13:32. The token of a good heart, and a good countenance thou shalt hardly find, and with labour.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 14
The evil of avarice: works of mercy are recommended, and the love of wisdom.
14:1. Blessed is the man that hath not slipped by a word out of his mouth, and is not pricked with the remorse of sin.
14:2. Happy is he that hath had no sadness of his mind, and who is not fallen from his hope.
14:3. Riches are not comely for a covetous man and a niggard, and what should an envious man do with gold?
14:4. He that gathereth together by wronging his own soul, gathereth for others, and another will squander away his goods in rioting.
14:5. He that is evil to himself, to whom will he be good? and he shall not take pleasure in his goods.
14:6. There is none worse than he that envieth himself, and this is the reward of his wickedness:
14:7. And if he do good, he doth it ignorantly, and unwillingly: and at the last he discovereth his wickedness.
14:8. The eye of the envious is wicked: and he turneth away his face, and despiseth his own soul.
14:9. The eye of the covetous man is insatiable in his portion of iniquity: he will not be satisfied till he consume his own soul, drying it up.
14:10. An evil eye is towards evil things: and he shall not have his fill of bread, but shall be needy and pensive at his own table.
14:11. My son, if thou have any thing, do good to thyself, and offer to God worthy offerings.
14:12. Remember that death is not slow, and that the covenant of hell hath been shewn to thee: for the covenant of this world shall surely die.
Covenant of hell... The decree by which all are to go down to the regions of death.
14:13. Do good to thy friend before thou die, and according to thy ability, stretching out thy hand give to the poor.
14:14. Defraud not thyself of the good day, and let not the part of a good gift overpass thee.
14:15. Shalt thou not leave to others to divide by lot thy sorrows and labours?
14:16. Give and take, and justify thy soul.
14:17. Before thy death work justice: for in hell there is no finding food.
14:18. All flesh shall fade as grass, and as the leaf that springeth out on a green tree.
14:19. Some grow, and some fall off: so is the generation of flesh and blood, one cometh to an end, and another is born.
14:20. Every work that is corruptible shall fail in the end: and the worker thereof shall go with it.
14:21. And every excellent work shall be justified: and the worker thereof shall be honoured therein.
14:22. Blessed is the man that shall continue in wisdom, and that shall meditate in his justice, and in his mind shall think of the all seeing eye of God.
14:23. He that considereth her ways in his heart, and hath understanding in her secrets, who goeth after her as one that traceth, and stayeth in her ways.
14:24. He who looketh in at her windows, and hearkeneth at her door.
14:25. He that lodgeth near her house, and fastening a pin in her walls shall set up his tent high unto her, where good things shall rest in his lodging for ever.
14:26. He shall set his children under her shelter, and shall lodge under her branches:
14:27. He shall be protected under her covering from the heat, and shall rest in her glory.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 15
Wisdom embraceth them that fear God. God is not the author of sin.
15:1. He that feareth God, will do good: and he that possesseth justice, shall lay hold on her,
15:2. And she will meet him as an honourable mother, and will receive him as a wife married of a virgin.
15:3. With the bread of life and understanding, she shall feed him, and give him the water of wholesome wisdom to drink: and she shall be made strong in him, and he shall not be moved.
15:4. And she shall hold him fast, and he shall not be confounded: and she shall exalt him among his neighbours.
15:5. And in the midst of the church she shall open his mouth, and shall fill him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and shall clothe him with a robe of glory.
15:6. She shall heap upon him a treasure of joy and gladness, and shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.
15:7. But foolish men shall not obtain her, and wise men shall meet her, foolish men shall not see her: for she is far from pride and deceit.
15:8. Lying men shall be mindful of her: but men that speak truth shall be found with her, and shall advance, even till they come to the sight of God.
15:9. Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner:
15:10. For wisdom came forth from God: for praise shall be with the wisdom of God, and shall abound in a faithful mouth, and the sovereign Lord will give praise unto it.
15:11. Say not: It is through God, that she is not with me: for do not thou the things that he hateth.
15:12. Say not: He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of wicked men.
15:13. The Lord hateth all abomination of error, and they that fear him shall not love it.
15:14. God made man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of his own counsel.
15:15. He added his commandments and precepts.
15:16. If thou wilt keep the commandments and perform acceptable fidelity for ever, they shall preserve thee.
15:17. He hath set water and fire before thee: stretch forth thy hand to which thou wilt.