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he seeth thee, he will forsake thee, and shake his head at thee.
13:9. Humble thyself to God, and wait for his hands.
13:10. Beware that thou be not deceived into folly, and be humbled.
13:11. Be not lowly in thy wisdom, lest being humbled thou be deceived
13:12. If thou be invited by one that is mightier, withdraw thyself:
for so he will invite thee the more.
13:13. Be not troublesome to him, lest thou be put back: and keep not
far from him, lest thou be forgotten.
13:14. Affect not to speak with him as an equal, and believe not his
many words: for by much talk he will sift thee, and smiling will
examine thee concerning thy secrets.
13:15. His cruel mind will lay up thy words: and he will not spare to
do thee hurt, and to cast thee into prison.
13:16. Take heed to thyself, and attend diligently to what thou
hearest: for thou walkest in danger of thy ruin.
13:17. When thou hearest those things, see as it were in sleep, and
thou shalt awake.
13:18. Love God all thy life, and call upon him for thy salvation.
13:19. Every beast loveth its like: so also every man him that is
nearest to himself.
13:20. All flesh shall consort with the like to itself, and every man
shall associate himself to his like.
13:21. If the wolf shall at any time have fellowship with the lamb, so
the sinner with the just.
13:22. What fellowship hath a holy man with a dog, or what part hath
the rich with the poor?
13:23. The wild ass is the lion's prey in the desert: so also the poor
are devoured by the rich.
13:24. And as humility is an abomination to the proud: so also the rich
man abhorreth the poor.
13:25. When a rich man is shaken, he is kept up by his friends: but
when a poor man is fallen down, he is thrust away even by his
13:26. When a rich man hath been deceived, he hath many helpers: he
hath spoken proud things, and they have justified him.
13:27. The poor man was deceived, and he is rebuked also: he hath
spoken wisely, and could have no place.
13:28. The rich man spoke, and all held their peace, and what he said
they extol even to the clouds.
13:29. The poor man spoke, and they say: Who is this? and if he
stumble, they will overthrow him.
13:30. Riches are good to him that hath no sin in his conscience: and
poverty is very wicked in the mouth of the ungodly.
13:31. The heart of a man changeth his countenance, either for good, or
13:32. The token of a good heart, and a good countenance thou shalt
hardly find, and with labour.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 14
The evil of avarice: works of mercy are recommended, and the love of
14:1. Blessed is the man that hath not slipped by a word out of his
mouth, and is not pricked with the remorse of sin.
14:2. Happy is he that hath had no sadness of his mind, and who is not
fallen from his hope.
14:3. Riches are not comely for a covetous man and a niggard, and what
should an envious man do with gold?
14:4. He that gathereth together by wronging his own soul, gathereth
for others, and another will squander away his goods in rioting.
14:5. He that is evil to himself, to whom will he be good? and he shall
not take pleasure in his goods.
14:6. There is none worse than he that envieth himself, and this is the
reward of his wickedness:
14:7. And if he do good, he doth it ignorantly, and unwillingly: and at
the last he discovereth his wickedness.
14:8. The eye of the envious is wicked: and he turneth away his face,
and despiseth his own soul.
14:9. The eye of the covetous man is insatiable in his portion of
iniquity: he will not be satisfied till he consume his own soul, drying
14:10. An evil eye is towards evil things: and he shall not have his
fill of bread, but shall be needy and pensive at his own table.
14:11. My son, if thou have any thing, do good to thyself, and offer to
God worthy offerings.
14:12. Remember that death is not slow, and that the covenant of hell
hath been shewn to thee: for the covenant of this world shall surely
Covenant of hell. . .The decree by which all are to go down to the
regions of death.
14:13. Do good to thy friend before thou die, and according to thy
ability, stretching out thy hand give to the poor.
14:14. Defraud not thyself of the good day, and let not the part of a
good gift overpass thee.
14:15. Shalt thou not leave to others to divide by lot thy sorrows and
14:16. Give and take, and justify thy soul.
14:17. Before thy death work justice: for in hell there is no finding
14:18. All flesh shall fade as grass, and as the leaf that springeth
out on a green tree.
14:19. Some grow, and some fall off: so is the generation of flesh and
blood, one cometh to an end, and another is born.
14:20. Every work that is corruptible shall fail in the end: and the
worker thereof shall go with it.
14:21. And every excellent work shall be justified: and the worker
thereof shall be honoured therein.
14:22. Blessed is the man that shall continue in wisdom, and that shall
meditate in his justice, and in his mind shall think of the all seeing
eye of God.
14:23. He that considereth her ways in his heart, and hath
understanding in her secrets, who goeth after her as one that traceth,
and stayeth in her ways.
14:24. He who looketh in at her windows, and hearkeneth at her door.
14:25. He that lodgeth near her house, and fastening a pin in her walls
shall set up his tent high unto her, where good things shall rest in
his lodging for ever.
14:26. He shall set his children under her shelter, and shall lodge
under her branches:
14:27. He shall be protected under her covering from the heat, and
shall rest in her glory.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 15
Wisdom embraceth them that fear God. God is not the author of sin.
15:1. He that feareth God, will do good: and he that possesseth
justice, shall lay hold on her,
15:2. And she will meet him as an honourable mother, and will receive
him as a wife married of a virgin.
15:3. With the bread of life and understanding, she shall feed him, and
give him the water of wholesome wisdom to drink: and she shall be made
strong in him, and he shall not be moved.
15:4. And she shall hold him fast, and he shall not be confounded: and
she shall exalt him among his neighbours.
15:5. And in the midst of the church she shall open his mouth, and
shall fill him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and shall
clothe him with a robe of glory.
15:6. She shall heap upon him a treasure of joy and gladness, and shall
cause him to inherit an everlasting name.
15:7. But foolish men shall not obtain her, and wise men shall meet
her, foolish men shall not see her: for she is far from pride and
15:8. Lying men shall be mindful of her: but men that speak truth shall
be found with her, and shall advance, even till they come to the sight
15:9. Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner:
15:10. For wisdom came forth from God: for praise shall be with the
wisdom of God, and shall abound in a faithful mouth, and the sovereign
Lord will give praise unto it.
15:11. Say not: It is through God, that she is not with me: for do not
thou the things that he hateth.
15:12. Say not: He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of wicked
15:13. The Lord hateth all abomination of error, and they that fear him
shall not love it.
15:14. God made man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of his
15:15. He added his commandments and precepts.
15:16. If thou wilt keep the commandments and perform acceptable
fidelity for ever, they shall preserve thee.
15:17. He hath set water and fire before thee: stretch forth thy hand
to which thou wilt.
15:18. Before man is life and death, good and evil, that which he shall
choose shall be given him:
15:19. For the wisdom of God is great, and he is strong in power,
seeing all men without ceasing.
15:20. The eyes of the Lord are towards them that fear him, and he
knoweth al the work of man.
15:21. He hath commanded no man to do wickedly, and he hath given no
man license to sin;
15:22. For he desireth not a multitude of faithless and unprofitable
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 16
It is better to have none than many wicked children. Of the justice and
mercy of God. His ways are unsearchable.
16:1. Rejoice not in ungodly children, if they be multiplied: neither
be delighted in them, if the fear of God be not with them.
16:2. Trust not to their life, and respect not their labours.
16:3. For better is one that feareth God, than a thousand ungodly
16:4. And it is better to die without children, than to leave ungodly
16:5. By one that is wise a country shall be inhabited, the tribe of
the ungodly shall become desolate.
