|Do not set your heart on your wealth, |
nor say, "I have enough."
|Do not follow your inclination and strength, |
walking according to the desires of your heart.
|Do not say, "Who will have power over me?" |
for the Lord will surely punish you.
|Do not say, "I sinned, and what happened to me?" |
for the Lord is slow to anger.
|Do not be so confident of atonement |
that you add sin to sin.
|Do not say, "His mercy is great, |
he will forgive the multitude of my sins,"
for both mercy and wrath are with him,
and his anger rests on sinners.
|Do not delay to turn to the Lord, |
nor postpone it from day to day;
for suddenly the wrath of the Lord will go forth,
and at the time of punishment you will perish.
|Do not depend on dishonest wealth, |
for it will not benefit you in the day of calamity.
|Do not winnow with every wind, |
nor follow every path:
the double-tongued sinner does that.
|Sincerity & self-control. Sir.5.9-6.4|
|Be steadfast in your understanding, |
and let your speech be consistent.
|Be quick to hear, |
and be deliberate in answering.
|If you have understanding, answer your neighbor; |
but if not, put your hand on your mouth.
|Glory and dishonor come from speaking, |
and a man's tongue is his downfall.
|Do not be called a slanderer, |
and do not lie in ambush with your tongue;
for shame comes to the thief,
and severe condemnation to the double-tongued.
|In great and small matters do not act amiss,|
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