Sirach 32

1 {\cf2 If thou be made ye master of the feast, lift not thy selfe vp, but be among them, as one of the rest: take diligent care for them, and so sit downe.}

2 {\cf2 And when thou hast done all thy duetie, sit downe, that thou maiest be merie with them, and receiue a crown for thy good behauiour.}

3 {\cf2 Speake thou that art the elder: for it becommeth thee, but with sound iudgement, and hinder not musike.}

4 {\cf2 Powre not out wordes, where there is no audience, and shew not forth wisedome out of time.}

5 {\cf2 The consent of musicians at a banket is as a signet of carbuncle set in golde.}

6 {\cf2 And as the signet of an emeraude well trimmed with golde, so is the melodie of musike in a pleasant banket.}

7 {\cf2 Giue eare, and be still, and for thy good behauiour thou shalt be loued.}

8 {\cf2 Thou that art yong speake, if neede bee, and yet scarcely when thou art twise asked.}

9 {\cf2 Comprehende much in fewe wordes in many things be as one that is ignorant: bee as one that vnderstandeth, and yet holde thy tongue.}

10 {\cf2 If thou be among great men, compare not thy selfe vnto them, and when an elder speaketh, babble not much.}

11 {\cf2 Before the thunder goeth lightning, and before a shamefast man goeth fauour.}

12 {\cf2 Stande vp betimes, and be not the last: but get thee home without delay,}

13 {\cf2 And there take thy pastime, and doe what thou wilt, so that thou doe none euil, or vse proud wordes.}

14 {\cf2 But aboue all things, giue thanks vnto him that hath made thee, and replenished thee with his goodes.}

15 {\cf2 Who so feareth the Lorde, will receiue his doctrine, & they that rise earely, shall finde fauour.}

16 {\cf2 Hee that seeketh the Lawe; shall bee filled therwith: but the hypocrite wil be offended therat.}

17 {\cf2 They that feare the Lorde, shall finde that which is righteous, & shal kindle iustice as a light.}

18 {\cf2 An vngodly man will not be reformed, but findeth out excuses according to his will.}

19 {\cf2 A man of vnderstanding despiseth not counsel: but a lewd and proud man is not touched with feare, euen when he hath done rashly.}

20 {\cf2 My sonne, do nothing without aduisemeet so shall it not repent thee after the deede.}

21 {\cf2 Go not in ye way where thou mayest fal, norwhere thou mayest stumble among the stones, neither trust thou in the way that is plaine.}

22 {\cf2 And beware of thine owne childre, and take heede of them that be thine owne housholde.}

23 {\cf2 In euery good worke be of a faithful heart: for this is the keeping of the commandements.}

24 {\cf2 Who so beleeueth in the Lorde, keepeth the commandements: and he that trusteth in the Lord, shall take no hurt.}