This Book is so called from a Greek word that signifies a
preacher: because, like an excellent preacher, it gives
admirable lessons of all virtues. The author was Jesus the
son of Sirach of Jerusalem, who flourished about two
hundred years before Christ. As it was written after the
time of Esdras, it is not in the Jewish canon; but is
received as canonical and divine by the Catholic Church,
instructed by apostolical tradition, and directed by the
spirit of God. It was first written in the Hebrew, but
afterwards translated into Greek, by another Jesus, the
grandson of the author, whose prologue to this book is the
The knowledge of many and great things hath been shewn us
by the law, and the prophets, and others that have followed
them: for which things Israel is to be commended for
doctrine and wisdom, because not only they that speak must
needs be skilful, but strangers also, both speaking and
writing, may by their means become most learned. My
grandfather Jesus, after he had much given himself to a
diligent reading of the law, and the prophets, and other
books, that were delivered to us from our fathers, had a
mind also to write something himself, pertaining to
doctrine and wisdom; that such as are desirous to learn,
and are made knowing in these things, may be more and more
attentive in mind, and be strengthened to live according to
the law. I entreat you therefore to come with benevolence,
and to read with attention, and to pardon us for those
things wherein we may seem, while we follow the image of
wisdom, to come short in the composition of words; for the
Hebrew words have not the same force in them when
translated into another tongue. And not only these, but the
law also itself, and the prophets, and the rest of the
books, have no small difference, when they are spoken in
their own language. For in the eight and thirtieth year
coming into Egypt, when Ptolemy Evergetes was king, and
continuing there a long time, I found there books left, of
no small nor contemptible learning. Therefore I thought it
good, and necessary for me to bestow some diligence and
labour to interpret this book; and with much watching and
study in some space of time, I brought the book to an end,
and set it forth for the service of them that are willing
to apply their mind, and to learn how they ought to conduct
themselves, who purpose to lead their life according to the
law of the Lord.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 1
All wisdom is from God, and is given to them that fear and
1:1. All wisdom is from the Lord God, and hath been always
with him, and is before all time.
1:2. Who hath numbered the sand of the sea, and the drops
of rain, and the days of the world? Who hath measured the
height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the
depth of the abyss?
1:3. Who hath searched out the wisdom of God that goeth
before all things?
1:4. Wisdom hath been created before all things, and the
understanding of prudence from everlasting.
1:5. The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdom, and
her ways are everlasting commandments.
1:6. To whom hath the root of wisdom been revealed, and who
hath known her wise counsels?
1:7. To whom hath the discipline of wisdom been revealed
and made manifest? and who hath understood the multiplicity
of her steps?
1:8. There is one most high Creator Almighty, and a
powerful king, and greatly to be feared, who sitteth upon
his throne, and is the God of dominion.
1:9. He created her in the Holy Ghost, and saw her, and
numbered her, and measured her.
1:10. And he poured her out upon all his works, and upon
all flesh according to his gift, and hath given her to them
that love him.
1:11. The fear of the Lord is honour, and glory, and
gladness, and a crown of joy.
1:12. The fear of the Lord shall delight the heart, and
shall give joy, and gladness, and length of days.
1:13. With him that feareth the Lord, it shall go well in
the latter end, and in the day of his death he shall be
1:14. The love of God is honourable wisdom.
1:15. And they to whom she shall shew herself love her by
the sight, and by the knowledge of her great works.
1:16. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and
was created with the faithful in the womb, it walketh with
chosen women, and is known with the just and faithful.
1:17. The fear of the Lord is the religiousness of
1:18. Religiousness shall keep and justify the heart, it
shall give joy and gladness.
1:19. It shall go well with him that feareth the Lord, and
in the days of his end he shall be blessed.
1:20. To fear God is the fulness of wisdom, and fulness is
from the fruits thereof.
1:21. She shall fill all her house with her increase, and
the storehouses with her treasures.
1:22. The fear of the Lord is a crown of wisdom, filling up
peace and the fruit of salvation:
1:23. And it hath seen, and numbered her: but both are the
gifts of God.
1:24. Wisdom shall distribute knowledge, and understanding
of prudence: and exalteth the glory of them that hold her.
1:25. The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord: and the
branches thereof are long-lived.
1:26. In the treasures of wisdom is understanding, and
religiousness of knowledge: but to sinners wisdom is an
1:27. The fear of the Lord driveth out sin:
1:28. For he that is without fear, cannot be justified: for
the wrath of his high spirits is his ruin.
1:29. A patient man shall bear for a time, and afterwards
joy shall be restored to him.
1:30. A good understanding will hide his words for a time,
and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom.
1:31. In the treasures of wisdom is the signification of
1:32. But the worship of God is an abomination to a sinner.
1:33. Son, if thou desire wisdom, keep justice, and God
will give her to thee.
1:34. For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and discipline:
and that which is agreeable to him,
1:35. Is faith, and meekness: and he will fill up his
1:36. Be not incredulous to the fear of the Lord: and come
not to him with a double heart.
1:37. Be not a hypocrite in the sight of men, and let not
thy lips be a stumblingblock to thee.
1:38. Watch over them, lest thou fall, and bring dishonour
upon thy soul,
1:39. And God discover thy secrets, and cast thee down in
the midst of the congregation.
1:40. Because thou camest to the Lord wickedly, and thy
heart is full of guile and deceit.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 2
God's servants must look for temptations: and must arm
themselves with patience and confidence in God.
2:1. Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in
justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation.
2:2. Humble thy heart, and endure: incline thy ear, and
receive the words of understanding: and make not haste in
the time of clouds.
2:3. Wait on God with patience: join thyself to God, and
endure, that thy life may be increased in the latter end.
2:4. Take all that shall be brought upon thee: and in thy
sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep patience.
2:5. For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but
acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation.
2:6. Believe God, and he will recover thee: and direct thy
way, and trust in him. Keep his fear, and grow old therein.
2:7. Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy: and go not
aside from him lest ye fall.
2:8. Ye that fear the Lord, believe him: and your reward
shall not be made void.
2:9. Ye that fear the Lord hope in him, and mercy shall
come to you for your delight.
2:10. Ye that fear the Lord, love him, and your hearts
shall be enlightened.
2:11. My children behold the generations of men: and know
ye that no one hath hoped in the Lord, and hath been
2:12. For who hath continued in his commandment, and hath
been forsaken? or who hath called upon him, and he despised
2:13. For God is compassionate and merciful, and will
forgive sins in the day of tribulation: and he is a
protector to all that seek him in truth.
2:14. Woe to them that are of a double heart and to wicked
lips, and to the hands that do evil, and to the sinner that
goeth on the earth two ways.
2:15. Woe to them that are fainthearted, who believe not
God: and therefore they shall not be protected by him.
2:16. Woe to them that have lost patience, and that have
forsaken the right ways, and have gone aside into crooked
2:17. And what will they do, when the Lord shall begin to
2:18. They that fear the Lord, will not be incredulous to
his word: and they that love him, will keep his way.
2:19. They that fear the Lord, will seek after the things
that are well pleasing to him: and they that love him,
shall be filled with his law.
2:20. They that fear the Lord, will prepare their hearts,
and in his sight will sanctify their souls,
2:21. They that fear the Lord, keep his commandments, and
will have patience even until his visitation,
2:22. Saying: If we do not penance, we shall fall into the
hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men.
2:23. For according to his greatness, so also is his mercy
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 3
Lessons concerning the honour of parents, and humility, and
3:1. The sons of wisdom are the church of the just: and
their generation, obedience and love.
3:2. Children, hear the judgment of your father, and so do
that you may be saved.
3:3. For God hath made the father honourable to the
children: and seeking the judgment of the mothers, hath
confirmed it upon the children.
3:4. He that loveth God, shall obtain pardon for his sins
by prayer, and shall refrain himself from them, and shall
be heard in the prayer of days.
3:5. And he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth
up a treasure.
3:6. He that honoureth his father shall have joy in his own
children, and in the day of his prayer he shall be heard.
3:7. He that honoureth his father shall enjoy a long life:
and he that obeyeth the father, shall be a comfort to his
3:8. He that feareth the Lord, honoureth his parents, and
will serve them as his masters that brought him into the
3:9. Honour thy father, in work and word, and all patience,
3:10. That a blessing may come upon thee from him, and his
blessing may remain in the latter end.
3:11. The father's blessing establisheth the houses of the
children: but the mother's curse rooteth up the foundation.
3:12. Glory not in the dishonour of thy father: for his
shame is no glory to thee.
3:13. For the glory of a man is from the honour of his
father, and a father without honour is the disgrace of the
3:14. Son, support the old age of thy father, and grieve
him not in his life;
3:15. And if his understanding fail, have patience with
him, and despise him not when thou art in thy strength: for
the relieving of the father shall not be forgotten.
3:16. For good shall be repaid to thee for the sin of thy
3:17. And in justice thou shalt be built up, and in the day
of affliction thou shalt be remembered: and thy sins shall
melt away as the ice in the fair warm weather.
3:18. Of what an evil fame is he that forsaketh his father:
and he is cursed of God that angereth his mother.
3:19. My son, do thy works in meekness, and thou shalt be
beloved above the glory of men.
3:20. The greater thou art, the more humble thyself in all
things, and thou shalt find grace before God:
3:21. For great is the power of God alone, and he is
honoured by the humble.
3:22. Seek not the things that are too high for thee, and
search not into things above thy ability: but the things
that God hath commanded thee, think on them always, and in
many of his works be not curious.
3:23. For it is not necessary for thee to see with thy eyes
those things that are hid.
3:24. In unnecessary matters be not over curious, and in
many of his works thou shalt not be inquisitive.
3:25. For many things are shewn to thee above the
understanding of men.
3:26. And the suspicion of them hath deceived many, and
hath detained their minds in vanity.
3:27. A hard heart shall fear evil at the last: and he that
loveth danger shall perish in it.
3:28. A heart that goeth two ways shall not have success,
and the perverse of heart shall be scandalized therein.
3:29. A wicked heart shall be laden with sorrows, and the
sinner will add sin to sin.
3:30. The congregation of the proud shall not be healed:
for the plant of wickedness shall take root in them, and it
shall not be perceived.
3:31. The heart of the wise is understood in wisdom, and a
good ear will hear wisdom with all desire.
3:32. A wise heart, and which hath understanding, will
abstain from sins, and in the works of justice shall have
3:33. Water quencheth a flaming fire, and alms resisteth
3:34. And God provideth for him that sheweth favour: he
remembereth him afterwards, and in the time of his fall he
shall find a sure stay.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 4
An exhortation to works of mercy, and to the love of
4:1. Son, defraud not the poor of alms, and turn not away
thy eyes from the poor.
4:2. Despise not the hungry soul: and provoke not the poor
in his want.
4:3. Afflict not the heart of the needy, and defer not to
gibe to him that is in distress.
4:4. Reject not the petition of the afflicted: and turn not
away thy face from the needy.
4:5. Turn not away thy eyes from the poor for fear of
anger: and leave not to them that ask of thee to curse thee
behind thy back.
4:6. For the prayer of him that curseth thee in the
bitterness of his soul, shall be heard, for he that made
him will hear him.
4:7. Make thyself affable to the congregation of the poor,
and humble thy soul to the ancient, and bow thy head to a
4:8. Bow down thy ear cheerfully to the poor, and pay what
thou owest, and answer him peaceable words with mildness.
4:9. Deliver him that suffereth wrong out of the hand of the
proud: and be not fainthearted in thy soul.
4:10. In judging be merciful to the fatherless as a father,
and as a husband to their mother.
4:11. And thou shalt be as the obedient son of the most
High, and he will have mercy on thee more than a mother.
4:12. Wisdom inspireth life into her children, and
protecteth them that seek after her, and will go before
them in the way of justice.
4:13. And he that loveth her, loveth life: and they that
watch for her, shall embrace her sweetness.
4:14. They that hold her fast, shall inherit life: and
whithersoever she entereth, God will give a blessing.
4:15. They that serve her, shall be servants to the holy
one: and God loveth them that love her.
4:16. He that hearkeneth to her, shall judge nations: and
he that looketh upon her, shall remain secure.
4:17. If he trust to her, he shall inherit her, and his
generation shall be in assurance.
4:18. For she walketh with him in temptation, and at the
first she chooseth him.
In temptation, etc... The meaning is, that before wisdom
will choose any for her favourite, she will try them by
leading them through contradictions, afflictions, and
temptations, the usual noviceship of the children of God.
4:19. She will bring upon him fear and dread and trial: and
she will scourge him with the affliction of her discipline,
till she try him by her laws, and trust his soul.
4:20. Then she will strengthen him, and make a straight way
to him, and give him joy,
4:21. And will disclose her secrets to him, and will heap
upon him treasures of knowledge and understanding of
4:22. But if he go astray, she will forsake him, and
deliver him into the hands of his enemy.
4:23. Son, observe the time, and fly from evil.
4:24. For thy soul be not ashamed to say the truth.
4:25. For there is a shame that bringeth sin, and there is
a shame that bringeth glory and grace.
4:26. Accept no person against thy own person, nor against
thy soul a lie.
4:27. Reverence not thy neighbour in his fall:
4:28. And refrain not to speak in the time of salvation.
Hide not thy wisdom in her beauty.
4:29. For by the tongue wisdom is discerned: and
understanding, and knowledge, and learning by the word of
the wise, and steadfastness in the works of justice.
4:30. In nowise speak against the truth, but be ashamed of
the lie of thy ignorance.
4:31. Be not ashamed to confess thy sins, but submit not
thyself to every man for sin.
4:32. Resist not against the face of the mighty, and do not
strive against the stream of the river.
4:33. Strive for justice for thy soul, and even unto death
fight for justice, and God will overthrow thy enemies for
4:34. Be not hasty in thy tongue: and slack and remiss in
4:35. Be not as a lion in thy house, terrifying them of thy
household, and oppressing them that are under thee.
4:36. Let not thy hand be stretched out to receive, and
shut when thou shouldst give.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 5
We must not presume of our wealth or strength: nor of the
mercy of God, to go on in sin: we must be steadfast in
virtue and truth.
5:1. Set not thy heart upon unjust possessions, and say
not: I have enough to live on: for it shall be of no
service in the time of vengeance and darkness.
5:2. Follow not in thy strength the desires of thy heart:
5:3. And say not: How mighty am I? and who shall bring me
under for my deeds? for God will surely take revenge.
5:4. Say not: I have sinned, and what harm hath befallen
me? for the most High is a patient rewarder.
5:5. Be not without fear about sin forgiven, and add not
sin upon sin:
5:6. And say not: The mercy of the Lord is great, he will
have mercy on the multitude of my sins.
5:7. For mercy and wrath quickly come from him, and his
wrath looketh upon sinners.
5:8. Delay not to be converted to the Lord, and defer it
not from day to day.
5:9. For his wrath shall come on a sudden, and in the time
of vengeance he will destroy thee.
5:10. Be not anxious for goods unjustly gotten: for they
shall not profit thee in the day of calamity and revenge.
5:11. Winnow not with every wind, and go not into every
way: for so is every sinner proved by a double tongue.
5:12. Be steadfast in the way of the Lord, and in the truth
of thy judgment, and in knowledge, and let the word of
peace and justice keep with thee.
5:13. Be meek to hear the word, that thou mayst understand:
and return a true answer with wisdom.
5:14. If thou have understanding, answer thy neighbour: but
if not, let thy hand be upon thy mouth, lest thou be
surprised in an unskilful word, and be confounded.
5:15. Honour and glory is in the word of the wise, but the
tongue of the fool is his ruin.
5:16. Be not called a whisperer, and be not taken in thy
tongue, and confounded.
5:17. For confusion and repentance is upon a thief, and an
evil mark of disgrace upon the double tongued, but to the
whisperer hatred, and enmity, and reproach.
5:18. Justify alike the small and the great.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 6
Of true and false friends: and of the of the fruits of
6:1. Instead of a friend become not an enemy to thy
neighbour: for an evil man shall inherit reproach and
shame, so shall every sinner that is envious and double
6:2. Extol not thyself in the thoughts of thy soul like a
bull: lest thy strength be quashed by folly,
6:3. And it eat up thy leaves, and destroy thy fruit, and
thou be left as a dry tree in the wilderness.
6:4. For a wicked soul shall destroy him that hath it, and
maketh him to be a joy to his enemies, and shall lead him
into the lot of the wicked.
6:5. A sweet word multiplieth friends, and appeaseth
enemies, and a gracious tongue in a good man aboundeth.
6:6. Be in peace with many, but let one of a thousand be
6:7. If thou wouldst get a friend, try him before thou
takest him, and do not credit him easily.
6:8. For there is a friend for his own occasion, and he
will not abide in the day of thy trouble.
6:9. And there is a friend that turneth to enmity; and
there is a friend that will disclose hatred and strife and
6:10. And there is a friend a companion at the table, and
he will not abide in the day of distress.
6:11. A friend if he continue steadfast, shall be to thee
as thyself, and shall act with confidence among them of thy
6:12. If he humble himself before thee, and hide himself
from thy face, thou shalt have unanimous friendship for
6:13. Separate thyself from thy enemies, and take heed of
6:14. A faithful friend is a strong defence: and he that
hath found him, hath found a treasure.
6:15. Nothing can be compared to a faithful friend, and no
weight of gold and silver is able to countervail the
goodness of his fidelity.
6:16. A faithful friend is the medicine of life and
immortality: and they that fear the Lord, shall find him.
6:17. He that feareth God, shall likewise have good
friendship: because according to him shall his friend be.
6:18. My son, from thy youth up receive instruction, and
even to thy grey hairs thou shalt find wisdom.
6:19. Come to her as one that plougheth, and soweth, and
wait for her good fruits:
6:20. For in working about her thou shalt labour a little,
and shalt quickly eat of her fruits.
6:21. How very unpleasant is wisdom to the unlearned, and
the unwise will not continue with her.
6:22. She shall be to them as a mighty stone of trial, and
they will cast her from them before it be long.
6:23. For the wisdom of doctrine is according to her name,
and she is not manifest unto many, but with them to whom
she is known, she continueth even to the sight of God.
6:24. Give ear, my son, and take wise counsel, and cast not
away my advice.
6:25. Put thy feet into her fetters, and thy neck into her
6:26. Bow down thy shoulder, and bear her, and be not
grieved with her bands.
6:27. Come to her with all thy mind, and keep her ways with
all thy power.
6:28. Search for her, and she shall be made known to thee,
and when thou hast gotten her, let her not go:
6:29. For in the latter end thou shalt find rest in her,
and she shall be turned to thy joy.
6:30. Then shall her fetters be a strong defence for thee,
and a firm foundation, and her chain a robe of glory:
6:31. For in her is the beauty of life, and her bands are a
6:32. Thou shalt put her on as a robe of glory, and thou
shalt set her upon thee as a crown of joy.
6:33. My son, if thou wilt attend to me, thou shalt learn:
and if thou wilt apply thy mind, thou shalt be wise.
6:34. If thou wilt incline thy ear, thou shalt receive
instruction: and if thou love to hear, thou shalt be wise.
