Chapter 19

  1. 1. A labouring man that is giuen to drunkennesse shal not be rich, and hee that contemneth small things shall fall by little & little.
  2. 2. Wine and women will make men of vnderstanding to fall away, and he that cleaueth to harlots will become impudent.
  3. 3. Mothes and wormes shall haue him to heritage, and a bold man shall be taken away.
  4. 4. He that is hasty to giue credit is light minded, and he that sinneth shall offend against his owne soule.
  5. 5. Who so taketh pleasure in wickednesse shall be condemned, but he that resisteth pleasures, crowneth his life.
  6. 6. He that can rule his tongue shall liue without strife, and he that hateth babbling, shall haue lesse euill.
  7. 7. Rehearse not vnto another that which is told vnto thee, and thou shalt fare neuer the worse.
  8. 8. Whether it be to friend or foe, talk not of other mens liues, and if thou canst without offence reueale them not.
  9. 9. For he heard and obserued thee, and when time commeth he will hate thee.
  10. 10. If thou hast heard a word, let it die with thee, and be bold it will not burst thee.
  11. 11. A foole trauaileth with a word, as a woman in labour of a child.
  12. 12. As an arrowe that sticketh in a mans thigh, so is a word within a fooles belly.
  13. 13. Admonish a friend, it may be he hath not done it, and if he haue [done it] that he doe it no more.
  14. 14. Admonish thy friend, it may be he hath not said it, and if he haue, that he speake it not againe.
  15. 15. Admonish a friend: for many times it is a slander, & beleeue not euery tale.
  16. 16. There is one that slippeth in his speach, but not from his heart, and who is he that hath not offended with his tongue?
  17. 17. Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him, and not being angry giue place to the Law of the most high.
  18. 18. The feare of the Lord is the first step to be accepted [of him,] and wisedome obtaineth his loue.
  19. 19. The knowledge of the Commandements of the Lord, is the doctrine of life, and they that do things that please him, shall receiue the fruit of the tree of immortalitie.
  20. 20. The feare of the Lord is all wisedome, and in all wisedome is the performance of the Law, and the knowledge of his omnipotencie.
  21. 21. If a seruant say to his master, I will not doe as it pleaseth thee, though afterward hee doe it, hee angereth him that nourisheth him.
  22. 22. The knowledge of wickednes is not wisedome, neither at any time the counsell of sinners, prudence.
  23. 23. There is a wickednesse, and the same an abomination, and there is a foole wanting in wisedome.
  24. 24. He that hath smal vnderstanding and feareth God, is better then one that hath much wisedome, and transgresseth the Law of the most High.
  25. 25. There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is vniust, and there is one that turneth aside to make iudgement appeare: and there is a wise man that iustifieth in iudgement.
  26. 26. There is a wicked man that hangeth downe his head sadly; but inwardly he is full of deceit,
  27. 27. Casting downe his countenance, and making as if he heard not: where he is not knowen, he will do thee a mischiefe before thou be aware.
  28. 28. And if for want of power hee be hindered from sinning, yet when he findeth opportunitie he wil doe euil.
  29. 29. A man may bee knowen by his looke, and one that hath vnderstanding, by his countenance, when thou meetest him.
  30. 30. A mans attire, and excessiue laughter, and gate, shew what he is.

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