The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 23
1O Lord, Father and Governor of all my whole life, leave me not to their counsels, and let me not fall by them.
2Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom over mine heart? that they spare me not for mine ignorances, and it pass not by my sins:
3Lest mine ignorances increase, and my sins abound to my destruction, and I fall before mine adversaries, and mine enemy rejoice over me, whose hope is far from thy mercy.
4O Lord, Father and God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from thy servants always a haughty mind.
5Turn away from me vain hopes and concupiscence, and thou shalt hold him up that is desirous always to serve thee.
6Let not the greediness of the belly nor lust of the flesh take hold of me; and give not over me thy servant into an impudent mind.
7Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth: he that keepeth it shall never be taken in his lips.
8The sinner shall be left in his foolishness: both the evil speaker and the proud shall fall thereby.
9Accustom not thy mouth to swearing; neither use thyself to the naming of the Holy One.
10For as a servant that is continually beaten shall not be without a blue mark: so he that sweareth and nameth God continually shall not be faultless.
11A man that useth much swearing shall be filled with iniquity, and the plague shall never depart from his house: if he shall offend, his sin shall be upon him: and if he acknowledge not his sin, he maketh a double offence: and if he swear in vain, he shall not be innocent, but his house shall be full of calamities.
12There is a word that is clothed about with death: God grant that it be not found in the heritage of Jacob; for all such things shall be far from the godly, and they shall not wallow in their sins.
13Use not thy mouth to intemperate swearing, for therein is the word of sin.
14Remember thy father and thy mother, when thou sittest among great men. Be not forgetful before them, and so thou by thy custom become a fool, and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse they day of thy nativity.
15The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words will never be reformed all the days of his life.
16Two sorts of men multiply sin, and the third will bring wrath: a hot mind is as a burning fire, it will never be quenched till it be consumed: a fornicator in the body of his flesh will never cease till he hath kindled a fire.
17All bread is sweet to a whoremonger, he will not leave off till he die.
18A man that breaketh wedlock, saying thus in his heart, Who seeth me? I am compassed about with darkness, the walls cover me, and no body seeth me; what need I to fear? the most High will not remember my sins:
19Such a man only feareth the eyes of men, and knoweth not that the eyes of the Lord are ten thousand times brighter than the sun, beholding all the ways of men, and considering the most secret parts.
20He knew all things ere ever they were created; so also after they were perfected he looked upon them all.
21This man shall be punished in the streets of the city, and where he suspecteth not he shall be taken.
22Thus shall it go also with the wife that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir by another.
23For first, she hath disobeyed the law of the most High; and secondly, she hath trespassed against her own husband; and thirdly, she hath played the whore in adultery, and brought children by another man.
24She shall be brought out into the congregation, and inquisition shall be made of her children.
25Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit.
26She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her reproach shall not be blotted out.
27And they that remain shall know that there is nothing better than the fear of the Lord, and that there is nothing sweeter than to take heed unto the commandments of the Lord.
28It is great glory to follow the Lord, and to be received of him is long life.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 24
1Wisdom shall praise herself, and shall glory in the midst of her people.
2In the congregation of the most High shall she open her mouth, and triumph before his power.
3I came out of the mouth of the most High, and covered the earth as a cloud.
4I dwelt in high places, and my throne is in a cloudy pillar.
5I alone compassed the circuit of heaven, and walked in the bottom of the deep.
6In the waves of the sea and in all the earth, and in every people and nation, I got a possession.
7With all these I sought rest: and in whose inheritance shall I abide?
8So the Creator of all things gave me a commandment, and he that made me caused my tabernacle to rest, and said, Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thine inheritance in Israel.
9He created me from the beginning before the world, and I shall never fail.
10In the holy tabernacle I served before him; and so was I established in Sion.
11Likewise in the beloved city he gave me rest, and in Jerusalem was my power.
12And I took root in an honourable people, even in the portion of the Lord's inheritance.
13I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and as a cypress tree upon the mountains of Hermon.
14I was exalted like a palm tree in En-gaddi, and as a rose plant in Jericho, as a fair olive tree in a pleasant field, and grew up as a plane tree by the water.
15I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aspalathus, and I yielded a pleasant odour like the best myrrh, as galbanum, and onyx, and sweet storax, and as the fume of frankincense in the tabernacle.
