Sirach Chapter 41 – Catholic Bible

The Book of Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus)

Chapter 41

1 – The children will complain of an ungodly father, because for his sake they are in reproach.

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11 – Woe to you, ungodly men, who have forsaken the law of the most high Lord.

12 – And if you be born, you shall be born in malediction: and if you die, in malediction shall be your portion.

13 – All things that are of the earth, shall return into the earth: so the ungodly shall from malediction to destruction.

14 – The mourning of men is about their body, but the name of the ungodly shall be blotted out.

15 – Take care of a good name: for this shall continue with thee, more than a thousand treasures precious and great.

16 – A good life hath its number of days: but a good name shall continue for ever.

17 – My children, keep discipline in peace: for wisdom that is hid, and a treasure that is not seen, what profit is there in them both?

18 – Better is the man that hideth his folly, then the man that hideth his wisdom.

19 – Wherefore have a shame of these things I am now going to speak of.

20 – For it is not good to keep all shamefacedness: and all things do not please all men in opinion.

21 – Be ashamed of fornication before father and mother: and of a lie before a governor and a man in power:

22 – Of an offence before a prince, and a judge: of iniquity before a congregation and a people:

23 – Of injustice before a companion and friend: and in regard to the place where thou dwellest,

24 – Of theft, and of the truth of God, and the covenant: of leaning with thy elbow over meat, and of deceit in giving and taking:

25 – Of silence before them that salute thee: of looking upon a harlot: and of turning away thy face from thy kinsman.

26 – Turn not sway thy face from thy neighbour, and of taking away a portion and not restoring.

27 – Gaze not upon another man’s wife, and be not inquisitive after his handmaid, and approach not her bed.

28 – Be ashamed of upbraiding speeches before friends: and after thou hast given, upbraid not.

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