The Book of Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus)
1 – There is not a more wicked thing than to love money: for such a one setteth even his own soul to sale: because while he liveth he hath cast away his bowels.
11 – All power is of short life. A long sickness is troublesome to the physician.
12 – The physician cutteth off it short sickness: so also a king is to day, and to morrow he shall die.
13 – For when a man shall die, he shall inherit serpents, end beasts, and worms.
14 – The beginning of the pride of man, is to fall off from God:
15 – Because his heart is departed from him that made him: for pride is the beginning of all sin: be that holdeth it, shall be filled with maledictions, and it shall ruin him in the end.
16 – Therefore hath the Lord disgraced the assemblies of the wicked, and hath utterly destroyed them.
17 – God hath overturned the thrones of proud princes, and hath set up the meek in their stead.
18 – God hath made the roots of proud nations to wither, and hath planted the humble of these nations.
19 – The Lord hath overthrown the lands of the Gentiles, and hath destroyed them even to the foundation.
20 – He hath made some of them to wither away, and hath destroyed them, and hath made the memory of them to cease from the earth.
21 – God hath abolished the memory of the proud, and hath preserved the memory of them that are humble in mind.
22 – Pride was not made for men: nor wrath for the race of women.
23 – That seed of men shall be honoured, which feareth God: but that seed shall be dishonoured, which transgresseth the commandments of the Lord.
24 – In the midst of brethren their chief is honourable: so shall they that fear the Lord, be in his eyes.
25 – The fear of God is the glory of the rich, and of the honourable, and of the poor:
26 – Despise not a just man that is poor, and do not magnify a sinful man that is rich.
27 – The great man, and the judge, and the mighty is in honour: and there is none greater than he that feareth God.
28 – They that are free shall serve a servant that is wise: and a man that is prudent and well instructed will not murmur when he is reproved; and he that is ignorant, shall not be honoured.
29 – Extol not thyself in doing thy work, and linger not in the time of distress:
30 – Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all things, than he that boasteth himself and wanteth bread.
31 – My son, keep thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to its desert.
32 – Who will justify him that sinneth against his own soul? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own soul?
33 – The poor man is glorified by his discipline and fear: and there is a man that is honoured for his wealth.
34 – But he that is glorified in poverty, how much more in wealth? and he that is glorified in wealth, let him fear poverty.
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