Wisdom of Sirach 23

1O Lord, Father and Governor of all my whole life, leave me not to their counsels, and let me not fall by them.
2Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom over mine heart? that they spare me not for mine ignorances, and it pass not by my sins:
3Lest mine ignorances increase, and my sins abound to my destruction, and I fall before mine adversaries, and mine enemy rejoice over me, whose hope is far from your mercy.
4O Lord, Father and God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from your servants always a haughty mind.
5Turn away from me vain hopes and concupiscence, and you shall hold him up that is desirous always to serve you.
6Let not the greediness of the belly nor lust of the flesh take hold of me; and give not over me your servant into an impudent mind.
7Hear, O you children, the discipline of the mouth: he that keeps it shall never be taken in his lips.
8The sinner shall be left in his foolishness: both the evil speaker and the proud shall fall thereby.
9Accustom not your mouth to swearing; neither use yourself to the naming of the Holy One.
10For as a servant that is continually beaten shall not be without a blue mark: so he that swears and names God continually shall not be faultless.
11A man that uses much swearing shall be filled with iniquity, and the plague shall never depart from his house: if he shall offend, his sin shall be upon him: and if he acknowledge not his sin, he makes a double offense: and if he swear in vain, he shall not be innocent, but his house shall be full of calamities.
12There is a word that is clothed about with death: God grant that it be not found in the heritage of Jacob; for all such things shall be far from the godly, and they shall not wallow in their sins.
13Use not your mouth to intemperate swearing, for therein is the word of sin.
14Remember your father and your mother, when you sit among great men. Be not forgetful before them, and so you by your custom become a fool, and wish that you had not been born, and curse they day of your nativity.
15The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words will never be reformed all the days of his life.
16Two sorts of men multiply sin, and the third will bring wrath: a hot mind is as a burning fire, it will never be quenched till it be consumed: a fornicator in the body of his flesh will never cease till he has kindled a fire.
17All bread is sweet to a whoremonger, he will not leave off till he die.
18A man that breaks wedlock, saying thus in his heart, Who sees me? I am compassed about with darkness, the walls cover me, and no body sees me; what need I to fear? the most High will not remember my sins:
19Such a man only fears the eyes of men, and knows not that the eyes of the Lord are ten thousand times brighter than the sun, beholding all the ways of men, and considering the most secret parts.
20He knew all things ere ever they were created; so also after they were perfected he looked upon them all.
21This man shall be punished in the streets of the city, and where he suspects not he shall be taken.
22Thus shall it go also with the wife that leaves her husband, and brings in an heir by another.
23For first, she has disobeyed the law of the most High; and secondly, she has trespassed against her own husband; and thirdly, she has played the whore in adultery, and brought children by another man.
24She shall be brought out into the congregation, and inquisition shall be made of her children.
25Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit.
26She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her reproach shall not be blotted out.
27And they that remain shall know that there is nothing better than the fear of the Lord, and that there is nothing sweeter than to take heed to the commandments of the Lord.
28It is great glory to follow the Lord, and to be received of him is long life.

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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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