16:6. Many such things hath my eyes seen, and greater things than these
my ear hath heard.
16:7. In the congregation of sinners a fire shall be kindled, and in an
unbelieving nation wrath shall flame out.
16:8. The ancient giants did not obtain pardon for their sins, who were
destroyed trusting to their own strength:
16:9. And he spared not the place where Lot sojourned, but abhorred
them for the pride of their word.
16:10. He had not pity on them, destroying the whole nation that
extolled themselves in their sins.
16:11. So did he with the six hundred thousand footmen, who were
gathered together in the hardness of their heart: and if one had been
stiffnecked, it is a wonder if he had escaped unpunished:
Six hundred thousand footmen, etc. . .Viz., the children of Israel, whom
he sentenced to die in the wilderness. Num. 14.
16:12. For mercy and wrath are with him. He is mighty to forgive, and
to pour out indignation:
16:13. According as his mercy is, so his correction judgeth a man
according to his works.
16:14. The sinner shall not escape in his rapines, and the patience of
him that sheweth mercy shall not be put off.
16:15. All mercy shall make a place for every man according to the
merit of his works, and according to the wisdom of his sojournment.
16:16. Say not: I shall be hidden from God, and who shall remember me
from on high?
16:17. In such a multitude I shall not be known: for what is my soul in
such an immense creation?
16:18. Behold the heaven, and the heavens of heavens, the deep, and all
the earth, and the things that are in them, shall be moved in his
16:19. The mountains also, and the hills, and the foundations of the
earth: when God shall look upon them, they shall be shaken with
16:20. And in all these things the heart is senseless: and every heart
is understood by him.
16:21. And his ways who shall understand, and the storm, which no eye
of man shall see?
16:22. For many of his works are hidden, but the works of his justice
who shall declare? or who shall endure? for the testament is far from
some, and the examination of all is in the end.
16:23. He that wanteth understanding thinketh vain things, and the
foolish, and erring man, thinketh foolish things.
16:24. Hearken to me, my son, and learn the discipline of
understanding, and attend to my words in thy heart.
16:25. And I will shew forth good doctrine in equity, and will seek to
declare wisdom: and attend to my words in thy heart, whilst with equity
of spirit I tell thee the virtues that God hath put upon his works from
the beginning, and I shew forth in truth his knowledge.
16:26. The works of God are done in judgment from the beginning, and
from the making of them he distinguished their parts, and their
beginnings in their generations.
16:27. He beautified their works for ever, they have neither hungered,
nor laboured, and they have not ceased from their works.
16:28. Nor shall any of them straiten his neighbour at any time.
16:29. Be not thou incredulous to his word.
16:30. After this God looked upon the earth, and filled it with his
16:31. The soul of every living thing hath shewn forth before the face
thereof, and into it they return again.
Shewn forth. . .Viz., the glory and power of God upon the earth.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 17
The creation and favour of God to man. An exhortation to turn to God.
17:1. God created man of the earth, and made him after his own image.
17:2. And he turned him into it again, and clothed him with strength
according to himself.
17:3. He gave him the number of his days and time, and gave him power
over all things that are upon the earth.
17:4. He put the fear of him upon all flesh, and he had dominion over
beasts and fowls.
17:5. He created of him a helpmate like to himself, he gave them
counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, and ears, and a heart to devise: and
he filled them with the knowledge of understanding.
17:6. He created in them the science of the spirit, he fired their
heart with wisdom, and shewed them both good and evil.
17:7. He set his eye upon their hearts to shew them the greatness of
17:8. That they might praise the name which he hath sanctified: and
glory in his wondrous act that they might declare the glorious things
of his works.
17:9. Moreover he gave them instructions, and the law of life for an
17:10. He made an everlasting covenant with them, and he shewed them
his justice and judgments.
17:11. And their eye saw the majesty of his glory, and their ears heard
his glorious voice, and he said to them: Beware of all iniquity.
Their eye saw, etc. . .Viz., when he gave the law on mount Sinai.
17:12. And he gave to every one of them commandment concerning his
17:13. Their ways are always before him, they are not hidden from his
17:14. Over every nation he set a ruler.
17:15. And Israel was made the manifest portion of God.
17:16. And all their works are as the sun in the sight of God: and his
eyes are continually upon their ways.
17:17. Their covenants were not hid by their iniquity, and all their
iniquities are in the sight of God.
17:18. The alms of a man is as a signet with him, and shall preserve
the grace of a man as the apple of the eye:
17:19. And afterward he shall rise up, and shall render them their
reward, to every one upon their own head, and shall turn them down into
the bowels of the earth.
17:20. But to the penitent he hath given the way of justice, and he
hath strengthened them that were fainting in patience, and hath
appointed to them the lot of truth.
17:21. Turn to the Lord, and forsake thy sins:
17:22. Make thy prayer before the face of the Lord, and offend less.
Offend less. . .Minue offendicula. That is, remove sins and the
occasions of sins.
17:23. Return to the Lord, and turn away from thy injustice, and
greatly hate abomination.
17:24. And know the justices and judgments of God, and stand firm in
the lot set before thee, and in prayer to the most high God.
17:25. Go to the side of the holy age, with them that live and give
praise to God.
Go to the side, etc. . .Fly from the side of Satan and sin, and join
with the holy ones, that follow God and godliness.
17:26. Tarry not in the error of the ungodly, give glory before death.
Praise perisheth from the dead as nothing.
17:27. Give thanks whilst thou art living, whilst thou art alive and in
health thou shalt give thanks, and shalt praise God, and shalt glory in
17:28. How great is the mercy of the Lord, and his forgiveness to them
that turn to him !
17:29. For all things cannot be in men, because the son of man is not
immortal, and they are delighted with the vanity of evil.
17:30. What is brighter than the sun; yet it shall be eclipsed. Or what
is more wicked than that which flesh and blood hath invented? and this
shall be reproved.
17:31. He beholdeth the power of the height of heaven: and all men are
earth and ashes.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 18
God's works are wonderful: we must serve him, and not our lusts.
18:1. He that liveth for ever created all things together. God only
shall be justified, and he remaineth an invincible king for ever.
18:2. Who is able to declare his works?
18:3. For who shall search out his glorious acts?
18:4. And who shall show forth the power of his majesty? or who shall
be able to declare his mercy?
18:5. Nothing may be taken away, nor added, neither is it possible to
find out the glorious works of God.
18:6. When a man hath done, then shall he begin: and when he leaveth
off, he shall be at a loss.
Then shall he begin. . .God is so great and incomprehensible, that when
man has done all that he can to find out his greatness and boundless
perfections, he is still to begin: for what he has found out, is but a
mere nothing in comparison with his infinity.
18:7. What is man, and what is his grace? and what is his good, or what
is his evil?
18:8. The number of the days of men at the most are a hundred years, as
a drop of water of the sea are they esteemed: and as a pebble of the
sand, so are a few years compared to eternity.
18:9. Therefore God is patient in them, and poureth forth his mercy
18:10. He hath seen the presumption of their heart that it is wicked,
and hath known their end that it is evil.
18:11. Therefore hath he filled up his mercy in their favour, and hath
shewn them the way of justice.
18:12. The compassion of man is toward his neighbour: but the mercy of
God is upon all flesh.
