The Book of Ecclesiasticus (Sirach)
THE BOOK OF
Also known as "The Book of Sirach."
This Book is so called from a Greek word that signifies a preacher:
because, like an excellent preacher, it gives admirable lessons of
all virtues. The author was Jesus the son of Sirach of Jerusalem,
who flourished about two hundred years before Christ. As it was
written after the time of Esdras, it is not in the Jewish canon;
but is received as canonical and divine by the Catholic Church,
instructed by apostolical tradition, and directed by the spirit of
God. It was first written in the Hebrew, but afterwards translated
into Greek by another Jesus, the grandson of the author, whose
prologue to this book is the following: (ed. note: It is doubtful that it was written in Hebrew and
The knowledge of many and great things has been shewn us by the
law, and the prophets, and others that have followed them: for
which things Israel is to be commended for doctrine and wisdom,
because not only they that speak must needs be skilful, but
strangers also, both speaking and writing, may by their means
become most learned. My grandfather Jesus, after he had much given
himself to a diligent reading of the law, and the prophets, and
other books, that were delivered to us from our fathers, had a mind
also to write something himself, pertaining to doctrine and wisdom:
that such as are desirous to learn, and are made knowing in these
things, may be more and more attentive in mind, and be strengthened
to live according to the law. I entreat you therefore to come with
benevolence, and to read with attention, and to pardon us for those
things wherein we may seem, while we follow the image of wisdom, to
come short in the composition of words; for the Hebrew words have
not the same force in them when translated into another tongue.
And not only these, but the law also itself, and the prophets, and
the rest of the books, have no small difference, when they are
spoken in their own language. For in the eight and thirtieth year
coming into Egypt, when Ptolemy Evergetes was king, and continuing
there a long time, I found there books left, of no small nor
contemptible learning. Therefore I thought it good, and necessary
for me to bestow some diligence and labor to interpret this book;
and with much watching and study in some space of time, I brought
the book to an end, and set it forth for the service of them that
are willing to apply their mind, and to learn how they ought to
conduct themselves, who purpose to lead their life according to the
law of the Lord.
1:1 All wisdom is from the Lord God,
and has been always with him,
and is before all time.
1:2 Who has numbered the sand of the
sea, and the drops of rain, and the days
of the world? Who has measured the
height of heaven, and the breadth of the
earth, and the depth of the abyss?
1:3 Who has searched out the wisdom of
God that goes before all things?
1:4 Wisdom has been created before all
things, and the understanding of prudence
1:5 The word of God on high is the fountain
of wisdom, and her ways are everlasting
1:6 To whom has the root of wisdom
been revealed, and who has known her
1:7 To whom has the discipline of wisdom
been revealed and made manifest?
and who has understood the multiplicity
of her steps?
1:8 There is one most high Creator
Almighty, and a powerful king, and greatly
to be feared, who sits upon his throne,
and is the God of dominion.
1:9 He created her in the Holy Ghost,
and saw her, and numbered her, and
1:10 And he poured her out upon all his
works, and upon all flesh according to
his gift, and has given her to them that
1:11 The fear of the Lord is honor, and
glory, and gladness, and a crown of joy.
1:12 The fear of the Lord shall delight the
heart, and shall give joy, and gladness,
and length of days.
1:13 With him that fears the Lord, it
shall go well in the latter end, and in the
day of his death he shall be blessed.
1:14 The love of God is honorable wisdom.
1:15 Ana they to whom she shall shew
herself love her by the sight, and by the
knowledge of her great works.
1:16 The fear of the Lord Is the beginning
of wisdom, and was created with
the faithful in the womb, it walkes with
chosen women, and is known with the
just and faithful.
1:17 The fear of the Lord is the religiousness
1:18 Religiousness shall keep and justify
the heart, it shall give joy and gladness.
1:19 It shall go well with him that fears
the Lord, and in the days of his end he
shall be blessed.
1:20 To fear God is the fulness of wisdom,
and fulness is from the fruits thereof.
1:21 She shall fill all her house with her
increase, and the storehouses with her
1:22 The fear of the Lord is a crown of
wisdom, filling up peace and the fruit of
1:23 And it has seen, and numbered her:
but both are the gifts of God.
1:24 Wisdom shall distribute knowledge,
and understanding of prudence: and
exalts the glory of them that hold her.
1:25 The root of wisdom is to fear the
Lord: and the branches thereof are
1:26 In the treasures of wisdom is understanding,
and religiousness of knowledge:
but to sinners wisdom is an abomination.
1:27 The fear of the Lord drives out sin:
1:28 For he that is without fear, cannot
be justified: for the wrath of his high
spirits is his ruin.
1:29 A patient man shall bear for a time,
and afterwards joy shall be restored to
1:30 A good understanding will hide his
words for a time, and the lips of many
shall declare his wisdom.
1:31 In the treasures of wisdom is the
signification of discipline:
1:32 But the worship of God is an
abomination to a sinner.
1:33 Son, if thou desire wisdom, keep
justice, and God will give her to thee.
1:34 For the fear of the Lord is wisdom
and discipline: and that which is agreeable
1:35 Is faith, and meekness: and he will
fill up his treasures.
1:36 Be not incredulous to the fear of the
Lord: and come not to him with a double
1:37 Be not a hypocrite in the sight of
men, and let not your lips be a stumblingblock
1:38 Watch over them, lest thou fall, and
bring dishonor upon your soul,
1:39 And God discover your secrets, and
cast thee down in the midst of the
1:40 Because thou camest to the Lord
wickedly, and your heart is full of guile
2:1 Son, when thou comest to the service
of God, stand in justice and in fear,
and prepare your soul for temptation.
2:2 Humble your heart, and endure: incline
your ear, and receive the words of
understanding: and make not havee in the
time of clouds.
2:3 Wait on God with patience: join yourself
to God, and endure, that your life may
be increased in the latter end.
2:4 Take all that shall be brought upon
thee: and in your sorrow endure, and in
your humiliation keep patience.
2:5 For gold and silver are tried in the
fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of
2:6 Believe God, and he will recover thee:
and direct your way, and trust in him.
Keep his fear, and grow old therein.
2:7 Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his
mercy: and go not aside from him, lest
2:8 Ye that fear the Lord, believe him:
and your reward shall not be made void.
2:9 Ye that fear the Lord, hope in him: and
mercy shall come to you for your delight.
2:10 Ye that fear the Lord, love him, and
your hearts shall be enlightened.
2:11 My children behold the generations
of men: and know ye that no one hath
hoped in the Lord, and has been confounded.
2:12 For who has continued in his commandment,
and has been forsaken? or
who has called upon him, and he despised
2:13 For God is compassionate and merciful,
and will forgive sins in the day of
tribulation: and he is a protector to all
that seek him in truth.
2:14 Woe to them that are of a double
heart and to wicked lips, and to the hands
that do evil, and to the sinner that
goes on the earth two ways.
2:15 Woe to them that are fainthearted,
who believe not God: and therefore they
shall not be protected by him.
2:16 Woe to them that have lost patience,
and that have forsaken the right ways,
and have gone aside into crooked ways.
2:17 And what will they do, when the
Lord shall begin to examine?
2:18 They that fear the Lord, will not be
incredulous to his word: and they that
love him, will keep his way.
2:19 They that fear the Lord, will seek
after the things that are well pleasing to
him: and they that love him, shall be
filled with his law.
2:20 They that fear the Lord, will prepare
their hearts, and in his sight will sanctify
2:21 They that fear the Lord, keep his
Commandments, and will have patience
even until his visitation,
2:22 Saying: If we do not penance, we
shall fall into the hands of the Lord, and
not into the hands of men.
2:23 For according to his greatness, so
also is his mercy with him.
3:1 The sons of wisdom are the church
of the just: and their generation,
obedience and love.
3:2 Children, hear the judgment of your
father, and so do that you may be saved.
3:3 For God has made the father honorable
to the children: and seeking the
judgment of the mothers, has confirmed
it upon the children.
3:4 He that loves God, shall obtain
pardon for his sine by prayer, and shall
refrain himself from them, and shall be
heard in the prayer of days.
3:5 And he that honors his mother is
as one that lays up a treasure.
3:6 He that honor his father shall
have joy in his own children, and in the
day of his prayer he shall be heard.
3:7 He that honor his father shall
enjoy a long life: and he that obeys the
father, shall be a comfort to his mother.
3:8 He that fears the Lord, honors
his parents, and will serve them as his
masters that brought him into the world.
3:9 Honor your father, in work and word,
and all patience,
3:10 That a blessing may come upon thee
from him, and his blessing may remain
in the latter end.
3:11 The father's blessing establishs
the houses of the children: but the
mother's curse roots up the foundation.
3:12 Glory not in the dishonor of your
father: for his shame is no glory to thee.
3:13 For the glory of a man is from the
honor of his father, and a father without
honor is the disgrace of the son.
3:14 Son, support the old age of your
father, and grieve him not in his life;
3:15 And if his understanding fail, have
patience with him, and despise him not
when thou art in your strength: for the
relieving of the father shall not be for-
3:16 For good shall be repaid to thee for
the sin of your mother.
3:17 And in justice thou shalt be built up,
and in the day of affliction thou shalt
be remembered: and your sine shall melt
away as the ice in the fair warm weather.
3:18 Of what an evil fame is he that
forsakes his father: and he is cursed of
God that angers his mother.
3:19 My son, do your works in meekness,
and thou shalt be beloved above the glory
3:20 The greater thou art, the more
humble yourself in all things, and thou
shalt find grace before God:
3:21 For great is the power of God alone,
and he is honored by the humble.
3:22 Seek not the things that are too
high for thee, and search not into things
above your ability: but the things that
God has commanded thee, think on them
always, and in many of his works be not
3:23 For it is not necessary for thee to see
with your eyes those things that are hid.
3:24 In unnecessary matters be not over
curious, and in many of his works thou
shalt not be inquisitive.
3:25 For many things are shewn to thee
above the understanding of men.
3:26 And the suspicion of them hath
deceived many, and has detained their
minds in vanity.
3:27 A hard heart shall fear evil at the
last: and he that loves danger shall
perish in it.
3:28 A heart that goes two ways shall
not have success, and the perverse of
heart shall be scandalized therein.
3:29 A wicked heart shall be laden with
sorrows, and the sinner will add sin to
3:30 The congregation of the proud shall
not be healed: for the plant of wickedness
shall take root in them, and it shall
not be perceived.
3:31 The heart of the wise is understood
in wisdom, and a good ear will hear
wisdom with all desire.
3:32 A wise heart, and which has under-
standing, will abstain from sine, and in
the works of justice shall have success.
3:33 Water quenches a flaming fire, and
alms resistes sins:
3:34 And God provides for him that
shews favor: he remembers him
afterwards, and in the time of his fall he
shall find a sure stay.
4:1 Son, defraud not the poor of alms,
and turn not away your eyes from the
4:2 Despise not the hungry soul: and
provoke not the Boor in his want.
4:3 Afflict not the heart of the needy, and
defer not to give to him that is in distress.
4:4 Reject not the petition of the afflicted:
and turn not away your face from the
4:5 Turn not away your eyes from the poor
for fear of anger: and leave not to them
that ask of thee to curse thee behind your
4:6 For the prayer of him that curses
thee in the bitterness of his soul, shall be
heard, for he that made him will hear him.
4:7 Make yourself affable to the congregation
of the poor, and humble your soul to
the ancient, and bow your head to a great
4:8 Bow down your ear cheerfully to the
poor, and pay what thou owest, and answer
him peaceable words with mildness.
4:9 Deliver him that suffers wrong out
of the hand of the proud: and be not
fainthearted in your soul.
4:10 In judging be merciful to the fatherless
as a father, and as a husband to their
4:11 And thou shalt be as the obedient son
of the most High, and he will have mercy
on thee more than a mother.
4:12 Wisdom inspires life into her children,
and protects them that seek
after her, and will go before them in the
way of justice.
4:13 And he that loves her, loves life:
and they that watch for her, shall embrace
4:14 They that hold her fast, shall inherit
life: and whithersoever she enters, God
will give a blessing.
4:15 They that serve her, shall be servants
to the holy one: and God loves
them that love her.
4:16 He that hearkens to her, shall
judge nations: and he that looks upon
her, shall remain secure.
4:17 If he trust to her, he shall inherit her,
and his generation shall be in assurance.
4:18 For she walks with him in temptation,
and at the first she chooss him.
4:19 She will bring upon him fear and
dread and trial: and she will scourge
him with the affliction of her discipline,
till she try him by her laws, and trust
4:20 Then she will strengthen him, and
make a straight way to him, and give
4:21 And will disclose her secrets to him,
and will heap upon him treasures of
knowledge and understanding of justice.
4:22 But if he go astray, she will forsake
him, and deliver him into the hands of
4:23 Son, observe the time, and fly from
4:24 For your soul be not ashamed to say
4:25 For there is a shame that brings
sin, and there is a shame that brings
glory and grace.
4:26 Accept no person against your own
person, nor against your soul a lie.
4:27 Reverence not your neighbor in his
4:28 And refrain not to speak in the time
of salvation. Hide not your wisdom in her
4:29 For by the tongue wisdom is discerned:
and understanding, and knowledge,
and learning by the word of the
wise, and steadfastness in the works of
4:30 In nowise speak against the truth,
but be ashamed of the lie of your ignorance.
4:31 Be not ashamed to confess your sins,
but submit not yourself to every man for
4:32 Resist not against the face of the
mighty, and do not strive against the
stream of the river.
4:33 Strive for justice for your soul, and even unto death fight
for justice, and God will overthrow your enemies for thee.
4:34 Be not havey in your tongue: and slack and remiss in your
4:35 Be not as a lion in your house, terrifying them of your
household, and oppressing them that are under thee.
4:36 Let not your hand be stretched out to receive, and shut when
thou shouldst give.
5:1 Set not your heart upon unjust possessions,
and say not: I have enough to
live on: for it shall be of no service in
the time of vengeance and darkness.
5:2 Follow not in your strength the desires
of your heart:
5:3 And say not: How mighty am I? and
who shall bring me under for my deeds?
for God will surely take revenge.
5:4 Say not: I have sinned, and whet
harm has befallen me? for the most
High is a patient rewarder.
5:5 Be not without fear about sin forgiven,
and add not sin upon sin:
5:6 And say not: The mercy of the Lord
is great, he will have mercy on the multitude
of my sins.
5:7 For mercy and wrath quickly come
from him, and his wrath looksa upon
5:8 Delay not to be converted to the
Lord, and defer it not from day to day.
5:9 For his wrath shall come on a sudden,
and in the time of vengeance he will destroy
5:10 Be not anxious for goods unjustly
gotten: for they shall not profit thee in
the day of calamity and revenge.
5:11 Winnow not with every wind, and
go not into every way: for so is every
sinner proved by a double tongue.
5:12 Be steadfast in the way of the Lord,
and in the truth of your judgment, and in
knowledge, and let the word of peace
and justice keep with thee.
5:13 Be meek to hear the word, that thou
mayst understand: and return a true
answer with wisdom.
5:14 If thou have understanding, answer
your neighbor: but if not, let your hand
be upon your mouth, lest thou be surprised
in an unskilful word, and be confounded.
5:15 Honor and glory is in the word of
the wise, but the tongue of the fool is his
5:16 Be not called a whisperer, and be
not taken in your tongue, and confounded.
5:17 For confusion and repentance is upon
a thief, and an evil mark of disgrace
upon the double tongued, but to the
whisperer hatred, and enmity, and reproach.
5:18 Justify alike the small and the great.
6:1 Instead of a friend become not an
enemy to your neighbor: for an evil
man shall inherit reproach and shame,
so shall every sinner that is envious and
6:2 Extol not yourself in the thoughts of
your soul like a bull: lest your strength be
quashed by folly,
6:3 And it eat up your leaves, and destroy
your fruit: and thou be left as a dry tree
in the wilderness.
6:4 For a wicked soul shall destroy him
that has it, and makes him to be a joy
to his enemies, and shall lead him into
the lot of the wicked.
6:5 A sweet word multiplies friends,
and appeases enemies, and a gracious
tongue in a good man abounds.
6:6 Be in peace with many, but let one
of a thousand be your counsellor.
6:7 If thou wouldst get a friend, try
him before thou takest him, and do not
credit him easily.
6:8 For there is a friend for his own occasion,
and he will not abide in the day of
6:9 And there is a friend that turns to
enmity; and there is a friend that will
disclose hatred and strife and reproaches.
6:10 And there is a friend a companion at
the table, and he will not abide in the
day of distress.
6:11 A friend ii he continue steadfast,
shall be to thee as yourself, and shall
act with confidence among them of your
6:12 If he humble himself before thee,
and hide himself from your face, thou shalt
have unanimous friendship for good.
6:13 Separate yourself from your enemies,
and take heed of your friends.
6:14 A faithful friend is a strong defence:
and he that has found him, has found a
6:15 Nothing can be compared to a faithful
friend, and no weight of gold and
silver is able to countervail the goodness
of his fidelity.
6:16 A faithful friend is the medicine of
life and immortality: and they that fear
the Lord, shall find him.
6:17 He that fears God, shall likewise
have good friendship: because according
to him shall his friend be.
6:18 My son, from your youth up receive
instruction, and even to your grey hairs
thou shalt find wisdom.
6:19 Come to her as one that ploughs,
and sows, and wait for her good fruits:
6:20 For in working about her thou shalt
labor a little, and shalt quickly eat of
6:21 How very unpleasant is wisdom to
the unlearned, and the unwise will not
continue with her.
6:22 She shall be to them as a mighty
stone of trial, and they will cast her
from them before it be long.
6:23 For the wisdom of doctrine is according
to her name, and she is not manifest
unto many, but with them to whom she
is known, she continues even to the
sight of God.
6:24 Give ear, my son, and take wise counsel,
and cast not away my advice.
6:25 Put your feet into her fetters, and your
neck into her chains:
6:26 Bow down your shoulder, and bear her,
and be not grieved with her bands.
6:27 Come to her with all your mind, and
keep her ways with all your power.
6:28 Search for her, and she shall be made
known to thee, and when thou have gotten
her, let her not go:
6:29 For in the latter end thou shalt find
rest in her, and she shall be turned to
6:30 Then shall her fetters be a strong
defence for thee, and a firm foundation,
and her chain a robe of glory:
6:31 For in her is the beauty of life, and
her bands are a healthful binding.
6:32 Thou shalt put her on as a robe of
glory, and thee shalt set her upon thee
as a crown of joy.
6:33 My son, if thou wilt attend to me,
thou shalt learn: and if thou wilt apply
your mind, thou shalt be wise.
6:34 If thou wilt incline your ear, thou
shalt receive instruction: and if thou
love to hear, thou shalt be wise.
