Sirach 18

1 {\cf2 He that liueth for euer, made all things together: the Lord who onely is iust, and there is none other but he, and he remaineth a victorious King for euer.}

2 {\cf2 He ordereth the world with the power of his hand, and all things obey his will: for he gouerneth all things by his power, and deuideth the holy things from the prophane.}

3 {\cf2 To whom hath hee giuen power to expresse his workes? who will seeke out the grounde of his noble actes?}

4 {\cf2 Who shall declare the power of his greatnesse? or who will take vpon him to tell out his mercie?}

5 {\cf2 As for the wonderous workes of the Lorde, there may nothing bee taken from them, neither can any thing bee put vnto them, neither may the ground of them be found out.}

6 {\cf2 But when a man hath done his best, he must beginne againe, and when he thinketh to come to an ende, he must go againe to his labour.}

7 {\cf2 What is man? whereto serueth hee? what good or euill can he doe?}

8 {\cf2 If the number of a mans dayes be an hundreth yeere, it is much: and no man hath certaine knowledge of his death.}

9 {\cf2 As droppes of raine are vnto the sea, and as a grauel stone is in comparison of the sand, so are a thousand yeres to the dayes euerlasting.}

10 {\cf2 Therefore is God pacient with them, and powreth out his mercie vpon them.}

11 {\cf2 He sawe and perceiued, that the arrogancie of their heart, and their ruine was euill: therefore heaped hee vp his mercie vpon them, and shewed them the way of righteousnesse.}

12 {\cf2 The mercie that a man hath, reacheth to his neighbour: but the mercy of the Lorde is vpon all flesh: he chasteneth, and nurtureth, and teacheth, and bringeth backe, as a shepheard his flocke.}

13 {\cf2 He hath mercy of the that receiue discipline, and that diligently seeke after his iudgements.}

14 {\cf2 My sonne, when thou doest good, reproue not: and whatsoeuer thou giuest, vse no discomfortable words.}

15 {\cf2 Shall not the dewe asswage the heate? so is a word better then a gift.}

16 {\cf2 Loe, is not a worde better then a good gift? but a gratious man giueth them both.}

17 {\cf2 A foole will reproch churlishly, and a gift of the enuious putteth out the eyes.}

18 {\cf2 Get thee righteousnesse before thou come to iudgement: learne before thou speake, and vse physicke or euer thou be sicke.}

19 {\cf2 Examine thy selfe, before thou bee iudged, and in the day of the visitation thou shalt finde mercy.}

20 {\cf2 Humble thy selfe before thou bee sicke, and whilest thou mayst yet sinne, shew thy conuersion.}

21 {\cf2 Let nothing let thee to pay thy vow in time, and deferre not vnto death to bee reformed: for the reward of God endureth for euer.}

22 {\cf2 Before thou prayest, prepare thy selfe, and be not as one that tempteth the Lord.}

23 {\cf2 Thinke vpon the wrath, that shalbe at the ende, and the houre of vengeance, when hee shall turne away his face.}

24 {\cf2 When thou hast inough, remember the time of hunger: and when thou art rich, thinke vpon pouertie and neede.}

25 {\cf2 From the morning vntill the euening ye time is changed, and all such things are soone done before the Lord.}

26 {\cf2 A wise man feareth in all thinges, and in the dayes of transgressio he keepeth himselfe fro sinne: but the foole doeth not obserue the time.}

27 {\cf2 Euery wise man knoweth wisedome, and knowledge, and prayseth him that findeth her.}

28 {\cf2 They that haue vnderstanding, deale wisely in words: they vnderstande the trueth and righteousnesse, and powre out with modestie graue sentences for mans life.}

29 {\cf2 The chiefe authoritie of speaking is of the Lorde alone: for a mortall man hath but a dead heart.}

30 {\cf2 Followe not thy lustes, but turne thee from thine owne appetites.}

31 {\cf2 For if thou giuest thy soule her desires, it shal make thine enemies that enuy thee, to laugh thee to scorne.}

32 {\cf2 Take not thy pleasure in great voluptuousnes, and intangle not thy selfe with such company.}

33 {\cf2 Become not a begger by making bankets of that that thou hast borrowed, and so leaue nothing in thy purse: else thou shouldest slaunderously lye in waite for thine owne life.}