16As the turpentine tree I stretched out my branches, and my branches are the branches of honour and grace.
17As the vine brought I forth pleasant savour, and my flowers are the fruit of honour and riches.
18I am the mother of fair love, and fear, and knowledge, and holy hope: I therefore, being eternal, am given to all my children which are named of him.
19Come unto me, all ye that be desirous of me, and fill yourselves with my fruits.
20For my memorial is sweeter than honey, and mine inheritance than the honeycomb.
21They that eat me shall yet be hungry, and they that drink me shall yet be thirsty.
22He that obeyeth me shall never be confounded, and they that work by me shall not do amiss.
23All these things are the book of the covenant of the most high God, even the law which Moses commanded for an heritage unto the congregations of Jacob.
24Faint not to be strong in the Lord; that he may confirm you, cleave unto him: for the Lord Almighty is God alone, and beside him there is no other Saviour.
25He filleth all things with his wisdom, as Phison and as Tigris in the time of the new fruits.
26He maketh the understanding to abound like Euphrates, and as Jordan in the time of the harvest.
27He maketh the doctrine of knowledge appear as the light, and as Geon in the time of vintage.
28The first man knew her not perfectly: no more shall the last find her out.
29For her thoughts are more than the sea, and her counsels profounder than the great deep.
30I also came out as a brook from a river, and as a conduit into a garden.
31I said, I will water my best garden, and will water abundantly my garden bed: and, lo, my brook became a river, and my river became a sea.
32I will yet make doctrine to shine as the morning, and will send forth her light afar off.
33I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and leave it to all ages for ever.
34Behold that I have not laboured for myself only, but for all them that seek wisdom.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 25
1In three things I was beautified, and stood up beautiful both before God and men: the unity of brethren, the love of neighbours, a man and a wife that agree together.
2Three sorts of men my soul hateth, and I am greatly offended at their life: a poor man that is proud, a rich man that is a liar, and an old adulterer that doateth.
3If thou hast gathered nothing in thy youth, how canst thou find any thing in thine age?
4O how comely a thing is judgment for gray hairs, and for ancient men to know counsel!
5O how comely is the wisdom of old men, and understanding and counsel to men of honour.
6Much experience is the crown of old men, and the fear of God is their glory.
7There be nine things which I have judged in mine heart to be happy, and the tenth I will utter with my tongue: A man that hath joy of his children; and he that liveth to see the fall of his enemy:
8Well is him that dwelleth with a wife of understanding, and that hath not slipped with his tongue, and that hath not served a man more unworthy than himself:
9Well is him that hath found prudence, and he that speaketh in the ears of them that will hear:
10O how great is he that findeth wisdom! yet is there none above him that feareth the Lord.
11But the love of the Lord passeth all things for illumination: he that holdeth it, whereto shall he be likened?
12The fear of the Lord is the beginning of his love: and faith is the beginning of cleaving unto him.
13[Give me] any plague, but the plague of the heart: and any wickedness, but the wickedness of a woman:
14And any affliction, but the affliction from them that hate me: and any revenge, but the revenge of enemies.
15There is no head above the head of a serpent; and there is no wrath above the wrath of an enemy.
16I had rather dwell with a lion and a dragon, than to keep house with a wicked woman.
17The wickedness of a woman changeth her face, and darkeneth her countenance like sackcloth.
18Her husband shall sit among his neighbours; and when he heareth it shall sigh bitterly.
19All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman: let the portion of a sinner fall upon her.
20As the climbing up a sandy way is to the feet of the aged, so is a wife full of words to a quiet man.
21Stumble not at the beauty of a woman, and desire her not for pleasure.
22A woman, if she maintain her husband, is full of anger, impudence, and much reproach.
23A wicked woman abateth the courage, maketh an heavy countenance and a wounded heart: a woman that will not comfort her husband in distress maketh weak hands and feeble knees.
24Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die.
25Give the water no passage; neither a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad.
26If she go not as thou wouldest have her, cut her off from thy flesh, and give her a bill of divorce, and let her go.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 26
1Blessed is the man that hath a virtuous wife, for the number of his days shall be double.
2A virtuous woman rejoiceth her husband, and he shall fulfil the years of his life in peace.
3A good wife is a good portion, which shall be given in the portion of them that fear the Lord.
4Whether a man be rich or poor, if he have a good heart toward the Lord, he shall at all times rejoice with a cheerful countenance.
