“Riches are inappropriate
For a small minded person.
What use is wealth to a miser?
What he denies himself,
He collects for others.
Others will live in luxury on his goods.
If one is mean to oneself,
To whom will one be generous?
He will not enjoy his own riches.
No one is worse
Than one who is grudging to himself.
This is the punishment for their meanness.
If ever they do good,
It is my mistake.
In the end,
They reveal their meanness.
The miser is an evil person.
They turn away.
They disregard people.
The eye of the greedy person
Is not satisfied with their share.
Greedy injustice withers the soul.
A miser begrudges bread.
Thus it is lacking at his table.”
Sirach reminds us of the miser or the stingy greedy person. Wealth is wasted on these people. These misers deny themselves the pleasure of their own wealth. In fact, others live in luxury on the goods that they collected. If you are mean to yourself, how will you be generous to others. You should enjoy your own riches. The misers are punished for their meanness by themselves and their begrudging ways. If misers ever do anything good, it is by mistake, because they are evil people. They turn away and disregard other people. These greedy people are never satisfied with their share. They never share their bread with anyone.
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