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Sirach 10 : 1 - 25

Chapter 10

1There is not a more wicked thing than to love money: for such a one setteth even his own soul to sale: because while he liveth he hath cast away his bowels.
2All power is of short life. A long sickness is troublesome to the physician.
3The physician cutteth off it short sickness: so also a king is to day, and to morrow he shall die.
4For when a man shall die, he shall inherit serpents, end beasts, and worms.
5The beginning of the pride of man, is to fall off from God:
6Because his heart is departed from him that made him: for pride is the beginning of all sin: be that holdeth it, shall be filled with maledictions, and it shall ruin him in the end.
7Therefore hath the Lord disgraced the assemblies of the wicked, and hath utterly destroyed them.
8God hath overturned the thrones of proud princes, and hath set up the meek in their stead.
9God hath made the roots of proud nations to wither, and hath planted the humble of these nations.
10The Lord hath overthrown the lands of the Gentiles, and hath destroyed them even to the foundation.
11He hath made some of them to wither away, and hath destroyed them, and hath made the memory of them to cease from the earth.
12God hath abolished the memory of the proud, and hath preserved the memory of them that are humble in mind.
13Pride was not made for men: nor wrath for the race of women.
14That seed of men shall be honoured, which feareth God: but that seed shall be dishonoured, which transgresseth the commandments of the Lord.
15In the midst of brethren their chief is honourable: so shall they that fear the Lord, be in his eyes.
16The fear of God is the glory of the rich, and of the honourable, and of the poor:
17Despise not a just man that is poor, and do not magnify a sinful man that is rich.
18The great man, and the judge, and the mighty is in honour: and there is none greater than he that feareth God.
19They 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 honoured.
20Extol not thyself in doing thy work, and linger not in the time of distress:
21Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all things, than he that boasteth himself and wanteth bread.
22My son, keep thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to its desert.
23Who will justify him that sinneth against his own soul? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own soul?
24The poor man is glorified by his discipline and fear: and there is a man that is honoured for his wealth.
25But he that is glorified in poverty, how much more in wealth? and he that is glorified in wealth, let him fear poverty.

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