As regards almsgiving, however 1 Citra sanguinis effusionem.
" Deadly " sins were those for which formal ecclesiastical penance was held to be necessary, in order to save the sinner from eternal damnation; for " venial " sins he might obtain forgiveness, through prayer, almsgiving, and the observance of the regular fasts.
It strongly commends meritorious almsgiving to the church.
He was a regular observer of religious rites, took great pains to secure decorum in the services of the church, and was generous in almsgiving both within his empire and without.
But Proverbs seems not to go the length of identifying righteousness with almsgiving, as is done in Dan.