Bible Text & Cross-references:
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 a reproach.
11 Woe to you, ungodly men, who have forsaken the law of the most high
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
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
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.
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 away 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.
13: Ecclesiasticus xl. 11.
17: Ecclesiasticus xx. 32.
27: Matthew v. 28.