6:35. Stand in the multitude of ancients that are wise, and
join thyself from thy heart to their wisdom, that thou
mayst hear every discourse of God, and the sayings of
praise may not escape thee.
6:36. And if thou see a man of understanding, go to him
early in the morning, and let thy foot wear the steps of
6:37. Let thy thoughts be upon the precepts of God, and
meditate continually on his commandments: and he will give
thee a heart, and the desire of wisdom shall be given to
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 7
Religious and moral duties.
7:1. Do no evils, and no evils shall lay hold of thee.
7:2. Depart from the unjust, and evils shall depart from
7:3. My son, sow not evils in the furrows of injustice, and
thou shalt not reap them sevenfold.
7:4. Seek not of the Lord a preeminence, nor of the king
the seat of honour.
7:5. Justify not thyself before God, for he knoweth the
heart: and desire not to appear wise before the king.
7:6. Seek not to be made a judge, unless thou have strength
enough to extirpate iniquities: lest thou fear the person
of the powerful, and lay a stumblingblock for thy
7:7. Offend not against the multitude of a city, neither
cast thyself in upon the people,
7:8. Nor bind sin to sin: for even in one thou shalt not be
7:9. Be not fainthearted in thy mind:
7:10. Neglect not to pray, and to give alms.
7:11. Say not: God will have respect to the multitude of my
gifts, and when I offer to the most high God, he will
accept my offerings.
7:12. Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterness of his soul:
for there is one that humbleth and exalteth, God who seeth
7:13. Devise not a lie against thy brother: neither do the
like against thy friend.
7:14. Be not willing to make any manner of lie: for the
custom thereof is not good.
7:15. Be not full of words in a multitude of ancients, and
repeat not the word in thy prayer.
Repeat not, etc... Make not much babbling by repetition of
words: but aim more at fervour of heart.
7:16. Hate not laborious works, nor husbandry ordained by
the most High.
7:17. Number not thyself among the multitude of the
7:18. Remember wrath, for it will not tarry long.
7:19. Humble thy spirit very much: for the vengeance on the
flesh of the ungodly is fire and worms.
7:20. Do not transgress against thy friend deferring money,
nor despise thy dear brother for the sake of gold.
7:21. Depart not from a wise and good wife, whom thou hast
gotten in the fear of the Lord: for the grace of her
modesty is above gold.
7:22. Hurt not the servant that worketh faithfully, nor the
hired man that giveth thee his life.
7:23. Let a wise servant be dear to thee as thy own soul,
defraud him not of liberty, nor leave him needy.
7:24. Hast thou cattle? have an eye to them: and if they be
for thy profit, keep them with thee.
7:25. Hast thou children? instruct them, and bow down their
neck from their childhood.
7:26. Hast thou daughters? have a care of their body, and
shew not thy countenance gay towards them.
7:27. Marry thy daughter well, and thou shalt do a great
work, and give her to a wise man.
7:28. If thou hast a wife according to thy soul, cast her
not off: and to her that is hateful, trust not thyself.
With thy whole heart,
7:29. Honour thy father, and forget not the groanings of
7:30. Remember that thou hadst not been born but through
them: and make a return to them as they have done for thee.
7:31. With all thy soul fear the Lord, and reverence his
7:32. With all thy strength love him that made thee: and
forsake not his ministers.
7:33. Honour God with all thy soul and give honour to the
priests, and purify thyself with thy arms.
Thy arms... That is, with all thy power: or else by arms
(brachiis) are here signified the right shoulders of the
victims, which by the law fell to the priests. See ver. 35.
7:34. Give them their portion, as it is commanded thee, of
the firstfruits and of purifications: and for thy
negligences purify thyself with a few.
7:35. Offer to the Lord the gift of thy shoulders, and the
sacrifice of sanctification, and the firstfruits of the
7:36. And stretch out thy hand to the poor, that thy
expiation and thy blessing may be perfected.
7:37. A gift hath grace in the sight of all the living, and
restrain not grace from the dead.
And restrain not grace from the dead... That is, withhold
not from them the benefit of alms, prayers, and sacrifices.
Such was the doctrine and practice of the church of God
even in the time of the Old Testament. And the same has
always been continued from the days of the apostles in the
church of the New Testament.
7:38. Be not wanting in comforting them that weep, and walk
with them that mourn.
7:39. Be not slow to visit the sick: for by these things
thou shalt be confirmed in love.
7:40. In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou
shalt never sin.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 8
Other lessons of wisdom and virtue.
8:1. Strive not with a powerful man, lest thou fall into his
8:2. Contend not with a rich man, lest he bring an action
8:3. For gold and silver hath destroyed many, and hath
reached even to the heart of kings, and perverted them.
8:4. Strive not with a man that is full of tongue, and heap
not wood upon his fire.
8:5. Communicate not with an ignorant man, lest he speak
ill of thy family.
8:6. Despise not a man that turneth away from sin, nor
reproach him therewith: remember that we are all worthy of
8:7. Despise not a man in his old age; for we also shall
8:8. Rejoice not at the death of thy enemy; knowing that we
all die, and are not willing that others should rejoice at
8:9. Despise not the discourse of them that are ancient and
wise, but acquaint thyself with their proverbs.
8:10. For of them thou shalt learn wisdom, and instruction
of understanding, and to serve great men without blame.
8:11. Let not the discourse of the ancients escape thee,
for they have learned of their fathers:
8:12. For of them thou shalt learn understanding, and to
give an answer in time of need.
8:13. Kindle not the coals of sinners by rebuking them,
lest thou be burnt with the flame of the fire of their
8:14. Stand not against the face of an injurious person,
lest he sit as a spy to entrap thee in thy words.
8:15. Lend not to a man that is mightier than thyself: and
if thou lendest, count it as lost.
8:16. Be not surety above thy power: and if thou be surety,
think as if thou wert to pay it.
8:17. Judge not against a judge: for he judgeth according
to that which is just.
8:18. Go not on the way with a bold man, lest he burden
thee with his evils: for he goeth according to his own
will, and thou shalt perish together with his folly.
8:19. Quarrel not with a passionate man, and go not into
the desert with a bold man: for blood is as nothing in his
sight, and where there is no help he will overthrow thee.
8:20. Advise not with fools, for they cannot love but such
things as please them.
8:21. Before a stranger do no matter of counsel: for thou
knowest not what he will bring forth.
8:22. Open not thy heart to every man: lest he repay thee
with an evil turn, and speak reproachfully to thee.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 9
Cautions with regard to women, and dangerous conversations.
9:1. Be not jealous over the wife of thy bosom, lest she
shew in thy regard the malice of a wicked lesson.
9:2. Give not the power of thy soul to a woman, lest she
enter upon thy strength, and thou be confounded.
9:3. Look not upon a woman that hath a mind for many: lest
thou fall into her snares.
9:4. Use not much the company of her that is a dancer, and
hearken not to her, lest thou perish by the force of her
9:5. Gaze not upon a maiden, lest her beauty be a
stumblingblock to thee.
9:6. Give not thy soul to harlots in any point: lest thou
destroy thyself and thy inheritance.
9:7. Look not round about thee in the ways of the city, nor
wander up and down in the streets thereof.
9:8. Turn away thy face from a woman dressed up, and gaze
not about upon another's beauty.
9:9. For many have perished by the beauty of a woman, and
hereby lust is enkindled as a fire.
9:10. Every woman that is a harlot, shall be trodden upon
as dung in the way.
9:11. Many by admiring the beauty of another man's wife,
have become reprobate, for her conversation burneth as
9:12. Sit not at all with another man's wife, nor repose
upon the bed with her:
9:13. And strive not with her over wine, lest thy heart
decline towards her and by thy blood thou fall into
9:14. Forsake not an old friend, for the new will not be
like to him.
9:15. A new friend is as new wine: it shall grow old, and
thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
9:16. Envy not the glory and riches of a sinner: for thou
knowest not what his ruin shall be.
9:17. Be not pleased with the wrong done by the unjust,
knowing that even to hell the wicked shall not please.
9:18. Keep thee far from the man that hath power to kill,
so thou shalt not suspect the fear of death.
9:19. And if thou come to him, commit no fault, lest he
take away thy life.
9:20. Know it to be a communication with death: for thou
art going in the midst of snares, and walking upon the arms
of them that are grieved.
9:21. According to thy power beware of thy neighbour, and
treat with the wise and prudent.
9:22. Let just men be thy guests, and let thy glory be in
the fear of God.
9:23. And let the thought of God be in thy mind, and all
thy discourse on the commandments of the Highest.
9:24. Works shall be praised for the hand of the
artificers, and the prince of the people for the wisdom of
his speech, but the word of the ancients for the sense.
9:25. A man full of tongue is terrible in his city, and he
that is rash in his word shall be hateful.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 10
The virtues and vices of men in power: the great evil of
10:1. A wise judge shall judge his people, and the
government of a prudent man shall be steady.
Judge his people... In the Greek it is, instruct his
10:2. As the judge of the people is himself, so also are
his ministers: and what manner of man the ruler of a city
is, such also are they that dwell therein.
10:3. An unwise king shall be the ruin of his people: and
cities shall be inhabited through the prudence of the
10:4. The power of the earth is in the hand of God, and in
his time he will raise up a profitable ruler over it.
10:5. The prosperity of man is in the hand of God, and upon
the person of the scribe he shall lay his honour.
The scribe... That is, the man that is wise and learned in
10:6. Remember not any injury done thee by thy neighbour,
and do thou nothing by deeds of injury.
10:7. Pride is hateful before God and men: and all iniquity
of nations is execrable.
10:8. A kingdom is translated from one people to another,
because of injustices, and wrongs, and injuries, and divers
10:9. But nothing is more wicked than the covetous man. Why
is earth, and ashes proud?
10:10. There 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.
10:11. All power is of short life. A long sickness is
troublesome to the physician.
10:12. The physician cutteth off a short sickness: so also
a king is to day, and to morrow he shall die.
10:13. For when a man shall die, he shall inherit serpents,
and beasts, and worms.
10:14. The beginning of the pride of man, is to fall off
10:15. Because his heart is departed from him that made
him: for pride is the beginning of all sin: he that holdeth
it, shall be filled with maledictions, and it shall ruin
him in the end.
10:16. Therefore hath the Lord disgraced the assemblies of
the wicked, and hath utterly destroyed them.
10:17. God hath overturned the thrones of proud princes,
and hath set up the meek in their stead.
10:18. God hath made the roots of proud nations to wither,
and hath planted the humble of these nations.
10:19. The Lord hath overthrown the lands of the Gentiles,
and hath destroyed them even to the foundation.
10:20. He hath made some of them to wither away, and hath
destroyed them, and hath made the memory of them to cease
from the earth.
10:21. God hath abolished the memory of the proud, and hath
preserved the memory of them that are humble in mind.
10:22. Pride was not made for men: nor wrath for the race
10:23. That seed of men shall be honoured, which feareth
God: but that seed shall be dishonoured, which
transgresseth the commandments of the Lord.
10:24. In the midst of brethren their chief is honourable:
so shall they that fear the Lord, be in his eyes.
10:25. The fear of God is the glory of the rich, and of the
honourable, and of the poor.
10:26. Despise not a just man that is poor, and do not
magnify a sinful man that is rich.
10:27. The great man, and the judge, and the mighty is in
honour: and there is none greater than he that feareth God.
10:28. They 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.
10:29. Extol not thyself in doing thy work, and linger not
in the time of distress;
10:30. Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all
things, than he that boasteth himself and wanteth bread.
10:31. My son, keep thy soul in meekness, and give it
honour according to its desert.
10:32. Who will justify him that sinneth against his own
soul? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own
10:33. The poor man is glorified by his discipline and
fear, and there is a man that is honoured for his wealth.
10:34. But he that is glorified in poverty, how much more
in wealth? and he that is glorified in wealth, let him fear
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 11
Lessons of humility and moderation in all things.
11:1. The wisdom of the humble shall exalt his head, and
shall make him sit in the midst of great men.
11:2. Praise not a man for his beauty, neither despise a
man for his look.
11:3. The bee is small among flying things but her fruit
hath the chiefest sweetness.
11:4. Glory not in apparel at any time, and be not exalted
in the day of thy honour: for the works of the Highest only
are wonderful, and his works are glorious, and secret, and
11:5. Many tyrants have sat on the throne, and he whom no
man would think on, hath worn the crown.
11:6. Many mighty men have been greatly brought down, and
the glorious have been delivered into the hand of others.
11:7. Before thou inquire, blame no man: and when thou hast
inquired, reprove justly.
11:8. Before thou hear, answer not a word: and interrupt
not others in the midst of their discourse.
11:9. Strive not in a matter which doth not concern thee,
and sit not in judgment with sinners.
11:10. My son, meddle not with many matters: and if thou be
rich, thou shalt not be free from sin: for if thou pursue
after thou shalt not overtake; and if thou run before thou
shalt not escape.
11:11. There is an ungodly man that laboureth, and maketh
haste, and is in sorrow, and is so much the more in want.
11:12. Again, there is an inactive man that wanteth help,
is very weak in ability, and full of poverty:
11:13. Yet the eye of God hath looked upon him for good,
and hath lifted him up from his low estate, and hath
exalted his head: and many have wondered at him, and have
11:14. Good things and evil, life and death, poverty and
riches, are from God.
11:15. Wisdom and discipline, and the knowledge of the law
are with God. Love and the ways of good things are with
11:16. Error and darkness are created with sinners: and
they that glory in evil things, grow old in evil.
11:17. The gift of God abideth with the just, and his
advancement shall have success for ever.
11:18. There is one that is enriched by living sparingly,
and this is the portion of his reward.
11:19. In that he saith: I have found me rest, and now I
will eat of my goods alone:
11:20. And he knoweth not what time shall pass, and that
death approacheth, and that he must leave all to others,
and shall die.
11:21. Be steadfast in thy covenant, and be conversant
therein, and grow old in the work of thy commandments.
11:22. Abide not in the works of sinners. But trust in God,
and stay in thy place,
11:23. For it is easy in the eyes of God on a sudden to
make the poor man rich.
11:24. The blessing of God maketh haste to reward the just,
and in a swift hour his blessing beareth fruit.
11:25. Say not: What need I, and what good shall I have by
11:26. Say not: I am sufficient for myself: and what shall
I be made worse by this?
11:27. In the day of good things be not unmindful of evils:
and in the day of evils be not unmindful of good things:
11:28. For it is easy before God in the day of death to
reward every one according to his ways.
11:29. The affliction of an hour maketh one forget great
delights, and in the end of a man is the disclosing of his
11:30. Praise not any man before death, for a man is known
by his children.
11:31. Bring not every man into thy house: for many are the
snares of the deceitful.
11:32. For as corrupted bowels send forth stinking breath,
and as the partridge is brought into the cage, and as the
roe into the snare: so also is the heart of the proud, and
as a spy that looketh on the fall of his neighbour.
11:33. For he lieth in wait and turneth good into evil, and
on the elect he will lay a blot.
11:34. Of one spark cometh a great fire, and of one
deceitful man much blood: and a sinful man lieth in wait
11:35. Take heed to thyself of a mischievous man, for he
worketh evils: lest he bring upon thee reproach for ever.
11:36. Receive a stranger in, and he shall overthrow thee
with a whirlwind, and shall turn thee out of thy own.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 12
We are to be liberal to the just: and not to trust the
12:1. If thou do good, know to whom thou dost it, and there
shall be much thanks for thy good deeds.
12:2. Do good to the just, and thou shalt find great
recompense: and if not of him, assuredly of the Lord.
12:3. For there is no good for him that is always occupied
in evil, and that giveth no alms: for the Highest hateth
sinners, and hath mercy on the penitent.
12:4. Give to the merciful and uphold not the sinner: God
will repay vengeance to the ungodly and to sinners, and
keep them against the day of vengeance.
12:5. Give to the good, and receive not a sinner.
12:6. Do good to the humble, and give not to the ungodly:
hold back thy bread, and give it not to him, lest thereby
he overmaster thee.
12:7. For thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the
good thou shalt have done to him: for the Highest also
hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance to the ungodly.
12:8. A friend shall not be known in prosperity, and an
enemy shall not be hidden in adversity.
12:9. In the prosperity of a man, his enemies are grieved:
and a friend is known in his adversity.
12:10. Never trust thy enemy for as a brass pot his
12:11. Though he humble himself and go crouching, yet take
good heed and beware of him.
12:12. Set him not by thee, neither let him sit on thy
right hand, lest he turn into thy place, and seek to take
thy seat and at the last thou acknowledge my words, and be
pricked with my sayings.
12:13. Who will pity an enchanter struck by a serpent, or
any that come near wild beasts? so is it with him that
keepeth company with a wicked man, and is involved in his
12:14. For an hour he will abide with thee: but if thou
begin to decline, he will not endure it.
12:15. An enemy speaketh sweetly with his lips, but in his
heart he lieth in wait, to throw thee into a pit.
12:16. An enemy weepeth with his eyes: but if he find an
opportunity he will not be satisfied with blood:
12:17. And if evils come upon thee, thou shalt find him
12:18. An enemy hath tears in his eyes, and while he
pretendeth to help thee, will undermine thy feet.
12:19. He will shake his head, and clap his hands, and
whisper much, and change his countenance.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 13
Cautions in the choice of company.
13:1. He that toucheth pitch, shall be defiled with it: and
he that hath fellowship with the proud, shall put on pride.
13:2. He shall take a burden upon him that hath fellowship
with one more honourable than himself. And have no
fellowship with one that is richer than thyself.
13:3. What agreement shall the earthen pot have with the
kettle? for if they knock one against the other, it shall
13:4. The rich man hath done wrong, and yet he will fume:
but the poor is wronged and must hold his peace.
13:5. If thou give, he will make use of thee: and if thou
have nothing, he will forsake thee.
13:6. If thou have any thing, he will live with thee, and
will make thee bare, and he will not be sorry for thee.
13:7. If 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?
13:8. And 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.
13:9. Humble thyself to God, and wait for his hands.
13:10. Beware that thou be not deceived into folly, and be
13:11. Be not lowly in thy wisdom, lest being humbled thou
be deceived into folly.
13:12. If thou be invited by one that is mightier, withdraw
thyself: for so he will invite thee the more.
13:13. Be not troublesome to him, lest thou be put back:
and keep not far from him, lest thou be forgotten.
13:14. Affect 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.
13:15. His cruel mind will lay up thy words: and he will
not spare to do thee hurt, and to cast thee into prison.
13:16. Take heed to thyself, and attend diligently to what
thou hearest: for thou walkest in danger of thy ruin.
13:17. When thou hearest those things, see as it were in
sleep, and thou shalt awake.
13:18. Love God all thy life, and call upon him for thy
13:19. Every beast loveth its like: so also every man him
that is nearest to himself.
13:20. All flesh shall consort with the like to itself, and
every man shall associate himself to his like.
13:21. If the wolf shall at any time have fellowship with
the lamb, so the sinner with the just.
13:22. What fellowship hath a holy man with a dog, or what
part hath the rich with the poor?
