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Prologue to Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach

Wisdom of Jesus
Son of Sirach

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51:††† Chapters

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Son of Sirach 1:

Chapter 1:30 Verses

22B Son of Sirach

(K.J.V. 1611)

22B-1:1†††† All wisedome commeth from the Lord, and is with him for euer.

22B-1:2†††† Who can number the sand of the sea, and the drops of raine, and the dayes of eternity?

22B-1:3†††† Who can finde out the height of heauen, and the breadth of the earth, and the deepe, and wisedome?

22B-1:4†††† Wisedome hath beene created before all things, and the vnderstanding of prudence from euerlasting.

22B-1:5†††† The word of God most high, is the fountaine of wisdome, & her wayes are euerlasting commandements.

22B-1:6†††† To whom hath the root of wisdome beene reuealed? or who hath knowen her wise counsels?

22B-1:7†††† [Unto whom hath the knowledge of wisedome beene made manifest? and who hath vnderstood her great experience?]

22B-1:8†††† There is one wise and greatly to bee feared; the Lord sitting vpon his Throne.

22B-1:9†††† He created her, and saw her, and numbred her, and powred her out vpon all his workes.

22B-1:10††† Shee with all flesh according to his gift, and hee hath giuen her to them that loue him.

22B-1:11††† The feare of the Lord is honour, and glory, and gladnesse, and a crowne of reioycing.

22B-1:12††† The feare of the Lord maketh a merrie heart, and giueth ioy and gladnesse, and a long life.

22B-1:13††† Who so feareth the Lord, it shall goe well with him at the last, & he shall finde fauour in the day of his death.

22B-1:14††† To feare the Lord, is the beginning of wisedome: and it was created with the faithfull in the wombe.

22B-1:15††† Shee hath built an euerlasting foundation with men, and she shal continue with their seede.

22B-1:16††† To feare the Lord, is fulnesse of wisedome, and filleth men with her fruits.

22B-1:17††† Shee filleth all their house with things desireable, and the garners with her increase.

22B-1:18††† The feare of the Lord is a crowne of wisedome, making peace and perfect health to flourish, both which are the gifts of God: and it enlargeth their reioycing that loue him.

22B-1:19††† Wisedome raineth downe skill and knowledge of vnderstanding, and exalteth them to honour that holde her fast.

22B-1:20††† The root of wisedome is to feare the Lord, and the branches thereof are long life.

22B-1:21††† The feare of the Lord driueth away sinnes: and where it is present, it turneth away wrath.

22B-1:22††† A furious man cannot be iustified, for the sway of his fury shalbe his destruction.

22B-1:23††† A patient man will beare for a time, and afterward ioy shall spring vp vnto him.

22B-1:24††† He wil hide his words for a time, and the lippes of many shall declare his wisedome.

22B-1:25††† The parables of knowledge are in the treasures of wisedome: but godlines is an abomination to a sinner.

22B-1:26††† If thou desire wisedome, keepe the commaundements, and the Lord shall giue her vnto thee.

22B-1:27††† For the feare of the Lord is wisdome, and instruction: and faith and meekenesse are his delight.

22B-1:28††† Distrust not the feare of the Lord when thou art poore: and come not vnto him with a double heart.

22B-1:29††† Be not an hypocrite in the sight of men, and take good heede what thou speakest.

22B-1:30††† Exalt not thy selfe, lest thou fall, and bring dishonor vpon thy soule, and so God discouer thy secrets, and cast thee downe in the midst of the congregation, because thou camest not in trueth, to the feare of the Lord: but thy heart is full of deceit.





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Son of Sirach 2:

Chapter 2:18 Verses

22B Son of Sirach

(K.J.V. 1611)

22B-2:1†††† My sonne, if thou come to serue the Lorde, prepare thy soule for temptation.

22B-2:2†††† Set thy heart aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble.

22B-2:3†††† Cleaue vnto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end.

22B-2:4†††† Whatsoeuer is brought vpon thee, take cheerefully, and bee patient when thou art changed to a lowe estate.

22B-2:5†††† For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of aduersitie.

22B-2:6†††† Beleeue in him, and he will helpe thee, order thy way aright, and trust in him.

22B-2:7†††† Ye that feare the Lord, waite for his mercie, and goe not aside, lest ye fall.

22B-2:8†††† Yee that feare the Lord, beleeue him, and your reward shall not faile.

