Sirach 13

1 {\cf2 He that toucheth pitch, shalbe defiled with it: and he that is familiar with the proude, shalbe like vnto him.}

2 {\cf2 Burthen not thy selfe aboue thy power, whilest thou liuest, and companie not with one that is mightier, and richer then thy selfe: for howe agree the kettle and the earthen pot together? For if the one be smitten against the other, it shall be broken.}

3 {\cf2 The riche dealeth vnrighteously, and threateneth withall: but the poore being oppressed must intreate: if the riche haue done wrong, heemust yet be intreated: but if the poore haue done it, he shal straight wayes be threatned.}

4 {\cf2 If thou be for his profite, he vseth thee: but if thou haue nothing, he wil forsake thee.}

5 {\cf2 If thou haue any thing, he wil liue with thee: yea, he will make thee a bare man, and will not care for it.}

6 {\cf2 If he haue neede of thee, hee will defraude thee, & wil laugh at thee, and put thee in hope, and giue thee al good words, & say, What wantest thou?}

7 {\cf2 Thus will he shame thee in his meate, vntill he haue supt thee cleane vp twise or thrise, and at the last hee will laugh thee to scorne: afterwarde, when he seeth thee, he will forsake thee, and shake his head at thee.}

8 {\cf2 Submit thy selfe vnto God, and waite vpon his hand.}

9 {\cf2 Beware that thou be not deceiued in thine owne conceit & brought downe by thy simplenes: be not too humble in thy wisedome.}

10 {\cf2 If thou be called of a mightie man, absent thy selfe: so shal he call thee the more oft.}

11 {\cf2 Preasse not thou vnto him, that thou be not shut out, but go not thou far off, lest he forget thee.}

12 {\cf2 Withdraw not thy selfe from his speech, but beleeue not his many wordes: for with much communication will he tempt thee, and laughingly wil he grope thee.}

13 {\cf2 He is vnmerciful, & keepeth not promes, he wil not spare to do thee hurt, & to put thee in priso.}

14 {\cf2 Beware, and take good heede: for thou walkest in perill of thine ouerthrowing: when thou hearest this, awake in thy sleepe.}

15 {\cf2 Loue the Lorde all thy life, & call vpon him for thy saluation.}

16 {\cf2 Euery beast loueth his like, and euery man loueth his neighbour.}

17 {\cf2 Al flesh wil resort to their like, & euery man wil keepe company with such as he is himselfe.}

18 {\cf2 How can the wolfe agree with the lambe? No more can the vngodly with the righteous.}

19 {\cf2 What felowship hath hyena with a dogge? and what peace is betweene the rich & the poore?}

20 {\cf2 As the wilde Asse is the Lyons pray in ye wildernes, so are poore men the meate of the rich.}

21 {\cf2 As the proude hate humilitie, so do the riche abhorre the poore.}

22 {\cf2 If a riche man fall, his friendes set him vp againe: but when the poore falleth, his friends driue him away.}

23 {\cf2 If a rich man offende, he hath many helpers: he speaketh proude wordes, & yet men iustifie him: but if a poore ma faile, they rebuke him, & though he speake wisely, yet can it haue no place.}

24 {\cf2 When the riche man speaketh, euery man holdeth his tongue: and looke what he sayth, they prayse it vnto the cloudes: but if the poore man speake, they say, What felow is this? and if he do amisse, they wil destroy him.}

25 {\cf2 Riches are good vnto him that hath no sinne in his conscience, & pouertie is euil in the mouth of the vngodly.}

26 {\cf2 The heart of a man changeth his countenance, whether it be in good or euill.}

27 {\cf2 A chearefull countenance is a token of a good heart: for it is an hard thing to knowe the secrets of the thought.}