1A hard lot has been created for human beings, a heavy yoke lies on the children of Adam from the daythey come out of their mother's womb, till the day they return to the mother of them al . 2What fills them with foreboding and their hearts with fear is dread of the day of death. 3From the one who sits on a glorious throne to the wretch in dust and ashes, 4from the one who wears purple and a crown to the one dressed in sacking, al is fury and jealousy,turmoil and unrest, fear of death, rivalry, strife. 5And even at night while he rests on his bed his sleep only gives a new twist to his worries: 6scarcely has he lain down to rest, when in his sleep, as if in broad daylight, he is troubled withnightmares, like one who has escaped from a battle, 7and at the moment of rescue he wakes up, amazed that there was nothing to be afraid of! 8For al creatures, human and animal -- and seven times more for sinners- 9there is death and blood and strife and the sword, disasters, famine, affliction, plague. 10These things were al created for the wicked, and the Flood came because of them. 11Al that comes from the earth returns to the earth, and what comes from the water returns to the sea. 12Al bribery and injustice wil be blotted out, but good faith wil stand for ever. 13Il -gotten wealth will vanish like a torrent, like the single thunder-clap that heralds rain. 14When he opens his hand, he rejoices, by the same token, sinners come to ruin. 15The sprigs of the godless wil not make many branches, tainted roots find only hard rock. 16The reed that grows by every lake and river's edge is the first plant to be uprooted. 17Charity is a very paradise of blessing and almsgiving endures for ever. 18For a person of private means and one who works hard, life is pleasant, better off than either, one whofinds a treasure. 19Children and the founding of a city perpetuate a name: more esteemed than either, a perfect wife. 20Wine and music cheer the heart; better than either, the love of wisdom. 21Flute and harp add sweetness to a song; better than either, a melodious voice. 22The eye longs for grace and beauty; better than either, the green of spring corn. 23Friend or comrade -- it is always wel met; better than either, a wife and husband. 24Brothers and al ies are good in times of trouble; better than either, almsgiving to the rescue. 25Gold and silver wil steady your feet; more esteemed than either, good advice. 26Money and strength make a confident heart; better than either, the fear of the Lord. With fear of theLord, nothing is lacking: no need to seek for other help. 27Fear of the Lord is a paradise of blessing, a better protection than the highest reputation. 28My child, do not live by sponging off others, better be dead than be a sponger. 29A life spent in eyeing someone else's table cannot be accounted a life at al . Other people's fooddefiles the gul et; a wise, wel -brought-up person wil beware of doing this. 30What a sponger says may sound very sweet but in his bel y there burns a fire.
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