Sirach 20

1 {\cf2 There is some rebuke that is not comely: againe, some man holdeth his tongue, and he is wise.}

2 {\cf2 It is much better to reprooue, then to beare euill will: and he that acknowledgeth his fault, shalbe preserued from hurt.}

3 {\cf2 As when a gelded man through lust woulde defile a mayde, so is he that vseth violence in iudgement.}

4 {\cf2 Howe good a thing is it, when thou art reprooued, to shewe repentance! For so shalt thou escape wilfull sinne.}

5 {\cf2 Some man keepeth silence, & is found wise, and some by much babbling becommeth hatefull.}

6 {\cf2 Some man holdeth his tongue, because he hath not to answere: and some keepeth silence, waiting a conuenient time.}

7 {\cf2 A wise man will holde his tongue till he see opportunitie: but a trifler and a foole will regarde no time.}

8 {\cf2 He that vseth many wordes, shall be abhorred, and he that taketh authoritie to him selfe, shalbe hated.}

9 {\cf2 Some man hath oft times prosperitie in wicked thinges, and sometime a thing that is founde, bringeth losse.}

10 {\cf2 There is some gift that is not profitable for thee, & there is some gift, whose reward is double.}

11 {\cf2 Some man humbleth him selfe for glories sake, and some by humblenesse lifteth vp the head.}

12 {\cf2 Some man byeth much for a litle price: for the which he payeth seuen times more.}

13 {\cf2 A wise man with his wordes maketh him selfe to be loued, but the merrie tales of fooles shal be powred out.}

14 {\cf2 The gift receiued of a foole, shall doe thee no good, neither yet of the enuious for his importunitie: for he looketh to receiue many things for one: he giueth litle, and he vpbraideth much: he openeth his mouth like a towne cryer: to day he lendeth, to morowe asketh he againe, and such one is to be hated of God and man.}

15 {\cf2 The foole saith, I haue no friend: I haue no thanke for all my good deedes: and they that eate my bread, speake euill of me.}

16 {\cf2 How oft, and of how many shal he be laughed to scorne? for he comprehendeth not by right iudgement that which he hath: and it is all one as though he had it not.}

17 {\cf2 The fall on a pauement is very sudden: so shall the fall of the wicked come hastely.}

18 {\cf2 A man without grace is as a foolish tale which is oft tolde by the mouth of the ignorant.}

19 {\cf2 A wise sentence loseth grace when it commeth out of a fooles mouth: for he speaketh not in due season.}

20 {\cf2 Some man sinneth not because of pouertie, and yet is not grieued when he is alone.}

21 {\cf2 Some man there is that destroyeth his owne soule, because he is ashamed, and for the regarde of persons loseth it.}

22 {\cf2 Some man promiseth vnto his friende for shame, and getteth an enemie of him for naught.}

23 {\cf2 A lie is a wicked shame in a man: yet is it oft in the mouth of the vnwise,}

24 {\cf2 A thiefe is better, then a man that is accustomed to lie: but they both shall haue destruction to heritage.}

25 {\cf2 The conditions of lyars are vnhonest, and their shame is euer with them.}

26 {\cf2 A wise man shall bring him selfe to honour with his wordes, and he that hath vnderstanding, shall please great men.}

27 {\cf2 He that tilleth his lande, shall increase his heape: he that worketh righteousnesse, shalbe exalted, and he that pleaseth great men, shall haue pardon of his iniquitie.}

28 {\cf2 Rewardes and giftes blinde the eyes of the wise, and make them dumme, that they can not reprooue faultes.}

29 {\cf2 Wisedome that is hid, and treasure that is hoarded vp, what profite is in them both?}

30 {\cf2 Better is hee that keepeth his ignorance secret, then a man that hydeth his wisedome.}

31 {\cf2 The necessarie patience of him, that followeth the Lorde, is better then he that gouerneth his life without the Lorde.}