THE BOOKS CALLED APOCRYPHA
1: There shall no evil happen unto him that feareth the Lord; but in temptation even again he will deliver him.
2: A wise man hateth not the law; but he that is an hypocrite therein is as a ship in a storm.
3: A man of understanding trusteth in the law; and the law is faithful unto him, as an oracle.
4: Prepare what to say, and so thou shalt be heard: and bind up instruction, and then make answer.
5: The heart of the foolish is like a cartwheel; and his thoughts are like a rolling axletree.
6: A stallion horse is as a mocking friend, he neigheth under every one that sitteth upon him.
7: Why doth one day excel another, when as all the light of every day in the year is of the sun?
8: By the knowledge of the Lord they were distinguished: and he altered seasons and feasts.
9: Some of them hath he made high days, and hallowed them, and some of them hath he made ordinary days.
10: And all men are from the ground, and Adam was created of earth:
11: In much knowledge the Lord hath divided them, and made their ways diverse.
12: Some of them hath he blessed and exalted and some of them he sanctified, and set near himself: but some of them hath he cursed and brought low, and turned out of their places.
13: As the clay is in the potter's hand, to fashion it at his pleasure: so man is in the hand of him that made him, to render to them as liketh him best.
14: Good is set against evil, and life against death: so is the godly against the sinner, and the sinner against the godly.
15: So look upon all the works of the most High; and there are two and two, one against another.
16: I awaked up last of all, as one that gathereth after the grapegatherers: by the blessing of the Lord I profited, and tred my winepress like a gatherer of grapes.
17: Consider that I laboured not for myself only, but for all them that seek learning.
18: Hear me, O ye great men of the people, and hearken with your ears, ye rulers of the congregation.
19: Give not thy son and wife, thy brother and friend, power over thee while thou livest, and give not thy goods to another: lest it repent thee, and thou intreat for the same again.
20: As long as thou livest and hast breath in thee, give not thyself over to any.
21: For better it is that thy children should seek to thee, than that thou shouldest stand to their courtesy.
22: In all thy works keep to thyself the preeminence; leave not a stain in thine honour.
23: At the time when thou shalt end thy days, and finish thy life, distribute thine inheritance.
24: Fodder, a wand, and burdens, are for the ass; and bread, correction, and work, for a servant.
25: If thou set thy servant to labour, thou shalt find rest: but if thou let him go idle, he shall seek liberty.
26: A yoke and a collar do bow the neck: so are tortures and torments for an evil servant.
27: Send him to labour, that he be not idle; for idleness teacheth much evil.
28: Set him to work, as is fit for him: if he be not obedient, put on more heavy fetters.
29: But be not excessive toward any; and without discretion do nothing.
30: If thou have a servant, let him be unto thee as thyself, because thou hast bought him with a price.
31: If thou have a servant, entreat him as a brother: for thou hast need of him, as of thine own soul: if thou entreat him evil, and he run from thee, which way wilt thou go to seek him?