The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 37:32–34


32  Do not choose to be eager during any feast, and you should not act with excess toward any food.

Sir37:29  Be not unsatiable in any dainty thing, nor too greedy upon meats

33  For in excessive eating there will be infirmity, and gluttony will continue even unto illness.

Sir37:30  For excess of meats bringeth sickness, and surfeiting will turn into choler.

34  By excessive drinking, many have passed away. But he who abstains will add to his life.

Sir37:31  By surfeiting have many perished; but he that taketh heed prolongeth his life.