|He that takes vengeance will suffer vengeance from the Lord, |
and he will firmly establish his sins.
|Forgive your neighbor the wrong he has done, |
and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray.
|Does a man harbor anger against another, |
and yet seek for healing from the Lord?
|Does he have no mercy toward a man like himself, |
and yet pray for his own sins?
|If he himself, being flesh, maintains wrath, |
who will make expiation for his sins?
|Remember the end of your life, and cease from enmity, |
remember destruction and death, and be true to the commandments.
|Remember the commandments, and do not be angry with your neighbor; |
remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook ignorance.
|Refrain from strife, and you will lessen sins; |
for a man given to anger will kindle strife,
|and a sinful man will disturb friends |
and inject enmity among those who are at peace.
|In proportion to the fuel for the fire, so will be the burning, |
and in proportion to the obstinacy of strife will be the burning;
in proportion to the strength of the man will be his anger,
and in proportion to his wealth he will heighten his wrath.
|A hasty quarrel kindles fire, |
and urgent strife sheds blood.
|If you blow on a spark, it will glow; |
if you spit on it, it will be put out;
and both come out of your mouth.
|Curse the whisperer and deceiver, |
for he has destroyed many who were at peace.
|Viscious talk. Sir.28.13-26|
|Slander has shaken many, |
and scattered them from nation to nation,
and destroyed strong cities,
and overturned the houses of great men.
|Slander has driven away courageous women, |
and deprived them of the fruit of their toil.
|Whoever pays heed to slander will not find rest, |
nor will he settle down in peace.
|The blow of a whip raises a welt, |
but a blow of the tongue crushes the bones.
|Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, |
but not so many as have fallen because of the tongue.
|Happy is the man who is protected from it, |
who has not been exposed to its anger,
who has not borne its yoke,
and has not been bound with its fetters;
|for its yoke is a yoke of iron, |
and its fetters are fetters of bronze;
|its death is an evil death, |
and Hades is preferable to it.
|It will not be master over the godly, |
and they will not be burned in its flame.
|Those who forsake the Lord will fall into its power; |
it will burn among them and will not be put out.
It will be sent out against them like a lion;
like a leopard it will mangle them.
|See that you fence in your property with thorns, |
lock up your silver and gold,
|make balances and scales for your words, |
and make a door and a bolt for your mouth.
|Beware lest you err with your tongue, |
lest you fall before him who lies in wait.
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