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Sirach 12

 
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1 ἐὰν εὖ ποιῇς γνῶθι τίνι ποιεῖς καὶ ἔσται χάρις τοῖς ἀγαθοῖς σου 2 εὖ ποίησον εὐσεβεῖ καὶ εὑρήσεις ἀνταπόδομα καὶ εἰ μὴ πα{R'} αὐτοῦ ἀλλὰ παρὰ τοῦ ὑψίστου 3 οὐκ ἔσται ἀγαθὰ τῷ ἐνδελεχίζοντι εἰς κακὰ καὶ τῷ ἐλεημοσύνην μὴ χαριζομένῳ 4 δὸς τῷ εὐσεβεῖ καὶ μὴ ἀντιλάβῃ τοῦ ἁμαρτωλοῦ 5 6 εὖ ποίησον ταπεινῷ καὶ μὴ δῷς ἀσεβεῖ ἐμπόδισον τοὺς ἄρτους αὐτοῦ καὶ μὴ δῷς αὐτῷ ἵνα μὴ ἐν αὐτοῖς σε δυναστεύσῃ 7 διπλάσια γὰρ κακὰ εὑρήσεις ἐν πᾶσιν ἀγαθοῖς οἷς ἂν ποιήσῃς αὐτῷ ὅτι καὶ ὁ ὕψιστος ἐμίσησεν ἁμαρτωλοὺς καὶ τοῖς ἀσεβέσιν ἀποδώσει ἐκδίκησιν δὸς τῷ ἀγαθῷ καὶ μὴ ἀντιλάβῃ τοῦ ἁμαρτωλοῦ 1 Favour if thou grantest, look well to whom thou grantest it; so shall thy favours earn abundant gratitude. 2 A good turn done to an honest man is well rewarded; if not he, then the Lord will repay thee. 3 It goes ill with the man who spends all his time courting the wicked, and alms gives none; does not the most High himself treat sinners as his enemies, never sparing them till they repent? 4 … For rebellious sinners he has nothing but punishment, although he may save up the day of their punishing.[1] 5 Keep thy favours for the kind-hearted, and let the sinners go without their welcome. 6 The friendless man deserves thy alms; to the godless give nothing; nay, prevent food reaching him, or he will have the mastery of thee. 7 All his gain will be doubly thy loss; and so it is that the most High both hates sinners and will bring retribution on their impiety. 1

Si benefeceris, scito cui feceris,
et erit gratia in bonis tuis multa.
2
Benefac justo, et invenies retributionem magnam:
et si non ab ipso, certe a Domino.
3
Non est enim ei bene qui assiduus est in malis,
et eleemosynas non danti:
quoniam et Altissimus odio habet peccatores,
et misertus est pœnitentibus.
4
Da misericordi, et ne suscipias peccatorem:
et impiis et peccatoribus reddet vindictam,
custodiens eos in diem vindictæ.
5
Da bono, et non receperis peccatorem.
6
Benefac humili, et non dederis impio:
prohibe panes illi dari, ne in ipsis potentior te sit:
7
nam duplicia mala invenies in omnibus bonis quæcumque feceris illi,
quoniam et Altissimus odio habet peccatores,
et impiis reddet vindictam.
8 οὐκ ἐκδικηθήσεται ἐν ἀγαθοῖς ὁ φίλος καὶ οὐ κρυβήσεται ἐν κακοῖς ὁ ἐχθρός 9 ἐν ἀγαθοῖς ἀνδρὸς οἱ ἐχθροὶ αὐτοῦ ἐν λύπῃ καὶ ἐν τοῖς κακοῖς αὐτοῦ καὶ ὁ φίλος διαχωρισθήσεται 8 Prosperity will not shew thee who are thy friends. In bad times, thy enemies may triumph openly, 9 that till now were grieved at thy good fortune; but it is these bad times will shew thee thy friends too. 8

