11 God has made everything fit beautifully in its appropriate time, but he has also placed ignorance in the human heart so that people cannot discover what God has ordained, from the beginning to the end of their lives. 12 I have concluded that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to enjoy themselves as long as they live, 13 and also that everyone should eat and drink, and find enjoyment in all his toil, for these things are a gift from God. 14 I also know that whatever God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken away from it. God has made it this way, so that men will fear him. 15 Whatever exists now has already been, and whatever will be has already been; for God will seek to do again what has occurred in the past.
Sirach 14:11Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus
9 The eye of the greedy person is not satisfied with his share; greedy injustice withers the soul. 10 A miser begrudges bread, and it is lacking at his table. 11 My child, treat yourself well, according to your means, and present worthy offerings to the Lord. 12 Remember that death does not tarry, and the decree of Hades has not been shown to you. 13 Do good to friends before you die, and reach out and give to them as much as you can.
Notes and References
Thank you for your submission!