|Do not contend with a powerful man, |
lest you fall into his hands.
|Common sense. Sir.8.1-19|
|Do not quarrel with a rich man, |
lest his resources outweigh yours;
for gold has ruined many,
and has perverted the minds of kings.
|Do not argue with a chatterer, |
nor heap wood on his fire.
|Do not jest with an ill-bred person, |
lest your ancestors be disgraced.
|Do not reproach a man who is turning away from sin; |
remember that we all deserve punishment.
|Do not disdain a man when he is old, |
for some of us are growing old.
|Do not rejoice over any one's death; |
remember that we all must die.
|Do not slight the discourse of the sages, |
but busy yourself with their maxims;
because from them you will gain instruction
and learn how to serve great men.
|Do not disregard the discourse of the aged, |
for they themselves learned from their fathers;
because from them you will gain understanding
and learn how to give an answer in time of need.
|Do not kindle the coals of a sinner, |
lest you be burned in his flaming fire.
|Do not get up and leave an insolent fellow, |
lest he lie in ambush against your words.
|Do not lend to a man who is stronger than you; |
but if you do lend anything, be as one who has lost it.
|Do not give surety beyond your means, |
but if you give surety, be concerned as one who must pay.
|Do not go to law against a judge, |
for the decision will favor him because of his standing.
|Do not travel on the road with a foolhardy fellow, |
lest he be burdensome to you;
for he will act as he pleases,
and through his folly you will perish with him.
|Do not fight with a wrathful man, |
and do not cross the wilderness with him;
because blood is as nothing in his sight,
and where no help is at hand, he will strike you down.
|Do not consult with a fool, |
for he will not be able to keep a secret.
|In the presence of a stranger do nothing that is to be kept secret, |
for you do not know what he will divulge.
|Do not reveal your thoughts to every one, |
lest you drive away your good luck.
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