The book of Proverbs versified, by J. Briscoe

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Josiah Briscoe

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Page 7 - In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Page 46 - He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed. Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
Page 23 - Those who despise the word of God Shall, soon or later, feel his rod ; But those who love it shall receive The best reward the Lord can give. From Wisdom's lips there sweetly flows A healing fountain for our woes : Her warning voice, her every breath, Directs from snares which lead to death. Discretion shall receive reward, But the transgressor's way is hard. A prudent man with knowledge deals, A fool his folly soon reveals.
Page 19 - Tis very hateful to the Lord ; But he whose heart and way are right, Through grace Divine, is his delight. Though hand in hand united be, The sinner cannot judgment flee ; But Christ, the Righteous, and his seed, This is a union blest indeed. As swine if decked with gems and gold Would be unseemly to behold, So is a face exceeding fair Without the grace of wisdom there. There...
Page 24 - They itse his wealth till called to rest, And afterwards their sons are blest. But for the poor who till the land, The rich would have an empty hand ; Yet many a fortune fools destroy For want of judgment to employ. Who loves his son corrects betimes, Lest youthful follies grow to crimes. Contentment never craves for more, The wicked crave, and still are poor.
Page 9 - And, after death, in heaven, bestow A crown of glory for thy brow. Hear, 0 my son, my words receive, If thou wouldst long and happy live ; Avoid all wickedness and strife, And hold instruction as thy life. So shall thy path, with goodness bright, Shine gentle as the morning light, Till like the sun's refulgent ray It rises into perfect day.
Page 6 - ... out of sight. In vain the voice of Wisdom cries To those professing to be wise ; For every child in Wisdom's school ', „ Must first have felt himself a fool. But God in mercy speaks again, Nor is his voice of grace in vain ; He pours his Spirit from above, And thus dissolves our hearts in love.
Page 14 - For I was daily his delight Jehovah's wisdom and his might, Rejoicing in his presence then That I should dwell with mortal men. For I surveyed, before they fell, Each spot were mine elect should dwell ; Foresaw their ruin, and the day When I should purge their sins away. Now therefore...
Page 18 - No tears bedew the mourner's eye. Because a kingdom long shall stand While righteousness pervades the land ; But history has often shown How wickedness is overthrown. 'Tis foolish others to despise, But he who holds his peace is wise : A tell-tale glories to reveal What faithful friendship would conceal.
Page 6 - God giveth wisdom — none can buy ; No substitute can man supply : Sound wisdom he has laid in store For those who seek it at his door If in thy heart she has her seat, Discretion shall preserve thy feet ; To keep thee from the subtle snares Which eke would take thee unawares.

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