The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 31:1–11


Watching for wealth consumes the flesh, and thinking about it takes away sleep.

Sir31:Sir34:1  Watching for riches consumeth the flesh, and the care thereof driveth away sleep.

Anticipation in thought distracts the mind, and a grievous infirmity makes the soul sober.

Sir31:Sir34:2  Watching care will not let a man slumber, as a sore disease breaketh sleep,

The rich man has labored in gathering wealth, and in his rest, he will be filled with his goods.

Sir31:Sir34:3  The rich hath great labour in gathering riches together; and when he resteth, he is filled with his delicates.

The poor man has labored in his lowly way, and in the end, he may still be in need.

Sir31:Sir34:4  The poor laboureth in his poor estate; and when he leaveth off, he is still needy.

Whoever loves gold will not be justified. And whoever pursues consumption will be consumed by it.

Sir31:Sir34:5  He that loveth gold shall not be justified, and he that followeth corruption shall have enough thereof.

Many have been caused to fall because of gold, and it became their ruin by its beauty.

Sir31:Sir34:6  Gold hath been the ruin of many, and their destruction was present.

Gold is a stumbling block to those who sacrifice for it. Woe to those who pursue it eagerly, for all the imprudent will perish by it.

Sir31:Sir34:7  It is a stumblingblock unto them that sacrifice unto it, and every fool shall be taken therewith.

Blessed is the rich man who is found to be without blemish. And blessed is he who has not gone after gold, nor placed his hope in money or treasures.

Sir31:Sir34:8  Blessed is the rich that is found without blemish, and hath not gone after gold.

Who is he? For we should praise him. For he has done wonderful things in his life.

Sir31:Sir34:9  Who is he? and we will call him blessed: for wonderful things hath he done among his people.

10  He has been tested by it, and has become perfect; he will have eternal glory. He was able to transgress, but he has not transgressed. He was able to do evil, but he has not done evil.

Sir31:Sir34:10  Who hath been tried thereby, and found perfect? then let him glory. Who might offend, and hath not offended? or done evil, and hath not done it?

11  Therefore, his good things are established in the Lord, and the entire Church of the saints will proclaim his almsgiving.

Sir31:Sir34:11  His goods shall be established, and the congregation shall declare his alms.