Sirach 27

1 {\cf2 Because of pouertie haue many sinned: and he that seeketh to be rich, turneth his eyes aside.}

2 {\cf2 As a nayle in the wal sticketh fast betweene the ioynts of the stones, so doeth sinne sticke betweene the selling and the buying.}

3 {\cf2 If he holde him not diligently in the feare of the Lord, his house shall soone be ouerthrowen.}

4 {\cf2 As when one sifteth, the filthines remaineth in the sieue, so the filth of man remaineth in his thought.}

5 {\cf2 The fornace prooueth the potters vessel: so doeth tentation trie mens thoughtes.}

6 {\cf2 The fruite declareth if the tree haue bene trimmed: so the worde declareth what man hath in his heart.}

7 {\cf2 Praise no man except thou haue heard his talke: for this is the tryall of men.}

8 {\cf2 If thou followest righteousnesse, thou shalt get her, and put her on as a fayre garment, and shalt dwell with her, and she shall defende thee for euer: and in the day of knowledge thou shalt finde stedfastnesse.}

9 {\cf2 The birdes resort vnto their like: so doth the trueth turne vnto them, that are practised in her.}

10 {\cf2 As the lyon waiteth for the beast, so doeth sinne vpon them that doe euill.}

11 {\cf2 The talking of him that feareth God, is all wisdome: as for a foole, he changeth as the moone.}

12 {\cf2 If thou be among the vndiscreete, obserue the time, but haunt still the assemblie of them that are wise.}

13 {\cf2 The talking of fooles is grieuous, and their sport is in the pleasure of sinne.}

14 {\cf2 The talke of him that sweareth much, maketh the heare to stande vp: and to striue with such, stoppeth the eares.}

15 {\cf2 The strife of the proude is blood shedding, and their scouldings are grieuous to heare.}

16 {\cf2 Who so discouereth secrets, loseth his credite, and findeth no friende after his will.}

17 {\cf2 Loue thy friend, and be faithfull vnto him: but if thou bewrayest his secrets, thou shalt not get him againe.}

18 {\cf2 For as a man destroyeth his enemie, so doest thou destroy the friendship of thy neighbour.}

19 {\cf2 As one that letteth a birde goe out of his hande, so if thou giue ouer thy friende, thou canst not get him againe.}

20 {\cf2 Followe after him no more, for he is too farre off: he is as a roe escaped out of the snare: for his soule is wounded.}

21 {\cf2 As for woundes, they may be bounde vp againe, and an euill worde may be reconciled: but who so bewrayeth the secrets of a friende, hath lost all his credit.}

22 {\cf2 He that winketh with the eyes, imagineth euill: and he that knoweth him, wil let him alone.}

23 {\cf2 When thou art present, he wil speake sweetly, and praise thy wordes: but at the last he will turne his tale, and slander thy saying.}

24 {\cf2 Many things haue I hated, but nothing so euill as such one: for the Lorde also hateth him.}

25 {\cf2 Who so casteth a stone on hie, casteth it vpon his owne head: and he that smiteth with guile, maketh a great wound.}

26 {\cf2 Who so diggeth a pit, shall fall therein, & he that layeth a stone in his neighbours way, shall stumble thereon, and he that layeth a snare for another, shalbe taken in it himselfe.}

27 {\cf2 He that worketh euill, shall be wrapped in euils, and shall not know from whence they come vnto him.}

28 {\cf2 Mockerie and reproche follow the proude, and vengeance lurketh for them as a lyon.}

29 {\cf2 They that reioyce at the fall of the righteous, shalbe taken in the snare, and anguish shall consume them before they dye.}

30 {\cf2 Despite and anger are abominable thinges, and the sinfull man is subiect to them both.}