The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 10:26–11:1


26  Do not choose to despise a just man who is poor, and do not choose to magnify a sinful man who is rich.

Sir10:23  It is not meet to despise the poor man that hath understanding; neither is it convenient to magnify a sinful man.

27  The great man, and the judge, and the powerful have honor. But no one is greater than he who fears God.

Sir10:24  Great men, and judges, and potentates, shall be honoured; yet is there none of them greater than he that feareth the Lord.

28  Those who are free will serve an understanding servant. And a prudent and disciplined man will not murmur at correction. But an ignorant man will not be honored.

Sir10:25  Unto the servant that is wise shall they that are free do service: and he that hath knowledge will not grudge when he is reformed.

29  Do not choose to extol yourself in doing your work, and do not be unproductive during the time of distress.

Sir10:26  Be not overwise in doing thy business; and boast not thyself in the time of thy distress.

30  He who works, and so abounds in all things, is better than he who boasts, and so lacks bread.

Sir10:27  Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all things, than he that boasteth himself, and wanteth bread.

31  Son, preserve your soul in meekness, and give it honor according to its merit.

Sir10:28  My son, glorify thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to the dignity thereof.

32  Who will justify one who sins in his soul? And who will honor one who dishonors his soul?

Sir10:29  Who will justify him that sinneth against his own soul? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own life?

33  The poor man is glorified by his discipline and fear. And there is a man who is honored because of his substance.

Sir10:30  The poor man is honoured for his skill, and the rich man is honoured for his riches.

34  But if someone is glorified in poverty, how much more in substance? And whoever is glorified in substance, let him fear poverty.

Sir10:31  He that is honoured in poverty, how much more in riches? and he that is dishonourable in riches, how much more in poverty?

11:1  The wisdom of one who is humble will exalt his head, and will cause him to sit down in the midst of great men.

Wisdom lifteth up the head of him that is of low degree, and maketh him to sit among great men.