Sirach 40

1 {\cf2 Great trauaile is created for all men, and an heauie yoke vpon the sonnes of Adam from the day that they goe out of their mothers wombe, till the day that they returne to ye mother of all things,}

2 {\cf2 Namely their thoughts, and feare of the heart, and their imagination of the things they waite for, and the day of death,}

3 {\cf2 From him that sitteth vpon ye glorious throne, vnto him that is beneath in the earth and ashes:}

4 {\cf2 From him that is clothed in blewe silke, and weareth a crowne, euen vnto him that is clothed in simple linnen.}

5 {\cf2 Wrath and enuie, trouble, and vnquietnesse, and feare of death, and rigour, and strife, and in the time of rest the sleepe in the night vpon his bed, change his knowledge.}

6 {\cf2 A litle or nothing is his rest, and afterward in sleeping hee is as in a watchtowre in the day: hee is troubled with the visions of his heart, as one that runneth out of a battell.}

7 {\cf2 And when all is safe, hee awaketh, and marueileth that the feare was nothing.}

8 {\cf2 Such thinges come vnto all flesh, both man and beast, but seuen folde to the vngodly:}

9 {\cf2 Moreouer, death and blood, and strife, and sworde, oppression, famine, destruction, and punishment.}

10 {\cf2 These thinges are all created for the wicked, and for their sakes came the flood also.}

11 {\cf2 All things that are of the earth, shal turne to earth againe: and they that are of the waters, shall returne into the sea.}

12 {\cf2 All bribes and vnrighteousnes shall be put away: but faithfulnesse shall endure for euer.}

13 {\cf2 The substance of the vngodly shall be dried vp like a riuer, and they shall make a sounde like a great thunder in the raine.}

14 {\cf2 When he openeth his hand, he reioyceth: but all the transgressours shall come to nought.}

15 {\cf2 The children of the vngodly shall not obtaine many branches: for the vncleane rootes are as vpon the high rockes.}

16 {\cf2 Their render stalke by what water so euer it bee or water banke, it shall be pulled vp before all other herbes.}

17 {\cf2 Friendlinesse is as a most plentifull garden of pleasure, and mercie endureth for euer.}

18 {\cf2 To labour and to bee content with that a man hath, is a sweete life: but he that findeth a treasure, is aboue them both.}

19 {\cf2 Children, and the building of the citie maketh a perpetuall name: but an honest woman is counted aboue them both.}

20 {\cf2 Wine and musike reioyce the heart: but the loue of wisdome is aboue them both.}

21 {\cf2 The pipe and the psalterion make a sweete noyse: but a pleasant tongue is aboue them both.}

22 {\cf2 Thine eye desireth fauour and beautie: but a greene seede time, rather then them both.}

23 {\cf2 A friende, and companion come together at opportunitie: but aboue them both is a wife with her husband.}

24 {\cf2 Friends and helpe are good in the time of trouble, but almes shall deliuer more then them both.}

25 {\cf2 Golde and siluer fasten the feete: but counsell is esteemed aboue them both.}

26 {\cf2 Riches and strength lift vp the minde: but the feare of the Lorde is aboue them both: there is no want in the feare of the Lord, & it needeth no helpe.}

27 {\cf2 The feare of the Lord is a pleasant garden of blessing, and there is nothing so beautifull as it is.}

28 {\cf2 My sonne, leade not a beggers life: for better it were to die then to begge.}

29 {\cf2 The life of him that dependeth on another mans table, is not to be couted for a life: for he tormenteth him selfe after other mens meate: but a wise man and well nourtured, will beware thereof.}

30 {\cf2 Begging is sweete in the mouth of the vnshamefast, and in his belly there burneth a fire.}