The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 40:28–30

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

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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.