|The wisdom of a humble man will lift up his head, |
and will seat him among the great.
|Do not praise a man for his good looks, |
nor loathe a man because of his appearance.
|The bee is small among flying creatures, |
but her product is the best of sweet things.
|Do not boast about wearing fine clothes, |
nor exalt yourself in the day that you are honored;
for the works of the Lord are wonderful,
and his works are concealed from men.
|Many kings have had to sit on the ground, |
but one who was never thought of has worn a crown.
|Many rulers have been greatly disgraced, |
and illustrious men have been handed over to others.
|Do not find fault before you investigate; |
first consider, and then reprove.
|Do not answer before you have heard, |
nor interrupt a speaker in the midst of his words.
|Do not argue about a matter which does not concern you, |
nor sit with sinners when they judge a case.
|My son, do not busy yourself with many matters; |
if you multiply activities you will not go unpunished,
and if you pursue you will not overtake,
and by fleeing you will not escape.
|There is a man who works, and toils, and presses on, |
but is so much the more in want.
|There is another who is slow and needs help, |
who lacks strength and abounds in poverty;
but the eyes of the Lord look upon him for his good;
he lifts him out of his low estate
|and raises up his head, so that many are amazed at him.|
|Good things and bad, life and death, |
poverty and wealth, come from the Lord.
|The gift of the Lord endures for those who are godly,|
and what he approves will have lasting success.
|There is a man who is rich through his diligence and self-denial, |
and this is the reward allotted to him:
|when he says, "I have found rest, and now I shall enjoy my goods!" |
he does not know how much time will pass until he leaves them to others and dies.
|Stand by your covenant and attend to it, |
and grow old in your work.
|Do not wonder at the works of a sinner, but trust in the Lord and keep at your toil; |
for it is easy in the sight of the Lord to enrich a poor man quickly and suddenly.
|The blessing of the Lord is the reward of the godly, |
and quickly God causes his blessing to flourish.
|Do not say, "What do I need, and what prosperity could be mine in the future?"|
|Do not say, "I have enough, and what calamity could happen to me in the future?"|
|In the day of prosperity, adversity is forgotten, |
and in the day of adversity, prosperity is not remembered.
|For it is easy in the sight of the Lord to reward a man on the day of death according to his conduct.|
|The misery of an hour makes one forget luxury, |
and at the close of a man's life his deeds will be revealed.
|Call no one happy before his death; |
a man will be known through his children.
|Do not bring every man into your home, |
for many are the wiles of the crafty.
|Care in choosing friends. Sir.11.29-14.2|
|Like a decoy partridge in a cage, |
so is the mind of a proud man,
and like a spy he observes your weakness;
|for he lies in wait, turning good into evil, |
and to worthy actions he will attach blame.
|From a spark of fire come many burning coals, |
and a sinner lies in wait to shed blood.
|Beware of a scoundrel, for he devises evil, |
lest he give you a lasting blemish.
|Receive a stranger into your home |
and he will upset you with commotion,
and will estrange you from your family.
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