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Chapter 11 15 Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the law, are of the Lord: love, and the way of good works, are from him.16 Error and darkness had their beginning together with sinners: and evil shall wax old with them that glory therein.17 The gift of the Lord remaineth with the ungodly, and his favour bringeth prosperity for ever.18 There is that waxeth rich by his wariness and pinching, and this his the portion of his reward:19 Whereas he saith, I have found rest, and now will eat continually of my goods; and yet he knoweth not what time shall come upon him, and that he must leave those things to others, and die.20 Be stedfast in thy covenant, and be conversant therein, and wax old in thy work.21 Marvel not at the works of sinners; but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy labour: for it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich.22 The blessing of the Lord is in the reward of the godly, and suddenly he maketh his blessing flourish.23 Say not, What profit is there of my service? and what good things shall I have hereafter?24 Again, say not, I have enough, and possess many things, and what evil shall I have hereafter?25 In the day of prosperity there is a forgetfulness of affliction: and in the day of affliction there is no more remembrance of prosperity.26 For it is an easy thing unto the Lord in the day of death to reward a man according to his ways.27 The affliction of an hour maketh a man forget pleasure: and in his end his deeds shall be discovered.28 Judge none blessed before his death: for a man shall be known in his children.29 Bring not every man into thine house: for the deceitful man hath many trains.30 Like as a partridge taken [and kept] in a cage, so is the heart of the proud; and like as a spy, watcheth he for thy fall:31 For he lieth in wait, and turneth good into evil, and in things worthy praise will lay blame upon thee.32 Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is kindled: and a sinful man layeth wait for blood.33 Take heed of a mischievous man, for he worketh wickedness; lest he bring upon thee a perpetual blot.34 Receive a stranger into thine house, and he will disturb thee, and turn thee out of thine own.

Chapter 12 1 When thou wilt do good know to whom thou doest it; so shalt thou be thanked for thy benefits.2 Do good to the godly man, and thou shalt find a recompence; and if not from him, yet from the most High.3 There can no good come to him that is always occupied in evil, nor to him that giveth no alms.4 Give to the godly man, and help not a sinner.5 Do well unto him that is lowly, but give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overmaster thee thereby: for [else] thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done unto him.6 For the most High hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance unto the ungodly, and keepeth them against the mighty day of their punishment.7 Give unto the good, and help not the sinner.8 A friend cannot be known in prosperity: and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.9 In the prosperity of a man enemies will be grieved: but in his adversity even a friend will depart.10 Never trust thine enemy: for like as iron rusteth, so is his wickedness.11 Though he humble himself, and go crouching, yet take good heed and beware of him, and thou shalt be unto him as if thou hadst wiped a lookingglass, and thou shalt know that his rust hath not been altogether wiped away.12 Set him not by thee, lest, when he hath overthrown thee, he stand up in thy place; neither let him sit at thy right hand, lest he seek to take thy seat, and thou at the last remember my words, and be pricked therewith.13 Who will pity a charmer that is bitten with a serpent, or any such as come nigh wild beasts?14 So one that goeth to a sinner, and is defiled with him in his sins, who will pity?15 For a while he will abide with thee, but if thou begin to fall, he will not tarry.