6:35 Stand in the multitude of ancients
that are wise, and join yourself from your
heart to their wisdom, that thou mayst
hear every discourse of God, and the
sayings of praise may not escape thee.
6:36 And if thou see a man of understanding,
go to him early in the morning, and
let your foot wear the steps of his doors.
6:37 Let your thoughts be upon the precepts
of God, and meditate continually
on his commandments: and he will give
thee a heart, and the desire of wisdom
shall be given thee.
7:1 Do no evils, and no evils shall lay hold
7:2 Depart from the unjust, and evils shall
depart from thee.
7:3 My son, sow not evils in the furrows of
injustice, and thou shalt not reap them
7:4 Seek not of the Lord a pre-eminence,
nor of the king the seat of honor.
7:5 Justify not yourself before God, for he
knows the heart: and desire not to
appear wise before the king.
7:6 Seek not to be made a judge, unless
thou have strength enough to extirpate
iniquities: lest thou fear the person of
the powerful, and lay a stumblingblock
for your integrity.
7:7 Offend not against the multitude of
a city, neither cast yourself in upon the
7:8 Nor bind sin to sin: for even in one
thou shalt not be unpunished.
7:9 Be not fainthearted in your mind:
7:10 Neglect not to pray, and to give
7:11 Say not: God will have respect to
the multitude of my gifts, and when I
offer to the most high God, he will accept
7:12 Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterness
of his soul: for there is one that
humbles and exalts, God who sees
7:13 Devise not a lie against your brother:
neither do the like against your friend.
7:14 Be not willing to make any manner
of lie: for the custom thereof is not
7:15 Be not full of words in a multitude
of ancients, and repeat not the word in
7:16 Hate not laborious works, nor husbandry
ordained by the most High.
7:17 Number not yourself among the multitude
of the disorderly.
7:18 Remember wrath, for it will not tarry
7:19 Humble your spirit very much: for
the vengeance on the flesh of the
ungodly is fire and worms.
7:20 Do not transgress against your friend
deferring money, nor despise your dear
brother for the sake of gold.
7:21 Depart not from a wise and good
wife, whom thou best gotten in the fear
of the Lord: for the grace of her modesty
is above gold.
7:22 Hurt not the servant that works
faithfully, nor the hired man that gives
thee his life.
7:23 Let a wise servant be dear to thee as
your own soul, defraud him not of liberty,
nor leave him needy.
7:24 have thou cattle? have an eye to
them: and if they be for your profit, keep
them with thee.
7:25 have thou children? instruct them,
and bow down their neck from their
7:26 have thou daughters? have a care of
their body, and shew not your countenance
gay towards them.
7:27 Marry your daughter well, and then
shalt do a great work, and give her to a
7:28 If thou have a wife according to your
soul, cast her not off: and to her that is
hateful, trust not yourself. With your
7:29 Honor your father, and forget not
the groanings of your mother:
7:30 Remember that thou hadst not been
born but through them: and make a
return to them as they have done for thee.
7:31 With all your soul fear the Lord, and
reverence his priests.
7:32 With all your strength love him that
made thee: and forsake not his ministers.
7:33 Honor God with all your soul, and
give honor to the priests, and purify
yourself with your arms.
7:34 Give them their portion, as it is
commanded thee, of the firstfruits and
of purifications: and for your negligences
purify yourself with a few.
7:35 Offer to the Lord the gift of your
shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification,
and the firstfruits of the holy things:
7:38 And stretch out your hand to the
poor, that your expiation and your blessing
may be perfected.
7:37 A gift has grace in the sight of all
the living, and restrain not grace from
7:38 Be not wanting in comforting them
that weep, and walk with them that
7:39 Be not slow to visit the sick: for
by these things thou shalt be confirmed
7:40 In all your works remember your last
end, and thou shalt never sin.
8:1 Strive not with a powerful man, lest
thou fall into his hands.
8:2 Contend not with a rich man, lest he
bring an action against thee.
8:3 For gold and silver has destroyed
many, and has reached even to the
heart of kings, and perverted them.
8:4 Strive not with a man that is full of
tongue, and heap not wood upon his
8:5 Communicate not with an ignorant
man, lest he speak ill of your family.
8:6 Despise not a man that turnsaway
from sin, nor reproach him therewith:
remember that we are all woryour of
8:7 Despise not a man in his old age;
for we also shall become old.
8:8 Rejoice not at the death of your enemy;
knowing that we all die, and are not willing
that others should rejoice at our death.
8:9 Despise not the discourse of them
that are ancient and wise, but acquaint
yourself with their proverbs.
8:10 For of them thou shalt learn wisdom,
and instruction of understanding, and to
serve great men without blame.
8:11 Let not the discourse of the ancients
escape thee, for they have learned of
8:12 For of them thou shalt learn understanding,
and to give an answer in time
8:13 Kindle not the coals of sinners by
rebuking them, lest thou be burnt with
the flame of the fire of their sins.
8:14 Stand not against the face of an
injurious person, lest he sit as a spy to
entrap thee in your words.
8:15 Lend not to a man that is mightier
than yourself: and if thou lendest, count
it as lost.
8:16 Be not surety above your power: and
if thou be surety, think as if thou wert to
8:17 Judge not against a judge: for he
judges according to that which is just.
8:18 Go not on the way with a bold man,
lest he burden thee with his evils: for he
goes according to his own will, and thou
shalt perish together with his folly.
8:19 Quarrel not with a passionate man,
and go not into the desert with a bold
man: for blood is as nothing in his sight,
and where there is no help he will
8:20 Advise not with fools, for they cannot
love but such things as please them.
8:21 Before a stranger do no matter of
counsel: for thou knowest not what he
will bring forth.
8:22 Open not your heart to every man:
lest he repay thee with an evil turn, and
speak reproachfully to thee.
9:1 Be not jealous over the wife of your
bosom, lest she shew in your regard
the malice of a wicked lesson.
9:2 Give not the power of your soul to a
woman, lest she enter upon your strength,
and thou be confounded.
9:3 Look not upon a woman that has a
mind for many: lest thou fall into her
9:4 Use not much the company of her that
is a dancer, and hearken not to her, lest
thou perish by the force of her charms.
9:5 Gaze not upon a maiden, lest her
beauty be a stumblingblock to thee.
9:6 Give not your soul to harlots in any
point: lest thou destroy yourself and your
9:7 Look not round about thee in the
of the city, nor wander up and
down in the streets thereof.
9:8 Turn away your face from a woman
dressed up, and gaze not about upon
9:9 For many have perished by the beauty
of a woman, and hereby lust is enkindled
as a fire.
9:10 Every woman that is a harlot, shall
be trodden upon as dung in the way.
9:11 Many by admiring the beauty of
another man's wife, have become reprobate,
for her conversation burnsas fire.
9:12 Sit not at all with another man's
wife, nor repose upon the bed with her:
9:13 And strive not with her over wine,
lest your heart decline towards her, and
by your blood thou fall into destruction.
9:14 Forsake not an old friend, for the
new will not be like to him.
9:15 A new friend is as new wine: it shall
grow old, and thou shalt drink it with
9:16 Envy not the glory and riches of a
sinner: for thou knowest not what his
ruin shall be.
9:17 Be not pleased with the wrong done
by the unjust, knowing that even to hell
the wicked shall not please.
9:18 Keep thee far from the man that
hath power to kill, so thou shalt not suspect
the fear of death.
9:19 And if thou come to him, commit no
fault, lest he take away your life.
9:20 Know it to be a communication with
death: for thou art going in the midst
of snares, and walking upon the arms of
them that are grieved:
9:21 According to your power beware of
your neighbor, and treat with the wise
9:22 Let just men be your guests, and let
your glory be in the fear of God.
9:23 And let the thought of God be in your
mind, and all your discourse on the commandments
of the Highest.
9:24 Works shall be praised for the hand
of the artificers, and the prince of the
people for the wisdom of his speech, but
word of the ancients for the sense.
9:25 A man full of tongue is terrible in
his city, and he that is rash in his word
shall be hateful.
10:1 A WISE judge shall judge his people,
and the government of a prudent
man shall be steady.
10:2 As the judge of the people is himself,
so also are his ministers: and what
manner of man the ruler of a city is,
such also are they that dwell therein.
10:3 An unwise king shall be the ruin of
his people: and cities shall be inhabited
through the prudence of the rulers.
10:4 The power of the earth is in the hand
of God, and in his time he will raise up
a profitable ruler over it.
10:5 The prosperity of man is in the hand
of God, and upon the person of the
scribe he shall lay his honor.
10:6 Remember not any injury done thee
by your neighbor, and do thou nothing
by deeds of injury.
10:7 Pride is hateful before God and men:
and ah iniquity of nations is execrable.
10:8 A kingdom is translated from one
people to another, because of injustices,
and wrongs, and injuries, and divers
10:9 But nothing is more wicked than the
covetous man. Why is earth and ashes
10:10 There is not a more wicked thing
than to love money: for such a one
sets even his own soul for sale: because
while he lives he has cast away his
10:11 All power is of short life. A long
sickness is troublesome to the physician.
10:12 The physician cuts off it short
sickness: so also a king is to day, and to
morrow he shall die.
10:13 For when a man shall die, he shall
inherit serpents, end beasts, and worms.
10:14 The beginning of the pride of man,
is to fall off from God:
10:15 Because his heart is departed from
him that made him: for pride is the
beginning of all sin: be that holds it,
shall be filled with maledictions, and it
shall ruin him in the end.
10:16 Therefore has the Lord disgraced
the assemblies of the wicked, and hath
utterly destroyed them.
10:17 God has overturned the thrones of
proud princes, and has set up the meek
in their stead.
10:18 God has made the roots of proud
nations to wither, and has planted the
humble of these nations.
10:19 The Lord has overthrown the lands
of the Gentiles, and has destroyed
them even to the foundation.
10:20 He has made some of them to
wither away, and has destroyed them,
and has made the memory of them to
cease from the earth.
10:21 God has abolished the memory of
the proud, and has preserved the memory
of them that are humble in mind.
10:22 Pride was not made for men: nor
wrath for the race of women.
10:23 That seed of men shall be honored,
which fears God: but that seed shall
be dishonored, which transgresses the
commandments of the Lord.
10:24 In the midst of brethren their chief
is honorable: so shall they that fear
the Lord, be in his eyes.
10:25 The fear of God is the glory of the
rich, and of the honorable, and of the
10:26 Despise not a just man that is poor,
and do not magnify a sinful man that is
10:27 The great man, and the judge, and
the mighty is in honor: and there is
none greater than he that fears God.
10:28 They that are free shall serve a
servant that is wise: and a man that
is prudent and well instructed will not
murmur when he is reproved; and he
that is ignorant, shall not be honored.
10:29 Extol not yourself in doing your work,
and linger not in the time of distress:
10:30 Better is he that labors, and
abounds in all things, than he that
boasts himself and wants bread.
10:31 My son, keep your soul in meekness,
and give it honor according to its desert.
10:32 Who will justify him that sins
against his own soul? and who will honor
him that dishonors his own soul?
10:33 The poor man is glorified by his discipline
and fear: and there is a man that
is honored for his wealth.
10:34 But he that is glorified in poverty,
how much more in wealth? and he that
is glorified in wealth, let him fear poverty.
11:THE wisdom of the humble shall exalt
his head, and shall make him sit in
the midst of great men.
11:2 Praise not a man for his beauty, neither
despise a man for his look.
11:3 The bee is small among flying things,
but her fruit has the chiefest sweetness.
11:4 Glory not in apparel at any time,
and be not exalted in the day of your
honor: for the works of the Highest
only are wonderful, and his works are
glorious, and secret, end hidden.
11:5 Many tyrants have sat on the throne,
and he whom no man would think on,
hath worn the crown.
11:6 Many mighty men have been greatly
brought down, and the glorious have
been delivered into the hand of others.
11:7 Before thou inquire, blame no man: and
when thou have inquired, reprove justly.
11:8 Before thou hear, answer not a word:
and interrupt not others in the midst of
11:9 Strive not in a matter which doth not
concern thee, and sit not in judgment
11:10 My son, meddle not with many matters:
and if thou be rich, thou shalt not
be free from sin: for if thou pursue after
thou shalt not overtake: and if thou run
before thou shalt not escape.
11:11 There is an ungodly man that
labors, and makes to have, and is in
sorrow, and is so much the more in want.
11:12 Again, there is an inactive man that
wants help, is very weak in ability,
and full of poverty:
11:13 Yet the eye of God has looked
upon him for good, and has lifted him
up from his low estate, and has exalted
his head: and many have wondered at
him, and have glorified God.
11:14 Good things and evil, life and death,
poverty and riches, are from God.
11:15 Wisdom and discipline, and the knowledge
of the law are with God. Love and
the ways of good things are with him
11:16 Error and darkness are created with
sinners: and they that glory in evil things,
grow old in evil.
11:17 The gift of God abides with the
just, and his advancement shall have
success for ever.
11:18 There is one that is enriched by living
sparingly, and this is the portion of
11:19 In that he saith: I have found me
rest, and now I will eat of my goods
11:20 And he knows not what time shall
pass, and that death approaches, and
that he must leave all to others, and
11:21 Be steadfast in your covenant, and be
conversant therein, and grow old in the
work of your commandments.
11:22 Abide not in the works of sinners.
But trust in God, and stay in your place.
11:23 For it is easy in the eyes of God on
a sudden to make the poor man rich.
11:24 The blessing of God makes havee to
reward the just, and in a swift hour his
blessing bears fruit.
11:25 Say not: What need I, and what
good shall I have by this?
11:26 Say not: I am sufficient for myself:
and what shall I be made worse by this?
11:27 In the day of good things be not
unmindful of evils: and in the day of
evils be not unmindful of good things:
11:28 For it is easy before God in the day
of death to reward every one according
to his ways.
11:29 The affliction of an hour makes one
forget great delights, and in the end of
a man is the disclosing of his works.
11:30 Praise not any man before death, for
a man is known by his children.
11:31 Bring not every man into your house:
for many are the snares of the deceitful.
11:32 For as corrupted bowels send forth
stinking breath, and as the partridge is
brought into the cage, and as the roe
into the snare: so also is the heart of
the proud, and as a spy that looks on
the fall of his neighbor.
11:33 For he lies in wait and turns good
into evil, and on the elect he will lay a
11:34 Of one spark comes a great fire,
and of one deceitful man much blood:
and a sinful man lies in wait for blood.
11:35 Take heed to yourself of a mischievous
man, for he works evils: lest he bring
upon thee reproach for ever.
11:36 Receive a stranger in, and he shall
overthrow thee with a whirlwind, and
shall turn thee out of your own.
12:1 If thou do good, know to whom thou
dost it, and there shall be much thanks
for your good deeds.
12:2 Do good to the just, and thou shalt
find great recompense: and if not of
him, assuredly of the Lord.
12:3 For there is no good for him that is
always occupied in evil, and that gives
no alms: for the Highest hates sinners,
and has mercy on the penitent.
12:4 Give to the merciful and uphold not
the sinner: God will repay vengeance to
the ungodly and to sinners, and keep
them against the day of vengeance.
12:5 Give to the good, and receive not a
12:6 Do good to the humble, and give not
to the ungodly: hold back your bread,
and give it not to him, lest thereby he
12:7 For thou shalt receive twice as much
evil for all the good thou shalt have
done to him: for the Highest also hates
sinners, and will repay vengeance to the
12:8 A friend shall not be known in
prosperity, and an enemy shall not be
hidden in adversity.
12:9 In the prosperity of a man, his enemies
are grieved: and a friend is known
in his adversity.
12:10 Never trust your enemy: for as a brass
pot his wickedness rusts:
12:11 Though he humble himself and go
crouching, yet take good heed and
beware of him.
12:12 Set him not by thee, neither let him
sit on your right hand, lest he turn into
your place, and seek to take your seat:
and at the last thou acknowledge my
words, and be pricked with my sayings.
12:13 Who will pity an enchanter struck
by a serpent, or any that come near wild
beasts? so is it with him that keeps
company with a wicked man, and is
involved in his sins.
12:14 For an hour he will abide with thee:
but if thou begin to decline, he will not
12:15 An enemy speakes sweetly with
his lips, but in his heart he lies in wait,
to throw thee into a pit.
12:16 An enemy weeps with his eyes:
but if he find an opportunity he will not
be satisfied with blood:
12:17 And if evils come upon thee, thou
shalt find him there first.
12:18 An enemy has tears in his eyes, and
while he pretends to help thee, will
undermine your feet.
12:19 He will shake his head, and clap his
hands, and whisper much, and change his
13:1 He that touches pitch, shall be
defiled with it: and he that has fellowship
with the proud, shall put on pride.
13:2 He shall take a burden upon him that
hath fellowship with one more honor-
able than himself. And have no fellow-
ship with one that is richer than yourself.
13:3 What agreement shall the earthen pot
have with the kettle? for if they knock
one against the other, it shall be broken.
13:4 The rich man has done wrong, and
yet he will fume: but the poor is wronged
and must hold his peace.
13:5 If thou give, he will make use of thee:
and if thou have nothing, he will forsake
13:6 If thou have any thing, he will live
with thee, and will make thee bare, and
he will not be sorry for thee.
13:7 If he have need of thee he will deceive
thee, and smiling upon thee will put thee
in hope; he will speak thee fair, and will
say: What wantest thou?
13:8 And he will shame thee by his meats,
till he have drawn thee dry twice or
thrice, and at last he will laugh at thee:
and afterward when he sees thee, he
will forsake thee, and shake his head at
13:9 Humble yourself to God, and wait for
13:10 Beware that thou be not deceived
Into folly, and be humbled.
13:11 Be not lowly in your wisdom, lest
being humbled thou be deceived into folly.
13:12 If thou be invited by one that is
mightier, withdraw yourself: for so he
will invite thee the more.
13:13 Be not troublesome to him, lest thou
be put back: and keep not far from him,
lest thou be forgotten.
13:14 Affect not to speak with him as an
equal: and believe not his many words:
for by much talk he will sift thee, and
smiling will examine thee concerning your
13:15 His cruel mind will lay up your words:
and he will not spare to do thee hurt,
and to cast thee into prison.
13:16 Take heed to yourself, and attend diligently
to what thou hearest: for thou
walkest in danger of your ruin.
13:17 When thou hearest those things, see
as it were in sleep, and thou shalt awake.
13:18 Love God all your life, and call upon
him for your salvation.
13:19 Every beast loves its like: so also
every man him that is nearest to himself.
13:20 All flesh shall consort with the like
to itself, and every man shall associate
himself to his like.
13:21 If the wolf shall at any time have
fellowship with the lamb, so the sinner
with the just.
13:22 What fellowship has a holy man
with a dog, or what part has the rich
with the poor?
