The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 18:15–18

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15  Son, in your good works, you should not complain, and in giving anything, you should not cause grief with evil words.

15  My son, blemish not thy good deeds, neither use uncomfortable words when thou givest any thing.

16  Is heat not refreshed by the dew? So also is a good word better than a gift.

16  Shall not the dew asswage the heat? so is a word better than a gift.

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17  Behold, is a word not greater than a gift? But both are with a justified man.

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18  The foolish place blame sharply. And a gift from the undisciplined causes the eyes to fail.

18  A fool will upbraid churlishly, and a gift of the envious consumeth the eyes.