Sirach Chapter 10

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1: A wise judge will instruct his people; and the government of a prudent man is well ordered. edit

2: As the judge of the people is himself, so are his officers; and what manner of man the ruler of the city is, such are all they that dwell therein. edit

3: An unwise king destroyeth his people; but through the prudence of them which are in authority the city shall be inhabited. edit

4: The power of the earth is in the hand of the Lord, and in due time he will set over it one that is profitable. edit

5: In the hand of God is the prosperity of man: and upon the person of the scribe shall he lay his honour. edit

6: Bear not hatred to thy neighbour for every wrong; and do nothing at all by injurious practices. edit

7: Pride is hateful before God and man: and by both doth one commit iniquity. edit

8: Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and riches got by deceit, the kingdom is translated from one people to another. edit

9: Why is earth and ashes proud? There is not a more wicked thing than a covetous man: for such an one setteth his own soul to sale; because while he liveth he casteth away his bowels. edit

10: The physician cutteth off a long disease; and he that is to day a king to morrow shall die. edit

11: For when a man is dead, he shall inherit creeping things, beasts, and worms. edit

12: The beginning of pride is when one departeth from God, and his heart is turned away from his Maker. edit

13: For pride is the beginning of sin, and he that hath it shall pour out abomination: and therefore the Lord brought upon them strange calamities, and overthrew them utterly. edit

14: The Lord hath cast down the thrones of proud princes, and set up the meek in their stead. edit

15: The Lord hath plucked up the roots of the proud nations, and planted the lowly in their place. edit

16: The Lord overthrew countries of the heathen, and destroyed them to the foundations of the earth. edit

17: He took some of them away, and destroyed them, and hath made their memorial to cease from the earth. edit

18: Pride was not made for men, nor furious anger for them that are born of a woman. edit

19: They that fear the Lord are a sure seed, and they that love him an honourable plant: they that regard not the law are a dishonourable seed; they that transgress the commandments are a deceivable seed. edit

20: Among brethren he that is chief is honorable; so are they that fear the Lord in his eyes. edit

21: The fear of the Lord goeth before the obtaining of authority: but roughness and pride is the losing thereof. edit

22: Whether he be rich, noble, or poor, their glory is the fear of the Lord. edit

23: It is not meet to despise the poor man that hath understanding; neither is it convenient to magnify a sinful man. edit

24: Great men, and judges, and potentates, shall be honoured; yet is there none of them greater than he that feareth the Lord. edit

25: Unto the servant that is wise shall they that are free do service: and he that hath knowledge will not grudge when he is reformed. edit

26: Be not overwise in doing thy business; and boast not thyself in the time of thy distress. edit

27: Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all things, than he that boasteth himself, and wanteth bread. edit

28: My son, glorify thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to the dignity thereof. edit

29: Who will justify him that sinneth against his own soul? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own life? edit

30: The poor man is honoured for his skill, and the rich man is honoured for his riches. edit

31: He that is honoured in poverty, how much more in riches? and he that is dishonourable in riches, how much more in poverty? edit

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