Chapter 1 18 The fear of the Lord is a crown of wisdom, making peace and perfect health to flourish; both which are the gifts of God: and it enlargeth their rejoicing that love him.19 Wisdom raineth down skill and knowledge of understanding standing, and exalteth them to honour that hold her fast.20 The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and the branches thereof are long life.21 The fear of the Lord driveth away sins: and where it is present, it turneth away wrath.22 A furious man cannot be justified; for the sway of his fury shall be his destruction.23 A patient man will tear for a time, and afterward joy shall spring up unto him.24 He will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom.25 The parables of knowledge are in the treasures of wisdom: but godliness is an abomination to a sinner.26 If thou desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord shall give her unto thee.27 For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction: and faith and meekness are his delight.28 Distrust not the fear of the Lord when thou art poor: and come not unto him with a double heart.29 Be not an hypocrite in the sight of men, and take good heed what thou speakest.30 Exalt not thyself, lest thou fall, and bring dishonour upon thy soul, and so God discover thy secrets, and cast thee down in the midst of the congregation, because thou camest not in truth to the fear of the Lord, but thy heart is full of deceit.
Chapter 2 1 My son, if thou come to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul for temptation.2 Set thy heart aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble.3 Cleave unto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end.4 Whatsoever is brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be patient when thou art changed to a low estate.5 For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.6 Believe in him, and he will help thee; order thy way aright, and trust in him.7 Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and go not aside, lest ye fall.8 Ye that fear the Lord, believe him; and your reward shall not fail.9 Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, and for everlasting joy and mercy.10 Look at the generations of old, and see; did ever any trust in the Lord, and was confounded? or did any abide in his fear, and was forsaken? or whom did he ever despise, that called upon him?11 For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy, longsuffering, and very pitiful, and forgiveth sins, and saveth in time of affliction.12 Woe be to fearful hearts, and faint hands, and the sinner that goeth two ways!13 Woe unto him that is fainthearted! for he believeth not; therefore shall he not be defended.14 Woe unto you that have lost patience! and what will ye do when the Lord shall visit you?15 They that fear the Lord will not disobey his Word; and they that love him will keep his ways.16 They that fear the Lord will seek that which is well, pleasing unto him; and they that love him shall be filled with the law.17 They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and humble their souls in his sight,18 Saying, We will fall into the hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men: for as his majesty is, so is his mercy.
Chapter 3 1 Hear me your father, O children, and do thereafter, that ye may be safe.2 For the Lord hath given the father honour over the children, and hath confirmed the authority of the mother over the sons.3 Whoso honoureth his father maketh an atonement for his sins:4 And he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up treasure.