22B-2:9†††† Ye that feare the Lord, hope for good, and for euerlasting ioy and mercy.

22B-2:10††† Looke at the generations of old, and see, did euer any trust in the Lord, and was confounded? or did any abide in his feare, & was forsaken? or whom did hee euer despise, that called vpon him?

22B-2:11††† For the Lord is full of compassion, and mercie, longsuffering, and very pitifull, and forgiueth sinnes, and saueth in time of affliction.

22B-2:12††† Woe be to fearefull hearts, and faint hands, and the sinner that goeth two wayes.

22B-2:13††† Woe vnto him that is faint hearted, for he beleeueth not, therefore shall he not be defended.

22B-2:14††† Woe vnto you that haue lost patience: and what will ye doe when the Lord shall visite you?

22B-2:15††† They that feare the Lord, will not disobey his word, and they that loue him, will keepe his wayes.

22B-2:16††† They that feare the Lord, will seeke that which is well pleasing vnto him, and they that loue him, shall bee filled with the Law.

22B-2:17††† They that feare the Lord, will prepare their hearts, and humble their soules in his sight:

22B-2:18††† Saying, We will fal into the hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men: for as his maiestie is, so is his mercie.





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Son of Sirach 3:

Chapter 3:31 Verses

22B Son of Sirach

(K.J.V. 1611)

22B-3:1†††† Heare mee your father, O children, and doe thereafter, that ye may be safe.

22B-3:2†††† For the Lord hath giuen the father honour ouer the children, and hath confirmed the authoritie of the mother ouer the sonnes.

22B-3:3†††† Who so honoureth his father, maketh an atonement for his sinnes.

22B-3:4†††† And he that honoureth his mother, is as one that layeth vp treasure.

22B-3:5†††† Who so honoureth his father, shal haue ioy of his owne children, and when he maketh his prayer, hee shall bee heard.

22B-3:6†††† He that honoureth his father, shal haue a long life, and he that is obedient vnto the Lord, shall bee a comfort to his mother.

22B-3:7†††† He that feareth the Lord, will honour his father, and will doe seruice vnto his parents, as to his masters.

22B-3:8†††† Honour thy father and mother, both in word and deed, that a blessing may come vpon thee from them.

22B-3:9†††† For the blessing of the father establisheth the houses of children, but the curse of the mother rooteth out foundations.

22B-3:10††† Glory not in the dishonour of thy father, for thy fathers dishonour is no glory vnto thee.

22B-3:11††† For the glory of a man, is from the honour of his father, and a mother in dishonour, is a reproch to the children.

22B-3:12††† My sonne, helpe thy father in his age, and grieue him not as long as hee liueth.

22B-3:13††† And if his vnderstanding faile, haue patience with him, and despise him not, when thou art in thy ful strength.

22B-3:14††† For the relieuing of thy father shall not be forgotten: and in stead of sinnes it shall be added to build thee vp.

22B-3:15††† In the day of thine affliction it shall be remembred, thy sinnes also shal melt away, as the yce in ye faire warme weather.

22B-3:16††† He that forsaketh his father, is as a blasphemer, and he that angreth his mother, is cursed of God.

22B-3:17††† My sonne, goe on with thy businesse in meekenesse, so shalt thou be beloued of him that is approued.

22B-3:18††† The greater thou art, the more humble thy selfe, and thou shalt find fauour before the Lord.

22B-3:19††† Many are in high place and of renowne: but mysteries are reueiled vnto the meeke.

22B-3:20††† For the power of the Lord is great, and hee is honoured of the lowly.

22B-3:21††† Seeke not out the things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are aboue thy strength.

22B-3:22††† But what is commaunded thee, thinke thereupon with reuerence, for it is not needfull for thee, to see with thine eyes, the things that are in secret.

22B-3:23††† Be not curious in vnnecessarie matters: for moe things are shewed vnto thee, then men vnderstand.

22B-3:24††† For many are deceiued by their owne vaine opinion, and an euill suspition hath ouerthrowen their iudgement.

22B-3:25††† Without eyes thou shalt want light: professe not the knowledge therfore that thou hast not.

22B-3:26††† A stubborne heart shall fare euill at the last, and he that loueth danger shall perish therein.

22B-3:27††† An obstinate heart shall be laden with sorrowes, and the wicked man shall heape sinne vpon sinne.