18:13. He hath mercy, and teacheth, and correcteth, as a shepherd doth
18:14. He hath mercy on him that receiveth the discipline of mercy, and
that maketh haste in his judgments.
18:15. My son, in thy good deeds, make no complaint, and when thou
givest any thing, add not grief by an evil word.
18:16. Shall not the dew assuage the heat? so also the good word is
better than the gift.
18:17. Lo, is not a word better than a gift? but both are with a
18:18. A fool will upbraid bitterly: and a gift of one ill taught
consumeth the eyes.
18:19. Before judgment prepare thee justice, and learn before thou
18:20. Before sickness take a medicine, and before judgment examine
thyself, and thou shalt find mercy in the sight of God.
18:21. Humble thyself before thou art sick, and in the time of sickness
shew thy conversation.
18:22. Let nothing hinder thee from praying always, and be not afraid
to be justified even to death: for the reward of God continueth for
18:23. Before prayer prepare thy soul: and be not as a man that
18:24. Remember the wrath that shall be at the last day, and the time
of repaying when he shall turn away his face.
18:25. Remember poverty in the time of abundance, and the necessities
of poverty in the day of riches.
18:26. From the morning until the evening the time shall be changed,
and all these are swift in the eyes of God.
18:27. A wise man will fear in every thing, and in the days of sins
will beware of sloth.
18:28. Every man of understanding knoweth wisdom, and will give praise
to him that findeth her.
18:29. They that were of good understanding in words, have also done
wisely themselves: and have understood truth and justice, and have
poured forth proverbs and judgments.
18:30. Go not after thy lusts, but turn away from thy own will.
18:31. If thou give to thy soul her desires, she will make thee a joy
to thy enemies.
18:32. Take no pleasure in riotous assemblies, be they ever so small:
for their concertation is continual.
18:33. Make not thyself poor by borrowing to contribute to feasts when
thou hast nothing in thy purse: for thou shalt be an enemy to thy own
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 19
Admonition against sundry vices.
19:1. A workman that is a drunkard shall not be rich: and he that
contemneth small things, shall fall by little and little.
19:2. Wine and women make wise men fall off, and shall rebuke the
19:3. And he that joineth himself to harlots, will be wicked.
Rottenness and worms shall inherit him, and he shall be lifted up for a
greater example, and his soul shall be taken away out of the number.
19:4. He that is hasty to give credit, is light of heart, and shall be
lessened: and he that sinneth against his own soul, shall be despised.
19:5. He that rejoiceth in iniquity, shall be censured, and he that
hateth chastisement, shall have less life: and he that hateth babbling,
19:6. He that sinneth against his own soul, shall repent: and he that
is delighted with wickedness, shall be condemned.
19:7. Rehearse not again a wicked and harsh word, and thou shalt not
fare the worse.
19:8. Tell not thy mind to friend or foe: and if there be a sin with
thee, disclose it not.
19:9. For he will hearken to thee, and will watch thee, and as it were
defending thy sin he will hate thee, and so will he be with thee
19:10. Hast thou heard a word against thy neighbour? let it die within
thee, trusting that it will not burst thee.
19:11. At the hearing of a word the fool is in travail, as a woman
groaning in the bringing forth a child.
19:12. As an arrow that sticketh in a man's thigh: so is a word in the
heart of a fool.
19:13. Reprove a friend, lest he may not have understood, and say: I
did it not: or if he did it, that he may do it no more.
19:14. Reprove thy neighbour, for it may be he hath not said it: and if
he hath said it, that he may not say it again.
19:15. Admonish thy friend: for there is often a fault committed.
19:16. And believe not every word. There is one, that slippeth with the
tongue, but not from his heart.
19:17. For who is there that hath not offended with his tongue?
Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him.
19:18. And give place to the fear of the most High: for the fear of God
is all wisdom, and therein is to fear God, and the disposition of the
law is in all wisdom.
19:19. But the learning of wickedness is not wisdom: and the device of
sinners is not prudence.
19:20. There is a subtle wickedness, and the same is detestable: and
there is a man that is foolish, wanting in wisdom.
19:21. Better is a man that hath less wisdom, and wanteth
understanding, with the fear of God, than he that aboundeth in
understanding, and transgresseth the law of the most High.
19:22. There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is unjust.
19:23. And there is one that uttereth an exact word telling the truth.
There is one that humbleth himself wickedly, and his interior is full
19:24. And there is one that submitteth himself exceedingly with a
great lowliness: and there is one that casteth down his countenance,
and maketh as if he did not see that which is unknown:
19:25. And if he be hindered from sinning for want of power, if he
shall find opportunity to do evil, he will do it.
19:26. A man is known by his look, and a wise man, when thou meetest
him, is known by his countenance.
19:27. The attire of the body, and the laughter of the teeth, and the
gait of the man, shew what he is.
19:28. There is a lying rebuke in the anger of an injurious man: and
there is a judgment that is not allowed to be good: and there is one
that holdeth his peace, he is wise.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 20
Rules with regard to correction, discretion, and avoiding lies.
20:1. How much better is it to reprove, than to be angry, and not to
hinder him that confesseth in prayer.
20:2. The lust of an eunuch shall deflour a young maiden:
20:3. So is he that by violence executeth of the unwise.
20:4. How good is it, when thou art reproved, to shew repentance! for
so thou shalt escape wilful sin.
20:5. There is one that holdeth his peace, that is found wise: and
there is another that is hateful, that is bold in speech.
20:6. There is one that holdeth his peace, because he knoweth not what
to say: and there is another that holdeth his peace, knowing the proper
20:7. A wise man will hold his peace till he see opportunity: but a
babbler, and a fool, will regard no time.
20:8. He that useth many words shall hurt his own soul: and he that
taketh authority to himself unjustly shall be hated.
20:9. There is success in evil things to a man without discipline, and
there is a finding that turneth to loss.
20:10. There is a gift that is not profitable: and there is a gift, the
recompense of which is double.
20:11. There is an abasement because of glory: and there is one that
shall lift up his head from a low estate.
20:12. There is that buyeth much for a small price, and restoreth the
20:13. A man wise in words shall make himself beloved: but the graces
of fools shall be poured out.
20:14. The gift of the fool shall do thee no good: for his eyes are
20:15. He will give a few things, and upbraid much: and the opening of
his mouth is the kindling of a fire.
20:16. To day a man lendeth, and to morrow he asketh it again: such a
man as this is hateful.
20:17. A fool shall have no friend, and there shall be no thanks for
his good deeds.
20:18. For they that eat his bread, are of a false tongue. How often,
and how many will laugh him to scorn!
20:19. For he doth not distribute with right understanding that which
was to be had: in like manner also that which was not to be had.
20:20. The slipping of a false tongue is as one that falleth on the
pavement: so the fall of the wicked shall come speedily.
20:21. A man without grace is as a vain fable, it shall be continually
in the mouth of the unwise.
20:22. A parable coming out of a fool's mouth shall be rejected: for he
doth not speak it in due season.
20:23. There is that is hindered from sinning through want, and in his
rest he shall be pricked.
20:24. There is that will destroy his own soul through shamefacedness,
and by occasion of an unwise person he will destroy it: and by respect
of person he will destroy himself.
20:25. There is that for bashfulness promiseth to his friend, and
maketh him his enemy for nothing.
20:26. A lie is a foul blot in a man, and yet it will be continually in
the mouth of men without discipline.
