The King James Bible page Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 10
1A wise judge will instruct his people; and the government of a prudent man is well ordered.
2As the judge of the people is himself, so are his officers; and what manner of man the ruler of the city is, such are all they that dwell therein.
3An unwise king destroyeth his people; but through the prudence of them which are in authority the city shall be inhabited.
4The power of the earth is in the hand of the Lord, and in due time he will set over it one that is profitable.
5In the hand of God is the prosperity of man: and upon the person of the scribe shall he lay his honour.
6Bear not hatred to thy neighbour for every wrong; and do nothing at all by injurious practices.
7Pride is hateful before God and man: and by both doth one commit iniquity.
8Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and riches got by deceit, the kingdom is translated from one people to another.
9Why is earth and ashes proud? There is not a more wicked thing than a covetous man: for such an one setteth his own soul to sale; because while he liveth he casteth away his bowels.
10The physician cutteth off a long disease; and he that is to day a king to morrow shall die.
11For when a man is dead, he shall inherit creeping things, beasts, and worms.
12The beginning of pride is when one departeth from God, and his heart is turned away from his Maker.
13For pride is the beginning of sin, and he that hath it shall pour out abomination: and therefore the Lord brought upon them strange calamities, and overthrew them utterly.
14The Lord hath cast down the thrones of proud princes, and set up the meek in their stead.
15The Lord hath plucked up the roots of the proud nations, and planted the lowly in their place.
16The Lord overthrew countries of the heathen, and destroyed them to the foundations of the earth.
17He took some of them away, and destroyed them, and hath made their memorial to cease from the earth.
18Pride was not made for men, nor furious anger for them that are born of a woman.
19They that fear the Lord are a sure seed, and they that love him an honourable plant: they that regard not the law are a dishonourable seed; they that transgress the commandments are a deceivable seed.
20Among brethren he that is chief is honorable; so are they that fear the Lord in his eyes.
21The fear of the Lord goeth before the obtaining of authority: but roughness and pride is the losing thereof.
22Whether he be rich, noble, or poor, their glory is the fear of the Lord.
23It is not meet to despise the poor man that hath understanding; neither is it convenient to magnify a sinful man.
24Great men, and judges, and potentates, shall be honoured; yet is there none of them greater than he that feareth the Lord.
25Unto the servant that is wise shall they that are free do service: and he that hath knowledge will not grudge when he is reformed.
26Be not overwise in doing thy business; and boast not thyself in the time of thy distress.
27Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all things, than he that boasteth himself, and wanteth bread.
28My son, glorify thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to the dignity thereof.
29Who will justify him that sinneth against his own soul? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own life?
30The poor man is honoured for his skill, and the rich man is honoured for his riches.
31He that is honoured in poverty, how much more in riches? and he that is dishonourable in riches, how much more in poverty?
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 11
1Wisdom lifteth up the head of him that is of low degree, and maketh him to sit among great men.
2Commend not a man for his beauty; neither abhor a man for his outward appearance.
3The bee is little among such as fly; but her fruit is the chief of sweet things.
4Boast not of thy clothing and raiment, and exalt not thyself in the day of honour: for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and his works among men are hidden.
5Many kings have sat down upon the ground; and one that was never thought of hath worn the crown.
6Many mighty men have been greatly disgraced; and the honourable delivered into other men's hands.
7Blame not before thou hast examined the truth: understand first, and then rebuke.
8Answer not before thou hast heard the cause: neither interrupt men in the midst of their talk.
9Strive not in a matter that concerneth thee not; and sit not in judgment with sinners.
10My son, meddle not with many matters: for if thou meddle much, thou shalt not be innocent; and if thou follow after, thou shalt not obtain, neither shalt thou escape by fleeing.
11There is one that laboureth, and taketh pains, and maketh haste, and is so much the more behind.
12Again, there is another that is slow, and hath need of help, wanting ability, and full of poverty; yet the eye of the Lord looked upon him for good, and set him up from his low estate,
13And lifted up his head from misery; so that many that saw from him is peace over all the
14Prosperity and adversity, life and death, poverty and riches, come of the Lord.
15Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the law, are of the Lord: love, and the way of good works, are from him.
16Error and darkness had their beginning together with sinners: and evil shall wax old with them that glory therein.
17The gift of the Lord remaineth with the ungodly, and his favour bringeth prosperity for ever.