13:23. The wild ass is the lion's prey in the desert: so
also the poor are devoured by the rich.
13:24. And as humility is an abomination to the proud: so
also the rich man abhorreth the poor.
13:25. When 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.
13:26. When a rich man hath been deceived, he hath many
helpers: he hath spoken proud things, and they have
13:27. The poor man was deceived, and he is rebuked also:
he hath spoken wisely, and could have no place.
13:28. The rich man spoke, and all held their peace, and
what he said they extol even to the clouds.
13:29. The poor man spoke, and they say: Who is this? and
if he stumble, they will overthrow him.
13:30. Riches are good to him that hath no sin in his
conscience: and poverty is very wicked in the mouth of the
13:31. The heart of a man changeth his countenance, either
for good, or for evil.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
15:18. Before man is life and death, good and evil, that
which he shall choose shall be given him:
15:19. For the wisdom of God is great, and he is strong in
power, seeing all men without ceasing.
15:20. The eyes of the Lord are towards them that fear him,
and he knoweth al the work of man.
15:21. He hath commanded no man to do wickedly, and he hath
given no man license to sin;
15:22. For he desireth not a multitude of faithless and
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 16
It is better to have none than many wicked children. Of the
justice and mercy of God. His ways are unsearchable.
16:1. Rejoice not in ungodly children, if they be
multiplied: neither be delighted in them, if the fear of
God be not with them.
16:2. Trust not to their life, and respect not their
16:3. For better is one that feareth God, than a thousand
16:4. And it is better to die without children, than to
leave ungodly children.
16:5. By one that is wise a country shall be inhabited, the
tribe of the ungodly shall become desolate.
16:6. Many such things hath my eyes seen, and greater
things than these my ear hath heard.
16:7. In the congregation of sinners a fire shall be
kindled, and in an unbelieving nation wrath shall flame
16:8. The ancient giants did not obtain pardon for their
sins, who were destroyed trusting to their own strength:
16:9. And he spared not the place where Lot sojourned, but
abhorred them for the pride of their word.
16:10. He had not pity on them, destroying the whole nation
that extolled themselves in their sins.
16:11. So did he with the six hundred thousand footmen, who
were gathered together in the hardness of their heart: and
if one had been stiffnecked, it is a wonder if he had
Six hundred thousand footmen, etc... Viz., the children of
Israel, whom he sentenced to die in the wilderness.
16:12. For mercy and wrath are with him. He is mighty to
forgive, and to pour out indignation:
16:13. According as his mercy is, so his correction judgeth
a man according to his works.
16:14. The sinner shall not escape in his rapines, and the
patience of him that sheweth mercy shall not be put off.
16:15. All mercy shall make a place for every man according
to the merit of his works, and according to the wisdom of
16:16. Say not: I shall be hidden from God, and who shall
remember me from on high?
16:17. In such a multitude I shall not be known: for what
is my soul in such an immense creation?
16:18. Behold the heaven, and the heavens of heavens, the
deep, and all the earth, and the things that are in them,
shall be moved in his sight,
16:19. The mountains also, and the hills, and the
foundations of the earth: when God shall look upon them,
they shall be shaken with trembling.
16:20. And in all these things the heart is senseless: and
every heart is understood by him.
16:21. And his ways who shall understand, and the storm,
which no eye of man shall see?
16:22. For many of his works are hidden, but the works of
his justice who shall declare? or who shall endure? for the
testament is far from some, and the examination of all is
in the end.
16:23. He that wanteth understanding thinketh vain things,
and the foolish, and erring man, thinketh foolish things.
16:24. Hearken to me, my son, and learn the discipline of
understanding, and attend to my words in thy heart.
16:25. And I will shew forth good doctrine in equity, and
will seek to declare wisdom: and attend to my words in thy
heart, whilst with equity of spirit I tell thee the virtues
that God hath put upon his works from the beginning, and I
shew forth in truth his knowledge.
16:26. The works of God are done in judgment from the
beginning, and from the making of them he distinguished
their parts, and their beginnings in their generations.
16:27. He beautified their works for ever, they have
neither hungered, nor laboured, and they have not ceased
from their works.
16:28. Nor shall any of them straiten his neighbour at any
16:29. Be not thou incredulous to his word.
16:30. After this God looked upon the earth, and filled it
with his goods.
16:31. The soul of every living thing hath shewn forth
before the face thereof, and into it they return again.
Shewn forth... Viz., the glory and power of God upon the
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 17
The creation and favour of God to man. An exhortation to
turn to God.
17:1. God created man of the earth, and made him after his
17:2. And he turned him into it again, and clothed him with
strength according to himself.
17:3. He gave him the number of his days and time, and gave
him power over all things that are upon the earth.
17:4. He put the fear of him upon all flesh, and he had
dominion over beasts and fowls.
17:5. He created of him a helpmate like to himself, he gave
them counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, and ears, and a heart
to devise: and he filled them with the knowledge of
17:6. He created in them the science of the spirit, he
fired their heart with wisdom, and shewed them both good
17:7. He set his eye upon their hearts to shew them the
greatness of his works:
17:8. That they might praise the name which he hath
sanctified: and glory in his wondrous act that they might
declare the glorious things of his works.
17:9. Moreover he gave them instructions, and the law of
life for an inheritance.
17:10. He made an everlasting covenant with them, and he
shewed them his justice and judgments.
17:11. And their eye saw the majesty of his glory, and
their ears heard his glorious voice, and he said to them:
Beware of all iniquity.
Their eye saw, etc... Viz., when he gave the law on mount
17:12. And he gave to every one of them commandment
concerning his neighbour.
17:13. Their ways are always before him, they are not
hidden from his eyes.
17:14. Over every nation he set a ruler.
17:15. And Israel was made the manifest portion of God.
17:16. And all their works are as the sun in the sight of
God: and his eyes are continually upon their ways.
17:17. Their covenants were not hid by their iniquity, and
all their iniquities are in the sight of God.
17:18. The alms of a man is as a signet with him, and shall
preserve the grace of a man as the apple of the eye:
17:19. And afterward he shall rise up, and shall render
them their reward, to every one upon their own head, and
shall turn them down into the bowels of the earth.
17:20. But to the penitent he hath given the way of
justice, and he hath strengthened them that were fainting
in patience, and hath appointed to them the lot of truth.
17:21. Turn to the Lord, and forsake thy sins:
17:22. Make thy prayer before the face of the Lord, and
Offend less... Minue offendicula. That is, remove sins and
the occasions of sins.
17:23. Return to the Lord, and turn away from thy
injustice, and greatly hate abomination.
17:24. And know the justices and judgments of God, and
stand firm in the lot set before thee, and in prayer to the
most high God.
17:25. Go to the side of the holy age, with them that live
and give praise to God.
Go to the side, etc... Fly from the side of Satan and sin,
and join with the holy ones, that follow God and godliness.
17:26. Tarry not in the error of the ungodly, give glory
before death. Praise perisheth from the dead as nothing.
17:27. Give thanks whilst thou art living, whilst thou art
alive and in health thou shalt give thanks, and shalt
praise God, and shalt glory in his mercies.
17:28. How great is the mercy of the Lord, and his
forgiveness to them that turn to him !
17:29. For all things cannot be in men, because the son of
man is not immortal, and they are delighted with the vanity
17:30. What is brighter than the sun; yet it shall be
eclipsed. Or what is more wicked than that which flesh and
blood hath invented? and this shall be reproved.
17:31. He beholdeth the power of the height of heaven: and
all men are earth and ashes.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 18
God's works are wonderful: we must serve him, and not our
18:1. He that liveth for ever created all things together.
God only shall be justified, and he remaineth an invincible
king for ever.
18:2. Who is able to declare his works?
18:3. For who shall search out his glorious acts?
18:4. And who shall show forth the power of his majesty? or
who shall be able to declare his mercy?
18:5. Nothing may be taken away, nor added, neither is it
possible to find out the glorious works of God.
18:6. When a man hath done, then shall he begin: and when
he leaveth off, he shall be at a loss.
Then shall he begin... God is so great and incomprehensible,
that when man has done all that he can to find out his
greatness and boundless perfections, he is still to begin:
for what he has found out, is but a mere nothing in
comparison with his infinity.
18:7. What is man, and what is his grace? and what is his
good, or what is his evil?
18:8. The number of the days of men at the most are a
hundred years, as a drop of water of the sea are they
esteemed: and as a pebble of the sand, so are a few years
compared to eternity.
18:9. Therefore God is patient in them, and poureth forth
his mercy upon them.
18:10. He hath seen the presumption of their heart that it
is wicked, and hath known their end that it is evil.
18:11. Therefore hath he filled up his mercy in their
favour, and hath shewn them the way of justice.
18:12. The compassion of man is toward his neighbour: but
the mercy of God is upon all flesh.
18:13. He hath mercy, and teacheth, and correcteth, as a
shepherd doth his flock.
18:14. He hath mercy on him that receiveth the discipline
of mercy, and that maketh haste in his judgments.
18:15. My son, in thy good deeds, make no complaint, and
when thou givest any thing, add not grief by an evil word.
18:16. Shall not the dew assuage the heat? so also the good
word is better than the gift.
18:17. Lo, is not a word better than a gift? but both are
with a justified man.
18:18. A fool will upbraid bitterly: and a gift of one ill
taught consumeth the eyes.
18:19. Before judgment prepare thee justice, and learn
before thou speak.
18:20. Before sickness take a medicine, and before judgment
examine thyself, and thou shalt find mercy in the sight of
18:21. Humble thyself before thou art sick, and in the time
of sickness shew thy conversation.
18:22. Let nothing hinder thee from praying always, and be
not afraid to be justified even to death: for the reward of
God continueth for ever.
18:23. Before prayer prepare thy soul: and be not as a man
that tempteth God.
18:24. Remember the wrath that shall be at the last day,
and the time of repaying when he shall turn away his face.
18:25. Remember poverty in the time of abundance, and the
necessities of poverty in the day of riches.
18:26. From the morning until the evening the time shall be
changed, and all these are swift in the eyes of God.
18:27. A wise man will fear in every thing, and in the days
of sins will beware of sloth.
18:28. Every man of understanding knoweth wisdom, and will
give praise to him that findeth her.
18:29. They that were of good understanding in words, have
also done wisely themselves: and have understood truth and
justice, and have poured forth proverbs and judgments.
18:30. Go not after thy lusts, but turn away from thy own
18:31. If thou give to thy soul her desires, she will make
thee a joy to thy enemies.
18:32. Take no pleasure in riotous assemblies, be they ever
so small: for their concertation is continual.
18:33. Make not thyself poor by borrowing to contribute to
feasts when thou hast nothing in thy purse: for thou shalt
be an enemy to thy own life.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 19
Admonition against sundry vices.
19:1. A workman that is a drunkard shall not be rich: and
he that contemneth small things, shall fall by little and
19:2. Wine and women make wise men fall off, and shall
rebuke the prudent:
19:3. And he that joineth himself to harlots, will be
wicked. Rottenness and worms shall inherit him, and he
shall be lifted up for a greater example, and his soul
shall be taken away out of the number.
19:4. He that is hasty to give credit, is light of heart,
and shall be lessened: and he that sinneth against his own
soul, shall be despised.
19:5. He that rejoiceth in iniquity, shall be censured, and
he that hateth chastisement, shall have less life: and he
that hateth babbling, extinguisheth evil.
19:6. He that sinneth against his own soul, shall repent:
and he that is delighted with wickedness, shall be
19:7. Rehearse not again a wicked and harsh word, and thou
shalt not fare the worse.
19:8. Tell not thy mind to friend or foe: and if there be a
sin with thee, disclose it not.
19:9. For he will hearken to thee, and will watch thee, and
as it were defending thy sin he will hate thee, and so will
he be with thee always.
19:10. Hast thou heard a word against thy neighbour? let it
die within thee, trusting that it will not burst thee.
19:11. At the hearing of a word the fool is in travail, as
a woman groaning in the bringing forth a child.
19:12. As an arrow that sticketh in a man's thigh: so is a
word in the heart of a fool.
19:13. Reprove a friend, lest he may not have understood,
and say: I did it not: or if he did it, that he may do it
19:14. Reprove thy neighbour, for it may be he hath not
said it: and if he hath said it, that he may not say it
19:15. Admonish thy friend: for there is often a fault
19:16. And believe not every word. There is one, that
slippeth with the tongue, but not from his heart.
19:17. For who is there that hath not offended with his
tongue? Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him.
19:18. And give place to the fear of the most High: for the
fear of God is all wisdom, and therein is to fear God, and
the disposition of the law is in all wisdom.
19:19. But the learning of wickedness is not wisdom: and
the device of sinners is not prudence.
19:20. There is a subtle wickedness, and the same is
detestable: and there is a man that is foolish, wanting in
19:21. Better is a man that hath less wisdom, and wanteth
understanding, with the fear of God, than he that aboundeth
in understanding, and transgresseth the law of the most
19:22. There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is
19:23. And there is one that uttereth an exact word telling
the truth. There is one that humbleth himself wickedly, and
his interior is full of deceit:
19:24. And there is one that submitteth himself exceedingly
with a great lowliness: and there is one that casteth down
his countenance, and maketh as if he did not see that which
19:25. And if he be hindered from sinning for want of
power, if he shall find opportunity to do evil, he will do
19:26. A man is known by his look, and a wise man, when
thou meetest him, is known by his countenance.
19:27. The attire of the body, and the laughter of the
teeth, and the gait of the man, shew what he is.
19:28. There is a lying rebuke in the anger of an injurious
man: and there is a judgment that is not allowed to be
good: and there is one that holdeth his peace, he is wise.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 20
Rules with regard to correction, discretion, and avoiding
20:1. How much better is it to reprove, than to be angry,
and not to hinder him that confesseth in prayer.
20:2. The lust of an eunuch shall deflour a young maiden:
20:3. So is he that by violence executeth of the unwise.
20:4. How good is it, when thou art reproved, to shew
repentance! for so thou shalt escape wilful sin.
20:5. There is one that holdeth his peace, that is found
wise: and there is another that is hateful, that is bold in
20:6. There is one that holdeth his peace, because he
knoweth not what to say: and there is another that holdeth
his peace, knowing the proper time.
20:7. A wise man will hold his peace till he see
opportunity: but a babbler, and a fool, will regard no time.
20:8. He that useth many words shall hurt his own soul: and
he that taketh authority to himself unjustly shall be
20:9. There is success in evil things to a man without
discipline, and there is a finding that turneth to loss.
20:10. There is a gift that is not profitable: and there is
a gift, the recompense of which is double.
20:11. There is an abasement because of glory: and there is
one that shall lift up his head from a low estate.
20:12. There is that buyeth much for a small price, and
restoreth the same sevenfold.
20:13. A man wise in words shall make himself beloved: but
the graces of fools shall be poured out.
20:14. The gift of the fool shall do thee no good: for his
eyes are sevenfold.
20:15. He will give a few things, and upbraid much: and the
opening of his mouth is the kindling of a fire.
20:16. To day a man lendeth, and to morrow he asketh it
again: such a man as this is hateful.
20:17. A fool shall have no friend, and there shall be no
thanks for his good deeds.
20:18. For they that eat his bread, are of a false tongue.
How often, and how many will laugh him to scorn!
20:19. For he doth not distribute with right understanding
that which was to be had: in like manner also that which
was not to be had.
20:20. The slipping of a false tongue is as one that
falleth on the pavement: so the fall of the wicked shall
20:21. A man without grace is as a vain fable, it shall be
continually in the mouth of the unwise.
20:22. A parable coming out of a fool's mouth shall be
rejected: for he doth not speak it in due season.
20:23. There is that is hindered from sinning through want,
and in his rest he shall be pricked.
20:24. There is that will destroy his own soul through
shamefacedness, and by occasion of an unwise person he will
destroy it: and by respect of person he will destroy
20:25. There is that for bashfulness promiseth to his
friend, and maketh him his enemy for nothing.
20:26. A lie is a foul blot in a man, and yet it will be
continually in the mouth of men without discipline.
20:27. A thief is better than a man that is always lying:
but both of them shall inherit destruction.
20:28. The manners of lying men are without honour: and
their confusion is with them without ceasing.
20:29. A wise man shall advance himself with his words, and
a prudent man shall please the great ones.
20:30. He that tilleth his land shall make a high heap of
corn: and he that worketh justice shall be exalted: and he
that pleaseth great men shall escape iniquity.
20:31. Presents and gifts blind the eyes of judges, and
make them dumb in the mouth, so that they cannot correct.
20:32. O Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is not seen:
what profit is there in them both?
20:33. Better is he that hideth his folly, than the man
that hideth his wisdom.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 21
Cautions against sin in general, and some sins in
21:1. My son, hast thou sinned? do so no more: but for thy
former sins also pray that they may be forgiven thee.
21:2. Flee from sins as from the face of a serpent: for if
thou comest near them, they will take hold of thee.
21:3. The teeth thereof are the teeth of a lion, killing
the souls of men.
21:4. All iniquity is like a two-edged sword, there is no
remedy for the wound thereof.
21:5. Injuries and wrongs will waste riches: and the house
that is very rich shall be brought to nothing by pride: so
the substance of the proud shall be rooted out.
21:6. The prayer out of the mouth of the poor shall reach
the ears of God, and judgment shall come for him speedily.
21:7. He that hateth to be reproved walketh in the trace of
a sinner: and he that feareth God will turn to his own
21:8. He that is mighty by a bold tongue is known afar off,
but a wise man knoweth to slip by him.
21:9. He that buildeth his house at other men's charges, is
as he that gathereth himself stones to build in the winter.
21:10. The congregation of sinners is like tow heaped
together, and the end of them is a flame of fire.
21:11. The way of sinners is made plain with stones, and in
their end is hell, and darkness, and pains.
21:12. He that keepeth justice shall get the understanding
21:13. The perfection of the fear of God is wisdom and
21:14. He that is not wise in good, will not be taught.
21:15. But there is a wisdom that aboundeth in evil: and
there is no understanding where there is bitterness.
21:16. The knowledge of a wise man shall abound like a
flood, and his counsel continueth like a fountain of life.
21:17. The heart of a fool is like a broken vessel, and no
wisdom at all shall it hold.
21:18. A man of sense will praise every wise word he shall
hear, and will apply it to himself: the luxurious man hath
heard it, and it shall displease him, and he will cast it
behind his back.
21:19. The talking of a fool is like a burden in the way:
but in the lips of the wise, grace shall be found.
21:20. The mouth of the prudent is sought after in the
church, and they will think upon his words in their hearts.
21:21. As a house that is destroyed, so is wisdom to a
fool: and the knowledge of the unwise is as words without
21:22. Doctrine to a fool is as fetters on the feet, and
like manacles on the right hand.
21:23. A fool lifteth up his voice in laughter: but a wise
man will scarce laugh low to himself.
21:24. Learning to the prudent is as an ornament of gold,
and like a bracelet upon his right arm.
21:25. The foot of a fool is soon in his neighbour's house:
but a man of experience will be abashed at the person of
21:26. A fool will peep through the window into the house:
but he that is well taught will stand without.
