1Vain and deceptive hopes are for the foolish, and dreams lend wings to fools. 2As wel clutch at shadows and chase the wind as put any faith in dreams. 3Dreams are no different from mirrors; confronting a face, the reflection of that face. 4What can be cleansed by uncleanness, what can be verified by falsehood? 5Divinations, auguries and dreams are nonsense, like the fantasies of a pregnant woman. 6Unless sent as emissaries from the Most High, do not give them a thought; 7for dreams have led many astray, and those who relied on them have come to grief. 8Fulfil ing the Law requires no such falsehood, and wisdom is perfected in veracity. 9A much travel ed man knows many things, and a man of great experience wil talk sound sense. 10Someone who has never had his trials knows little; but the travel ed man is master of every situation. 11I have seen many things on my travels, I have understood more than I can put into words. 12I have often been in danger of death, but I have been spared, and this is why: 13the spirit of those who fear the Lord can survive, for their hope is in someone with power to save them. 14No one who fears the Lord need ever hesitate, or ever be daunted, since the Lord is his hope. 15Happy the soul of one who fears the Lord. On whom does he rely? Who supports him? 16The eyes of the Lord watch over those who love him, he is their powerful protection and their strongsupport, their screen from the desert wind, their shelter from the midday sun, a guard against stumbling, anassurance against a fal . 17He revives the spirit and brightens the eyes, he gives health, life and blessing. 18The sacrifice of an offering unjustly acquired is a mockery; the gifts of the impious are unacceptable. 19The Most High takes no pleasure in offerings from the godless, multiplying sacrifices wil not gainpardon for sin. 20Offering sacrifice from the property of the poor is as bad as slaughtering a son before his father'seyes. 21A meagre diet is the very life of the poor, to deprive them of it is to commit murder. 22To take away a fel ow-man's livelihood is to kil him, to deprive an employee of his wages is to shedblood. 23If one person builds while another pul s down, what wil they get out of it but trouble? 24If one person prays and another cal s down a curse, to which one's voice is the Master going to listen? 25If someone washes after touching a corpse, and then touches it again, what is the good of hiswashing? 26Just so with someone who fasts for sin, and then goes and commits it again. Who is going to hear thatperson's prayer? What is the good of the self-abasement?
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