Sirach Chapter 8 – Catholic Bible

The Book of Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus)

Chapter 8

1 – Strive not with a powerful man, lest thou fall into his hands.

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2 – Contend not with a rich man, lest he bring an action against thee.

3 – For gold and silver hath destroyed many, and hath reached even to the heart of kings, and perverted them.

4 – Strive not with a man that is full of tongue, and heap not wood upon his fire.

5 – Communicate not with an ignorant man, lest he speak ill of thy family.

6 – Despise not a man that turneth away from sin, nor reproach him therewith: remember that we are all worthy of reproof.

7 – Despise not a man in his old age; for we also shall become old.

8 – Rejoice not at the death of thy enemy; knowing that we all die, and are not willing that others should rejoice at our death.

9 – Despise not the discourse of them that are ancient and wise, but acquaint thyself with their proverbs.

10 – For of them thou shalt learn wisdom, and instruction of understanding, and to serve great men without blame.

11 – Let not the discourse of the ancients escape thee, for they have learned of their fathers:

12 – For of them thou shalt learn understanding, and to give an answer in time of need.

13 – Kindle not the coals of sinners by rebuking them, lest thou be burnt with the flame of the fire of their sins.

14 – Stand not against the face of an injurious person, lest he sit as a spy to entrap thee in thy words.

15 – Lend not to a man that is mightier than thyself: and if thou lendest, count it as lost.

16 – Be not surety above thy power: and if thou be surety, think as if thou wert to pay it.

17 – Judge not against a judge: for he judgeth according to that which is just.

18 – Go not on the way with a bold man, lest he burden thee with his evils: for he goeth according to his own will, and thou shalt perish together with his folly.

19 – Quarrel not with a passionate man, and go not into the desert with a bold man: for blood is as nothing in his sight, and where there is no help he will overthrow thee.

20 – Advise not with fools, for they cannot love but such things as please them.

21 – Before a stranger do no matter of counsel: for thou knowest not what he will bring forth.

22 – Open not thy heart to every man: lest he repay thee with an evil turn, and speak reproachfully to thee.

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