Sirach 7

1 {\cf2 Do no euill: so shal no harme come vnto thee.}

2 {\cf2 Depart from the thing that is wicked, & sinne shal turne away from thee.}

3 {\cf2 My sonne, sowe not vpon the sorowes of vnrighteousnes, lest that thou reape them seuen fold.}

4 {\cf2 Aske not of the Lord preeminence, neyther of the king the seate of honour.}

5 {\cf2 Iustifie not thy selfe before the Lord: for he knoweth thine heart, and boast not thy wisedome in the presence of the king.}

6 {\cf2 Seeke not to be made a Iudge, least thou be not able to take away iniquitie, and least thou, fearing the person of the mightie, shouldest committe an offence against thine vprightnes.}

7 {\cf2 Offende not against the multitude of a citie, and cast not thy selfe among the people.}

8 {\cf2 Binde not two sinnes together: for in one sinne shalt thou not be vnpunished.}

9 {\cf2 Say not, God will looke vpon the multitude of mine oblations, & when I offer to the most high God, he wil accept it.}

10 {\cf2 Be not faint hearted, when thou makest thy prayer, neither slacke in giuing of almes.}

11 {\cf2 Laugh no man to scorne in the heauines of his soule: for God which seeth all things is hee that can bring downe, and set vp againe.}

12 {\cf2 Sowe not a lye against thy brother, neyther do the same against thy friend.}

13 {\cf2 Vse not to make any maner of lye: for the custome thereof is not good.}

14 {\cf2 Make not many words when thou art amog the Elders, neither repeate a thing in thy prayer.}

15 {\cf2 Hate not laborious worke, neither the husbandrie, which the most high hath created.}

16 {\cf2 Number not thy selfe in the multitude of the wicked, but remeber that vengeance wil not slacke.}

17 {\cf2 Humble thy minde greatly: for the vegeance of the wicked is fire and wormes.}

18 {\cf2 Giue not ouer thy friend for any good, nor thy true brother for the golde of Ophir.}

19 {\cf2 Depart not from a wise and good woman, that is fallen vnto thee for thy portion in the feare of the Lord: for her grace is aboue golde.}

20 {\cf2 Whereas thy seruant worketh truely, intreate him not euil, nor the hireling that bestoweth himselfe wholly for thee.}

21 {\cf2 Let thy soule loue a good seruant, and defraude him not of libertie, neyther leaue him a poore man.}

22 {\cf2 If thou haue cattel, looke wel to them, and if they be for thy profite, keepe them with thee.}

23 {\cf2 If thou haue sonnes, instruct them, & holde their necke from their youth.}

24 {\cf2 If thou haue daughters, keepe their body, & shew not thy face cheerefull toward them.}

25 {\cf2 Marrie thy daughter, and so shalt thou performe a weightie matter: but giue her to a man of vnderstanding.}

26 {\cf2 If thou haue a wife after thy minde, forsake her not, but commit not thy selfe to the hatefull.}

27 {\cf2 Honour thy father from thy whole heart, and forget not the sorowes of thy mother.}

28 {\cf2 Remember that thou wast borne of them, & how canst thou recompence them the things that they haue done for thee?}

29 {\cf2 Feare the Lorde with all thy soule, and honour his ministers.}

30 {\cf2 Loue him that made thee, with al thy strength, and forsake not his seruants.}

31 {\cf2 Feare the Lord with all thy soule, & honour the Priestes, and giue them their portion, as it is commanded thee, the first fruites, & purifications & sacrifices for sinne, & the offrings of the shoulders, and the sacrifices of sanctification, and the first fruites of the holy things.}

32 {\cf2 Stretch thine hande vnto the poore, that thy blessing, & reconciliation may be accomplished.}

33 {\cf2 Liberalitie pleaseth all men liuing, & from the dead restraine it not.}

34 {\cf2 Let not them that weepe, be without comfort: but mourne with such as mourne.}

35 {\cf2 Be not slow to visite the sicke: for that shal make thee to be beloued.}

36 {\cf2 Whatsoeuer thou takest in hand, remember the ende, and thou shalt neuer do amisse.}