|The indolent may be compared to a filthy stone, |
and every one hisses at his disgrace.
|Laziness & foolishness. Sir.22.1-18|
|The indolent may be compared to the filth of dunghills; |
any one that picks it up will shake it off his hand.
|It is a disgrace to be the father of an undisciplined son, |
and the birth of a daughter is a loss.
|A sensible daughter obtains her husband, |
but one who acts shamefully brings grief to her father.
|An impudent daughter disgraces father and husband, |
and will be despised by both.
|Like music in mourning is a tale told at the wrong time, |
but chastising and discipline are wisdom at all times.
|He who teaches a fool is like one who glues potsherds together, |
or who rouses a sleeper from deep slumber.
|He who tells a story to a fool tells it to a drowsy man; |
and at the end he will say, "What is it?"
|Weep for the dead, for he lacks the light; |
and weep for the fool, for he lacks intelligence;
weep less bitterly for the dead, for he has attained rest;
but the life of the fool is worse than death.
|Mourning for the dead lasts seven days, |
but for a fool or an ungodly man it lasts all his life.
|Do not talk much with a foolish man, |
and do not visit an unintelligent man;
guard yourself from him to escape trouble,
and you will not be soiled when he shakes himself off;
avoid him and you will find rest,
and you will never be wearied by his madness.
|What is heavier than lead? |
And what is its name except "Fool"?
|Sand, salt, and a piece of iron |
are easier to bear than a stupid man.
|A wooden beam firmly bonded into a building will not be torn loose by an earthquake; |
so the mind firmly fixed on a reasonable counsel will not be afraid in a crisis.
|A mind settled on an intelligent thought |
is like the stucco decoration on the wall of a colonnade.
|Fences set on a high place will not stand firm against the wind; |
so a timid heart with a fool's purpose will not stand firm against any fear.
|A man who pricks an eye will make tears fall, |
and one who pricks the heart makes it show feeling.
|One who throws a stone at birds scares them away, |
and one who reviles a friend will break off the friendship.
|Even if you have drawn your sword against a friend, |
do not despair, for a renewal of friendship is possible.
|If you have opened your mouth against your friend, |
do not worry, for reconciliation is possible;
but as for reviling, arrogance, disclosure of secrets, or a treacherous blow -
in these cases any friend will flee.
|Gain the trust of your neighbor in his poverty, |
that you may rejoice with him in his prosperity;
stand by him in time of affliction,
that you may share with him in his inheritance.
|The vapor and smoke of the furnace precede the fire; |
so insults precede bloodshed.
|I will not be ashamed to protect a friend, |
and I will not hide from him;
|but if some harm should happen to me because of him, |
whoever hears of it will beware of him.
|O that a guard were set over my mouth, |
and a seal of prudence upon my lips,
that it may keep me from falling,
so that my tongue may not destroy me!
|A prayer. Sir.22.27-236|
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