The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 12:1–7

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If you do good, know to whom you do it, and there will be many thanks for your good deeds.

When thou wilt do good know to whom thou doest it; so shalt thou be thanked for thy benefits.

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Do good to the just, and you will find great recompense, and if not from him, certainly from the Lord.

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For there is no good for someone who is always occupied in evil, or who does not give alms. For the Most High holds hatred for sinners, but he takes pity on the repentant.

There can no good come to him that is always occupied in evil, nor to him that giveth no alms.

Give to the merciful, and you should not assist the sinner. For the impious and the sinner will be repaid with the vengeance being held for them on the day of retribution.

Give to the godly man, and help not a sinner.

Give to the good, but you should not receive from a sinner.

Do well unto him that is lowly, but give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overmaster thee thereby: for else thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done unto him.

Do good to the humble, but you should not give to the impious; withhold your bread, do not give it to him, otherwise he may overpower you with it.

For the most High hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance unto the ungodly, and keepeth them against the mighty day of their punishment.

For you will find twice the evil for all the good you will have done to him. For the Most High also holds hatred for sinners, and he will repay vengeance to the impious.

Give unto the good, and help not the sinner.