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Blessed is the man that hath not slipt with his mouth, and is not pricked with the multitude of sinnes.
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Blessed is hee whose conscience hath not condemned him, and who is not fallen from his hope in the Lord.
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Riches are not comely for a niggard: and what should an enuious man doe with money?
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He that gathereth by defrauding his owne soule, gathereth for others, that shall spend his goods riotously.
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Hee that is euill to himselfe, to whom will he be good?
He shall not take pleasure in his goods.
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There is none worse then he that enuieth himselfe;
and this is a recompence of his wickednesse.
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And if he doth good, he doth it vnwillingly, and at the last he will declare his wickednesse.
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The enuious man hath a wicked eye, he turneth away his face and despiseth men.
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A couetous mans eye is not satisfied with his portion, and the iniquity of the wicked dryeth vp his soule.
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A wicked eye enuieth bread, and he is a niggard at his table.
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My sonne, according to thy habilitie doe good to thy selfe, and giue the Lord his due offering.
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Remember that death will not be long in coming, and that the couenant of the graue is not shewed vnto thee.
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Doe good vnto thy friend before thou die, and according to thy abilitie, stretch out thy hand and giue to him.
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Defraud not thy selfe of the good day, and let not the part of a good desire ouerpasse thee.
15
Shalt thou not leaue thy trauailes vnto another?
and thy labours to be diuided by lot?
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Giue, and take, and sanctifie thy soule, for there is no seeking of dainties in the graue.
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All flesh waxeth old as a garment: for the couenant from the beginning is;
thou shalt die the death.
18
As of the greene leaues on a thicke tree, some fall, and some grow;
so is the generation of flesh and blood, one commeth to an end, and another is borne.
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Euery worke rotteth and consumeth away, and the worker therof shal goe withall.
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Blessed is the man that doeth meditate good things in wisdome, and that reasoneth of holy things by his vnderstanding.
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He that considereth her wayes in his heart, shall also haue vnderstanding in her secrets.
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Goe after her as one that traceth, and lie in wait in her wayes.
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Hee that prieth in at her windowes, shal also hearken at her doores.
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Hee that doeth lodge neere her house, shall also fasten a pin in her walles.
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He shall pitch his tent nigh vnto her, and shall lodge in a lodging where good things are.
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He shal set his children vnder her shelter, and shall lodge vnder her branches.
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By her he shall be couered from heat, and in her glory shall he dwell.