20:27. A thief is better than a man that is always lying: but both of
them shall inherit destruction.
20:28. The manners of lying men are without honour: and their confusion
is with them without ceasing.
20:29. A wise man shall advance himself with his words, and a prudent
man shall please the great ones.
20:30. He that tilleth his land shall make a high heap of corn: and he
that worketh justice shall be exalted: and he that pleaseth great men
shall escape iniquity.
20:31. Presents and gifts blind the eyes of judges, and make them dumb
in the mouth, so that they cannot correct.
20:32. O Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is not seen: what profit
is there in them both?
20:33. Better is he that hideth his folly, than the man that hideth his
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 21
Cautions against sin in general, and some sins in particular.
21:1. My son, hast thou sinned? do so no more: but for thy former sins
also pray that they may be forgiven thee.
21:2. Flee from sins as from the face of a serpent: for if thou comest
near them, they will take hold of thee.
21:3. The teeth thereof are the teeth of a lion, killing the souls of
21:4. All iniquity is like a two-edged sword, there is no remedy for
the wound thereof.
21:5. Injuries and wrongs will waste riches: and the house that is very
rich shall be brought to nothing by pride: so the substance of the
proud shall be rooted out.
21:6. The prayer out of the mouth of the poor shall reach the ears of
God, and judgment shall come for him speedily.
21:7. He that hateth to be reproved walketh in the trace of a sinner:
and he that feareth God will turn to his own heart.
21:8. He that is mighty by a bold tongue is known afar off, but a wise
man knoweth to slip by him.
21:9. He that buildeth his house at other men's charges, is as he that
gathereth himself stones to build in the winter.
21:10. The congregation of sinners is like tow heaped together, and the
end of them is a flame of fire.
21:11. The way of sinners is made plain with stones, and in their end
is hell, and darkness, and pains.
21:12. He that keepeth justice shall get the understanding thereof.
21:13. The perfection of the fear of God is wisdom and understanding.
21:14. He that is not wise in good, will not be taught.
21:15. But there is a wisdom that aboundeth in evil: and there is no
understanding where there is bitterness.
21:16. The knowledge of a wise man shall abound like a flood, and his
counsel continueth like a fountain of life.
21:17. The heart of a fool is like a broken vessel, and no wisdom at
all shall it hold.
21:18. A man of sense will praise every wise word he shall hear, and
will apply it to himself: the luxurious man hath heard it, and it shall
displease him, and he will cast it behind his back.
21:19. The talking of a fool is like a burden in the way: but in the
lips of the wise, grace shall be found.
21:20. The mouth of the prudent is sought after in the church, and they
will think upon his words in their hearts.
21:21. As a house that is destroyed, so is wisdom to a fool: and the
knowledge of the unwise is as words without sense.
21:22. Doctrine to a fool is as fetters on the feet, and like manacles
on the right hand.
21:23. A fool lifteth up his voice in laughter: but a wise man will
scarce laugh low to himself.
21:24. Learning to the prudent is as an ornament of gold, and like a
bracelet upon his right arm.
21:25. The foot of a fool is soon in his neighbour's house: but a man
of experience will be abashed at the person of the mighty.
21:26. A fool will peep through the window into the house: but he that
is well taught will stand without.
21:27. It is the folly of a man to hearken at the door: and a wise man
will be grieved with the disgrace.
21:28. The lips of the unwise will be telling foolish things: but the
words of the wise shall be weighed in a balance.
21:29. The heart of fools is in their mouth: and the mouth of wise men
is in their heart.
21:30. While the ungodly curseth the devil, he curseth his own soul.
While the ungodly, etc. . .He condemneth and curseth himself: inasmuch
as by sin he takes part with the devil, and is, as it were, his member
21:31. The talebearer shall defile his own soul, and shall be hated by
all: and he that shall abide with him shall be hateful: the silent and
wise man shall be honoured.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 22
Wise sayings on divers subjects.
22:1. The sluggard is pelted with a dirty stone, and all men will speak
of his disgrace.
22:2. The sluggard is pelted with the dung of oxen: and every one that
toucheth him will shake his hands.
22:3. A son ill taught is the confusion of the father: and a foolish
daughter shall be to his loss.
22:4. A wise daughter shall bring an inheritance to her husband: but
she that confoundeth, becometh a disgrace to her father.
22:5. She that is bold shameth both her father and husband, and will
not be inferior to the ungodly: and shall be disgraced by them both.
22:6. A tale out of time is like music in mourning: but the stripes and
instruction of wisdom are never out of time.
22:7. He that teacheth a fool, is like one that glueth a potsherd
22:8. He that telleth a word to him that heareth not, is like one that
waketh a man out of a deep sleep.
22:9. He speaketh with one that is asleep, who uttereth wisdom to a
fool: and in the end of the discourse he saith: Who is this?
22:10. Weep for the dead, for his light hath failed: and weep for the
fool, for his understanding faileth.
For the fool. . .In the language of the Holy Ghost, he is styled a fool,
that turns away from God to follow vanity and sin. And what is said by
the wise man against fools is meant of such fools as these.
22:11. Weep but a little for the dead, for he is at rest.
22:12. For the wicked life of a wicked fool is worse than death.
22:13. The mourning for the dead is seven days: but for a fool and an
ungodly man all the days of their life.
22:14. Talk not much with a fool and go not with him that hath no
22:15. Keep thyself from him, that thou mayst not have trouble, and
thou shalt not be defiled with his sin.
22:16. Turn away from him, and thou shalt find rest, and shalt not be
wearied out with his folly.
22:17. What is heavier than lead? and what other name hath he but fool?
22:18. Sand and salt, and a mass of iron is easier to bear, than a man
without sense, that is both foolish and wicked.
22:19. A frame of wood bound together in the foundation of a building,
shall not be loosed: so neither shall the heart that is established by
22:20. The thought of him that is wise at all times, shall not be
depraved by fear.
22:21. As pales set in high places, and plasterings made without cost,
will not stand against the face of the wind:
22:22. So also a fearful heart in the imagination of a fool shall not
resist against the violence of fear.
22:23. As a fearful heart in the thought of a fool at all times will
not fear, so neither shall he that continueth always in the
commandments of God.
22:24. He that pricketh the eye, bringeth out tears: and he that
pricketh the heart, bringeth forth resentment.
22:25. He that flingeth a stone at birds, shall drive them away: so he
that upbraideth his friend, breaketh friendship.
22:26. Although thou hast drawn a sword at a friend, despair not: for
there may be a returning. To a friend,
22:27. If thou hast opened a sad mouth, fear not, for there may be a
reconciliation: except upbraiding, and reproach, and pride, and
disclosing of secrets, or a treacherous wound: for in all these cases a
friend will flee away.
22:28. Keep fidelity with a friend in his poverty, that in his
prosperity also thou mayst rejoice.
22:29. In the time of his trouble continue faithful to him, that thou
mayst also be heir with him in his inheritance.
22:30. As the vapour of a chimney, and the smoke of the fire goeth up
before the fire: so also injurious words, and reproaches, and threats,
22:31. I will not be ashamed to salute a friend, neither will I hide
myself from his face: and if any evil happen to me by him, I will bear
22:32. But every one that shall hear it, will beware of him.
22:33. Who will set a guard before my mouth, and a sure seal upon my
lips, that I fall not by them, and that my tongue destroy me not?
