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Being Generous And Loving

      He who returns evil for good,
      From his house evil shall not depart.
      It is an honor for a man to avoid strife;
      Only a fool is quarrelsome.
      Charcoal for embers, and wood for fire,
      And a quarrelsome man to kindle strife!
      Strive not with a man without cause,
      If he has done you no harm.
      The beginning of strife is as when one lets out water;
      Therefore leave off strife before quarrelling begins.
      Better a dry crust with quietness
      Than a house full of feasting with strife.
      A just man regards the life of his beast,
      But the heart of the wicked is cruel.
      He who oppresses the poor reviles his Maker,
      But he who has pity on the needy honors him.
      He who listens not to the cry of the poor,
      He also shall call and not be answered.
      He who pities the poor, lends to the Lord
      And he will repay him for his good deed.
      If your enemy hungers, give him food;
      If he thirsts, give him water to drink;
      For you will heap coals of fire on his head,
      And the Lord will reward you.
      Hatred stirs up strife,
      But love overlooks faults.
      Better a meal of herbs where love is,
      Than a fatted ox with hate.
      Let not love and truth leave you,
      Bind them about your neck;
      So you will enjoy favor and a good reputation
      In the sight of God and man.

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