Sirach 13

Geneva(i) 1 He that toucheth pitch, shalbe defiled with it: and he that is familiar with the proude, shalbe like vnto him. 2 Burthen not thy selfe aboue thy power, whilest thou liuest, and companie not with one that is mightier, and richer then thy selfe: for howe agree the kettle and the earthen pot together? For if the one be smitten against the other, it shall be broken. 3 The riche dealeth vnrighteously, and threateneth withall: but the poore being oppressed must intreate: if the riche haue done wrong, heemust yet be intreated: but if the poore haue done it, he shal straight wayes be threatned. 4 If thou be for his profite, he vseth thee: but if thou haue nothing, he wil forsake thee. 5 If thou haue any thing, he wil liue with thee: yea, he will make thee a bare man, and will not care for it. 6 If he haue neede of thee, hee will defraude thee, & wil laugh at thee, and put thee in hope, and giue thee al good words, & say, What wantest thou? 7 Thus will he shame thee in his meate, vntill he haue supt thee cleane vp twise or thrise, and at the last hee will laugh thee to scorne: afterwarde, when he seeth thee, he will forsake thee, and shake his head at thee. 8 Submit thy selfe vnto God, and waite vpon his hand. 9 Beware that thou be not deceiued in thine owne conceit & brought downe by thy simplenes: be not too humble in thy wisedome. 10 If thou be called of a mightie man, absent thy selfe: so shal he call thee the more oft. 11 Preasse not thou vnto him, that thou be not shut out, but go not thou far off, lest he forget thee. 12 Withdraw not thy selfe from his speech, but beleeue not his many wordes: for with much communication will he tempt thee, and laughingly wil he grope thee. 13 He is vnmerciful, & keepeth not promes, he wil not spare to do thee hurt, & to put thee in priso. 14 Beware, and take good heede: for thou walkest in perill of thine ouerthrowing: when thou hearest this, awake in thy sleepe. 15 Loue the Lorde all thy life, & call vpon him for thy saluation. 16 Euery beast loueth his like, and euery man loueth his neighbour. 17 Al flesh wil resort to their like, & euery man wil keepe company with such as he is himselfe. 18 How can the wolfe agree with the lambe? No more can the vngodly with the righteous. 19 What felowship hath hyena with a dogge? and what peace is betweene the rich & the poore? 20 As the wilde Asse is the Lyons pray in ye wildernes, so are poore men the meate of the rich. 21 As the proude hate humilitie, so do the riche abhorre the poore. 22 If a riche man fall, his friendes set him vp againe: but when the poore falleth, his friends driue him away. 23 If a rich man offende, he hath many helpers: he speaketh proude wordes, & yet men iustifie him: but if a poore ma faile, they rebuke him, & though he speake wisely, yet can it haue no place. 24 When the riche man speaketh, euery man holdeth his tongue: and looke what he sayth, they prayse it vnto the cloudes: but if the poore man speake, they say, What felow is this? and if he do amisse, they wil destroy him. 25 Riches are good vnto him that hath no sinne in his conscience, & pouertie is euil in the mouth of the vngodly. 26 The heart of a man changeth his countenance, whether it be in good or euill. 27 A chearefull countenance is a token of a good heart: for it is an hard thing to knowe the secrets of the thought.