3 Hurt not the feelingsi of the afflicted,
And return his salutationx in meekness.
Then God will call thee ‘son’,
(a) 4:11–19. The Reward of those who seek Wisdom
H 11 Wisdom instructeth her sons,
And enlightenetha all who give heed to her.
And they shall abide in the blessing of the Lord.
And he that giveth ear unto me shall dwell in my innermost chamberf.
Until his heart is filleduu with me,
And will reveal to him my secrets.
And will deliver him over to the spoilers.
(b) 4:20–28. Practical Precepts on Right-doing
And be not ashameda concerning thy soul.
21 For there is a shameb that bringeth sin,
And understanding by the word of the tongue.
25 Speak not against the truthl,
And stand not against the stream.
28 Strive for the rightp until death,
And the Lord will fight for theeq.
(c) 4:29–5:3. Further precepts for everyday life
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Manuscript A, containing ch. 3:6–16:26; this consists of six leaves, and may be of the eleventh century.
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