13:23 The wild ass is the lion's prey in the
desert: so also the poor are devoured by
13:24 And as humility is an abomination to
the proud: so also the rich man abhorrs
13:25 When a rich man is shaken, he is
kept up by his friends: but when a poor
man is fallen down, he is thrust away
even by his acquaintance.
13:26 When a rich man has been deceived,
he has many helpers: he has spoken
proud things, and they have justified
13:27 The poor man was deceived, and he
is rebuked also: he has spoken wisely,
and could have no place.
13:28 The rich man spoke, and all held
their peace, and what he said they extol
even to the clouds.
13:29 The poor man spoke, and they say:
Who is this? and if he stumble, they
will overthrow him.
13:30 Riches are good to him that has no
sin in his conscience: and poverty is very
wicked in the mouth of the ungodly.
13:31 The heart of a man changes his
countenance, either for good, or for evil.
13:32 The token of a good heart, and a good
countenance thou shalt hardly find, and
14:1 Blessed is the man that has not
slipped by a word out of his mouth,
and is not pricked with the remorse of
14:2 Happy is he that has had no sadness
of his mind, and who is not fallen from
14:3 Riches are not comely for a covetous
man and a niggard, and what should an
envious man do with gold?
14:4 He that gathers together by wronging
his own soul, gathersfor others,
and another will squander away his goods
14:5 He that is evil to himself, to whom
will he be good? and he shall not take
pleasure in his goods.
14:6 There is none worse than he that envis
himself, and this is the reward of
14:7 And if he do good, he doth it ignorantly,
and unwillingly: and at the last
he discoves his wickedness.
14:8 The eye of the envious is wicked: and
he turnsaway his face, and despises
his own soul.
14:9 The eye of the covetous man is insatiable
in his portion of iniquity: he will
not be satisfied till he consume his own
soul, drying it up.
14:10 An evil eye is towards evil things:
and he shall not have his fill of bread,
but shall be needy and pensive at his own
14:11 My son, if thou have any thing, do
good to yourself, and offer to God woryour
14:12 Remember that death is not slow, and
that the covenant of hell has been shewn
to thee: for the covenant of this world
shall surely die.
14:13 Do good to your friend before thou
die, and according to your ability, stretching
out your hand give to the poor.
14:14 Defraud not yourself of the good day,
and let not the part of a good gift over-
14:15 Shalt thou not leave to others to
divide by lot your sorrows and labors?
14:16 Give and take, and justify your soul.
14:17 Before your death work justice: for in
hell there is no finding food.
14:18 All flesh shall fade as grass, and as
the leaf that springsout on a green
14:19 Some grow, and some fall off: so is
the generation of flesh and blood, one
comesto an end, and another is born.
14:20 Every work that is corruptible shall
fail in the end: and the worker thereof
shall go with it.
14:21 And every excellent work shall be
justified: and the worker thereof shall
be honored therein.
14:22 Blessed is the man that shall continue
in wisdom, and that shall meditate
in his justice, and in his mind shall think
of the all seeing eye of God.
14:23 He that considersher ways in his
heart, and has understanding in her
secrets, who goes after her as one that
trace, and stays in her ways:
14:24 He who looks in at her windows,
and hearkens at her door:
14:25 He that lodges near her house, and
fastening a pin in her walls shall set up
his tent nigh unto her, where good things
shall rest in his lodging for ever.
14:26 He shall set his children under her
shelter, and shall lodge under her
14:27 He shall be protected under her covering
from the heat, and shall rest in her
15:1 He that fearGod, will do good:
and he that possessjustice, shall
lay hold on her,
15:2 And she will meet him as an honorable
mother, and will receive him as a
wife married of a virgin.
15:3 With the bread of life and understanding,
she shall feed him, and give him
the water of wholesome wisdom to drink:
and she shall be made strong in him, and
he shall not be moved:
15:4 And she shall hold him fast, and he
shall not be confounded: and she shall
exalt him among his neighbors.
15:5 And in the midst of the church she
shall open his mouth, and shall fill him
with the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
and shall clothe him with a robe of
15:6 She shall heap upon him a treasure of
joy and gladness, and shall cause him to
inherit an everlasting name.
15:7 But foolish men shall not obtain her,
and wise men shall meet her, foolish men
shall not see her: for she is far from
pride and deceit.
15:8 Lying men shall not be mindful of
her: but men that speak truth shall be
found with her, and shall advance, even
till they come to the sight of God.
15:9 Praise is not seemly in the mouth of
15:10 For wisdom came forth from God:
for praise shall be with the wisdom of
God, and shall abound in a faithful mouth,
and the sovereign Lord will give praise
15:11 Say not: It is through God, that she
is not with me: for do not thou the things
that he hates.
15:12 Say not: He has caused me to err:
for he has no need of wicked men.
15:13 The Lord hates all abomination of
error, and they that fear him shall not
15:14 God made man from the beginning,
and left him in the hand of his own
15:15 He added his commandments and
15:16 If thou wilt keep the commandments
and perform acceptable fidelity for
ever, they shall preserve thee.
15:17 He has set water and fire before thee:
stretch forth your hand to which thou wilt.
15:18 Before man is life and death, good
and evil, that which he shall choose shall
be given him:
15:19 For the wisdom of God is great, and
he is strong in power, seeing all men
15:20 The eyes of the Lord are towards
them that fear him, and he knowall
the work of man.
15:21 He has commanded no man to do
wickedly, and he has given no man
license to sin:
15:22 For he desires not a multitude of
faithless and unprofitable children.
16:1 Rejoice not in ungodly children, if
they be multiplied: neither be delighted
in them, if the fear of God be not
16:2 Trust not to their life, and respect not
16:3 For better is one that fearGod,
than a thousand ungodly children.
16:4 And it is better to die without children,
than to leave ungodly children.
16:5 By one that is wise a country shall
be inhabited, the tribe of the ungodly
shall become desolate.
16:6 Many such things has my eyes seen,
and greater things than these my ear
16:7 In the congregation of sinners a fire
shall be kindled, and in an unbelieving
nation wrath shall dame out.
16:8 The ancient giants did not obtain
pardon for their sine, who were destroyed
trusting to their own strength:
16:9 And he spared not the place where
Lot sojourned, but abhorred them for the
pride of their word.
16:10 He had not pity on them, destroying
the whole nation that extolled them-
selves in their sine.
16:11 So did he with the six hundred thousand
footmen, who were gathered together
in the hardness of their heart:
and if one had been stiffnecked, it is a
wonder if he had escaped unpunished:
16:12 For mercy and wrath are with him.
He is mighty to forgive, and to pour out
16:13 According as his mercy is, so his
correction judge a man according to
16:14 The sinner shall not escape in his
rapines, and the patience of him that
shews mercy shall not be put off.
16:15 All mercy shall make a place for
every man according to the merit of his
works, and according to the wisdom of
16:16 Say not: I shall be hidden from God.
and who shall remember me from on
16:17 In such a multitude I shall not be
known: for what is my soul in such an
16:18 Behold the heaven, and the heavens
of heavens, the deep, and all the earth,
and the things that are in them, shall be
moved in his sight,
16:19 The mountains also, and the hills,
end the foundations of the earth: when
God shall look upon them, they shall be
shaken with trembling.
16:20 And in all these things the heart is
senseless: and every heart is understood
16:21 And his ways who shall understand,
and the storm, which no eye of man
16:22 For many of his works are hidden:
hut the works of his justice who shall
declare? or who shall endure? for the
testament is far from some, and the
examination of all is in the end.
16:23 He that wants understanding thinks
vain things: and the foolish, and erring
man, thinks foolish things.
16:24 Hearken to me, my son, and learn
the discipline of understanding, and
attend to my words in your heart.
16:25 And I will shew forth good doctrine
in equity, and will seek to declare wisdom:
and attend to my words in your
heart, whilst with equity of spirit I tell
thee the virtues that God has put upon
his works from the beginning, and I shew
forth in truth his knowledge.
16:26 The works of God are done in judgment
from the beginning, and from the
making of them he distinguished their
parts, and their beginnings in their
16:27 He beautified their works for ever,
they have neither hungered, nor labored,
and they have not ceased from their
16:28 Nor shall any of them straiten his
neighbor at any time.
16:29 Be not thou incredulous to his word.
16:30 After this God looked upon the
earth, and filled it with his goods.
16:31 The soul of every living thing hath
shewn forth before the face thereof, and
into it they return again.
17:1 God created man of the earth, and
made him after his own image.
17:2 And he turned him into it again, and
clothed him with strength according to
17:3 He gave him the number of his days
and time, and gave him power over all
things that are upon the earth.
17:4 He put the fear of him upon all flesh,
and he had dominion over beasts and
17:5 He created of him a helpmate like
to himself: he gave them counsel, and a
tongue, and eyes, and ears, and a heart
to devise: and he filled them with the
knowledge of understanding.
17:6 He created in them the science of the
spirit, he filled their heart with wisdom,
and shewed them both good and evil.
17:7 He set his eye upon their hearts to
shew them the greatness of his works:
17:8 That they might praise the name which
he has sanctified: and glory in his
wondrous acts, that they might declare the
glorious things of his works.
17:9 Moreover he gave them instructions,
and the law of life for an inheritance.
17:10 He made an everlasting covenant
with them, and he shewed them his justice
17:11 And their eye saw the majesty of his
glory. and their ears heard his glorious
voice, and he said to them: Beware of
17:12 And he gave to every one of them
commandment concerning his neighbor.
17:13 Their ways are always before him,
they are not hidden from his eyes.
17:14 Over every nation he set a ruler.
17:15 And Israel was made the manifest
portion of God.
17:16 And all their works are as the sun in
the sight of God: and his eyes are
continually upon their ways.
17:17 Their covenants were not hid by
their iniquity, and all their iniquities are
in the sight of God.
17:18 The alms of a man is as a signet
with him, and shall preserve the grace
of a man as the apple of the eye:
17:19 And afterward he shall rise up, and
shall render them their reward, to every
one upon their own head, and shall turn
them down into the bowels of the earth.
17:20 But to the penitent he has given the
way of justice, and he has strengthened
them that were fainting in patience, and
hath appointed to them the lot of truth.
17:21 Turn to the Lord, and forsake your
17:22 Make your prayer before the face of
the Lord, and offend less.
17:23 Return to the Lord, and turn away
from your injustice, and greatly hate
17:24 And know the justices and judgments
of God, and stand firm in the lot set
before thee, and in prayer to the most high
17:25 Go to the side of the holy age, with
them that live and give praise to God.
17:26 Tarry not in the error of the ungodly,
give glory before death. Praise perishes
from the dead as nothing.
17:27 Give thanks whilst thou art living,
whilst thou art alive and in health thou
shalt give thanks, and shalt praise God,
and shalt glory in his mercies.
17:28 How great is the mercy of the Lord,
and his forgiveness to them that turn to
17:29 For all things cannot be in men,
because the son of man is not immortal,
and they are delighted with the vanity
17:30 What is brighter than the sun; yet
it shall be eclipsed. Or what is more
wicked than that which flesh and blood
hath invented? and this shall be
17:31 He beholds the power of the
height of heaven: and all men are earth
18:1 He that lives for ever created all
things together. God only shall be
justified, and he remains an invincible
king for ever.
18:2 Who is able to declare his works?
18:3 For who shall search out his glorious
18:4 And who shall shew forth the power
of his majesty? or who shall be able to
declare his mercy?
18:5 Nothing may be taken away, nor
added, neither is it possible to find out
the glorious works of God:
18:6 When a man has done, then shall he
begin: and when he leaves off, he shall
be at a loss.
18:7 What is man, and what is his grace?
and what is his good, or what is his evil?
18:8 The number of the days of men at
the most are a hundred years: as a drop
of water of the sea are they esteemed:
and as a pebble of the sand, so are a few
years compared to eternity.
18:9 Therefore God is patient in them, and
pours forth his mercy upon them.
18:10 He has seen the presumption of
their heart that it is wicked, and hath
known their end that it is evil.
18:11 Therefore bath he filled up his mercy
in their favor, and has shewn them the
way of justice.
18:12 The compassion of man is toward his
neighbor: but the mercy of God is
upon all flesh.
18:13 He has mercy, and teaches, and
corrects, as a shepherd doth his hock.
18:14 He has mercy on him that receives
the discipline of mercy, and that makes
havee in his judgments.
18:15 My son, in your good deeds, make no
complaint, and when thou givest any
thing, add not grief by an evil word.
18:16 Shall not the dew assuage the heat?
so also the good word is better than the
18:17 Lo, is not a word better than a gift?
but both are with a justified man.
18:18 A fool will upbraid bitterly: and a
gift of one ill taught consumes the
18:19 Before judgment prepare thee justice,
and learn before thou speak.
18:20 Before sickness take a medicine, and
before judgment examine yourself, and
thou shalt find mercy in the sight of
18:21 Humble yourself before thou art sick,
and in the time of sickness shew your
18:22 Let nothing hinder thee from praying
always, and be not afraid to be justified
even to death: for the reward of
God continues for ever.
18:23 Before prayer prepare your soul: and
be not as a man that tempts God.
18:24 Remember the wrath that shall be
at the last day, and the time of repaying
when he shall turn away his face.
18:25 Remember poverty is the time of
abundance, and the necessities of poverty
in the day of riches.
18:26 From the morning until the evening
the time shall be changed, and all these
are swift in the eyes of God.
18:27 A wise man will fear in every thing,
and in the days of sine will beware of
18:28 Every man of understanding knows
wisdom, and will give praise to him that
18:29 They that were of good understanding
in words, have also done wisely
themselves: and have understood truth
and justice, and have poured forth pro-
verbs and judgments.
18:30 Go not after your lusts, but turn
away from your own will.
18:31 If thou give to your soul her desires,
she will make thee a joy to your enemies.
18:32 Take no pleasure in riotous assemblies,
be they ever so small: for their
concertation is continual.
18:33 Make not yourself poor by borrowing
to contribute to feasts when thou have
nothing in your purse : for thou shalt be
an enemy to your own life.
19:1 A workman that is a drunkard shall
not be rich: and he that contemns
small things, shall fall by little and little.
19:2 Wine and women make wise men fall
off, and shall rebuke the prudent:
19:3 And he that joins himself to harlots,
will be wicked. Rottenness and worms
shall inherit him, and he shall be lifted
up for a greater example, and his soul
shall be taken away out of the number.
19:4 He that is havey to give credit, is
light of heart, and shall be lessened: and
he that sins against his own soul,
shall be despised.
19:5 He that rejoices in iniquity, shall be
censured, and he that hates chaveisement,
shall have less life: and he that
hates babbling, extinguishes evil.
19:6 He that sins against his own soul,
shall repent: and he that is delighted
with wickedness, shall be condemned.
19:7 Rehearse not again a wicked and harsh
word, and thou shalt not fare the worse.
19:8 Tell not your mind to friend or foe:
and if there be a sin with thee, disclose
19:9 For he will hearken to thee, and will
witch thee, and as it were defending your
sin he will hate thee, and so will he be
with thee always.
19:10 have thou heard a word against your
neighbor? let it die within thee, trusting
that it will not burst thee.
19:11 At the hearing of a word the fool is
in travail, as a woman groaning. in the
bringing forth a child.
19:12 As an arrow that sticks in a man's
thigh: so is a word in the heart of a
19:13 Reprove a friend, lest he may not
have understood, and say : f did it not: or
if he did it, that he may do it no more.
19:14 Reprove your neighbor, for it may be
he has not said it: and if he has said
it, that he may not say it again.
19:15 Admonish your friend: for there is
often a fault committed.
19:16 And believe not every word. There
is one, that slips with the tongue, but
not from his heart.
19:17 For who is there that has not
offended with his tongue? Admonish your
neighbor before thou threaten him.
19:18 And give place to the fear of the
most High: for the fear of God is all
wisdom, and therein is to fear God, and
the disposition of the law is in all wisdom.
19:19 But the learning of wickedness is
not wisdom: and the device of sinners
is not prudence.
19:20 There is a subtle wickedness, and the
same is detestable: and there is a man
that is foolish, wanting in wisdom.
19:21 Better is a man that has less
wisdom, and wants understanding, with
the fear of God, than he that abounds
in understanding, and transgresses the
law of the most High.
19:22 There is an exquisite subtilty, and
the same is unjust.
19:23 And there is one that utters an
exact word telling the truth. There is
one that humbles himself wickedly,
and his interior is full of deceit:
19:24 And there is one that submits
himself exceedingly with a great lowliness:
and there is one that casts down
his countenance, and makes as if he did
not see that which is unknown:
19:25 And if he be hindered from sinning
for want of power, if he shall find opportunity
to do evil, he will do it.
19:26 A man is known by his look, and a
wise man, when thou meetest him, is
known by his countenance.
19:27 The attire of the body, and the
laughter of the teeth, and the gait of
the man, shew what he is.
19:28 There is a lying rebuke in the anger
of an injurious man: and there is a
judgment that is not allowed to be good:
and there is one that holds his peace,
he is wise.
20:1 How much better is it to reprove,
than to be angry, and not to hinder
him that confesses in prayer.
20:2 The lust of an eunuch shall devour a
20:3 So is he that by violence executes
20:4 How good is it, when thou art
reproved, to shew repentance! for so thou
shalt escape wilful sin.
20:5 There is one that holds his peace,
that is found wise: and there is another
that is hateful, that is bold in speech.
20:6 There is one that holds his peace,
because he knows not what to say:
and there is another that holds his
peace, knowing the proper time.
20:7 A wise man will hold his peace till he
see opportunity: but a babbler, and a
fool, will regard no time.
20:8 He that uses many words shall hurt
his own soul: and he that takes authority
to himself unjustly shall be hated.
20:9 There is success in evil things to a
man without discipline, and there is a
finding that turns to loss.
20:10 There is a gift that is not profitable:
and there is a gift, the recompense of
which is double.
20:11 There is an abasement because of
glory: and there is one that shall lift up
his head from a low estate.
20:12 There is that buys much for a small
price, and restores the same sevenfold.
20:13 A man wise in words shall make
himself beloved: but the graces of fools
shall be poured out.
20:14 The gift of the fool shall do thee no
good: for his eyes are sevenfold.
20:15 He will give a few things, and
upbraid much: and the opening of his
mouth is the kindling of a fire.
20:16 Today a man lends, and to
morrow he asks it again: such a man as
this is hateful.
20:17 A fool shall have no friend, and there
shall be no thanks for his good deeds.
20:18 For they that eat his bread, are of a
false tongue. How often, and how many
will laugh him to scorn!
20:19 For he doth not distribute with right
understanding that which was to be had:
in like manner also that which was not
to be had.
20:20 The slipping of a false tongue is as
one that falls on the pavement: so
the fall of the wicked shall come speedily.
