1O death, how bitter it is to remember you for someone peaceful y living with his possessions, forsomeone with no worries and everything going wel and who can still enjoy his food! 2O death, your sentence is welcome to one in want, whose strength is failing, to one worn out with ageand a thousand worries, resentful and impatient! 3Do not dread death's sentence; remember those who came before you and those who wil come after. 4This is the sentence passed on al living creatures by the Lord, so why object to what seems good tothe Most High? Whether your life lasts ten or a hundred or a thousand years, its length wil not be held againstyou in Sheol. 5Hateful brats, such are the children of sinners, who foregather in the haunts of the godless. 6The inheritance of sinners' children is doomed to perish, their posterity wil endure lasting reproach. 7A godless father wil be blamed by his children for the reproach he has brought on them. 8A bad outlook for you, godless people, who have forsaken the Law of God Most High. 9When you were born, you were born to be accursed, and when you die, that curse wil be your portion. 10Al that comes from the earth returns to the earth, so too the wicked proceed from curse to destruction. 11Mourning concerns only the bodies of the dead, but the worthless name of sinners wil be blotted out. 12Be careful of your reputation, for it wil last you longer than a thousand great hoards of gold. 13A good life lasts a certain number of days, but a good reputation lasts for ever. 14Keep my instructions and be at peace, my children. Wisdom hidden away and treasure undisplayed,what use is either of these? 15Better someone who hides his fol y than one who hides his wisdom. 16Preserve a sense of shame in the fol owing matters, for not every kind of shame is right to harbour,nor is every situation correctly appraised by al . 17Be ashamed, before father and mother, of depraved behaviour, and before prince or potentate oftel ing lies; 18of wrong-doing before judge or magistrate, and of impiety before the assembly of the people; 19of sharp practice before your companion and your friend, and of theft before the neighbourhood youlive in. 20Before the truth and covenant of God, be ashamed of leaning elbows on the table, 21of being ungracious when giving or receiving, of ignoring those who greet you, 22of gazing at a loose woman, of repulsing your fellow-countryman, 23of misappropriating another's portion or gift, of paying court to another man's wife, 24of making advances to his servant-girl -- do not go near her bed- 25of saying disagreeable things to friends -- do not fol ow up a gift with a taunt- 26of repeating everything you hear and of betraying confidences. 27Then you wil know what true shame is, and you wil find yourself in everyone's graces.
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