Sirach 40:15

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

12 All bribery and injustice will be blotted out, but good faith will last forever. 13 The wealth of the unjust will dry up like a river, and crash like a loud clap of thunder in a storm. 14 As a generous person has cause to rejoice, so lawbreakers will utterly fail. 15 The children of the ungodly put out few branches; they are unhealthy roots on sheer rock. 16 The reeds by any water or river bank are plucked up before any grass; 17 but kindness is like a garden of blessings, and almsgiving endures forever.

Date: 195-175 B.C.E.
* Dates are based on scholarly estimates
New Testament

Matthew 13:3-8

1 On that day after Jesus went out of the house, he sat by the lake. 2 And such a large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat to sit while the whole crowd stood on the shore. 3 He told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly because the soil was not deep. 6 But when the sun came up, they were scorched, and because they did not have sufficient root, they withered. 7 Other seeds fell among the thorns, and they grew up and choked them. 8 But other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 The one who has ears had better listen!”

Date: 70-90 C.E.
* Dates are based on scholarly estimates