22B-3:28††† In the punishment of the proud there is no remedie: for the plant of wickednesse hath taken roote in him.

22B-3:29††† The heart of the prudent will vnderstand a parable, and an attentiue eare is the desire of a wise man.

22B-3:30††† Water will quench a flaming fire, and almes maketh an attonement for sinnes.

22B-3:31††† And hee that requiteth good turnes, is mindfull of that which may come heereafter: and when he falleth he shall find a stay.





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Son of Sirach 4:

Chapter 4:31 Verses

22B Son of Sirach

(K.J.V. 1611)

22B-4:1†††† My sonne, defraude not the poore of his liuing, and make not the needy eies to waite long.

22B-4:2†††† Make not an hungry soule sorrowfull, neither prouoke a man in his distresse.

22B-4:3†††† Adde not more trouble to an heart that is vexed, and deferre not to giue to him that is in neede.

22B-4:4†††† Reiect not the supplication of the afflicted, neither turne away thy face from a poore man.

22B-4:5†††† Turne not away thine eye from the needy, and giue him none occasion to curse thee:

22B-4:6†††† For if he curse thee in the bitternesse of his soule, his prayer shall be heard of him that made him.

22B-4:7†††† Get thy selfe the loue of the congregation, and bow thy head to a great man.

22B-4:8†††† Let it not grieue thee to bowe downe thine eare to the poore, and giue him a friendly answere with meekenesse.

22B-4:9†††† Deliuer him that suffreth wrong, from the hand of the oppressour, and be not faint hearted when thou sittest in iudgement.

22B-4:10††† Be as a father vnto the fatherlesse, and in stead of a husband vnto their mother, so shalt thou be as the sonne of the most high, and he shall loue thee more then thy mother doeth.

22B-4:11††† Wisedome exalteth her children, and layeth hold of them that seeke her.

22B-4:12††† He that loueth her, loueth life, and they that seeke to her earely, shall be filled with ioy.

22B-4:13††† He that holdeth her fast shall inherit glory, and wheresoeuer she entreth, the Lord will blesse.

22B-4:14††† They that serue her shall minister to the Holy one, and them that loue her, the Lord doth loue.

22B-4:15††† Who so giueth eare vnto her, shall iudge the nations, and he that attendeth vnto her, shall dwell securely.

22B-4:16††† If a man commit himselfe vnto her, he shall inherite her, and his generation shall hold her in possession.

22B-4:17††† For at the first she will walke with him by crooked wayes, and bring feare and dread vpon him, and torment him with her discipline, vntill she may trust his soule, and try him by her Lawes.

22B-4:18††† Then wil she returne the straight way vnto him, and comfort him, and shew him her secrets.

22B-4:19††† But if he goe wrong, she will forsake him, and giue him ouer to his owne ruine.

22B-4:20††† Obserue the opportunitie, and beware of euill, and be not ashamed when it concerneth thy soule.

22B-4:21††† For there is a shame that bringeth sinne, and there is a shame which is glorie and grace.

22B-4:22††† Accept no person against thy soule, and let not the reuerence of any man cause thee to fall:

22B-4:23††† And refraine not to speake, when there is occasion to doe good, and hide not thy wisedome in her beautie.

22B-4:24††† For by speach wisedome shall be knowen, and learning by the word of the tongue.

22B-4:25††† In no wise speake against the trueth, but be abashed of the errour of thine ignorance.

22B-4:26††† Bee not ashamed to confesse thy sinnes, and force not the course of the riuer.

22B-4:27††† Make not thy selfe an vnderling to a foolish man, neither accept the person of the mighty.

22B-4:28††† Striue for the trueth vnto death, and the Lord shall fight for thee.

22B-4:29††† Be not hastie in thy tongue, and in thy deeds slacke and remisse.

22B-4:30††† Bee not as a Lion in thy house, nor franticke among thy seruants.

22B-4:31††† Let not thine hand bee stretched out to receiue, and shut when thou shouldest repay.





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Son of Sirach 5:

Chapter 5:15 Verses

22B Son of Sirach

(K.J.V. 1611)

22B-5:1†††† Set not thy heart vpon thy goods, and say not, I haue ynough for my life.

22B-5:2†††† Folow not thine owne minde, and thy strength, to walke in the wayes of thy heart:

22B-5:3†††† And say not, Who shall controll mee for my workes? For the Lord will surely reuenge thy pride.

