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All wisdom is from God, and is given to them that fear and love God.
All wisdom is from the Lord God, and hath been always with him, and is before all time.
Who hath numbered the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the days of the world? Who hath measured the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the depth of the abyss?
Who hath searched out the wisdom of God that goeth before all things?
Wisdom hath been created before all things, and the understanding of prudence from everlasting.
The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdom, and her ways are everlasting commandments.
To whom hath the root of wisdom been revealed, and who hath known her wise counsels?
To whom hath the discipline of wisdom been revealed and made manifest? and who hath understood the multiplicity of her steps?
There is one most high Creator Almighty, and a powerful king, and greatly to be feared, who sitteth upon his throne, and is the God of dominion.
He created her in the Holy Ghost, and saw her, and numbered her, and measured her.
And he poured her out upon all his works, and upon all flesh according to his gift, and hath given her to them that love him.
The fear of the Lord is honour, and glory, and gladness, and a crown of joy.
The fear of the Lord shall delight the heart, and shall give joy, and gladness, and length of days.
With him that feareth the Lord, it shall go well in the latter end, and in the day of his death he shall be blessed.
The love of God is honourable wisdom.
And they to whom she shall shew herself love her by the sight, and by the knowledge of her great works.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and was created with the faithful in the womb, it walketh with chosen women, and is known with the just and faithful.
The fear of the Lord is the religiousness of knowledge.
Religiousness shall keep and justify the heart, it shall give joy and gladness.
It shall go well with him that feareth the Lord, and in the days of his end he shall be blessed.
To fear God is the fulness of wisdom, and fulness is from the fruits thereof.
She shall fill all her house with her increase, and the storehouses with her treasures.
The fear of the Lord is a crown of wisdom, filling up peace and the fruit of salvation:
And it hath seen, and numbered her: but both are the gifts of God.
Wisdom shall distribute knowledge, and understanding of prudence: and exalteth the glory of them that hold her.
The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord: and the branches thereof are long-lived.
In the treasures of wisdom is understanding, and religiousness of knowledge: but to sinners wisdom is an abomination.
The fear of the Lord driveth out sin:
For he that is without fear, cannot be justified: for the wrath of his high spirits is his ruin.
A patient man shall bear for a time, and afterwards joy shall be restored to him.
A good understanding will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom.
In the treasures of wisdom is the signification of discipline:
But the worship of God is an abomination to a sinner.
Son, if thou desire wisdom, keep justice, and God will give her to thee.
For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and discipline: and that which is agreeable to him,
Is faith, and meekness: and he will fill up his treasures.
Be not incredulous to the fear of the Lord: and come not to him with a double heart.
Be not a hypocrite in the sight of men, and let not thy lips be a stumblingblock to thee.
Watch over them, lest thou fall, and bring dishonour upon thy soul,
And God discover thy secrets, and cast thee down in the midst of the congregation.
Because thou camest to the Lord wickedly, and thy heart is full of guile and deceit.
God’s servants must look for temptations: and must arm themselves with patience and confidence in God.
Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation.
Humble thy heart, and endure: incline thy ear, and receive the words of understanding: and make not haste in the time of clouds.
Wait on God with patience: join thyself to God, and endure, that thy life may be increased in the latter end.
Take all that shall be brought upon thee: and in thy sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep patience.
For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation.
Believe God, and he will recover thee: and direct thy way, and trust in him. Keep his fear, and grow old therein.
Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy: and go not aside from him lest ye fall.
Ye that fear the Lord, believe him: and your reward shall not be made void.
Ye that fear the Lord hope in him, and mercy shall come to you for your delight.
Ye that fear the Lord, love him, and your hearts shall be enlightened.
My children behold the generations of men: and know ye that no one hath hoped in the Lord, and hath been confounded.
For who hath continued in his commandment, and hath been forsaken? or who hath called upon him, and he despised him?
For God is compassionate and merciful, and will forgive sins in the day of tribulation: and he is a protector to all that seek him in truth.
Woe to them that are of a double heart and to wicked lips, and to the hands that do evil, and to the sinner that goeth on the earth two ways.
Woe to them that are fainthearted, who believe not God: and therefore they shall not be protected by him.
Woe to them that have lost patience, and that have forsaken the right ways, and have gone aside into crooked ways.
And what will they do, when the Lord shall begin to examine?
They that fear the Lord, will not be incredulous to his word: and they that love him, will keep his way.
They that fear the Lord, will seek after the things that are well pleasing to him: and they that love him, shall be filled with his law.
They that fear the Lord, will prepare their hearts, and in his sight will sanctify their souls,
They that fear the Lord, keep his commandments, and will have patience even until his visitation,
Saying: If we do not penance, we shall fall into the hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men.
For according to his greatness, so also is his mercy with him.
