|If they make you master of the feast, do not exalt yourself; |
be among them as one of them;
take good care of them and then be seated;
|when you have fulfilled your duties, take your place, |
that you may be merry on their account
and receive a wreath for your excellent leadership.
|Speak, you who are older, for it is fitting that you should, |
but with accurate knowledge, and do not interrupt the music.
|Where there is entertainment, do not pour out talk; |
do not display your cleverness out of season.
|A ruby seal in a setting of gold |
is a concert of music at a banquet of wine.
|A seal of emerald in a rich setting of gold |
is the melody of music with good wine.
|Speak, young man, if there is need of you, |
but no more than twice, and only if asked.
|Speak concisely, say much in few words; |
be as one who knows and yet holds his tongue.
|Among the great do not act as their equal; |
and when another is speaking, do not babble.
|Lightning speeds before the thunder, |
and approval precedes a modest man.
|Leave in good time and do not be the last; |
go home quickly and do not linger.
|Amuse yourself there, and do what you have in mind, |
but do not sin through proud speech.
|And for these things bless him who made you |
and satisfies you with his good gifts.
|He who fears the Lord will accept his discipline, |
and those who rise early to seek him will find favor.
|Interpreting the Law. Sir.32.14-33.6|
|He who seeks the law will be filled with it, |
but the hypocrite will stumble at it.
|Those who fear the Lord will form true judgments, |
and like a light they will kindle righteous deeds.
|A sinful man will shun reproof, |
and will find a decision according to his liking.
|A man of judgment will not overlook an idea, |
and an insolent and proud man will not cower in fear.
|Do nothing without deliberation; |
and when you have acted, do not regret it.
|Do not go on a path full of hazards, |
and do not stumble over stony ground.
|Do not be overconfident on a smooth way,|
|and give good heed to your paths.|
|Guard yourself in every act, |
for this is the keeping of the commandments.
|He who believes the law gives heed to the commandments, |
and he who trusts the Lord will not suffer loss.
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