22B-5:4†††† Say not, I haue sinned, and what harme hath happened vnto mee? For the Lord is long suffering, he wil in no wise let thee goe.

22B-5:5†††† Concerning propitiation, bee not without feare to adde sinne vnto sinne.

22B-5:6†††† And say not, His mercy is great, hee will be pacified for the multitude of my sinnes: for mercy and wrath come from him, and his indignation resteth vpon sinners.

22B-5:7†††† Make no tarying to turne to the Lord, and put not off from day to day: for suddenly shal the wrath of the Lord come foorth, and in thy securitie thou shalt be destroyed, and perish in the day of vengeance.

22B-5:8†††† Set not thy heart vpon goods vniustly gotten: for they shall not profit thee in the day of calamitie.

22B-5:9†††† Winnow not with euery winde, and goe not into euery way: for so doth the sinner that hath a double tongue.

22B-5:10††† Be stedfast in thy vnderstanding, and let thy word be the same.

22B-5:11††† Be swift to heare, and let thy life be sincere, & with patience giue answere.

22B-5:12††† If thou hast vnderstanding, answer thy neighbour, if not, lay thy hand vpon thy mouth.

22B-5:13††† Honour and shame is in talke; and the tongue of man is his fall.

22B-5:14††† Be not called a whisperer, and lye not in wait with thy tongue: for a foule shame is vpon the thiefe, and an euill condemnation vpon the double tongue.

22B-5:15††† Be not ignorant of any thing, in a great matter or a small.





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Son of Sirach 6:

Chapter 6:37 Verses

22B Son of Sirach

(K.J.V. 1611)

22B-6:1†††† In stead of a friend, become not an enemie; for thou shalt inherite an ill name, shame, and reproch: euen so shall a sinner that hath a double tongue.

22B-6:2†††† Extoll not thy selfe in the counsell of thine owne heart, that thy soule bee not torne in pieces as a bull

22B-6:3†††† Thou shalt eat vp thy leaues, and loose thy fruit, and leaue thy selfe as a dry tree.

22B-6:4†††† A wicked soule shall destroy him that hath it, and shall make him to be laughed to scorne of his enemies.

22B-6:5†††† Sweet language will multiply friends: and a faire speaking tongue will increase kinde greetings.

22B-6:6†††† Be in peace with many: neuerthelesse haue but one counseller of a thousand.

22B-6:7†††† If thou wouldst get a friend, proue him first, and be not hasty to credit him.

22B-6:8†††† For some man is a friend for his owne occasion, and will not abide in the day of thy trouble.

22B-6:9†††† And there is a friend, who being turned to enmitie, and strife, will discouer thy reproch.

22B-6:10††† Againe some friend is a companion at the table, and will not continue in the day of thy affliction.

22B-6:11††† But in thy prosperitie hee will be as thy selfe, and will be bould ouer thy seruants.

22B-6:12††† If thou be brought low, he will be against thee, and will hide himselfe from thy face.

22B-6:13††† Separate thy selfe from thine enemies, and take heed of thy friends.

22B-6:14††† A faithfull friend is a strong defence: and hee that hath found such an one, hath found a treasure.

22B-6:15††† Nothing doeth counteruaile a faithful friend, and his excellencie is vnualuable.

22B-6:16††† A faithfull friend is the medicine of life, and they that feare the Lord shal finde him.

22B-6:17††† Who so feareth the Lord shall direct his friendship aright, for as he is, so shall his neighbour be also.

22B-6:18††† My sonne, gather instruction from thy youth vp: so shalt thou finde wisedome till thine old age.

22B-6:19††† Come vnto her as one that ploweth, and soweth, and wait for her good fruits, for thou shalt not toile much in labouring about her, but thou shalt eat of her fruits right soone.

22B-6:20††† She is very vnpleasant to the vnlearned: he that is without vnderstanding, will not remaine with her.

22B-6:21††† She wil lye vpon him as a mightie stone of triall, and hee will cast her from him ere it be long.

22B-6:22††† For wisedome is according to her name, and she is not manifest vnto many.

22B-6:23††† Giue eare, my sonne, receiue my aduice, and refuse not my counsell,

22B-6:24††† And put thy feet into her fetters, and thy necke into her chaine.

22B-6:25††† Bow downe thy shoulder, and beare her, and be not grieued with her bonds.

