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Heare O ye chyldren a fatherly instruction, & take good heede, that ye may learne vnderstanding.
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For I haue geuen you a good doctrine, forsake not ye my lawe.
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For when I my selfe was my fathers deare sonne, and tenderly beloued of my mother:
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He taught me also and sayde vnto me, let thyne heart receaue my wordes, kepe my commaundementes and thou shalt liue.
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Get thee wysdome, and get thee vnderstanding: forget not the wordes of my mouth, and shrinke not from them.
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Forsake her not, and she shall preserue thee, loue her, and she shall kepe thee.
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The chiefe poynt of wysdome, is to possesse wysdome: and before all thy goodes to get thee vnderstanding.
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Make much of her, and she shall promote thee, yea if thou embrace her, she shall bryng thee vnto honour:
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She shal beautifie thy head with manyfolde graces, and garnishe thee with a crowne of glory.
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Heare my sonne, and receaue my wordes, and the yeres of thy life shalbe many.
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I haue shewed thee the way of wysdome, & led thee into the right pathes.
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So that if thou goest in them, there shall no straitnesse hinder thee: & when thou runnest, thou shalt not fall.
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Take fast holde of doctrine, and let her not go: kepe her, for she is thy life.
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Come not in the pathe of the vngodlye, and walke not in the way of the wicked:
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Abhorre it and go not therein, depart aside, and passe ouer by it.
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For they sleepe not except they haue done mischiefe: and sleepe is taken from them, vntyll they haue done harme.
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For they eate the bread of wickednes, and drinke the wine of robberie.
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The path of the righteous shineth, as the light that is euer bryghter and bryghter vnto the perfect day.
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But the way of the vngodly is as the darkenesse, they knowe not where they fall.
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My sonne marke my wordes, and encline thyne eare vnto my sayinges:
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Let them not depart from thine eyes, but kepe them euen in the middest of thyne heart:
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For they are life vnto those that finde them, and health vnto all their bodyes.
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Kepe thyne heart with all diligence, for out of it issueth lyfe.
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Put away from thee a frowarde mouth, and let the lippes of slaunder be farre from thee.
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Let thyne eyes beholde that thyng that is right, and let thyne eye liddes loke straight before thee.
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Ponder the path of thy feete, and let all thy wayes be ordred aright.
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Turne not aside, neither to the right hande nor to the left: but wihholde thy foote from euyll.