Lessons concerning the honour of parents, and humility, and avoiding curiosity.
The sons of wisdom are the church of the just: and their generation, obedience and love.
Children, hear the judgment of your father, and so do that you may be saved.
For God hath made the father honourable to the children: and seeking the judgment of the mothers, hath confirmed it upon the children.
He that loveth God, shall obtain pardon for his sins by prayer, and shall refrain himself from them, and shall be heard in the prayer of days.
And he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up a treasure.
He that honoureth his father shall have joy in his own children, and in the day of his prayer he shall be heard.
He that honoureth his father shall enjoy a long life: and he that obeyeth the father, shall be a comfort to his mother.
He that feareth the Lord, honoureth his parents, and will serve them as his masters that brought him into the world.
Honour thy father, in work and word, and all patience,
That a blessing may come upon thee from him, and his blessing may remain in the latter end.
The father’s blessing establisheth the houses of the children: but the mother’s curse rooteth up the foundation.
Glory not in the dishonour of thy father: for his shame is no glory to thee.
For the glory of a man is from the honour of his father, and a father without honour is the disgrace of the son.
Son, support the old age of thy father, and grieve him not in his life;
And if his understanding fail, have patience with him, and despise him not when thou art in thy strength: for the relieving of the father shall not be forgotten.
For good shall be repaid to thee for the sin of thy mother.
And in justice thou shalt be built up, and in the day of affliction thou shalt be remembered: and thy sins shall melt away as the ice in the fair warm weather.
Of what an evil fame is he that forsaketh his father: and he is cursed of God that angereth his mother.
My son, do thy works in meekness, and thou shalt be beloved above the glory of men.
The greater thou art, the more humble thyself in all things, and thou shalt find grace before God:
For great is the power of God alone, and he is honoured by the humble.
Seek not the things that are too high for thee, and search not into things above thy ability: but the things that God hath commanded thee, think on them always, and in many of his works be not curious.
For it is not necessary for thee to see with thy eyes those things that are hid.
In unnecessary matters be not over curious, and in many of his works thou shalt not be inquisitive.
For many things are shewn to thee above the understanding of men.
And the suspicion of them hath deceived many, and hath detained their minds in vanity.
A hard heart shall fear evil at the last: and he that loveth danger shall perish in it.
A heart that goeth two ways shall not have success, and the perverse of heart shall be scandalized therein.
A wicked heart shall be laden with sorrows, and the sinner will add sin to sin.
The congregation of the proud shall not be healed: for the plant of wickedness shall take root in them, and it shall not be perceived.
The heart of the wise is understood in wisdom, and a good ear will hear wisdom with all desire.
A wise heart, and which hath understanding, will abstain from sins, and in the works of justice shall have success.
Water quencheth a flaming fire, and alms resisteth sins:
And God provideth for him that sheweth favour: he remembereth him afterwards, and in the time of his fall he shall find a sure stay.
It is better to have none than many wicked children. Of the justice and mercy of God. His ways are unsearchable.
Rejoice not in ungodly children, if they be multiplied: neither be delighted in them, if the fear of God be not with them.
Trust not to their life, and respect not their labours.
For better is one that feareth God, than a thousand ungodly children.
And it is better to die without children, than to leave ungodly children.
By one that is wise a country shall be inhabited, the tribe of the ungodly shall become desolate.
Many such things hath my eyes seen, and greater things than these my ear hath heard.
In the congregation of sinners a fire shall be kindled, and in an unbelieving nation wrath shall flame out.
The ancient giants did not obtain pardon for their sins, who were destroyed trusting to their own strength:
And he spared not the place where Lot sojourned, but abhorred them for the pride of their word.
He had not pity on them, destroying the whole nation that extolled themselves in their sins.
So did he with the six hundred thousand footmen, who were gathered together in the hardness of their heart: and if one had been stiffnecked, it is a wonder if he had escaped unpunished:
Six hundred thousand footmen, etc... Viz., the children of Israel, whom he sentenced to die in the wilderness. Num. 14.
For mercy and wrath are with him. He is mighty to forgive, and to pour out indignation:
According as his mercy is, so his correction judgeth a man according to his works.
The sinner shall not escape in his rapines, and the patience of him that sheweth mercy shall not be put off.
All mercy shall make a place for every man according to the merit of his works, and according to the wisdom of his sojournment.
Say not: I shall be hidden from God, and who shall remember me from on high?
In such a multitude I shall not be known: for what is my soul in such an immense creation?
Behold the heaven, and the heavens of heavens, the deep, and all the earth, and the things that are in them, shall be moved in his sight,
The mountains also, and the hills, and the foundations of the earth: when God shall look upon them, they shall be shaken with trembling.
And in all these things the heart is senseless: and every heart is understood by him.
