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Ecclesiasticus (Sirach)

1611 KJV < < Chapter 31 > > Modern

31:1 Watching for riches, consumeth the flesh, and the care therof driueth away sleepe.

  

31:1 Watching for riches consumeth the flesh, and the care thereof driveth away sleep.

31:2 Watching care will not let a man slumber, as a sore disease breaketh sleepe.

31:2 Watching care will not let a man slumber, as a sore disease breaketh sleep,

31:3 The rich hath great labour in gathering riches together, and when he resteth, he is filled with his delicates.

31:3 The rich hath great labour in gathering riches together; and when he resteth, he is filled with his delicates.

31:4 The poore laboureth in his poore estate, and when he leaueth off, hee is still needie.

31:4 The poor laboureth in his poor estate; and when he leaveth off, he is still needy.

31:5 He that loueth gold shall not bee iustified, and he that followeth corruption, shall haue enough thereof.

31:5 He that loveth gold shall not be justified, and he that followeth corruption shall have enough thereof.

31:6 Gold hath bin the ruine of many, and their destruction was present.

31:6 Gold hath been the ruin of many, and their destruction was present.

31:7 It is a stumbling block vnto them that sacrifice vnto it, and euery foole shall be taken therewith.

31:7 It is a stumblingblock unto them that sacrifice unto it, and every fool shall be taken therewith.

31:8 Blessed is the rich that is found without blemish, and hath not gone after gold:

31:8 Blessed is the rich that is found without blemish, and hath not gone after gold.

31:9 Who is he? And we will call him blessed: for wonderfull things hath hee done among his people.

31:9 Who is he? and we will call him blessed: for wonderful things hath he done among his people.

31:10 Who hath bene tried thereby, and found perfit? Then let him glory. Who might offend and hath not offended, or done euill, and hath not done it?

31:10 Who hath been tried thereby, and found perfect? then let him glory. Who might offend, and hath not offended? or done evil, and hath not done it?

31:11 His goods shall be established, and the congregatio shall declare his almes.

31:11 His goods shall be established, and the congregation shall declare his alms.

31:12 If thou sit at a bountifull table, bee not greedy vpon it, and say not, There is much meate on it.

31:12 If thou sit at a bountiful table, be not greedy upon it, and say not, There is much meat on it.

31:13 Remember that a wicked eye is an euill thing: and what is created more wicked then an eye? Therefore it weepeth vpon euery occasion.

31:13 Remember that a wicked eye is an evil thing: and what is created more wicked than an eye? therefore it weepeth upon every occasion.

31:14 Stretch not thine hand whithersoeuer it looketh, and thrust it not with him into the dish.

31:14 Stretch not thine hand whithersoever it looketh, and thrust it not with him into the dish.

31:15 Iudge of thy neighbour by thy selfe: and be discreet in euery point.

31:15 Judge not thy neighbour by thyself: and be discreet in every point.

31:16 Eate as it becommeth a man those things which are set before thee: and deuoure not, lest thou be hated.

31:16 Eat as it becometh a man, those things which are set before thee; and devour note, lest thou be hated.

31:17 Leaue off first for maners sake, and be not vnsatiable, lest thou offend.

31:17 Leave off first for manners' sake; and be not unsatiable, lest thou offend.

31:18 When thou sittest among many, reach not thine hand out first of all.

31:18 When thou sittest among many, reach not thine hand out first of all.

31:19 A very litle is sufficient for a man well nurtured, and he fetcheth not his wind short vpon his bed.

31:19 A very little is sufficient for a man well nurtured, and he fetcheth not his wind short upon his bed.

31:20 Sound sleepe commeth of moderate eating: he riseth early, and his wits are with him, but the paine of watching and choller, and pangs of the bellie are with an vnsatiable man.

31:20 Sound sleep cometh of moderate eating: he riseth early, and his wits are with him: but the pain of watching, and choler, and pangs of the belly, are with an unsatiable man.

31:21 And if thou hast bin forced to eate, arise, goe forth, vomit, and thou shalt haue rest.

31:21 And if thou hast been forced to eat, arise, go forth, vomit, and thou shalt have rest.

31:22 My sonne, heare me, and despise me not, and at the last thou shalt finde as I told thee: in all thy workes bee quicke, so shall there no sickenesse come vnto thee.

31:22 My son, hear me, and despise me not, and at the last thou shalt find as I told thee: in all thy works be quick, so shall there no sickness come unto thee.

31:23 Who so is liberall of his meat, men shall speake well of him, and the report of his good housekeeping will be beleeued.

31:23 Whoso is liberal of his meat, men shall speak well of him; and the report of his good housekeeping will be believed.

31:24 But against him that is a niggard of his meate, the whole citie shall murmure; and the testimonies of his niggardnesse shall not be doubted of.

31:24 But against him that is a niggard of his meat the whole city shall murmur; and the testimonies of his niggardness shall not be doubted of.

31:25 Shew not thy valiantnesse in wine, for wine hath destroyed many.

31:25 Shew not thy valiantness in wine; for wine hath destroyed many.

31:26 The furnace prooueth the edge by dipping: so doth wine the hearts of the proud by drunkennesse.

31:26 The furnace proveth the edge by dipping: so doth wine the hearts of the proud by drunkeness.

31:27 Wine is as good as life to a man if it be drunke moderatly: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.

31:27 Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.

31:28 Wine measurably drunke, and in season, bringeth gladnesse of the heart and cheerefulnesse of the minde.

31:28 Wine measurably drunk and in season bringeth gladness of the heart, and cheerfulness of the mind:

31:29 But wine drunken with excesse, maketh bitternesse of the minde, with brawling and quarreling.

31:29 But wine drunken with excess maketh bitterness of the mind, with brawling and quarrelling.

31:30 Drunkennesse increaseth the rage of a foole till he offend, it diminisheth strength, and maketh wounds.

31:30 Drunkenness increaseth the rage of a fool till he offend: it diminisheth strength, and maketh wounds.

31:31 Rebuke not thy neighbour at the wine, and despise him not in his mirth: giue him no despitefull words, and presse not vpon him with vrging him (to drinke.)

31:31 Rebuke not thy neighbour at the wine, and despise him not in his mirth: give him no despiteful words, and press not upon him with urging him [to drink.]


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