21:27. It is the folly of a man to hearken at the door: and
a wise man will be grieved with the disgrace.
21:28. The lips of the unwise will be telling foolish
things: but the words of the wise shall be weighed in a
21:29. The heart of fools is in their mouth: and the mouth
of wise men is in their heart.
21:30. While the ungodly curseth the devil, he curseth his
While the ungodly, etc... He condemneth and curseth
himself: inasmuch as by sin he takes part with the devil,
and is, as it were, his member and subject.
21:31. The talebearer shall defile his own soul, and shall
be hated by all: and he that shall abide with him shall be
hateful: the silent and wise man shall be honoured.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 22
Wise sayings on divers subjects.
22:1. The sluggard is pelted with a dirty stone, and all
men will speak of his disgrace.
22:2. The sluggard is pelted with the dung of oxen: and
every one that toucheth him will shake his hands.
22:3. A son ill taught is the confusion of the father: and
a foolish daughter shall be to his loss.
22:4. A wise daughter shall bring an inheritance to her
husband: but she that confoundeth, becometh a disgrace to
22:5. She that is bold shameth both her father and husband,
and will not be inferior to the ungodly: and shall be
disgraced by them both.
22:6. A tale out of time is like music in mourning: but the
stripes and instruction of wisdom are never out of time.
22:7. He that teacheth a fool, is like one that glueth a
22:8. He that telleth a word to him that heareth not, is
like one that waketh a man out of a deep sleep.
22:9. He speaketh with one that is asleep, who uttereth
wisdom to a fool: and in the end of the discourse he saith:
Who is this?
22:10. Weep for the dead, for his light hath failed: and
weep for the fool, for his understanding faileth.
For the fool... In the language of the Holy Ghost, he is
styled a fool, that turns away from God to follow vanity
and sin. And what is said by the wise man against fools is
meant of such fools as these.
22:11. Weep but a little for the dead, for he is at rest.
22:12. For the wicked life of a wicked fool is worse than
22:13. The mourning for the dead is seven days: but for a
fool and an ungodly man all the days of their life.
22:14. Talk not much with a fool and go not with him that
hath no sense.
22:15. Keep thyself from him, that thou mayst not have
trouble, and thou shalt not be defiled with his sin.
22:16. Turn away from him, and thou shalt find rest, and
shalt not be wearied out with his folly.
22:17. What is heavier than lead? and what other name hath
he but fool?
22:18. Sand and salt, and a mass of iron is easier to bear,
than a man without sense, that is both foolish and wicked.
22:19. A frame of wood bound together in the foundation of
a building, shall not be loosed: so neither shall the heart
that is established by advised counsel.
22:20. The thought of him that is wise at all times, shall
not be depraved by fear.
22:21. As pales set in high places, and plasterings made
without cost, will not stand against the face of the wind:
22:22. So also a fearful heart in the imagination of a fool
shall not resist against the violence of fear.
22:23. As a fearful heart in the thought of a fool at all
times will not fear, so neither shall he that continueth
always in the commandments of God.
22:24. He that pricketh the eye, bringeth out tears: and he
that pricketh the heart, bringeth forth resentment.
22:25. He that flingeth a stone at birds, shall drive them
away: so he that upbraideth his friend, breaketh
22:26. Although thou hast drawn a sword at a friend,
despair not: for there may be a returning. To a friend,
22:27. If thou hast opened a sad mouth, fear not, for there
may be a reconciliation: except upbraiding, and reproach,
and pride, and disclosing of secrets, or a treacherous
wound: for in all these cases a friend will flee away.
22:28. Keep fidelity with a friend in his poverty, that in
his prosperity also thou mayst rejoice.
22:29. In the time of his trouble continue faithful to him,
that thou mayst also be heir with him in his inheritance.
22:30. As the vapour of a chimney, and the smoke of the
fire goeth up before the fire: so also injurious words, and
reproaches, and threats, before blood.
22:31. I will not be ashamed to salute a friend, neither
will I hide myself from his face: and if any evil happen to
me by him, I will bear it.
22:32. But every one that shall hear it, will beware of
22:33. Who will set a guard before my mouth, and a sure
seal upon my lips, that I fall not by them, and that my
tongue destroy me not?
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 23
A prayer for grace to flee sin: cautions against profane
swearing and other vices.
23:1. O Lord, father, and sovereign ruler of my life, leave
me not to their counsel: nor suffer me to fall by them.
By them... Viz., the tongue and the lips, mentioned
in the last verse of the foregoing chapter.
23:2. Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the
discipline of wisdom over my heart, that they spare me not
in their ignorances, and that their sins may not appear:
That they spare me not in their ignorances, etc... That is,
that the scourges and discipline of wisdom may restrain the
ignorances, that is, the slips and offences which are
usually committed by the tongue and the lips.
23:3. Lest my ignorances increase, and my offences be
multiplied, and my sins abound, and I fall before my
adversaries, and my enemy rejoice over me?
23:4. O Lord, father, and God of my life, leave me not to
23:5. Give me not haughtiness of my eyes, and turn away
from me all coveting.
23:6. Take from me the greediness of the belly, and let not
the lusts of the flesh take hold of me, and give me not
over to a shameless and foolish mind.
23:7. Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth, and
he that will keep it shall not perish by his lips, nor be
brought to fall into most wicked works.
23:8. A sinner is caught in his own vanity, and the proud
and the evil speakers shall fall thereby.
23:9. Let not thy mouth be accustomed to swearing: for in
it there are many falls.
23:10. And let not the naming of God be usual in thy mouth,
and meddle not with the names of saints, for thou shalt not
escape free from them.
23:11. For as a slave daily put to the question, is never
without a blue mark: so every one that sweareth, and
nameth, shall not be wholly pure from sin.
23:12. A man that sweareth much, shall be filled with
iniquity, and a scourge shall not depart from his house.
23:13. And if he make it void, his sin shall be upon him,
and if he dissemble it, he offendeth double:
23:14. And if he swear in vain, he shall not be justified:
for his house shall be filled with his punishment.
23:15. There is also another speech opposite to death, let
it not be found in the inheritance of Jacob.
23:16. For from the merciful all these things shall be
taken away, and they shall not wallow in sins.
23:17. Let not thy mouth be accustomed to indiscreet
speech: for therein is the word of sin.
23:18. Remember thy father and thy mother, for thou sittest
in the midst of great men:
23:19. Lest God forget thee in their sight, and thou, by
thy daily custom be infatuated and suffer reproach: and
wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse the day of
23:20. The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words,
will never be corrected all the days of his life.
23:21. Two sorts of men multiply sins, and the third
bringeth wrath and destruction.
23:22. A hot soul is a burning fire, it will never be
quenched, till it devour some thing.
23:23. And a man that is wicked in the mouth of his flesh,
will not leave off till he hath kindled a fire.
23:24. To a man that is a fornicator all bread is sweet, he
will not be weary of sinning unto the end.
23:25. Every man that passeth beyond his own bed, despising
his own soul, and saying: Who seeth me?
23:26. Darkness compasseth me about, and the walls cover
me, and no man seeth me: whom do I fear? the most High will
not remember my sins.
23:27. And he understandeth not that his eye seeth all
things, for such a man's fear driveth him from the fear of
God, and the eyes of men fearing him:
23:28. And he knoweth not that the eyes of the Lord are far
brighter than the sun, beholding round about all the ways
of men, and the bottom of the deep, and looking into the
hearts of men, into the most hidden parts.
23:29. For all things were known to the Lord God, before
they were created: so also after they were perfected he
beholdeth all things.
23:30. This man shall be punished in the streets of the
city, and he shall be chased as a colt: and where he
suspected not, he shall be taken.
23:31. And he shall be in disgrace with all men, because he
understood not the fear of the Lord.
23:32. So every woman also that leaveth her husband, and
bringeth in an heir by another:
23:33. For first she hath been unfaithful to the law of the
most High: and secondly, she hath offended against her
husband: thirdly, she hath fornicated in adultery, and hath
gotten her children of another man.
23:34. This woman shall be brought into the assembly, and
inquisition shall be made of her children.
23:35. Her children shall not take root, and her branches
shall bring forth no fruit.
23:36. She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her
infamy shall not be blotted out.
23:37. And they that remain shall know, that there is
nothing better than the fear of God: and that there is
nothing sweeter than to have regard to the commandments of
23:38. It is great glory to follow the Lord: for length of
days shall be received from him.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 24
Wisdom praiseth herself: her origin, her dwelling, her
dignity, and her fruits.
24:1. Wisdom shall praise her own self, and shall be
honoured in God, and shall glory in the midst of her
24:2. And shall open her mouth in the churches of the most
High, and shall glorify herself in the sight of his power,
24:3. And in the midst of her own people she shall be
exalted, and shall be admired in the holy assembly.
24:4. And in the multitude of the elect she shall have
praise, and among the blessed she shall be blessed, saying:
24:5. I came out of the mouth of the most High, the
firstborn before all creatures:
24:6. I made that in the heavens there should rise light
that never faileth, and as a cloud I covered all the earth:
24:7. I dwelt in the highest places, and my throne is in a
pillar of a cloud.
24:8. I alone have compassed the circuit of heaven, and
have penetrated into the bottom of the deep, and have
walked in the waves of the sea,
24:9. And have stood in all the earth: and in every people,
24:10. And in every nation I have had the chief rule:
24:11. And by my power I have trodden under my feet the
hearts of all the high and low: and in all these I sought
rest, and I shall abide in the inheritance of the Lord.
24:12. Then the creator of all things commanded, and said
to me: and he that made me, rested in my tabernacle,
24:13. And he said to me: Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and
thy inheritance in Israel, and take root in my elect.
24:14. From the beginning, and before the world, was I
created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to
be, and in the holy dwelling place I have ministered before
24:15. And so was I established in Sion, and in the holy
city likewise I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem.
24:16. And I took root in an honourable people, and in the
portion of my God his inheritance, and my abode is in the
full assembly of saints.
24:17. I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and as a
cypress tree on mount Sion.
24:18. I was exalted like a palm tree in Cades, and as a
rose plant in Jericho:
24:19. As a fair olive tree in the plains, and as a plane
tree by the water in the streets, was I exalted.
24:20. I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon, and aromatical
balm: I yielded a sweet odour like the best myrrh:
24:21. And I perfumed my dwelling as storax, and galbanum,
and onyx, and aloes, and as the frankincense not cut, and
my odour is as the purest balm.
24:22. I have stretched out my branches as the turpentine
tree, and my branches are of honour and grace.
24:23. As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odour:
and my flowers are the fruit of honour and riches.
24:24. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of
knowledge, and of holy hope.
24:25. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in
me is all hope of life and of virtue.
24:26. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be
filled with my fruits.
24:27. For my spirit is sweet above honey, and my
inheritance above honey and the honeycomb.
24:28. My memory is unto everlasting generations.
24:29. They that eat me, shall yet hunger: and they that
drink me, shall yet thirst.
24:30. He that hearkeneth to me, shall not be confounded:
and they that work by me, shall not sin.
24:31. They that explain me shall have life everlasting.
24:32. All these things are the book of life, and the
covenant of the most High, and the knowledge of truth.
24:33. Moses commanded a law in the precepts of justices,
and an inheritance to the house of Jacob, and the promises
24:34. He appointed to David his servant to raise up of him
a most mighty king, and sitting on the throne of glory for
A most mighty king... Viz., Christ, who by his gospel, like
an overflowing river, has enriched the earth with heavenly
24:35. Who filleth up wisdom as the Phison, and as the
Tigris in the days of the new fruits.
24:36. Who maketh understanding to abound as the Euphrates,
who multiplieth it as the Jordan in the time of harvest.
24:37. Who sendeth knowledge as the light, and riseth up as
Gehon in the time of the vintage.
24:38. Who first hath perfect knowledge of her, and a
weaker shall not search her out.
Who first hath perfect knowledge of her... Christ was the
first that had perfect knowledge of heavenly wisdom.
24:39. For her thoughts are more vast than the sea, and her
counsels more deep than the great ocean.
24:40. I, wisdom, have poured out rivers.
24:41. I, like a brook out of a river of a mighty water; I,
like a channel of a river, and like an aqueduct, came out
24:42. I said: I will water my garden of plants, and I will
water abundantly the fruits of my meadow.
24:43. And behold my brook became a great river, and my
river came near to a sea:
24:44. For I make doctrine to shine forth to all as the
morning light, and I will declare it afar off.
24:45. I will penetrate to all the lower parts of the
earth, and will behold all that sleep, and will enlighten
all that hope in the Lord.
24:46. I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and will
leave it to them that seek wisdom, and will not cease to
instruct their offspring even to the holy age.
24:47. See ye that I have not laboured myself only, but for
all that seek out the truth.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 25
Documents of wisdom on several subjects.
25:1. With three things my spirit is pleased, which are
approved before God and men:
25:2. The concord of brethren, and the love of neighbours,
and man and wife that agree well together.
25:3. Three sorts my soul hateth, and I am greatly grieved
at their life:
25:4. A poor man that is proud: a rich man that is a liar:
an old man that is a fool, and doting.
25:5. The things that thou hast not gathered in thy youth,
how shalt thou find them in thy old age?
25:6. O how comely is judgment for a grey head, and for
ancients to know counsel!
25:7. O how comely is wisdom for the aged, and
understanding and counsel to men of honour!
25:8. Much experience is the crown of old men, and the fear
of God is their glory.
25:9. Nine things that are not to be imagined by the heart
have I magnified, and the tenth I will utter to men with my
25:10. A man that hath joy of his children: and he that
liveth and seeth the fall of his enemies.
25:11. Blessed is he that dwelleth with a wise woman, and
that hath not slipped with his tongue, and that hath not
served such as are unworthy of him.
25:12. Blessed is he that findeth a true friend, and that
declareth justice to an ear that heareth.
25:13. How great is he that findeth wisdom and knowledge!
but there is none above him that feareth the Lord.
25:14. The fear of God hath set itself above all things:
25:15. Blessed is the man, to whom it is given to have the
fear of God: he that holdeth it, to whom shall he be
25:16. The fear of God is the beginning of his love: and
the beginning of faith is to be fast joined unto it.
25:17. The sadness of the heart is every plague: and the
wickedness of a woman is all evil.
25:18. And a man will choose any plague, but the plague of
25:19. And any wickedness, but the wickedness of a woman:
25:20. And any affliction, but the affliction from them
that hate him:
25:21. And any revenge, but the revenge of enemies.
25:22. There is no head worse than the head of a serpent:
25:23. And there is no anger above the anger of a woman. It
will be more agreeable to abide with a lion and a dragon,
than to dwell with a wicked woman.
25:24. The wickedness of a woman changeth her face: and she
darkeneth her countenance as a bear: and sheweth it like
sackcloth. In the midst of her neighbours,
25:25. Her husband groaned, and hearing he sighed a little.
25:26. All malice is short to the malice of a woman, let
the lot of sinners fall upon her.
25:27. As the climbing of a sandy way is to the feet of the
aged, so is a wife full of tongue to a quiet man.
25:28. Look not upon a woman's beauty, and desire not a
woman for beauty.
25:29. A woman's anger, and impudence, and confusion is
25:30. A woman, if she have superiority, is contrary to her
25:31. A wicked woman abateth the courage, and maketh a
heavy countenance, and a wounded heart.
25:32. Feeble hands, and disjointed knees, a woman that
doth not make her husband happy.
25:33. From the woman came the beginning of sin, and by her
we all die.
25:34. Give no issue to thy water, no, not a little: nor to
a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad.
25:35. If she walk not at thy hand, she will confound thee
in the sight of thy enemies.
25:36. Cut her off from thy flesh, lest she always abuse
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 26
Of good and bad women.
26:1. Happy is the husband of a good wife: for the number
of his years is double.
26:2. A virtuous woman rejoiceth her husband, and shall
fulfil the years of his life in peace.
26:3. A good wife is a good portion, she shall be given in
the portion of them that fear God, to a man for his good
26:4. Rich or poor, if his heart is good, his countenance
shall be cheerful at all times.
26:5. Of three things my heart hath been afraid, and at the
fourth my face hath trembled:
26:6. The accusation of a city, and the gathering together
of the people:
26:7. And a false calumny, all are more grievous than
26:8. A jealous woman is the grief and mourning of the
26:9. With a jealous woman is a scourge of the tongue which
communicateth with all.
26:10. As a yoke of oxen that is moved to and fro, so also
is a wicked woman: he that hath hold of her, is as he that
taketh hold of a scorpion.
26:11. A drunken woman is a great wrath: and her reproach
and shame shall not be hid.
26:12. The fornication of a woman shall be known by the
haughtiness of her eyes and by her eyelids.
26:13. On a daughter that turneth not away herself, set a
strict watch: lest finding an opportunity she abuse
26:14. Take heed of the impudence of her eyes, and wonder
not if she slight thee.
26:15. She will open her mouth as a thirsty traveller to
the fountain, and will drink of every water near her, and
will sit down by every hedge, and open her quiver against
every arrow, until she fail.
26:16. The grace of a diligent woman shall delight her
husband, and shall fat his bones.
26:17. Her discipline is the gift of God.
26:18. Such is a wise and silent woman, and there is
nothing so much worth as a well instructed soul.
26:19. A holy and shamefaced woman is grace upon grace.
26:20. And no price is worthy of a continent soul.
26:21. As the sun when it riseth to the world in the high
places of God, so is the beauty of a good wife for the
ornament of her house.
26:22. As the lamp shining upon the holy candlestick, so is
the beauty of the face in a ripe age,
26:23. As golden pillars upon bases of silver, so are the
firm feet upon the soles of a steady woman.
26:24. As everlasting foundations upon a solid rock, so the
commandments of God in the heart of a holy woman.
26:25. At two things my heart is grieved, and the third
bringeth anger upon me.
26:26. A man of war fainting through poverty, and a man of
26:27. And he that passeth over from justice to sin, God
hath prepared such an one for the sword.
26:28. Two sorts of callings have appeared to me hard and
dangerous: a merchant is hardly free from negligence: and a
huckster shall not be justified from the sins of the lips.
From negligence... That is, from the neglect of the service
of God: because the eager pursuit of the mammon of this
world, is apt to make men of that calling forget the great
duties of loving God above all things, and their neighbours
as themselves.-Ibid. A huckster... Or, a retailer of wine.
Men of that profession are both greatly exposed to danger
of sin themselves, and are too often accessary to the sins
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 27
Dangers of sin from several heads: the fear of God is the
best preservative. He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into
27:1. Through poverty many have sinned: and he that seeketh
to be enriched, turneth away his eye.
27:2. As a stake sticketh fast in the midst of the joining
of stones, so also in the midst of selling and buying, sin
shall stick fast.
27:3. Sin shall be destroyed with the sinner.
27:4. Unless thou hold thyself diligently in the fear of
the Lord, thy house shall quickly be overthrown.
27:5. As when one sifteth with a sieve, the dust will
remain: so will the perplexity of a man in his thoughts.
