My child, do not busy yourself with many matters;
if you multiply activities, you will not be held blameless…

Good things and bad, life and death,
poverty and wealth, come from the Lord.
The Lord’s gift remains with the devout,
and his favour brings lasting success.
One becomes rich through diligence and self-denial,
and the reward allotted to him is this:
when he says, ‘I have found rest,
and now I shall feast on my goods!’
he does not know how long it will be
until he leaves them to others and dies…

…Call no one happy before his death;
by how he ends, a person becomes known.

Some verses from Ecclesiasticus 11.  Some of the Anglican Daily Prayer readings are from this apocryphal book.  Enjoying the wisdom that is in them – feels at once very ancient and pertinent.

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