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Sirach 19


1 A labouring man that A is given to drunkenness shall not be rich: and he that contemneth small things shall fall by little and little.

2 Wine and women will make men of understanding to fall away: and he that cleaveth to harlots will become impudent.

3 Moths and worms shall have him to heritage, and a bold man shall be taken away.

4 He that is hasty to give credit is lightminded; and he that sinneth shall offend against his own soul.

5 Whoso taketh pleasure in wickedness shall be condemned: but he that resisteth pleasures crowneth his life.

6 He that can rule his tongue shall live without strife; and he that hateth babbling shall have less evil.

7 Rehearse not unto another that which is told unto thee, and thou shalt fare never the worse.

8 Whether it be to friend or foe, talk not of other men's lives; and if thou canst without offence, reveal them not.

9 For he heard and observed thee, and when time cometh he will hate thee.

10 If thou hast heard a word, let it die with thee; and be bold, it will not burst thee.

11 A fool travaileth with a word, as a woman in labour of a child.

12 As an arrow that sticketh in a man's thigh, so is a word within a fool's belly.

13 Admonish a friend, it may be he hath not done it: and if he have done it, that he do it no more.

14 Admonish thy friend, it may be he hath not said it: and if he have, that he speak it not again.

15 Admonish a friend: for many times it is a slander, and believe not every tale.

16 There is one that slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart; and who is he that hath not offended with his tongue?

17 Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him; and not being angry, give place to the law of the most High.

18 The fear of the Lord is the first step to be accepted [of him,] and wisdom obtaineth his love.

19 The knowledge of the commandments of the Lord is the doctrine of life: and they that do things that please him shall receive the fruit of the tree of immortality.

20 The fear of the Lord is all wisdom; and in all wisdom is the performance of the law, and the knowledge of his omnipotency.

21 If a servant say to his master, I will not do as it pleaseth thee; though afterward he do it, he angereth him that nourisheth him.

22 The knowledge of wickedness is not wisdom, neither at any time the counsel of sinners prudence.

23 There is a wickedness, and the same an abomination; and there is a fool wanting in wisdom.

24 He that hath small understanding, and feareth God, is better than one that hath much wisdom, and transgresseth the law of the most High.

25 There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is unjust; and there is one that turneth aside to make judgment appear; and there is a wise man that justifieth in judgment.

26 There is a wicked man that hangeth down his head sadly; but inwardly he is full of deceit,

27 Casting down his countenance, and making as if he heard not: where he is not known, he will do thee a mischief before thou be aware.

28 And if for want of power he be hindered from sinning, yet when he findeth opportunity he will do evil.

29 A man may be known by his look, and one that hath understanding by his countenance, when thou meetest him.

30 A man's attire, and excessive laughter, and gait, shew what he is.


1 ἐργάτης μέθυσος οὐ πλουτισθήσεται ὁ ἐξουθενῶν τὰ ὀλίγα κατὰ μικρὸν πεσεῖται

2 οἶνος καὶ γυναῖκες ἀποστήσουσιν συνετούς καὶ ὁ κολλώμενος πόρναις τολμηρότερος ἔσται

3 σήπη καὶ σκώληκες κληρονομήσουσιν αὐτόν καὶ ψυχὴ τολμηρὰ ἐξαρθήσεται

4 ὁ ταχὺ ἐμπιστεύων κοῦφος καρδίᾳ καὶ ὁ ἁμαρτάνων εἰς ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ πλημμελήσει

5 ὁ εὐφραινόμενος καρδίᾳ καταγνωσθήσεται

6 καὶ ὁ μισῶν λαλιὰν ἐλαττονοῦται κακίᾳ

7 μηδέποτε δευτερώσῃς λόγον καὶ οὐθέν σοι οὐ μὴ ἐλαττονωθῇ

8 ἐν φίλῳ καὶ ἐχθρῷ μὴ διηγοῦ καὶ εἰ μή ἐστίν σοι ἁμαρτία μὴ ἀποκάλυπτε

9 ἀκήκοεν γάρ σου καὶ ἐφυλάξατό σε καὶ ἐν καιρῷ μισήσει σε

10 ἀκήκοας λόγον συναποθανέτω σοι θάρσει οὐ μή σε ῥήξει

11 ἀπὸ προσώπου λόγου ὠδινήσει μωρὸς ὡς ἀπὸ προσώπου βρέφους ἡ τίκτουσα

12 βέλος πεπηγὸς ἐν μηρῷ σαρκός οὕτως λόγος ἐν κοιλίᾳ μωροῦ

13 ἔλεγξον φίλον μήποτε οὐκ ἐποίησεν καὶ εἴ τι ἐποίησεν μήποτε προσθῇ

14 ἔλεγξον τὸν πλησίον μήποτε οὐκ εἶπεν καὶ εἰ εἴρηκεν ἵνα μὴ δευτερώσῃ

15 ἔλεγξον φίλον πολλάκις γὰρ γίνεται διαβολή καὶ μὴ παντὶ λόγῳ πίστευε

16 ἔστιν ὀλισθάνων καὶ οὐκ ἀπὸ ψυχῆς καὶ τίς οὐχ ἥμαρτεν ἐν τῇ γλώσσῃ αὐτοῦ

17 ἔλεγξον τὸν πλησίον σου πρὶν ἢ ἀπειλῆσαι καὶ δὸς τόπον νόμῳ ὑψίστου

20 πᾶσα σοφία φόβος κυρίου καὶ ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ ποίησις νόμου

