Blessed is the man that has not slipped with his mouth,
And is not pricked with sorrow for sins.
Blessed is he whose soul does not condemn him,
And who is not fallen from his hope.
Riches are not comely for a niggard;
And what should an envious man do with money?
He that gathers by taking from his own soul gathers for others;
And others shall revel in his goods.
He that is evil to himself, to whom will he be good?
And he shall not rejoice in his possessions.
There is none more evil than he that envies himself;
And this is a recompense of his wickedness.
Even if he does good, he does it in forgetfulness;
And at the last he shows forth his wickedness.
Evil is he that envies with his eye,
Turning away the face, and despising the souls of men.
A covetous man’s eye is not satisfied with his portion;
And wicked injustice dries up his soul.
10 An evil eye is grudging of bread,
And he is miserly at his table
11 My son, according as you have, do well to yourself,
And bring offerings to the Lord worthily.
12 Remember that death will not wait,
And that the covenant of the grave is not showed to you.
13 Do well to your friend before you die;
And according to your ability stretch out your hand and give to him.
14 Defraud not yourself of a good day;
And let not the portion of a good desire pass you by.
15 Shall you not leave your labors to another?
And your toils to be divided by lot?
16 Give, and take, and decieve your soul;
For there is no seeking of luxury in the grave.
17 All flesh waxes old as a garment;
For the covenant from the beginning is, You shall die the death.
18 As of the leaves flourishing on a thick tree,
Some it sheds, and some it makes to grow;
So also of the generations of flesh and blood,
One comes to an end, and another is born.
19 Every work rots and falls away,
And the worker thereof shall depart with it.
20 Blessed is the man that shall Mostcome meditate in wisdom,
And that shall discourse by his understanding.
21 He that considers her ways in his heart
Shall also have knowledge in her secrets.
22 Go forth after her as one that tracketh,
And lie in wait in her ways.
23 He that pries in at her windows
Shall also hearken at her doors.
24 He that lodges close to her house
Shall also fasten a nail in her walls.
25 He shall pitch his tent near at hand to her,
And shall lodge in a lodging where good things are.
26 He shall set his children under her shelter,
And shall rest under her branches.
27 By her he shall be covered from heat,
And shall lodge in her glory.
+Or,alike workTheword is of very doubtful meaning.1:5+Verses1:55 and 7 are omitted by the best authorities1:7+Verses1:75 and 7 are omitted by the best authorities1:15+1:15Gr.1:15nested.1:18+1:18Gr.health1:18of cure.1:18+The1:18remainder of this verse is omitted by the best authorities.1:21+Verse1:2121 is omitted by the best authorities.1:23+Most1:23authorities read1:23resist.1:23+1:23Or,1:23until1:23his1:23season1:24+1:24Or,1:24until1:24his1:24season1:28+The1:28remainder of this line is omitted by the best authorities.2:4+2:4Gr.in2:4the changes of your humiliation.3:7+The3:7preceding words of this verse are omitted by the best authorities.3:19+Verse3:1919 is omitted by the best authorities.3:25+Most3:25authorities omit verse 25, and transpose the lines in verse 26.3:27+3:27Gr.3:27sins.4:13+4:13Or,4:13she4:19+4:19Gr.to4:19the hands of his fall.4:20+4:20Or,an4:20evil man4:22+4:22Or,be4:22not abashed4:23+4:23Gr.in4:23an occasion of safety.4:23+Most4:23authorities omit this line.4:29+Some4:29authorities read4:29rough.4:31+4:31Or,drawn4:31back5:4+The5:4remainder of this verse is omitted by the best authorities.5:7+A5:7line of this verse is here omitted by the best authorities.5:11+The5:11remainder of this line is omitted by the best authorities.6:4+6:4Or,a6:4rejoicing6:5+6:5Gr.A6:5sweet throat.6:5+6:5Gr.6:5his.6:7+6:7Or,in6:7the time of trial6:14+6:14Or,6:14covert6:15+6:15Gr.6:15weight.6:28+6:28Or,6:28it6:30+Numbers6:3015:38.6:32+6:32Or,6:32shrewd7:9+7:9Or,7:9them7:12+7:12Gr.Plow7:12not.7:15+7:15Gr.7:15created.7:20+7:20Or,7:20soul.7:26+Many7:26authorities omit this line7:26+7:26Or,7:26hated7:36+7:36Or,7:36words8:10+8:10Gr.fire8:10of his flame.8:18+8:18Or,8:18it9:9+A9:9line of this verse is here omitted by the best authorities.9:12+9:12Gr.9:12Hades.9:13+9:13Or,9:13authority10:9+The10:9text here is uncertain.10:9+Two10:9lines of this verse are here omitted by the best authorities.10:19+The10:19MSS. here greatly differ. The rendering represents the most probable text.10:21+Verse10:2121 is omitted by the best authorities.10:27+The10:27Greek text of this verse is uncertain.11:5+11:5Gr.11:5tyrants11:15-16+Verses11:15-1615 and 16 are omitted by the best authorities.12:6+The12:6remainder of this verse is omitted by the best authorities.12:8+12:8Or,12:8punished12:11+12:11Or,it12:11has not utterly rusted him13:13+13:13Gr.along13:13with.13:14+The13:14remainder of verse 13, and verse 14, are omitted by the best authorities.13:22+13:22Or,secrets,13:22and13:25+The13:25remainder of this verse is omitted by the best authorities.14:12+14:12Gr.14:12Hades.14:16+14:16Gr.14:16Hades.14:20+Most14:20authorities readcome14:20to an end.