Non agnoscetur in bonis amicus,
et non abscondetur in malis inimicus.
9
In bonis viri, inimici illius in tristitia:
et in malitia illius, amicus agnitus est.
10 μὴ πιστεύσῃς τῷ ἐχθρῷ σου εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα ὡς γὰρ ὁ χαλκὸς ἰοῦται οὕτως ἡ πονηρία αὐτοῦ 11 καὶ ἐὰν ταπεινωθῇ καὶ πορεύηται συγκεκυφώς ἐπίστησον τὴν ψυχήν σου καὶ φύλαξαι ἀ{P'} αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔσῃ αὐτῷ ὡς ἐκμεμαχὼς ἔσοπτρον καὶ γνώσῃ ὅτι οὐκ εἰς τέλος κατίωσεν 12 μὴ στήσῃς αὐτὸν παρὰ σεαυτῷ μὴ ἀνατρέψας σε στῇ ἐπὶ τὸν τόπον σου μὴ καθίσῃς αὐτὸν ἐκ δεξιῶν σου μήποτε ζητήσῃ τὴν καθέδραν σου καὶ ἐ{P'} ἐσχάτων ἐπιγνώσῃ τοὺς λόγους μου καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν ῥημάτων μου κατανυγήσῃ 13 τίς ἐλεήσει ἐπαοιδὸν ὀφιόδηκτον καὶ πάντας τοὺς προσάγοντας θηρίοις οὕτως τὸν προσπορευόμενον ἀνδρὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ καὶ συμφυρόμενον ἐν ταῖς ἁμαρτίαις αὐτοῦ 14 ὥραν μετὰ σοῦ διαμενεῖ καὶ ἐὰν ἐκκλίνῃς οὐ μὴ καρτερήσῃ 15 καὶ ἐν τοῖς χείλεσιν αὐτοῦ γλυκανεῖ ὁ ἐχθρὸς καὶ ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ βουλεύσεται ἀνατρέψαι σε εἰς βόθρον 16 ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς αὐτοῦ δακρύσει ὁ ἐχθρός καὶ ἐὰν εὕρῃ καιρόν οὐκ ἐμπλησθήσεται ἀ{F'} αἵματος 17 κακὰ ἐὰν ὑπαντήσῃ σοι εὑρήσεις αὐτὸν πρότερον ἐκεῖ σου 18 καὶ ὡς βοηθῶν ὑποσχάσει πτέρναν σου 19 τὴν κεφαλὴν αὐτοῦ κινήσει καὶ ἐπικροτήσει ταῖς χερσὶν αὐτοῦ καὶ πολλὰ διαψιθυρίσει καὶ ἀλλοιώσει τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ 10 Never trust an enemy; deep as verdigris on copper his malice is ingrained. 11 Lout he never so low, look to it well and be on thy guard against him; 12 never let him attend on thee, or sit at thy right hand. His eyes are on thy place; a time will come when he will sit where thou sittest, when thou wilt recognize the truth of my warning, and be stung by the memory. 13 Who shall pity snake-charmer or beast-tamer if he takes hurt? And he deserves no less, who consorts with rogues and is entangled in their sinful ways. 14 This false friend will be thy companion for an hour, then, if thou art for altering thy course, he will not hear of it; 15 all those honeyed words do but mask a plot to lure thee into some ditch. 16 How he weeps for thee, this enemy of thine! Yet, if his chance comes, there will be no glutting him with thy blood; 17 come thou into mischief, he is there already waiting for thee. 18 How he weeps for thee, this enemy of thine! If he makes to aid thee, it is only to trip thy heel; 19 then what mopping and mowing, what clapping of the hands and whispering, what a change of mien! 10
Non credas inimico tuo in æternum:
sicut enim æramentum æruginat nequitia illius:
11
et si humiliatus vadat curvus,
adjice animum tuum, et custodi te ab illo.
12
Non statuas illum penes te,
nec sedeat ad dexteram tuam,
ne forte conversus in locum tuum, inquirat cathedram tuam,
et in novissimo agnosces verba mea,
et in sermonibus meis stimuleris.
13
Quis miserebitur incantatori a serpente percusso,
et omnibus qui appropiant bestiis?
et sic qui comitatur cum viro iniquo,
et obvolutus est in peccatis ejus.
14
Una hora tecum permanebit:
si autem declinaveris, non supportabit.
15
In labiis suis indulcat inimicus,
et in corde suo insidiatur ut subvertat te in foveam.
16
In oculis suis lacrimatur inimicus,
et si invenerit tempus, non satiabitur sanguine.
17
Et si incurrerint tibi mala,
invenies eum illic priorem.
18
In oculis suis lacrimatur inimicus,
et quasi adjuvans suffodiet plantas tuas.
19
Caput suum movebit, et plaudet manu,
et multa susurrans commutabit vultum suum.
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