All that is of earth, to earth must needs return, and all waters find their way back to the sea; what shall become of bribery and oppression? The memory of them shall vanish; faithfulness will endure for ever. All the riches of the wrong-doer will disappear, like stream that runs dry, will die away, like roll of thunder in a storm-cloud; open-handed is merry-hearted, the sinners it is that shall pine away at the last. Never a branch will the posterity of the wicked put forth; dead roots they are that rattle on the wind-swept rock. How green yonder rushes grow by the river’s bank! But they shall be plucked up before hay-harvest. But kindliness, like the garden trees, lasts on, remembered in blessing; charity remains unforgotten.
— Book of the All-Virtuous Wisdom of Joshua ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus) xl. 11-17.