1 The wicked man fleeth, when no man pursueth: but the just, bold as a lion, shall be without dread. 2 For the sins of the land many are the princes thereof: and for the wisdom of a man, and the knowledge of those things that are said, the life of the prince shall be prolonged. 3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor, is like a violent shower, which bringeth a famine. 4 They that forsake the law, praise the wicked man: they that keep it, are incensed against him. 5 Evil men think not on judgment: but they that seek after the Lord, take notice of all things.
6 Better is the poor man walking in his simplicity, than the rich in crooked ways. 7 He that keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that feedeth gluttons, shameth his father. 8 He that heapeth together riches by usury and loan, gathereth them for him that will be bountiful to the poor. 9 He that turneth away his ears from hearing the law, his prayer shall be as abomination. 10 He that deceiveth the just in a wicked way, shall fall in his own destruction: and the upright shall possess his goods.
11 The rich man seemeth to himself wise: but the poor man that is prudent shall search him out. 12 In the joy of the just there is great glory: when the wicked reign, men are ruined. 13 He that hideth his sins, shall not prosper: but he that shall confess, and forsake them, shall obtain mercy. 14 Blessed is the man that is always fearful: but he that is hardened in mind, shall fall into evil. 15 As a roaring lion, and a hungry bear, so is a wicked prince over the poor people.
16 A prince void of prudence shall oppress many by calumny: but he that hateth covetousness, shall prolong his days. 17 A man that doth violence to the blood of a person, if he flee even to the pit, no man will stay him. 18 He that walketh uprightly, shall be saved: he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once. 19 He that tilleth his ground, shall be filled with bread: but he that followeth idleness shall be filled with poverty. 20 A faithful man shall be much praised: but he that maketh haste to be rich, shall not be innocent.
21 He that hath respect to a person in judgment, doth not well: such a man even for a morsel of bread forsaketh the truth. 22 A man, that maketh haste to be rich, and envieth others, is ignorant that poverty shall come upon him. 23 He that rebuketh a man, shall afterward find favour with him, more than he that by a flattering tongue deceiveth him. 24 He that stealeth any thing from his father, or from his mother: and saith, This is no sin, is the partner of a murderer. 25 He that boasteth, and puffeth up himself, stirreth up quarrels: but he that trusteth in the Lord, shall be healed.
26 He that trusteth in his own heart, is a fool: but he that walketh wisely, he shall be saved. 27 He that giveth to the poor, shall not want: he that despiseth his entreaty, shall suffer indigence. 28 When the wicked rise up, men shall hide themselves: when they perish, the lust shall be multiplied.
TITLE: The Four Last Things: Death. Judgment. Hell. Heaven. “Remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.” a Traditional Catholic Classic for Spiritual Reform.
AUTHOR: Father Martin Von Cochem
EDITOR: Pablo Claret
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