The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 40:28–30


28  The fear of the Lord is like a paradise of blessings, and they have covered it above all glory.


29  Son, in your lifetime you should not be indigent, for it is better to die than to be destitute.

Sir40:28  My son, lead not a beggar’s life; for better it is to die than to beg.

30  The life of him who looks to another man’s table should not be thought of as a way of life. For he feeds his life with another man’s food.

Sir40:29  The life of him that dependeth on another man’s table is not to be counted for a life; for he polluteth himself with other men’s meat: but a wise man well nurtured will beware thereof.