The Book of Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus)
1 – He that seeketh to revenge himself, shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins in remembrance.
2 – Forgive thy neighbour if he hath hurl thee: and then shall thy sins be forgiven to thee when thou prayest.
3 – Man to man reserveth anger, and doth he seek remedy of God?
4 – He hath no mercy on a man like himself, and doth he entreat for his own sins?
5 – He that is but flesh, nourisheth anger, and doth he ask forgiveness of God? who shall obtain pardon for his sins?
6 – Remember thy last things, and let enmity cease:
7 – For corruption and death hang over in his commandments.
8 – Remember the fear of God, and be not angry with thy neighbour.
9 – Remember the covenant of the most High, and overlook the ignorance of thy neighbour.
10 – Refrain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sine:
11 – For a passionate man kindleth strife, and a sinful man will trouble his friends, and bring in debate in the midst of them that are at peace.
12 – For as the wood of the forest is, so the fire burneth: and as a man’s strength is, so shall his anger be, and according to his riches he shall increase his anger.
13 – A hasty contention kindleth a fire: and a hasty quarrel sheddeth blood: and a tongue that beareth witness bringeth death.
14 – If thou blow the spark, it shall burn as a fire: and if thou spit upon it, it shall be quenched: both come out of the mouth.
15 – The whisperer and the double tongued is accursed: for he hath troubled many that were at peace.
16 – The tongue of a third person hath disquieted many, and scattered them from nation to nation.
17 – It hath destroyed the strong cities of the rich, and hath overthrown the houses of great men.
18 – It hath cut in pieces the forces of people, and undone strong nations.
19 – The tongue of a third person hath cast out valiant women, and deprived them of their labours.
20 – He that hearkeneth to it, shall never have rest, neither shall he have a friend in whom he may repose.
21 – The stroke of a whip maketh a blue mark: but the stroke of the tongue will break the bones.
22 – Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not so many as have perished by their own tongue.
23 – Blessed is he that is defended from a wicked tongue, that hath not passed into the wrath thereof, and that hath not drawn the yoke thereof, and hath not been bound in its bands.
24 – For its yoke is a yoke of iron: and its bands are bands of brass.
25 – The death thereof is a most evil death: and hell is preferable to it.
26 – Its continuance shall not be for a long time, but it shall possess the ways of the unjust: and the just shall not be burnt with its flame.
27 – They that forsake God shall fall into it, and it shall burn in them, and shall not be quenched, and it shall be sent upon them as a lion, and as a leopard it shall tear them.
28 – Hedge in thy ears with thorns, hear not a wicked tongue, and make doors and bars to thy mouth.
29 – Melt down thy gold and silver, and make a balance for thy words, and a just bridle for thy mouth:
30 – And take heed lest thou slip with thy tongue, and fall in the sight of thy enemies who lie in wait for thee, and thy fall be incurable unto death.
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