18There is that waxeth rich by his wariness and pinching, and this his the portion of his reward:
19Whereas he saith, I have found rest, and now will eat continually of my goods; and yet he knoweth not what time shall come upon him, and that he must leave those things to others, and die.
20Be stedfast in thy covenant, and be conversant therein, and wax old in thy work.
21Marvel not at the works of sinners; but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy labour: for it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich.
22The blessing of the Lord is in the reward of the godly, and suddenly he maketh his blessing flourish.
23Say not, What profit is there of my service? and what good things shall I have hereafter?
24Again, say not, I have enough, and possess many things, and what evil shall I have hereafter?
25In the day of prosperity there is a forgetfulness of affliction: and in the day of affliction there is no more remembrance of prosperity.
26For it is an easy thing unto the Lord in the day of death to reward a man according to his ways.
27The affliction of an hour maketh a man forget pleasure: and in his end his deeds shall be discovered.
28Judge none blessed before his death: for a man shall be known in his children.
29Bring not every man into thine house: for the deceitful man hath many trains.
30Like as a partridge taken [and kept] in a cage, so is the heart of the proud; and like as a spy, watcheth he for thy fall:
31For he lieth in wait, and turneth good into evil, and in things worthy praise will lay blame upon thee.
32Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is kindled: and a sinful man layeth wait for blood.
33Take heed of a mischievous man, for he worketh wickedness; lest he bring upon thee a perpetual blot.
34Receive a stranger into thine house, and he will disturb thee, and turn thee out of thine own.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 12
1When thou wilt do good know to whom thou doest it; so shalt thou be thanked for thy benefits.
2Do good to the godly man, and thou shalt find a recompence; and if not from him, yet from the most High.
3There can no good come to him that is always occupied in evil, nor to him that giveth no alms.
4Give to the godly man, and help not a sinner.
5Do well unto him that is lowly, but give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overmaster thee thereby: for [else] thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done unto him.
6For the most High hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance unto the ungodly, and keepeth them against the mighty day of their punishment.
7Give unto the good, and help not the sinner.
8A friend cannot be known in prosperity: and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.
9In the prosperity of a man enemies will be grieved: but in his adversity even a friend will depart.
10Never trust thine enemy: for like as iron rusteth, so is his wickedness.
11Though he humble himself, and go crouching, yet take good heed and beware of him, and thou shalt be unto him as if thou hadst wiped a lookingglass, and thou shalt know that his rust hath not been altogether wiped away.
12Set him not by thee, lest, when he hath overthrown thee, he stand up in thy place; neither let him sit at thy right hand, lest he seek to take thy seat, and thou at the last remember my words, and be pricked therewith.
13Who will pity a charmer that is bitten with a serpent, or any such as come nigh wild beasts?
14So one that goeth to a sinner, and is defiled with him in his sins, who will pity?
15For a while he will abide with thee, but if thou begin to fall, he will not tarry.
16An enemy speaketh sweetly with his lips, but in his heart he imagineth how to throw thee into a pit: he will weep with his eyes, but if he find opportunity, he will not be satisfied with blood.
17If adversity come upon thee, thou shalt find him there first; and though he pretend to help thee, yet shall he undermine thee.
18He will shake his head, and clap his hands, and whisper much, and change his countenance.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 13
1He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith; and he that hath fellowship with a proud man shall be like unto him.
2Burden not thyself above thy power while thou livest; and have no fellowship with one that is mightier and richer than thyself: for how agree the kettle and the earthen pot together? for if the one be smitten against the other, it shall be broken.
3The rich man hath done wrong, and yet he threateneth withal: the poor is wronged, and he must intreat also.
4If thou be for his profit, he will use thee: but if thou have nothing, he will forsake thee.
5If thou have any thing, he will live with thee: yea, he will make thee bare, and will not be sorry for it.
6If he have need of thee, he will deceive thee, and smile upon thee, and put thee in hope; he will speak thee fair, and say, What wantest thou?
7And he will shame thee by his meats, until he have drawn thee dry twice or thrice, and at the last he will laugh thee to scorn afterward, when he seeth thee, he will forsake thee, and shake his head at thee.
8Beware that thou be not deceived and brought down in thy jollity.
9If thou be invited of a mighty man, withdraw thyself, and so much the more will he invite thee.
