|A workman who is a drunkard will not become rich; |
he who despises small things will fail little by little.
|Wine and women lead intelligent men astray, |
and the man who consorts with harlots is very reckless.
|Decay and worms will inherit him, |
and the reckless soul will be snatched away.
|One who trusts others too quickly is lightminded, |
and one who sins does wrong to himself.
|One who rejoices in wickedness will be condemned,|
|and for one who hates gossip evil is lessened.||Loose-talk. Sir.19.6-19|
|Never repeat a conversation, |
and you will lose nothing at all.
|With friend or foe do not report it, |
and unless it would be a sin for you, do not disclose it;
|for some one has heard you and watched you, |
and when the time comes he will hate you.
|Have you heard a word? Let it die with you. |
Be brave! It will not make you burst!
|With such a word a fool will suffer pangs |
like a woman in labor with a child.
|Like an arrow stuck in the flesh of the thigh, |
so is a word inside a fool.
|Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; |
but if he did anything, so that he may do it no more.
|Question a neighbor, perhaps he did not say it; |
but if he said it, so that he may not say it again.
|Question a friend, for often it is slander; |
so do not believe everything you hear.
|A person may make a slip without intending it. |
Who has never sinned with his tongue?
|Question your neighbor before you threaten him; |
and let the law of the Most High take its course.
|All wisdom is the fear of the Lord, |
and in all wisdom there is the fulfilment of the law.
|Real Wisdom. Sir.19.20-30|
|But the knowledge of wickedness is not wisdom, |
nor is there prudence where sinners take counsel.
|There is a cleverness which is abominable, |
but there is a fool who merely lacks wisdom.
|Better is the God-fearing man who lacks intelligence, |
than the highly prudent man who transgresses the law.
|There is a cleverness which is scrupulous but unjust, |
and there are people who distort kindness to gain a verdict.
|There is a rascal bowed down in mourning, |
but inwardly he is full of deceit.
|He hides his face and pretends not to hear; |
but where no one notices, he will forestall you.
|And if by lack of strength he is prevented from sinning, |
he will do evil when he finds an opportunity.
|A man is known by his appearance, |
and a sensible man is known by his face,
when you meet him.
|A man's attire and open-mouthed laughter, |
and a man's manner of walking,
show what he is.
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