Sirach Chapter 31

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1: Watching for riches consumeth the flesh, and the care thereof driveth away sleep. edit

2: Watching care will not let a man slumber, as a sore disease breaketh sleep, edit

3: The rich hath great labour in gathering riches together; and when he resteth, he is filled with his delicates. edit

4: The poor laboureth in his poor estate; and when he leaveth off, he is still needy. edit

5: He that loveth gold shall not be justified, and he that followeth corruption shall have enough thereof. edit

6: Gold hath been the ruin of many, and their destruction was present. edit

7: It is a stumblingblock unto them that sacrifice unto it, and every fool shall be taken therewith. edit

8: Blessed is the rich that is found without blemish, and hath not gone after gold. edit

9: Who is he? and we will call him blessed: for wonderful things hath he done among his people. edit

10: Who hath been tried thereby, and found perfect? then let him glory. Who might offend, and hath not offended? or done evil, and hath not done it? edit

11: His goods shall be established, and the congregation shall declare his alms. edit

12: If thou sit at a bountiful table, be not greedy upon it, and say not, There is much meat on it. edit

13: Remember that a wicked eye is an evil thing: and what is created more wicked than an eye? therefore it weepeth upon every occasion. edit

14: Stretch not thine hand whithersoever it looketh, and thrust it not with him into the dish. edit

15: Judge not thy neighbour by thyself: and be discreet in every point. edit

16: Eat as it becometh a man, those things which are set before thee; and devour note, lest thou be hated. edit

17: Leave off first for manners' sake; and be not unsatiable, lest thou offend. edit

18: When thou sittest among many, reach not thine hand out first of all. edit

19: A very little is sufficient for a man well nurtured, and he fetcheth not his wind short upon his bed. edit

20: Sound sleep cometh of moderate eating: he riseth early, and his wits are with him: but the pain of watching, and choler, and pangs of the belly, are with an unsatiable man. edit

21: And if thou hast been forced to eat, arise, go forth, vomit, and thou shalt have rest. edit

22: My son, hear me, and despise me not, and at the last thou shalt find as I told thee: in all thy works be quick, so shall there no sickness come unto thee. edit

23: Whoso is liberal of his meat, men shall speak well of him; and the report of his good housekeeping will be believed. edit

24: But against him that is a niggard of his meat the whole city shall murmur; and the testimonies of his niggardness shall not be doubted of. edit

25: Shew not thy valiantness in wine; for wine hath destroyed many. edit

26: The furnace proveth the edge by dipping: so doth wine the hearts of the proud by drunkeness. edit

27: Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad. edit

28: Wine measurably drunk and in season bringeth gladness of the heart, and cheerfulness of the mind: edit

29: But wine drunken with excess maketh bitterness of the mind, with brawling and quarrelling. edit

30: Drunkenness increaseth the rage of a fool till he offend: it diminisheth strength, and maketh wounds. edit

31: Rebuke not thy neighbour at the wine, and despise him not in his mirth: give him no despiteful words, and press not upon him with urging him [to drink.] edit

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