And his ways who shall understand, and the storm, which no eye of man shall see?
For many of his works are hidden, but the works of his justice who shall declare? or who shall endure? for the testament is far from some, and the examination of all is in the end.
He that wanteth understanding thinketh vain things, and the foolish, and erring man, thinketh foolish things.
Hearken to me, my son, and learn the discipline of understanding, and attend to my words in thy heart.
And I will shew forth good doctrine in equity, and will seek to declare wisdom: and attend to my words in thy heart, whilst with equity of spirit I tell thee the virtues that God hath put upon his works from the beginning, and I shew forth in truth his knowledge.
The works of God are done in judgment from the beginning, and from the making of them he distinguished their parts, and their beginnings in their generations.
He beautified their works for ever, they have neither hungered, nor laboured, and they have not ceased from their works.
Nor shall any of them straiten his neighbour at any time.
Be not thou incredulous to his word.
After this God looked upon the earth, and filled it with his goods.
The soul of every living thing hath shewn forth before the face thereof, and into it they return again.
Shewn forth... Viz., the glory and power of God upon the earth.
The creation and favour of God to man. An exhortation to turn to God.
God created man of the earth, and made him after his own image.
And he turned him into it again, and clothed him with strength according to himself.
He gave him the number of his days and time, and gave him power over all things that are upon the earth.
He put the fear of him upon all flesh, and he had dominion over beasts and fowls.
He created of him a helpmate like to himself, he gave them counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, and ears, and a heart to devise: and he filled them with the knowledge of understanding.
He created in them the science of the spirit, he fired their heart with wisdom, and shewed them both good and evil.
He set his eye upon their hearts to shew them the greatness of his works:
That they might praise the name which he hath sanctified: and glory in his wondrous act that they might declare the glorious things of his works.
Moreover he gave them instructions, and the law of life for an inheritance.
He made an everlasting covenant with them, and he shewed them his justice and judgments.
And their eye saw the majesty of his glory, and their ears heard his glorious voice, and he said to them: Beware of all iniquity.
Their eye saw, etc... Viz., when he gave the law on mount Sinai.
And he gave to every one of them commandment concerning his neighbour.
Their ways are always before him, they are not hidden from his eyes.
Over every nation he set a ruler.
And Israel was made the manifest portion of God.
And all their works are as the sun in the sight of God: and his eyes are continually upon their ways.
Their covenants were not hid by their iniquity, and all their iniquities are in the sight of God.
The alms of a man is as a signet with him, and shall preserve the grace of a man as the apple of the eye:
And afterward he shall rise up, and shall render them their reward, to every one upon their own head, and shall turn them down into the bowels of the earth.
But to the penitent he hath given the way of justice, and he hath strengthened them that were fainting in patience, and hath appointed to them the lot of truth.
Turn to the Lord, and forsake thy sins:
Make thy prayer before the face of the Lord, and offend less.
Offend less... Minue offendicula. That is, remove sins and the occasions of sins.
Return to the Lord, and turn away from thy injustice, and greatly hate abomination.
And know the justices and judgments of God, and stand firm in the lot set before thee, and in prayer to the most high God.
Go to the side of the holy age, with them that live and give praise to God.
Go to the side, etc... Fly from the side of Satan and sin, and join with the holy ones, that follow God and godliness.
Tarry not in the error of the ungodly, give glory before death. Praise perisheth from the dead as nothing.
Give thanks whilst thou art living, whilst thou art alive and in health thou shalt give thanks, and shalt praise God, and shalt glory in his mercies.
How great is the mercy of the Lord, and his forgiveness to them that turn to him !
For all things cannot be in men, because the son of man is not immortal, and they are delighted with the vanity of evil.
What is brighter than the sun; yet it shall be eclipsed. Or what is more wicked than that which flesh and blood hath invented? and this shall be reproved.
He beholdeth the power of the height of heaven: and all men are earth and ashes.
God’s works are wonderful: we must serve him, and not our lusts.
He that liveth for ever created all things together. God only shall be justified, and he remaineth an invincible king for ever.
Who is able to declare his works?
For who shall search out his glorious acts?
And who shall show forth the power of his majesty? or who shall be able to declare his mercy?
Nothing may be taken away, nor added, neither is it possible to find out the glorious works of God.
When a man hath done, then shall he begin: and when he leaveth off, he shall be at a loss.
Then shall he begin... God is so great and incomprehensible, that when man has done all that he can to find out his greatness and boundless perfections, he is still to begin: for what he has found out, is but a mere nothing in comparison with his infinity.
What is man, and what is his grace? and what is his good, or what is his evil?
The number of the days of men at the most are a hundred years, as a drop of water of the sea are they esteemed: and as a pebble of the sand, so are a few years compared to eternity.