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 23
A prayer for grace to flee sin: cautions against profane swearing and
23:1. O Lord, father, and sovereign ruler of my life, leave me not to
their counsel: nor suffer me to fall by them.
By them. . .Viz., the tongue and the lips, mentioned in the last verse
of the foregoing chapter.
23:2. Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of
wisdom over my heart, that they spare me not in their ignorances, and
that their sins may not appear:
That they spare me not in their ignorances, etc. . .That is, that the
scourges and discipline of wisdom may restrain the ignorances, that is,
the slips and offences which are usually committed by the tongue and
23:3. Lest my ignorances increase, and my offences be multiplied, and
my sins abound, and I fall before my adversaries, and my enemy rejoice
23:4. O Lord, father, and God of my life, leave me not to their
23:5. Give me not haughtiness of my eyes, and turn away from me all
23:6. Take from me the greediness of the belly, and let not the lusts
of the flesh take hold of me, and give me not over to a shameless and
23:7. Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth, and he that
will keep it shall not perish by his lips, nor be brought to fall into
most wicked works.
23:8. A sinner is caught in his own vanity, and the proud and the evil
speakers shall fall thereby.
23:9. Let not thy mouth be accustomed to swearing: for in it there are
23:10. And let not the naming of God be usual in thy mouth, and meddle
not with the names of saints, for thou shalt not escape free from them.
23:11. For as a slave daily put to the question, is never without a
blue mark: so every one that sweareth, and nameth, shall not be wholly
pure from sin.
23:12. A man that sweareth much, shall be filled with iniquity, and a
scourge shall not depart from his house.
23:13. And if he make it void, his sin shall be upon him, and if he
dissemble it, he offendeth double:
23:14. And if he swear in vain, he shall not be justified: for his
house shall be filled with his punishment.
23:15. There is also another speech opposite to death, let it not be
found in the inheritance of Jacob.
23:16. For from the merciful all these things shall be taken away, and
they shall not wallow in sins.
23:17. Let not thy mouth be accustomed to indiscreet speech: for
therein is the word of sin.
23:18. Remember thy father and thy mother, for thou sittest in the
midst of great men:
23:19. Lest God forget thee in their sight, and thou, by thy daily
custom be infatuated and suffer reproach: and wish that thou hadst not
been born, and curse the day of thy nativity.
23:20. The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words, will never be
corrected all the days of his life.
23:21. Two sorts of men multiply sins, and the third bringeth wrath and
23:22. A hot soul is a burning fire, it will never be quenched, till it
devour some thing.
23:23. And a man that is wicked in the mouth of his flesh, will not
leave off till he hath kindled a fire.
23:24. To a man that is a fornicator all bread is sweet, he will not be
weary of sinning unto the end.
23:25. Every man that passeth beyond his own bed, despising his own
soul, and saying: Who seeth me?
23:26. Darkness compasseth me about, and the walls cover me, and no man
seeth me: whom do I fear? the most High will not remember my sins.
23:27. And he understandeth not that his eye seeth all things, for such
a man's fear driveth him from the fear of God, and the eyes of men
23:28. And he knoweth not that the eyes of the Lord are far brighter
than the sun, beholding round about all the ways of men, and the bottom
of the deep, and looking into the hearts of men, into the most hidden
23:29. For all things were known to the Lord God, before they were
created: so also after they were perfected he beholdeth all things.
23:30. This man shall be punished in the streets of the city, and he
shall be chased as a colt: and where he suspected not, he shall be
23:31. And he shall be in disgrace with all men, because he understood
not the fear of the Lord.
23:32. So every woman also that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an
heir by another:
23:33. For first she hath been unfaithful to the law of the most High:
and secondly, she hath offended against her husband: thirdly, she hath
fornicated in adultery, and hath gotten her children of another man.
23:34. This woman shall be brought into the assembly, and inquisition
shall be made of her children.
23:35. Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring
forth no fruit.
23:36. She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her infamy shall
not be blotted out.
23:37. And they that remain shall know, that there is nothing better
than the fear of God: and that there is nothing sweeter than to have
regard to the commandments of the Lord.
23:38. It is great glory to follow the Lord: for length of days shall
be received from him.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 24
Wisdom praiseth herself: her origin, her dwelling, her dignity, and her
24:1. Wisdom shall praise her own self, and shall be honoured in God,
and shall glory in the midst of her people,
24:2. And shall open her mouth in the churches of the most High, and
shall glorify herself in the sight of his power,
24:3. And in the midst of her own people she shall be exalted, and
shall be admired in the holy assembly.
24:4. And in the multitude of the elect she shall have praise, and
among the blessed she shall be blessed, saying:
24:5. I came out of the mouth of the most High, the firstborn before
24:6. I made that in the heavens there should rise light that never
faileth, and as a cloud I covered all the earth:
24:7. I dwelt in the highest places, and my throne is in a pillar of a
24:8. I alone have compassed the circuit of heaven, and have penetrated
into the bottom of the deep, and have walked in the waves of the sea,
24:9. And have stood in all the earth: and in every people,
24:10. And in every nation I have had the chief rule:
24:11. And by my power I have trodden under my feet the hearts of all
the high and low: and in all these I sought rest, and I shall abide in
the inheritance of the Lord.
24:12. Then the creator of all things commanded, and said to me: and he
that made me, rested in my tabernacle,
24:13. And he said to me: Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thy
inheritance in Israel, and take root in my elect.
24:14. From the beginning, and before the world, was I created, and
unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy
dwelling place I have ministered before him.
24:15. And so was I established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise
I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem.
24:16. And I took root in an honourable people, and in the portion of
my God his inheritance, and my abode is in the full assembly of saints.
24:17. I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and as a cypress tree on
24:18. I was exalted like a palm tree in Cades, and as a rose plant in
24:19. As a fair olive tree in the plains, and as a plane tree by the
water in the streets, was I exalted.
24:20. I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon, and aromatical balm: I
yielded a sweet odour like the best myrrh:
24:21. And I perfumed my dwelling as storax, and galbanum, and onyx,
and aloes, and as the frankincense not cut, and my odour is as the
24:22. I have stretched out my branches as the turpentine tree, and my
branches are of honour and grace.
24:23. As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odour: and my
flowers are the fruit of honour and riches.
24:24. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and
of holy hope.
24:25. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all
hope of life and of virtue.
24:26. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my
24:27. For my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above
honey and the honeycomb.
24:28. My memory is unto everlasting generations.
24:29. They that eat me, shall yet hunger: and they that drink me,
shall yet thirst.
24:30. He that hearkeneth to me, shall not be confounded: and they that
work by me, shall not sin.
24:31. They that explain me shall have life everlasting.
24:32. All these things are the book of life, and the covenant of the
most High, and the knowledge of truth.
24:33. Moses commanded a law in the precepts of justices, and an
inheritance to the house of Jacob, and the promises to Israel.
24:34. He appointed to David his servant to raise up of him a most
mighty king, and sitting on the throne of glory for ever.
A most mighty king. . .Viz., Christ, who by his gospel, like an
overflowing river, has enriched the earth with heavenly wisdom.
24:35. Who filleth up wisdom as the Phison, and as the Tigris in the
days of the new fruits.
24:36. Who maketh understanding to abound as the Euphrates, who
multiplieth it as the Jordan in the time of harvest.
24:37. Who sendeth knowledge as the light, and riseth up as Gehon in
the time of the vintage.
24:38. Who first hath perfect knowledge of her, and a weaker shall not
search her out.
