Sirach 11

Sir 11:1 Wisdom lifteth up the head of him that is of low degree, and maketh him to sit among great men.
Sir 11:2 Commend not a man for his beauty; neither abhor a man for his outward appearance.
Sir 11:3 The bee is little among such as fly; but her fruit is the chief of sweet things.
Sir 11:4 Boast not of thy clothing and raiment, and exalt not thyself in the day of honour: for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and his works among men are hidden.

Sir 11:5 Many kings have sat down upon the ground; and one that was never thought of hath worn the crown.
Sir 11:6 Many mighty men have been greatly disgraced; and the honourable delivered into other men's hands.
Sir 11:7 Blame not before thou hast examined the truth: understand first, and then rebuke.
Sir 11:8 Answer not before thou hast heard the cause: neither interrupt men in the midst of their talk.
Sir 11:9 Strive not in a matter that concerneth thee not; and sit not in judgment with sinners.

Sir 11:10 My son, meddle not with many matters: for if thou meddle much, thou shalt not be innocent; and if thou follow after, thou shalt not obtain, neither shalt thou escape by fleeing.
Sir 11:11 There is one that laboureth, and taketh pains, and maketh haste, and is so much the more behind.
Sir 11:12 Again, there is another that is slow, and hath need of help, wanting ability, and full of poverty; yet the eye of the Lord looked upon him for good, and set him up from his low estate,

Sir 11:13 And lifted up his head from misery; so that many that saw from him is peace over all the
Sir 11:14 Prosperity and adversity, life and death, poverty and riches, come of the Lord.
Sir 11:15 Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the law, are of the Lord: love, and the way of good works, are from him.
Sir 11:16 Error and darkness had their beginning together with sinners: and evil shall wax old with them that glory therein.

Sir 11:17 The gift of the Lord remaineth with the ungodly, and his favour bringeth prosperity for ever.
Sir 11:18 There is that waxeth rich by his wariness and pinching, and this his the portion of his reward:
Sir 11:19 Whereas he saith, I have found rest, and now will eat continually of my goods; and yet he knoweth not what time shall come upon him, and that he must leave those things to others, and die.
Sir 11:20 Be stedfast in thy covenant, and be conversant therein, and wax old in thy work.

Sir 11:21 Marvel not at the works of sinners; but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy labour: for it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich.
Sir 11:22 The blessing of the Lord is in the reward of the godly, and suddenly he maketh his blessing flourish.
Sir 11:23 Say not, What profit is there of my service? and what good things shall I have hereafter?
Sir 11:24 Again, say not, I have enough, and possess many things, and what evil shall I have hereafter?

Sir 11:25 In the day of prosperity there is a forgetfulness of affliction: and in the day of affliction there is no more remembrance of prosperity.
Sir 11:26 For it is an easy thing unto the Lord in the day of death to reward a man according to his ways.
Sir 11:27 The affliction of an hour maketh a man forget pleasure: and in his end his deeds shall be discovered.
Sir 11:28 Judge none blessed before his death: for a man shall be known in his children.

Sir 11:29 Bring not every man into thine house: for the deceitful man hath many trains.
Sir 11:30 Like as a partridge taken [and kept] in a cage, so is the heart of the proud; and like as a spy, watcheth he for thy fall:
Sir 11:31 For he lieth in wait, and turneth good into evil, and in things worthy praise will lay blame upon thee.
Sir 11:32 Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is kindled: and a sinful man layeth wait for blood.

Sir 11:33 Take heed of a mischievous man, for he worketh wickedness; lest he bring upon thee a perpetual blot.
Sir 11:34 Receive a stranger into thine house, and he will disturb thee, and turn thee out of thine own.