Sirach 31:9

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

7 It is a stumbling block to those who are avid for it, and every fool will be taken captive by it. 8 Blessed is the rich person who is found blameless, and who does not go after gold. 9 Who is he, that we may praise him? For he has done wonders 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 proclaim his acts of charity.

Ambrose On the Duty of the Clergy 2.14


66 Prudence, therefore, works through all things, she has fellowship with all that is good. For how can she give good advice unless she have justice too, so that she may clothe herself in consistency, not fear death, be held back by no alarm, no fear, nor think it right to be turned aside from the truth by any flattery, nor shun exile, knowing that the world is the fatherland of the wise man. She fears not want, for she knows that nothing is wanting to the wise man, since the whole world of riches is his. What is greater than the man that knows not how to be excited at the thought of money, and has a contempt for riches, and looks down as from some lofty vantage-ground on the desires of men? Men think that one who acts thus is more than man: Who is this, it says, and we will praise him. For wonderful things has he done in his life. Surely he ought to be admired who despises riches, seeing that most place them even before their own safety.

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