Who first hath perfect knowledge of her. . .Christ was the first that
had perfect knowledge of heavenly wisdom.
24:39. For her thoughts are more vast than the sea, and her counsels
more deep than the great ocean.
24:40. I, wisdom, have poured out rivers.
24:41. I, like a brook out of a river of a mighty water; I, like a
channel of a river, and like an aqueduct, came out of paradise.
24:42. I said: I will water my garden of plants, and I will water
abundantly the fruits of my meadow.
24:43. And behold my brook became a great river, and my river came near
to a sea:
24:44. For I make doctrine to shine forth to all as the morning light,
and I will declare it afar off.
24:45. I will penetrate to all the lower parts of the earth, and will
behold all that sleep, and will enlighten all that hope in the Lord.
24:46. I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and will leave it to
them that seek wisdom, and will not cease to instruct their offspring
even to the holy age.
24:47. See ye that I have not laboured myself only, but for all that
seek out the truth.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 25
Documents of wisdom on several subjects.
25:1. With three things my spirit is pleased, which are approved before
God and men:
25:2. The concord of brethren, and the love of neighbours, and man and
wife that agree well together.
25:3. Three sorts my soul hateth, and I am greatly grieved at their
25:4. A poor man that is proud: a rich man that is a liar: an old man
that is a fool, and doting.
25:5. The things that thou hast not gathered in thy youth, how shalt
thou find them in thy old age?
25:6. O how comely is judgment for a grey head, and for ancients to
25:7. O how comely is wisdom for the aged, and understanding and
counsel to men of honour!
25:8. Much experience is the crown of old men, and the fear of God is
25:9. Nine things that are not to be imagined by the heart have I
magnified, and the tenth I will utter to men with my tongue.
25:10. A man that hath joy of his children: and he that liveth and
seeth the fall of his enemies.
25:11. Blessed is he that dwelleth with a wise woman, and that hath not
slipped with his tongue, and that hath not served such as are unworthy
25:12. Blessed is he that findeth a true friend, and that declareth
justice to an ear that heareth.
25:13. How great is he that findeth wisdom and knowledge! but there is
none above him that feareth the Lord.
25:14. The fear of God hath set itself above all things:
25:15. Blessed is the man, to whom it is given to have the fear of God:
he that holdeth it, to whom shall he be likened?
25:16. The fear of God is the beginning of his love: and the beginning
of faith is to be fast joined unto it.
25:17. The sadness of the heart is every plague: and the wickedness of
a woman is all evil.
25:18. And a man will choose any plague, but the plague of the heart:
25:19. And any wickedness, but the wickedness of a woman:
25:20. And any affliction, but the affliction from them that hate him:
25:21. And any revenge, but the revenge of enemies.
25:22. There is no head worse than the head of a serpent:
25:23. And there is no anger above the anger of a woman. It will be
more agreeable to abide with a lion and a dragon, than to dwell with a
25:24. The wickedness of a woman changeth her face: and she darkeneth
her countenance as a bear: and sheweth it like sackcloth. In the midst
of her neighbours,
25:25. Her husband groaned, and hearing he sighed a little.
25:26. All malice is short to the malice of a woman, let the lot of
sinners fall upon her.
25:27. As the climbing of a sandy way is to the feet of the aged, so is
a wife full of tongue to a quiet man.
25:28. Look not upon a woman's beauty, and desire not a woman for
25:29. A woman's anger, and impudence, and confusion is great.
25:30. A woman, if she have superiority, is contrary to her husband.
25:31. A wicked woman abateth the courage, and maketh a heavy
countenance, and a wounded heart.
25:32. Feeble hands, and disjointed knees, a woman that doth not make
her husband happy.
25:33. From the woman came the beginning of sin, and by her we all die.
25:34. Give no issue to thy water, no, not a little: nor to a wicked
woman liberty to gad abroad.
25:35. If she walk not at thy hand, she will confound thee in the sight
of thy enemies.
25:36. Cut her off from thy flesh, lest she always abuse thee.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 26
Of good and bad women.
26:1. Happy is the husband of a good wife: for the number of his years
26:2. A virtuous woman rejoiceth her husband, and shall fulfil the
years of his life in peace.
26:3. A good wife is a good portion, she shall be given in the portion
of them that fear God, to a man for his good deeds.
26:4. Rich or poor, if his heart is good, his countenance shall be
cheerful at all times.
26:5. Of three things my heart hath been afraid, and at the fourth my
face hath trembled:
26:6. The accusation of a city, and the gathering together of the
26:7. And a false calumny, all are more grievous than death.
26:8. A jealous woman is the grief and mourning of the heart.
26:9. With a jealous woman is a scourge of the tongue which
communicateth with all.
26:10. As a yoke of oxen that is moved to and fro, so also is a wicked
woman: he that hath hold of her, is as he that taketh hold of a
26:11. A drunken woman is a great wrath: and her reproach and shame
shall not be hid.
26:12. The fornication of a woman shall be known by the haughtiness of
her eyes and by her eyelids.
26:13. On a daughter that turneth not away herself, set a strict watch:
lest finding an opportunity she abuse herself.
26:14. Take heed of the impudence of her eyes, and wonder not if she
26:15. She will open her mouth as a thirsty traveller to the fountain,
and will drink of every water near her, and will sit down by every
hedge, and open her quiver against every arrow, until she fail.
26:16. The grace of a diligent woman shall delight her husband, and
shall fat his bones.
26:17. Her discipline is the gift of God.
26:18. Such is a wise and silent woman, and there is nothing so much
worth as a well instructed soul.
26:19. A holy and shamefaced woman is grace upon grace.
26:20. And no price is worthy of a continent soul.
26:21. As the sun when it riseth to the world in the high places of
God, so is the beauty of a good wife for the ornament of her house.
26:22. As the lamp shining upon the holy candlestick, so is the beauty
of the face in a ripe age,
26:23. As golden pillars upon bases of silver, so are the firm feet
upon the soles of a steady woman.
26:24. As everlasting foundations upon a solid rock, so the
commandments of God in the heart of a holy woman.
26:25. At two things my heart is grieved, and the third bringeth anger
26:26. A man of war fainting through poverty, and a man of sense
26:27. And he that passeth over from justice to sin, God hath prepared
such an one for the sword.
26:28. Two sorts of callings have appeared to me hard and dangerous: a
merchant is hardly free from negligence: and a huckster shall not be
justified from the sins of the lips.
From negligence. . .That is, from the neglect of the service of God:
because the eager pursuit of the mammon of this world, is apt to make
men of that calling forget the great duties of loving God above all
things, and their neighbours as themselves.--Ibid. A huckster. . .Or, a
retailer of wine. Men of that profession are both greatly exposed to
danger of sin themselves, and are too often accessary to the sins of
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 27
Dangers of sin from several heads: the fear of God is the best
preservative. He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it.
27:1. Through poverty many have sinned: and he that seeketh to be
enriched, turneth away his eye.
27:2. As a stake sticketh fast in the midst of the joining of stones,
so also in the midst of selling and buying, sin shall stick fast.
27:3. Sin shall be destroyed with the sinner.
27:4. Unless thou hold thyself diligently in the fear of the Lord, thy
house shall quickly be overthrown.
27:5. As when one sifteth with a sieve, the dust will remain: so will
the perplexity of a man in his thoughts.
27:6. The furnace trieth the potter's vessels, and the trial of
affliction just men.