10Press thou not upon him, lest thou be put back; stand not far off, lest thou be forgotten.
11Affect not to be made equal unto him in talk, and believe not his many words: for with much communication will he tempt thee, and smiling upon thee will get out thy secrets:
12But cruelly he will lay up thy words, and will not spare to do thee hurt, and to put thee in prison.
13Observe, and take good heed, for thou walkest in peril of thy overthrowing: when thou hearest these things, awake in thy sleep.
14Love the Lord all thy life, and call upon him for thy salvation.
15Every beast loveth his like, and every man loveth his neighbor.
16All flesh consorteth according to kind, and a man will cleave to his like.
17What fellowship hath the wolf with the lamb? so the sinner with the godly.
18What agreement is there between the hyena and a dog? and what peace between the rich and the poor?
19As the wild ass is the lion's prey in the wilderness: so the rich eat up the poor.
20As the proud hate humility: so doth the rich abhor the poor.
21A rich man beginning to fall is held up of his friends: but a poor man being down is thrust away by his friends.
22When a rich man is fallen, he hath many helpers: he speaketh things not to be spoken, and yet men justify him: the poor man slipped, and yet they rebuked him too; he spake wisely, and could have no place.
23When a rich man speaketh, every man holdeth his tongue, and, look, what he saith, they extol it to the clouds: but if the poor man speak, they say, What fellow is this? and if he stumble, they will help to overthrow him.
24Riches are good unto him that hath no sin, and poverty is evil in the mouth of the ungodly.
25The heart of a man changeth his countenance, whether it be for good or evil: and a merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.
26A cheerful countenance is a token of a heart that is in prosperity; and the finding out of parables is a wearisome labour of the mind.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 14
1Blessed is the man that hath not slipped with his mouth, and is not pricked with the multitude of sins.
2Blessed is he whose conscience hath not condemned him, and who is not fallen from his hope in the Lord.
3Riches are not comely for a niggard: and what should an envious man do with money?
4He that gathereth by defrauding his own soul gathereth for others, that shall spend his goods riotously.
5He that is evil to himself, to whom will he be good? he shall not take pleasure in his goods.
6There is none worse than he that envieth himself; and this is a recompence of his wickedness.
7And if he doeth good, he doeth it unwillingly; and at the last he will declare his wickedness.
8The envious man hath a wicked eye; he turneth away his face, and despiseth men.
9A covetous man's eye is not satisfied with his portion; and the iniquity of the wicked drieth up his soul.
10A wicked eye envieth [his] bread, and he is a niggard at his table.
11My son, according to thy ability do good to thyself, and give the Lord his due offering.
12Remember that death will not be long in coming, and that the covenant of the grave is not shewed unto thee.
13Do good unto thy friend before thou die, and according to thy ability stretch out thy hand and give to him.
14Defraud not thyself of the good day, and let not the part of a good desire overpass thee.
15Shalt thou not leave thy travails unto another? and thy labours to be divided by lot?
16Give, and take, and sanctify thy soul; for there is no seeking of dainties in the grave.
17All flesh waxeth old as a garment: for the covenant from the beginning is, Thou shalt die the death.
18As of the green leaves on a thick tree, some fall, and some grow; so is the generation of flesh and blood, one cometh to an end, and another is born.
19Every work rotteth and consumeth away, and the worker thereof shall go withal.
20Blessed is the man that doth meditate good things in wisdom, and that reasoneth of holy things by his understanding. ing.
21He that considereth her ways in his heart shall also have understanding in her secrets.
22Go after her as one that traceth, and lie in wait in her ways.
23He that prieth in at her windows shall also hearken at her doors.
24He that doth lodge near her house shall also fasten a pin in her walls.
25He shall pitch his tent nigh unto her, and shall lodge in a lodging where good things are.
26He shall set his children under her shelter, and shall lodge under her branches.
27By her he shall be covered from heat, and in her glory shall he dwell.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 15
1He that feareth the Lord will do good, and he that hath the knowledge of the law shall obtain her.
2And as a mother shall she meet him, and receive him as a wife married of a virgin.
3With the bread of understanding shall she feed him, and give him the water of wisdom to drink.
4He shall be stayed upon her, and shall not be moved; and shall rely upon her, and shall not be confounded.
5She shall exalt him above his neighbours, and in the midst of the congregation shall she open his mouth.
