Ecclesiasticus / Sirach - Chapter 11
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2 Do not praise anyone for good looks, nor dislike anyone for mere appearance.
5 Many monarchs have been made to sit on the ground, and the person nobody thought of has worn the crown.
10 My child, do not take on a great amount of business; if you multiply your interests, you are bound to suffer for it; hurry as fast as you can, yet you will never arrive, nor will you escape by running away.
12 Or there is the slow kind of person, needing help, poor in possessions and rich in poverty; and the Lord turns a favourable eye on him, lifts him out of his wretched condition,
17 To the devout the Lord's gift remains constant, and his favour will be there to lead them for ever.
26 Yet it is a trifle for the Lord on the day someone dies to repay him as his conduct deserves.
27 A moment's adversity, and pleasures are forgotten; in a person's last hour his deeds will stand revealed.
28 Call no one fortunate before his death; it is by his end that someone will be known.
31 ever on the look-out, turning good into bad and finding fault with what is praiseworthy.
33 Beware of a scoundrel and his evil contrivances, in case he puts a smear on you for ever.
34 Give a home to a stranger and he will start trouble and estrange you from your own family.
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