27:6. The furnace trieth the potter's vessels, and the
trial of affliction just men.
27:7. As the dressing of a tree sheweth the fruit thereof,
so a word out of the thought of the heart of man.
27:8. Praise not a man before he speaketh, for this is the
trial of men.
27:9. If thou followest justice, thou shalt obtain her: and
shalt put her on as a long robe of honour, and thou shalt
dwell with her: and she shall protect thee for ever, and in
the day of acknowledgment thou shalt find a strong
27:10. Birds resort unto their like: so truth will return
to them that practise her.
27:11. The lion always lieth in wait for prey: so do sins
for them that work iniquities.
27:12. A holy man continueth in wisdom as the sun: but a
fool is changed as the moon.
27:13. In the midst of the unwise keep in the word till its
time: but be continually among men that think.
27:14. The discourse of sinners is hateful, and their
laughter is at the pleasures of sin.
27:15. The speech that sweareth much shall make the hair of
the head stand upright: and its irreverence shall make one
stop his ears.
27:16. In the quarrels of the road is the shedding of
blood: and their cursing is a grievous hearing.
27:17. He that discloseth the secret of a friend loseth his
credit, and shall never find a friend to his mind.
27:18. Love thy neighbour, and be joined to him with
27:19. But if thou discover his secrets, follow no more
27:20. For as a man that destroyeth his friend, so is he
that destroyeth the friendship of his neighbour.
27:21. And as one that letteth a bird go out of his hand,
so hast thou let thy neighbour go, and thou shalt not get
27:22. Follow after him no more, for he is gone afar off,
he is fled, as a roe escaped out of the snare because his
soul is wounded.
27:23. Thou canst no more bind him up. And of a curse there
And of a curse there is reconciliation... That is, it is
easier to obtain a reconciliation after a curse, than after
disclosing a secret.
27:24. But to disclose the secrets of a friend, leaveth no
hope to an unhappy soul.
27:25. He that winketh with the eye forgeth wicked things,
and no man will cast him off:
27:26. In the sight of thy eyes he will sweeten his mouth,
and will admire thy words: but at the last he will writhe
his mouth, and on thy words he will lay a stumblingblock.
27:27. I have hated many things but not like him, and the
Lord will hate him.
27:28. If one cast a stone on high, it will fall upon his
own head: and the deceitful stroke will wound the
27:29. He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it: and he
that setteth a stone for his neighbour, shall stumble upon
it: and he that layeth a snare for another, shall perish in
27:30. A mischievous counsel shall be rolled back upon the
author, and he shall not know from whence it cometh to him.
27:31. Mockery and reproach are of the proud, and vengeance
as a lion shall lie in wait for him.
27:32. They shall perish in a snare that are delighted with
the fall of the just: and sorrow shall consume them before
27:33. Anger and fury are both of them abominable, and the
sinful man shall be subject to them.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 28
Lessons against revenge and quarrels. The evils of the
28:1. He that seeketh to revenge himself, shall find
vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins
28:2. Forgive thy neighbour if he hath hurt thee: and then
shall thy sins be forgiven to thee when thou prayest.
28:3. Man to man reserveth anger, and doth he seek remedy
28:4. He hath no mercy on a man like himself, and doth he
entreat for his own sins?
28:5. He that is but flesh, nourisheth anger, and doth he
ask forgiveness of God? who shall obtain pardon for his
28:6. Remember thy last things, and let enmity cease:
28:7. For corruption and death hang over in his
In his commandments... Supply the sentence out of the Greek
thus: Remember corruption and death, and abide in the
28:8. Remember the fear of God, and be not angry with thy
28:9. Remember the covenant of the most High, and overlook
the ignorance of thy neighbour.
28:10. Refrain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy
28:11. For a passionate man kindleth strife, and a sinful
man will trouble his friends, and bring in debate in the
midst of them that are at peace.
28:12. For as the wood of the forest is, so the fire
burneth, and as a man's strength is, so shall his anger be,
and according to his riches he shall increase his anger.
28:13. A hasty contention kindleth a fire and a hasty
quarrel sheddeth blood and a tongue that beareth witness
28:14. If thou blow the spark, it shall burn as a fire: and
if thou spit upon it, it shall be quenched: both come out
of the mouth.
28:15. The whisperer and the double tongue is accursed: for
he hath troubled many that were at peace.
28:16. The tongue of a third person hath disquieted many,
and scattered them from nation to nation.
28:17. It hath destroyed the strong cities of the rich, and
hath overthrown the houses of great men.
28:18. It hath cut in pieces the forces of people, and
undone strong nations.
28:19. The tongue of a third person hath cast out valiant
women, and deprived them of their labours.
28:20. He that hearkeneth to it, shall never have rest,
neither shall he have a friend in whom he may repose.
28:21. The stroke of a whip maketh a blue mark: but the
stroke of the tongue will break the bones.
28:22. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not
so many as have perished by their own tongue.
28:23. Blessed is he that is defended from a wicked tongue,
that hath not passed into the wrath thereof, and that hath
not drawn the yoke thereof, and hath not been bound in its
28:24. For its yoke is a yoke of iron: and its bands are
bands of brass.
28:25. The death thereof is a most evil death: and hell is
preferable to it.
28:26. Its continuance shall not be for a long time, but it
shall possess the ways of the unjust: and the just shall
not be burnt with its flame.
28:27. They that forsake God shall fall into it, and it
shall burn in them, and shall not be quenched, and it shall
be sent upon them as a lion, and as a leopard it shall tear
28:28. Hedge in thy ears with thorns, hear not a wicked
tongue, and make doors and bars to thy mouth.
28:29. Melt down thy gold and silver, and make a balance
for thy words, and a just bridle for thy mouth:
28:30. And take heed lest thou slip with thy tongue, and
fall in the sight of thy enemies who lie in wait for thee,
and thy fall be incurable unto death.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 29
Of charity in lending money, and justice in repaying. Of
alms, and of being surety.
29:1. He that sheweth mercy, lendeth to his neighbour: and
he that is stronger in hand, keepeth the commandments.
And he that is stronger in hand... That is, he that is
hearty and bountiful in lending to his neighbour in his
29:2. Lend to thy neighbour in the time of his need, and
pay thou thy neighbour again in due time.
29:3. Keep thy word, and deal faithfully with him: and thou
shalt always find that which is necessary for thee.
29:4. Many have looked upon a thing lent as a thing found,
and have given trouble to them that helped them.
29:5. Till they receive, they kiss the hands of the lender,
and in promises they humble their voice:
29:6. But when they should repay, they will ask time, and
will return tedious and murmuring words, and will complain
of the time:
29:7. And if he be able to pay, he will stand off, he will
scarce pay one half, and will count it as if he had found
29:8. But if not, he will defraud him of his money, and he
shall get him for an enemy without cause.
29:9. And he will pay him with reproaches and curses, and
instead of honour and good turn will repay him injuries.
29:10. Many have refused to lend, not out of wickedness,
but they were afraid to be defrauded without cause.
29:11. But yet towards the poor be thou more hearty, and
delay not to shew him mercy.
29:12. Help the poor because of the commandment: and send
him not away empty handed because of his poverty.
29:13. Lose thy money for thy brother and thy friend: and
hide it not under a stone to be lost.
29:14. Place thy treasure in the commandments of the most
High, and it shall bring thee more profit than gold.
29:15. Shut up alms in the heart of the poor, and it shall
obtain help for thee against all evil.
29:16. Better than the shield of the mighty, and better
than the spear:
29:17. It shall fight for thee against thy enemy.
29:18. A good man is surety for his neighbour: and he that
hath lost shame, will leave him to himself.
29:19. Forget not the kindness of thy surety: for he hath
given his life for thee.
29:20. The sinner and the unclean fleeth from his surety.
29:21. A sinner attributeth to himself the goods of his
surety: and he that is of an unthankful mind will leave him
that delivered him.
29:22. A man is surety for his neighbour: and when he hath
lost all shame, he shall forsake him.
29:23. Evil suretyship hath undone many of good estate, and
hath tossed them as a wave of the sea.
29:24. It hath made powerful men to go from place to place
round about, and they have wandered in strange countries.
29:25. A sinner that transgresseth the commandment of the
Lord, shall fall into an evil suretyship: and he that
undertaketh many things, shall fall into judgment.
29:26. Recover thy neighbour according to thy power, and
take heed to thyself that thou fall not.
29:27. The chief thing for man's life is water and bread,
and clothing, and a house to cover shame.
29:28. Better is the poor man's fare under a roof of
boards, than sumptuous cheer abroad in another man's house.
29:29. Be contented with little instead of much, and thou
shalt not hear the reproach of going abroad.
29:30. It is a miserable life to go as a guest from house
to house: for where a man is a stranger, he shall not deal
confidently, nor open his mouth.
29:31. He shall entertain and feed, and give drink to the
unthankful, and moreover he shall hear bitter words.
29:32. Go, stranger, and furnish the table, and give others
to eat what thou hast in thy hand.
29:33. Give place to the honourable presence of my friends:
for I want my house, my brother being to be lodged with me.
29:34. These things are grievous to a man of understanding:
the upbraiding of houseroom, and the reproaching of the
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 30
Of correction of children. Health is better than wealth.
Excessive grief is hurtful.
30:1. He that loveth his son, frequently chastiseth him,
that he may rejoice in his latter end, and not grope after
the doors of his neighbours.
30:2. He that instructeth his son shall be praised in him,
and shall glory in him in the midst of them of his
30:3. He that teacheth his son, maketh his enemy jealous,
and in the midst of his friends he shall glory in him.
30:4. His father is dead, and he is as if he were not dead:
for he hath left one behind him that is like himself.
30:5. While he lived he saw and rejoiced in him: and when
he died he was not sorrowful, neither was he confounded
before his enemies.
30:6. For he left behind him a defender of his house
against his enemies, and one that will requite kindness to
30:7. For the souls of his sons he shall bind up his
wounds, and at every cry his bowels shall be troubled.
30:8. A horse not broken becometh stubborn, and a child
left to himself will become headstrong.
30:9. Give thy son his way, and he shall make thee afraid:
play with him, and he shall make thee sorrowful.
30:10. Laugh not with him, lest thou have sorrow, and at
the last thy teeth be set on edge.
30:11. Give him not liberty in his youth, and wink not at
30:12. Bow down his neck while he is young, and beat his
sides while he is a child, lest he grow stubborn, and
regard thee not, and so be a sorrow of heart to thee.
30:13. Instruct thy son, and labour about him, lest his
lewd behaviour be an offence to thee.
30:14. Better is a poor man who is sound, and strong of
constitution, than a rich man who is weak and afflicted
30:15. Health of the soul in holiness of justice, is better
than all gold and silver: and a sound body, than immense
30:16. There is no riches above the riches of the health of
the body: and there is no pleasure above the joy of the
30:17. Better is death than a bitter life, and everlasting
rest, than continual sickness.
30:18. Good things that are hidden in a mouth that is shut,
are as messes of meat set about a grave.
30:19. What good shall an offering do to an idol? for it can
neither eat, nor smell:
30:20. So is he that is persecuted by the Lord, bearing the
reward of his iniquity:
30:21. He seeth with his eyes, and groaneth, as an eunuch
embracing a virgin, and sighing.
30:22. Give not up thy soul to sadness, and afflict not
thyself in thy own counsel.
30:23. The joyfulness of the heart, is the life of a man,
and a never failing treasure of holiness: and the joy of a
man is length of life.
30:24. Have pity on thy own soul, pleasing God, and
contain thyself: gather up thy heart in his holiness: and
drive away sadness far from thee.
30:25. For sadness hath killed many, and there is no profit
30:26. Envy and anger shorten a man's days, and pensiveness
will bring old age before the time.
30:27. A cheerful and good heart is always feasting: for
his banquets are prepared with diligence.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 31
Of the desire of riches, and of moderation in eating and
31:1. Watching for riches consumeth the flesh, and the
thought thereof driveth away sleep.
31:2. The thinking beforehand turneth away the
understanding, and a grievous sickness maketh the soul
31:3. The rich man hath laboured in gathering riches
together, and when he resteth he shall be filled with his
31:4. The poor man hath laboured in his low way of life, and
in the end he is still poor.
31:5. He that loveth gold, shall not be justified: and he
that followeth after corruption, shall be filled with it.
31:6. Many have been brought to fall for gold, and the
beauty thereof hath been their ruin.
31:7. Gold is a stumblingblock to them that sacrifice to it:
woe to them that eagerly follow after it, and every fool
shall perish by it.
31:8. Blessed is the rich man that is found without
blemish: and that hath not gone after gold, nor put his
trust in money nor in treasures.
31:9. Who is he, and we will praise him? for he hath done
wonderful things in his life.
31:10. Who hath been tried thereby, and made perfect, he
shall have glory everlasting. He that could have
transgressed, and hath not transgressed: and could do evil
things, and hath not done them:
31:11. Therefore are his goods established in the Lord, and
all the church of the saints shall declare his alms.
31:12. Art thou set at a great table? be not the first to
open thy mouth upon it.
31:13. Say not: There are many things which are upon it.
31:14. Remember that a wicked eye is evil.
31:15. What is created more wicked than an eye? therefore
shall it weep over all the face when it shall see.
31:16. Stretch not out thy hand first, lest being disgraced
with envy thou be put to confusion.
31:17. Be not hasty in a feast.
31:18. Judge of the disposition of thy neighbour by
31:19. Use as a frugal man the things that are set before
thee: lest if thou eatest much, thou be hated.
31:20. Leave off first, for manners' sake: and exceed not,
lest thou offend.
31:21. And if thou sittest among many, reach not thy hand
out first of all, and be not the first to ask for drink.
31:22. How sufficient is a little wine for a man well
taught, and in sleeping thou shalt not be uneasy with it,
and thou shalt feel no pain.
31:23. Watching, and choler, and gripes, are with an
31:24. Sound and wholesome sleep with a moderate man: he
shall sleep till morning, and his soul shall be delighted
31:25. And if thou hast been forced to eat much, arise, go
out, and vomit: and it shall refresh thee, and thou shalt
not bring sickness upon thy body.
31:26. Hear me, my son, and despise me not: and in the end
thou shalt find my words.
31:27. In all thy works be quick, and no infirmity shall
come to thee.
31:28. The lips of many shall bless him that is liberal of
his bread, and the testimony of his truth is faithful.
31:29. Against him that is niggardly of his bread, the city
will murmur, and the testimony of his niggardliness is
31:30. Challenge not them that love wine: for wine hath
destroyed very many.
31:31. Fire trieth hard iron: so wine drunk to excess shall
rebuke the hearts of the proud.
31:32. Wine taken with sobriety is equal life to men: if
thou drink it moderately, thou shalt be sober.
31:33. What is his life, who is diminished with wine?
31:34. What taketh away life? death.
31:35. Wine was created from the beginning to make men
joyful, and not to make them drunk.
31:36. Wine drunken with moderation is the joy of the soul
and the heart.
31:37. Sober drinking is health to soul and body.
31:38. Wine drunken with excess raiseth quarrels, and
wrath, and many ruins.
31:39. Wine drunken with excess is bitterness of the soul.
31:40. The heat of drunkenness is the stumblingblock of the
fool, lessening strength and causing wounds.
31:41. Rebuke not thy neighbour in a banquet of wine: and
despise him not in his mirth.
31:42. Speak not to him words of reproach: and press him
not in demanding again.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 32
Lessons for superiors and inferiors. Advantages of fearing
God, and doing nothing without counsel.
32:1. Have they made thee ruler? be not lifted up: be among
them as one of them.
32:2. Have care of them, and so sit down, and when thou
hast acquitted thyself of all thy charge, take thy place:
32:3. That thou mayst rejoice for them, and receive a crown
as an ornament of grace, and get the honour of the
32:4. Speak, thou that art elder: for it becometh thee,
32:5. To speak the first word with careful knowledge, and
hinder not music.
32:6. Where there is no hearing, pour not out words, and be
not lifted up out of season with thy wisdom.
32:7. A concert of music in a banquet of wine is as a
carbuncle set in gold.
32:8. As a signet of an emerald in a work of gold: so is
the melody of music with pleasant and moderate wine.
32:9. Hear in silence, and for thy reverence good grace
shall come to thee.
32:10. Young man, scarcely speak in thy own cause.
32:11. If thou be asked twice, let thy answer be short.
32:12. In many things be as if thou wert ignorant, and hear
in silence and withal seeking.
32:13. In the company of great men take not upon thee: and
when the ancients are present, speak not much.
32:14. Before a storm goeth lightning: and before
shamefacedness goeth favour: and for thy reverence good
grace shall come to thee.
32:15. And at the time of rising be not slack: but be first
to run home to thy house, and there withdraw thyself, and
there take thy pastime.
32:16. And do what thou hast a mind, but not in sin or
32:17. And for all these things bless the Lord, that made
thee, and that replenisheth thee with all his good things.
32:18. He that feareth the Lord, will receive his
discipline: and they that will seek him early, shall find a
32:19. He that seeketh the law, shall be filled with it: and
he that dealeth deceitfully, shall meet with a
32:20. They that fear the Lord, shall find just judgment,
and shall kindle justice as a light.
32:21. A sinful man will flee reproof, and will find an
excuse according to his will.
32:22. A man of counsel will not neglect understanding, a
strange and proud man will not dread fear:
32:23. Even after he hath done with fear without counsel,
he shall be controlled by the things of his own seeking.
32:24. My son, do thou nothing without counsel, and thou
shalt not repent when thou hast done.
32:25. Go not in the way of ruin, and thou shalt not
stumble against the stones: trust not thyself to a rugged
way, lest thou set a stumblingblock to thy soul.
32:26. And beware of thy own children, and take heed of
them of thy household.
32:27. In every work of thine regard thy soul in faith: for
this is the keeping of the commandments.
In faith... That is, follow sincerely thy soul in her faith
32:28. He that believeth God, taketh heed to the
commandments: and he that trusteth in him, shall fare never
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 33
The fear of God is the best security. Times and men are in
the hands of God. Take care of thyself as long as thou
livest, and look to thy servants.
33:1. No evils shall happen to him that feareth the Lord,
but in temptation God will keep him and deliver him from
33:2. A wise man hateth not the commandments and justices,
and he shall not be dashed in pieces as a ship in a storm.
33:3. A man of understanding is faithful to the law of God,
and the law is faithful to him.
33:4. He that cleareth up a question, shall prepare what to
say, and so having prayed he shall be heard, and shall keep
discipline, and then he shall answer.
33:5. The heart of a fool is as a wheel of a cart: and his
thoughts are like a rolling axletree.
33:6. A friend that is a mocker, is like a stallion horse:
he neigheth under every one that sitteth upon him.
33:7. Why doth one day excel another, and one light
another, and one year another year, when all come of the
33:8. By the knowledge of the Lord they were distinguished,
the sun being made, and keeping his commandment.
33:9. And he ordered the seasons, and holidays of them, and
in them they celebrated festivals at an hour.
33:10. Some of them God made high and great days, and some
of them he put in the number of ordinary days. And all men
are from the ground, and out of the earth, from whence Adam
33:11. With much knowledge the Lord hath divided them and
diversified their ways.
