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and have wherewithal, (an art) they shall cover the baseness of their parents ;
271. But children, being haughty, through disdain and want of nurture, do stain the nobility of their kindred.
272. Weep for the dead for he hath lost the light, and weep for the fool for he wanteth understanding; make little weeping for the dead, for he is at rest; but the life of the fool is worse than death.
273. Seven days do men mourn for him that is dead, but for a fool, and an ungodly man, all the days of his life.
274. Talk not much with a fool, and go not to him that hath no understanding ; beware of him, lest thou have trouble, and thou shalt never be defiled with his fooleries ; depart from him, and thou shalt find rest, and never be disquieted with madness.
275. What is heavier than lead? and what is the name thereof but a fool?
276. Sand, and salt, and a mass of iron, is easier to bear than a man without understand-ing
277. As timber girt and bound together in a building cannot be
loosed with shaking; so the heart that is stablished by advised counsel shall fear at no time.
278. A heart settled upon a thought of understanding, is as a fair plastering on the wall of a gallery.
279. . Whoso casteth a stone at the birds, frayeth them away; and he that upbraideth his friend breaketh friendship.
280. If thou hast opened thy mouth against thy friend, fear not, for there may be a reconciliation, except for upbraiding, or pride, or disclosing of secrets, or a treacherous wound; for these things every friend will depart.
281. Be faithful to thy neighbour in his poverty, that thou mayest rejoice in his prosperity; abide stedfast unto him in the time of his trouble, that thou mayest be heir with him in his heritage; for a mean estate is not always to be contemned, nor the rich that is foolish to be had in admiration.
282. I will not be ashamed to defend a friend, neither will I hide myself from him.
283. And if any evil happen unto me by him, every one that heareth it will beware of him.
284. O Lord, Father and God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from thy servant always a haughty mind.
285. Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom over mine heart? that they spare me not for mine ignorances, and it pass not by my sins:
286. Lest mine ignorances increase,
sins abound to my destruction, and I fall before mine adversaries, and mine enemy rejoice over me, whose hope is far from thy mercy.
287. It is great glory to follow