5There be three things that mine heart feareth; and for the fourth I was sore afraid: the slander of a city, the gathering together of an unruly multitude, and a false accusation: all these are worse than death.
6But a grief of heart and sorrow is a woman that is jealous over another woman, and a scourge of the tongue which communicateth with all.
7An evil wife is a yoke shaken to and fro: he that hath hold of her is as though he held a scorpion.
8A drunken woman and a gadder abroad causeth great anger, and she will not cover her own shame.
9The whoredom of a woman may be known in her haughty looks and eyelids.
10If thy daughter be shameless, keep her in straitly, lest she abuse herself through overmuch liberty.
11Watch over an impudent eye: and marvel not if she trespass against thee.
12She will open her mouth, as a thirsty traveller when he hath found a fountain, and drink of every water near her: by every hedge will she sit down, and open her quiver against every arrow.
13The grace of a wife delighteth her husband, and her discretion will fatten his bones.
14A silent and loving woman is a gift of the Lord; and there is nothing so much worth as a mind well instructed.
15A shamefaced and faithful woman is a double grace, and her continent mind cannot be valued.
16As the sun when it ariseth in the high heaven; so is the beauty of a good wife in the ordering of her house.
17As the clear light is upon the holy candlestick; so is the beauty of the face in ripe age.
18As the golden pillars are upon the sockets of silver; so are the fair feet with a constant heart.
19My son, keep the flower of thine age sound; and give not thy strength to strangers.
20When thou hast gotten a fruitful possession through all the field, sow it with thine own seed, trusting in the goodness of thy stock.
21So thy race which thou leavest shall be magnified, having the confidence of their good descent.
22An harlot shall be accounted as spittle; but a married woman is a tower against death to her husband.
23A wicked woman is given as a portion to a wicked man: but a godly woman is given to him that feareth the Lord.
24A dishonest woman contemneth shame: but an honest woman will reverence her husband.
25A shameless woman shall be counted as a dog; but she that is shamefaced will fear the Lord.
26A woman that honoureth her husband shall be judged wise of all; but she that dishonoureth him in her pride shall be counted ungodly of all.
27A loud crying woman and a scold shall be sought out to drive away the enemies.
28There be two things that grieve my heart; and the third maketh me angry: a man of war that suffereth poverty; and men of understanding that are not set by; and one that returneth from righteousness to sin; the Lord prepareth such an one for the sword.
29A merchant shall hardly keep himself from doing wrong; and an huckster shall not be freed from sin.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 27
1Many have sinned for a small matter; and he that seeketh for abundance will turn his eyes away.
2As a nail sticketh fast between the joinings of the stones; so doth sin stick close between buying and selling.
3Unless a man hold himself diligently in the fear of the Lord, his house shall soon be overthrown.
4As when one sifteth with a sieve, the refuse remaineth; so the filth of man in his talk.
5The furnace proveth the potter's vessels; so the trial of man is in his reasoning.
6The fruit declareth if the tree have been dressed; so is the utterance of a conceit in the heart of man.
7Praise no man before thou hearest him speak; for this is the trial of men.
8If thou followest righteousness, thou shalt obtain her, and put her on, as a glorious long robe.
9The birds will resort unto their like; so will truth return unto them that practise in her.
10As the lion lieth in wait for the prey; so sin for them that work iniquity.
11The discourse of a godly man is always with wisdom; but a fool changeth as the moon.
12If thou be among the indiscreet, observe the time; but be continually among men of understanding.
13The discourse of fools is irksome, and their sport is the wantonness of sin.
14The talk of him that sweareth much maketh the hair stand upright; and their brawls make one stop his ears.
15The strife of the proud is bloodshedding, and their revilings are grievous to the ear.
16Whoso discovereth secrets loseth his credit; and shall never find friend to his mind.
17Love thy friend, and be faithful unto him: but if thou betrayest his secrets, follow no more after him.
18For as a man hath destroyed his enemy; so hast thou lost the love of thy neighbor.
19As one that letteth a bird go out of his hand, so hast thou let thy neighbour go, and shalt not get him again
20Follow after him no more, for he is too far off; he is as a roe escaped out of the snare.
21As for a wound, it may be bound up; and after reviling there may be reconcilement: but he that betrayeth secrets is without hope.
22He that winketh with the eyes worketh evil: and he that knoweth him will depart from him.
