1If you be made the master of a feast, lift not yourself up, but be among them as one of the rest; take diligent care for them, and so sit down.2And when you have done all your office, take your place, that you may be merry with them, and receive a crown for your well ordering of the feast.3Speak, you that are the elder, for it becomes you, but with sound judgment; and hinder not musick.4Pour not out words where there is a musician, and show not forth wisdom out of time.5A concert of musick in a banquet of wine is as a signet of carbuncle set in gold.6As a signet of an emerald set in a work of gold, so is the melody of musick with pleasant wine.7Speak, young man, if there be need of you: and yet scarcely when you are twice asked.8Let your speech be short, comprehending much in few words; be as one that knows and yet holds his tongue.9If you be among great men, make not yourself equal with them; and when ancient men are in place, use not many words.10Before the thunder goes lightning; and before a shamefaced man shall go favor.11Rise up betimes, and be not the last; but get you home without delay.12There take your pastime, and do what you will: but sin not by proud speech.13And for these things bless him that made you, and has replenished you with his good things.14Whoso fears the Lord will receive his discipline; and they that seek him early shall find favor.15He that seeks the law shall be filled therewith: but the hypocrite will be offended thereat.16They that fear the Lord shall find judgment, and shall kindle justice as a light.17A sinful man will not be reproved, but finds an excuse according to his will.18A man of counsel will be considerate; but a strange and proud man is not daunted with fear, even when of himself he has done without counsel.19Do nothing without advice; and when you have once done, repent not.20Go not in a way wherein you may fall, and stumble not among the stones.21Be not confident in a plain way.22And beware of your own children.23In every good work trust your own soul; for this is the keeping of the commandments.24He that believes in the Lord takes heed to the commandment; and he that trusts in him shall fare never the worse.

Commentaries for Wisdom of Sirach 32:0


Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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