20:21 A man without grace is as a vain
fable, it shall be continually in the mouth
of the unwise.
20:22 A parable coming out, of a fool's
mouth shall be rejected: for he doth not
speak it in due season.
20:23 There is that is hindered from sinning
through want, and in his rest he
shall be pricked.
20:24 There is that will destroy his own
soul through shamefacedness, and by
occasion of an unwise person he will
destroy it: and by respect of person he
will destroy himself.
20:25 There is that for bashfulness promises
to his friend, and makes him his
enemy for nothing.
20:26 A lie is a foul blot in a man, and yet
it will be continually in the mouth of
men without discipline.
20:27 A thief is better than a man that is
always lying: but both of them shall inherit
20:28 The manners of lying men are without
honor: and their confusion is with
them without ceasing.
20:29 A wise man shall advance himself
with his words, and a prudent man shall
please the great ones.
20:30 He that tills his land shall make a
high heap of corn: and he that works
justice shall be exalted: and he that
pleases great men shall escape iniquity.
20:31 Presents and gifts blind the eyes of
judges, and make them dumb in the
mouth, so that they cannot correct.
20:32 Wisdom that is hid, and treasure
that is not seen: what profit is there in
20:33 Better is he that hides his folly, than
the man that hides his wisdom.
21:1 My son, have thou sinned? do so no
more: but for your former sins also
pray that they may be forgiven thee.
21:2 Flee from sins as from the face of a
serpent: for if thou comest near them,
they will take hold of thee.
21:3 The teeth thereof are the teeth of a
lion, killing the souls of men.
21:4 All iniquity is like a two-edged sword,
there is no remedy for the wound thereof.
21:5 Injuries and wrongs will waste riches:
and the house that is very rich shall be
brought to nothing by pride : so the
substance of the proud shall be rooted out.
21:6 The prayer out of the mouth of the
poor shall reach the ears of God, and
judgment shall come for him speedily.
21:7 He that hates to be reproved walks
in the trace of a sinner: and he that
fears God will turn to his own heart.
21:8 He that is mighty by a bold tongue is
known afar off, but a wise man knows
to slip by him.
21:9 He that builds his house at other
men's charges, is as he that gathers
himself stones to build in the winter.
21:10 The congregation of sinners is like
tow heaped together, and the end of
them is a flame of fire.
21:11 The way of sinners is made plain
with stones, and in their end is hell, and
darkness, and pains.
21:12 He that keeps justice shall get the
21:13 The perfection of the fear of God is
wisdom and understanding.
21:14 He that is not wise in good, will not
21:15 But there is a wisdom that abounds
in evil : and there is no understanding
where there is bitterness.
21:16 The knowledge of a wise man shall
abound like a flood, and his counsel
continues like a fountain of life.
21:17 The heart of a fool is like a broken
vessel, and no wisdom at all shall it hold.
21:18 A man of sense will praise every
wise word he shall hear, and will apply
it to himself: the luxurious man hath
heard it, and it shall displease him, and
he will cast it behind his back.
21:19 The talking of a fool is like a burden
in the way: but in the lips of the wise,
grace shall be found.
21:20 The mouth of the prudent is sought
after in the church, and they will think
upon his words in their hearts.
21:21 As a house that is destroyed, so is
wisdom to a fool : and the knowledge of
the unwise is as words without sense.
21:22 Doctrine to a fool is as fetters on the
feet, and like manacles on the right hand.
21:23 A fool lifts up his voice in laughter:
but a wise man will scarce laugh low to
21:24 Learning to the prudent is as an
ornament of gold, and like a bracelet upon
his right arm.
21:25 The foot of a fool is soon in his neighbour's
house: but a man of experience
will be abashed at the person of the
21:26 A fool will peep through the window
into the house: but he that is well taught
will stand without.
21:27 It is the folly of a man to hearken at
the door: and a wise man will be grieved
with the disgrace.
21:28 The lips of the unwise will be telling
foolish things but the words of the wise
shall be weighed in a balance.
21:29 The heart of fools is in their mouth:
and the mouth of wise men is in their
21:30 While the ungodly curses the devil,
he curses his own soul.
21:31 The talebearer shall defile his own
soul, and shall be hated by all: and he
that shall abide with him shall be hateful:
the silent and wise man shall be
22:1 The sluggard is pelted with a dirty
stone, and all men will speak of his
22:2 The sluggard is pelted with the dung
of oxen: and every one that touches
him will shake his hands.
22:3 A son ill taught is the confusion of the
father: and a foolish daughter shall be to
22:4 A wise daughter shall bring an
inheritance to her husband: but she that
confounds, becomes a disgrace to her
22:5 She that is bold shames both her
father and husband, and will not be inferior
to the ungodly: and shall be disgraced
by them both.
22:6 A tale out of time is like music in
morning: but the stripes and instruction
of wisdom are never out of time.
22:7 He that teaches a fool, is like one
that glues a potsherd together.
22:8 He that tells a word to him that
hears not, is like one that wakes a
man out of a deep sleep.
22:9 He speaks with one that is asleep,
who utters wisdom to a fool: and in
the end of the discourse he saith: Who is
22:10 Weep for the dead, for his light
hath failed: and weep for the fool, for
his understanding fails.
22:11 Weep but a little for the dead, for he
is at rest.
22:12 For the wicked life of a wicked fool
is worse than death.
22:13 The mourning for the dead is seven
days: but for a fool and an ungodly man
all the days of their life.
22:14 Talk not much with a fool, and go
not with him that has no sense.
22:15 Keep yourself from him, that thou
mayst not have trouble, and thou shalt
not be defiled with his sin.
22:16 Turn away from him, and thou shalt
find rest, and shalt not be wearied out
with his folly.
22:17 What is heavier than lead? and what
other name has he but fool?
22:18 Sand and salt, and a mass of iron is
easier to bear, than a man without sense,
that is both foolish and wicked.
22:19 A frame of wood bound together in
the foundation of a building, shall not be
loosed: so neither shall the heart that is
established by advised counsel.
22:20 The thought of him that is wise at
all times, shall not be depraved by fear.
22:21 As pales set in high places, and
plasterings made without cost, will not stand
against the face of the wind:
22:22 So also a fearful heart in the imagination
of a fool shall not resist against the
violence of fear.
22:23 As a fearful heart in the thought of
a fool at all times will not fear, so neither
shall he that continues always in
the commandments of God.
22:24 He that pricks the eye, brings
out tears: and he that pricks the heart,
brings forth resentment.
22:25 He that flings a stone at birds,
shall drive them away: so he that
upbraids his friend, breakes friendship.
22:26 Although thou have drawn a sword
at a friend, despair not: for there may
be a returning. To a friend,
22:27 If thou have opened a sad mouth, fear
not, for there may be a reconciliation:
except upbraiding, and reproach, and
pride, and disclosing of secrets, or a
treacherous wound: for in all these cases
a friend will flee away.
22:28 Keep fidelity with a friend in his
poverty, that in his prosperity also thou
22:29 In the time of his trouble continue
faithful to him, that thou mayst also be
heir with him in his inheritance.
22:30 As the vapor of a chimney, and the
smoke of the fire goes up before the
fire: so also injurious words, and
reproaches, and threats, before blood.
22:31 I will not be ashamed to salute a
friend, neither will I hide myself from his
face: and if any evil happen to me by
him, I will bear it.
22:32 But every one that shall hear it, will
beware of him.
22:33 Who will set a guard before my
mouth, and a sure seal upon my lips, that
I fall not by them, and that my tongue
destroy me not?
23:1 O Lord, father, and sovereign ruler
of my life, leave me not to their
counsel: nor suffer me to fall by them.
23:2 Who will set scourges over my
thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom
over my heart, that they spare me not
in their ignorances, and that their sine
may not appear:
23:3 Lest my ignorances increase, and my
offences be multiplied, and my sine
abound, and I fall before my adversaries,
and my enemy rejoice over me?
23:4 O Lord, father, and God of my life,
leave me not to their devices.
23:5 Give me not haughtiness of my eyes,
and turn away from me all coveting.
23:6 Take from me the greediness of the
belly, and let not the lusts of the flesh
take hold of me, and give me not over to
a shameless and foolish mind.
23:7 Hear, O ye children, the discipline of
the mouth: and he that will keep it shall
not perish by his lips, nor be brought to
fall into most wicked works.
23:8 A sinner is caught in his own vanity,
and the proud and the evil speakers shall
23:9 Let not your mouth be accustomed to
swearing: for in it there are many falls.
23:10 And let not the naming of God be
usual in your mouth, and meddle not with
the names of saints, for thou shalt not
escape free from them.
23:11 For as a slave daily put to the
question, is never without a blue mark: so
every one that swears, and names,
shall not be wholly pure from sin.
23:12 A man that swears much, shall be
filled with iniquity, and a scourge shall
not depart from his house.
23:13 And if he make it void, his sin shall
be upon him: and if he dissemble it, he
23:14 And if he swear in vain, he shall not
be justified: for his house shall be filled
with his punishment.
23:15 There is also another speech opposite
to death, let it not be found in the
inheritance of Jacob.
23:16 For from the merciful all these things
shall be taken away, and they shall not
wallow in sins.
23:17 Let not your mouth be accustomed to
indiscreet speech: for therein is the word
23:18 Remember your father and your
mother, for thou sittest is the midst of great
23:19 Lest God forget thee in their sight,
and thou, by your daily custom, be
infatuated and suffer reproach: and wish that
thou hadst not been born, and curse the
day of your nativity.
23:20 The man that is accustomed to
opprobrious words, will never be corrected
all the days of his life.
23:21 Two sorts of men multiply sins, and
the third brings wrath and destruction.
23:22 A hot soul is a burning fire, it will
never be quenched, till it devour some
23:23 And a man that is wicked in the
mouth of his flesh, will not leave off till
he has kindled a fire.
23:24 To a man that is a fornicator all
bread is sweet, he will not be weary of
sinning unto the end.
23:25 Every man that passes beyond his
own bed, despising his own soul, and
saying: Who sees me?
23:26 Darkness compasses me about, and
the walls cover me, and no man sees me:
whom do I fear? the most High will not
remember my sins.
23:27 And he understands not that his
eye sees all things, for such a man's fear
drives from him the fear of God, and
the eyes of men fearing him:
23:28 And he knows not that the eyes of
the Lord are far brighter than the sun,
beholding round about all the ways of
men, and the bottom of the deep, and
looking into the hearts of men, into the
most hidden parts.
23:29 For all things were known to the
Lord God, before they were created: so
also after they were perfected he beholds
23:30 This man shall be punished in the
streets of the city, and he shall be chased
as a colt: and where he suspected not,
he shall be taken.
23:31 And he shall be in disgrace with all
men, because he understood not the fear
of the Lord.
23:32 So every woman also that leaves
her husband, and brings in an heir by
23:33 For first she has been unfaithful to
the law of the most High: and secondly,
she has offended against her husband:
thirdly, she has fornicated in adultery,
end has gotten her children of another
23:34 This woman shall be brought into
the assembly, and inquisition shall be
made of her children.
23:35 Her children shall not take root, and
her branches shall bring forth no fruit.
23:36 She shall leave her memory to be
cursed, and her infamy shall not be blotted
23:37 And they that remain shall know.
that there is nothing better than the fear
of God: and that there is nothing sweeter
than to have regard to the commandments
of the Lord.
23:38 It is great glory to follow the Lord
for length of days shall be received from
24:1 Wisdom shall praise her own self,
and shall be honored in God, and
shall glory in the midst of her people,
24:2 And shall open her mouth in the
churches of the most High, and shall
glorify herself in the sight of his power,
24:3 And in the midst of her own people
she shall be exalted, and shall be ad-
mired in the holy assembly.
24:4 And in the multitude of the elect she
shall have praise, and among the blessed
she shall be blessed, saying:
24:5 I came out of the mouth of the most
High, the firstborn before all creatures:
24:6 I made that in the heavens there
should rise light that never fails, and
as a cloud I covered all the earth:
24:7 I dwelt in the highest places, and my
throne is in a pillar of a cloud.
24:8 I alone have compassed the circuit of
heaven, and have penetrated into the
bottom of the deep, and have walked in
the waves of the sea,
24:9 And have stood in all the earth: and
in every people,
24:10 And in every nation I have had the
24:11 And by my power I have trodden
under my feet the hearts of all the high
and low: and in all these I sought rest, and
I shall abide in the inheritance of the Lord.
24:12 Then the creator of all things commanded,
and said to me: and he that
made me, rested in my tabernacle,
24:13 And he said to me: Let your dwelling
be in Jacob, and your inheritance in Israel,
and take root in my elect.
24:14 From the beginning, and before the
world, was I created, and unto the world
to come I shall not cease to be, and in
the holy dwelling place I have ministered
24:15 And so was I established in Sion, and
in the holy city likewise I rested, and my
power was in Jerusalem.
24:16 And I took root in an honorable
people, and in the portion of mg God his
inheritance, and my abode is in the full
assembly of saints.
24:17 I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus,
and as a cypress tree on mount Sion.
24:18 I was exalted like a palm tree in
Cades, and as a rose plant in Jericho:
24:19 As a fair olive tree in the plains, and
as a plane tree by the water in the streets,
was I exalted.
24:20 I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon.
and aromatical balm: I yielded a sweet
odor like the best myrrh:
24:21 And I perfumed my dwelling as
storax, and galbanum, and onyx, and
aloes, and as the frankincense not cut,
and my odor is as the purest balm.
24:22 I have stretched out my branches as
the turpentine tree, and my branches are
of honor and grace.
24:23 As the vine I have brought forth a
pleasant odor: and my flowers are the
fruit of honor and riches.
24:24 I am the mother of fair love, and
of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy
24:25 In me is all grace of the way and of
the truth, in me is all hope of life and of
24:26 Come over to me, all ye that desire
me, and be filled with my fruits.
24:27 For my spirit is sweet above honey,
and my inheritance above honey and the
24:28 My memory is unto everlasting
24:29 They that eat me, shall yet hunger:
and they that drink me, shall yet thirst.
24:30 He that hearkens to me, shall not
be confounded: and they that work by
me, shall not sin.
24:31 They that explain me shall have life
24:32 All these things are the book of life,
and the covenant of the most High, and
the knowledge of truth.
24:33 Moses commanded a law in the
precepts of justices, and an inheritance to
the house of Jacob, and the promises to
24:34 He appointed to David his servant
to raise up of him a most mighty king,
and sitting on the throne of glory for
24:35 Who fills up wisdom as the Phison,
and as the Tigris in the days of the
24:36 Who makes understanding to abound
as the Euphrates, who multiplies it as
the Jordan in the time of harvest.
24:37 Who sends knowledge as the light,
and rises up as Gehon in the time of the
24:38 Who first has perfect knowledge of
her, and a weaker shall not search her
24:39 For her thoughts are more vast than
the sea, and her counsels more deep than
the great ocean.
24:40 I, wisdom, have poured out rivers.
24:41 I, like a brook out of a river of a
mighty water; I, like a channel of a river.
and like an aqueduct, came out of
24:42 I said: I will water my garden of
plants, and I will water abundantly the
fruits of my meadow.
24:43 And behold my brook became a great
river, and my river came near to a sea:
24:44 For I make doctrine to shine forth to
all as the morning light, and I will declare
it afar off.
24:45 I will penetrate to all the lower parts
of the earth, and will behold all that
sleep, and will enlighten all that hope in
24:46 I will yet pour out doctrine as
prophecy, and will leave it to them that seek
wisdom, and will not cease to instruct
their offspring even to the holy age.
24:47 See ye that I have not labored for
myself only, but for all that seek out the
25:1 With three things my spirit is
pleased, which are approved before God
25:2 The concord of brethren, and the love
of neighbors, and mall and wife that
agree well together.
25:3 Three sorts my soul hates, and I am
greatly grieved at their life:
25:4 A poor man that is proud: a rich man
that is a liar: an old man that is a fool,
25:5 The things that thou have not
gathered in your youth, how shalt thou find
them in your old age?
25:6 O how comely is judgment for a grey
head, and for ancients to know counsel!
25:7 O how comely is wisdom for the aged,
and understanding and counsel to men
25:8 Much experience is the crown of old
men, and the fear of God is their glory.
25:9 Nine things that are not to be
imagined by the heart have I magnified, and
the tenth I will utter to men with my
25:10 A man that has joy of his children:
and he that lives and sees the fall of
25:11 Blessed is he. that dwells with a
wise woman, and that has not slipped
with his tongue, and that has not served
such as are unworyour of him.
25:12 Blessed is he that finds a true
friend, and that declares justice to an
ear that hears.
25:13 How great is he that finds wisdom
and knowledge! but there is none above
him that fears the Lord.
25:14 The fear of God has set itself above
25:15 Blessed is the man, to whom it is
given to have the fear of God: he that
holds it, to whom shall he be likened?
25:16 The fear of God is the beginning of
his love: and the beginning of faith is to
be fast joined unto it.
25:17 The sadness of the heart is every
plague: and the wickedness of a woman
is all evil.
25:18 And a man will choose any plague,
but the plague of the heart:
25:19 And ally wickedness, but the wickedness
of a woman:
25:20 And any affliction, but the affliction
from them that hate him:
25:21 And ally revenge, but the revenge
25:22 There is no head worse than the head
of a serpent:
25:23 And there is no anger above the
anger of a woman. It will be more
agreeable to abide with a lion and a
dragon, than to dwell with a wicked woman.
25:24 The wickedness of a woman changes
her face: and she darkens her
countenance as a bear: and shews it like
sackcloth. In the midst of her neighbors,
25:25 Her husband groaned, and hearing
he sighed a little.
25:26 All malice is shore to the malice of a
woman, let the lot of sinners fall upon
25:27 As the climbing of a sandy way is to
the feet of the aged, so is a wife full of
tongue to a quiet man.
25:28 Look not upon a woman's beauty,
and desire not a woman for beauty.
25:29 A woman's anger, and impudence,
and confusion is great.
25:30 A woman, if she have superiority, is
contrary to her husband.
25:31 A wicked woman abates the
courage, and makes a heavy countenance,
and a wounded heart.
25:32 Feeble hands, and disjointed knees, a
woman that doth not make her husband
25:33 From the woman came the beginning
of sin, and by her we all die.
25:34 Give no issue to your water, no, not
a little: nor to a wicked woman liberty
to gad abroad.
25:35 If she walk not at your hand, she
will confound thee in the sight of your
25:36 Cut her off from your flesh, lest she
always abuse thee.
26:1 Happy is the husband of a good wife:
for the number of his years is double.
26:2 A virtuous woman rejoices her
husband: and shall fulfil the years of his life
26:3 A good wife is a good portion, she
shall be given in the portion of them that
fear God, to a man for his good deeds.
