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of thy name, from the teeth 11 I will praise thy name of them that were ready to continually, and will ling devour me, and out of the praise with thanksgiving; and hands of such as sought after so my prayer was heard; my life, and from the mani- 12 For thou savedft fold afflictions which I had; from destruction, and deliver

4. From the choking of edst me from the evil time: fire on every side, and from therefore will I give thanks, the midst of the fire which I and praise thee, and bless thy kindled not;

name, O Lord, 5 From the depth of the 13 When I was yet young, belly of hell, from an un. or ever I went abroad, I declean tongue, and from lying fired wisdom openly in my words:

prayer. 6 By an accusation to the 14 I prayed for her before king from an unrighteous the temple, and will seek her tongue, my soul drew near out even to the end. even unto death, my life was 15 Even from the flower, near to the hell beneath. till the grape was ripe, hath

7 They compassed me on my heart delighted in her; every side, and there was no my foot went the right way, man to help me: I looked from my youth up sought I for the fuccour of men, but after her. there was none.

16 I bowed down mine 8 Then thought I upon ear a little, and received her, thy mercy, O Lord, and up- and gat much learning. on thy acts of old, how thou 17 1 profited therein, theredeliverest such as wait for fore will I ascribe the glory thee, and savest them out of unto him that giveth me wilthe hands of the enemies. dom. 9 Then lifted I up my

18 For I purposed to do supplication from the earth, after her, and earnestly I foland prayed for deliverance lowed that which is good; so from death.

shall I not be confounded. 10 I called upon the Lord, 19 My soul hath wrestled the Father of my Lord, that with her, and in my doings I he would not leave me in the was exact: I stretched forth days of my trouble, and in my hands to the heaven athe time of the proud, when bove and bewailed my ignothere was no help.

rances of her.

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20 I directed my soul unto and said, Buy her for your. her, and I found her in pure- selves without money. ness: I have had my heart 26 Put your neck under joined with her from the be- the yoke, and let your soul ginning, therefore shall I not receive instruction; she is be forsaken.

hard at hand to find. 21 My heart was troubled

27 Behold with your eyes, in seeking her: therefore have how that I have had but little I gotten a good poffeffion. labour, and have gotten unto

22 The Lord hath given me much rest. me a tongue


my reward, 28 Get learning with a and I will praise him there- great sum of money, and get with.

much gold by her. 23 Draw near unto me, 29 Let your soul rejoice in ye unlearned, and dwell in his mercy, and be not alhamthe house of learning,

ed of his praise, 24 Wherefore are ye flow, 30 WORK YOUR WORK and what say ye of these BETIMES, AND IN HIS TIME things, seeing your souls are HE WILL GIVE YOU YOUR very thirsty.

REWARD 25 I opened my mouth,



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