23When thou art present, he will speak sweetly, and will admire thy words: but at the last he will writhe his mouth, and slander thy sayings.
24I have hated many things, but nothing like him; for the Lord will hate him.
25Whoso casteth a stone on high casteth it on his own head; and a deceitful stroke shall make wounds.
26Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that setteth a trap shall be taken therein.
27He that worketh mischief, it shall fall upon him, and he shall not know whence it cometh.
28Mockery and reproach are from the proud; but vengeance, as a lion, shall lie in wait for them.
29They that rejoice at the fall of the righteous shall be taken in the snare; and anguish shall consume them before they die.
30Malice and wrath, even these are abominations; and the sinful man shall have them both.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 28
1He that revengeth shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins [in remembrance.]
2Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so shall thy sins also be forgiven when thou prayest.
3One man beareth hatred against another, and doth he seek pardon from the Lord?
4He sheweth no mercy to a man, which is like himself: and doth he ask forgiveness of his own sins?
5If he that is but flesh nourish hatred, who will intreat for pardon of his sins?
6Remember thy end, and let enmity cease; [remember] corruption and death, and abide in the commandments.
7Remember the commandments, and bear no malice to thy neighbour: [remember] the covenant of the Highest, and wink at ignorance.
8Abstain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins: for a furious man will kindle strife,
9A sinful man disquieteth friends, and maketh debate among them that be at peace.
10As the matter of the fire is, so it burneth: and as a man's strength is, so is his wrath; and according to his riches his anger riseth; and the stronger they are which contend, the more they will be inflamed.
11An hasty contention kindleth a fire: and an hasty fighting sheddeth blood.
12If thou blow the spark, it shall burn: if thou spit upon it, it shall be quenched: and both these come out of thy mouth.
13Curse the whisperer and doubletongued: for such have destroyed many that were at peace.
14A backbiting tongue hath disquieted many, and driven them from nation to nation: strong cities hath it pulled down, and overthrown the houses of great men.
15A backbiting tongue hath cast out virtuous women, and deprived them of their labours.
16Whoso hearkeneth unto it shall never find rest, and never dwell quietly.
17The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones.
18Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue.
19Well is he that is defended through the venom thereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor hath been bound in her bands.
20For the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are bands of brass.
21The death thereof is an evil death, the grave were better than it.
22It shall not have rule over them that fear God, neither shall they be burned with the flame thereof.
23Such as forsake the Lord shall fall into it; and it shall burn in them, and not be quenched; it shall be sent upon them as a lion, and devour them as a leopard.
24Look that thou hedge thy possession about with thorns, and bind up thy silver and gold,
25And weigh thy words in a balance, and make a door and bar for thy mouth.
26Beware thou slide not by it, lest thou fall before him that lieth in wait.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 29
1He that is merciful will lend unto his neighbour; and he that strengtheneth his hand keepeth the commandments.
2Lend to thy neighbour in time of his need, and pay thou thy neighbour again in due season.
3Keep thy word, and deal faithfully with him, and thou shalt always find the thing that is necessary for thee.
4Many, when a thing was lent them, reckoned it to be found, and put them to trouble that helped them.
5Till he hath received, he will kiss a man's hand; and for his neighbour's money he will speak submissly: but when he should repay, he will prolong the time, and return words of grief, and complain of the time.
6If he prevail, he shall hardly receive the half, and he will count as if he had found it: if not, he hath deprived him of his money, and he hath gotten him an enemy without cause: he payeth him with cursings and railings; and for honour he will pay him disgrace.
7Many therefore have refused to lend for other men's ill dealing, fearing to be defrauded.
8Yet have thou patience with a man in poor estate, and delay not to shew him mercy.
9Help the poor for the commandment's sake, and turn him not away because of his poverty.
10Lose thy money for thy brother and thy friend, and let it not rust under a stone to be lost.
11Lay up thy treasure according to the commandments of the most High, and it shall bring thee more profit than gold.
12Shut up alms in thy storehouses: and it shall deliver thee from all affliction.
13It shall fight for thee against thine enemies better than a mighty shield and strong spear.
14An honest man is surety for his neighbour: but he that is impudent will forsake him.
15Forget not the friendship of thy surety, for he hath given his life for thee.
16A sinner will overthrow the good estate of his surety:
17And he that is of an unthankful mind will leave him [in danger] that delivered him.
