THE BOOKS CALLED APOCRYPHA
1: A wise judge will instruct his people; and the government of a prudent man is well ordered.
2: As the judge of the people is himself, so are his officers; and what manner of man the ruler of the city is, such are all they that dwell therein.
3: An unwise king destroyeth his people; but through the prudence of them which are in authority the city shall be inhabited.
4: The power of the earth is in the hand of the Lord, and in due time he will set over it one that is profitable.
5: In the hand of God is the prosperity of man: and upon the person of the scribe shall he lay his honour.
6: Bear not hatred to thy neighbour for every wrong; and do nothing at all by injurious practices.
7: Pride is hateful before God and man: and by both doth one commit iniquity.
8: Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and riches got by deceit, the kingdom is translated from one people to another.
9: Why is earth and ashes proud? There is not a more wicked thing than a covetous man: for such an one setteth his own soul to sale; because while he liveth he casteth away his bowels.
10: The physician cutteth off a long disease; and he that is to day a king to morrow shall die.
11: For when a man is dead, he shall inherit creeping things, beasts, and worms.
12: The beginning of pride is when one departeth from God, and his heart is turned away from his Maker.
13: For pride is the beginning of sin, and he that hath it shall pour out abomination: and therefore the Lord brought upon them strange calamities, and overthrew them utterly.
14: The Lord hath cast down the thrones of proud princes, and set up the meek in their stead.
15: The Lord hath plucked up the roots of the proud nations, and planted the lowly in their place.
16: The Lord overthrew countries of the heathen, and destroyed them to the foundations of the earth.
17: He took some of them away, and destroyed them, and hath made their memorial to cease from the earth.
18: Pride was not made for men, nor furious anger for them that are born of a woman.
19: They that fear the Lord are a sure seed, and they that love him an honourable plant: they that regard not the law are a dishonourable seed; they that transgress the commandments are a deceivable seed.
20: Among brethren he that is chief is honorable; so are they that fear the Lord in his eyes.
21: The fear of the Lord goeth before the obtaining of authority: but roughness and pride is the losing thereof.
22: Whether he be rich, noble, or poor, their glory is the fear of the Lord.
23: It is not meet to despise the poor man that hath understanding; neither is it convenient to magnify a sinful man.
24: Great men, and judges, and potentates, shall be honoured; yet is there none of them greater than he that feareth the Lord.
25: Unto the servant that is wise shall they that are free do service: and he that hath knowledge will not grudge when he is reformed.
26: Be not overwise in doing thy business; and boast not thyself in the time of thy distress.
27: Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all things, than he that boasteth himself, and wanteth bread.
28: My son, glorify thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to the dignity thereof.
29: Who will justify him that sinneth against his own soul? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own life?
30: The poor man is honoured for his skill, and the rich man is honoured for his riches.
31: He that is honoured in poverty, how much more in riches? and he that is dishonourable in riches, how much more in poverty?