6He shall find joy and a crown of gladness, and she shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.
7But foolish men shall not attain unto her, and sinners shall not see her.
8For she is far from pride, and men that are liars cannot remember her.
9Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner, for it was not sent him of the Lord.
10For praise shall be uttered in wisdom, and the Lord will prosper it.
11Say not thou, It is through the Lord that I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do the things that he hateth.
12Say not thou, He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of the sinful man.
13The Lord hateth all abomination; and they that fear God love it not.
14He himself made man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of his counsel;
15If thou wilt, to keep the commandments, and to perform acceptable faithfulness.
16He hath set fire and water before thee: stretch forth thy hand unto whether thou wilt.
17Before man is life and death; and whether him liketh shall be given him.
18For the wisdom of the Lord is great, and he is mighty in power, and beholdeth all things:
19And his eyes are upon them that fear him, and he knoweth every work of man.
20He hath commanded no man to do wickedly, neither hath he given any man licence to sin.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 16
1Desire not a multitude of unprofitable children, neither delight in ungodly sons.
2Though they multiply, rejoice not in them, except the fear of the Lord be with them.
3Trust not thou in their life, neither respect their multitude: for one that is just is better than a thousand; and better it is to die without children, than to have them that are ungodly.
4For by one that hath understanding shall the city be replenished: but the kindred of the wicked shall speedily become desolate.
5Many such things have I seen with mine eyes, and mine ear hath heard greater things than these.
6In the congregation of the ungodly shall a fire be kindled; and in a rebellious nation wrath is set on fire.
7He was not pacified toward the old giants, who fell away in the strength of their foolishness.
8Neither spared he the place where Lot sojourned, but abhorred them for their pride.
9He pitied not the people of perdition, who were taken away in their sins:
10Nor the six hundred thousand footmen, who were gathered together in the hardness of their hearts.
11And if there be one stiffnecked among the people, it is marvel if he escape unpunished: for mercy and wrath are with him; he is mighty to forgive, and to pour out displeasure.
12As his mercy is great, so is his correction also: he judgeth a man according to his works
13The sinner shall not escape with his spoils: and the patience of the godly shall not be frustrate.
14Make way for every work of mercy: for every man shall find according to his works.
15The Lord hardened Pharaoh, that he should not know him, that his powerful works might be known to the world.
16His mercy is manifest to every creature; and he hath separated his light from the darkness with an adamant.
17Say not thou, I will hide myself from the Lord: shall any remember me from above? I shall not be remembered among so many people: for what is my soul among such an infinite number of creatures?
18Behold, the heaven, and the heaven of heavens, the deep, and the earth, and all that therein is, shall be moved when he shall visit.
19The mountains also and foundations of the earth be shaken with trembling, when the Lord looketh upon them.
20No heart can think upon these things worthily: and who is able to conceive his ways?
21It is a tempest which no man can see: for the most part of his works are hid.
22Who can declare the works of his justice? or who can endure them? for his covenant is afar off, and the trial of all things is in the end.
23He that wanteth understanding will think upon vain things: and a foolish man erring imagineth follies.
24by son, hearken unto me, and learn knowledge, and mark my words with thy heart.
25I will shew forth doctrine in weight, and declare his knowledge exactly.
26The works of the Lord are done in judgment from the beginning: and from the time he made them he disposed the parts thereof.
27He garnished his works for ever, and in his hand are the chief of them unto all generations: they neither labour, nor are weary, nor cease from their works.
28None of them hindereth another, and they shall never disobey his word.
29After this the Lord looked upon the earth, and filled it with his blessings.
30With all manner of living things hath he covered the face thereof; and they shall return into it again.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 17
1The Lord created man of the earth, and turned him into it again.
2He gave them few days, and a short time, and power also over the things therein.
3He endued them with strength by themselves, and made them according to his image,
4And put the fear of man upon all flesh, and gave him dominion over beasts and fowls.
5They received the use of the five operations of the Lord, and in the sixth place he imparted them understanding, and in the seventh speech, an interpreter of the cogitations thereof.]
6Counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, ears, and a heart, gave he them to understand.
7Withal he filled them with the knowledge of understanding, and shewed them good and evil.
8He set his eye upon their hearts, that he might shew them the greatness of his works.