22 καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν σοφία πονηρίας ἐπιστήμη καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν ὅπου βουλὴ ἁμαρτωλῶν φρόνησις

23 ἔστιν πανουργία καὶ αὕτη βδέλυγμα καὶ ἔστιν ἄφρων ἐλαττούμενος σοφίᾳ

24 κρείττων ἡττώμενος ἐν συνέσει ἔμφοβος ἢ περισσεύων ἐν φρονήσει καὶ παραβαίνων νόμον

25 ἔστιν πανουργία ἀκριβὴς καὶ αὕτη ἄδικος καὶ ἔστιν διαστρέφων χάριν τοῦ ἐκφᾶναι κρίμα

26 ἔστιν πονηρευόμενος συγκεκυφὼς μελανίᾳ καὶ τὰ ἐντὸς αὐτοῦ πλήρη δόλου

27 συγκρύφων πρόσωπον καὶ ἐθελοκωφῶν ὅπου οὐκ ἐπεγνώσθη προφθάσει σε

28 καὶ ἐὰν ὑπὸ ἐλαττώματος ἰσχύος κωλυθῇ ἁμαρτεῖν ἐὰν εὕρῃ καιρόν κακοποιήσει

29 ἀπὸ ὁράσεως ἐπιγνωσθήσεται ἀνήρ καὶ ἀπὸ ἀπαντήσεως προσώπου ἐπιγνωσθήσεται νοήμων

30 στολισμὸς ἀνδρὸς καὶ γέλως ὀδόντων καὶ βήματα ἀνθρώπου ἀναγγελεῖ τὰ περὶ αὐτοῦ


1 [Operarius ebriosus non locupletabitur:
et qui spernit modica paulatim decidet.

2 Vinum et mulieres apostatare faciunt sapientes,
et arguent sensatos.

3 Et qui se jungit fornicariis erit nequam:
putredo et vermes hæreditabunt illum:
et extolletur in exemplum majus,
et tolletur de numero anima ejus.]

4 [Qui credit cito levis corde est, et minorabitur:
et qui delinquit in animam suam, insuper habebitur.

5 Qui gaudet iniquitate, denotabitur:
et qui odit correptionem, minuetur vita:
et qui odit loquacitatem, extinguit malitiam.

6 Qui peccat in animam suam, pœnitebit:
et qui jucundatur in malitia, denotabitur.

7 Ne iteres verbum nequam et durum,
et non minoraberis.

8 Amico et inimico noli narrare sensum tuum:
et si est tibi delictum, noli denudare:

9 audiet enim te, et custodiet te,
et quasi defendens peccatum, odiet te,
et sic aderit tibi semper.

10 Audisti verbum adversus proximum tuum?
commoriatur in te, fidens quoniam non te dirumpet.

11 A facie verbi parturit fatuus,
tamquam gemitus partus infantis.

12 Sagitta infixa femori carnis,
sic verbum in corde stulti.

13 Corripe amicum,
ne forte non intellexerit, et dicat: Non feci:
aut, si fecerit, ne iterum addat facere.

14 Corripe proximum, ne forte non dixerit:
et si dixerit, ne forte iteret.

15 Corripe amicum, sæpe enim fit commissio:

16 et non omni verbo credas.
Est qui labitur lingua, sed non ex animo:

17 quis est enim qui non deliquerit in lingua sua?]
[Corripe proximum antequam commineris,

18 et da locum timori Altissimi:
quia omnis sapientia timor Dei, et in illa timere Deum,
et in omni sapientia dispositio legis.

19 Et non est sapientia nequitiæ disciplina,
et non est cogitatus peccatorum prudentia.

20 Est nequitia, et in ipsa execratio,
et est insipiens qui minuitur sapientia.

21 Melior est homo qui minuitur sapientia,
et deficiens sensu, in timore,
quam qui abundat sensu,
et transgreditur legem Altissimi.

22 Est solertia certa, et ipsa iniqua:

23 et est qui emittit verbum certum enarrans veritatem.
Est qui nequiter humiliat se,
et interiora ejus plena sunt dolo:

24 et est qui se nimium submittit a multa humilitate:
et est qui inclinat faciem suam,
et fingit se non videre quod ignoratum est:

25 et si ab imbecillitate virium vetetur peccare,
si invenerit tempus malefaciendi, malefaciet.

26 Ex visu cognoscitur vir,
et ab occursu faciei cognoscitur sensatus.

27 Amictus corporis, et risus dentium,
et ingressus hominis, enuntiant de illo.

28 Est correptio mendax in ira contumeliosi,
et est judicium quod non probatur esse bonum:
et est tacens, et ipse est prudens.]

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