|O death, how bitter is the reminder of you |
to one who lives at peace among his possessions,
to a man without distractions,
who is prosperous in everything,
and who still has the vigor to enjoy his food!
|O death, how welcome is your sentence |
to one who is in need and is failing in strength,
very old and distracted over everything;
to one who is contrary, and has lost his patience!
|Do not fear the sentence of death; |
remember your former days and the end of life;
this is the decree from the Lord for all flesh,
|and how can you reject the good pleasure of the Most High? |
Whether life is for ten or a hundred or a thousand years,
there is no inquiry about it in Hades.
|The children of sinners are abominable children, |
and they frequent the haunts of the ungodly.
|The fate of the wicked. Sir.41.5-13|
|The inheritance of the children of sinners will perish, |
and on their posterity will be a perpetual reproach.
|Children will blame an ungodly father, |
for they suffer reproach because of him.
|Woe to you, ungodly men, |
who have forsaken the law of the Most High God!
|When you are born, you are born to a curse; |
and when you die, a curse is your lot.
|Whatever is from the dust returns to dust; |
so the ungodly go from curse to destruction.
|The mourning of men is about their bodies, |
but the evil name of sinners will be blotted out.
|Have regard for your name, since it will remain for you |
longer than a thousand great stores of gold.
|The days of a good life are numbered, |
but a good name endures for ever.
|My children, observe instruction and be at peace; |
hidden wisdom and unseen treasure,
what advantage is there in either of them?
|A sense of decency. Sir.41.14-23|
|Better is the man who hides his folly |
than the man who hides his wisdom.
|Therefore show respect for my words: |
For it is good to retain every kind of shame,
and not everything is confidently esteemed by every one.
|Be ashamed of immorality, before your father or mother; |
and of a lie, before a prince or a ruler;
|of a transgression, before a judge or magistrate; |
and of iniquity, before a congregation or the people;
of unjust dealing, before your partner or friend;
|and of theft, in the place where you live. |
Be ashamed before the truth of God and his covenant.
Be ashamed of selfish behavior at meals,
of surliness in receiving and giving,
|and of silence, before those who greet you; |
of looking at a woman who is a harlot,
|and of rejecting the appeal of a kinsman; |
of taking away some one's portion or gift,
and of gazing at another man's wife;
|of meddling with his maidservant - |
and do not approach her bed;
of abusive words, before friends -
and do not upbraid after making a gift;
|of repeating and telling what you hear, |
and of revealing secrets.
Then you will show proper shame,
and will find favor with every man.
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