22B-6:26††† Come vnto her with thy whole heart, and keepe her wayes with all thy power.

22B-6:27††† Search and seeke, and shee shall bee made knowen vnto thee, and when thou hast got hold of her, let her not goe.

22B-6:28††† For at the last thou shalt finde her rest, and that shalbe turned to thy ioy.

22B-6:29††† Then shall her fetters be a strong defence for thee, and her chaines a robe of glory.

22B-6:30††† For there is a golden ornament vpon her, and her bandes are purple lace.

22B-6:31††† Thou shalt put her on as a robe of honour: and shalt put her about thee as a crowne of ioy.

22B-6:32††† My sonne, if thou wilt, thou shalt bee taught: and if thou wilt apply thy minde, thou shalt be prudent.

22B-6:33††† If thou loue to heare, thou shalt receiue vnderstanding: and if thou bow thine eare, thou shalt be wise.

22B-6:34††† Stand in the multitude of the elders, and cleaue vnto him that is wise.

22B-6:35††† Be willing to heare euery godly discourse, and let not the parables of vnderstanding escape thee.

22B-6:36††† And if thou seest a man of vnderstanding, get thee betimes vnto him, and let thy foote weare the steps of his doore.

22B-6:37††† Let thy minde be vpon the ordinances of the Lord, & meditate continually in his commandements: he shal establish thine heart, and giue thee wisedome at thine owne desire.





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Son of Sirach 7:

Chapter 7:36 Verses

22B Son of Sirach

(K.J.V. 1611)

22B-7:1†††† Doe no euill, so shall no harme come vnto thee.

22B-7:2†††† Depart from the vniust, and iniquitie shall turne away from thee.

22B-7:3†††† My sonne, sow not vpon the furrowes of vnrighteousnesse, and thou shalt not reape them seuen folde.

22B-7:4†††† Seeke not of the Lord preheminence, neither of the King the seate of honour.

22B-7:5†††† Iustifie not thy selfe before the Lord, and boast not of thy wisedome before the king.

22B-7:6†††† Seeke not to be iudge, being not able to take away iniquitie, lest at any time thou feare the person of the mightie, and lay a stumbling blocke in the way of thy vprightnesse.

22B-7:7†††† Offend not against the multitude of a city, and then thou shalt not cast thy selfe downe among the people.

22B-7:8†††† Bind not one sinne vpon another, for in one thou shalt not be vnpunished.

22B-7:9†††† Say not, God wil looke vpon the multitude of my oblations, and when I offer to the most High God, he will accept it.

22B-7:10††† Be not faint hearted when thou makest thy prayer, and neglect not to giue almes.

22B-7:11††† Laugh no man to scorne in the bitternesse of his soule: for there is one which humbleth and exalteth.

22B-7:12††† Deuise not a lie against thy brother: neither doe the like to thy friend.

22B-7:13††† Use not to make any maner of lie: for the custome thereof is not good.

22B-7:14††† Use not many words in a multitude of Elders, and make not much babling when thou prayest.

22B-7:15††† Hate not laborious worke, neither husbandrie, which the most High hath ordeined.

22B-7:16††† Number not thy selfe among the multitude of sinners, but remember that wrath will not tary long.

22B-7:17††† Humble thy soule greatly: for the vengeance of the vngodly is fire and wormes.

22B-7:18††† Change not a friend for any good by no meanes: neither a faithfull brother for the gold of Ophir.

22B-7:19††† Forgoe not a wise and good woman: for her grace is aboue gold.

22B-7:20††† Whereas thy seruant worketh truely, entreate him not euill, nor the hireling that bestoweth himselfe wholly for thee.

22B-7:21††† Let thy soule loue a good seruant, and defraud him not of liberty.

22B-7:22††† Hast thou cattell? haue an eye to them, and if they be for thy profit, keepe them with thee.

22B-7:23††† Hast thou children? instruct them, and bow downe their necke from their youth.

22B-7:24††† Hast thou daughters? haue care of their body, and shewe not thy selfe cheerefull toward them.

22B-7:25††† Marrie thy daughter, and so shalt thou haue performed a weightie matter: but giue her to a man of vnderstanding.

22B-7:26††† Hast thou a wife after thy minde? forsake her not, but giue not thy selfe ouer to a light woman.

22B-7:27††† Honour thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrowes of thy mother.

22B-7:28††† Remember that thou wast begot of them, and how canst thou recompense them the things that they haue done for thee?