18Suretiship hath undone many of good estate, and shaken them as a wave of the sea: mighty men hath it driven from their houses, so that they wandered among strange nations.
19A wicked man transgressing the commandments of the Lord shall fall into suretiship: and he that undertaketh and followeth other men's business for gain shall fall into suits.
20Help thy neighbour according to thy power, and beware that thou thyself fall not into the same.
21The chief thing for life is water, and bread, and clothing, and an house to cover shame.
22Better is the life of a poor man in a mean cottage, than delicate fare in another man's house.
23Be it little or much, hold thee contented, that thou hear not the reproach of thy house.
24For it is a miserable life to go from house to house: for where thou art a stranger, thou darest not open thy mouth.
25Thou shalt entertain, and feast, and have no thanks: moreover thou shalt hear bitter words:
26Come, thou stranger, and furnish a table, and feed me of that thou hast ready.
27Give place, thou stranger, to an honourable man; my brother cometh to be lodged, and I have need of mine house.
28These things are grievous to a man of understanding; the upbraiding of houseroom, and reproaching of the lender.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 30
1He that loveth his son causeth him oft to feel the rod, that he may have joy of him in the end.
2He that chastiseth his son shall have joy in him, and shall rejoice of him among his acquaintance.
3He that teacheth his son grieveth the enemy: and before his friends he shall rejoice of him.
4Though his father die, yet he is as though he were not dead: for he hath left one behind him that is like himself.
5While he lived, he saw and rejoiced in him: and when he died, he was not sorrowful.
6He left behind him an avenger against his enemies, and one that shall requite kindness to his friends.
7He that maketh too much of his son shall bind up his wounds; and his bowels will be troubled at every cry.
8An horse not broken becometh headstrong: and a child left to himself will be wilful.
9Cocker thy child, and he shall make thee afraid: play with him, and he will bring thee to heaviness.
10Laugh not with him, lest thou have sorrow with him, and lest thou gnash thy teeth in the end.
11Give him no liberty in his youth, and wink not at his follies.
12Bow down his neck while he is young, and beat him on the sides while he is a child, lest he wax stubborn, and be disobedient unto thee, and so bring sorrow to thine heart.
13Chastise thy son, and hold him to labour, lest his lewd behaviour be an offence unto thee.
14Better is the poor, being sound and strong of constitution, than a rich man that is afflicted in his body.
15Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth.
16There is no riches above a sound body, and no joy above the joy of the heart.
17Death is better than a bitter life or continual sickness.
18Delicates poured upon a mouth shut up are as messes of meat set upon a grave.
19What good doeth the offering unto an idol? for neither can it eat nor smell: so is he that is persecuted of the Lord.
20He seeth with his eyes and groaneth, as an eunuch that embraceth a virgin and sigheth.
21Give not over thy mind to heaviness, and afflict not thyself in thine own counsel.
22The gladness of the heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days.
23Love thine own soul, and comfort thy heart, remove sorrow far from thee: for sorrow hath killed many, and there is no profit therein.
24Envy and wrath shorten the life, and carefulness bringeth age before the time.
25A cheerful and good heart will have a care of his meat and diet.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 31
1Watching for riches consumeth the flesh, and the care thereof driveth away sleep.
2Watching care will not let a man slumber, as a sore disease breaketh sleep,
3The rich hath great labour in gathering riches together; and when he resteth, he is filled with his delicates.
4The poor laboureth in his poor estate; and when he leaveth off, he is still needy.
5He that loveth gold shall not be justified, and he that followeth corruption shall have enough thereof.
6Gold hath been the ruin of many, and their destruction was present.
7It is a stumblingblock unto them that sacrifice unto it, and every fool shall be taken therewith.
8Blessed is the rich that is found without blemish, and hath not gone after gold.
9Who is he? and we will call him blessed: for wonderful things hath he done among his people.
10Who hath been tried thereby, and found perfect? then let him glory. Who might offend, and hath not offended? or done evil, and hath not done it?
11His goods shall be established, and the congregation shall declare his alms.
12If thou sit at a bountiful table, be not greedy upon it, and say not, There is much meat on it.
13Remember that a wicked eye is an evil thing: and what is created more wicked than an eye? therefore it weepeth upon every occasion.
14Stretch not thine hand whithersoever it looketh, and thrust it not with him into the dish.