26:4 Rich or poor, if his heart is good, his
countenance shall be cheerful at all times.
26:5 Of three things my heart has been
afraid, and at the fourth my face hath
26:6 The accusation of a city, and the
gathering together of the people:
26:7 And a false calumny, all are more
grievous than death.
26:8 A jealous woman is the grief and
mourning of the heart.
26:9 With a jealous woman is a scourge of
the tongue which communicates with
26:10 As a yoke of oxen that is moved to
and fro, so also is a wicked woman: he
that has hold of her, is as he that takes
hold of a scorpion.
26:11 A drunken woman is a great wrath:
and her reproach and shame shall not be
26:12 The fornication of a woman shall be
known by the haughtiness of her eyes,
and by her eyelids.
26:13 On a daughter that turns not
away herself, set a strict watch: lest
finding an opportunity she abuse herself.
26:14 Take heed of the impudence of her
eyes, and wonder not if she slight thee.
26:15 She will open her mouth as a thirsty
traveller to the fountain, and will drink
of every water near her, and will sit
down by every hedge, and open her
quiver against every arrow, until she fail.
26:16 The grace of a diligent woman shall
delight her husband, and shall fat his bones.
26:17 Her discipline is the gift of God.
26:18 Such is a wise and silent woman, and
there is nothing so much worth as a well
26:19 A holy and shamefaced woman is
grace upon grace.
26:20 And no price is woryour of a continent
26:21 As the sun when it rises to the world
in the high places of God, so is the beauty
of a good wife for the ornament of her
26:22 As the lamp shining upon the holy
candlestick, so is the beauty of the face
in a ripe age.
26:23 As golden pillars upon bases of silver,
so are the firm feet upon the soles of a
26:24 As everlasting foundations upon a
solid rock, so the commandments of God
In the heart of a holy woman.
26:25 At two things my heart is grieved,
and the third brings anger upon me:
26:26 A man of was fainting through poverty:
and a man of sense despised:
26:27 And he that passes over from justice
to sin, God has prepared such an one for
26:28 Two sorts of callings have appeared
to me hard and dangerous: a merchant
is hardly free from negligence: and a
huckster shall not be justified from the
sins of the lips.
27:1 Through poverty many have sinned:
and he that seeks to be enriched,
turns away his eye.
27:2 As a stake sticks fast in the midst of
the joining of stones, so also in the midst
of selling and buying, sin shall stick fast.
27:3 Sin shall be destroyed with the sinner.
27:4 Unless thou hold yourself diligently in
the fear of the Lord, your house shall
quickly be overthrown.
27:5 As when one siftes with a sieve, the
dust will remain: so will the perplexity
of a man in his thoughts.
27:6 The furnace tries the potter's vessels,
and the trial of affliction just men.
27:7 Be the dressing of a tree shews the
fruit thereof, so a word out of the thought
of the heart of man.
27:8 Praise not a man before he speakes,
for this is the trial of men.
27:9 If thou followest justice, thou shalt
obtain her: and shalt put her on as a long
robe of honor, and thou shalt dwell
with her: and she shall protect thee for
ever, and in the day of acknowledgment
thou shalt find a strong foundation.
27:10 Birds resort unto their like: so truth
will return to them that practise her.
27:11 The lion always lies in wait for
prey: so do sine for them that work
27:12 A holy man continues in wisdom as
the sun: but a fool is changed as the
27:13 In the midst of the unwise keep in
the word till its time: but be continually
among men that think.
27:14 The discourse of sinners is hateful,
and their laughter is at the pleasures of
27:15 The speech that swears much shall
make the hair of the head stand upright:
and its irreverence shall make one stop
27:16 Is the quarrels of the proud is the
shedding of blood: and their cursing is a
27:17 He that discloses the secret of a
friend loses his credit, and shall never
find a friend to his mind.
27:18 Love your neighbor, and be joined
to him with fidelity.
27:19 But if thou discover his secrets,
follow no more after him.
27:20 For as a man that destroys his
friend, so also is he that destroys the
friendship of his neighbor.
27:21 And as one that lets a bird go out
of his hand, so have thou let your neighbor
go, and thou shalt not get him again.
27:22 Follow after him no more, for he is
gone afar off, he is fled, as a roe escaped
out of the snare: because his soul is
27:23 Thou canst no more bind him up.
And of a curse there is reconciliation:
27:24 But to disclose the secrets of a friend,
leaves no hope to an unhappy soul.
27:25 He that winks with the eye forges
wicked things, and no man will cast him
27:26 In the sight of your eyes he will
sweeten his mouth, and will admire your
words: but at the last he will writhe his
mouth, and on your words he will lay a
27:27 I have hated many things, but not
like him, and the Lord will hate him.
27:28 If one cast a stone on high, it will
fall upon his own head: and the deceitful
stroke will wound the deceitful.
27:29 He that digs a pit, shall fall into
it: and he that sets a stone for his
neighbor, shall stumble upon it: and he
that lays a snare for another, shall
perish in it.
27:30 A mischievous counsel shall be rolled
back upon the author, and he shall not
know from whence it comes to him.
27:31 Mockery and reproach are of the
proud, and vengeance as a lion shall lie
in wait for him.
27:32 They shall perish in a snare that are
delighted with the fall of the just: and
sorrow shall consume them before they
27:33 Anger and fury are both of them
abominable, and the sinful man shall be
subject to them.
28:1 He that seeks to revenge himself,
shall find vengeance from the Lord,
and he will surely keep his sins in
28:2 Forgive your neighbor if he has hurl
thee: and then shall your sins be forgiven
to thee when thou prayest.
28:3 Man to man reserves anger, and doth
he seek remedy of God?
28:4 He has no mercy on a man like himself,
and doth he entreat for his own
28:5 He that is but flesh, nourishes anger,
and doth he ask forgiveness of God? who
shall obtain pardon for his sins?
28:6 Remember your last things, and let
28:7 For corruption and death hang over
in his commandments.
28:8 Remember the fear of God, and be not
angry with your neighbor.
28:9 Remember the covenant of the most
High, and overlook the ignorance of your
28:10 Refrain from strife, and thou shalt
diminish your sine:
28:11 For a passionate man kindles strife,
and a sinful man will trouble his friends,
and bring in debate in the midst of them
that are at peace.
28:12 For as the wood of the forest is, so
the fire burns: and as a man's strength
is, so shall his anger be, and according to
his riches he shall increase his anger.
28:13 A havey contention kindles a fire:
and a havey quarrel sheds blood: and
a tongue that bears witness brings
28:14 If thou blow the spark, it shall burn
as a fire: and if thou spit upon it, it shall
be quenched: both come out of the
28:15 The whisperer and the double tongued
is accursed: for he has troubled many
that were at peace.
28:16 The tongue of a third person has
disquieted many, and scattered them from
nation to nation.
28:17 It has destroyed the strong cities of
the rich, and has overthrown the houses
of great men.
28:18 It has cut in pieces the forces of
people, and undone strong nations.
28:19 The tongue of a third person hath
cast out valiant women, and deprived
them of their labors.
28:20 He that hearkens to it, shall never
have rest, neither shall he have a friend
in whom he may repose.
28:21 The stroke of a whip makes a blue
mark: but the stroke of the tongue will
break the bones.
28:22 Many have fallen by the edge of the
sword, but not so many as have perished
by their own tongue.
28:23 Blessed is he that is defended from a
wicked tongue, that has not passed into
the wrath thereof, and that has not
drawn the yoke thereof, and has not
been bound in its bands.
28:24 For its yoke is a yoke of iron: and
its bands are bands of brass.
28:25 The death thereof is a most evil
death: and hell is preferable to it.
28:26 Its continuance shall not be for a long
time, but it shall possess the ways of the
unjust: and the just shall not be burnt
with its flame.
28:27 They that forsake God shall fall into
it, and it shall burn in them, and shall not
be quenched, and it shall be sent upon
them as a lion, and as a leopard it shall
28:28 Hedge in your ears with thorns, hear
not a wicked tongue, and make doors
and bars to your mouth.
28:29 Melt down your gold and silver, and
make a balance for your words, and a just
bridle for your mouth:
28:30 And take heed lest thou slip with your
tongue, and fall in the sight of your
enemies who lie in wait for thee, and your fall
be incurable unto death.
29:1 He that shews mercy, lends to his
neighbor: and he that is stronger
in hand, keeps the commandments.
29:2 Lend to your neighbor in the time of
his need, and pay thou your neighbor
again in due time.
29:3 Reap your word, and deal faithfully
with him: and thou shalt always find
that which is necessary for thee.
29:4 Many have looked upon a thing lent
as a thing found, and have given trouble
to them that helped them.
29:5 Till they receive, they kiss the hands
of the lender, and in promises they humble
29:6 But when they should repay, they will
ask time, and will return tedious and
murmuring words, and will complain of
29:7 And if he be able to pay, he will stand
off, he will scarce pay one half, and will
count it as if he had found it:
29:8 But if not, he will defraud him of his
money, and he shall get him for an enemy
29:9 And he will pay him with reproaches
and curses, and instead of honor and
good turn will repay him injuries.
29:10 Many have refused to lend, not out
of wickedness, but they were afraid to be
defrauded without cause.
29:11 But yet towards the poor be thou
more hearty, and delay not to shew
29:12 Help the poor because of the
commandment: and send him not away
empty handed because of his poverty.
29:13 Lose your money for your brother and
your friend: and hide it not under a stone
to be lost.
29:14 Place your treasure in the commandments
of the most High, and it shall
bring thee more profit than gold.
29:15 Shut up alms in the heart of the
poor, and it shall obtain help for thee
against all evil.
29:16 Better than the shield of the mighty,
and better than the spear:
29:17 It shall fight for thee against your
29:18 A good man is surety for his neighbor:
and he that has lost shame, will
leave him to himself.
29:19 Forget not the kindness of your
surety: for he has given his life for thee.
29:20 The sinner and the unclean flees
from his surety.
29:21 A sinner attributes to himself the
goods of his surety: and he that is of an
unthankful mind will leave him that
29:22 A man is surety for his neighbor:
and when he has lost all shame, he
shall forsake him.
29:23 Evil suretyship has undone many of
good estate, and has tossed them as a
wave of the sea.
29:24 It has made powerful men to go
from place to place round about, and
they have wandered in strange countries.
29:25 A sinner that transgresses the
commandment of the Lord, shall fall into an
evil suretyship: and he that undertakes
many things, shall fall into judgment.
29:26 Recover your neighbor according to
your power, and take heed to yourself that
thou fall not.
29:27 The chief thing for man's life is water
and bread, and clothing, and a house
to cover shame.
29:28 Better is the poor man's fare under
a roof of boards, than sumptuous cheer
abroad in another man's house.
29:29 Be contented with little instead of
much, and thou shalt not hear the
reproach of going abroad.
29:30 It is a miserable life to go as a guest
from house to house: for where a man
is a stranger, he shall not deal confidently,
nor open his mouth.
29:31 He shall entertain and feed, and give
drink to the unthankful, and moreover
he shall hear bitter words.
29:32 Go, stranger, and furnish the table,
and give others to eat what thou have in
29:33 Give place to the honorable
presence of my friends: for I want my
house, my brother being to be lodged
29:34 These things are grievous to a man
of understanding: the upbraiding of
houseroom, and the reproaching of the
30:1 He that loves his son, frequently
chaveises him, that he may rejoice
in his latter end, and not grope after the
doors of his neighbors.
30:2 He that instructs his son shall be
praised in him, and shall glory in him in
the midst of them of his household.
30:3 He that teaches his son, makes
his enemy jealous, and in the midst of
his friends he shall glory in him.
30:4 His father is dead, and he is as if he
were not dead: for he has left one
behind him that is like himself.
30:5 While he lived he saw and rejoiced
in him: and when he died he was not
sorrowful, neither was he confounded
before his enemies.
30:6 For he left behind him a defender of
his house against his enemies, and one
that will requite kindness to his friends.
30:7 For the souls of his sons he shall bind
up his wounds, and at every cry his
bowels shall be troubled.
30:8 A horse not broken becomes
stubborn, and a child left to himself
will become headstrong.
30:9 Give your son his way, and he shall
make thee afraid: play with him, and he
shall make thee sorrowful.
30:10 Laugh not with him, lest thou have
sorrow, and at the last your teeth be set
30:11 Give him not liberty in his youth,
and wink not at his devices.
30:12 Bow down his neck while he is
young, and beat his sides while he is a
child, lest he grow stubborn, and regard
thee not, and so be a sorrow of heart to
30:13 Instruct your son, and labor about
him, lest his lewd behavior be an offence
30:14 Better is a poor man who is sound,
and strong of constitution, than a rich
man who is weak and afflicted with evils.
30:15 Health of the soul in holiness of justice,
is better then all gold and silver:
and a sound body, than immense revenues.
30:16 There is no riches above the riches
of the health of the body: and there is
no pleasure above the joy of the heart.
30:17 Better is death than a bitter life:
and everlasting rest, than continual
30:18 Good things that are hidden in a
mouth that is shut, are as masses of
meat set about a grave.
30:19 What good shall an offering do to
an idol? for it can neither eat, nor
30:20 So is he that is persecuted by the
Lord, bearing the reward of his iniquity:
30:21 He sees with his eyes, and groans,
as an eunuch embracing a virgin,
30:22 Give not up your soul to sadness,
and afflict not yourself in your own counsel.
30:23 The joyfulness of the heart, is the
life of a man, and a never failing treasure
of holiness: and the joy of a man is
length of life.
30:24 Have pity on your own soul, pleasing
God, and contain yourself: gather up your
heart in his holiness: and drive away
sadness far from thee.
30:25 For sadness has killed many, and
there is no profit in it.
30:26 Envy and anger shorten a man's
days, and pensiveness will bring old age
before the time.
30:27 A Cheerful and good heart is always
feasting: for his banquets are prepared
31:1 Watching for riches consumes the
flesh, and the thought thereof drives
31:2 The thinking beforehand turns away
the understanding, and a grievous sickness
makes the soul sober.
31:3 The rich man has labored in gathering
riches together, and when he rests
he shall be filled with his goods.
31:4 The poor man has labored in his
low way of life, and in the end he is still
31:5 He that loves gold, shall not be justified:
and he that follows after corruption,
shall be filled with it.
31:6 Many have been brought to fall for
gold, and the beauty thereof has been
31:7 Gold is a stumblingblock to them that
sacrifice to it: woe to them that eagerly
follow after it, and every fool shall perish
31:8 Blessed is the rich man that is found
without blemish: and that has not gone
after gold, nor put his trust in money nor
31:9 Who is he, and we will praise him?
for he has done wonderful things in his
31:10 Who has been tried thereby, and
made perfect, he shall have glory
everlasting. He that could have transgressed,
and has not transgressed: and could do
evil things, and has not done them:
31:11 Therefore are his goods established
in the Lord, and all the church of the
saints shall declare his alms.
31:12 Art thou set at a great table? be not
the first to open your mouth upon it.
31:13 Say not: There are many things
which are upon it.
31:14 Remember that a wicked eye is evil.
31:15 What is created more wicked than an
eye? therefore shall it weep over all the
face when it shall see.
31:16 Stretch not out your hand first, lest
being disgraced with envy thou be put to
31:17 Be not havey in a feast.
31:18 Judge of the disposition of your
neighbor by yourself.
31:19 Use as a frugal man the things that
are set before thee: lest if thou eatest
much, thou be hated.
31:20 Leave off first, for manners' sake:
and exceed not, lest thou offend.
31:21 And if thou sittest among many,
reach not your hand out first of all: and
be not the first to ask for drink.
31:22 How sufficient is a little wine for a
man well taught, and in sleeping thou
shalt not be uneasy with it, and thou
shalt feel no pain.
31:23 Watching, and choler, and gripes,
are with an intemperate man:
31:24 Sound and wholesome sleep with a
moderate man: he shall sleep till morning,
and his soul shall be delighted with
31:25 And if thou have been forced to eat
much, arise, go out, and vomit: and it
shall refresh thee, and thou shalt not
bring sickness upon your body.
31:26 Hear me, my son, and despise me
not: and in the end thou shalt find my
31:27 In all your works be quick, and no
infirmity shall come to thee.
31:28 The lips of many shall bless him that
is liberal of his bread, and the testimony
of his truth is faithful.
31:29 Against him that is niggardly of his
bread, the city will murmur, and the
testimony of his niggardliness is true.
31:30 Challenge not them that love wine:
for wine has destroyed very many.
31:31 Fire tries hard iron: so wine drunk
to excess shall rebuke the hearts of the
31:32 Wine taken with sobriety is equal lire
to men: if thou drink it moderately, thou
shalt be sober.
31:33 What is his life, who is diminished
31:34 What takes away life? death.
31:35 Wine was created from the
beginning to make men joyful, and not to
make them drunk.
31:36 Wine drunken with moderation is the
joy of the soul and the heart.
31:37 Sober drinking is health to soul and
31:38 Wine drunken with excess raises
quarrels; and wrath, and many ruins.
31:39 Wine drunken with excess is
bitterness of the soul.
31:40 The heat of drunkenness is the
stumblingblock of the fool, lessening strength
and causing wounds.
31:41 Rebuke not your neighbor in a
banquet of wine: and despise him not in hip
31:42 Speak not to him words of reproach:
and press him not in demanding again.
32:1 Have they made thee ruler? be not
lifted up: be among them as one of
32:2 Have care of them, and so sit down,
and when thou have acquitted yourself of
all your charge, take your place :
32:3 That thou mayst rejoice for them,
and receive a crown as an ornament of
grace, and get the honor of the
32:4 Speak, thou that art elder: for it
32:5 To speak the first word with care
knowledge, and hinder not music.
32:6 Where there is no hearing, pour
out words, and be not lifted up out
season with your wisdom.
32:7 A concert of music in a banquet
wine is as a carbuncle set in gold.
32:8 As a signet of an emerald in a work of
gold: so is the melody of music with
pleasant and moderate wine.
32:9 Hear in silence, and for your reverence
good grace shall come to thee.
32:10 Young man, scarcely speak in your
32:11 If thou be asked twice, let your
answer be short.
32:12 In many things be as if thou wert
ignorant, and hear in silence and withal
32:13 In the company of great men bake
not upon thee: and when the ancients
are present, speak not much.
32:14 Before a storm goes lightning: and
before shamefacedness goes favor: and
for your reverence good grace shall come
32:15 And at the time of rising be not
slack: but be first to run home to your
house, and there withdraw yourself, and
there take your pastime.
32:16 And do what thou have a mind, but
not in sin or proud speech.
32:17 And for all these things bless the
Lord, that made thee, and that replenishes
thee with all his good things.