33:12. Some of them hath he blessed, and exalted: and some
of them hath he sanctified, and set near himself: and some
of them hath he cursed and brought low, and turned them
from their station.
33:13. As the potter's clay is in his hand, to fashion and
33:14. All his ways are according to his ordering: so man
is in the hand of him that made him, and he will render to
him according to his judgment.
33:15. Good is set against evil, and life against death: so
also is the sinner against a just man. And so look upon all
the works of the most High. Two and two, and one against
33:16. And I awaked last of all, and as one that gathereth
after the grapegatherers.
33:17. In the blessing of God I also have hoped: and as one
that gathereth grapes, have I filled the winepress.
33:18. See that I have not laboured for myself only, but
for all that seek discipline.
33:19. Hear me, ye great men, and all ye people, and
hearken with your ears, ye rulers of the church.
33:20. Give not to son or wife, brother or friend, power
over thee while thou livest; and give not thy estate to
another, lest thou repent, and thou entreat for the same.
33:21. As long as thou livest, and hast breath in thee, let
no man change thee.
Change thee... That is, so as to have this power over thee.
33:22. For it is better that thy children should ask of
thee, than that thou look toward the hands of thy children.
33:23. In all thy works keep the pre-eminence.
The pre-eminence... That is, be master in thy own house,
and part not with thy authority.
33:24. Let no stain sully thy glory. In the time when thou
shalt end the days of thy life, and in the time of thy
decease, distribute thy inheritance.
33:25. Fodder, and a wand, and a burden are for an ass:
bread, and correction, and work for a slave.
33:26. He worketh under correction, and seeketh to rest:
let his hands be idle, and he seeketh liberty.
33:27. The yoke and the thong bend a stiff neck, and
continual labours bow a slave.
33:28. Torture and fetters are for a malicious slave: send
him to work, that he be not idle:
33:29. For idleness hath taught much evil.
33:30. Set him to work: for so it is fit for him. And if he
be not obedient, bring him down with fetters, but be not
excessive towards any one, and do no grievous thing without
33:31. If thou have a faithful servant, let him be to thee
as thy own soul: treat him as a brother: because in the
blood of thy soul thou hast gotten him.
33:32. If thou hurt him unjustly, he will run away:
33:33. And if he rise up and depart, thou knowest not whom
to ask, and in what way to seek him.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 34
The vanity of dreams. The advantage of experience, and of
the fear of God.
34:1. The hopes of a man that is void of understanding are
vain and deceitful: and dreams lift up fools.
34:2. The man that giveth heed to lying visions, is like to
him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the
34:3. The vision of dreams is the resemblance of one thing
to another: as when a man's likeness is before the face of
34:4. What can be made clean by the unclean? and what truth
can come from that which is false?
34:5. Deceitful divinations and lying omens and the dreams
of evildoers, are vanity:
34:6. And the heart fancieth as that of a woman in travail:
except it be a vision sent forth from the most High, set
not thy heart upon them.
34:7. For dreams have deceived many, and they have failed
that put their trust in them.
34:8. The word of the law shall be fulfilled without a lie,
and wisdom shall be made plain in the mouth of the
34:9. What doth he know, that hath not been tried? A man
that hath much experience, shall think of many things: and
he that hath learned many things, shall shew forth
34:10. He that hath no experience, knoweth little: and he
that hath been experienced in many things, multiplieth
34:11. He that hath not been tried, what manner of things
doth he know? he that hath been surprised, shall abound
34:12. I have seen many things by travelling, and many
customs of things.
34:13. Sometimes I have been in danger of death for these
things, and I have been delivered by the grace of God.
34:14. The spirit of those that fear God, is sought after,
and by his regard shall be blessed.
34:15. For their hope is on him that saveth them, and the
eyes of God are upon them that love him.
34:16. He that feareth the Lord shall tremble at nothing,
and shall not be afraid: for he is his hope.
34:17. The soul of him that feareth the Lord is blessed.
34:18. To whom doth he look, and who is his strength?
34:19. The eyes of the Lord are upon them that fear him, he
is their powerful protector, and strong stay, a defence
from the heat, and a cover from the sun at noon,
34:20. A preservation from stumbling, and a help from
falling: he raiseth up the soul, and enlighteneth the eyes,
and giveth health, and life, and blessing.
34:21. The offering of him that sacrificeth of a thing
wrongfully gotten, is stained, and the mockeries of the
unjust are not acceptable.
34:22. The Lord is only for them that wait upon him in the
way of truth and justice.
34:23. The most High approveth not the gifts of the wicked:
neither hath he respect to the oblations of the unjust, nor
will he be pacified for sins by the multitude of their
34:24. He that offereth sacrifice of the goods of the poor,
is as one that sacrificeth the son in the presence of his
34:25. The bread of the needy, is the life of the poor: he
that defraudeth them thereof, is a man of blood.
34:26. He that taketh away the bread gotten by sweat, is
like him that killeth his neighbour.
34:27. He that sheddeth blood, and he that defraudeth the
laborer of his hire, are brothers.
34:28. When one buildeth up, and another pulleth down: what
profit have they but the labour?
34:29. When one prayeth, and another curseth: whose voice
will God hear?
34:30. He that washeth himself after touching the dead, if
he toucheth him again, what doth his washing avail?
34:31. So a man that fasteth for his sins, and doth the
same again, what doth his humbling himself profit him? who
will hear his prayer?
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 35
What sacrifices are pleasing to God.
35:1. He that keepeth the law, multiplieth offerings.
35:2. It is a wholesome sacrifice to take heed to the
commandments, and to depart from all iniquity.
35:3. And to depart from injustice, is to offer a
propitiatory sacrifice for injustices, and a begging of
pardon for sins.
35:4. He shall return thanks, that offereth fine flour: and
he that doth mercy, offereth sacrifice.
35:5. To depart from iniquity is that which pleaseth the
Lord, and to depart from injustice, is an entreaty for
35:6. Thou shalt not appear empty in the sight of the Lord.
35:7. For all these things are to be done because of the
commandment of God.
35:8. The oblation of the just maketh the altar fat, and is
an odour of sweetness in the sight of the most High.
35:9. The sacrifice of the just is acceptable, and the Lord
will not forget the memorial thereof.
35:10. Give glory to God with a good heart: and diminish
not the firstfruits of thy hands.
35:11. In every gift shew a cheerful countenance, and
sanctify thy tithes with joy.
35:12. Give to the most High according to what he hath
given to thee, and with a good eye do according to the
ability of thy hands:
35:13. For the Lord maketh recompense, and will give thee
seven times as much.
35:14. Do not offer wicked gifts, for such he will not
35:15. And look not upon an unjust sacrifice, for the Lord
is judge, and there is not with him respect of person.
35:16. The Lord will not accept any person against a poor
man, and he will hear the prayer of him that is wronged.
35:17. He will not despise the prayers of the fatherless:
nor the widow, when she poureth out her complaint.
35:18. Do not the widow's tears run down the cheek, and her
cry against him that causeth them to fall?
35:19. For from the cheek they go up even to heaven, and
the Lord that heareth will not be delighted with them.
35:20. He that adoreth God with joy, shall be accepted, and
his prayer shall approach even to the clouds.
35:21. The prayer of him that humbleth himself, shall
pierce the clouds: and till it come nigh he will not be
comforted: and he will not depart till the most High
35:22. And the Lord will not be slack, but will judge for
the just, and will do judgment: and the Almighty will not
have patience with them, that he may crush their back:
35:23. And he will repay vengeance to the Gentiles, till he
have taken away the multitude of the proud, and broken the
sceptres of the unjust,
35:24. Till he have rendered to men according to their
deeds: and according to the works of Adam, and according to
35:25. Till he have judged the cause of his people, and he
shall delight the just with his mercy.
35:26. The mercy of God is beautiful in the time of
affliction, as a cloud of rain in the time of drought.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 36
A prayer for the church of God. Of a good heart, and a good
36:1. Have mercy upon us, O God of all, and behold us, and
shew us the light of thy mercies:
36:2. And send thy fear upon the nations, that have not
sought after thee: that they may know that there is no God
beside thee, and that they may shew forth thy wonders.
36:3. Lift up thy hand over the strange nations, that they
may see thy power.
36:4. For as thou hast been sanctified in us in their
sight, so thou shalt be magnified among them in our
36:5. That they may know thee, as we also have known thee,
that there is no God beside thee, O Lord.
36:6. Renew thy signs, and work new miracles.
36:7. Glorify thy hand, and thy right arm.
36:8. Raise up indignation, and pour out wrath.
36:9. Take away the adversary, and crush the enemy.
36:10. Hasten the time, and remember the end, that they may
declare thy wonderful works.
36:11. Let him that escapeth be consumed by the rage of the
fire: and let them perish that oppress thy people.
36:12. Crush the head of the princes of the enemies that
say: There is no other beside us.
36:13. Gather together all the tribes of Jacob: that they
may know that there no God besides thee, and may declare
thy great works: and thou shalt inherit them as from the
36:14. Have mercy on thy people, upon whom thy name is
invoked: and upon Israel, whom thou hast raised up to be
36:15. Have mercy on Jerusalem, the city which thou hast
sanctified, the city of thy rest.
36:16. Fill Sion with thy unspeakable words, and thy people
with thy glory.
36:17. Give testimony to them that are thy creatures from
the beginning, and raise up the prophecies which the former
prophets spoke in thy name.
36:18. Reward them that patiently wait for thee, that thy
prophets may be found faithful: and hear the prayers of thy
36:19. According to the blessing of Aaron over thy people,
and direct us into the way of justice, and let all know
that dwell upon the earth, that thou art God the beholder
of all ages.
36:20. The belly will devour all meat, yet one is better
36:21. The palate tasteth venison and the wise heart false
36:22. A perverse heart will cause grief, and a man of
experience will resist it.
36:23. A woman will receive every man: yet one daughter is
better than another.
A woman will receive every man... That is, any man that her
parents propose to her to marry, though she does not like
him, but marries in obedience to her parents, who make the
choice for her.
36:24. The beauty of a woman cheereth the countenance of
her husband, and a man desireth nothing more.
36:25. If she have a tongue that can cure, and likewise
mitigate and shew mercy: her husband is not like other men.
36:26. He that possesseth a good wife, beginneth a
possession: she is a help like to himself, and a pillar of
36:27. Where there is no hedge, the possession shall be
spoiled: and where there is no wife, he mourneth that is in
36:28. Who will trust him that hath no rest, and that
lodgeth wheresoever the night taketh him, as a robber well
appointed, that skippeth from city to city.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 37
Of the choice of friends and counsellors.
37:1. Every friend will say: I also am his friend: but
there is a friend, that is only a friend in name. Is not
this a grief even to death?
37:2. But a companion and a friend shall be turned to an
37:3. O wicked presumption, whence camest thou to cover the
earth with thy malice, and deceitfulness?
37:4. There is a companion who rejoiceth with his friend in
his joys, but in the time of trouble, he will be against
37:5. There is a companion who condoleth with his friend
for his belly's sake, and he will take up a shield against
37:6. Forget not thy friend in thy mind, and be not
unmindful of him in thy riches.
37:7. Consult not with him that layeth a snare for thee,
and hide thy counsel from them that envy thee.
37:8. Every counsellor giveth out counsel, but there is one
that is a counsellor for himself.
37:9. Beware of a counsellor. And know before what need he
hath: for he will devise to his own mind:
37:10. Lest he thrust a stake into the ground, and say to
37:11. Thy way is good; and then stand on the other side to
see what shall befall thee.
37:12. Treat not with a man without religion concerning
holiness, nor with an unjust man concerning justice, nor
with a woman touching her of whom she is jealous, nor with
a coward concerning war, nor with a merchant about traffic,
nor with a buyer of selling, nor with an envious man of
37:13. Nor with the ungodly of piety, nor with the
dishonest of honesty, nor with the field laborer of every
37:14. Nor with him that worketh by the year of the
finishing of the year, nor with an idle servant of much
business: give no heed to these in any matter of counsel.
37:15. But be continually with a holy man, whomsoever thou
shalt know to observe the fear of God,
37:16. Whose soul is according to thy own soul: and who,
when thou shalt stumble in the dark, will be sorry for
37:17. And establish within thyself a heart of good
counsel: for there is no other thing of more worth to thee
37:18. The soul of a holy man discovereth sometimes true
things, more than seven watchmen that sit in a high place
37:19. But above all these things pray to the most High,
that he may direct thy way in truth.
37:20. In all thy works let the true word go before thee,
and steady counsel before every action.
37:21. A wicked word shall change the heart: out of which
four manner of things arise, good and evil, life and death:
and the tongue is continually the ruler of them. There is a
man that is subtle and a teacher of many, and yet is
unprofitable to his own soul.
37:22. A skilful man hath taught many, and is sweet to his
37:23. He that speaketh sophistically, is hateful: he shall
be destitute of every thing.
37:24. Grace is not given him from the Lord: for he is
deprived of all wisdom.
37:25. There is a wise man that is wise to his own soul:
and the fruit of his understanding is commendable.
37:26. A wise man instructeth his own people, and the
fruits of his understanding are faithful.
37:27. A wise man shall be filled with blessings, and they
that see shall praise him.
37:28. The life of a man is in the number of his days: but
the days of Israel are innumerable.
37:29. A wise man shall inherit honour among his people,
and his name shall live for ever.
37:30. My son, prove thy soul in thy life: and if it be
wicked, give it no power:
37:31. For all things are not expedient for all, and every
kind pleaseth not every soul.
37:32. Be not greedy in any feasting, and pour not out
thyself upon any meat:
37:33. For in many meats there will be sickness, and
greediness will turn to choler.
37:34. By surfeiting many have perished, but he that is
temperate, shall prolong life.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 38
Of physicians and medicines: what is to be done in
sickness, and how we are to mourn for the dead. Of the
employments of labourers and artificers.
38:1. Honour the physician for the need thou hast of him:
for the most High hath created him.
38:2. For all healing is from God, and he shall receive
gifts of the king.
38:3. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head, and
in the sight of great men he shall be praised.
38:4. The most High hath created medicines out of the
earth, and a wise man will not abhor them.
38:5. Was not bitter water made sweet with wood?
38:6. The virtue of these things is come to the knowledge
of men, and the most High hath given knowledge to men, that
he may be honoured in his wonders.
38:7. By these he shall cure and shall allay their pains,
and of these the apothecary shall make sweet confections,
and shall make up ointments of health, and of his works
there shall be no end.
38:8. For the peace of God is over all the face of the
38:9. My son, in thy sickness neglect not thyself, but pray
to the Lord, and he shall heal thee.
38:10. Turn away from sin and order thy hands aright, and
cleanse thy heart from all offence.
38:11. Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour,
and make a fat offering, and then give place to the
38:12. For the Lord created him: and let him not depart
from thee, for his works are necessary.
38:13. For there is a time when thou must fall into their
38:14. And they shall beseech the Lord, that he would
prosper what they give for ease and remedy, for their
38:15. He that sinneth in the sight of his Maker, shall
fall into the hands of the physician.
38:16. My son, shed tears over the dead, and begin to
lament as if thou hadst suffered some great harm, and
according to judgment cover his body, and neglect not his
38:17. And for fear of being ill spoken of weep bitterly
for a day, and then comfort thyself in thy sadness.
38:18. And make mourning for him according to his merit for
a day, or two, for fear of detraction.
38:19. For of sadness cometh death, and it overwhelmeth the
strength, and the sorrow of the heart boweth down the neck.
38:20. In withdrawing aside sorrow remaineth: and the
substance of the poor is according to his heart.
38:21. Give not up thy heart to sadness, but drive it from
thee: and remember the latter end.
38:22. Forget it not: for there is no returning, and thou
shalt do him no good, and shalt hurt thyself.
38:23. Remember my judgment: for thine also shall be so:
yesterday for me, and to day for thee.
38:24. When the dead is at rest, let his remembrance rest,
and comfort him in the departing of his spirit.
38:25. The wisdom of a scribe cometh by his time of
leisure: and he that is less in action, shall receive
A scribe... That is, a doctor of the law, or, a learned
38:26. With what wisdom shall he be furnished that holdeth
the plough, and that glorieth in the goad, that driveth the
oxen therewith, and is occupied in their labours, and his
whole talk is about the offspring of bulls?
38:27. He shall give his mind to turn up furrows, and his
care is to give the kine fodder.
38:28. So every craftsman and workmaster that laboureth
night and day, he who maketh graven seals, and by his
continual diligence varieth the figure: he shall give his
mind to the resemblance of the picture, and by his watching
shall finish the work.
38:29. So doth the smith sitting by the anvil and
considering the iron work. The vapour of the fire wasteth
his flesh, and he fighteth with the heat of the furnace.
38:30. The noise of the hammer is always in his ears, and
his eye is upon the pattern of the vessel he maketh.
38:31. He setteth his mind to finish his work, and his
watching to polish them to perfection.
38:32. So doth the potter sitting at his work, turning the
wheel about with his feet, who is always carefully set to
his work, and maketh all his work by number:
38:33. He fashioneth the clay with his arm, and boweth down
his strength before his feet:
38:34. He shall give his mind to finish the glazing, and
his watching to make clean the furnace.
38:35. All these trust to their hands, and every one is
wise in his own art.
38:36. Without these a city is not built.
38:37. And they shall not dwell, nor walk about therein,
and they shall not go up into the assembly.
38:38. Upon the judges' seat they shall not sit, and the
ordinance of judgment they shall not understand, neither
shall they declare discipline and judgment, and they shall
not be found where parables are spoken:
38:39. But they shall strengthen the state of the world,
and their prayer shall be in the work of their craft,
applying their soul, and searching in the law of the most
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 39
The exercises of the wise man. The Lord is to be glorified
for his works.
39:1. The wise man will seek out the wisdom of all the
ancients, and will be occupied in the prophets.
39:2. He will keep the sayings of renowned men, and will
enter withal into the subtilties of parables.
39:3. He will search out the hidden meanings of proverbs,
and will be conversant in the secrets of parables.
39:4. He shall serve among great men, and appear before the
39:5. He shall pass into strange countries: for he shall
try good and evil among men.
39:6. He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord
that made him, and he will pray in the sight of the most
39:7. He will open his mouth in prayer, and will make
supplication for his sins.
39:8. For if it shall please the great Lord, he will fill
him with the spirit of understanding:
39:9. And he will pour forth the words of his wisdom as
showers, and in his prayer he will confess to the Lord.
39:10. And he shall direct his counsel, and his knowledge,
and in his secrets shall he meditate.
39:11. He shall shew forth the discipline he hath learned,
and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord.
39:12. Many shall praise his wisdom, and it shall never be
39:13. The memory of him shall not depart away, and his
name shall be in request from generation to generation.
39:14. Nations shall declare his wisdom, and the church
shall shew forth his praise.
39:15. If he continue, he shall leave a name above a
thousand: and if he rest, it shall be to his advantage.
39:16. I will yet meditate that I may declare: for I am
filled as with a holy transport.
