|Do no evil, and evil will never befall you.||Miscellaneous advice. Sir.7.1-17|
|Stay away from wrong, and it will turn away from you.|
|My son, do not sow the furrows of injustice, |
and you will not reap a sevenfold crop.
|Do not seek from the Lord the highest office, |
nor the seat of honor from the king.
|Do not assert your righteousness before the Lord, |
nor display your wisdom before the king.
|Do not seek to become a judge, |
lest you be unable to remove iniquity,
lest you be partial to a powerful man,
and thus put a blot on your integrity.
|Do not offend against the public, |
and do not disgrace yourself among the people.
|Do not commit a sin twice; |
even for one you will not go unpunished.
|Do not say, "He will consider the multitude of my gifts, |
and when I make an offering to the Most High God he will accept it."
|Do not be fainthearted in your prayer, |
nor neglect to give alms.
|Do not ridicule a man who is bitter in soul, |
for there is One who abases and exalts.
|Do not devise a lie against your brother, |
nor do the like to a friend.
|Refuse to utter any lie, |
for the habit of lying serves no good.
|Do not prattle in the assembly of the elders, |
nor repeat yourself in your prayer.
|Do not hate toilsome labor, or farm work, |
which were created by the Most High.
|Do not count yourself among the crowd of sinners; |
remember that wrath does not delay.
|Humble yourself greatly, |
for the punishment of the ungodly is fire and worms.
|Do not exchange a friend for money, |
or a real brother for the gold of Ophir.
|Relations with others. Sir.7.18-36|
|Do not deprive yourself of a wise and good wife, |
for her charm is worth more than gold.
|Do not abuse a servant who performs his work faithfully, |
or a hired laborer who devotes himself to you.
|Let your soul love an intelligent servant; |
do not withhold from him his freedom.
|Do you have cattle? Look after them; |
if they are profitable to you, keep them.
|Do you have children? Discipline them, |
and make them obedient from their youth.
|Do you have daughters? Be concerned for their chastity, |
and do not show yourself too indulgent with them.
|Give a daughter in marriage; you will have finished a great task. |
But give her to a man of understanding.
|If you have a wife who pleases you, do not cast her out; |
but do not trust yourself to one whom you detest.
|With all your heart honor your father, |
and do not forget the birth pangs of your mother.
|Remember that through your parents you were born; |
and what can you give back to them that equals their gift to you?
|With all your soul fear the Lord, |
and honor his priests.
|With all your might love your Maker, |
and do not forsake his ministers.
|Fear the Lord and honor the priest, |
and give him his portion, as is commanded you:
the first fruits, the guilt offering,
the gift of the shoulders,
the sacrifice of sanctification,
and the first fruits of the holy things.
|Stretch forth your hand to the poor, |
so that your blessing may be complete.
|Give graciously to all the living, |
and withhold not kindness from the dead.
|Do not fail those who weep, |
but mourn with those who mourn.
|Do not shrink from visiting a sick man, |
because for such deeds you will be loved.
|In all you do, remember the end of your life, |
and then you will never sin.
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