Therefore God is patient in them, and poureth forth his mercy upon them.
He hath seen the presumption of their heart that it is wicked, and hath known their end that it is evil.
Therefore hath he filled up his mercy in their favour, and hath shewn them the way of justice.
The compassion of man is toward his neighbour: but the mercy of God is upon all flesh.
He hath mercy, and teacheth, and correcteth, as a shepherd doth his flock.
He hath mercy on him that receiveth the discipline of mercy, and that maketh haste in his judgments.
My son, in thy good deeds, make no complaint, and when thou givest any thing, add not grief by an evil word.
Shall not the dew assuage the heat? so also the good word is better than the gift.
Lo, is not a word better than a gift? but both are with a justified man.
A fool will upbraid bitterly: and a gift of one ill taught consumeth the eyes.
Before judgment prepare thee justice, and learn before thou speak.
Before sickness take a medicine, and before judgment examine thyself, and thou shalt find mercy in the sight of God.
Humble thyself before thou art sick, and in the time of sickness shew thy conversation.
Let nothing hinder thee from praying always, and be not afraid to be justified even to death: for the reward of God continueth for ever.
Before prayer prepare thy soul: and be not as a man that tempteth God.
Remember the wrath that shall be at the last day, and the time of repaying when he shall turn away his face.
Remember poverty in the time of abundance, and the necessities of poverty in the day of riches.
From the morning until the evening the time shall be changed, and all these are swift in the eyes of God.
A wise man will fear in every thing, and in the days of sins will beware of sloth.
Every man of understanding knoweth wisdom, and will give praise to him that findeth her.
They that were of good understanding in words, have also done wisely themselves: and have understood truth and justice, and have poured forth proverbs and judgments.
Go not after thy lusts, but turn away from thy own will.
If thou give to thy soul her desires, she will make thee a joy to thy enemies.
Take no pleasure in riotous assemblies, be they ever so small: for their concertation is continual.
Make not thyself poor by borrowing to contribute to feasts when thou hast nothing in thy purse: for thou shalt be an enemy to thy own life.
Admonition against sundry vices.
A workman that is a drunkard shall not be rich: and he that contemneth small things, shall fall by little and little.
Wine and women make wise men fall off, and shall rebuke the prudent:
And he that joineth himself to harlots, will be wicked. Rottenness and worms shall inherit him, and he shall be lifted up for a greater example, and his soul shall be taken away out of the number.
He that is hasty to give credit, is light of heart, and shall be lessened: and he that sinneth against his own soul, shall be despised.
He that rejoiceth in iniquity, shall be censured, and he that hateth chastisement, shall have less life: and he that hateth babbling, extinguisheth evil.
He that sinneth against his own soul, shall repent: and he that is delighted with wickedness, shall be condemned.
Rehearse not again a wicked and harsh word, and thou shalt not fare the worse.
Tell not thy mind to friend or foe: and if there be a sin with thee, disclose it not.
For he will hearken to thee, and will watch thee, and as it were defending thy sin he will hate thee, and so will he be with thee always.
Hast thou heard a word against thy neighbour? let it die within thee, trusting that it will not burst thee.
At the hearing of a word the fool is in travail, as a woman groaning in the bringing forth a child.
As an arrow that sticketh in a man’s thigh: so is a word in the heart of a fool.
Reprove a friend, lest he may not have understood, and say: I did it not: or if he did it, that he may do it no more.
Reprove thy neighbour, for it may be he hath not said it: and if he hath said it, that he may not say it again.
Admonish thy friend: for there is often a fault committed.
And believe not every word. There is one, that slippeth with the tongue, but not from his heart.
For who is there that hath not offended with his tongue? Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him.
And give place to the fear of the most High: for the fear of God is all wisdom, and therein is to fear God, and the disposition of the law is in all wisdom.
But the learning of wickedness is not wisdom: and the device of sinners is not prudence.
There is a subtle wickedness, and the same is detestable: and there is a man that is foolish, wanting in wisdom.
Better is a man that hath less wisdom, and wanteth understanding, with the fear of God, than he that aboundeth in understanding, and transgresseth the law of the most High.
There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is unjust.
And there is one that uttereth an exact word telling the truth. There is one that humbleth himself wickedly, and his interior is full of deceit:
And there is one that submitteth himself exceedingly with a great lowliness: and there is one that casteth down his countenance, and maketh as if he did not see that which is unknown:
And if he be hindered from sinning for want of power, if he shall find opportunity to do evil, he will do it.
A man is known by his look, and a wise man, when thou meetest him, is known by his countenance.
The attire of the body, and the laughter of the teeth, and the gait of the man, shew what he is.
There is a lying rebuke in the anger of an injurious man: and there is a judgment that is not allowed to be good: and there is one that holdeth his peace, he is wise.