39:17. By a voice he saith: Hear me, ye divine offspring,
and bud forth as the rose planted by the brooks of waters.
Ye divine offspring... He speaks to the children of Israel,
the people of God: whom he exhorts to bud forth and
flourish with virtue.
39:18. Give ye a sweet odour as frankincense.
39:19. Send forth flowers, as the lily, and yield a smell,
and bring forth leaves in grace, and praise with canticles,
and bless the Lord in his works.
39:20. Magnify his name, and give glory to him with the
voice of your lips, and with the canticles of your mouths,
and with harps, and in praising him, you shall say in this
39:21. All the works of the Lord are exceeding good.
39:22. At his word the waters stood as a heap: and at the
words of his mouth the receptacles of waters:
39:23. For at his commandment favour is shewn, and there is
no diminishing of his salvation.
39:24. The works of all flesh are before him, and there is
nothing hid from his eyes.
39:25. He seeth from eternity to eternity, and there is
nothing wonderful before him.
39:26. There is no saying: What is this, or what is that?
for all things shall be sought in their time.
39:27. His blessing hath overflowed like a river.
39:28. And as a flood hath watered the earth; so shall his
wrath inherit the nations, that have not sought after him.
39:29. Even as he turned the waters into a dry land, and
the earth was made dry: and his ways were made plain for
their journey: so to sinners they are stumblingblocks in
39:30. Good things were created for the good from the
beginning, so for the wicked, good and evil things.
39:31. The principal things necessary for the life of men,
are water, fire, and iron, salt, milk, and bread of flour,
and honey, and the cluster of the grape, and oil, and
39:32. All these things shall be for good to the holy, so
to the sinners and the ungodly they shall be turned into
39:33. There are spirits that are created for vengeance,
and in their fury they lay on grievous torments.
39:34. In the time of destruction they shall pour out their
force: and they shall appease the wrath of him that made
39:35. Fire, hail, famine, and death, all these were
created for vengeance.
39:36. The teeth of beasts, and scorpions, and serpents,
and the sword taking vengeance upon the ungodly unto
39:37. In his commandments they shall feast, and they shall
be ready upon earth when need is, and when their time is
come they shall not transgress his word.
39:38. Therefore from the beginning I was resolved, and I
have meditated, and thought on these things and left them
39:39. All the works of the Lord are good, and he will
furnish every work in due time.
39:40. It is not to be said: This is worse than that: for
all shall be well approved in their time.
39:41. Now therefore with the whole heart and mouth praise
ye him, and bless the name of the Lord.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 40
The miseries of the life of man are relieved by the grace
of God and his fear.
40:1. Great labour is created for all men, and a heavy yoke
is upon the children of Adam from the day of their coming
out of their mother's womb, until the day of their burial
into the mother of all.
40:2. Their thoughts, and fears of the heart, their
imagination of things to come, and the day of their end:
40:3. From him that sitteth on a glorious throne, unto him
that is humbled in earth and ashes:
40:4. From him that weareth purple, and beareth the crown,
even to him that is covered with rough linen: wrath, envy,
trouble, unquietness, and the fear of death, continual
anger, and strife,
40:5. And in the time of rest upon his bed, the sleep of
the night changeth his knowledge.
40:6. A little and as nothing is his rest, and afterward in
sleep, as in the day of keeping watch.
40:7. He is troubled in the vision of his heart, as if he
had escaped in the day of battle. In the time of his safety
he rose up, and wondereth that there is no fear.
40:8. Such things happen to all flesh, from man even to
beast, and upon sinners are sevenfold more.
40:9. Moreover, death, and bloodshed, strife, and sword,
oppressions, famine, and affliction, and scourges:
40:10. All these things are created for the wicked, and for
their sakes came the flood.
40:11. All things that are of the earth, shall return to
the earth again, and all waters shall return to the sea.
40:12. All bribery, and injustice shall be blotted out, and
fidelity shall stand for ever.
40:13. The riches of the unjust shall be dried up like a
river, and shall pass away with a noise like a great
thunder in rain.
40:14. While he openeth his hands he shall rejoice: but
transgressors shall pine away in the end.
40:15. The offspring of the ungodly shall not bring forth
many branches, and make a noise as unclean roots upon the
top of a rock.
40:16. The weed growing over every water, and at the bank
of the river, shall be pulled up before all grass.
40:17. Grace is like a paradise in blessings, and mercy
remaineth for ever.
40:18. The life of a laborer that is content with what he
hath, shall be sweet, and in it thou shalt find a treasure.
40:19. Children, and the building of a city shall establish
a name, but a blameless wife shall be counted above them
40:20. Wine and music rejoice the heart, but the love of
wisdom is above them both.
40:21. The flute and the psaltery make a sweet melody, but
a pleasant tongue is above them both.
40:22. Thy eye desireth favour and beauty, but more than
these green sown fields.
40:23. A friend and companion meeting together in season,
but above them both is a wife with her husband.
40:24. Brethren are a help in the time of trouble, but
mercy shall deliver more than they.
40:25. Gold and silver make the feet stand sure: but wise
counsel is above them both.
40:26. Riches and strength lift up the heart: but above
these is the fear of the Lord.
40:27. There is no want in the fear of the Lord, and it
needeth not to seek for help.
40:28. The fear of the Lord is like a paradise of blessing,
and they have covered it above all glory.
40:29. My son, in thy lifetime be not indigent: for it is
better to die than to want.
40:30. The life of him that looketh toward another man's
table is not to be counted a life: for he feedeth his soul
with another man's meat.
40:31. But a man, well instructed and taught, will look to
40:32. Begging will be sweet in the mouth of the unwise,
but in his belly there shall burn a fire.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 41
Of the remembrance of death: of an evil and of a good name:
of what things we ought to be ashamed.
41:1. O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a
man that hath peace in his possessions!
41:2. To a man that is at rest, and whose ways are
prosperous in all things, and that is yet able to take
41:3. O death thy sentence is welcome to the man that is in
need, and to him whose strength faileth:
41:4. Who is in a decrepit age, and that is in care about
all things, and to the distrustful that loseth patience!
41:5. Fear not the sentence of death. Remember what things
have been before thee, and what shall come after thee: this
sentence is from the Lord upon all flesh.
41:6. And what shall come upon thee by the good pleasure of
the most High? whether ten, or a hundred, or a thousand
41:7. For among the dead there is no accusing of life.
41:8. The children of sinners become children of
abominations, and they that converse near the houses of the
41:9. The inheritance of the children of sinners shall
perish, and with their posterity shall be a perpetual
41:10. The children will complain of an ungodly father,
because for his sake they are in reproach.
41:11. Woe to you, ungodly men, who have forsaken the law
of the most high Lord.
41:12. And if you be born, you shall be born in
malediction: and if you die, in malediction shall be your
41:13. All things that are of the earth, shall return into
the earth: so the ungodly shall from malediction to
41:14. The mourning of men is about their body, but the
name of the ungodly shall be blotted out.
41:15. Take care of a good name: for this shall continue
with thee, more than a thousand treasures precious and
41:16. A good life hath its number of days: but a good name
shall continue for ever.
41:17. My children, keep discipline in peace: for wisdom
that is hid, and a treasure that is not seen, what profit
is there in them both?
41:18. Better is the man that hideth his folly, than the
man that hideth his wisdom.
41:19. Wherefore have a shame of these things I am now
going to speak of.
Have a shame, etc... That is to say, be ashamed of doing
any of these things, which I am now going to mention; for
though sometimes shamefacedness is not to be indulged: yet
it is often good and necessary: as in the following cases.
41:20. For it is not good to keep all shamefacedness: and
all things do not please all men in opinion.
41:21. Be ashamed of fornication before father and mother:
and of a lie before a governor and a man in power:
41:22. Of an offence before a prince, and a judge: of
iniquity before a congregation and a people:
41:23. Of injustice before a companion and friend: and in
regard to the place where thou dwellest,
41:24. Of theft, and of the truth of God, and the covenant:
of leaning with thy elbow over meat, and of deceit in
giving and taking:
41:25. Of silence before them that salute thee: of looking
upon a harlot: and of turning away thy face from thy
41:26. Turn not away thy face from thy neighbour, and of
taking away a portion and not restoring.
41:27. Gaze not upon another man's wife, and be not
inquisitive after his handmaid, and approach not her bed.
41:28. Be ashamed of upbraiding speeches before friends:
and after thou hast given, upbraid not.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 42
Of what things we ought not to be ashamed. Cautions with
regard to women. The works and greatness of God.
42:1. Repeat not the word which thou hast heard, and
disclose not the thing that is secret; so shalt thou be
truly without confusion, and shalt find favour before all
men: be not ashamed of any of these things, and accept no
person to sin thereby:
42:2. Of the law of the most High, and of his covenant, and
of judgment to justify the ungodly:
42:3. Of the affair of companions and travellers, and of
the gift of the inheritance of friends:
42:4. Of exactness of balance and weights, of getting much
42:5. Of the corruption of buying, and of merchants, and of
much correction of children, and to make the side of a
wicked slave to bleed.
42:6. Sure keeping is good over a wicked wife.
42:7. Where there are many hands, shut up, and deliver all
things in number, and weight: and put all in writing that
thou givest out or receivest in.
42:8. Be not ashamed to inform the unwise and foolish, and
the aged, that are judged by young men: and thou shalt be
well instructed in all things, and well approved in the
sight of all men living.
42:9. The father waketh for the daughter when no man
knoweth, and the care for her taketh away his sleep, when
she is young, lest she pass away the flower of her age, and
when she is married, lest she should be hateful:
42:10. In her virginity, lest she should be corrupted, and
be found with child in her father's house: and having a
husband, lest she should misbehave herself, or at the least
42:11. Keep a sure watch over a shameless daughter: lest at
anytime she make thee become a laughingstock to thy
enemies, and a byword in the city, and a reproach among the
people, and she make thee ashamed before all the multitude.
42:12. Behold not everybody's beauty: and tarry not among
42:13. For from garments cometh a moth, and from a woman
the iniquity of a man.
42:14. For better is the iniquity of a man, than a woman
doing a good turn, and a woman bringing shame and reproach.
Better is the iniquity, etc... That is, there is, commonly
speaking, less danger to be apprehended to the soul from
the churlishness, or injuries we receive from men, than
from the flattering favours and familiarity of women.
42:15. I will now remember the works of the Lord, and I will
declare the things I have seen. By the words of the Lord are
42:16. The sun giving light hath looked upon all things, and
full of the glory of the Lord is his work.
42:17. Hath not the Lord made the saints to declare all his
wonderful works, which the Lord Almighty hath firmly
settled to be established for his glory?
42:18. He hath searched out the deep, and the heart of men:
and considered their crafty devices.
42:19. For the Lord knoweth all knowledge, and hath beheld
the signs of the world, he declareth the things that are
past, and the things that are to come, and revealeth the
traces of hidden things.
42:20. No thought escapeth him, and no word can hide itself
42:21. He hath beautified the glorious works of his wisdom:
and he is from eternity to eternity, and to him nothing may
42:22. Nor can he be diminished, and he hath no need of any
42:23. O how desirable are all his works, and what we can
know is but as a spark!
42:24. All these things live, and remain for ever, and for
every use all things obey him.
42:25. All things are double, one against another, and he
hath made nothing defective.
42:26. He hath established the good things of every one.
And who shall be filled with beholding his glory?
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 43
The works of God are exceedingly glorious and wonderful: no
man is able sufficiently to praise him.
43:1. The firmament on high is his beauty, the beauty of
heaven with its glorious shew.
43:2. The sun when he appeareth shewing forth at his
rising, an admirable instrument, the work of the most High.
43:3. At noon he burneth the earth, and who can abide his
burning heat? As one keeping a furnace in the works of
43:4. The sun three times as much, burneth the mountains,
breathing out fiery vapours, and shining with his beams, he
blindeth the eyes.
43:5. Great is the Lord that made him, and at his words he
hath hastened his course.
43:6. And the moon in all in her season, is for a
declaration of times and a sign of the world.
43:7. From the moon is the sign of the festival day, a
light that decreaseth in her perfection.
43:8. The month is called after her name, increasing
wonderfully in her perfection.
43:9. Being an instrument of the armies on high, shining
gloriously in the firmament of heaven.
43:10. The glory of the stars is the beauty of heaven; the
Lord enlighteneth the world on high.
43:11. By the words of the holy one they stand in judgment,
and shall never fall in their watches.
43:12. Look upon the rainbow, and bless him that made it:
it is very beautiful in its brightness.
43:13. It encompasseth the heaven about with the circle of
its glory, the hands of the most High have displayed it.
43:14. By his commandment he maketh the snow to fall apace,
and sendeth forth swiftly the lightnings of his judgment.
43:15. Through this are the treasures opened, and the
clouds fly out like birds.
43:16. By his greatness he hath fixed the clouds, and the
hailstones are broken.
43:17. At his sight shall the mountains be shaken, and at
his will the south wind shall blow.
43:18. The noise of his thunder shall strike the earth, so
doth the northern storm, and the whirlwind:
43:19. And as the birds lighting upon the earth, he
scattereth snow, and the falling thereof, is as the coming
down of locusts.
43:20. The eye admireth at the beauty of the whiteness
thereof, and the heart is astonished at the shower thereof.
43:21. He shall pour frost as salt upon the earth: and when
it freezeth, it shall become like the tops of thistles.
43:22. The cold north wind bloweth, and the water is
congealed into crystal; upon every gathering together of
waters it shall rest, and shall clothe the waters as a
43:23. And it shall devour the mountains, and burn the
wilderness, and consume all that is green as with fire.
43:24. A present remedy of all is the speedy coming of a
cloud, and a dew that meeteth it, by the heat that cometh,
shall overpower it.
43:25. At his word the wind is still, and with his thought
he appeaseth the deep, and the Lord hath planted islands
43:26. Let them that sail on the sea, tell the dangers
thereof: and when we hear with our ears, we shall admire.
43:27. There are great and wonderful works: a variety of
beasts, and of all living things, and the monstrous
creatures of whales.
43:28. Through him is established the end of their journey,
and by his word all things are regulated.
43:29. We shall say much, and yet shall want words: but the
sum of our words is, He is all.
43:30. What shall we be able to do to glorify him? for the
Almighty himself is above all his works.
43:31. The Lord is terrible, and exceeding great, and his
power is admirable.
43:32. Glorify the Lord as much as ever you can, for he will
yet far exceed, and his magnificence is wonderful.
43:33. Blessing the Lord, exalt him as much as you can; for
he is above all praise.
43:34. When you exalt him put forth all your strength, and
be not weary: for you can never go far enough.
43:35. Who shall see him, and declare him? and who shall
magnify him as he is from the beginning?
43:36. There are many things hidden from us that are
greater than these: for we have seen but a few of his
43:37. But the Lord hath made all things, and to the godly
he hath given wisdom.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 44
The praises of the holy fathers, in particular of Enoch,
Noe, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
44:1. Let us now praise men of renown and our fathers in
44:2. The Lord hath wrought great glory through his
magnificence from the beginning.
44:3. Such as have borne rule in their dominions, men of
great power, and endued with their wisdom, shewing forth in
the prophets the dignity of prophets,
44:4. And ruling over the present people, and by the
strength of wisdom instructing the people in most holy
44:5. Such as by their skill sought out musical tunes, and
published canticles of the scriptures.
44:6. Rich men in virtue, studying beautifulness: living at
peace in their houses.
44:7. All these have gained glory in their generations, and
were praised in their days.
44:8. They that were born of them have left a name behind
them, that their praises might be related:
44:9. And there are some, of whom there is no memorial: who
are perished, as if they had never been: and are become as
if they had never been born, and their children with them.
44:10. But these were men of mercy, whose godly deeds have
44:11. Good things continue with their seed,
44:12. Their posterity are a holy inheritance, and their
seed hath stood in the covenants.
44:13. And their children for their sakes remain for ever:
their seed and their glory shall not be forsaken.
44:14. Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name
liveth unto generation and generation.
44:15. Let the people shew forth their wisdom, and the
church declare their praise.
44:16. Henoch pleased God, and was translated into
paradise, that he may give repentance to the nations.
44:17. Noe was found perfect, just, and in the time of
wrath he was made a reconciliation.
44:18. Therefore was there a remnant left to the earth,
when the flood came.
44:19. The covenants of the world were made with him, that
all flesh should no more be destroyed with the flood.
44:20. Abraham was the great father of a multitude of
nations, and there was not found the like to him in glory,
who kept the law of the most High, and was in covenant with
44:21. In his flesh he established the covenant, and in
temptation he was found faithful.
44:22. Therefore by an oath he gave him glory in his
posterity, that he should increase as the dust of the earth,
44:23. And that he would exalt his seed as the stars, and
they should inherit from sea to sea, and from the river to
the ends of the earth.
44:24. And he did in like manner with Isaac for the sake of
Abraham his father.
44:25. The Lord gave him the blessing of all nations, and
confirmed his covenant upon the head of Jacob.
44:26. He acknowledged him in his blessings, and gave him
an inheritance, and divided him his portion in twelve
44:27. And he preserved for him men of mercy, that found
grace in the eyes of all flesh.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 45
The praises of Moses, of Aaron, and of Phinees.
45:1. Moses was beloved of God, and men: whose memory is in
45:2. He made him like the saints in glory, and magnified
him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words he made
prodigies to cease.
45:3. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him
commandments in the sight of his people, and shewed him his
45:4. He sanctified him in his faith, and meekness, and
chose him out of all flesh.
45:5. For he heard him, and his voice, and brought him into
45:6. And he gave him commandments before his face, and a
law of life and instruction, that he might teach Jacob his
covenant, and Israel his judgments.
45:7. He exalted Aaron his brother, and like to himself of
the tribe of Levi:
45:8. He made an everlasting covenant with him, and gave
him the priesthood of the nation, and made him blessed in
45:9. And he girded him about with a glorious girdle, and
clothed him with a robe of glory, and crowned him with
45:10. He put upon him a garment to the feet, and breeches,
and an ephod, and he compassed him with many little bells
of gold all round about,
45:11. That as he went there might be a sound, and a noise
made that might be heard in the temple, for a memorial to
the children of his people.
45:12. He gave him a holy robe of gold, and blue, and
purple, a woven work of a wise man, endued with judgment
45:13. Of twisted scarlet the work of an artist, with
precious stones cut and set in gold, and graven by the work
of a lapidary for a memorial, according to the number of
the tribes of Israel.
45:14. And a crown of gold upon his mitre wherein was
engraved Holiness, an ornament of honour: a work of power,
and delightful to the eyes for its beauty.
45:15. Before him there were none so beautiful, even from
45:16. No stranger was ever clothed with them, but only his
children alone, and his grandchildren for ever.
45:17. His sacrifices were consumed with fire every day.
45:18. Moses filled his hands and anointed him with holy
45:19. This was made to him for an everlasting testament,
and to his seed as the days of heaven, to execute the
office of the priesthood, and to have praise, and to
glorify his people in his name.
