Skip to content

Ecclesiasticus / Sirach - Chapter 13

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

Ecclesiasticus / Sirach Chapters

1 Whoever touches pitch will be defiled, and anyone who associates with the proud will come to be like them.

2 Do not try to carry a burden too heavy for you, do not associate with someone more powerful and wealthy than yourself. Why put the clay pot next to the iron cauldron? It will only break when they bang against each other.

3 The rich does wrong and takes a high line; the poor is wronged and has to beg for pardon.

4 If you are useful the rich will exploit you, if you go bankrupt he will desert you.

5 Are you well off? - he will live with you, he will clean you out without a single qualm.

6 Does he need you? - he will hoodwink you, smile at you and raise your hopes; he will speak politely to you and say, 'Is there anything you need?'

7 He will make you feel small at his dinner parties and, having cleaned you out two or three times over, will end by laughing at you. Afterwards, when he sees you, he will avoid you and shake his head about you.

8 Take care you are not hoodwinked and thus humiliated through your own stupidity.

9 When an influential person invites you, show reluctance, and he will press his invitation all the more.

10 Do not thrust yourself forward, in case you are pushed aside, but do not stand aloof, or you will be overlooked.

11 Do not affect to treat him as an equal, do not trust his flow of words; since all this talking is expressly meant to test you, under cover of geniality he will be weighing you up.

12 Pitiless is anyone who retails gossip; he will not spare you either blows or chains.

13 Be wary, take very great care, because you are walking with your own downfall.

14

15 Every living thing loves its own sort, and every man his fellow.

16 Every creature mixes with its kind, and human beings stick to their own sort.

17 How can wolf and lamb agree? - Just so with sinner and devout.

18 What peace can there be between hyena and dog? And what peace between rich and poor?

19 Wild desert donkeys are the prey of lions; so too, the poor is the quarry of the rich.

20 The proud thinks humility abhorrent; so too, the rich abominates the poor.

21 When the rich stumbles he is supported by friends; when the poor falls, his friends push him away.

22 When the rich slips, there are many hands to catch him, if he talks nonsense he is congratulated. The poor slips, and is blamed for it, he may talk good sense, but no room is made for him.

23 The rich speaks and everyone stops talking, and then they praise his discourse to the skies. The poor speaks and people say, 'Who is this?' and if he stumbles, they trip him up yet more.

24 Wealth is good where there is no sin, poverty is evil, the godless say.

25 The heart moulds a person's expression whether for better or worse.

26 Happy heart, cheerful expression; but wearisome work, inventing proverbs.

Face Mask with Cross BOGO 50% OFF

More Bible


Daily Readings

July 8th, 2020

Reading 1, Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gospel, Matthew 10:1-7

More Daily Readings


Shop Catholic - Buy One Get One 50% OFF

Mix and match any of these bestselling products and enjoy 50% off the second item!


FREE Classes on the Bible Free, world-class Catholic education for anyone, anywhere




Act of Contrition PDF

Free Catholic Educational PDF Downloads and Resources

PDF educational resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers and it’s 100% FREE. How to Pray the Rosary, Hail Mary, Our Father, Saints, Prayers, Coloring Books, Novenas, Espanol and more. All FREE to download and faithful to the Magisterium. Download Now >

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2020 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2020 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.