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Sirach 31:12-18 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Table Etiquette

12 Are you seated at the table of a great man?[a]
    Do not be greedy[b] at it,
    and do not say, “There is certainly much upon it!”
13 Remember that a greedy[c] eye is a bad thing.
    What has been created more greedy[d] than the eye?
    Therefore it sheds tears from every face.
14 Do not reach out your hand for everything you see,
    and do not crowd your neighbor[e] at the dish.
15 Judge your neighbor’s feelings by your own,
    and in every matter be thoughtful.
16 Eat like a human being what is set before you,
    and do not chew greedily, lest you be hated.
17 Be the first to stop eating, for the sake of good manners,
    and do not be insatiable, lest you give offense.
18 If you are seated among many persons,
    do not reach out your hand before they do.

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 31:12 Heb Syr: Gk at a great table
  2. Sirach 31:12 Gk open your throat
  3. Sirach 31:13 Gk evil
  4. Sirach 31:13 Gk evil
  5. Sirach 31:14 Gk him
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Sirach 31:25-32:2 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Temperance in Drinking Wine

25 Do not aim to be valiant over wine,
    for wine has destroyed many.
26 Fire and water prove[a] the temper of steel,
    so wine tests hearts in the strife of the proud.
27 Wine is like life to men,
    if you drink it in moderation.
What is life to a man who is without wine?
    It has been created to make men glad.
28 Wine drunk in season and temperately
    is rejoicing of heart and gladness of soul.
29 Wine drunk to excess is bitterness of soul,
    with provocation and stumbling.
30 Drunkenness increases the anger of a fool to his injury,
    reducing his strength and adding wounds.

31 Do not reprove your neighbor at a banquet of wine,
    and do not despise him in his merrymaking;
speak no word of reproach to him,
    and do not afflict him by making demands of him.

Etiquette at a Banquet

32 If they make you master of the feast, do not exalt yourself;
    be among them as one of them;
take good care of them and then be seated;
    when you have fulfilled your duties, take your place,
that you may be merry on their account
    and receive a wreath for your excellent leadership.

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 31:26 Gk The furnace by dipping proves
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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