22B-7:29††† Feare the Lord with all thy soule, and reuerence his priests.

22B-7:30††† Loue him that made thee with all thy strength, and forsake not his ministers.

22B-7:31††† Feare the Lord, and honour the priest: and giue him his portion, as it is commanded thee, the first fruits, and the trespasse offering, & the gift of the shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification, and the first fruits of the holy things.

22B-7:32††† And stretch thine hand vnto the poore, that thy blessing may be perfected

22B-7:33††† A gift hath grace in the sight of euery man liuing, and for the dead deteine it not.

22B-7:34††† Faile not to bee with them that weepe, and mourne with them that mourne.

22B-7:35††† Be not slow to visit the sicke: for that shall make thee to be beloued.

22B-7:36††† Whatsoeuer thou takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt neuer doe amisse.





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Son of Sirach 8:

Chapter 8:19 Verses

22B Son of Sirach

(K.J.V. 1611)

22B-8:1†††† Striue not with a mighty man, lest thou fall into his hands.

22B-8:2†††† Bee not at variance with a rich man, lest he ouerweigh thee: for gold hath destroyed many, and peruerted the hearts of kings.

22B-8:3†††† Striue not with a man that is full of tongue, and heape not wood vpon his fire.

22B-8:4†††† Iest not with a rude man, lest thy ancestours be disgraced.

22B-8:5†††† Reproch not a man that turneth from sinne, but remember that we are all worthy of punishment.

22B-8:6†††† Dishonour not a man in his old age: for euen some of vs waxe old.

22B-8:7†††† Reioice not ouer thy greatest enemie being dead, but remember that we die all.

22B-8:8†††† Despise not the discourse of the wise, but acquaint thy selfe with their prouerbs; for of them thou shalt learne instruction, & how to serue great men with ease.

22B-8:9†††† Misse not the discourse of the Elders: for they also learned of their fathers, and of them thou shalt learne vnderstanding, and to giue answere as need requireth.

22B-8:10††† Kindle not the coales of a sinner, lest thou be burnt with the flame of his fire.

22B-8:11††† Rise not vp (in anger) at the presence of an iniurious person, least he lie in waite to entrap thee in thy words.

22B-8:12††† Lend not vnto him that is mightier then thy selfe; for if thou lendest him, count it but lost.

22B-8:13††† Be not surety aboue thy power: for if thou be surety, take care to pay it.

22B-8:14††† Goe not to law with a iudge, for they will iudge for him according to his honour.

22B-8:15††† Trauaile not by the way with a bold fellow, least he become grieuous vnto thee: for he will doe according to his owne will, and thou shalt perish with him through his folly.

22B-8:16††† Striue not with an angry man, and goe not with him into a solitary place: for blood is as nothing in his sight, and where there is no helpe, he will ouerthrow thee.

22B-8:17††† Consult not with a foole; for he cannot keepe counsell.

22B-8:18††† Doe no secret thing before a stranger, for thou knowest not what he will bring forth.

22B-8:19††† Open not thine heart to euery man, least he requite thee with a shrewd turne.





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Son of Sirach 9:

Chapter 9:18 Verses

22B Son of Sirach

(K.J.V. 1611)

22B-9:1†††† Be not iealous ouer the wife of thy bosome, and teach her not an euil lesson against thy selfe.

22B-9:2†††† Giue not thy soule vnto a woman, to set her foot vpon thy substance.

22B-9:3†††† Meete not with an harlot, least thou fall into her snares.

22B-9:4†††† Use not much the companie of a woman that is a singer, least thou be taken with her attempts.

22B-9:5†††† Gaze not on a maide, that thou fall not by those things, that are pretious in her.

22B-9:6†††† Giue not thy soule vnto harlots, that thou loose not thine inheritance.

22B-9:7†††† Looke not round about thee, in the streets of the citie, neither wander thou in the solitary places thereof.

22B-9:8†††† Turne away thine eye from a beautifull woman, and looke not vpon anothers beautie: for many haue beene deceiued by the beautie of a woman, for heerewith loue is kindled as a fire.

22B-9:9†††† Sit not at all with another mans wife, nor sit downe with her in thine armes, and spend not thy money with her at the wine, least thine heart incline vnto her, and so thorough thy desire thou fall into destruction.

22B-9:10††† Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine: when it is old, thou shalt drinke it with pleasure.

