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Chapter 10 11 For when a man is dead, he shall inherit creeping things, beasts, and worms.12 The beginning of pride is when one departeth from God, and his heart is turned away from his Maker.13 For pride is the beginning of sin, and he that hath it shall pour out abomination: and therefore the Lord brought upon them strange calamities, and overthrew them utterly.14 The Lord hath cast down the thrones of proud princes, and set up the meek in their stead.15 The Lord hath plucked up the roots of the proud nations, and planted the lowly in their place.16 The Lord overthrew countries of the heathen, and destroyed them to the foundations of the earth.17 He took some of them away, and destroyed them, and hath made their memorial to cease from the earth.18 Pride was not made for men, nor furious anger for them that are born of a woman.19 They that fear the Lord are a sure seed, and they that love him an honourable plant: they that regard not the law are a dishonourable seed; they that transgress the commandments are a deceivable seed.20 Among brethren he that is chief is honorable; so are they that fear the Lord in his eyes.21 The fear of the Lord goeth before the obtaining of authority: but roughness and pride is the losing thereof.22 Whether he be rich, noble, or poor, their glory is the fear of the Lord.23 It is not meet to despise the poor man that hath understanding; neither is it convenient to magnify a sinful man.24 Great men, and judges, and potentates, shall be honoured; yet is there none of them greater than he that feareth the Lord.25 Unto the servant that is wise shall they that are free do service: and he that hath knowledge will not grudge when he is reformed.26 Be not overwise in doing thy business; and boast not thyself in the time of thy distress.27 Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all things, than he that boasteth himself, and wanteth bread.28 My son, glorify thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to the dignity thereof.29 Who will justify him that sinneth against his own soul? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own life?30 The poor man is honoured for his skill, and the rich man is honoured for his riches.31 He that is honoured in poverty, how much more in riches? and he that is dishonourable in riches, how much more in poverty?

Chapter 11 1 Wisdom lifteth up the head of him that is of low degree, and maketh him to sit among great men.2 Commend not a man for his beauty; neither abhor a man for his outward appearance.3 The bee is little among such as fly; but her fruit is the chief of sweet things.4 Boast not of thy clothing and raiment, and exalt not thyself in the day of honour: for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and his works among men are hidden.5 Many kings have sat down upon the ground; and one that was never thought of hath worn the crown.6 Many mighty men have been greatly disgraced; and the honourable delivered into other men's hands.7 Blame not before thou hast examined the truth: understand first, and then rebuke.8 Answer not before thou hast heard the cause: neither interrupt men in the midst of their talk.9 Strive not in a matter that concerneth thee not; and sit not in judgment with sinners.10 My son, meddle not with many matters: for if thou meddle much, thou shalt not be innocent; and if thou follow after, thou shalt not obtain, neither shalt thou escape by fleeing.11 There is one that laboureth, and taketh pains, and maketh haste, and is so much the more behind.12 Again, there is another that is slow, and hath need of help, wanting ability, and full of poverty; yet the eye of the Lord looked upon him for good, and set him up from his low estate,13 And lifted up his head from misery; so that many that saw from him is peace over all the14 Prosperity and adversity, life and death, poverty and riches, come of the Lord.