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Sirach 13 : 1 - 32

Chapter 13

1He that toucheth pitch, shall be defiled with it: and he that hath fellowship with the proud, shall put on pride.
2He shall take a burden upon him that hath fellowship with one more honour- able than himself. And have no fellow- ship with one that is richer than thyself.
3What agreement shall the earthen pot have with the kettle? for if they knock one against the other, it shall be broken.
4The rich man hath done wrong, and yet he will fume: but the poor is wronged and must hold his peace.
5If thou give, he will make use of thee: and if thou have nothing, he will forsake thee.
6If thou have any thing, he will live with thee, and will make thee bare, and he will not be sorry for thee.
7If he have need of thee he will deceive thee, and smiling upon thee will put thee in hope; he will speak thee fair, and will say: What wantest thou?
8And he will shame thee by his meats, till he have drawn thee dry twice or thrice, and at last he will laugh at thee: and afterward when he seeth thee, he will forsake thee, and shake his head at thee.
9Humble thyself to God, and wait for his hands.
10Beware that thou be not deceived Into folly, and be humbled.
11Be not lowly in thy wisdom, lest being humbled thou be deceived into folly.
12If thou be invited by one that is mightier, withdraw thyself: for so he will invite thee the more.
13Be not troublesome to him, lest thou be put back: and keep not far from him, lest thou be forgotten.
14Affect not to speak with him as an equal: and believe not his many words: for by much talk he will sift thee, and smiling will examine thee concerning thy secrets.
15His cruel mind will lay up thy words: and he will not spare to do thee hurt, and to cast thee into prison.
16Take heed to thyself, and attend diligently to what thou hearest: for thou walkest in danger of thy ruin.
17When thou hearest those things, see as it were in sleep, and thou shalt awake.
18Love God all thy life, and call upon him for thy salvation.
19Every beast loveth its like: so also every man him that is nearest to himself.
20All flesh shall consort with the like to itself, and every man shall associate himself to his like.
21If the wolf shall at any time have fellowship with the lamb, so the sinner with the just.
22What fellowship hath a holy man with a dog, or what part hath the rich with the poor?
23The wild ass is the lion's prey in the desert: so also the poor are devoured by the rich.
24And as humility is an abomination to the proud: so also the rich man abhorreth the poor.
25When a rich man is shaken, he is kept up by his friends: but when a poor man is fallen down, he is thrust away even by his acquaintance.
26When a rich man hath been deceived, he hath many helpers: he hath spoken proud things, and they have justified him.
27The poor man was deceived, and he is rebuked also: he hath spoken wisely, and could have no place.
28The rich man spoke, and all held their peace, and what he said they extol even to the clouds.
29The poor man spoke, and they say: Who is this? and if he stumble, they will overthrow him.
30Riches are good to him that hath no sin in his conscience: and poverty is very wicked in the mouth of the ungodly.
31The heart of a man changeth his countenance, either for good, or for evil.
32The token of a good heart, and a good countenance thou shalt hardly find, and with labour.

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