The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 14:3–10

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Substance is senseless for a greedy and stingy man. And what would a spiteful man do with gold?

Riches are not comely for a niggard: and what should an envious man do with money?

Whoever acquires unjustly, according to his own mind, gathers for others. For another will spend his goods lavishly.

He that gathereth by defrauding his own soul gathereth for others, that shall spend his goods riotously.

Whoever is wicked to himself, to whom will he be good? For he will not take enjoyment in his own goods.

He that is evil to himself, to whom will he be good? he shall not take pleasure in his goods.

Whoever has ill will toward himself, nothing is more worthless than he is. But such is the reward of his wickedness.

There is none worse than he that envieth himself; and this is a recompence of his wickedness.

And if he does good, he does it ignorantly and unwillingly. And in the very end, he realizes his own malice.

And if he doeth good, he doeth it unwillingly; and at the last he will declare his wickedness.

The eye of the spiteful man is wicked, and he averts his face and despises his own soul.

The envious man hath a wicked eye; he turneth away his face, and despiseth men.

The eye of the greedy man is insatiable in his portion of iniquity. He will not be satisfied until he has consumed his own soul, withering it away.

A covetous man’s eye is not satisfied with his portion; and the iniquity of the wicked drieth up his soul.

10  An evil eye is directed at evil things. And he will not be satisfied by bread; instead, he will be needy and grieving at his own table.

10  A wicked eye envieth his bread, and he is a niggard at his table.