Bible Text & Cross-references:
Lessons of humility and moderation in all things.
1 The *wisdom of the humble shall exalt his head, and shall make him sit
in the midst of great men.
2 *Praise not a man for his beauty, neither despise a man for his look.
3 The bee is small among flying things, but her fruit hath the chiefest
4 *Glory not in apparel at any time, and be not exalted in the day of thy
honour: for the works of the Highest only are wonderful, and his works are glorious, and secret, and hidden.
5 Many tyrants have sat on the throne, and he whom no man would think on
hath worn the crown.
6 *Many mighty men have been greatly brought down, and the glorious have
been delivered into the hand of others.
7 Before thou inquire, blame no man: and when thou hast inquired, reprove
8 *Before thou hear, answer not a word: and interrupt not others in the
midst of their discourse.
9 Strive not in a matter which doth not concern thee, and sit not in judgment
10 My son, meddle not with many matters: *and if thou be rich, thou shalt
not be free from sin: for if thou pursue after, thou shalt not overtake: and if thou run before, thou shalt not escape.
11 *There is an ungodly man that laboureth, and maketh haste, and is in
sorrow, and is so much the more in want.
12 Again, there is an inactive man that wanteth help, is very weak in ability,
and full of poverty:
13 *Yet the eye of God hath looked upon him for good, and hath lifted him
up from his low estate, and hath exalted his head: and many have wondered at him, and have glorified God.
14 *Good things and evil, life and death, poverty and riches, are from
15 Wisdom and discipline, and the knowledge of the law, are with God. Love
and the ways of good things are with him.
16 Error and darkness are created with sinners: and they that glory in
evil things, grow old in evil.
17 The gift of God abideth with the just, and his advancement shall have
success for ever.
18 There is one that is enriched by living sparingly, and this is the portion
of his reward.
19 In that he saith: *I have found me rest, and now I will eat of my goods
20 And he knoweth not what time shall pass, and that death approacheth,
and that he must leave all to others, and shall die.
21 Be steadfast in thy covenant, and be conversant therein, and grow old
in the work of thy commandments.
22 Abide not in the works of sinners. But trust in God, and stay in thy
23 For it is easy in the eyes of God on a sudden to make the poor man rich.
24 The blessing of God maketh haste to reward the just, and in a swift
hour his blessing beareth fruit.
25 Say not: What need I, and what good shall I have by this?
26 Say not: I am sufficient for myself: and what shall I be made worse
27 *In the day of good things be not unmindful of evils: and in the day
of evils be not unmindful of good things:
28 For it is easy before God in the day of death to reward every one according
to his ways.
29 The affliction of an hour maketh one forget great delights, and in the
end of a man is the disclosing of his works.
30 Praise not any man before death, for a man is known by his children.
31 Bring not every man into thy house: for many are the snares of the deceitful.
32 For as corrupted bowels send forth stinking breath, and as the partridge
is brought into the cage, and as the roe into the snare: so also is the heart of the proud, and as a spy that looketh on the
fall of his neighbour.
33 For he lieth in wait, and turneth good into evil, and on the elect he
will lay a blot.
34 Of one spark cometh a great fire, and of one deceitful man much blood:
and a sinful man lieth in wait for blood.
35 Take heed to thyself of a mischievous man, for he worketh evils: lest
he bring upon thee reproach for ever.
36 Receive a stranger in, and he shall overthrow thee with a whirlwind,
and shall turn thee out of thy own.
1: Genesis xli. 4.; Daniel vi. 3.; John vii. 18.
2: 1 Kings xvi. 17.; 2 Corinthians x. 10.; James ii. 1. and 9.
4: Acts xii. 12. and 22.
6: 1 Kings xv. 28.; Esther vi. 7.
8: Proverbs xviii. 13.
10: 1 Timothy vi. 9.
11: Ecclesiastes iv. 8.
13: Job xlii. 10.
14: Job ii. 10.
19: Luke xviii. 19.
27: Ecclesiasticus xviii. 25.