Ecclesiasticus / Sirach - Chapter 31
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1 The sleeplessness brought by wealth makes a person lose weight, the worry it causes drives away sleep.
5 No one who loves money can easily avoid sinning, whoever pursues profit will be corrupted by it.
7 since it is a snare for those who sacrifice to it and stupid people all get caught in it.
10 Who has been through this test and emerged perfect? He may well be proud of that! Who has had the chance to sin and has not sinned, had the chance to do wrong and has not done it?
12 If you are sitting down to a lavish table, do not display your greed, do not say, 'What a lot to eat!'
14 Do not reach out for anything your host has his eye on, do not jostle him at the dish.
16 Eat what is offered you like a well brought-up person, do not wolf your food or you will earn dislike.
17 For politeness' sake be the first to stop; do not act the glutton, or you will give offence,
21 If you are forced to eat too much, get up, go and vomit, and you will feel better.
23 People praise the person who keeps a splendid table, and their opinion of his munificence is sound.
29 Bitterness of soul comes of wine drunk to excess out of temper or bravado.
30 Drunkenness excites the stupid to a fury to his own harm, it reduces his strength while leading to blows.
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