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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 14

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1Happy the man whose mouth brings him no grief, who is not stung by remorse for sin. t Sir 19, 15; 25, 8; Jas 3, 2 . 2Happy the man whose conscience does not reproach him, who has not lost hope.

The Use of Wealth

3Wealth ill becomes the mean man;* and to the miser, of what use is gold? 4What he denies himself he collects for others, and in his possessions a stranger will revel. u Eccl 6, 2 . 5To whom will he be generous who is stingy with himself and does not enjoy what is his own? 6None is more stingy than he who is stingy with himself; he punishes his own miserliness. 7If ever he is generous, it is by mistake; and in the end he displays his greed. 8In the miser’s opinion his share is too small; 9he refuses his neighbor and brings ruin on himself. 10The miser’s eye is rapacious for bread, but on his own table he sets it stale. 11My son, use freely whatever you have and enjoy it as best you can; v Prv 3, 9 . 12Remember that death does not tarry, nor have you been told the grave’s appointed time. 13Before you die, be good to your friend, and give him a share in what you possess. w Sir 4, 1; Tb 4, 7 . 14Deprive not yourself of present good things, let no choice portion escape you. 15Will you not leave your riches to others, and your earnings to be divided by lot? 16Give, take, and treat yourself well, for in the nether world there are no joys to seek. 17All flesh grows old, like a garment; the age-old law is: All must die. x Ps 103; 14ff; Is 40, 6; Jas 1, 10; 1 Pt 1, 24 . 18As with the leaves that grow on a vigorous tree: one falls off and another sprouts— So with the generations of flesh and blood: one dies and another is born. y Eccl 1, 4 . 19All man’s works will perish in decay, and his handiwork will follow after him.

The Search for Wisdom and Its Blessings*

20Happy the man who meditates on wisdom, and reflects on knowledge; z Ps 1, 2 . 21Who ponders her ways in his heart, and understands her paths; 22Who pursues her like a scout, and lies in wait at her entry way; 23Who peeps through her windows, and listens at her doors; 24Who encamps near her house, and fastens his tent pegs next to her walls; 25Who pitches his tent beside her, and lives as her welcome neighbor; 26Who builds his nest in her leafage, and lodges in her branches; 27Who takes shelter with her from the heat, and dwells in her home.

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t: Sir 19, 15; 25, 8; Jas 3, 2 .

u: Eccl 6, 2 .

v: Prv 3, 9 .

w: Sir 4, 1; Tb 4, 7 .

x: Ps 103; 14ff; Is 40, 6; Jas 1, 10; 1 Pt 1, 24 .

y: Eccl 1, 4 .

z: Ps 1, 2 .

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