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51

Of the remembrance of death: of an evil and of a good name: of what things we ought to be ashamed.

[1] O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that hath peace in his possessions! [2] To a man that is at rest, and whose ways are prosperous in all things, and that is yet able to take meat! [3] O death, thy sentence is welcome to the man that is in need, and to him whose strength faileth: [4] Who is in a decrepit age, and that is in care about all things, and to the distrustful that loseth patience! [5] Fear not the sentence of death. Remember what things have been before thee, and what shall come after thee: this sentence is from the Lord upon all flesh.

[6] And what shall come upon thee by the good pleasure of the most High? Whether ten, or a hundred, or a thousand years. [7] For among the dead there is no accusing of life. [8] The children of sinners become children of abominations, and they that converse near the houses of the ungodly. [9] The inheritance of the children of sinners shall perish, and with their posterity shall be a perpetual reproach. [10] The children will complain of an ungodly father, because for his sake they are in reproach.

[11] Woe to you, ungodly men, who have forsaken the law of the most high Lord. [12] And if you be born, you shall be born in malediction: and if you die, in malediction shall be your portion. [13] All things that are of the earth, shall return into the earth: so the ungodly shall from malediction to destruction. [14] The mourning of men is about their body, but the name of the ungodly shall be blotted out. [15] Take care of a good name: for this shall continue with thee, more than a thousand treasures precious and great.

[16] A good life hath its number of days: but a good name shall continue for ever. [17] My children, keep discipline in peace: for wisdom that is hid, and a treasure that is not seen, what profit is there in them both? [18] Better is the man that hideth his folly, than the man that hideth his wisdom. [19] Wherefore have a shame of these things I am now going to speak of. [20] For it is not good to keep all shamefacedness: and all things do not please all men in opinion.

[19] Have a shame: That is to say, be ashamed of doing any of these things, which I am now going to mention; for though sometimes shamefacedness is not to be indulged: yet it is often good and necessary: as in the following cases.

[21] Be ashamed of fornication before father and mother: and of a lie before a governor and a man in power: [22] Of an offence before a prince, and a judge: of iniquity before a congregation and a people: [23] Of injustice before a companion and friend: and in regard to the place where thou dwellest, [24] Of theft, and of the truth of God, and the covenant: of leaning with thy elbow over meat, and of deceit in giving and taking: [25] Of silence before them that salute thee: of looking upon a harlot: and of turning away thy face from thy kinsman.

[26] Turn not sway thy face from thy neighbour, and of taking away a portion and not restoring. [27] Gaze not upon another man' s wife, and be not inquisitive after his handmaid, and approach not her bed. [28] Be ashamed of upbraiding speeches before friends: and after thou hast given, upbraid not.

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