32:18 He that fears the Lord, will
receive his discipline: and they that will
seek him early, shall find a blessing.
32:19 He that seeks the law, shall be
filled with it: and he that deals
deceitfully, shall meet with a stumblingblock
32:20 They that fear the Lord, shall find
just judgment, and shall kindle justice as
32:21 A sinful man will flee reproof, and
will find an excuse according to his will.
32:22 A man of counsel will not neglect
understanding, a strange and proud man
will not dread fear:
32:23 Even after he has done with fear
without counsel, he shall be controlled
by the things of his own seeking.
32:24 My son, do thou nothing without
counsel, and thou shalt not repent when
thou have done.
32:25 Go not in the way of ruin, and thou
shalt not stumble against the stones;
trust not yourself to a rugged may, lest
thou set a stumblingblock to your soul.
32:26 And beware of your own children,
and take heed of them of your household.
32:27 In every work of thine regard your
soul in faith: for this is the keeping of
32:28 He that believes God, takes heed to
the commandments: and he that trusts
in him, shall fare never the worse.
33:1 NO evils shall happen to him that
fears the Lord, but in temptation
God will keep him, and deliver him from
33:2 A wise man hates not the commandments
and justices, and he shall not be
dashed in pieces as a ship in a storm.
33:3 A man of understanding is faithful to
the law of God, and the law is faithful to
33:4 He that clears up a question, shall
prepare what to say, and so having
prayed he shall be heard, and shall keep
discipline, and then he shall answer.
33:5 The heart of a fool is as a wheel of
a cart: and his thoughts are like a
33:6 A friend that is a mocker, is like a
stallion horse: he neighs under every
one that sits upon him.
33:7 Why doth one day excel another, and
one light another, and one year another
year, when all come of the sun?
33:8 By the knowledge of the Lord they
were distinguished, the sun being made,
and keeping his commandment.
33:9 And he ordered the seasons, and holidays
of them, and in them they celebrated
festivals at an hour.
33:10 Some of them God made high and
great days, and some of them he put in
the number of ordinary days. And all
men are from the ground, and out of the
earth, from whence Adam was created.
33:11 With much knowledge the Lord hath
divided them and diversified their ways.
33:12 Some of them has he blessed, and
exalted: and some of them has he
sanctified, and set near himself: and
some of them has he cursed and brought
low, end turned them from their station.
33:13 As the potter's clay is in his hand,
to fashion and order it:
33:14 All his ways are according to his
ordering: so man is in the hand of him
that made him, and he will render to him
according to his judgment.
33:15 Good is set against evil, and life
against death: so also is the sinner against
a just man. And so look upon all the
works of the most High. Two and two,
and one against another.
33:16 And I awaked last of all, and as one
that gathers after the grapegatherers.
33:17 In the blessing of God I also have
hoped: and as one that gathers grapes,
have I filled the winepress.
33:18 See that I have not labored for
myself only, but for all that seek discipline.
33:19 Hear me, ye great men, and all ye
people, and hearken with your ears, ye
rulers of the church.
33:20 Give not to son or wife, brother or
friend, power over thee while thou livest;
and give not your estate to another, lest
then repent, and thou entreat for the
33:21 As long as thou livest, and have
breath in thee, let no man change thee.
33:22 For it is better that your children
should ask of thee, than that thou look
toward the hands of your children.
33:23 In all your works keep the pre-eminence.
33:24 Let no stain sully your glory. In the
time when thou shalt end the days of your
life, and in the time of your decease,
distribute your inheritance.
33:25 Fodder, and a wand, and a burden
are for an ass: bread, and correction, and
work for a slave.
33:26 He works under correction, and
seeks to rest: let his hands be idle,
and he seeks liberty.
33:27 The yoke and the thong bend a stiff
neck, and continual labors bow a slave.
33:28 Torture and fetters are for a malicious
slave: send him to work, that he
be not idle:
33:29 For idleness has taught much evil.
33:30 Set him to work: for so it is fit for
him. And if he be not obedient, bring
him down with fetters, but be not
excessive towards any one: and do no
grievous thing without judgment.
33:31 If thou have a faithful servant, let
him be to thee as your own soul: treat
him as a brother: because in the blood
of your soul thou have gotten him.
33:32 If thou hurt him unjustly, he will
33:33 And if he rise up and depart, thou
knowest not whom to ask, and in what
way to seek him.
34:1 The hopes of a man that is void of
understanding are vain and deceitful:
and dreams lift up fools.
34:2 The man that gives heed to lying
visions, is like to him that catches at a
shadow, and follows after the wind.
34:3 The vision of dreams is the resemblance
of one thing to another: as when a
man's likeness is before the face of a man.
34:4 What can be made clean by the unclean?
and what truth can come from
that which is false?
34:5 Deceitful divinations and lying omens
and the dreams of evildoers, are vanity:
34:6 And the heart fancies as that of a
woman in travail: except it be a vision
sent forth from the most High, set no
your heart upon them.
34:7 For dreams have deceived many, and
they have failed that put their trust in
34:8 The word of the law shall be fulfilled
without a lie, and wisdom shall be made
plain in the mouth of the faithful.
34:9 What doth he know, that has not
been tried? A man that has much
experience, shall think of many things:
and he that has learned many things,
shall shew forth understanding.
34:10 He that has no experience, knows
little: and he that has been experienced
in many things, multiplies prudence.
34:11 He that has not been tried, what
manner of things doth he know? he that
hath been surprised, shall abound with
34:12 I have seen many things by travelling,
and many customs of things.
34:13 Sometimes I have been in danger of
death for these things, and I have been
delivered by the grace of God.
34:14 The spirit of those that fear God; is
sought after, and by his regard shall be
34:15 For their hope is on him that saves
them, and the eyes of God are upon them
that love him.
34:16 He that fears the Lord shall tremble
at nothing, and shall not be afraid
for he is his hope.
34:17 The soul of him that fears the Lord
34:18 To whom doth he look, and who in
34:19 The eyes of the Lord are upon them
that fear him, he is their powerful
protector, and strong stay, a defence from
the heat, and a cover from the sun at
34:20 A preservation from stumbling, and
a help from falling; he raises up the
soul, and enlightens the eyes, and gives
health, and life, and blessing.
34:21 The offering of him that sacrifices
of a thing wrongfully gotten, is stained,
and the mockeries of the unjust are not
34:22 The Lord is only for them that wait
upon him in the way of truth and
34:23 The most High approves not the
gifts of the wicked: neither has he
respect to the oblations of the unjust, nor
will he be pacified for sine by the multitude
of their sacrifices.
34:24 He that offers sacrifice of the
goods of the poor, is as one that sacrifices
the son in the presence of his father.
34:25 The bread of the needy, is the life
of the poor: he that defrauds them
thereof, is a man of blood.
34:26 He that takes away the bread gotten
by sweat, is like him that kills his
34:27 He that sheds blood, and he that
defrauds the laborer of his hire, are
34:28 When one builds up, and another
pulls down: what profit have they but
34:29 When one prays, and another
curses: whose voice will God hear?
34:30 He that washs himself after touching
the dead, if he touches him again,
what doth his washing avail?
34:31 So a man that fasts for his sins,
and doth the same again, what doth his
humbling himself profit him? who will
hear his prayer?
35:1 He that keeps the law, multiplies
35:2 It is a wholesome sacrifice to take
heed to the commandments, and to
depart from all iniquity.
35:3 And to depart from injustice, is to offer
a propitiatory sacrifice for injustices,
and a begging of pardon for sins.
35:4 He shall return thanks, that offers
fine flour: and he that doth mercy,
35:5 To depart from iniquity is that
which pleases the Lord, and to depart
from injustice, is an entreaty for sins.
35:6 Thou shalt not appear empty in the
sight of the Lord.
35:7 For all these things are to be done
because of the commandment of God.
35:8 The oblation of the just makes the
altar fat, and is an odor of sweetness in
the sight of the most High.
35:9 The sacrifice of the just is acceptable,
and the Lord will not forget the memorial
35:10 Give glory to God with a good heart:
and diminish not the firstfruits of your
35:11 In every gift shew a cheerful
countenance, and sanctify your tithes with
35:12 Give to the most High according to
what he has given to thee, and with a
good eye do according to the ability of
35:13 For the Lord makes recompense,
and will give thee seven times as much.
35:14 Do not offer wicked gifts, for such
he will not receive.
35:15 And look not upon an unjust sacrifice,
for the Lord is judge, and there is
not with him respect of person.
35:16 The Lord will not accept any person
against a poor man, and he will hear the
prayer of him that is wronged.
35:17 He will not despise the prayers of
the fatherless; nor the widow, when she
pours out her complaint.
35:18 Do not the widow's tears run down
the cheek, and her cry against him that
causes them to fall?
35:19 For from the cheek they go up even
to heaven, and the Lord that hears
will not be delighted with them.
35:20 He that adores God with joy, shall
be accepted, and his prayer shall approach
even to the clouds.
35:21 The prayer of him that humbles
himself, shall pierce the clouds: and till
it come nigh he will not be comforted:
and he will not depart till the most High
35:22 And the Lord will not be slack, but
will judge for the just, and will do
judgment: and the Almighty will not have
patience with them, that he may crush
35:23 And he will repay vengeance to the
Gentiles, till he have taken away the
multitude of the proud, and broken
the sceptres of the unjust,
35:24 Till he have rendered to men
according to their deeds: and according to
the works of Adam, and according to his
35:25 Till he have judged the cause of his
people, and he shall delight the just with
35:26 The mercy of God is beautiful in the
time of affliction, as a cloud of rain in
the time of drought.
36:1 Have mercy upon us, O God of all,
and behold us, and shew us the
light of your mercies:
36:2 And send your fear upon the nations,
that have not sought after thee: that
they may know that there is no God
beside thee, and that they may shew forth
36:3 Lift up your hand over the strange
nations, that they may see your power.
36:4 For as thou have been sanctified in us
in their sight, so thou shalt be magnified
among them in our presence,
36:5 That they may know thee, as we also
have known thee, that there is no God
beside thee, O Lord.
36:6 Renew your signs, and work new
36:7 Glorify your hand, and your right arm.
36:8 Raise up indignation, and pour out
36:9 Take away the adversary, and crush
36:10 haveen the time, and remember the
end, that they may declare your wonderful
36:11 Let him that escapes be consumed
by the rage of the fire: and let them
perish that oppress your people.
36:12 Crush the head of the princes of the
enemies that say: There is no other
36:13 Gather together all the tribes of
Jacob: that they may know that there is
no God besides thee, and may declare
your great works: and thou shalt inherit
them as from the beginning.
36:14 Have mercy on your people, upon
whom your name is invoked: and upon
Israel, m whom thou have raised up to be
36:15 Have mercy on Jerusalem, the city
which thou have sanctified, the city of
36:16 Fill Sion with your unspeakable words,
and your people with your glory.
36:17 Give testimony to them that are your
creatures from the beginning, and raise
up the prophecies which the former
prophets spoke in your name.
36:18 Reward them that patiently wait for
thee, that your prophets may be found
faithful: and hear the prayers of your
36:19 According to the blessing of Aaron
over your people, and direct us into the
way of justice, and let all know that
dwell upon the earth, that thou art God
the beholder of all ages.
36:20 The belly will devour all meat, yet
one is better than another.
36:21 The palate tastes venison and the
wise heart false speeches.
36:22 A perverse heart will cause grief,
and a man of experience will resist it.
36:23 A woman will receive every man:
yet one daughter is better than an-
36:24 The beauty of a woman cheers the
countenance of her husband, and a man
desires nothing more.
36:25 If she have a tongue that can cure,
and likewise mitigate and shew mercy:
her husband is not like other men.
36:26 He that possesses a good wife,
beginnes a possession: she is a help like
to himself, and a pillar of rest.
36:27 Where there is no hedge, the possession
shall be spoiled: and where there is
no wife, he mourns that is in want.
36:28 Who will trust him that has no rest,
and that lodges wheresoever the night
takes him, as a robber well appointed,
that skips from city to city.
37:1 Every friend will say: I also am his
friend: but there is a friend, that is
only a friend in name. Is not this a grief
even to death?
37:2 But a companion and a friend shall
be turned to an enemy.
37:3 O wicked presumption, whence camest
thou to cover the earth with your
malice, and deceitfulness?
37:4 There is a companion who rejoices
with his friend in his joys, but in the
time of trouble, he will be against him.
37:5 There is a companion who condoles
with his friend for his belly's sake, and
he will take up a shield against
37:6 Forget not your friend in your mind, and
be not unmindful of him in your riches.
37:7 Consult not with him that lays a
snare for thee, and hide your counsel
from them that envy thee.
37:8 Every counsellor gives out counsel,
but there is one that is a counsellor for
37:9 Beware of a counsellor. And know
before what need he hath: for he will
devise to his own mind:
37:10 Lest he thrust a stake into the
ground, and say to thee:
37:11 your way is good; and then stand on
the other side to see what shall befall
37:12 Treat not with a man without religion
concerning holiness, nor with an
unjust man concerning justice, nor with
a woman touching her of whom she is
jealous, nor with a coward concerning
war, nor with a merchant about traffic,
nor with a buyer of selling, nor with an
envious man of giving thanks,
37:13 Nor with the ungodly of piety, nor
with the dishonest of honesty, nor with
the held laborer of every work
37:14 Nor with him that works by the
year of the finishing of the year, nor
with an idle servant of much business:
give no heed to these in any matter of
37:15 But be continually with a holy man,
whomsoever thou shalt know to observe
the fear of God,
37:16 Whose soul is according to your own
soul: and who, when thou shalt stumble
in the dark, will be sorry for thee.
37:17 And establish within yourself a heart
of good counsel: for there is no other
thing of more worth to thee than it.
37:18 The soul of a holy man discovers
sometimes true things, more than seven
watchmen that sit in a high piece to
37:19 But above all these things pray to
the most High, that he may direct your
way in truth.
37:20 In all your works let the true word
go before thee, and steady counsel
before every action.
37:21 A wicked word shall change the
beast: out of which four manner of
things arise, good and evil, life and
death: and the tongue is continually the
ruler of them. There is a man that is
subtle and a teacher of many, and yet is
unprofitable to his own soul.
37:22 A skilful man has taught many,
and is sweet to his own soul.
37:23 He that speaks sophistically, is
hateful: he shall be destitute of every
37:24 Grace is not given him from the
Lord: for he is deprived of all wisdom.
37:25 There is a wise man that is wise to
his own soul: and the fruit of his
understanding is commendable.
37:26 A wise man instructs his own
people, and the fruits of his understanding
37:27 A wise man shall be filled with blessings,
and they that see shall praise him.
37:28 The life of a man is in the number
of his days: but the days of Israel are
37:29 A wise man shall inherit honor
among his people, and his name shall
live for ever.
37:30 My son, prove your soul in your life:
and if it be wicked, give it no power:
37:31 For all things are not expedient for
all, and every kind pleases not every
37:32 Be not greedy in any feasting, and
pour not out yourself upon any meat:
37:33 For in many meats there will be
sickness, and greediness will turn to
37:34 By surfeiting many have perished:
but he that is temperate, shall prolong
38:1 Honor the physician for the need
thou have of him: for the most
High has created him.
38:2 For all healing is from God, and he
shall receive gifts of the king.
38:3 The skill of the physician shall lift up
his head, and in the sight of great men
he shall be praised.
38:4 The most High has created medicines
out of the earth, and a wise man
will not abhor them.
38:5 Was not bitter water made sweet
38:6 The virtue of these things is come to
the knowledge of men, and the meet
High has given knowledge to men, that
he may be honored in his wonders.
38:7 By these he shall cure and shall allay
their pains, and of these the apothecary
shall make sweet confections, and shall
make up ointments of health, and of his
works there shall be no end.
38:8 For the peace of God is over all the
face of the earth.
38:9 My son, in your sickness neglect not
yourself, but pray to the Lord, and he
shall heal thee.
38:10 Turn away from sin and order your
hands aright, and cleanse your heart from
38:11 Give a sweet savor, and a memorial
of fine flour, and make a fat offering,
and then give place to the physician.
38:12 For the Lord created him: and let
him not depart from thee, for his works
38:13 For there is a time when thou must
fall into their hands:
38:14 And they shall beseech the Lord,
that he would prosper what they give
for ease and remedy, for their conversation.
38:15 He that sins in the sight of his
Maker, shall fall into the hands of the
38:16 My son, shed tears over the dead,
and begin to lament as if thou hadst
suffered some great harm, and according
to judgment cover his body, and neglect
not his burial.
38:17 And for fear of being ill spoken of
weep bitterly for a, day, and then
comfort yourself in your sadness.
38:18 And make morning for him
according to his merit for a day, or two,
for fear of detraction.
38:19 For of sadness comes death, and
it overwhelms the strength, and the
sorrow of the heart bows down the
38:20 In withdrawing aside sorrow remain:
and the substance of the poor is
according to his heart.
38:21 Give not up your heart to sadness,
but drive it from thee: and remember
the latter end.
38:22 Forget it not: for there is no
returning, and thou shalt do him no good,
and shalt hurt yourself.
38:23 Remember my judgment: for
also shall be so: yesterday for me, and
to day for thee.
38:24 When the dead is at rest, let his
remembrance rest, and comfort him in the
departing of his spirit.
38:25 The wisdom of a scribe comes by
his time of leisure: and he that is less
in action, shall receive wisdom.
38:26 With what wisdom shall he be
furnished that holds the plough, and that
glories in the goad, that drives the
oxen therewith, and is occupied in their
labors, and his whole talk is about the
offspring of bulls?
38:27 He shall give his mind to turn up
furrows, and his care is to give the kine
38:28 So every craftsman and workmaster
that labores night and day, he who
makes graven seals, and by his
continual diligence varies the figure: he
shall give his mind to the resemblance
of the picture, and by his watching shall
finish the work.
38:29 So doth the smith sitting by the
anvil and considering the iron work. The
vapor of the fire wastes his flesh, and
he fights with the heat of the furnace.
38:30 The noise of the hammer is always
in his ears, and his eye is upon the pat
tern of the vessel he makes.
38:31 He sets his mind to finish his
work, and his watching to polish them, to
38:32 So doth the potter sitting at his
work, turning the wheel about with his
feet, who is always carefully set to his
work, and makes all his work by number:
38:33 He fashions the clay with his arm,
and bows down his strength before his
38:34 He shall give his mind to finish the
glazing, and his watching to make clean
38:35 All these trust to their hands, and
every one is wise in his own art.
38:36 Without these a city is not built.
38:37 And they shall not dwell, nor walk
about therein, and they shall not go up
into the assembly.
