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They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things. * Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than ing. Jesus Christ chose poverty that
6 Honest poverty has God's blesshe that is perverse in his he might for ever sanctify it. ways, though he be rich. 7 Bad children bring shame. Be Whoso keepeth the law is a
thou wise ! so shalt thou bring joy
and honour to thy parents. wise son : but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father. He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the · The prayer of him who continues poor. 'He that turneth away in wickedness is indeed an awful dehis ear from hearing the law, fiance of the Almighty. even his prayer shall be abomination. Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession. The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out. When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden. 3 He 13 What availeth it to cover our that covereth his sins shall sins? God seeth them. Better connot prosper : but whoso con- fess and forsake them, and so gain
pardon. fesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear ; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people. The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days. A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him. Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved : but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once. He that tilleth his land of means and of spirit. It is grovel
19 Industry gives independence both shall have plenty of bread: ling work to depend upon the caprices but he that followeth after of others. vain persons shall have po- 20 When a man kasteth to be rich, verty enough. 20 A faithful he is easily led into temptation. (ver.
22.) man shall abound with blessings : but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent, To have respect of persons is not good : for for a piece of bread that man will transgress. He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
23 He that re- 23 A sincere friend speaketh the
buketh a man afterwards shall truth, though it cause pain. Faithfind more favour than he that
ful are the wounds of a friend. flattereth with the tongue. Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer. He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife : but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat. He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool : but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. He that giveth unto the
poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
28 The laws soon cease to be a prothe wicked rise, men hide tection, when evil men rise into themselves : but when they power. perish, the righteous increase.
EVENING. ECCLESIASTES iv. 'So I returned, and consi- 1 Indications these, that man is bom dered all the oppressions that to trouble, and that there are sorare done under the sun : and rows, to which no human aid call behold the tears of such as
give comfort. were oppressed, and they had no comforter ; and on the side of their oppressors there was power ; but they had no comforter. Wherefore I praised
2 Death passeth the righteous to the dead which are already their rest, and to them is therefore dead more than the living better than a life of care and misery. which are yet alive. Yea, 3 Better is he who, having never better is he than both they, had existence, feels neither what the which hath not yet been, who living endure, nor what the dead
have suffered. hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun. Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.
8 Suppose a man to be alone in the
* There is world, with none other to be anxious one alone, and there is not a for ; he shall not escape trouble. second ; yea, he hath neither Perhaps he heapeth up riches; yet child nor brother: yet is there
cannot he tell who shall gather them. no end of all his labour ; sive cares of a family, or the dis
Men who seem free from the oppresneither is his eye satisfied quietudes of society, will still find with riches ; neither saith he, trouble from some or other quarter. For whom do I labour, and Since none therefore can escape his bereave my soul of good ? trouble, let each bear it patiently.
This is also vanity, yea, it is
9 Mutual society tends to promote a sore travail. Two are bet- man's happiness. ter than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow : but woe to him that is alone when he falleth ; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat : but how can one be warm
12 Unity is strength. Witness friends alone ? 12 And if one pre- and brothers, who dwell together in vail against him, two shall unity. They diminish sorrows by withstand him; and a three- sharing them; and they increase fold cord is not quickly bro- · joys by contributing each his share. ken. Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be 14 So changeful is this world, that admonished. 14 For out of sometimes the lowest rise even "from prison he cometh to reign ;
prison,”—or troubles, as the term whereas also he that is born whilst exiled kings become poor.
to the highest honours, in his kingdom becometh 15 Still more striking is the change poor. " I considered all the when the crown and its influence is living which walk under the wrested by the second in birth ; so sun, with the second child the order of inheritance is perverted,
and grievous troubles follow. that shall stand up in his 16 These and suchlike changes chastead. There is no end of racterise the several generations of all the people, even of all that men ; proving that all is vanity. have been before them; they also that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
t. John the Evangelist's Day.
MORNING. ECCLESIASTES V. KEEP thy foot when thou
Regulate thine affections : for they goest to the house of God, are to the soul what feet are to the and be more ready to hear,
body ; leading us to evil or to good. than to give the sacrifice of fools : for they consider not that they do evil. ? Be not rash 2 Think not to prevail by the mere with thy mouth, and let not formality of long prayers and vain thine heart be hasty to utter repetitions. (Matt. vi. 7.) any thing before God : for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth : therefore let thy words 3 An unrestrained tongue indicates be few. * For a dream cometh an imagination as vain as the dreamy through the multitude of visions of the night. business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words. 'When thou vowest a vow 4 Hast thou, in sickness and sorrow,
unto God, defer not to pay vowed a holy life ? Now, therefore, it; for he hath no pleasure in your health and joy-nou pay that in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that shouldest vow and not
6 Bind not thyself by rash words ; pay. • Suffer not thy mouth for in not acting up to them, thou
cause thy flesh to sin; mayest presumptuously sin. neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers
8 If princes oppress, and their vanities: but fear thou God. wicked counsellors bring evil upon • If thou seest the oppression the people, do not despair. Omniof the poor, and violent per
potence will at last controul them. verting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter : for he that is higher than the highest regardeth ; and there be higher than 9 Kings cannot feed upon gold and they. Moreover the profit silver. They, as well as the poor of the earth is for all: the who till the soil, are sustained by
the fruits thereof. king himself is served by the field. He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver : nor he that loveth abundance with increase : this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them : and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? 12 Honest labour earns for the reli
The sleep of a labouring gious poor, sweet sleep and a rest unman is sweet, whether he eat disturbed by the fear of evil. little or much : but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. But those riches perish by evil travail : and he begetteth a son, and there is no- 15 Let the proud remember that thing in his hand. As he they are dust ; and the rich that they came forth of his mother's can take nothing with them when
they die ; and the ambitious, that a womb, naked shall he return
few feet of earth will one day suffice to go as he came, and shall
for them. Thus each may learn take nothing of his labour, wisdom. which he may carry away in his hand. And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath la
17 The difference between holiness boured for the wind ?? All and irreligion is never so striking as his days also he eateth in in scenes of sickness and distress. darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sick
13 Behold that which 18 Worldly benefits are gifts from
'3 If a
I have seen : it is good and God, to be enjoyed gratefully, and
used for the benefit of others. comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him : for it is his portion. Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. For he shall not much remember the days of his life ; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.
EVENING. ECCLESIASTES vi. There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men : ?a 2 So is it with those who are greedy man to whom God hath given of gain and miserly of heart
. The riches, wealth, and honour, misery of a grudging spirit is judicial. so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and
3 Where life has passed without it is an evil disease.
holiness, and death without honour, man beget an hundred chil- so base and wretched is their state, dren, and live many years,
that the still-born child, who never so that the days of his
drew breath, is better than they.
years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he. For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing : this hath more rest than the other. Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place? All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
8 The wise and the unlearned, even what hath the wise more than though they know how to conduct the fool ? what hath the poor,
themselves suitably before men and that knoweth to walk before
according to their condition, are all
mortal, and must at last come tothe living? 'Better is the
gether to their end. sight of the eyes than the
9 It is better to be contented with wandering of the desire: this what God has revealed to us of his is also vanity and vexation ways; than, dissatisfied, to be always of spirit. That which hath seeking for more. been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better. 12 For who knoweth 12 None can tell this but the Al