Ecclesiasticus — Ecclesiasticus Jesu, filii Sirach
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Chapter 7
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Do no evils, and no evils shall lay hold of thee.
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Noli facere mala, et non te apprehendent:
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Harm if thou do none, harm shall none befall thee;
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Depart from the unjust, and evils shall depart from thee.
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discede ab iniquo, et deficient mala abs te.
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clear of wrong is clear of mishap.
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My son, sow not evils in the furrows of injustice, and thou shalt not reap them sevenfold.
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Fili, non semines mala in sulcis injustitiæ, et non metes ea in septuplum.
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What avails it, my son, to sow in the furrow of mischief, and reap a sevenfold harvest?
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Seek not of the Lord a pre-eminence, nor of the king the seat of honour.
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Noli quærere a Domino ducatum, neque a rege cathedram honoris.
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Never ask of God high station, or of the king preferment.
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Justify not thyself before God, for he knoweth the heart: and desire not to appear wise before the king.
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Non te justifices ante Deum, quoniam agnitor cordis ipse est: et penes regem noli velle videri sapiens.
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Never try to prove thy innocence before God, who knows all, nor thy subtlety before the king.
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Seek not to be made a judge, unless thou have strength enough to extirpate iniquities: lest thou fear the person of the powerful, and lay a stumblingblock for thy integrity.
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Noli quærere fieri judex, nisi valeas virtute irrumpere iniquitates: ne forte extimescas faciem potentis, et ponas scandalum in æquitate tua.
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Do not sit in judgement, unless thou art able to crush the wrong; if thou favour the rich, what else is thy award but a snare for thy own virtue?
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Offend not against the multitude of a city, neither cast thyself in upon the people,
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Non pecces in multitudinem civitatis, nec te immittas in populum:
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Hurt never the public weal; no need to embroil thyself with thy own neighbours.
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Nor bind sin to sin: for even in one thou shalt not be unpunished.
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neque alliges duplicia peccata, nec enim in uno eris immunis.
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Never tack sin to sin; for the first thou art in arrears.
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Be not fainthearted in thy mind:
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Noli esse pusillanimis in animo tuo:
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Do not lose confidence
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Neglect not to pray, and to give alms.
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exorare et facere eleemosynam ne despicias.
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in thy praying, or leave almsgiving undone.
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Say not: God will have respect to the multitude of my gifts, and when I offer to the most high God, he will accept my offerings.
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Ne dicas: In multitudine munerum meorum respiciet Deus, et offerente me Deo altissimo, munera mea suscipiet.
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Do not flatter thyself that God will look favourably on thy many offerings, as if he, the most High, could not refuse thy gifts.
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Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterness of his soul: for there is one that humbleth and exalteth, God who seeth all.
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Non irrideas hominem in amaritudine animæ: est enim qui humiliat et exaltat circumspector Deus.
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Taunt never the disconsolate; God, who sees all, casts men down and lifts them up.
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Devise not a lie against thy brother: neither do the like against thy friend.
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Noli amare mendacium adversus fratrem tuum, neque in amicum similiter facias.
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Not against thy own brother trump up the charge; nor thy neighbour either.
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Be not willing to make any manner of lie: for the custom thereof is not good.
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Noli velle mentiri omne mendacium: assiduitas enim illius non est bona.
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Every breath of falsehood avoid in thy speech; so ill grows the habit of it.
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Be not full of words in a multitude of ancients, and repeat not the word in thy prayer.
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Noli verbosus esse in multitudine presbyterorum, et non iteres verbum in oratione tua.
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Idle talk becomes thee not, when thou sittest with the elders in council, nor, when thou prayest, repetition of thy prayer.
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Hate not laborious works, nor husbandry ordained by the most High.
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Non oderis laboriosa opera, et rusticationem creatam ab Altissimo.
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At toil repine not; the farmer’s trade is of divine appointment.
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Number not thyself among the multitude of the disorderly.
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Non te reputes in multitudine indisciplinatorum.
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When sinners abound, be not thou of their company;
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Remember wrath, for it will not tarry long.
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Memento iræ, quoniam non tardabit.
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bethink thee rather, how swiftly comes vengeance,
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Humble thy spirit very much: for the vengeance on the flesh of the ungodly is fire and worms.
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Humilia valde spiritum tuum, quoniam vindicta carnis impii ignis et vermis.
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and so curb thy unruly spirits; for sinful flesh, fire and worm.
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Do not transgress against thy friend deferring money, nor despise thy dear brother for the sake of gold.
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Noli prævaricari in amicum pecuniam differentem, neque fratrem carissimum auro spreveris.
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Thou hast a friend who is over-long in thy debt; use no cruelty with him; dear to thee as a brother, and shall gold count more?
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Depart not from a wise and good wife, whom thou hast gotten in the fear of the Lord: for the grace of her modesty is above gold.
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Noli discedere a muliere sensata et bona, quam sortitus es in timore Domini: gratia enim verecundiæ illius super aurum.
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Thou hast a good wife, a thrifty woman that has thrown in her lot, in the fear of the Lord, with thine; do not leave her; that modesty of hers is a grace gold cannot buy.
