1He who lives for ever has created the sum of things. 2The Lord alone wil be found just. 3 4He has given no one the power to proclaim his works to the end, and who can fathom his magnificentdeeds? 5Who can assess his magnificent strength, and who can go further and tel al of his mercies? 6Nothing can be added to them, nothing subtracted, it is impossible to fathom the marvels of the Lord. 7When someone finishes he is only beginning, and when he stops he is as puzzled as ever. 8What is a human being, what purpose does he serve? What is good and what is bad for him? 9The length of his life: a hundred years at most. 10Like a drop of water from the sea, or a grain of sand, such are these few years compared with eternity. 11This is why the Lord is patient with them and pours out his mercy on them. 12He sees and recognises how wretched their end is, and so he makes his forgiveness the greater. 13Human compassion extends to neighbours, but the Lord's compassion extends to everyone; rebuking,correcting and teaching, bringing them back as a shepherd brings his flock. 14He has compassion on those who accept correction, and who fervently search for his judgements. 15My child, do not temper your favours with blame nor any of your gifts with words that hurt. 16Does not dew relieve the heat? In the same way a word is worth more than a gift. 17Why surely, a word is better than a good present, but a generous person is ready with both. 18A fool wil offer nothing but insult, and a grudging gift makes the eyes smart. 19Learn before you speak, take care of yourself before you fal ill. 20Examine yourself before judgement comes, and on the day of visitation you will be acquitted. 21Humble yourself before you fall il , repent as soon as the sin is committed. 22Let nothing prevent your discharging a vow in good time, and do not wait till death to set matters right. 23Prepare yourself before making a vow, and do not be like someone who tempts the Lord. 24Bear in mind the retribution of the last days, the time of vengeance when God averts his face. 25In a time of plenty remember times of famine, think of poverty and want when you are rich. 26The time slips by between dawn and dusk, everything passes quickly for the Lord. 27The wise wil be cautious in everything, in sinful times wil take care not to offend. 28Every person of sense recognises wisdom, and wil respect anyone who has found her. 29Those who understand sayings have toiled for their wisdom and have poured out accurate maxims. 30Do not be governed by your passions, restrain your desires. 31If you al ow yourself to satisfy your desires, this wil make you the laughing-stock of your enemies. 32Do not indulge in luxurious living, do not get involved in such society. 33Do not beggar yourself by banqueting on credit when there is nothing in your pocket.
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