Chapter 7 14 Use not many words in a multitude of elders, and make not much babbling when thou prayest.15 Hate not laborious work, neither husbandry, which the most High hath ordained.16 Number not thyself among the multitude of sinners, but remember that wrath will not tarry long.17 Humble thyself greatly: for the vengeance of the ungodly is fire and worms.18 Change not a friend for any good by no means; neither a faithful brother for the gold of Ophir.19 Forego not a wise and good woman: for her grace is above gold.20 Whereas thy servant worketh truly, entreat him not evil. nor the hireling that bestoweth himself wholly for thee.21 Let thy soul love a good servant, and defraud him not of liberty.22 Hast thou cattle? have an eye to them: and if they be for thy profit, keep them with thee.23 Hast thou children? instruct them, and bow down their neck from their youth.24 Hast thou daughters? have a care of their body, and shew not thyself cheerful toward them.25 Marry thy daughter, and so shalt thou have performed a weighty matter: but give her to a man of understanding.26 Hast thou a wife after thy mind? forsake her not: but give not thyself over to a light woman.27 Honour thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrows of thy mother.28 Remember that thou wast begotten of them; and how canst thou recompense them the things that they have done for thee?29 Fear the Lord with all thy soul, and reverence his priests.30 Love him that made thee with all thy strength, and forsake not his ministers.31 Fear the Lord, and honor the priest; and give him his portion, as it is commanded thee; the firstfruits, and the trespass offering, and the gift of the shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification, and the firstfruits of the holy things.32 And stretch thine hand unto the poor, that thy blessing may be perfected.33 A gift hath grace in the sight of every man living; and for the dead detain it not.34 Fail not to be with them that weep, and mourn with them that mourn.35 Be not slow to visit the sick: fir that shall make thee to be beloved.36 Whatsoever thou takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt never do amiss.
Chapter 8 1 Strive not with a mighty man' lest thou fall into his hands.2 Be not at variance with a rich man, lest he overweigh thee: for gold hath destroyed many, and perverted the hearts of kings.3 Strive not with a man that is full of tongue, and heap not wood upon his fire.4 Jest not with a rude man, lest thy ancestors be disgraced.5 Reproach not a man that turneth from sin, but remember that we are all worthy of punishment.6 Dishonour not a man in his old age: for even some of us wax old.7 Rejoice not over thy greatest enemy being dead, but remember that we die all.8 Despise not the discourse of the wise, but acquaint thyself with their proverbs: for of them thou shalt learn instruction, and how to serve great men with ease.9 Miss not the discourse of the elders: for they also learned of their fathers, and of them thou shalt learn understanding, and to give answer as need requireth.10 Kindle not the coals of a sinner, lest thou be burnt with the flame of his fire.11 Rise not up [in anger] at the presence of an injurious person, lest he lie in wait to entrap thee in thy words12 Lend not unto him that is mightier than thyself; for if thou lendest him, count it but lost.