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Hurt not the servant that worketh faithfully, nor the hired man that giveth thee his life.
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Non lædas servum in veritate operantem, neque mercenarium dantem animam suam.
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The slave that works for thee faithfully, the hireling that is pledged to thy service, injure not;
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Let a wise servant be dear to thee as thy own soul, defraud him not of liberty, nor leave him needy.
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Servus sensatus sit tibi dilectus quasi anima tua: non defraudes illum libertate, neque inopem derelinquas illum.
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a thrifty slave thou shouldst love as thy own self, not baulking him of liberty or leaving him to starve.
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Hast thou cattle? have an eye to them: and if they be for thy profit, keep them with thee.
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Pecora tibi sunt, attende illis: et si sunt utilia, perseverent apud te.
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Cattle thou hast; tend them well, nor part with them while they do thee good service.
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Hast thou children? instruct them, and bow down their neck from their childhood.
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Filii tibi sunt? erudi illos, et curva illos a pueritia illorum.
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Thou hast sons; train them to bear the yoke from their youth up.
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Hast thou daughters? have a care of their body, and shew not thy countenance gay towards them.
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Filiæ tibi sunt? serva corpus illarum, et non ostendas hilarem faciem tuam ad illas.
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Thou hast daughters; keep them chaste, and do not spoil them with thy smile;
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Marry thy daughter well, and thou shalt do a great work, and give her to a wise man.
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Trade filiam, et grande opus feceris: et homini sensato da illam.
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a daughter wed is great good done, if a thrifty husband thou find her.
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If thou hast a wife according to thy soul, cast her not off: and to her that is hateful, trust not thyself. With thy whole heart,
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Mulier si est tibi secundum animam tuam, non projicias illam: et odibili non credas te. In toto corde tuo
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And thy own wife, if thou lovest her, never do thou forsake, nor trust thy happiness to one who is little to thy mind.And oh, with thy whole heart
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Honour thy father, and forget not the groanings of thy mother:
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honora patrem tuum, et gemitus matris tuæ ne obliviscaris:
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honour thy father, nor forget thy mother’s pangs;
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Remember that thou hadst not been born but through them: and make a return to them as they have done for thee.
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memento quoniam nisi per illos natus non fuisses: et retribue illis, quomodo et illi tibi.
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bethink thee, that without them thou hadst had no being, and repay the service they have done thee.
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With all thy soul fear the Lord, and reverence his priests.
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In tota anima tua time Dominum, et sacerdotes illius sanctifica.
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With all thy soul fear God, and reverence his priests.
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With all thy strength love him that made thee: and forsake not his ministers.
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In omni virtute tua dilige eum qui te fecit, et ministros ejus ne derelinquas.
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He made thee; wilt thou not devote all thy powers to his love? Wilt thou leave his ministers unbefriended?
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Honour God with all thy soul, and give honour to the priests, and purify thyself with thy arms.
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Honora Deum ex tota anima tua, et honorifica sacerdotes, et propurga te cum brachiis.
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Rather, with all thy soul fear God, and to his priests give their due; with gift of the consecrated shoulder clear thyself of what is owing.
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Give them their portion, as it is commanded thee, of the firstfruits and of purifications: and for thy negligences purify thyself with a few.
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Da illis partem, sicut mandatum est tibi, primitiarum et purgationis, et de negligentia tua purga te cum paucis.
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The priests must have their share, by law prescribed, of first-fruits and of offering for transgression; even if thou hast committed a fault in ignorance, a little is claimed for thy cleansing.
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Offer to the Lord the gift of thy shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification, and the firstfruits of the holy things:
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Datum brachiorum tuorum, et sacrificium sanctificationis offeres Domino, et initia sanctorum.
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The gift of the consecrated shoulder thou must make to the Lord, and the offering of all that is dedicated, and the holy first-fruits;
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And stretch out thy hand to the poor, that thy expiation and thy blessing may be perfected.
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Et pauperi porrige manum tuam, ut perficiatur propitiatio et benedictio tua.
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moreover, thou must open thy hand to the poor; so thy atonement shall be perfect, and perfect thy blessing.
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A gift hath grace in the sight of all the living, and restrain not grace from the dead.
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Gratia dati in conspectu omnis viventis, et mortuo non prohibeas gratiam.
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No living man but is thankful for the gift given; and it is ill done to withhold thy favours even from the dead.
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Be not wanting in comforting them that weep, and walk with them that mourn.
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Non desis plorantibus in consolatione, et cum lugentibus ambula.
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Fail not to comfort the distressed, let the mourner have thee for his escort.
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Be not slow to visit the sick: for by these things thou shalt be confirmed in love.
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Non te pigeat visitare infirmum: ex his enim in dilectione firmaberis.
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Never tire of visiting the sick; no surer way of winning thy neighbour’s love.
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In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.
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In omnibus operibus tuis memorare novissima tua, et in æternum non peccabis.
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Remember at all times what thou must come to at the last, and thou shalt never do amiss.