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The Book of Wisdom

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Chapter 1

Yes Word (Tyndale-Modern English)

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      O' set your affection upon wisdom, ye that be judges of the earth. Have a good opinion of the Lord, and seek him in the singleness of heart. For he will be found of them that tempt him not, and appeareth unto such as put their trust in him. As for *froward thoughts, they separate from God, but virtue ( if it be allowed ) reformeth the unwise. And why? Wisdom shall not enter in a froward soul, nor dwell in the body that is subdued unto sin. For the holy spirit abhoreth fained nurture, and with draweth himself from the thoughts that are without understanding: and where wickedness hath the upper hand, he flyeth from thence. For the spirit of wisdom is loving, gentle and gracious, and will have no pleasure in him that speaketh evil with his lips. For God is witness of his reins, and a true searcher out of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue. For the spirit of the Lord filleth the round compass of the world, and the same that upholdeth all things, hath knowledge also of the voice.
      Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous things, cannot be hid, neither may he escape the judgement of reproof. And why? Inquisition shall be made for the thoughts of the ungodly, and the report of his words shall come unto God, so that his wickedness shall be punished. For the ear of jealousy heareth all things, and the noise of grudgings, shall not be hid. Therefore beware of murmurings which is nothing worth, and refrain your tongue from *sclander. For there is no word so secret, that it shall go for nought: and the mouth that speaketh lies, slayeth the soul.
      O' seek not your own death in the error of your life, destroy not yourselves through the works of your own hands. For God hath not made death, neither hath he pleasure in the destruction of the living. For he created all things, that they might have their being: yee all the people of the earth hath he made that they should have health, that there is no destruction in them, and that the kingdom of hell should not be upon the earth ( for righteousness is everlasting and immortal, but unrighteousness bringeth death ) Nevertheless, the ungodly call her unto them both with words and works, and while they think to have a friend of her, they come to naught: for the ungodly that are confederate with her and take her part, are worthy of death.


*froward (proud, haughty, stubborn, contrary, obstinate, disobedient)
*sclander (scandal and slander)

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