Sirach 14

Sir 14:1 Blessed is the man that hath not slipped with his mouth, and is not pricked with the multitude of sins.
Sir 14:2 Blessed is he whose conscience hath not condemned him, and who is not fallen from his hope in the Lord.
Sir 14:3 Riches are not comely for a niggard: and what should an envious man do with money?
Sir 14:4 He that gathereth by defrauding his own soul gathereth for others, that shall spend his goods riotously.

Sir 14:5 He that is evil to himself, to whom will he be good? he shall not take pleasure in his goods.
Sir 14:6 There is none worse than he that envieth himself; and this is a recompence of his wickedness.
Sir 14:7 And if he doeth good, he doeth it unwillingly; and at the last he will declare his wickedness.
Sir 14:8 The envious man hath a wicked eye; he turneth away his face, and despiseth men.
Sir 14:9 A covetous man's eye is not satisfied with his portion; and the iniquity of the wicked drieth up his soul.

Sir 14:10 A wicked eye envieth [his] bread, and he is a niggard at his table.
Sir 14:11 My son, according to thy ability do good to thyself, and give the Lord his due offering.
Sir 14:12 Remember that death will not be long in coming, and that the covenant of the grave is not shewed unto thee.
Sir 14:13 Do good unto thy friend before thou die, and according to thy ability stretch out thy hand and give to him.
Sir 14:14 Defraud not thyself of the good day, and let not the part of a good desire overpass thee.

Sir 14:15 Shalt thou not leave thy travails unto another? and thy labours to be divided by lot?
Sir 14:16 Give, and take, and sanctify thy soul; for there is no seeking of dainties in the grave.
Sir 14:17 All flesh waxeth old as a garment: for the covenant from the beginning is, Thou shalt die the death.
Sir 14:18 As of the green leaves on a thick tree, some fall, and some grow; so is the generation of flesh and blood, one cometh to an end, and another is born.

Sir 14:19 Every work rotteth and consumeth away, and the worker thereof shall go withal.
Sir 14:20 Blessed is the man that doth meditate good things in wisdom, and that reasoneth of holy things by his understanding. ing.
Sir 14:21 He that considereth her ways in his heart shall also have understanding in her secrets.
Sir 14:22 Go after her as one that traceth, and lie in wait in her ways.
Sir 14:23 He that prieth in at her windows shall also hearken at her doors.

Sir 14:24 He that doth lodge near her house shall also fasten a pin in her walls.
Sir 14:25 He shall pitch his tent nigh unto her, and shall lodge in a lodging where good things are.
Sir 14:26 He shall set his children under her shelter, and shall lodge under her branches.
Sir 14:27 By her he shall be covered from heat, and in her glory shall he dwell.