|Many have committed sin for a trifle, |
and whoever seeks to get rich will avert his eyes.
|As a stake is driven firmly into a fissure between stones, |
so sin is wedged in between selling and buying.
|If a man is not steadfast and zealous in the fear of the Lord, |
his house will be quickly overthrown.
|When a sieve is shaken, the refuse remains; |
so a man's filth remains in his thoughts.
|Sound mind, straight talk! Sir.27.4-7|
|The kiln tests the potter's vessels; |
so the test of a man is in his reasoning.
|The fruit discloses the cultivation of a tree; |
so the expression of a thought discloses the cultivation of a man's mind.
|Do not praise a man before you hear him reason, |
for this is the test of men.
|If you pursue justice, you will attain it |
and wear it as a glorious robe.
|Birds flock with their kind; |
so truth returns to those who practice it.
|A lion lies in wait for prey; |
so does sin for the workers of iniquity.
|The talk of the godly man is always wise, |
but the fool changes like the moon.
|Foolish talk. Sir.27.11-15|
|Among stupid people watch for a chance to leave, |
but among thoughtful people stay on.
|The talk of fools is offensive, |
and their laughter is wantonly sinful.
|The talk of men given to swearing makes one's hair stand on end, |
and their quarrels make a man stop his ears.
|The strife of the proud leads to bloodshed, |
and their abuse is grievous to hear.
|Whoever betrays secrets destroys confidence, |
and he will never find a congenial friend.
|Betraying secrets. Sir.27.16-21|
|Love your friend and keep faith with him; |
but if you betray his secrets,
do not run after him.
|For as a man destroys his enemy, |
so you have destroyed the friendship of your neighbor.
|And as you allow a bird to escape from your hand, |
so you have let your neighbor go, and will not catch him again.
|Do not go after him, for he is too far off, |
and has escaped like a gazelle from a snare.
|For a wound may be bandaged, |
and there is reconciliation after abuse,
but whoever has betrayed secrets is without hope.
|Whoever winks his eye plans evil deeds, |
and no one can keep him from them.
|In your presence his mouth is all sweetness, |
and he admires your words;
but later he will twist his speech
and with your own words he will give offense.
|I have hated many things, but none to be compared to him; |
even the Lord will hate him.
|Whoever throws a stone straight up throws it on his own head; |
and a treacherous blow opens up wounds.
|He who digs a pit will fall into it, |
and he who sets a snare will be caught in it.
|If a man does evil, it will roll back upon him, |
and he will not know where it came from.
|Mockery and abuse issue from the proud man, |
but vengeance lies in wait for him like a lion.
|Those who rejoice in the fall of the godly will be caught in a snare, |
and pain will consume them before their death.
|Anger and wrath, these also are abominations, |
and the sinful man will possess them.
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