Sirach 31:3-11 Revised Standard Version (RSV)
3 The rich man toils as his wealth accumulates,
and when he rests he fills himself with his dainties.
4 The poor man toils as his livelihood diminishes,
and when he rests he becomes needy.
5 He who loves gold will not be justified,
and he who pursues money will be led astray by it.
6 Many have come to ruin because of gold,
and their destruction has met them face to face.
7 It is a stumbling block to those who are devoted to it,
and every fool will be taken captive by it.
8 Blessed is the rich man who is found blameless,
and who does not go after gold.
9 Who is he? And we will call him blessed,
for he has done wonderful things among his people.
10 Who has been tested by it and been found perfect?
Let it be for him a ground for boasting.
Who has had the power to transgress and did not transgress,
and to do evil and did not do it?
11 His prosperity will be established,
and the assembly will relate his acts of charity.
Revised Standard Version (RSV)
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