45:20. He chose him out of all men living, to offer
sacrifice to God, incense, and a good savour, for a
memorial to make reconciliation for his people:
45:21. And he gave him power in his commandments, in the
covenants of his judgments, that he should teach Jacob his
testimonies, and give light to Israel in his law.
45:22. And strangers stood up against him, and through envy
the men that were with Dathan and Abiron, compassed him
about in the wilderness, and the congregation of Core in
45:23. The Lord God saw and it pleased him not, and they
were consumed in his wrathful indignation.
45:24. He wrought wonders upon them, and consumed them with
a flame of fire.
45:25. And he added glory to Aaron, and gave him an
inheritance, and divided unto him the firstfruits of the
increase of the earth.
45:26. He prepared them bread in the first place unto
fulness: for the sacrifices also of the Lord they shall
eat, which he gave to him, and to his seed.
45:27. But he shall not inherit among the people in the
land, and he hath no portion among the people: for he
himself is his portion and inheritance.
45:28. Phinees the son of Eleazar is the third in glory, by
imitating him in the fear of the Lord:
45:29. And he stood up in the shameful fall of the people:
in the goodness and readiness of his soul he appeased God
45:30. Therefore he made to him a covenant of peace, to be
the prince of the sanctuary, and of his people, that the
dignity of priesthood should be to him and to his seed for
45:31. And a covenant to David the king, the son of Jesse
of the tribe of Juda, an inheritance to him and to his
seed, that he might give wisdom into our heart to judge his
people in justice, that their good things might not be
abolished, and he made their glory in their nation
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 46
The praise of Josue, of Caleb, and of Samuel.
46:1. Valiant in war was Jesus the son of Nave, who was
successor of Moses among the prophets, who was great
according to his name,
Jesus the son of Nave... So Josue is named in the Greek
Bibles. For Josue and Jesus signify the same thing, viz., a
46:2. Very great for the saving the elect of God, to
overthrow the enemies that rose up against them, that he
might get the inheritance for Israel.
46:3. How great glory did he gain when he lifted up his
hands, and stretched out swords against the cities?
46:4. Who before him hath so resisted? for the Lord himself
brought the enemies.
46:5. Was not the sun stopped in his anger, and one day
made as two?
46:6. He called upon the most high Sovereign when the
enemies assaulted him on every side, and the great and holy
God heard him by hailstones of exceeding great force.
46:7. He made a violent assault against the nation of his
enemies, and in the descent he destroyed the adversaries.
And in the descent... Of Beth-horon (Jos. 10.).
46:8. That the nations might know his power, that it is not
easy to fight against God. And he followed the mighty one:
46:9. And in the days of Moses he did a work of mercy, he
and Caleb the son of Jephone, in standing against the
enemy, and withholding the people from sins, and appeasing
the wicked murmuring.
46:10. And they two being appointed, were delivered out of
the danger from among the number of six hundred thousand
men on foot, to bring them into their inheritance, into the
land that floweth with milk and honey.
46:11. And the Lord gave strength also to Caleb, and his
strength continued even to his old age, so that he went up
to the high places of the land, and his seed obtained it
for an inheritance:
46:12. That all the children of Israel might see, that it is
good to obey the holy God.
46:13. Then all the judges, every one by name, whose heart
was not corrupted: who turned not away from the Lord,
46:14. That their memory might be blessed, and their bones
spring up out of their place,
46:15. And their name continue for ever, the glory of the
holy men remaining unto their children.
46:16. Samuel the prophet of the Lord, the beloved of the
Lord his God, established a new government, and anointed
princes over his people.
46:17. By the law of the Lord he judged the congregation,
and the God of Jacob beheld, and by his fidelity he was
proved a prophet.
46:18. And he was known to be faithful in his words,
because he saw the God of light:
46:19. And called upon the name of the Lord Almighty, in
fighting against the enemies who beset him on every side,
when he offered a lamb without blemish.
46:20. And the Lord thundered from heaven, and with a great
noise made his voice to be heard.
46:21. And he crushed the princes of the Tyrians, and all
the lords of the Philistines:
46:22. And before the time of the end of his life in the
world, he protested before the Lord, and his anointed:
money, or any thing else, even to a shoe, he had not taken
of any man, and no man did accuse him.
46:23. And after this he slept, and he made known to the
king, and shewed him the end of his life, and he lifted up
his voice from the earth in prophecy to blot out the
wickedness of the nation.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 47
The praise of Nathan, of David, and of Solomon: Of his fall
47:1. Then Nathan the prophet arose in the days of David.
47:2. And as the fat taken away from the flesh, so was
David chosen from among the children of Israel.
47:3. He played with lions as with lambs: and with bears he
did in like manner as with the lambs of the flock, in his
47:4. Did not he kill the giant, and take away reproach
from his people?
47:5. In lifting up his hand, with the stone in the sling
he beat down the boasting of Goliath:
47:6. For he called upon the Lord the Almighty, and he gave
strength in his right hand, to take away the mighty
warrior, and to set up the horn of his nation.
47:7. So in ten thousand did he glorify him, and praised
him in the blessings of the Lord, in offering to him a
crown of glory:
47:8. For he destroyed the enemies on every side, and
extirpated the Philistines the adversaries unto this day:
he broke their horn for ever.
47:9. In all his works he gave thanks to the holy one, and
to the most High, with words of glory.
47:10. With his whole heart he praised the Lord, and loved
God that made him: and he gave him power against his
47:11. And he set singers before the altar, and by their
voices he made sweet melody.
47:12. And to the festivals he added beauty, and set in
order the solemn times even to the end of his life, that
they should praise the holy name of the Lord, and magnify
the holiness of God in the morning.
47:13. The Lord took away his sins, and exalted his horn
for ever: and he gave him a covenant of the kingdom, and a
throne of glory in Israel.
47:14. After him arose up a wise son, and for his sake he
cast down all the power of the enemies.
47:15. Solomon reigned in days of peace, and God brought
all his enemies under him, that he might build a house in
his name, and prepare a sanctuary for ever: O how wise wast
thou in thy youth!
47:16. And thou wast filled as a river with wisdom, and thy
soul covered the earth.
47:17. And thou didst multiply riddles in parables: thy
name went abroad to the islands far off, and thou wast
beloved in thy peace.
47:18. The countries wondered at thee for thy canticles,
and proverbs, and parables, and interpretations,
47:19. And at the name of the Lord God, whose surname is,
God of Israel.
47:20. Thou didst gather gold as copper, and didst multiply
silver as lead,
47:21. And thou didst bow thyself to women: and by thy body
thou wast brought under subjection.
47:22. Thou hast stained thy glory, and defiled thy seed so
as to bring wrath upon thy children, and to have thy folly
47:23. That thou shouldst make the kingdom to be divided,
and out of Ephraim a rebellious kingdom to rule.
47:24. But God will not leave off his mercy, and he will
not destroy, nor abolish his own works, neither will he cut
up by the roots the offspring of his elect: and he will not
utterly take away the seed of him that loveth the Lord.
47:25. Wherefore he gave a remnant to Jacob, and to David
of the same stock.
47:26. And Solomon had an end with his fathers.
47:27. And he left behind him of his seed, the folly of the
47:28. Even Roboam that had little wisdom, who turned away
the people through his counsel:
47:29. And Jeroboam the son of Nabat, who caused Israel to
sin, and shewed Ephraim the way of sin, and their sins were
47:30. They removed them far away from their land.
47:31. And they sought out all iniquities, till vengeance
came upon them, and put an end to all their sins.
Ecclesiasticus Chapte 48
The praise of Elias, of Eliseus, of Ezechias, and of
48:1. And Elias the prophet stood up, as a fire, and his
word burnt like a torch.
48:2. He brought a famine upon them, and they that provoked
him in their envy, were reduced to a small number, for they
could not endure the commandments of the Lord.
48:3. By the word of the Lord he shut up the heaven, and he
brought down fire from heaven thrice.
48:4. Thus was Elias magnified in his wondrous works. And
who can glory like to thee?
48:5. Who raisedst up a dead man from below, from the lot
of death, by the word of the Lord God.
48:6. Who broughtest down kings to destruction, and brokest
easily their power in pieces, and the glorious from their
48:7. Who heardest judgment in Sina, and in Horeb the
judgments of vengeance.
48:8. Who anointedst kings to penance, and madest prophets
successors after thee.
48:9. Who wast taken up in a whirlwind of fire, in a
chariot of fiery horses.
48:10. Who art registered in the judgments of times to
appease the wrath of the Lord, to reconcile the heart of
the father to the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.
48:11. Blessed are they that saw thee, and were honoured
with thy friendship.
48:12. For we live only in our life, but after death our
name shall not be such.
48:13. Elias was indeed covered with the whirlwind, and his
spirit was filled up in Eliseus: in his days he feared not
the prince, and no man was more powerful than he.
48:14. No word could overcome him, and after death his body
48:15. In his life he did great wonders, and in death he
48:16. For all this the people repented not, neither did
they depart from their sins till they were cast out of their
land, and were scattered through all the earth.
48:17. And there was left but a small people, and a prince
in the house of David.
48:18. Some of these did that which pleased God: but others
committed many sins.
48:19. Ezechias fortified his city, and brought in water
into the midst thereof, and he digged a rock with iron, and
made a well for water.
48:20. In his days Sennacherib came up, and sent Rabsaces,
and lifted up his hand against them, and he stretched out
his hand against Sion, and became proud through his power.
48:21. Then their hearts and hands trembled, and they were
in pain as women in travail.
48:22. And they called upon the Lord who is merciful, and
spreading their hands, they lifted them up to heaven: and
the holy Lord God quickly heard their voice.
48:23. He was not mindful of their sins, neither did he
deliver them up to their enemies, but he purified them by
the hand of Isaias, the holy prophet.
48:24. He overthrew the army of the Assyrians, and the
angel of the Lord destroyed them.
48:25. For Ezechias did that which pleased God, and walked
valiantly in the way of David his father, which Isaias, the
great prophet, and faithful in the sight of God, had
48:26. In his days the sun wen backward, and he lengthened
the king's life.
48:27. With a great spirit he saw the things that are to
come to pass at last, and comforted the mourners in Sion.
48:28. He showed what should come to pass for ever, and
secret things before they came.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 49
The praise of Josias, of Jeremias, Ezechiel, and the twelve
prophets. Also of Zorobabel, Jesus the son of Josedech,
Nehemias, Enoch, Joseph, Seth, Sem, and Adam.
49:1. The memory of Josias is like the composition of a
sweet smell made by the art of a perfumer:
49:2. His remembrance shall be sweet as honey in every
mouth, and as music at a banquet of wine.
49:3. He was directed by God unto the repentance of the
nation, and he took away the abominations of wickedness.
49:4. And he directed his heart towards the Lord, and in
the days of sinners he strengthened godliness.
49:5. Except David, and Ezechias and Josias, all committed
49:6. For the kings of Juda forsook the law of the most
High, and despised the fear of God.
49:7. So they gave their kingdom to others, and their glory
to a strange nation,
49:8. They burnt the chosen city of holiness, and made the
streets thereof desolate according to the prediction of
49:9. For they treated him evil, who was consecrated a
prophet from his mother's womb, to overthrow, and pluck up,
and destroy, and to build again, and renew.
49:10. It was Ezechiel that saw the glorious vision, which
was shewn him upon the chariot of cherubims.
49:11. For he made mention of the enemies under the figure
of rain, and of doing good to them that shewed right ways.
49:12. And may the bones of the twelve prophets spring up
out of their place: for they strengthened Jacob, and
redeemed themselves by strong faith.
49:13. How shall we magnify Zorobabel? for he was as a
signet on the right hand;
49:14. In like manner Jesus the son of Josedec who in their
days built the house, and set up a holy temple to the Lord,
prepared for everlasting glory.
49:15. And let Nehemias be a long time remembered, who
raised up for us our walls that were cast down, and set up
the gates and the bars, who rebuilt our houses.
49:16. No man was born upon earth like Henoch: for he also
was taken up from the earth.
49:17. Nor as Joseph, who was a man born prince of his
brethren, the support of his family, the ruler of his
brethren, the stay of the people:
49:18. And his bones were visited, and after death they
They prophesied... That is, by their being carried out of
Egypt they verified the prophetic prediction of Joseph.
49:19. Seth and Sem obtained glory among men: and above
every soul Adam in the beginning,
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 50
The praises of Simon the high priest. The conclusion.
50:1. Simon the high priest, the son of Onias, who in his
life propped up the house, and in his days fortified the
50:2. By him also the height of the temple was founded, the
double building and the high walls of the temple.
50:3. In his days the wells of water flowed out, and they
were filled as the sea above measure.
50:4. He took care of his nation, and delivered it from
50:5. He prevailed to enlarge the city, and obtained glory
in his conversation with the people: and enlarged the
entrance of the house and the court.
50:6. He shone in his days as the morning star in the midst
of a cloud, and as the moon at the full.
50:7. And as the sun when it shineth, so did he shine in
the temple of God.
50:8. And as the rainbow giving light in bright clouds, and
as the flower of roses in the days of the spring, and as
the lilies that are on the brink of the water, and as the
sweet smelling frankincense in the time of summer.
50:9. As a bright fire, and frankincense burning in the
50:10. As a massy vessel of gold, adorned with every
50:11. As an olive tree budding forth, and a cypress tree
rearing itself on high, when he put on the robe of glory,
and was clothed with the perfection of power.
Clothed with the perfection of power... That is, with all
the vestments denoting his dignity and authority.
50:12. When he went up to the holy altar, he honoured the
vesture of holiness.
50:13. And when he took the portions out of the hands of
the priests, he himself stood by the altar. And about him
was the ring of his brethren: and as the cedar planted in
50:14. And as branches of palm trees, they stood round
about him, and all the sons of Aaron in their glory.
50:15. And the oblation of the Lord was in their hands,
before all the congregation of Israel: and finishing his
service, on the altar, to honour the offering of the most
50:16. He stretched forth his hand to make a libation, and
offered of the blood of the grape.
50:17. He poured out at the foot of the altar a divine
odour to the most high Prince.
50:18. Then the sons of Aaron shouted, they sounded with
beaten trumpets, and made a great noise to be heard for a
remembrance before God.
50:19. Then all the people together made haste, and fell
down to the earth upon their faces, to adore the Lord their
God, and to pray to the Almighty God the most High.
50:20. And the singers lifted up their voices, and in the
great house the sound of sweet melody was increased.
50:21. And the people in prayer besought the Lord the most
High, until the worship of the Lord was perfected, and they
had finished their office.
50:22. Then coming down, he lifted up his hands over all
the congregation of the children of Israel, to give glory
to God with his lips, and to glory in his name:
50:23. And he repeated his prayer, willing to shew the
power of God.
50:24. And now pray ye to the God of all, who hath done
great things in all the earth, who hath increased our days
from our mother's womb, and hath done with us according to
50:25. May he grant us joyfulness of heart, and that there
be peace in our days in Israel for ever:
50:26. That Israel may believe that the mercy of God is
with us, to deliver us in his days.
50:27. There are two nations which my soul abhorreth: and
the third is no nation: which I hate:
Abhorreth... Viz., with a holy indignation, as enemies of
God and persecutors of his people. Such were then the
Edomites who abode in mount Seir, the Philistines, and the
Samaritans who dwelt in Sichem, and had their schismatical
temple in that neighbourhood.
50:28. They that sit on mount Seir, and the Philistines,
and the foolish people that dwell in Sichem.
50:29. Jesus the son of Sirach, of Jerusalem, hath written
in this book the doctrine of wisdom and instruction, who
renewed wisdom from his heart.
50:30. Blessed is he that is conversant in these good
things and he that layeth them up in his heart, shall be
50:31. For if he do them, he shall be strong to do all
things: because the light of God guideth his steps.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 51
A prayer of praise and thanksgiving.
51:1. A prayer of Jesus the son of Sirach. I will give
glory to thee, O Lord, O King, and I will praise thee, O
God my Saviour.
51:2. I will give glory to thy name: for thou hast been a
helper and protector to me.
51:3. And hast preserved my body from destruction, from the
snare of an unjust tongue, and from the lips of them that
forge lies, and in the sight of them that stood by, thou
hast been my helper.
51:4. And thou hast delivered me, according to the
multitude of the mercy of thy name, from them that did
roar, prepared to devour.
51:5. Out of the hands of them that sought my life, and
from the gates of afflictions, which compassed me about:
51:6. From the oppression of the flame which surrounded me,
and in the midst of the fire I was not burnt.
51:7. From the depth of the belly of hell, and from an
unclean tongue, and from lying words, from an unjust king,
and from a slanderous tongue:
51:8. My soul shall praise the Lord even to death.
51:9. And my life was drawing near to hell beneath.
51:10. They compassed me on every side, and there was no
one that would help me. I looked for the succour of men,
and there was none.
51:11. I remembered thy mercy, O Lord, and thy works, which
are from the beginning of the world.
51:12. How thou deliverest them that wait for thee, O Lord,
and savest them out of the hands of the nations.
51:13. Thou hast exalted my dwelling place upon the earth
and I have prayed for death to pass away.
51:14. I called upon the Lord, the father of my Lord, that
he would not leave me in the day of my trouble, and in the
time of the proud without help.
51:15. I will praise thy name continually, and will praise
it with thanksgiving, and my prayer was heard.
51:16. And thou hast saved me from destruction, and hast
delivered me from the evil time.
51:17. Therefore I will give thanks, and praise thee, and
bless the name of the Lord.
51:18. When I was yet young, before I wandered about, I
sought for wisdom openly in my prayer.
51:19. I prayed for her before the temple, and unto the
very end I will seek after her, and she flourished as a
grape soon ripe.
51:20. My heart delighted in her, my foot walked in the
right way, from my youth up I sought after her.
51:21. I bowed down my ear a little, and received her.
51:22. I found much wisdom in myself, and profited much
51:23. To him that giveth me wisdom, will I give glory.
51:24. For I have determined to follow her: I have had a
zeal for good, and shall not be confounded.
51:25. My soul hath wrestled for her, and in doing it I
have been confirmed.
51:26. I stretched forth my hands on high, and I bewailed
my ignorance of her.
51:27. I directed my soul to her, and in knowledge I found
51:28. I possessed my heart with her from the beginning:
therefore I shall not be forsaken.
51:29. My entrails were troubled in seeking her: therefore
shall I possess a good possession.
51:30. The Lord hath given me a tongue for my reward: and
with it I will praise him.
51:31. Draw near to me, ye unlearned, and gather yourselves
together into the hours of discipline.
51:32. Why are ye slow and what do you say of these things?
your souls are exceeding thirsty.
51:33. I have opened my mouth, and have spoken: buy her for
yourselves without silver,
51:34. And submit your neck to the yoke, and let your soul
receive discipline: for she is near at hand to be found.
51:35. Behold with your eyes how I have laboured a little,
and have found much rest to myself.
51:36. Receive ye discipline as a great sum of money, and
possess abundance of gold by her.
51:37. Let your soul rejoice in his mercy and you shall not
be confounded in his praise.
51:38. Work your work before the time, and he will give you
your reward in his time.
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