Wisdom of Sirach 22

1A slothful man is compared to a filthy stone, and every one will hiss him out to his disgrace.
2A slothful man is compared to the filth of a dunghill: every man that takes it up will shake his hand.
3An evil-nurtured man is the dishonor of his father that became the father of him: and a foolish daughter is born to his loss.
4A wise daughter shall bring an inheritance to her husband: but she that lives dishonestly is her father's heaviness.
5She that is bold dishonors both her father and her husband, but they both shall despise her.
6A tale out of season is as musick in mourning: but stripes and correction of wisdom are never out of time.
7Whoso teaches a fool is as one that glues a potsherd together, and as he that wakes one from a sound sleep.
8He that tells a tale to a fool speaks to one in a slumber: when he has told his tale, he will say, What is the matter?
9If children live honestly, and have wherewithal, they shall cover the baseness of their parents.
10But children, being haughty, through disdain and lack of nurture do stain the nobility of their kindred.
11Weep for the dead, for he has lost the light: and weep for the fool, for he lacks understanding: make little weeping for the dead, for he is at rest: but the life of the fool is worse than death.
12Seven days do men mourn for him that is dead; but for a fool and an ungodly man all the days of his life.
13Talk not much with a fool, and go not to him that has no understanding: beware of him, lest you have trouble, and you shall never be defiled with his fooleries: depart from him, and you shall find rest, and never be disquieted with madness.
14What is heavier than lead? and what is the name thereof, but a fool?
15Sand, and salt, and a mass of iron, is easier to bear, than a man without understanding.
16As timber girded and bound together in a building can't be loosed with shaking: so the heart that is established by advised counsel shall fear at no time.
17A heart settled upon a thought of understanding is as a fair plaistering on the wall of a gallery.
18Pales set on an high place will never stand against the wind: so a fearful heart in the imagination of a fool can't stand against any fear.
19He that pricks the eye will make tears to fall: and he that pricks the heart makes it to show her knowledge.
20Whoso casts a stone at the birds frays them away: and he that upbraids his friend breaks friendship.
21Though you drew a sword at your friend, yet despair not: for there may be a returning to favor.
22If you have opened your mouth against your friend, fear not; for there may be a reconciliation: except for upbraiding, or pride, or disclosing of secrets, or a treacherous wound: for for these things every friend will depart.
23Be faithful to your neighbor in his poverty, that you may rejoice in his prosperity: abide stedfast to him in the time of his trouble, that you may be heir with him in his heritage: for a mean estate is not always to be contemned: nor the rich that is foolish to be had in admiration.
24As the vapor and smoke of a furnace goes before the fire; so reviling before blood.
25I will not be ashamed to defend a friend; neither will I hide myself from him.
26And if any evil happen to me by him, every one that hears it will beware of him.
27Who shall set a watch before my mouth, and a seal of wisdom upon my lips, that I fall not suddenly by them, and that my tongue destroy me not?

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

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