19 1A WORKMAN that is a drunkard shall not be rich: and he that contemneth small things, shall fall by little and little. 2Wine and women make wise men fall off, and shall rebuke the prudent: 3And 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. 4He 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. 5He that rejoiceth in iniquity, shall be censured, and he that hateth chastisement, shall have less life: and he that hateth babbling, extinguisheth evil. 6He that sinneth against his own soul, shall repent: and he that is delighted with wickedness, shall be condemned. 7Rehearse not again a wicked and harsh word, and thou shalt not fare the worse. 8Tell not thy mind to friend or foe: and if there be a sin with thee, disclose it not. 9For he will hearken to thee, and will witch thee, and as it were defending thy sin he will hate thee, and so will he be with thee always. 10Hast thou heard a word against thy neighbour? let it die within thee, trusting that it will not burst thee. 11At the hearing of a word the fool is in travail, as a woman groaning. in the bringing forth a child. 12As an arrow that sticketh in a man's thigh: so is a word in the heart of a fool. 13Reprove a friend, lest he may not have understood, and say : f did it not: or if he did it, that he may do it no more. 14Reprove thy neighbour, for it may be he hath not said it: and if he hath said it, that he may not say it again. 15Admonish thy friend: for there is often a fault committed. 16And believe not every word. There is one, that slippeth with the tongue, but not from his heart. 17For who is there that hath not offended with his tongue? Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him. 18And 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. 19But the learning of wickedness is not wisdom: and the device of sinners is not prudence. 20There is a subtle wickedness, and the same is detestable: and there is a man that is foolish, wanting in wisdom. 21Better 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. 22There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is unjust. 23And 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: 24And 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: 25And if he be hindered from sinning for want of power, if he shall find opportunity to do evil, he will do it. 26A man is known by his look, and a wise man, when thou meetest him, is known by his countenance. 27The attire of the body, and the laughter of the teeth, and the gait of the man, shew what he is. 28There 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.
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