7Blame not before thou hast examined the truth: understand first, and then rebuke. 8Answer not before thou hast heard the cause: neither interrupt men in the midst of their talk. 9Strive not in a matter that concerneth thee not; and sit not in judgment with sinners. 10My son, meddle not with many matters: for if thou meddle much, thou shalt not be innocent; and if thou follow after, thou shalt not obtain, neither shalt thou escape by fleeing. 11There is one that laboureth, and taketh pains, and maketh haste, and is so much the more behind. 12Again, there is another that is slow, and hath need of help, wanting ability, and full of poverty; yet the eye of the Lord looked upon him for good, and set him up from his low estate, 13And lifted up his head from misery; so that many that saw it marvelled at him. 14Prosperity and adversity, life and death, poverty and riches, come of the Lord. 15Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the law, are of the Lord: love, and the way of good works, are from him. 16Error and darkness had their beginning together with sinners: and evil shall wax old with them that glory therein. 17The gift of the Lord remaineth with the ungodly, and his favour bringeth prosperity for ever.
18There is that waxeth rich by his wariness and pinching, and this is the portion of his reward: 19Whereas he saith, I have found rest, and now will eat continually of my goods; and yet he knoweth not what time shall come upon him, and that he must leave those things to others, and die. 20Be stedfast in thy covenant, and be conversant therein, and wax old in thy work. 21Marvel not at the works of sinners; but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy labour: for it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich. 22The blessing of the Lord is in the reward of the godly, and suddenly he maketh his blessing flourish. 23Say not, What profit is there of my service? and what good things shall I have hereafter? 24Again, say not, I have enough, and possess many things, and what evil shall I have hereafter? 25In the day of prosperity there is a forgetfulness of affliction: and in the day of affliction there is no more remembrance of prosperity. 26For it is an easy thing unto the Lord in the day of death to reward a man according to his ways. 27The affliction of an hour maketh a man forget pleasure: and in his end his deeds shall be discovered. 28Judge none blessed before his death: for a man shall be known in his children.
Commemorating Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066
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