Ecclesiasticus Chapter 7 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Wee are exhorted from sinne, 4 from ambition, 8 presumption, 10 and fainting in prayer: 12 from lying and backebiting, 18 and how to esteeme a friend: 19 A good wife: 20 a seruant: 22 our cattell: 23 our children and parents: 31 the Lord and his Priests: 32 the poore and those that mourne.
Doe no euill, so shall no harme come vnto thee.
Depart from the vniust, and iniquitie shall turne away from thee.
My sonne, sow not vpon the furrowes of vnrighteousnesse, and thou shalt not reape them seuen folde.
Seeke not of the Lord preheminence, neither of the King the seate of honour.
Iustifie not thy selfe before the Lord, and boast not of thy wisedome before the king.5
Seeke not to be iudge, being not able to take away iniquitie, lest at any time thou feare the person of the mightie, and lay a stumbling blocke in the way of thy vprightnesse.
Offend not against the multitude of a city, and then thou shalt not cast thy selfe downe among the people.
Bind not one sinne vpon another, for in one thou shalt not be vnpunished.
Say not, God wil looke vpon the multitude of my oblations, and when I offer to the most High God, he will accept it.
Be not faint hearted when thou makest thy prayer, and neglect not to giue almes.
Laugh no man to scorne in the bitternesse of his soule: for there is one which humbleth and exalteth.
Deuise not a lie against thy brother: neither doe the like to thy friend.12
Use not to make any maner of lie: for the custome thereof is not good.
Use not many words in a multitude of Elders, and make not much babling when thou prayest.14
Hate not laborious worke, neither husbandrie, which the most High hath ordeined.15
Number not thy selfe among the multitude of sinners, but remember that wrath will not tary long.
Humble thy soule greatly: for the vengeance of the vngodly is fire and wormes.
Change not a friend for any good by no meanes: neither a faithfull brother for the gold of Ophir.
Forgoe not a wise and good woman: for her grace is aboue gold.
Whereas thy seruant worketh truely, entreate him not euill, nor the hireling that bestoweth himselfe wholly for thee.20
Let thy soule loue a good seruant, and defraud him not of liberty.
Hast thou cattell? haue an eye to them, and if they be for thy profit, keepe them with thee.22
Hast thou children? instruct them, and bow downe their necke from their youth.
Hast thou daughters? haue care of their body, and shewe not thy selfe cheerefull toward them.
Marrie thy daughter, and so shalt thou haue performed a weightie matter: but giue her to a man of vnderstanding.
Hast thou a wife after thy minde? forsake her not, but giue not thy selfe ouer to a light woman.26
Honour thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrowes of thy mother.
Remember that thou wast begot of them, and how canst thou recompense them the things that they haue done for thee?
Feare the Lord with all thy soule, and reuerence his priests.
Loue him that made thee with all thy strength, and forsake not his ministers.
Feare the Lord, and honour the priest: and giue him his portion, as it is commanded thee, the first fruits, and the trespasse offering, & the gift of the shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification, and the first fruits of the holy things.
And stretch thine hand vnto the poore, that thy blessing may be perfected32
A gift hath grace in the sight of euery man liuing, and for the dead deteine it not.
Faile not to bee with them that weepe, and mourne with them that mourne.
Be not slow to visit the sicke: for that shall make thee to be beloued.
Whatsoeuer thou takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt neuer doe amisse.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 7 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
5 Psal.142. 2. eccles.7. 17. iob9. 20. luke 18.11.
12 Gre. plough not.
14 Mat.6.5,7 , Or, vaine repetition.
15 Gre. created.
20 Leuit.19. 15.
26 Or, hateful
32 Deut. 15. 10. , Or, thy liberality.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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