9He gave them to glory in his marvellous acts for ever, that they might declare his works with understanding.
10And the elect shall praise his holy name.
11Beside this he gave them knowledge, and the law of life for an heritage.
12He made an everlasting covenant with them, and shewed them his judgments.
13Their eyes saw the majesty of his glory, and their ears heard his glorious voice.
14And he said unto them, Beware of all unrighteousness; and he gave every man commandment concerning his neighbour.
15Their ways are ever before him, and shall not be hid from his eyes.
16Every man from his youth is given to evil; neither could they make to themselves fleshy hearts for stony.
17For in the division of the nations of the whole earth he set a ruler over every people; but Israel is the Lord's portion:
18Whom, being his firstborn, he nourisheth with discipline, and giving him the light of his love doth not forsake him.
19Therefore all their works are as the sun before him, and his eyes are continually upon their ways.
20None of their unrighteous deeds are hid from him, but all their sins are before the Lord
21But the Lord being gracious and knowing his workmanship, neither left nor forsook them, but spared them.
22The alms of a man is as a signet with him, and he will keep the good deeds of man as the apple of the eye, and give repentance to his sons and daughters.
23Afterwards he will rise up and reward them, and render their recompence upon their heads.
24But unto them that repent, he granted them return, and comforted those that failed in patience.
25Return unto the Lord, and forsake thy sins, make thy prayer before his face, and offend less.
26Turn again to the most High, and turn away from iniquity: for he will lead thee out of darkness into the light of health, and hate thou abomination vehemently.
27Who shall praise the most High in the grave, instead of them which live and give thanks?
28Thanksgiving perisheth from the dead, as from one that is not: the living and sound in heart shall praise the Lord.
29How great is the lovingkindness of the Lord our God, and his compassion unto such as turn unto him in holiness!
30For all things cannot be in men, because the son of man is not immortal.
31What is brighter than the sun? yet the light thereof faileth; and flesh and blood will imagine evil.
32He vieweth the power of the height of heaven; and all men are but earth and ashes.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 18
1He that liveth for ever Hath created all things in general.
2The Lord only is righteous, and there is none other but he,
3Who governeth the world with the palm of his hand, and all things obey his will: for he is the King of all, by his power dividing holy things among them from profane.
4To whom hath he given power to declare his works? and who shall find out his noble acts?
5Who shall number the strength of his majesty? and who shall also tell out his mercies?
6As for the wondrous works of the Lord, there may nothing be taken from them, neither may any thing be put unto them, neither can the ground of them be found out.
7When a man hath done, then he beginneth; and when he leaveth off, then he shall be doubtful.
8What is man, and whereto serveth he? what is his good, and what is his evil?
9The number of a man's days at the most are an hundred years.
10As a drop of water unto the sea, and a gravelstone in comparison of the sand; so are a thousand years to the days of eternity.
11Therefore is God patient with them, and poureth forth his mercy upon them.
12He saw and perceived their end to be evil; therefore he multiplied his compassion.
13The mercy of man is toward his neighbour; but the mercy of the Lord is upon all flesh: he reproveth, and nurtureth, and teacheth and bringeth again, as a shepherd his flock.
14He hath mercy on them that receive discipline, and that diligently seek after his judgments.
15My son, blemish not thy good deeds, neither use uncomfortable words when thou givest any thing.
16Shall not the dew asswage the heat? so is a word better than a gift.
17Lo, is not a word better than a gift? but both are with a gracious man.
18A fool will upbraid churlishly, and a gift of the envious consumeth the eyes.
19Learn before thou speak, and use physick or ever thou be sick.
20Before judgment examine thyself, and in the day of visitation thou shalt find mercy.
21Humble thyself before thou be sick, and in the time of sins shew repentance.
22Let nothing hinder thee to pay thy vow in due time, and defer not until death to be justified.
23Before thou prayest, prepare thyself; and be not as one that tempteth the Lord.
24Think upon the wrath that shall be at the end, and the time of vengeance, when he shall turn away his face.
25When thou hast enough, remember the time of hunger: and when thou art rich, think upon poverty and need.
26From the morning until the evening the time is changed, and all things are soon done before the Lord.
27A wise man will fear in every thing, and in the day of sinning he will beware of offence: but a fool will not observe time.
28Every man of understanding knoweth wisdom, and will give praise unto him that found her.
