Imatges de pÓgina

riches and strength lift up the heart: but the fear of the Lord is above them both: there is no want in the fear of the Lord, and it needeth not to seek help. Among brethren he that is chief is honourable ; so are they that fear the Lord in his eyes. The fear of the Lord goeth before the obtaining of authority but roughness and pride is the losing thereof. Great men, and judges, and po tentates, shall be honoured; yet is there none of them greater than he that feareth the Lord. Whether he be rich, noble, or poor, their glory is the fear of the Lord. The love of the Lord passeth all things for illumination: he that holdeth it, whereto shall he be likened? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of his love and faith is the beginning of cleaving unto him.

From the same.

There is nothing better than the fear of the Lord, and there is nothing sweeter than to take heed to the commandments of the Lord. It is great glory to follow the Lord, and to be received of him is long life. Fear the Lord with all thy soul, and reverence his priests. Love him that made thee with all thy strength, and forsake not his ministers. Whoso feareth the Lord will re

ceive his discipline; and they that seek him early shall find favour. There shall no evil happen unto him that feareth the Lord; but in temptation even again he will deliver him. The spirit of those that fear the Lord shall live; for their hope is in him that saveth them. Whoso feareth the Lord shall not fear nor be afraid; for he is his hope. Blessed is the soul of him that feareth the Lord to whom doth he look? and who is his strength? For the eyes of the Lord are upon them that love him, he is their mighty protection and strong stay, a defence from heat, and a cover from the sun at noon, a preservation from stumbling, and an help from falling. He raiseth up the soul, and lighteneth the eyes: he giveth health, life, and blessing. Love the Lord all thy life, and call upon him for thy salvation.


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding. The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged:


and by the fear of the Lord men depart from The fear of man bringth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence ; and his children shall have a place of refuge.

On righteousness, and the happiness of the righteous. Ecclesiasticus.

Blessed is the man that hath not slipped with his mouth, and is not pricked with the multitude. of sins. Blessed is he whose conscience hath not condemned him, and who is not fallen from his hope in the Lord. Blessed is the man that doth meditate good things in wisdom, and that reasoneth of holy things by his understanding.

Book of Wisdom.

good heart,

Love righteousness, ye that be judges of the earth; think of the Lord with a and in simplicity of heart seek him.

For he will be found of them that tempt him not: aud sheweth himself unto such as do not distrust

him. For froward thoughts separate from God; and his power, when it is tried, reproveth the unwise. For into a malicious soul wisdom shall not enter: nor dwell in the body that is subject unto sin. For the holy spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and remove from thoughts that are without understanding, and will not abide when righteousness cometh in. And if a man love righteousness, her labours are virtues: for she teacheth temperance and prudence, justice and fortitude which are such things, as men can have nothing more profitable in their life.



Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty for he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole. He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven, there shall no evil touch thee. In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword. Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: nei

ther shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth. And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin. Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth. Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in, in his season. Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.


He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppress. ions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; he shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given his waters shall be sure. Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judginent, and do justice for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth



this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it;

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