Sirach 14

1 {\cf2 Blessed is the man that hath not fallen by the worde of his mouth, and is not tormented with the sorow of sinne.}

2 {\cf2 Blessed is he that is not condemned in his coscience, and is not fallen from his hope in the Lord.}

3 {\cf2 Riches are not comely for a nigard, & what should an enuious man do with money?}

4 {\cf2 Hee that gathereth together from his owne soule, heapeth together for others, that will make good cheare with his goods.}

5 {\cf2 He that is wicked vnto himselfe, to whome will he be good? for such one can haue no pleasure of his goods.}

6 {\cf2 There is nothing worse, then when one enuieth himselfe: and this is a reward of his wickednes.}

7 {\cf2 And if he do any good, he doth it, not knowing thereof, and against his will, and at the last he declareth his wickednes.}

8 {\cf2 The enuious man hath a wicked looke: hee turneth away his face, and despiseth men.}

9 {\cf2 A couetous mans eye hath neuer ynough of a portion, and his wicked malice withereth his owne soule.}

10 {\cf2 A wicked eye enuieth the bread, and there is scarcenesse vpon his table.}

11 {\cf2 My sonne, do good to thy selfe of that thou hast, and giue the Lord his due offrings.}

12 {\cf2 Remember that death tarieth not, and that the couenant of the graue is not shewed vnto thee.}

13 {\cf2 Do good vnto thy friend before thou dye, and according to thine habilitie stretche out thine hand, and giue him.}

14 {\cf2 Defraude not thy selfe of the good day, & let not the portion of the good desires ouerpasse thee.}

15 {\cf2 Shalt thou not leaue thy traueiles vnto another, & thy labours for the deuiding of ye heritage?}

16 {\cf2 Giue and take & sanctifie thy soule: worke thou righteousnes before thy death: for in the hell there is no meate to finde.}

17 {\cf2 All flesh waxeth olde, as a garment, and this is the condition of all times, Thou shalt die the death.}

18 {\cf2 As the greene leaues on a thicke tree, some fall, & some growe, so is the generation of flesh and blood: one cometh to an end, & another is borne.}

19 {\cf2 All corruptible things shall fayle, and the worker thereof shal go withall.}

20 {\cf2 Euery excellent worke shalbe iustified, and he that worketh it, shal haue honour thereby.}

21 {\cf2 Blessed is the man that doeth meditate honest things by wisedome, and exerciseth himselfe in iustice, and he that reasoneth of holy things by his vnderstanding,}

22 {\cf2 Which considereth in his heart her wayes, and vnderstandeth her secrets.}

23 {\cf2 Goe thou after her as one that seeketh her out, and lye in wayte in her wayes.}

24 {\cf2 He shal looke in at her windowes, and hearken at her doores.}

25 {\cf2 He shall abide beside her house, and fasten a stake in her walles: he shal pitch his tent besides her}

26 {\cf2 And he shal remaine in the lodging of good men, and shall set his children vnder her couering, and shal dwell vnder her branches.}

27 {\cf2 By her he shalbe couered from the heate, & in her glory shall he dwell.}