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The Whole Revised and Diligently Compared with
the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner
THE BOOK OF PROVERBS
This Book is so called, because it consists of wise and weighty
sentences: regulating the morals of men: and directing them to wisdom
and virtue. And these sentences are also called PARABLES, because great
truths are often couched in them under certain figures and similitudes.
Proverbs Chapter 1
The use and end of the proverbs. An exhortation to flee the company of
the wicked: and to hearken to the voice of wisdom.
1:1. The parables of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel,
1:2. To know wisdom, and instruction:
1:3. To understand the words of prudence: and to receive the instruction
of doctrine, justice, and judgment, and equity:
1:4. To give subtilty to little ones, to the young man knowledge and
1:5. A wise man shall hear, and shall be wiser: and he that
understandeth shall possess governments.
1:6. He shall understand a parable and the interpretation, the words of
the wise, and their mysterious sayings.
1:7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise
wisdom and instruction.
1:8. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law
of thy mother:
1:9. That grace may be added to thy head, and a chain of gold to thy
1:10. My son, if sinners shall entice thee, consent not to them.
1:11. If they shall say: Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let
us hide snares for the innocent without cause:
1:12. Let us swallow him up alive like hell, and whole as one that goeth
down into the pit.
1:13. We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses
1:14. Cast in thy lot with us, let us all have one purse.
1:15. My son, walk not thou with them, restrain thy foot from their
1:16. For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
1:17. But a net is spread in vain before the eyes of them that have
1:18. And they themselves lie in wait for their own blood, and practise
deceits against their own souls.
1:19. So the ways of every covetous man destroy the souls of the
1:20. Wisdom preacheth abroad, she uttereth her voice in the streets:
1:21. At the head of multitudes she crieth out, in the entrance of the
gates of the city she uttereth her words, saying:
1:22. O children, how long will you love childishness, and fools covet
those things which are hurtful to themselves, and the unwise hate
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