27:7. As the dressing of a tree sheweth the fruit thereof, so a word
out of the thought of the heart of man.
27:8. Praise not a man before he speaketh, for this is the trial of
27:9. If thou followest justice, thou shalt obtain her: and shalt put
her on as a long robe of honour, and thou shalt dwell with her: and she
shall protect thee for ever, and in the day of acknowledgment thou
shalt find a strong foundation.
27:10. Birds resort unto their like: so truth will return to them that
27:11. The lion always lieth in wait for prey: so do sins for them that
27:12. A holy man continueth in wisdom as the sun: but a fool is
changed as the moon.
27:13. In the midst of the unwise keep in the word till its time: but
be continually among men that think.
27:14. The discourse of sinners is hateful, and their laughter is at
the pleasures of sin.
27:15. The speech that sweareth much shall make the hair of the head
stand upright: and its irreverence shall make one stop his ears.
27:16. In the quarrels of the road is the shedding of blood: and their
cursing is a grievous hearing.
27:17. He that discloseth the secret of a friend loseth his credit, and
shall never find a friend to his mind.
27:18. Love thy neighbour, and be joined to him with fidelity.
27:19. But if thou discover his secrets, follow no more after him.
27:20. For as a man that destroyeth his friend, so is he that
destroyeth the friendship of his neighbour.
27:21. And as one that letteth a bird go out of his hand, so hast thou
let thy neighbour go, and thou shalt not get him again.
27:22. Follow after him no more, for he is gone afar off, he is fled,
as a roe escaped out of the snare because his soul is wounded.
27:23. Thou canst no more bind him up. And of a curse there is
And of a curse there is reconciliation. . .That is, it is easier to
obtain a reconciliation after a curse, than after disclosing a secret.
27:24. But to disclose the secrets of a friend, leaveth no hope to an
27:25. He that winketh with the eye forgeth wicked things, and no man
will cast him off:
27:26. In the sight of thy eyes he will sweeten his mouth, and will
admire thy words: but at the last he will writhe his mouth, and on thy
words he will lay a stumblingblock.
27:27. I have hated many things but not like him, and the Lord will
27:28. If one cast a stone on high, it will fall upon his own head: and
the deceitful stroke will wound the deceitful.
27:29. He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it: and he that setteth a
stone for his neighbour, shall stumble upon it: and he that layeth a
snare for another, shall perish in it.
27:30. A mischievous counsel shall be rolled back upon the author, and
he shall not know from whence it cometh to him.
27:31. Mockery and reproach are of the proud, and vengeance as a lion
shall lie in wait for him.
27:32. They shall perish in a snare that are delighted with the fall of
the just: and sorrow shall consume them before they die.
27:33. Anger and fury are both of them abominable, and the sinful man
shall be subject to them.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 28
Lessons against revenge and quarrels. The evils of the tongue.
28:1. He that seeketh to revenge himself, shall find vengeance from the
Lord, and he will surely keep his sins in remembrance.
28:2. Forgive thy neighbour if he hath hurt thee: and then shall thy
sins be forgiven to thee when thou prayest.
28:3. Man to man reserveth anger, and doth he seek remedy of God?
28:4. He hath no mercy on a man like himself, and doth he entreat for
his own sins?
28:5. He that is but flesh, nourisheth anger, and doth he ask
forgiveness of God? who shall obtain pardon for his sins?
28:6. Remember thy last things, and let enmity cease:
28:7. For corruption and death hang over in his commandments.
In his commandments. . .Supply the sentence out of the Greek thus:
Remember corruption and death, and abide in the commandments.
28:8. Remember the fear of God, and be not angry with thy neighbour.
28:9. Remember the covenant of the most High, and overlook the
ignorance of thy neighbour.
28:10. Refrain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins.
28:11. For a passionate man kindleth strife, and a sinful man will
trouble his friends, and bring in debate in the midst of them that are
28:12. For as the wood of the forest is, so the fire burneth, and as a
man's strength is, so shall his anger be, and according to his riches
he shall increase his anger.
28:13. A hasty contention kindleth a fire and a hasty quarrel sheddeth
blood and a tongue that beareth witness bringeth death.
28:14. If thou blow the spark, it shall burn as a fire: and if thou
spit upon it, it shall be quenched: both come out of the mouth.
28:15. The whisperer and the double tongue is accursed: for he hath
troubled many that were at peace.
28:16. The tongue of a third person hath disquieted many, and scattered
them from nation to nation.
28:17. It hath destroyed the strong cities of the rich, and hath
overthrown the houses of great men.
28:18. It hath cut in pieces the forces of people, and undone strong
28:19. The tongue of a third person hath cast out valiant women, and
deprived them of their labours.
28:20. He that hearkeneth to it, shall never have rest, neither shall
he have a friend in whom he may repose.
28:21. The stroke of a whip maketh a blue mark: but the stroke of the
tongue will break the bones.
28:22. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not so many as
have perished by their own tongue.
28:23. Blessed is he that is defended from a wicked tongue, that hath
not passed into the wrath thereof, and that hath not drawn the yoke
thereof, and hath not been bound in its bands.
28:24. For its yoke is a yoke of iron: and its bands are bands of
28:25. The death thereof is a most evil death: and hell is preferable
28:26. Its continuance shall not be for a long time, but it shall
possess the ways of the unjust: and the just shall not be burnt with
28:27. They that forsake God shall fall into it, and it shall burn in
them, and shall not be quenched, and it shall be sent upon them as a
lion, and as a leopard it shall tear them.
28:28. Hedge in thy ears with thorns, hear not a wicked tongue, and
make doors and bars to thy mouth.
28:29. Melt down thy gold and silver, and make a balance for thy words,
and a just bridle for thy mouth:
28:30. And take heed lest thou slip with thy tongue, and fall in the
sight of thy enemies who lie in wait for thee, and thy fall be
incurable unto death.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 29
Of charity in lending money, and justice in repaying. Of alms, and of
29:1. He that sheweth mercy, lendeth to his neighbour: and he that is
stronger in hand, keepeth the commandments.
And he that is stronger in hand. . .That is, he that is hearty and
bountiful in lending to his neighbour in his necessity.
29:2. Lend to thy neighbour in the time of his need, and pay thou thy
neighbour again in due time.
29:3. Keep thy word, and deal faithfully with him: and thou shalt
always find that which is necessary for thee.
29:4. Many have looked upon a thing lent as a thing found, and have
given trouble to them that helped them.
29:5. Till they receive, they kiss the hands of the lender, and in
promises they humble their voice:
29:6. But when they should repay, they will ask time, and will return
tedious and murmuring words, and will complain of the time:
29:7. And if he be able to pay, he will stand off, he will scarce pay
one half, and will count it as if he had found it:
29:8. But if not, he will defraud him of his money, and he shall get
him for an enemy without cause.
29:9. And he will pay him with reproaches and curses, and instead of
honour and good turn will repay him injuries.
29:10. Many have refused to lend, not out of wickedness, but they were
afraid to be defrauded without cause.
29:11. But yet towards the poor be thou more hearty, and delay not to
shew him mercy.
29:12. Help the poor because of the commandment: and send him not away
empty handed because of his poverty.
29:13. Lose thy money for thy brother and thy friend: and hide it not
under a stone to be lost.
29:14. Place thy treasure in the commandments of the most High, and it
shall bring thee more profit than gold.