29They that were of understanding in sayings became also wise themselves, and poured forth exquisite parables.
30Go not after thy lusts, but refrain thyself from thine appetites.
31If thou givest thy soul the desires that please her, she will make thee a laughingstock to thine enemies that malign thee.
32Take not pleasure in much good cheer, neither be tied to the expence thereof.
33Be not made a beggar by banqueting upon borrowing, when thou hast nothing in thy purse: for thou shalt lie in wait for thine own life, and be talked on.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 19
1A labouring man that A is given to drunkenness shall not be rich: and he that contemneth small things shall fall by little and little.
2Wine and women will make men of understanding to fall away: and he that cleaveth to harlots will become impudent.
3Moths and worms shall have him to heritage, and a bold man shall be taken away.
4He that is hasty to give credit is lightminded; and he that sinneth shall offend against his own soul.
5Whoso taketh pleasure in wickedness shall be condemned: but he that resisteth pleasures crowneth his life.
6He that can rule his tongue shall live without strife; and he that hateth babbling shall have less evil.
7Rehearse not unto another that which is told unto thee, and thou shalt fare never the worse.
8Whether it be to friend or foe, talk not of other men's lives; and if thou canst without offence, reveal them not.
9For he heard and observed thee, and when time cometh he will hate thee.
10If thou hast heard a word, let it die with thee; and be bold, it will not burst thee.
11A fool travaileth with a word, as a woman in labour of a child.
12As an arrow that sticketh in a man's thigh, so is a word within a fool's belly.
13Admonish a friend, it may be he hath not done it: and if he have done it, that he do it no more.
14Admonish thy friend, it may be he hath not said it: and if he have, that he speak it not again.
15Admonish a friend: for many times it is a slander, and believe not every tale.
16There is one that slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart; and who is he that hath not offended with his tongue?
17Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him; and not being angry, give place to the law of the most High.
18The fear of the Lord is the first step to be accepted [of him,] and wisdom obtaineth his love.
19The knowledge of the commandments of the Lord is the doctrine of life: and they that do things that please him shall receive the fruit of the tree of immortality.
20The fear of the Lord is all wisdom; and in all wisdom is the performance of the law, and the knowledge of his omnipotency.
21If a servant say to his master, I will not do as it pleaseth thee; though afterward he do it, he angereth him that nourisheth him.
22The knowledge of wickedness is not wisdom, neither at any time the counsel of sinners prudence.
23There is a wickedness, and the same an abomination; and there is a fool wanting in wisdom.
24He that hath small understanding, and feareth God, is better than one that hath much wisdom, and transgresseth the law of the most High.
25There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is unjust; and there is one that turneth aside to make judgment appear; and there is a wise man that justifieth in judgment.
26There is a wicked man that hangeth down his head sadly; but inwardly he is full of deceit,
27Casting down his countenance, and making as if he heard not: where he is not known, he will do thee a mischief before thou be aware.
28And if for want of power he be hindered from sinning, yet when he findeth opportunity he will do evil.
29A man may be known by his look, and one that hath understanding by his countenance, when thou meetest him.
30A man's attire, and excessive laughter, and gait, shew what he is.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 20
1There is a reproof that is not comely: again, some man holdeth his tongue, and he is wise.
2It is much better to reprove, than to be angry secretly: and he that confesseth his fault shall be preserved from hurt.
3How good is it, when thou art reproved, to shew repentance! for so shalt thou escape wilful sin.
4As is the lust of an eunuch to deflower a virgin; so is he that executeth judgment with violence.
5There is one that keepeth silence, and is found wise: and another by much babbling becometh hateful.
6Some man holdeth his tongue, because he hath not to answer: and some keepeth silence, knowing his time.
7A wise man will hold his tongue till he see opportunity: but a babbler and a fool will regard no time.
8He that useth many words shall be abhorred; and he that taketh to himself authority therein shall be hated.
9There is a sinner that hath good success in evil things; and there is a gain that turneth to loss.
10There is a gift that shall not profit thee; and there is a gift whose recompence is double.
11There is an abasement because of glory; and there is that lifteth up his head from a low estate.
12There is that buyeth much for a little, and repayeth it sevenfold.
13A wise man by his words maketh him beloved: but the graces of fools shall be poured out.
