|There is a reproof which is not timely; |
and there is a man who keeps silent but is wise.
|When to talk. Sir.20.1-8|
|How much better it is to reprove than to stay angry! |
And the one who confesses his fault will be kept from loss.
|Like a eunuch's desire to violate a maiden |
is a man who executes judgments by violence.
|There is one who by keeping silent is found wise, |
while another is detested for being too talkative.
|There is one who keeps silent because he has no answer, |
while another keeps silent because he knows when to speak.
|A wise man will be silent until the right moment, |
but a braggart and fool goes beyond the right moment.
|Whoever uses too many words will be loathed, |
and whoever usurps the right to speak will be hated.
|There may be good fortune for a man in adversity, |
and a windfall may result in a loss.
|There is a gift that profits you nothing, |
and there is a gift that brings a double return.
|There are losses because of glory, |
and there are men who have raised their heads from humble circumstances.
|There is a man who buys much for a little, |
but pays for it seven times over.
|The wise man makes himself beloved through his words, |
but the courtesies of fools are wasted.
|A fool's gift will profit you nothing, |
for he has many eyes instead of one.
|He gives little and upbraids much, |
he opens his mouth like a herald;
today he lends and tomorrow he asks it back;
such a one is a hateful man.
|A fool will say, "I have no friend, and there is no gratitude for my good deeds; |
those who eat my bread speak unkindly."
|How many will ridicule him, and how often!|
|A slip on the pavement is better than a slip of the tongue; |
so the downfall of the wicked will occur speedily.
|Inappropriate talk. Sir.20.18-26|
|An ungracious man is like a story told at the wrong time, |
which is continually on the lips of the ignorant.
|A proverb from a fool's lips will be rejected, |
for he does not tell it at its proper time.
|A man may be prevented from sinning by his poverty, |
so when he rests he feels no remorse.
|A man may lose his life through shame, |
or lose it because of his foolish look.
|A man may for shame make promises to a friend, |
and needlessly make him an enemy.
|A lie is an ugly blot on a man; |
it is continually on the lips of the ignorant.
|A thief is preferable to a habitual liar, |
but the lot of both is ruin.
|The disposition of a liar brings disgrace, |
and his shame is ever with him.
|He who speaks wisely will advance himself, |
and a sensible man will please great men.
|Stewardship of Wisdom. Sir.20.27-31|
|Whoever cultivates the soil will heap up his harvest, |
and whoever pleases great men will atone for injustice.
|Presents and gifts blind the eyes of the wise; |
like a muzzle on the mouth they avert reproofs.
|Hidden wisdom and unseen treasure, |
what advantage is there in either of them?
|Better is the man who hides his folly |
than the man who hides his wisdom.
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