38:38 Upon the judges' seat they shall not
sit, and the ordinance of judgment they
shall not understand, neither shall they
declare discipline and judgment, and
they shall not be found where parables
38:39 But they shall strengthen the state
of the world, and their prayer shall be
in the work of their craft, applying their
soul, and searching in the law of the
39:1 The wise men will seek out the wisdom
of all the ancients, and will be occupied
in the prophets.
39:2 He will keep the sayings of renowned
men, and will enter withal into the
subtilties of parables.
39:3 He will search out the hidden meanings
of proverbs, and will be conversant
in the secrets of parables.
39:4 He shall serve among great men, and:
appear before the governor.
39:5 He shall pass into strange countries:
for he shall try good and evil among men.
39:6 He will give his heart to resort early
to the Lord that made him, and he will
pray in the sight of the most High.
39:7 He will open his mouth in prayer, and
will make supplication for his sins.
39:8 For if it shall please the great Lord,
he will fill him with the spirit of
39:9 And he will pour forth the words of
his wisdom as showers, and in his prayer
he will confess to the Lord.
39:10 And he shall direct his counsel, and
his knowledge, and in his secrets shall he
39:11 He shall shew forth the discipline he
hath learned, and shall glory in the law
of the covenant of the Lord.
39:12 Many shall praise his wisdom, and it
shall never be forgotten.
39:13 The memory of him shall not depart
away, and his name shall be in request
from generation to generation.
39:14 Nations shall declare his wisdom, and
the church shall shew forth his praise.
39:15 If he continue, he shall leave a name
above a thousand: and if he rest, it shall
be to his advantage.
39:16 I will yet meditate that I may
declare: for I am filled as with a holy
39:17 By a voice he saith: Hear me, ye
divine offspring, and bud forth as the
rose planted by the brooks of waters.
39:18 Give ye a sweet odor as frankincense.
39:19 Send forth flowers, as the lily, and
yield a smell, and bring forth leaves in
grace, and praise with canticles, and
bless the Lord in his works.
39:20 Magnify his name, and give glory to
him with the voice of your lips, and with
the canticles of your mouths, and with
harps, and in praising him, you shall say
in this manner:
39:21 All the works of the Lord are
39:22 At his word the waters stood as a
heap: and at the words of his mouth the
receptacles of waters:
39:23 For at his commandment favor is
shewn, and there is no diminishing of his
39:24 The works of all flesh are before him,
and there is nothing hid from his eyes.
39:25 He sees from eternity to eternity,
and there is nothing wonderful before
39:26 There is no saying: What is this, or
what is that? for all things shall be
sought in their time.
39:27 His blessing has overflowed like a
39:28 And as a flood has watered the
earth; so shall his wrath inherit the
nations, that have not sought after him:
39:29 Even as he turned the waters into
a dry land, and the earth was made dry:
and his ways were made plain for their
journey: so to sinners they are
stumblingblocks in his wrath.
39:30 Good things were created for the
good from the beginning, so for the
wicked, good and evil things.
39:31 The principal things necessary for
the life of men, are water, fire, and iron,
salt, milk, and bread of flour, and honey,
and the cluster of the grape, and oil, and
39:32 All these things shall be for good to
the holy, so to the sinners and the
ungodly they shall be turned into evil.
39:33 There are spirits that are created for
vengeance, and in their fury they lay on
39:34 In the time of destruction they shall
pour out their force: and they shall
appease the wrath of him that made
39:35 Fire, hail, famine, and death, all these
were created for vengeance.
39:36 The teeth of beasts, and scorpions,
and serpents, and the sword taking
vengeance upon the ungodly unto
39:37 In his commandments they shall
feast, and they shall be ready upon earth
when need is, and when their time is
come they shall not transgress his word.
39:38 Therefore from the beginning I was
resolved, and I have meditated, and
thought on these things and left them
39:39 All the works of the Lord are good,
and he will furnish every work in due
39:40 It is not to be said: This is worse
than that: for all shall be well approved
in their time.
39:41 Now therefore with the whole heart
and mouth praise ye him, and bless the
name of the Lord.
40:1 Great labor is created for all men,
and a heavy yoke is upon the
children of Adam, from the day of their
coming out of their mother's womb, until
the day of their burial into the mother of
40:2 Their thoughts, and fears of the heart,
their imagination of things to come, and
the day of their end:
40:3 From him that sits on a glorious
throne, unto him that is humbled in earth
40:4 From him that wears purple, and
bears the crown, even to him that is
covered with rough linen: wrath, envy,
trouble, unquietness, and the fear of
death, continual anger, and strife,
40:5 And in the time of rest upon his bed,
the sleep of the night changes his
40:6 A little and as nothing is his rest, and
afterward in sleep, as in the day of
40:7 He is troubled in the vision of his
heart, as if he had escaped in the day of
battle. In the time of his safety he rose
up, and wonders that there is no fear:
40:8 Such things happen to all flesh, from
man even to beast, and upon sinners are
40:9 Moreover, death, and bloodshed,
strife, and sword, oppressions, famine,
and affliction, and scourges:
40:10 All these things are created for the
wicked, and for their sakes came the
40:11 All things that are of the earth,
shall return to the earth again, and all
waters shall return to the sea.
40:12 All bribery, and injustice shall
blotted out, and fidelity shall stand for
40:13 The riches of the unjust shall be dried
up like a river, and shall pass sway
a noise like a great thunder in rain.
40:14 While he opens his hands he shall
rejoice: but transgressors shall pine away
in the end.
40:15 The offspring of the ungodly shall
not bring forth many branches, and make
a noise as unclean roots upon the top of
40:16 The weed growing over every water,
and at the bank of the river, shall be
pulled up before all grass.
40:17 Grace is like a paradise in blessings,
and mercy remains for ever.
40:18 The life of a laborer that is content
with what he hath, shall be sweet, and in
it thou shalt find a treasure.
40:19 Children, and the building of a city
shall establish a name, but a blameless
wife shall be counted above them both.
40:20 Wine and music rejoice the heart,
but the love of wisdom is above them both.
40:21 The flute and the psaltery make a
sweet melody, but a pleasant tongue is
above them both.
40:22 your eye desires favor and beauty,
but more than these green sown fields.
40:23 A friend and companion meeting
together in season, but above them both is
a wife with her husband.
40:24 Brethren are a help in the time of
trouble, but mercy shall deliver more
40:25 Gold and silver make the feet stand
sure: but wise counsel is above them
40:26 Riches and strength lift up the heart:
but above these is the fear of the Lord.
40:27 There is no want in the fear of the
Lord, and it needs not to seek for help.
40:28 The fear of the Lord is like a paradise
of blessing, and they have covered
it above all glory.
40:29 My son, in your lifetime be not indigent:
for it is better to die than to want.
40:30 The life of him that looks toward
another man's table is not to be counted
a life: for he feeds his soul with
another man's meat.
40:31 But a man, well instructed and taught,
will look to himself.
40:32 Begging will be sweet in the mouth
of the unwise, but in his belly there shall
burn a fire.
41:1 O death, how bitter is the remembrance
of thee to a man that hath
peace in his possessions!
41:2 To a man that is at rest, and whose
ways are prosperous in all things, and
that is yet able to take meat!
41:3 O death, your sentence is welcome to
the man that is in need, and to him whose
41:4 Who is in a decrepit age, and that is
in care about all things, and to the
distrustful that loses patience!
41:5 Fear not the sentence of death.
Remember what things have been before
thee, and what shall come after thee:
this sentence is from the Lord upon all
41:6 And what shall come upon thee by
the good pleasure of the most High?
whether ten, or a hundred, or a thousand
41:7 For among the dead there is no accusing
41:8 The children of sinners become
children of abominations, and they that
converse near the houses of the ungodly.
41:9 The inheritance of the children of
sinners shall perish, and with their
posterity shall be a perpetual reproach.
41:10 The children will complain of an
ungodly father, because for his sake they
are in reproach.
41:11 Woe to you, ungodly men, who have
forsaken the law of the most high Lord.
41:12 And if you be born, you shall be
born in malediction: and if you die, in
malediction shall be your portion.
41:13 All things that are of the earth,
shall return into the earth: so the
ungodly shall from malediction to
41:14 The mourning of men is about their
body, but the name of the ungodly shall
be blotted out.
41:15 Take care of a good name: for this
shall continue with thee, more than a
thousand treasures precious and great.
41:16 A good life has its number of days:
but a good name shall continue for ever.
41:17 My children, keep discipline in peace:
for wisdom that is hid, and a treasure
that is not seen, what profit is there in
41:18 Better is the man that hids his
folly, then the man that hides his
41:19 Wherefore have a shame of these
things I am now going to speak of.
41:20 For it is not good to keep all
shamefacedness: and all things do not please
all men in opinion.
41:21 Be ashamed of fornication before
father and mother: and of a lie before a
governor and a man in power:
41:22 Of an offence before a prince, and a
judge: of iniquity before a congregation
and a people:
41:23 Of injustice before a companion and
friend: and in regard to the place where
41:24 Of theft, and of the truth of God,
and the covenant: of leaning with your
elbow over meat, and of deceit in giving
41:25 Of silence before them that salute
thee: of looking upon a harlot: and of
turning away your face from your
41:26 Turn not sway your face from your
neighbor, and of taking away a portion
and not restoring.
41:27 Gaze not upon another man's wife,
and be not inquisitive after his
handmaid, and approach not her bed.
41:28 Be ashamed of upbraiding speeches
before friends: and after thou have given,
42:1 Repeat not the word which thou have
heard, and disclose not the thing
that is secret; so shalt thou be truly
without confusion, and shah find favor
before all men: be not ashamed of any
of these things, and accept no person to
42:2 Of the law of the most High, and of
his covenant, and of judgment to justify
42:3 Of the affair of companions and
travellers, and of the gift of the inheritance
42:4 Of exactness of balance and weights,
of getting much or little:
42:5 Of the corruption of buying, and of
merchants, and of much correction of
children, and to make the side of a wicked
slave to bleed.
42:6 Sure keeping is good over a wicked
42:7 Where there are many hands, shut up,
and deliver all things in number, and
weight: and put all in writing that thou
givest out or receivest in.
42:8 Be not ashamed to inform the unwise
and foolish, and the aged, that are judged I
by young men: and thou shalt be well
instructed in all things, and well
approved in the sight of all men living.
42:9 The father wakes for the daughter
when no man knows, and the care for
her takes away his sleep, when she is
young, lest she pass away the flower of
her age, and when she is married, lest she
should be hateful:
42:10 In her virginity, lest she should be
corrupted, and be found with child in her
father's house: and having a husband,
lest she should misbehave herself, or at
the least become barren.
42:11 Keep a sure watch over a shameless
daughter: lest at any time she make thee
become a laughingstock to your enemies,
and a byword in the city, and a reproach
among the people, and she make thee
ashamed before all the multitude.
42:12 Behold not everybody's beauty: and
tarry not among women.
42:13 For from garments comes a moth,
end from a woman the iniquity of a man.
42:14 For better is the iniquity of a man,
than a woman doing a good turn, and a
woman bringing shame and reproach.
42:15 I will now remember the works of
the Lord, and I will declare the things I
have seen. By the words of the Lord are
42:16 The sun giving light has looked
upon all things, and full of the glory of
the Lord is his work.
42:17 has not the Lord made the saints
to declare all his wonderful works, which
the Lord Almighty has firmly settled to
be established for his glory?
42:18 He has searched out the deep, and
the heart of men: and considered their
42:19 For the Lord knows all knowledge,
and has beheld the signs of the world,
he declares the things that are past,
and the things that are to come, and
reveals the traces of hidden things.
42:20 No thought escapes him, and no
word can hide itself from him.
42:21 He has beautified the glorious works
of his wisdom: and he Is from eternity
to eternity, and to him nothing may be
42:22 Nor can he be diminished, and he
hath no need of any counsellor.
42:23 O how desirable are all his works,
and what we can know is but as a spark!
42:24 All these things live, and remain for
ever, and for every use all things obey
42:25 All things are double, one against
another, and he has made nothing
42:26 He has established the good things
of every one. And who shall be filled
with beholding his glory?
43:1 The firmament on high is his beauty,
the beauty of heaven with its glorious
43:2 The sun when he appeares shewing
forth at his rising, an admirable
instrument, the work of the most High.
43:3 At noon he burns the earth, and
who can abide his burning heat? As
one keeping a furnace in the works of
43:4 The sun three times as much, burns
the mountains, breathing out fiery
vapors, and shining with his beams, he
blinds the eyes.
43:5 Great is the Lord that made him, and
at his words he has haveened his course.
43:6 And the moon in all in her season, is
for a declaration of times and a sign of
43:7 From the moon is the sign of the
festival day, a light that decreases in
43:8 The month is called after her name,
increasing wonderfully in her perfection
43:9 Being an instrument of the armies on
high, shining gloriously in the Armament
43:10 The glory of the stars is the beauty
of heaven; the Lord enlightens the
world on high.
43:11 By the words of the holy one they
shall stand in judgment, and shall never
fail in their watches.
43:12 Look upon the rainbow, and bless
him that made it: it is very beautiful in
43:13 It encompasses the heaven about
with the circle of its glory, the hands of
the most High have displayed it.
43:14 By his commandment he makes the
snow to fall apace, and sends forth
swiftly the lightnings of his judgment.
43:15 Through this are the treasures opened,
and the clouds fly out like birds.
43:16 By his greatness he has fixed the
clouds, and the hailstones are broken.
43:17 At his sight shall the mountains be
shaken, and at his will the south wind
43:18 The noise of his thunder shall strike
the earth, so doth the northern storm,
and the whirlwind:
43:19 And as the birds lighting upon the
earth, he scatters snow, and the falling
thereof, is as the coming down of locusts.
43:20 The eye admires at the beauty of
the whiteness thereof, and the heart is
astonished at the shower thereof.
43:21 He shall pour frost as salt upon the
earth: and when it freezes, it shall
become like the tops of thistles.
43:22 The cold north wind blows, and
the water is congealed into crystal; upon
every gathering together of waters it
shall rest, and shall clothe the waters as
43:23 And it shall devour the mountains,
and burn the wilderness, and consume
all that is green as with fire.
43:24 A present remedy of all is the speedy
coming of a cloud, and a dew that
meets it, by the heat that comes, shall
43:25 At his word the wind is still, and with
his thought he appeases the deep, and
the Lord has planted islands therein.
43:26 Let them that sail on the sea, tell
the dangers thereof: and when we hear
with our ears, we shall admire.
43:27 There are great and wonderful works:
a variety of beasts, and of all living things,
and the monstrous creatures of whales.
43:28 Through him is established the end
of their journey, and by his word all
things are regulated.
43:29 We shall say much, and yet shall
want words: but the sum of our words
is, He is all.
43:30 What shall we be able to do to glorify
him? for the Almighty himself is above
all his works.
43:31 The Lord is terrible, and exceeding
great, and his power is admirable.
43:32 Glorify the Lord as much as ever
you can, for he will yet far exceed, and
his magnificence is wonderful.
43:33 Blessing the Lord, exalt him as much
as you can: for he is above all praise.
43:34 When you exalt him put forth all
your strength, and be not weary: for
you can never go far enough.
43:35 Who shall see him, and declare
him? and who shall magnify him as he
is from the beginning?
43:36 There are many things hidden from
us that are greater than these: for we
have seen but a few of his works.
43:37 But the Lord has made all things,
and to the godly he has given wisdom.
44:1 Let us now praise men of renown,
and our fathers in their generation.
44:2 The Lord has wrought great glory
through his magnificence from the
44:3 Such as have borne rule in their
dominions, men of great power, and endued
with their wisdom, shewing forth in the
prophets the dignity of prophets,
44:4 And ruling over the present people,
and by the strength of wisdom instructing
the people in most holy words.
44:5 Such as by their skill sought out
musical tunes, and published canticles of
44:6 Rich men in virtue, studying beautifulness:
living at peace in their houses.
44:7 All these have gained glory in their
generations, and were praised in their
44:8 They that were born of them have left
a name behind them, that their praises
might be related:
44:9 And there are some, of whom there
is no memorial: who are perished, as if
they had never been: and are become as
if they had never been born, and their
children with them.
44:10 But these were men of mercy, whose
godly deeds have not failed:
44:11 Good things continue with their seed,
44:12 Their posterity are a holy inheritance,
and their seed has stood in the covenants.
44:13 And their children for their sakes
remain for ever: their seed and their glory
shall not be forsaken.
44:14 Their bodies are buried in peace, and
their name lives unto generation and
44:15 Let the people shew forth their
wisdom, and the church declare their praise.
44:16 Henoch pleased God, and was translated
into paradise, that he may give
repentance to the nations.
44:17 Noe was found perfect, just, and in
the time of wrath he was made a
44:18 Therefore was there a remnant left
to the earth, when the flood came.
44:19 The covenants of the world were
made with him, that all flesh should no
more be destroyed with the hood.
44:20 Abraham was the great father of a
multitude of nations, and there was not
found the like to him in glory, who kept
the law of the most High, and was in
covenant with him.
44:21 In his flesh he established the
covenant, and in temptation he was found
44:22 Therefore by an oath he gave him
glory in his posterity, that he should
increase as the dust of the earth,
44:23 And that he would exalt his seed as
the stars, and they should inherit from
sea to sea, and from the river to the ends
of the earth.
44:24 And he did in like manner with Isaac
for the sake of Abraham his father.
44:25 The Lord gave him the blessing of
all nations, and confirmed his covenant
upon the head of Jacob.
44:26 He acknowledged him in his blessings,
and gave him an inheritance, and
divided him his portion in twelve tribes.
44:27 And he preserved for him men of
mercy, that found grace in the eyes of all
45:1 Moses was beloved of God, and men:
whose memory is in benediction.
45:2 He made him like the saints in glory,
and magnified him in the fear of his
enemies, and with his words he made
prodigies to cease.
45:3 He glorified him in the sight of kings,
and gave him commandments in the sight
of his people, and shewed him his glory.
45:4 He sanctified him in his faith, and
meekness, and chose him out of all flesh.
45:5 For he heard him, and his voice, and
brought him into a cloud.
45:6 And he gave him commandments
before his face, and a law of life and
instruction, that he might teach Jacob his
covenant, and Israel his judgments.
45:7 He exalted Aaron his brother, and
like to himself of the tribe of Levi:
45:8 He made an everlasting covenant with
him, and gave him the priesthood of the
nation, and made him blessed in glory,
45:9 And he girded him about with a glorious
girdle, and clothed him with a robe
of glory, and crowned him with majestic
45:10 He put upon him a garment to the
feet, and breeches, and as ephod, and he
compassed him with many little bells of
gold all round about,
45:11 That as he went there might be
a sound, and a noise made that might be
heard in the temple, for a memorial to
the children of his people.
