Sirach 29

Geneva(i) 1 He that will shewe mercie, lendeth to his neighbour: and he that hath power ouer himselfe, keepeth the commandements. 2 Lend to thy neighbour in time of his neede, and pay thou thy neighbour againe in due season. 3 Keepe thy worde, and deale faithfully with him, and thou shalt always finde the thing that is necessarie for thee. 4 Many when a thing was lent them, reckened it to be found, and grieued them that had helped them. 5 Till they receiue, they kisse his handes, and for their neighbours good they huble their voyce: but when they should pay againe, they prolong the terme, and giue a careles answere, and make excuses by reason of the time. 6 And though he be able, yet giueth hee scarce the halfe againe, & reckeneth the other as a thing found: els he deceiueth him of his money, and maketh him an enemie without a cause: he paieth him with cursing and rebuke, and giueth him euil words for his good deede. 7 There be many which refuse to lend because of this inconuenience, fearing to bee defrauded without cause. 8 Yet haue thou patience with him that humbleth him selfe, and deferre not mercy from him. 9 Helpe the poore for the comandements sake, and turne him not away, because of his pouertie. 10 Lose thy money for thy brothers & neighbours sake, and let it not rust vnder a stone to thy destruction. 11 Bestowe thy treasure after the commandement of the most High, & it shall bring thee more profite then golde. 12 Lay vp thine almes in thy secret chambers, and it shall keepe thee from all affliction. 13 A mans almes is as a purse with him, & shal keepe a mans fauour as the apple of the eye, and afterward shall it arise, and pay euery man his reward vpon his head. 14 It shall fight for thee against thine enemies, better then the shield of a strong man, or speare of the mightie. 15 An honest man is surety for his neighbour: but he that is impudent, forsaketh him. 16 Forget not the friendship of thy suretie: for he hath layed his life for thee. 17 The wicked despiseth the good deede of his suretie. 18 The wicked will not become suretie: and he that is of an vnthankfull minde, forsaketh him that deliuered him. 19 Some man promiseth for his neighbour: and when hee hath lost his honestie, hee will forsake him. 20 Suretieship hath destroyed many a rich man, and remooued them as the waues of the sea: mightie men hath it driuen away from their houses, and caused them to wander among strange nations. 21 A wicked man, transgressing the commandements of the Lord, shall fall into suretieship: and hee that medleth much with other mens busines, is intangled in controuersies. 22 Helpe thy neighbour according to thy power, and beware that thou thy selfe fall not. 23 The chiefe thing of life is water, & bread, and clothing, and lodging to couer thy shame. 24 The poore mans life in his owne lodge is better then delicate fare in another mans. 25 Be it litle or much, holde thee contented, that the house speake not euill of thee. 26 For it is a miserable life to go from house to house: for where thou art a stranger, thou darest not open thy mouth. 27 Thou shalt lodge and feede vnthankefull men, & after shalt haue bitter wordes for the same, saying, 28 Come, thou stranger, and prepare the table, and feede me of that thou hast readie. 29 Giue place, thou stranger, to an honourable man: my brother commeth to bee lodged, and I haue neede of mine house. 30 These things are heauie to a man that hath vnderstanding, the vpbraiding of the house, and the reproche of the lender.