THE BOOKS CALLED APOCRYPHA
1: The hopes of a man void of understanding are vain and false: and dreams lift up fools.
2: Whoso regardeth dreams is like him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind.
3: The vision of dreams is the resemblance of one thing to another, even as the likeness of a face to a face.
4: Of an unclean thing what can be cleansed? and from that thing which is false what truth can come?
5: Divinations, and soothsayings, and dreams, are vain: and the heart fancieth, as a woman's heart in travail.
6: If they be not sent from the most High in thy visitation, set not thy heart upon them.
7: For dreams have deceived many, and they have failed that put their trust in them.
8: The law shall be found perfect without lies: and wisdom is perfection to a faithful mouth.
9: A man that hath travelled knoweth many things; and he that hath much experience will declare wisdom.
10: He that hath no experience knoweth little: but he that hath travelled is full of prudence.
11: When I travelled, I saw many things; and I understand more than I can express.
12: I was ofttimes in danger of death: yet I was delivered because of these things.
13: The spirit of those that fear the Lord shall live; for their hope is in him that saveth them.
14: Whoso feareth the Lord shall not fear nor be afraid; for he is his hope.
15: Blessed is the soul of him that feareth the Lord: to whom doth he look? and who is his strength?
16: 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.
17: He raiseth up the soul, and lighteneth the eyes: he giveth health, life, and blessing.
18: He that sacrificeth of a thing wrongfully gotten, his offering is ridiculous; and the gifts of unjust men are not accepted.
19: The most High is not pleased with the offerings of the wicked; neither is he pacified for sin by the multitude of sacrifices.
20: Whoso bringeth an offering of the goods of the poor doeth as one that killeth the son before his father's eyes.
21: The bread of the needy is their life: he that defraudeth him thereof is a man of blood.
22: He that taketh away his neighbour's living slayeth him; and he that defraudeth the labourer of his hire is a bloodshedder.
23: When one buildeth, and another pulleth down, what profit have they then but labour?
24: When one prayeth, and another curseth, whose voice will the Lord hear?
25: He that washeth himself after the touching of a dead body, if he touch it again, what availeth his washing?
26: So is it with a man that fasteth for his sins, and goeth again, and doeth the same: who will hear his prayer? or what doth his humbling profit him?