15Judge not thy neighbour by thyself: and be discreet in every point.
16Eat as it becometh a man, those things which are set before thee; and devour note, lest thou be hated.
17Leave off first for manners' sake; and be not unsatiable, lest thou offend.
18When thou sittest among many, reach not thine hand out first of all.
19A very little is sufficient for a man well nurtured, and he fetcheth not his wind short upon his bed.
20Sound sleep cometh of moderate eating: he riseth early, and his wits are with him: but the pain of watching, and choler, and pangs of the belly, are with an unsatiable man.
21And if thou hast been forced to eat, arise, go forth, vomit, and thou shalt have rest.
22My son, hear me, and despise me not, and at the last thou shalt find as I told thee: in all thy works be quick, so shall there no sickness come unto thee.
23Whoso is liberal of his meat, men shall speak well of him; and the report of his good housekeeping will be believed.
24But against him that is a niggard of his meat the whole city shall murmur; and the testimonies of his niggardness shall not be doubted of.
25Shew not thy valiantness in wine; for wine hath destroyed many.
26The furnace proveth the edge by dipping: so doth wine the hearts of the proud by drunkeness.
27Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
28Wine measurably drunk and in season bringeth gladness of the heart, and cheerfulness of the mind:
29But wine drunken with excess maketh bitterness of the mind, with brawling and quarrelling.
30Drunkenness increaseth the rage of a fool till he offend: it diminisheth strength, and maketh wounds.
31Rebuke not thy neighbour at the wine, and despise him not in his mirth: give him no despiteful words, and press not upon him with urging him [to drink.]
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 32
1If thou be made the master [of a feast,] lift not thyself up, but be among them as one of the rest; take diligent care for them, and so sit down.
2And when thou hast done all thy office, take thy place, that thou mayest be merry with them, and receive a crown for thy well ordering of the feast.
3Speak, thou that art the elder, for it becometh thee, but with sound judgment; and hinder not musick.
4Pour not out words where there is a musician, and shew not forth wisdom out of time.
5A concert of musick in a banquet of wine is as a signet of carbuncle set in gold.
6As a signet of an emerald set in a work of gold, so is the melody of musick with pleasant wine.
7Speak, young man, if there be need of thee: and yet scarcely when thou art twice asked.
8Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in few words; be as one that knoweth and yet holdeth his tongue.
9If thou be among great men, make not thyself equal with them; and when ancient men are in place, use not many words.
10Before the thunder goeth lightning; and before a shamefaced man shall go favour.
11Rise up betimes, and be not the last; but get thee home without delay.
12There take thy pastime, and do what thou wilt: but sin not by proud speech.
13And for these things bless him that made thee, and hath replenished thee with his good things.
14Whoso feareth the Lord will receive his discipline; and they that seek him early shall find favour.
15He that seeketh the law shall be filled therewith: but the hypocrite will be offended thereat.
16They that fear the Lord shall find judgment, and shall kindle justice as a light.
17A sinful man will not be reproved, but findeth an excuse according to his will.
18A man of counsel will be considerate; but a strange and proud man is not daunted with fear, even when of himself he hath done without counsel.
19Do nothing without advice; and when thou hast once done, repent not.
20Go not in a way wherein thou mayest fall, and stumble not among the stones.
21Be not confident in a plain way.
22And beware of thine own children.
23In every good work trust thy own soul; for this is the keeping of the commandments.
24He that believeth in the Lord taketh heed to the commandment; and he that trusteth in him shall fare never the worse.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 33
1There shall no evil happen unto him that feareth the Lord; but in temptation even again he will deliver him.
2A wise man hateth not the law; but he that is an hypocrite therein is as a ship in a storm.
3A man of understanding trusteth in the law; and the law is faithful unto him, as an oracle.
4Prepare what to say, and so thou shalt be heard: and bind up instruction, and then make answer.
5The heart of the foolish is like a cartwheel; and his thoughts are like a rolling axletree.
6A stallion horse is as a mocking friend, he neigheth under every one that sitteth upon him.
7Why doth one day excel another, when as all the light of every day in the year is of the sun?
8By the knowledge of the Lord they were distinguished: and he altered seasons and feasts.
9Some of them hath he made high days, and hallowed them, and some of them hath he made ordinary days.
