Ecclesiasticus / Sirach - Chapter 41
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3 Do not dread death's sentence; remember those who came before you and those who will come after.
4 This is the sentence passed on all living creatures by the Lord, so why object to what seems good to the Most High? Whether your life lasts ten or a hundred or a thousand years, its length will not be held against you in Sheol.
5 Hateful brats, such are the children of sinners, who foregather in the haunts of the godless.
9 When you were born, you were born to be accursed, and when you die, that curse will be your portion.
11 Mourning concerns only the bodies of the dead, but the worthless name of sinners will be blotted out.
12 Be careful of your reputation, for it will last you longer than a thousand great hoards of gold.
14 Keep my instructions and be at peace, my children. Wisdom hidden away and treasure undisplayed, what use is either of these?
16 Preserve a sense of shame in the following matters, for not every kind of shame is right to harbour, nor is every situation correctly appraised by all.
19 of sharp practice before your companion and your friend, and of theft before the neighbourhood you live in.
20 Before the truth and covenant of God, be ashamed of leaning elbows on the table,
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