|He who lives for ever created the whole universe;||God's greatness. Sir.18.1-7|
|the Lord alone will be declared righteous.|
|To none has he given power to proclaim his works; |
and who can search out his mighty deeds?
|Who can measure his majestic power? |
And who can fully recount his mercies?
|It is not possible to diminish or increase them, |
nor is it possible to trace the wonders of the Lord.
|When a man has finished, he is just beginning, |
and when he stops, he will be at a loss.
|What is man, and of what use is he? |
What is his good and what is his evil?
|Man is nothing. Sir.18.8-14|
|The number of a man's days is great if he reaches a hundred years.|
|Like a drop of water from the sea and a grain of sand |
so are a few years in the day of eternity.
|Therefore the Lord is patient with them |
and pours out his mercy upon them.
|He sees and recognizes that their end will be evil; |
therefore he grants them forgiveness in abundance.
|The compassion of man is for his neighbor, |
but the compassion of the Lord is for all living beings.
He rebukes and trains and teaches them,
and turns them back, as a shepherd his flock.
|He has compassion on those who accept his discipline |
and who are eager for his judgments.
|My son, do not mix reproach with your good deeds, |
nor cause grief by your words when you present a gift.
|Kindness & charity. Sir.18.15-18|
|Does not the dew assuage the scorching heat? |
So a word is better than a gift.
|Indeed, does not a word surpass a good gift? |
Both are to be found in a gracious man.
|A fool is ungracious and abusive, |
and the gift of a grudging man makes the eyes dim.
|Before you speak, learn, and before you fall ill, |
take care of your health.
|Before judgment, examine yourself, |
and in the hour of visitation you will find forgiveness.
|Before falling ill, humble yourself, |
and when you are on the point of sinning, turn back.
|Let nothing hinder you from paying a vow promptly, |
and do not wait until death to be released from it.
|Before making a vow, prepare yourself; |
and do not be like a man who tempts the Lord.
|Think of his wrath on the day of death,|
and of the moment of vengeance when he turns away his face.
|In the time of plenty think of the time of hunger; |
in the days of wealth think of poverty and need.
|From morning to evening conditions change, |
and all things move swiftly before the Lord.
|A wise man is cautious in everything, |
and in days of sin he guards against wrongdoing.
|Every intelligent man knows wisdom, |
and he praises the one who finds her.
|Those who understand sayings become skilled themselves, |
and pour forth apt proverbs.
|Do not follow your base desires, |
but restrain your appetites.
|If you allow your soul to take pleasure in base desire, |
it will make you the laughingstock of your enemies.
|Do not revel in great luxury, |
lest you become impoverished by its expense.
|Do not become a beggar by feasting with borrowed money, |
when you have nothing in your purse.
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