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Ecclesiasticus. 11:9-12:8

9 Do not argue about a matter that does not concern you,
   and do not sit with sinners when they judge a case.

10 My child, do not busy yourself with many matters;
   if you multiply activities, you will not be held blameless.
If you pursue, you will not overtake,
   and by fleeing you will not escape.
11 There are those who work and struggle and hurry,
   but are so much the more in want.
12 There are others who are slow and need help,
   who lack strength and abound in poverty;
but the eyes of the Lord look kindly upon them;
   he lifts them out of their lowly condition
13 and raises up their heads
   to the amazement of many.

14 Good things and bad, life and death,
   poverty and wealth, come from the Lord.*
17 The Lord’s gift remains with the devout,
   and his favour brings lasting success.
18 One becomes rich through diligence and self-denial,
   and the reward allotted to him is this:
19 when he says, ‘I have found rest,
   and now I shall feast on my goods!’
he does not know how long it will be
   until he leaves them to others and dies.

20 Stand by your agreement and attend to it,
   and grow old in your work.
21 Do not wonder at the works of a sinner,
   but trust in the Lord and keep at your job;
for it is easy in the sight of the Lord
   to make the poor rich suddenly, in an instant.
22 The blessing of the Lord is* the reward of the pious,
   and quickly God causes his blessing to flourish.
23 Do not say, ‘What do I need,
   and what further benefit can be mine?’
24 Do not say, ‘I have enough,
   and what harm can come to me now?’
25 In the day of prosperity, adversity is forgotten,
   and in the day of adversity, prosperity is not remembered.
26 For it is easy for the Lord on the day of death
   to reward individuals according to their conduct.
27 An hour’s misery makes one forget past delights,
   and at the close of one’s life one’s deeds are revealed.
28 Call no one happy before his death;
   by how he ends, a person becomes known.*

Care in Choosing Friends

29 Do not invite everyone into your home,
   for many are the tricks of the crafty.
30 Like a decoy partridge in a cage, so is the mind of the proud,
   and like spies they observe your weakness;*
31 for they lie in wait, turning good into evil,
   and to worthy actions they attach blame.
32 From a spark many coals are kindled,
   and a sinner lies in wait to shed blood.
33 Beware of scoundrels, for they devise evil,
   and they may ruin your reputation for ever.
34 Receive strangers into your home and they will stir up trouble for you,
   and will make you a stranger to your own family.

12If you do good, know to whom you do it,
   and you will be thanked for your good deeds.
2 Do good to the devout, and you will be repaid—
   if not by them, certainly by the Most High.
3 No good comes to one who persists in evil
   or to one who does not give alms.
4 Give to the devout, but do not help the sinner.
5   Do good to the humble, but do not give to the ungodly;
hold back their bread, and do not give it to them,
   for by means of it they might subdue you;
then you will receive twice as much evil
   for all the good you have done to them.
6 For the Most High also hates sinners
   and will inflict punishment on the ungodly.*
7 Give to one who is good, but do not help the sinner.
8 A friend is not known* in prosperity,
   nor is an enemy hidden in adversity.


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