|No evil will befall the man who fears the Lord, |
but in trial he will deliver him again and again.
|A wise man will not hate the law, |
but he who is hypocritical about it is like a boat in a storm.
|A man of understanding will trust in the law; |
for him the law is as dependable as an inquiry by means of Urim.
|Prepare what to say, and thus you will be heard; |
bind together your instruction, and make your answer.
|The heart of a fool is like a cart wheel, |
and his thoughts like a turning axle.
|A stallion is like a mocking friend; |
he neighs under every one who sits on him.
|Why is any day better than another, |
when all the daylight in the year is from the sun?
|Everyone is different. Sir.33.7-18|
|By the Lord's decision they were distinguished, |
and he appointed the different seasons and feasts;
|some of them he exalted and hallowed, |
and some of them he made ordinary days.
|All men are from the ground, |
and Adam was created of the dust.
|In the fulness of his knowledge the Lord distinguished them |
and appointed their different ways;
|some of them he blessed and exalted, |
and some of them he made holy and brought near to himself;
but some of them he cursed and brought low,
and he turned them out of their place.
|As clay in the hand of the potter - |
for all his ways are as he pleases -
so men are in the hand of him who made them,
to give them as he decides.
|Good is the opposite of evil, |
and life the opposite of death;
so the sinner is the opposite of the godly.
|Look upon all the works of the Most High; |
they likewise are in pairs, one the opposite of the other.
|I was the last on watch; |
I was like one who gleans after the grape-gatherers;
by the blessing of the Lord I excelled,
and like a grape-gatherer I filled my wine press.
|Consider that I have not labored for myself alone, |
but for all who seek instruction.
|Hear me, you who are great among the people, |
and you leaders of the congregation, hearken.
|To son or wife, to brother or friend, |
do not give power over yourself,
as long as you live;
and do not give your property to another,
lest you change your mind and must ask for it.
|Be independent. Sir.33.19-23|
|While you are still alive and have breath in you, |
do not let any one take your place.
|For it is better that your children should ask from you |
than that you should look to the hand of you sons.
|Excel in all that you do; |
bring no stain upon your honor.
|At the time when you end the days of your life, |
in the hour of death, distribute your inheritance.
|Fodder and a stick and burdens for an ass; |
bread and discipline and work for a servant.
|Set your slave to work, and you will find rest; |
leave his hands idle, and he will seek liberty.
|Yoke and thong will bow the neck, |
and for a wicked servant there are racks and tortures.
|Put him to work, that he may not be idle, |
for idleness teaches much evil.
|Set him to work, as is fitting for him, |
and if he does not obey, make his fetters heavy.
|Do not act immoderately toward anybody, |
and do nothing without discretion.
|If you have a servant, let him be as yourself, |
because you have bought him with blood.
|If you have a servant, |
treat him as a brother,
for as your own soul you will need him.
|If you ill-treat him, and he leaves and runs away,|
|which way will you go to seek him?|
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