|He that shows mercy will lend to his neighbor, |
and he that strengthens him with his hand keeps the commandments.
|Lend to your neighbor in the time of his need; |
and in turn, repay your neighbor promptly.
|Confirm your word and keep faith with him, |
and on every occasion you will find what you need.
|Many persons regard a loan as a windfall, |
and cause trouble to those who help them.
|A man will kiss another's hands until he gets a loan, |
and will lower his voice in speaking of his neighbor's money;
but at the time for repayment he will delay,
and will pay in words of unconcern,
and will find fault with the time.
|If the lender exert pressure, he will hardly get back half, |
and will regard that as a windfall.
If he does not, the borrower has robbed him of his money,
and he has needlessly made him his enemy;
he will repay him with curses and reproaches,
and instead of glory will repay him with dishonor.
|Because of such wickedness, therefore, many have refused to lend; |
they have been afraid of being defrauded needlessly.
|Nevertheless, be patient with a man in humble circumstances, |
and do not make him wait for your alms.
|Help a poor man for the commandment's sake, |
and because of his need do not send him away empty.
|Lose your silver for the sake of a brother or a friend, |
and do not let it rust under a stone and be lost.
|Lay up your treasure according to the commandments of the Most High, |
and it will profit you more than gold.
|Store up almsgiving in your treasury, |
and it will rescue you from all affliction;
|more than a mighty shield and more than a heavy spear, |
it will fight on your behalf against your enemy.
|A good man will be surety for his neighbor, |
but a man who has lost his sense of shame will fail him.
|Do not forget all the kindness of your surety, |
for he has given his life for you.
|A sinner will overthrow the prosperity of his surety,|
|and one who does not feel grateful will abandon his rescuer.|
|Being surety has ruined many men who were prosperous, |
and has shaken them like a wave of the sea;
it has driven men of power into exile,
and they have wandered among foreign nations.
|The sinner who has fallen into suretyship |
and pursues gain will fall into lawsuits.
|Assist your neighbor according to your ability, |
but take heed to yourself lest you fall.
|The essentials for life are water and bread |
and clothing and a house to cover one's nakedness.
|Home & hospitality. Sir.29.21-28|
|Better is the life of a poor man under the shelter of his roof |
than sumptuous food in another man's house.
|Be content with little or much.|
|It is a miserable life to go from house to house, |
and where you are a stranger you may not open your mouth;
|you will play the host and provide drink without being thanked, |
and besides this you will hear bitter words:
|"Come here, stranger, prepare the table, |
and if you have anything at hand, let me have it to eat."
|"Give place, stranger, to an honored person; |
my brother has come to stay with me;
I need my house."
|These things are hard to bear for a man who has feeling: |
scolding about lodging and the reproach of the moneylender.
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