly trampling; a fair and well-coloured he goat; and a magnificent prince, that is honoured and acclaimed of all his subjects.

XXX. 32 Lay thine hand upon thy mouth. Yet, suppress it in thyself; and be not so foolish and wicked, as to utter it.

XXX. 33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood : so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife. As the agitation of the milk in the churn bringeth forth butter, and as the strong and vehement wringing of the nostrils, bringeth forth blood, so the earnest provocation of anger is the occasion of quarrels and much strife.

XXXI. 1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him. The words, which king Solomon, whom his mother, in a style of love, termed Lemuel, received from that his mother in his younger years; and that divine counsel, which she gave him.

XXXI. 2 What, my son ? and what, the son of my womb ? and what, the son of my vowós ? What shall I then say unto thee, O thou my son, the dear son of my womb, the son of my desires, whom by my fervent prayers / obtained from God, not without solemn rows of testifying my thankfulness for blessing me with thee?

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