22B-9:11††† Enuy not the glory of a sinner: for thou knowest not what shall be his end.

22B-9:12††† Delight not in the thing that the vngodly haue pleasure in, but remember they shall not goe vnpunished vnto their graue.

22B-9:13††† Keepe thee farre from the man that hath power to kill, so shalt thou not doubt the feare of death: and if thou come vnto him, make no fault, least he take away thy life presently: remember that thou goest in the midst of snares, and that thou walkest vpon the battlements of the citie.

22B-9:14††† As neere as thou canst, ghesse at thy neighbour, and consult with the wise.

22B-9:15††† Let thy talke be with the wise, and all thy communication in the law of the most high.

22B-9:16††† And let iust men eate and drinke with thee, and let thy glorying be in the feare of the Lord.

22B-9:17††† For the hand of the artificer, the worke shall be commended: and the wise ruler of the people, for his speech.

22B-9:18††† A man of an ill tongue is dangerous in his citie, and he that is rash in his talke shall be hated.





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Son of Sirach 10:

Chapter 10:31 Verses

22B Son of Sirach

(K.J.V. 1611)

22B-10:1††† A wise iudge will instruct his people, & the gouernement of a prudent man is well ordered.

22B-10:2††† As the iudge of the people is himselfe, so are his officers, and what maner of man the ruler of the citie is, such are all they that dwell therein.

22B-10:3††† An vnwise king destroyeth his people, but through the prudence of them which are in authoritie, the citie shalbe inhabited.

22B-10:4††† The power of the earth is in the hand of the Lord, and in due time hee will set ouer it one that is profitable.

22B-10:5††† In the hand of God is the prosperitie of man: and vpon the person of the scribe shall he lay his honour.

22B-10:6††† Beare not hatred to thy neighbour for euery wrong, and do nothing at all by iniurious practises.

22B-10:7††† Pride is hatefull before God, and man: and by both doeth one commit iniquitie.

22B-10:8††† Because of vnrighteous dealings, iniuries, and riches got by deceit, the kingdome is translated from one people to another.

22B-10:9††† Why is earth and ashes proude? There is not a more wicked thing, then a couetous man: for such an one setteth his owne soule to sale, because while he liueth, he casteth away his bowels.

22B-10:10†† The Phisition cutteth off a long disease, and he that is to day a King, to morrow shall die.

22B-10:11†† For when a man is dead, hee shall inherite creeping things, beastes and wormes.

22B-10:12†† The beginning of pride is, when one departeth from God, and his heart is turned away from his maker.

22B-10:13†† For pride is the beginning of sinne, and hee that hath it, shall powre out abomination: and therefore the Lord brought vpon them strange calamities, and ouerthrew them vtterly.

22B-10:14†† The Lord hath cast downe the thrones of proud Princes, and set vp the meeke in their stead.

22B-10:15†† The Lord hath plucked vp the rootes of the proud nations: and planted the lowly in their place.

22B-10:16†† The Lord ouerthrew countreys of the heathen: and destroyed them to the foundations of the earth.

22B-10:17†† He tooke some of them away, and destroyed them, and hath made their memoriall to cease from the earth.

22B-10:18†† Pride was not made for men, nor furious anger for them that are borne of a woman.

22B-10:19†† They that feare the Lord are a sure seed, and they that loue him, an honourable plant: they that regard not the Law, are a dishonourable seed, they that transgresse the commandements, are a deceiuable seed.

22B-10:20†† Among brethren he that is chiefe is honourable, so are they that feare the Lord in his eyes.

22B-10:21†† The feare of the Lord goeth before the obtayning of authoritie: but roughnesse and pride, is the loosing thereof.

22B-10:22†† Whether hee bee rich, noble, or poore, their glorie is the feare of the Lord.

22B-10:23†† It is not meet to despise the poore man that hath vnderstanding, neither is it conuenient to magnifie a sinnefull man.

22B-10:24†† Great men, and Iudges, and Potentates shall bee honoured, yet is there none of them greater then he that feareth the Lord.

22B-10:25†† Unto the seruant that is wise, shall they that are free doe seruice: and hee that hath knowledge, will not grudge when he is reformed.

22B-10:26†† Be not ouerwise in doing thy busines, and boast not thy selfe in the time of thy distresse.

22B-10:27†† Better is he that laboureth and aboundeth