Proverbs, Chapter 26

(1) As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool. (2) As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come. (3) A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back. (4) Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. (5) Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. (6) He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. (7) The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. (8) As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. (9) As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools. (10) The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors. (11) As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly. (12) Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. (13) The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. (14) As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. (15) The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. (16) The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason. (17) He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. (18) As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, (19) So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport? (20) Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. (21) As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. (22) The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. (23) Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. (24) He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; (25) When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. (26) Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. (27) Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. (28) A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

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Prayer for Students

Under thy patronage, dear Mother, and calling on the mystery of thine Immaculate Conception, I desire to pursue my studies and my literary labors: I hereby solemnly declare that I am giving myself to these studies chiefly to the following end: that I may the better contribute to the glory of God and to the promotion of thy veneration among men. I pray thee, therefore, most loving Mother, who art the Seat of Wisdom, to bless my labors in thy loving-kindness. Moreover I promise with true affection and a willing spirit, as it is right that I should do, to ascribe all the good that shall come to me therefrom, wholly to thine intercession for me in God's holy presence. Amen. An indulgence of 300 days once a day.

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