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A wise iudge will instruct his people, & the gouernement of a prudent man is well ordered.
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As the iudge of the people is himselfe, so are his officers, and what maner of man the ruler of the citie is, such are all they that dwell therein.
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An vnwise king destroyeth his people, but through the prudence of them which are in authoritie, the citie shalbe inhabited.
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The power of the earth is in the hand of the Lord, and in due time hee will set ouer it one that is profitable.
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In the hand of God is the prosperitie of man: and vpon the person of the scribe shall he lay his honour.
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Beare not hatred to thy neighbour for euery wrong, and do nothing at all by iniurious practises.
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Pride is hatefull before God, and man: and by both doeth one commit iniquitie.
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Because of vnrighteous dealings, iniuries, and riches got by deceit, the kingdome is translated from one people to another.
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Why is earth and ashes proude?
There is not a more wicked thing, then a couetous man: for such an one setteth his owne soule to sale, because while he liueth, he casteth away his bowels.
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The Phisition cutteth off a long disease, and he that is to day a King, to morrow shall die.
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For when a man is dead, hee shall inherite creeping things, beastes and wormes.
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The beginning of pride is, when one departeth from God, and his heart is turned away from his maker.
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For pride is the beginning of sinne, and hee that hath it, shall powre out abomination: and therefore the Lord brought vpon them strange calamities, and ouerthrew them vtterly.
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The Lord hath cast downe the thrones of proud Princes, and set vp the meeke in their stead.
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The Lord hath plucked vp the rootes of the proud nations: and planted the lowly in their place.
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The Lord ouerthrew countreys of the heathen: and destroyed them to the foundations of the earth.
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He tooke some of them away, and destroyed them, and hath made their memoriall to cease from the earth.
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Pride was not made for men, nor furious anger for them that are borne of a woman.
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They that feare the Lord are a sure seed, and they that loue him, an honourable plant: they that regard not the Law, are a dishonourable seed, they that transgresse the commandements, are a deceiuable seed.
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Among brethren he that is chiefe is honourable, so are they that feare the Lord in his eyes.
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The feare of the Lord goeth before the obtayning of authoritie: but roughnesse and pride, is the loosing thereof.
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Whether hee bee rich, noble, or poore, their glorie is the feare of the Lord.
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It is not meet to despise the poore man that hath vnderstanding, neither is it conuenient to magnifie a sinnefull man.
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Great men, and Iudges, and Potentates shall bee honoured, yet is there none of them greater then he that feareth the Lord.
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Unto the seruant that is wise, shall they that are free doe seruice: and hee that hath knowledge, will not grudge when he is reformed.
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Be not ouerwise in doing thy busines, and boast not thy selfe in the time of thy distresse.
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Better is he that laboureth and aboundeth in all things, then hee that boasteth himselfe, and wanteth bread.
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My sonne, glorifie thy soule in meekenesse, and giue it honour according to the dignitie thereof.
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Who wil iustifie him that sinneth against his owne soule?
and who will honour him that dishonoureth his owne life?
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The poore man is honoured for his skill, and the rich man is honoured for his riches.
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Hee that is honoured in pouertie, how much more in riches?
And he that is dishonourable in riches, how much more in pouertie?