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21 When the rich man stumbles he is supported by friends;
when the poor man falls, his friends push him away.
When the rich man slips, there are many hands to catch him,
if he talks nonsense he is congratulated.
The poor man slips, and is blamed for it,
he may talk good sense, but no room is made for him.
The rich man speaks and everyone stops talking,
and then they praise his discourse to the skies.
the poor man speaks and people say, “Who is this?”
and if he staggers they push him down.

24 Wealth is good where there is no sin,
poverty is evil, the godless say.
A man’s heart molds his expression
whether for better or worse.
the mark of a good heart is a cheerful expression;
inventing proverbs is weary work.

Ecclesiasticus

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