Sirach Chapter 12

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1: When thou wilt do good know to whom thou doest it; so shalt thou be thanked for thy benefits. edit

2: Do good to the godly man, and thou shalt find a recompence; and if not from him, yet from the most High. edit

3: There can no good come to him that is always occupied in evil, nor to him that giveth no alms. edit

4: Give to the godly man, and help not a sinner. edit

5: Do well unto him that is lowly, but give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overmaster thee thereby: for [else] thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done unto him. edit

6: For the most High hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance unto the ungodly, and keepeth them against the mighty day of their punishment. edit

7: Give unto the good, and help not the sinner. edit

8: A friend cannot be known in prosperity: and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity. edit

9: In the prosperity of a man enemies will be grieved: but in his adversity even a friend will depart. edit

10: Never trust thine enemy: for like as iron rusteth, so is his wickedness. edit

11: Though he humble himself, and go crouching, yet take good heed and beware of him, and thou shalt be unto him as if thou hadst wiped a lookingglass, and thou shalt know that his rust hath not been altogether wiped away. edit

12: Set him not by thee, lest, when he hath overthrown thee, he stand up in thy place; neither let him sit at thy right hand, lest he seek to take thy seat, and thou at the last remember my words, and be pricked therewith. edit

13: Who will pity a charmer that is bitten with a serpent, or any such as come nigh wild beasts? edit

14: So one that goeth to a sinner, and is defiled with him in his sins, who will pity? edit

15: For a while he will abide with thee, but if thou begin to fall, he will not tarry. edit

16: An enemy speaketh sweetly with his lips, but in his heart he imagineth how to throw thee into a pit: he will weep with his eyes, but if he find opportunity, he will not be satisfied with blood. edit

17: If adversity come upon thee, thou shalt find him there first; and though he pretend to help thee, yet shall he undermine thee. edit

18: He will shake his head, and clap his hands, and whisper much, and change his countenance. edit

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