|Every friend will say, "I too am a friend"; |
but some friends are friends only in name.
|False friends. Sir.37.1-6|
|Is it not a grief to the death |
when a companion and friend turns to enmity?
|O evil imagination, why were you formed |
to cover the land with deceit?
|Some companions rejoice in the happiness of a friend, |
but in time of trouble are against him.
|Some companions help a friend for their stomach's sake, |
and in the face of battle take up the shield.
|Do not forget a friend in your heart, |
and be not unmindful of him in your wealth.
|Every counselor praises counsel, |
but some give counsel in their own interest.
|Caution in taking advice. Sir.37.7-15|
|Be wary of a counselor, and learn first what is his interest - |
for he will take thought for himself -
lest he cast the lot against you
|and tell you, "Your way is good," |
and then stand aloof to see what will happen to you.
|Do not consult the one who looks at you suspiciously; |
hide your counsel from those who are jealous of you.
|Do not consult with a woman about her rival |
or with a coward about war,
with a merchant about barter
or with a buyer about selling,
with a grudging man about gratitude
or with a merciless man about kindness,
with an idler about any work
or with a man hired for a year
about completing his work,
with a lazy servant about a big task -
pay no attention to these in any matter of counsel.
|But stay constantly with a godly man |
whom you know to be a keeper of the commandments,
whose soul is in accord with your soul,
and who will sorrow with you if you fail.
|And establish the counsel of your own heart, |
for no one is more faithful to you than it is.
|For a man's soul sometimes keeps him better informed |
than seven watchmen sitting high on a watchtower.
|And besides all this pray to the Most High |
that he may direct your way in truth.
|Reason is the beginning of every work, |
and counsel precedes every undertaking.
|Wisdom & confidence. Sir.37.16-26|
|As a clue to changes of heart|
|four turns of fortune appear, good and evil, life and death; |
and it is the tongue that continually rules them.
|A man may be shrewd and the teacher of many, |
and yet be unprofitable to himself.
|A man skilled in words may be hated; |
he will be destitute of all food,
|for grace was not given him by the Lord, |
since he is lacking in all wisdom.
|A man may be wise to his own advantage, |
and the fruits of his understanding may be trustworthy on his lips.
|A wise man will instruct his own people, |
and the fruits of his understanding will be trustworthy.
|A wise man will have praise heaped upon him, |
and all who see him will call him happy.
|The life of a man is numbered by days, |
but the days of Israel are without number.
|He who is wise among his people will inherit confidence, |
and his name will live for ever.
|My son, test your soul while you live; |
see what is bad for it and do not give it that.
|For not everything is good for every one, |
and not every person enjoys everything.
|Do not have an insatiable appetite for any luxury, |
and do not give yourself up to food;
|for overeating brings sickness, |
and gluttony leads to nausea.
|Many have died of gluttony, |
but he who is careful to avoid it prolongs his life.
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