Sirach 31

1 {\cf2 Waking after riches pineth away the bodie, and the care thereof driueth away sleepe.}

2 {\cf2 This waking care breaketh the sleepe, as a great sicknes breaketh the sleepe.}

3 {\cf2 The rich hath great labour in gathering riches together, & in his rest hee is filled with pleasures.}

4 {\cf2 The poore laboureth in liuing poorely, and when he leaueth off, he is still poore.}

5 {\cf2 He that loueth golde, shall not bee iustified, & he that followeth corruption, shal haue ynough thereof.}

6 {\cf2 Many are destroyed by the reason of gold, and haue found their destruction before them.}

7 {\cf2 It is as a stumbling block vnto them that sacrifice vnto it, and euerie foole is taken therewith.}

8 {\cf2 Blessed is the riche which is found without blemish, and hath not gone after golde, nor hoped in money and treasures.}

9 {\cf2 Who is hee, and wee will commend him? for wonderfull things hath he done among his people.}

10 {\cf2 Who hath bene tryed thereby, and founde persite? let him be an example of glorie, who might offende, and hath not offended, or doe euill, and hath not done it.}

11 {\cf2 Therefore shall his goods be stablished, and the congregation shall declare his almes.}

12 {\cf2 If thou sit at a costlie table, open not thy mouth wide vpon it, & say not, Behold much meat.}

13 {\cf2 Remember that an euil eye is a shrewe: and what thing created is worse then a wicked eye? for it weepeth for euery cause.}

14 {\cf2 Stretch not thine hand wheresoeuer it looketh, and thrust it not with it into the dishe.}

15 {\cf2 Consider by thy selfe him that is by thee, & marke euery thing.}

16 {\cf2 Eate modestly that which is set before thee, and deuoure not, lest thou be hated.}

17 {\cf2 Leaue thou off first for nurtours sake, and be not insatiable, lest thou offend.}

18 {\cf2 When thou sittest among many, reach not thine hand out first of all.}

19 {\cf2 How litle is sufficiet for a man wel taught? and thereby he belcheth not in his chamber, nor feeleth any paine.}

20 {\cf2 A wholesome sleepe commeth of a temperate bellie: he riseth vp in the morning, and is wel at ease in him selfe: but paine in watching and cholericke diseases, and panges of the bellie are with an vnsatiable man.}

21 {\cf2 If thou hast bene forced to eate, arise, goe forth, vomite, and then take thy rest: so thou shalt bring no sicknesse vnto thy bodie.}

22 {\cf2 My sonne, heare me, and despise me not, & at the last thou shalt finde as I haue tolde thee: in all thy works be quicke, so shall there no sicknesse come vnto thee.}

23 {\cf2 Who so is liberal in his meate, men shall blesse him: and the testimonie of his honestie shalbe beleeued.}

24 {\cf2 But against him that is a nigard of his meat, the whole citie shall murmure: the testimonies of his nigardnes shalbe sure.}

25 {\cf2 Shew not thy valiantnes in wine: for wine hath destroyed many.}

26 {\cf2 The fornace proueth the edge in the tempering: so doeth wine the heartes of the proude by drunkennesse.}

27 {\cf2 Wine soberly drunken, is profitable for the life of man: what is his life that is ouercome with wine?}

28 {\cf2 Wine was made from the beginning to make men glad, and not for drunkennesse. Wine measurably drunken and in time, bringeth gladnes and cherefulnesse of the minde.}

29 {\cf2 But wine drunken with excesse maketh bitternes of minde with braulings and scouldings.}

30 {\cf2 Drunkennesse increaseth the courage of a foole, til hee offend: it diminisheth his strength and maketh woundes.}

31 {\cf2 Rebuke not thy neighbour at the wine, and despise him not in his mirth: giue him no despiteful wordes, and presse not vpon him with contrarie wordes.}