14The gift of a fool shall do thee no good when thou hast it; neither yet of the envious for his necessity: for he looketh to receive many things for one.
15He giveth little, and upbraideth much; he openeth his mouth like a crier; to day he lendeth, and to morrow will he ask it again: such an one is to be hated of God and man.
16The fool saith, I have no friends, I have no thank for all my good deeds, and they that eat my bread speak evil of me.
17How oft, and of how many shall he be laughed to scorn! for he knoweth not aright what it is to have; and it is all one unto him as if he had it not.
18To slip upon a pavement is better than to slip with the tongue: so the fall of the wicked shall come speedily.
19An unseasonable tale will always be in the mouth of the unwise.
20A wise sentence shall be rejected when it cometh out of a fool's mouth; for he will not speak it in due season.
21There is that is hindered from sinning through want: and when he taketh rest, he shall not be troubled.
22There is that destroyeth his own soul through bashfulness, and by accepting of persons overthroweth himself.
23There is that for bashfulness promiseth to his friend, and maketh him his enemy for nothing.
24A lie is a foul blot in a man, yet it is continually in the mouth of the untaught.
25A thief is better than a man that is accustomed to lie: but they both shall have destruction to heritage.
26The disposition of a liar is dishonourable, and his shame is ever with him.
27A wise man shall promote himself to honour with his words: and he that hath understanding will please great men.
28He that tilleth his land shall increase his heap: and he that pleaseth great men shall get pardon for iniquity.
29Presents and gifts blind the eyes of the wise, and stop up his mouth that he cannot reprove.
30Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is hoarded up, what profit is in them both?
31Better is he that hideth his folly than a man that hideth his wisdom.
32Necessary patience in seeking ing the Lord is better than he that leadeth his life without a guide.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 21
1My son, hast thou sinned? do so no more, but ask pardon for thy former sins.
2Flee from sin as from the face of a serpent: for if thou comest too near it, it will bite thee: the teeth thereof are as the teeth of a lion, slaying the souls of men.
3All iniquity is as a two edged sword, the wounds whereof cannot be healed.
4To terrify and do wrong will waste riches: thus the house of proud men shall be made desolate.
5A prayer out of a poor man's mouth reacheth to the ears of God, and his judgment cometh speedily.
6He that hateth to be reproved is in the way of sinners: but he that feareth the Lord will repent from his heart.
7An eloquent man is known far and near; but a man of understanding knoweth when he slippeth.
8He that buildeth his house with other men's money is like one that gathereth himself stones for the tomb of his burial.
9The congregation of the wicked is like tow wrapped together: and the end of them is a flame of fire to destroy them.
10The way of sinners is made plain with stones, but at the end thereof is the pit of hell.
11He that keepeth the law of the Lord getteth the understanding thereof: and the perfection of the fear of the Lord is wisdom.
12He that is not wise will not be taught: but there is a wisdom which multiplieth bitterness.
13The knowledge of a wise man shall abound like a flood: and his counsel is like a pure fountain of life.
14The inner parts of a fool are like a broken vessel, and he will hold no knowledge as long as he liveth.
15If a skilful man hear a wise word, he will commend it, and add unto it: but as soon as one of no understanding heareth it, it displeaseth him, and he casteth it behind his back.
16The talking of a fool is like a burden in the way: but grace shall be found in the lips of the wise.
17They enquire at the mouth of the wise man in the congregation, and they shall ponder his words in their heart.
18As is a house that is destroyed, so is wisdom to a fool: and the knowledge of the unwise is as talk without sense.
19Doctrine unto fools is as fetters on the feet, and like manacles on the right hand.
20A fool lifteth up his voice with laughter; but a wise man doth scarce smile a little.
21Learning is unto a wise man as an ornament of gold, and like a bracelet upon his right arm.
22A foolish man's foot is soon in his [neighbour's] house: but a man of experience is ashamed of him.
23A fool will peep in at the door into the house: but he that is well nurtured will stand without.
24It is the rudeness of a man to hearken at the door: but a wise man will be grieved with the disgrace.
25The lips of talkers will be telling such things as pertain not unto them: but the words of such as have understanding are weighed in the balance.
26The heart of fools is in their mouth: but the mouth of the wise is in their heart.
27When the ungodly curseth Satan, he curseth his own soul.
28A whisperer defileth his own soul, and is hated wheresoever he dwelleth.