1Blessed is anyone who has not sinned in speech and who needs feel no remorse for sins. 2Blessed is anyone whose conscience brings no reproach and who has never given up hope. 3Wealth is not the right thing for the niggardly, and what use are possessions to the covetous? 4Whoever hoards by stinting himself is hoarding for others, and others wil live sumptuously on hisriches. 5If someone is mean to himself, whom does he benefit? he does not even enjoy what is his own. 6No one is meaner than the person who is mean to himself, this is how his wickedness repays him. 7If he does any good, he does it unintentional y, and in the end he himself reveals his wickedness. 8Wicked the person who has an envious eye, averting his face, and careless of others' lives. 9The eye of the grasping is not content with what he has, greed shrivels up the soul. 10The miser is grudging of bread, there is famine at his table. 11My child, treat yourself as wel as you can afford, and bring worthy offerings to the Lord. 12Remember that death wil not delay, and that you have never seen Sheol's contract. 13Be kind to your friend before you die, treat him as generously as you can afford. 14Do not refuse yourself the good things of today, do not let your share of what is lawfully desired passyou by. 15Wil you not have to leave your fortune to another, and the fruit of your labour to be divided by lot? 16Give and receive, enjoy yourself -- there are no pleasures to be found in Sheol. 17Like clothes, every body wil wear out, the age -- old law is, 'Everyone must die.' 18Like foliage growing on a bushy tree, some leaves fal ing, others growing, so are the generations offlesh and blood: one dies, another is born. 19Every achievement rots away and perishes, and with it goes its author. 20Blessed is anyone who meditates on wisdom, and reasons with intelligence, 21who studies her ways in his heart, and ponders her secrets. 22He pursues her like a hunter, and lies in wait by her path; 23he peeps in at her windows, and listens at her doors; 24he lodges close to her house, and fixes his peg in her wal s; 25he pitches his tent at her side, and lodges in an excel ent lodging; 26he sets his children in her shade, and camps beneath her branches; 27he is sheltered by her from the heat, and in her glory he makes his home.
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