THE BOOKS CALLED APOCRYPHA
1: Every friend saith, I am his friend also: but there is a friend, which is only a friend in name.
2: Is it not a grief unto death, when a companion and friend is turned to an enemy?
3: O wicked imagination, whence camest thou in to cover the earth with deceit?
4: There is a companion, which rejoiceth in the prosperity of a friend, but in the time of trouble will be against him.
5: There is a companion, which helpeth his friend for the belly, and taketh up the buckler against the enemy.
6: Forget not thy friend in thy mind, and be not unmindful of him in thy riches.
7: Every counsellor extolleth counsel; but there is some that counselleth for himself.
8: Beware of a counsellor, and know before what need he hath; for he will counsel for himself; lest he cast the lot upon thee,
9: And say unto thee, Thy way is good: and afterward he stand on the other side, to see what shall befall thee.
10: Consult not with one that suspecteth thee: and hide thy counsel from such as envy thee.
11: Neither consult with a woman touching her of whom she is jealous; neither with a coward in matters of war; nor with a merchant concerning exchange; nor with a buyer of selling; nor with an envious man of thankfulness; nor with an unmerciful man touching kindness; nor with the slothful for any work; nor with an hireling for a year of finishing work; nor with an idle servant of much business: hearken not unto these in any matter of counsel.
12: But be continually with a godly man, whom thou knowest to keep the commandments of the Lord, whose, mind is according to thy mind, and will sorrow with thee, if thou shalt miscarry.
13: And let the counsel of thine own heart stand: for there is no man more faithful unto thee than it.
14: For a man's mind is sometime wont to tell him more than seven watchmen, that sit above in an high tower.
15: And above all this pray to the most High, that he will direct thy way in truth.
16: Let reason go before every enterprize, and counsel before every action.
17: The countenance is a sign of changing of the heart.
18: Four manner of things appear: good and evil, life and death: but the tongue ruleth over them continually.
19: There is one that is wise and teacheth many, and yet is unprofitable to himself.
20: There is one that sheweth wisdom in words, and is hated: he shall be destitute of all food.
21: For grace is not given, him from the Lord, because he is deprived of all wisdom.
22: Another is wise to himself; and the fruits of understanding are commendable in his mouth.
23: A wise man instructeth his people; and the fruits of his understanding fail not.
24: A wise man shall be filled with blessing; and all they that see him shall count him happy.
25: The days of the life of man may be numbered: but the days of Israel are innumerable.
26: A wise man shall inherit glory among his people, and his name shall be perpetual.
27: My son, prove thy soul in thy life, and see what is evil for it, and give not that unto it.
28: For all things are not profitable for all men, neither hath every soul pleasure in every thing.
29: Be not unsatiable in any dainty thing, nor too greedy upon meats:
30: For excess of meats bringeth sickness, and surfeiting will turn into choler.
31: By surfeiting have many perished; but he that taketh heed prolongeth his life.