|Have you sinned, my son? |
Do so no more, but pray about your former sins.
|Flee from sin as from a snake; |
for if you approach sin, it will bite you.
Its teeth are lion's teeth,
and destroy the souls of men.
|All lawlessness is like a two-edged sword; |
there is no healing for its wound.
|Terror and violence will lay waste riches; |
thus the house of the proud will be laid waste.
|The prayer of a poor man goes from his lips to the ears of God, |
and his judgment comes speedily.
|Whoever hates reproof walks in the steps of the sinner, |
but he that fears the Lord will repent in his heart.
|He who is mighty in speech is known from afar; |
but the sensible man, when he slips, is aware of it.
|A man who builds his house with other people's money |
is like one who gathers stones for his burial mound.
|An assembly of the wicked is like tow gathered together, |
and their end is a flame of fire.
|The way of sinners is smoothly paved with stones, |
but at its end is the pit of Hades.
|Whoever keeps the law controls his thoughts, |
and wisdom is the fulfilment of the fear of the Lord.
|Wisdom & foolishness. Sir.21.11-28|
|He who is not clever cannot be taught, |
but there is a cleverness which increases bitterness.
|The knowledge of a wise man will increase like a flood, |
and his counsel like a flowing spring.
|The mind of a fool is like a broken jar; |
it will hold no knowledge.
|When a man of understanding hears a wise saying, |
he will praise it and add to it;
when a reveler hears it, he dislikes it
and casts it behind his back.
|A fool's narration is like a burden on a journey, |
but delight will be found in the speech of the intelligent.
|The utterance of a sensible man will be sought in the assembly, |
and they will ponder his words in their minds.
|Like a house that has vanished, so is wisdom to a fool; |
and the knowledge of the ignorant is unexamined talk.
|To a senseless man education is fetters on his feet, |
and like manacles on his right hand.
|A fool raises his voice when he laughs, |
but a clever man smiles quietly.
|To a sensible man education is like a golden ornament, |
and like a bracelet on the right arm.
|The foot of a fool rushes into a house, |
but a man of experience stands respectfully before it.
|A boor peers into the house from the door, |
but a cultivated man remains outside.
|It is ill-mannered for a man to listen at a door, |
and a discreet man is grieved by the disgrace.
|The lips of strangers will speak of these things, |
but the words of the prudent will be weighed in the balance.
|The mind of fools is in their mouth, |
but the mouth of wise men is in their mind.
|When an ungodly man curses his adversary, |
he curses his own soul.
|A whisperer defiles his own soul |
and is hated in his neighborhood.
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