29:15. Shut up alms in the heart of the poor, and it shall obtain help
for thee against all evil.
29:16. Better than the shield of the mighty, and better than the spear:
29:17. It shall fight for thee against thy enemy.
29:18. A good man is surety for his neighbour: and he that hath lost
shame, will leave him to himself.
29:19. Forget not the kindness of thy surety: for he hath given his
life for thee.
29:20. The sinner and the unclean fleeth from his surety.
29:21. A sinner attributeth to himself the goods of his surety: and he
that is of an unthankful mind will leave him that delivered him.
29:22. A man is surety for his neighbour: and when he hath lost all
shame, he shall forsake him.
29:23. Evil suretyship hath undone many of good estate, and hath tossed
them as a wave of the sea.
29:24. It hath made powerful men to go from place to place round about,
and they have wandered in strange countries.
29:25. A sinner that transgresseth the commandment of the Lord, shall
fall into an evil suretyship: and he that undertaketh many things,
shall fall into judgment.
29:26. Recover thy neighbour according to thy power, and take heed to
thyself that thou fall not.
29:27. The chief thing for man's life is water and bread, and clothing,
and a house to cover shame.
29:28. Better is the poor man's fare under a roof of boards, than
sumptuous cheer abroad in another man's house.
29:29. Be contented with little instead of much, and thou shalt not
hear the reproach of going abroad.
29:30. It is a miserable life to go as a guest from house to house: for
where a man is a stranger, he shall not deal confidently, nor open his
29:31. He shall entertain and feed, and give drink to the unthankful,
and moreover he shall hear bitter words.
29:32. Go, stranger, and furnish the table, and give others to eat what
thou hast in thy hand.
29:33. Give place to the honourable presence of my friends: for I want
my house, my brother being to be lodged with me.
29:34. These things are grievous to a man of understanding: the
upbraiding of houseroom, and the reproaching of the lender.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 30
Of correction of children. Health is better than wealth. Excessive
grief is hurtful.
30:1. He that loveth his son, frequently chastiseth him, that he may
rejoice in his latter end, and not grope after the doors of his
30:2. He that instructeth his son shall be praised in him, and shall
glory in him in the midst of them of his household.
30:3. He that teacheth his son, maketh his enemy jealous, and in the
midst of his friends he shall glory in him.
30:4. His father is dead, and he is as if he were not dead: for he hath
left one behind him that is like himself.
30:5. While he lived he saw and rejoiced in him: and when he died he
was not sorrowful, neither was he confounded before his enemies.
30:6. For he left behind him a defender of his house against his
enemies, and one that will requite kindness to his friends.
30:7. For the souls of his sons he shall bind up his wounds, and at
every cry his bowels shall be troubled.
30:8. A horse not broken becometh stubborn, and a child left to himself
will become headstrong.
30:9. Give thy son his way, and he shall make thee afraid: play with
him, and he shall make thee sorrowful.
30:10. Laugh not with him, lest thou have sorrow, and at the last thy
teeth be set on edge.
30:11. Give him not liberty in his youth, and wink not at his devices.
30:12. Bow down his neck while he is young, and beat his sides while he
is a child, lest he grow stubborn, and regard thee not, and so be a
sorrow of heart to thee.
30:13. Instruct thy son, and labour about him, lest his lewd behaviour
be an offence to thee.
30:14. Better is a poor man who is sound, and strong of constitution,
than a rich man who is weak and afflicted with evils.
30:15. Health of the soul in holiness of justice, is better than all
gold and silver: and a sound body, than immense revenues.
30:16. There is no riches above the riches of the health of the body:
and there is no pleasure above the joy of the heart.
30:17. Better is death than a bitter life, and everlasting rest, than
30:18. Good things that are hidden in a mouth that is shut, are as
messes of meat set about a grave.
30:19. What good shall an offering do to an idol? for it can neither
eat, nor smell:
30:20. So is he that is persecuted by the Lord, bearing the reward of
30:21. He seeth with his eyes, and groaneth, as an eunuch embracing a
virgin, and sighing.
30:22. Give not up thy soul to sadness, and afflict not thyself in thy
30:23. The joyfulness of the heart, is the life of a man, and a never
failing treasure of holiness: and the joy of a man is length of life.
30:24. Have pity on thy own soul, pleasing God, and contain thyself:
gather up thy heart in his holiness: and drive away sadness far from
30:25. For sadness hath killed many, and there is no profit in it.
30:26. Envy and anger shorten a man's days, and pensiveness will bring
old age before the time.
30:27. A cheerful and good heart is always feasting: for his banquets
are prepared with diligence.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 31
Of the desire of riches, and of moderation in eating and drinking.
31:1. Watching for riches consumeth the flesh, and the thought thereof
driveth away sleep.
31:2. The thinking beforehand turneth away the understanding, and a
grievous sickness maketh the soul sober.
31:3. The rich man hath laboured in gathering riches together, and when
he resteth he shall be filled with his goods.
31:4. The poor man hath laboured in his low way of life, and in the end
he is still poor.
31:5. He that loveth gold, shall not be justified: and he that
followeth after corruption, shall be filled with it.
31:6. Many have been brought to fall for gold, and the beauty thereof
hath been their ruin.
31:7. Gold is a stumblingblock to them that sacrifice to it: woe to
them that eagerly follow after it, and every fool shall perish by it.
31:8. Blessed is the rich man that is found without blemish: and that
hath not gone after gold, nor put his trust in money nor in treasures.
31:9. Who is he, and we will praise him? for he hath done wonderful
things in his life.
31:10. Who hath been tried thereby, and made perfect, he shall have
glory everlasting. He that could have transgressed, and hath not
transgressed: and could do evil things, and hath not done them:
31:11. Therefore are his goods established in the Lord, and all the
church of the saints shall declare his alms.
31:12. Art thou set at a great table? be not the first to open thy
mouth upon it.
31:13. Say not: There are many things which are upon it.
31:14. Remember that a wicked eye is evil.
31:15. What is created more wicked than an eye? therefore shall it weep
over all the face when it shall see.
31:16. Stretch not out thy hand first, lest being disgraced with envy
thou be put to confusion.
31:17. Be not hasty in a feast.
31:18. Judge of the disposition of thy neighbour by thyself.
31:19. Use as a frugal man the things that are set before thee: lest if
thou eatest much, thou be hated.
31:20. Leave off first, for manners' sake: and exceed not, lest thou
31:21. And if thou sittest among many, reach not thy hand out first of
all, and be not the first to ask for drink.
31:22. How sufficient is a little wine for a man well taught, and in
sleeping thou shalt not be uneasy with it, and thou shalt feel no pain.
31:23. Watching, and choler, and gripes, are with an intemperate man:
31:24. Sound and wholesome sleep with a moderate man: he shall sleep
till morning, and his soul shall be delighted with him.
31:25. And if thou hast been forced to eat much, arise, go out, and
vomit: and it shall refresh thee, and thou shalt not bring sickness
upon thy body.
31:26. Hear me, my son, and despise me not: and in the end thou shalt
find my words.
31:27. In all thy works be quick, and no infirmity shall come to thee.
31:28. The lips of many shall bless him that is liberal of his bread,
and the testimony of his truth is faithful.
31:29. Against him that is niggardly of his bread, the city will
murmur, and the testimony of his niggardliness is true.
31:30. Challenge not them that love wine: for wine hath destroyed very