10And all men are from the ground, and Adam was created of earth:
11In much knowledge the Lord hath divided them, and made their ways diverse.
12Some of them hath he blessed and exalted and some of them he sanctified, and set near himself: but some of them hath he cursed and brought low, and turned out of their places.
13As the clay is in the potter's hand, to fashion it at his pleasure: so man is in the hand of him that made him, to render to them as liketh him best.
14Good is set against evil, and life against death: so is the godly against the sinner, and the sinner against the godly.
15So look upon all the works of the most High; and there are two and two, one against another.
16I awaked up last of all, as one that gathereth after the grapegatherers: by the blessing of the Lord I profited, and tred my winepress like a gatherer of grapes.
17Consider that I laboured not for myself only, but for all them that seek learning.
18Hear me, O ye great men of the people, and hearken with your ears, ye rulers of the congregation.
19Give not thy son and wife, thy brother and friend, power over thee while thou livest, and give not thy goods to another: lest it repent thee, and thou intreat for the same again.
20As long as thou livest and hast breath in thee, give not thyself over to any.
21For better it is that thy children should seek to thee, than that thou shouldest stand to their courtesy.
22In all thy works keep to thyself the preeminence; leave not a stain in thine honour.
23At the time when thou shalt end thy days, and finish thy life, distribute thine inheritance.
24Fodder, a wand, and burdens, are for the ass; and bread, correction, and work, for a servant.
25If thou set thy servant to labour, thou shalt find rest: but if thou let him go idle, he shall seek liberty.
26A yoke and a collar do bow the neck: so are tortures and torments for an evil servant.
27Send him to labour, that he be not idle; for idleness teacheth much evil.
28Set him to work, as is fit for him: if he be not obedient, put on more heavy fetters.
29But be not excessive toward any; and without discretion do nothing.
30If thou have a servant, let him be unto thee as thyself, because thou hast bought him with a price.
31If thou have a servant, entreat him as a brother: for thou hast need of him, as of thine own soul: if thou entreat him evil, and he run from thee, which way wilt thou go to seek him?
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 34
1The hopes of a man void of understanding are vain and false: and dreams lift up fools.
2Whoso regardeth dreams is like him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind.
3The vision of dreams is the resemblance of one thing to another, even as the likeness of a face to a face.
4Of an unclean thing what can be cleansed? and from that thing which is false what truth can come?
5Divinations, and soothsayings, and dreams, are vain: and the heart fancieth, as a woman's heart in travail.
6If they be not sent from the most High in thy visitation, set not thy heart upon them.
7For dreams have deceived many, and they have failed that put their trust in them.
8The law shall be found perfect without lies: and wisdom is perfection to a faithful mouth.
9A man that hath travelled knoweth many things; and he that hath much experience will declare wisdom.
10He that hath no experience knoweth little: but he that hath travelled is full of prudence.
11When I travelled, I saw many things; and I understand more than I can express.
12I was ofttimes in danger of death: yet I was delivered because of these things.
13The spirit of those that fear the Lord shall live; for their hope is in him that saveth them.
14Whoso feareth the Lord shall not fear nor be afraid; for he is his hope.
15Blessed is the soul of him that feareth the Lord: to whom doth he look? and who is his strength?
16For the eyes of the Lord are upon them that love him, he is their mighty protection and strong stay, a defence from heat, and a cover from the sun at noon, a preservation from stumbling, and an help from falling.
17He raiseth up the soul, and lighteneth the eyes: he giveth health, life, and blessing.
18He that sacrificeth of a thing wrongfully gotten, his offering is ridiculous; and the gifts of unjust men are not accepted.
19The most High is not pleased with the offerings of the wicked; neither is he pacified for sin by the multitude of sacrifices.
20Whoso bringeth an offering of the goods of the poor doeth as one that killeth the son before his father's eyes.
21The bread of the needy is their life: he that defraudeth him thereof is a man of blood.
22He that taketh away his neighbour's living slayeth him; and he that defraudeth the labourer of his hire is a bloodshedder.
23When one buildeth, and another pulleth down, what profit have they then but labour?
24When one prayeth, and another curseth, whose voice will the Lord hear?
25He that washeth himself after the touching of a dead body, if he touch it again, what availeth his washing?
26So is it with a man that fasteth for his sins, and goeth again, and doeth the same: who will hear his prayer? or what doth his humbling profit him?