Bible Text & Cross-references:
A prayer for grace to flee sin: cautions against profane swearing
and other vices.
1 O Lord Father, and Sovereign Ruler of my life, leave me not to their
counsel: nor suffer me to fall by them.
2 Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom
over my heart, that they spare me not in their ignorances, and that their sins may not appear:
3 Lest my ignorance increase, and my offences be multiplied, and my sins
abound, and I fall before my adversaries, and my enemy rejoice over me?
4 O Lord Father, and God of my life, leave me not to their devices.
5 Give me not haughtiness of my eyes, and turn away from me all coveting.
6 Take from me the greediness of the belly, and let not the lusts of the
flesh take hold of me, and give me not over to a shameless and foolish mind.
7 Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth: and he that will keep
it, shall not perish by his lips, nor be brought to fall into most wicked works.
8 A sinner is caught in his own vanity, and the proud and the evil speakers
shall fall thereby.
9 *Let not thy mouth be accustomed to swearing: for in it there are many
10 And let not the naming of God be usual in thy mouth, and meddle not
with the names of saints, for thou shalt not escape free from them.
11 For as a slave daily put to the question, is never without a blue mark:
so every one that sweareth, and nameth, shall not be wholly pure from sin.
12 A man that sweareth much, shall be filled with iniquity, and a scourge
shall not depart from his house.
13 And if he make it void, his sin shall be upon him: and if he dissemble
it, he offendeth double:
14 And if he swear in vain, he shall not be justified: for his house shall
be filled with his punishment.
15 There is also another speech opposite to death, let it not be found
in the inheritance of Jacob.
16 For from the merciful all these things shall be taken away, and they
shall not wallow in sins.
17 Let not thy mouth be accustomed to indiscreet speech: for therein is
the word of sin.
18 Remember thy father and thy mother, for thou sittest is the midst of
19 Lest God forget thee in their sight, and thou, by thy daily custom,
be infatuated and suffer reproach: and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse the day of thy nativity.
20 *The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words, will never be corrected
all the days of his life.
21 Two sorts of men multiply sins, and the third bringeth wrath and destruction.
22 A hot soul is a burning fire, it will never be quenched, till
it devour something.
23 And a man that is wicked in the mouth of his flesh, will not leave off
till he hath kindled a fire.
24 To a man that is a fornicator, all bread is sweet; he will not be weary
of sinning unto the end.
25 Every man that passeth beyond his own bed, despising his own soul, and
saying: *Who seeth me?
26 Darkness compasseth me about, and the walls cover me, and no man seeth
me: whom do I fear? the Most High will not remember my sins.
27 And he understandeth not that his eye seeth all things, for such a man's
fear driveth from him the fear of God, and the eyes of men fearing him:
28 And he knoweth not that the eyes of the Lord are far brighter than the
sun, beholding round about all the ways of men, and the bottom of the deep, and looking into the hearts of men, into the most
29 For all things were known to the Lord God before they were created:
so also, after they were perfected, he beholdeth all things.
30 This man shall be punished in the streets of the city, and he shall
be chased as a colt: and where he suspected not, he shall be taken.
31 And he shall be in disgrace with all men, because he understood not
the fear of the Lord.
32 *So every woman also that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir
33 For first she hath been unfaithful to the law of the Most High: and
secondly, she hath offended against her husband: thirdly, she hath fornicated in adultery, and hath gotten her children of
34 This woman shall be brought into the assembly, and inquisition shall
be made of her children.
35 Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth
36 She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her infamy shall not be
37 And they that remain shall know, that there is nothing better than the
fear of God: and that there is nothing sweeter than to have regard to the commandments of the Lord.
38 It is great glory to follow the Lord: for length of days shall be received
9: Exodus xx. 7.; Matthew v. 33.
20: 2 Kings xvi. 7.
25: Isaias xxix. 15.
32: Leviticus xx. 10.; Deuteronomy xxii. 21.