Sir 11

1The wisdom of one who is humble will exalt his head, and will cause him to sit down in the midst of great men. 2You should not praise a man for his beauty, and you should not despise a man for his appearances. 3The bee is small among flying things, but its fruit holds the summit of sweetness. 4You should not glory in clothing at any time, and you should not let yourself be extolled in the day of your honor. For the works of the Most High alone are wondrous; and glorious and hidden and unseen are his works. 5Many tyrants have sat upon a throne, and one whom no one would admire has worn a diadem. 6Many powerful men have been powerfully cast down, and the illustrious have been handed over into the hands of others. 7Before you inquire, you should not place blame on anyone; and when you have inquired, reprove justly. 8Before you listen, you should not respond a word; and you should not interrupt in the middle of a discourse. 9You should not contend in a matter which does not concern you, and you should not sit in judgment together with sinners. 10Son, you should not be involved in many matters. And if you become rich, you will not be free from transgression. For if you pursue, you will not apprehend; and if you run ahead, you will not escape. 11There is an impious man who labors and hurries and grieves, but all the more will he be without abundance. 12There is a debilitated man in need of recovery, who is lacking in strength and abundant in poverty. 13Yet the eye of God has looked with favor upon him for his benefit, and he has lifted him up from his humiliation, and he has exalted his head. And many have wondered at him, and they have honored God. 14Good things and misfortune, life and death, poverty and wealth, are from God. 15Wisdom, and discipline, and knowledge of the law are with God. Love and the ways of good things are with him. 16Error and darkness have been created by sinners. And those who exult in evil, grow old in evil. 17The gift of God remains with the just man, and his advancement will have success unto eternity. 18There is one who is enriched by spending sparingly, and this is the extent of his reward. 19About this, he says: “I have found rest for myself, and now I alone will eat from my goods.” 20But he does not know how much time will pass before death approaches, and then he must leave everything behind to others and die. 21Stand fast in your covenant, and become familiar with it, and grow old in the work of your commandments. 22You should not spend time in the works of sinners. Instead, trust in God and remain in your own place. 23For it is easy, in the eyes of God, to make a pauper suddenly rich. 24The blessing of God hurries to reward the just man, and in a fleeting hour his advancement bears fruit. 25You should not say: “What do I need?” or, “What good will there be for me in this?” 26You should not say: “I have enough for myself,” or, “What could be worse than this?” 27In a day of good things, you should not be forgetful of misfortunes. And in a day of misfortunes, you should not be forgetful of good things. 28For it is easy, in the sight of God, on the day of one’s passing, to repay each one according to his ways. 29The affliction of an hour causes one to forget great delights, and in the end of a man is the uncovering of his works. 30You should not praise any man before death. For a man is known by his children. 31You should not bring every man into your house. For many are the snares of the deceitful. 32For as a stomach with a bad smell vomits, and as a partridge is led into a cage, and like a deer led into a snare, so also is the heart of the arrogant. And it is like a bystander watching his neighbor fall. 33For it lies in ambush, and then turns good into evil, and it will place the blame on the elect. 34From one spark, a great fire grows; and from one deceitful man, much blood flows. But a very sinful man lies in ambush for blood. 35Pay close attention to yourself before a harmful man, for he fabricates evils. Otherwise, he may lead over you a whispered reproach unceasingly. 36Receive a stranger to yourself, and he will overthrow you with a whirlwind, and he will alienate you from what is your very own.
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