45:12 He gave him a holy robe of gold, and
blue, and purple, a woven work of a wise
man, endued with judgment and truth:
45:13 Of twisted scarlet the work of an
artist, with precious stones cut and set in
gold, and graven by the work of a
lapidary for a memorial, according to the
number of the tribes of Israel.
45:14 And a crown of gold upon his mitre
wherein was engraved Holiness, an
ornament of honor: a work of power, and
delightful to the eyes for its beauty.
45:15 Before him there were none so
beautiful, even from the beginning.
45:16 No stranger was ever clothed with
them, but only his children alone, and his
grandchildren for ever.
45:17 His sacrifices were consumed with
fire every day.
45:18 Moses filled his hands and anointed
him with holy oil.
45:19 This was made to him for an
everlasting testament, and to his seed as the
days of heaven, to execute the office of
the priesthood, and to have praise, and
to glorify his people in his name.
45:20 He chose him out of all men living,
to offer sacrifice to God, incense, and a
good savour, for a memorial to make
reconciliation for his people:
45:21 And he gave him power in his
commandments, in the covenants of his
judgments, that he should teach Jacob his
testimonies, and give light to Israel in his
45:22 And strangers stood up against him,
and through envy the men that were with
Dathan and Abiron, compassed him about
in the wilderness, and the congregation
of Core in their wrath.
45:23 The Lord God saw and it pleased him
not, and they were consumed in his
45:24 He wrought wonders upon them, and
consumed them with a flame of fire.
45:25 And he added glory to Aaron, and
gave him an inheritance, and divided
unto him the firstfruits of the increase
of the earth.
45:26 He prepared them bread in the first
place unto fulness: for the sacrifices also
of the Lord they shall eat, which he gave
to him, and to his seed.
45:27 But he shall not inherit among the
people in the land, and he has no
portion among the people: for he himself is
his portion and inheritance.
45:28 Phinees the son of Eleazar is the
third in glory, by imitating him in the
fear of the Lord:
45:29 And he stood up in the shameful fall
of the people: in the goodness and
readiness of his soul he appeased God for
45:30 Therefore he made to him a covenant
of peace, to be the prince of the
sanctuary, and of his people, that the dignity of
priesthood should be to him and to his
seed for ever.
45:31 And a covenant to David the king,
the son of Jesse of the tribe of Juda, an
inheritance to him and to his seed, that
he might give wisdom into our heart to
judge his people in justice, that their
good things might not be abolished, and
he made their glory in their nation
46:1 Valiant in war was Jesus the son of
Nave, who was successor of Moses
among the prophets, who was great
according to his name,
46:2 Very great for the saving the elect of
God, to overthrow the enemies that rose
up against them, that he might get the
inheritance for Israel.
46:3 How great glory did he gain when he
lifted up his hands, and stretched out
swords against the cities?
46:4 Who before him has so resisted? for
the Lord himself brought the enemies.
46:5 Was not the sun stopped in his anger,
and one day made as two?
46:6 He called upon the most high
Sovereign when the enemies assaulted him on
every side, and the great and holy God
heard him by hailstones of exceeding
46:7 He made a violent assault against the
nation of his enemies, and in the descent
he destroyed the adversaries.
46:8 That the nations might know his
power, that it is not easy to fight against
God. And he followed the mighty one:
46:9 And in the days of Moses he did a
work of mercy, he and Caleb the son of
Jephone, in standing against the enemy,
and withholding the people from sins,
and appeasing the wicked murmuring.
46:10 And they two being appointed, were
delivered out of the danger from among
the number of six hundred thousand men
on foot, to bring them into their inheritance,
into the land that flows with milk
46:11 And the Lord gave strength also to
Caleb, and his strength continued even
to his old age, so that he went up to the
high places of the land, and his seed
obtained it for an inheritance:
46:12 That all the children of Israel might
see, that it is good to obey the holy God.
46:13 Then all the judges, every one by
name, whose heart was not corrupted:
who turned not away from the Lord,
46:14 That their memory might be blessed,
and their bones spring up out of their
46:15 And their name continue for ever,
the glory of the holy men remaining
unto their children.
46:16 Samuel the prophet of the Lord, the
beloved of the Lord his God, established
a new government, and anointed princes
over his people.
46:17 By the law of the Lord he judged the
congregation, and the God of Jacob
beheld, and by his fidelity he was proved a
46:18 And he was known to be faithful in
his words, because he saw the God of
46:19 And called upon the name of the
Lord Almighty, in fighting against the
enemies who beset him on every side,
when he offered a lamb without blemish.
46:20 And the Lord thundered from
heaven, and with a great noise made his
voice to be heard.
46:21 And he crushed the princes of the
Tyrians, and all the lords of the Philistines:
46:22 And before the time of the end of
his life in the world, he protested before
the Lord, and his anointed: money, or
any thing else, even to a shoe, he had
not taken of any man, and no mall did
46:23 And after this he slept, and he
made known to the king, and shewed
him the end of his life, and he lifted up
his voice from the earth in prophecy to
blot out the wickedness of the nation.
47:1 Then Nathan the prophet arose in
the days of David.
47:2 And as the fat taken away from the
flesh, so was David chosen from among
the children of Israel.
47:3 He played with lions as with lambs:
and with bears he did in like manner as
with the lambs of the flock, in his youth.
47:4 Did not he kill the giant, and take
away reproach from his people?
47:5 In lifting up his hand, with the stone
in the sling he beat down the boasting of
47:6 For he called upou the Lord the Almighty,
and he gave strength in his right
hand, to take away the mighty warrior,
and to set up the horn of his nation.
47:7 So in ten thousand did he glorify him,
and praised him in the blessings of the
Lord, in offering to him a crown of glory:
47:8 For he destroyed the enemies on every
side, and extirpated the Philistines the
adversaries unto this day: he broke their
horn for ever.
47:9 In all his works he gave thanks to the
holy one, and to the most High, with
words of glory.
47:10 With his whole heart he praised the
Lord, and loved God that made him: and
he gave him power against his enemies:
47:11 And he set singers before the altar,
and by their voices he made sweet melody.
47:12 And to the festivals he added beauty,
and set in order the solemn times even
to the end of his life, that they should
praise the holy name of the Lord, and
magnify the holiness of God in the
47:13 The Lord took away his sine, and
exalted his horn for ever: and he gave
him a covenant of the kingdom, and a
throne of glory in Israel.
47:14 After him arose up a wise son, and
for his sake he cast down all the power
of the enemies.
47:15 Solomon reigned in days of peace,
and God brought all his enemies under
him, that he might build a house in his
name, and prepare a sanctuary for ever:
O how wise wast thou in your youth!
47:16 And thou wast filled as a river with
wisdom, and your soul covered the earth.
47:17 And thou didst multiply riddles in
parables: your name went abroad to the
islands far off, and thou wast beloved in
47:18 The countries wondered at thee for
your canticles, and proverbs, and parables,
47:19 And at the name of the Lord God,
whose surname is, God of Israel.
47:20 Thou didst gather gold as copper,
and didst multiply silver as lead,
47:21 And thou didst bow yourself to
women: and by your body thou wast brought
47:22 Thou have stained your glory, and
defiled your seed so as to bring wrath upon
your children, and to have your folly kindled,
47:23 That thou shouldst make the
kingdom to be divided, and out of Ephraim
a rebellious kingdom to rule.
47:24 But God will not leave off his mercy,
and he will not destroy, nor abolish his
own works, neither will he out up by the
roots the offspring of his elect: and he
will not utterly take away the seed of
him that loves the Lord.
47:25 Wherefore he gave a remnant to
Jacob, and to David of the same stock.
47:26 And Solomon had an end with his
47:27 And he left behind him of his seed,
the folly of the nation,
47:28 Even Roboam that had little wisdom,
who turned away the people through his
47:29 And Jeroboam the son of Nabat, who
caused Israel to sin, and shewed Ephraim
the way of sin, and their sins were
47:30 They removed them far away from
47:31 And they sought out all iniquities,
till vengeance came upon them, and put
an end to all their sine.
48:1 And Elias the prophet stood up, as a
fire, and his word burnt like a torch.
48:2 He brought a famine upon them, and
they that provoked him in their envy,
were reduced to a small number, for they
could not endure the commandments of
48:3 By the word of the Lord he shut
up the heaven, and he brought down fire
from heaven thrice.
48:4 Thus was Elias magnified in his
wondrous works. And who can glory like to
48:5 Who raisedst up a dead man from
below, from the lot of death, by the word
of the Lord God.
48:6 Who broughtest down kings to
destruction, and brokest easily their power
in pieces, and the glorious from their
48:7 Who heardest judgment in Sina, and
in Horeb the judgments of vengeance.
48:8 Who anointedst kings to penance, and
madest prophets successors after thee.
48:9 Who wast taken up in a whirlwind
of fire, in a chariot of fiery horses.
48:10 Who art registered in the judgments
of times to appease the wrath of the Lord,
to reconcile the heart of the father to
the son, and to restore the tribes of
48:11 Blessed are they that saw thee, and
were honored with your friendship.
48:12 For we live only in our life, but after
death our name shall not be such.
48:13 Elias was indeed covered with the
whirlwind, and his spirit was filled up in
Eliseus: in his days he feared not the
prince, and no man was more powerful
48:14 No word could overcome him, and
after death his body prophesied.
48:15 In his life he did great wonders, and
is death he wrought miracles.
48:16 For all this the people repented not,
neither did they depart from their sins
till they were cast out of their land, and
were scattered through all the earth.
48:17 And there was left but a small
people, and a prince in the house of David.
48:18 Some of these did that which pleased
God: but others committed many sine.
48:19 Ezechias fortified his city, and brought
in water into the midst thereof, and he
digged a rock with iron, and made a well
48:20 In his days Sennacherib came up,
and sent Rabsaces, and lifted up his hand
against them, and he stretched out his
hand against Sion, and became proud
through his power.
48:21 Then their hearts and hands
trembled, and they were in pain as women in
48:22 And they called upon the Lord who
is merciful, and spreading their hands,
they lifted them up to heaven: and
the holy Lord God quickly heard their
48:23 He was not mindful of their sins,
neither did he deliver them up to their
enemies, but he purified them by the
hand of Isaias, the holy prophet.
48:24 He overthrew the army of the Assyrians,
and the angel of the Lord destroyed
48:25 For Ezechias did that which pleased
God, and walked valiantly in the way of
David his father, which Isaias, the great
prophet, and faithful in the sight of God,
had commanded him.
48:26 In his days the sun went backward,
and he lengthened the king's life.
48:27 With a great spirit he saw the things
that are to come to pass at last, and
comforted the mourners in Sion.
48:28 He shewed what should come to pass
for ever, and secret things before they
49:1 The memory of Josias is like the
composition of a sweet smell made
by the art of a perfumer:
49:2 His remembrance shall be sweet as
honey in every mouth, and as music at
a banquet of wine.
49:3 He was directed by God unto the
repentance of the nation, and he took
away the abominations of wickedness.
49:4 And he directed his heart towards the
Lord, and in the days of sinners he
49:5 Except David, and Ezechias, and
Josias, all committed sin.
49:6 For the kings of Juda forsook the law
of the most High, and despised the fear
49:7 So they gave their kingdom to others,
and their glory to a strange nation.
49:8 They burnt the chosen city of holiness,
and made the streets thereof desolate
according to the prediction of Jeremiah.
49:9 For they treated him evil, who was
consecrated a prophet from his mother's
womb, to overthrow, and pluck up, and
destroy, and to build again, and renew.
49:10 It was Ezechiel that saw the glorious
vision, which was shewn him upon
the chariot of cherubims.
49:11 For he made mention of the enemies
under the figure of rain, and of doing
good to them that shewed right ways.
49:12 And may the bones of the twelve
prophets spring up out of their place:
for they strengthened Jacob, and re-
deemed themselves by strong faith.
49:13 How shall we magnify Zorobabel?
for he was as a signet on the right hand;
49:14 In like manner Jesus the son of
Josedec? who in their days built the
house, and set up a holy temple to the
Lord, prepared for everlasting glory.
49:15 And let Nehemias be a long time
remembered, who raised up for us our
walls that were cast down, and set up
the gates and the bars, who rebuilt our
49:16 No man was born upon earth like
Henoch: for he also was taken up from
49:17 Nor as Joseph, who was a man born
prince of his brethren, the support of his
family, the ruler of his brethren, the stay
of the people:
49:18 And his bones were visited, and after
death they prophesied.
49:19 Seth and Sem obtained glory among
men: and above every soul Adam in the
50:1 Simon the high priest, the son of
Onias, who in his life propped up the
house, and in his days fortified the
50:2 By him also the height of the temple
was founded, the double building and the
high walls of the temple.
50:3 In his days the wells of water flowed
out, and they were filled as the sea above
50:4 He took care of his nation, and
delivered it from destruction.
50:5 He prevailed to enlarge the city, and
obtained glory in his conversation with
the people: and enlarged the entrance of
the house and the court.
50:6 He shone in his days as the morning
star in the midst of a cloud, and as the
moon at the full.
50:7 And as the sun when it shines, so did
he shine in the temple of God.
50:8 And as the rainbow giving light in the
bright clouds, and as the flower of roses
in the days of the spring, and as the lilies
that are on the brink of the water, and
as the sweet smelling frankincense in
the time of summer.
50:9 As a bright Are, and frankincense
burning in the fire.
50:10 As a massy vessel of gold, adorned
with every precious stone.
50:11 As an olive tree budding forth, and
a cypress tree rearing itself on high, when
he put on the robe of glory, and was
clothed with the perfection of power.
50:12 When he went up to the holy altar,
he honored the vesture of holiness.
50:13 And when he took the portions out
of the hands of the priests, he himself
stood by the altar. And about him was
the ring of his brethren: and as the cedar
planted in mount Libanus,
50:14 And as branches of palm trees, they
stood round about him, and all the sons
of Aaron in their glory.
50:15 And the oblation of the Lord was in
their hands, before all the congregation
of Israel: and finishing his service, on
the altar, to honor the offering of the
most high Ring,
50:16 He stretched forth his hand to make
a libation, and offered of the blood of
50:17 He poured out at the foot of the
altar a divine odor to the most high
50:18 Then the sons of Aaron shouted, they
sounded with beaten trumpets, and made
a great noise to be heard for a remembrance
50:19 Then all the people together made
havee, and fell down to the earth upon
their faces, to adore the Lord their God,
and to pray to the Almighty God the
50:20 And the singers lifted up their voices.
and in the great house the sound of sweet
melody was increased.
50:21 And the people in prayer besought
the Lord the most High, until the
worship of the Lord was perfected, and they
had finished their office.
50:22 Then coming down, he lifted up his
hands over all the congregation of the
children of Israel, to give glory to God
with his lips, and to glory in his name:
50:23 And he repeated his prayer, willing
to shew the power of God.
50:24 And now pray ye to the God of all,
who has done great things in all the
earth, who has increased our days from
our mother's womb, and has done with
us according to his mercy.
50:25 May he grant us joyfulness of heart,
and that there be peace in our days in
Israel for ever:
50:26 That Israel may believe that the
mercy of God is with us, to deliver us in
50:27 There are two nations which my soul
abhors: and the third is no nation,
which I hate:
50:28 They that sit on mount Seir, and the
Philistines, and the foolish people that
dwell in Sichem.
50:29 Jesus the son of Sirach, of Jerusalem,
hath written in this book the doctrine of
wisdom and instruction, who renewed
wisdom from his heart.
50:30 Blessed is he that is conversant in
these good things: and he that lays
them up in his heart, shall be wise always.
50:31 For if he do them, he shall be strong
to do all things: because the light of God
guides his steps.
51:1 A prayer of Jesus the son of Sirach.
I will give glory to thee, O Lord, O
King, and I will praise thee, O God my
51:2 I will give glory to your name: for
thou best been a helper and protector to
51:3 And have preserved my body from
destruction, from the snare of an unjust
tongue, and from the lips of them that
forge lies, and in the sight of them that
stood by, thou have been my helper.
51:4 And thou have delivered me, according
to the multitude of the mercy of your
name, from them that did roar, prepared
51:5 Out of the hands of them that sought
my life, and from the gates of afflictions,
which compassed me about:
51:6 From the oppression of the flame
which surrounded me, and in the midst
of the fire I was not burnt.
51:7 From the depth of the belly of hell,
and from an unclean tongue, and from
lying words, from an unjust king, and
from a slanderous tongue:
51:8 My soul shall praise the Lord even to
51:9 And my life was drawing near to hell
51:10 They compassed me on every side,
and there was no one that would help
me. I looked for the succor of men,
and there was none.
51:11 I remembered your mercy, O Lord, and
your works, which are from the beginning
of the world.
51:12 How thou deliverest them that wait
for thee, O Lord, and savest them out of
the hands of the nations.
51:13 Thou have exalted my dwelling place
upon the earth and I have prayed for
death to pass away.
51:14 I called upon the Lord, the father of
my Lord, that he would not leave me in
the day of my trouble, and in the time of
the proud without help.
51:15 I will praise your name continually,
and will praise it with thanksgiving, and
my prayer was heard.
51:16 And thou have saved me from destruction,
and have delivered me from the
51:17 Therefore I will give thanks, and
praise thee, and bless the name of the
51:18 When I was yet young, before I
wandered about, I sought for wisdom openly
in my prayer.
51:19 I prayed for her before the temple,
and unto the very end I will seek after
her, and she flourished as a grape soon
51:20 My heart delighted in her, my foot
walked in the right way, from my youth
up I sought after her.
51:21 I bowed down my ear a little, and
51:22 I found much wisdom in myself, and
I profited much therein.
51:23 To him that gives me wisdom, will
I give glory.
51:24 For I have determined to follow her:
I have had a zeal for good, and shall not
51:25 My soul has wrestled for her, and in
doing it I have been confirmed.
51:26 I stretched forth my hands on high,
and I bewailed my ignorance of her.
51:27 I directed my soul to her, and in
knowledge I found her.
51:28 I possessed my heart with her from
the beginning: therefore I shall not be
51:29 My entrails were troubled in seeking
her: therefore shall I possess a good
51:30 The Lord has given me a tongue for
my reward: and with it I will praise
51:31 Draw near to me, ye unlearned, and
gather yourselves together into the house
51:32 Why are ye slow? and what do you
say of these things? your souls are
51:33 I have opened my mouth, and have
spoken: buy her for yourselves without
51:34 And submit your neck to the yoke,
and let your soul receive discipline: for
she is near at hand to be found.
51:35 Behold with your eyes how I have
labored a little, and have found much
rest to myself.
51:36 Receive ye discipline as a great sum
of money, and possess abundance of gold
51:37 Let your soul rejoice in his mercy,
and you shall not be confounded in his
51:38 Work your work before the time, and
he will give you your reward in his