1Set your heart upon your goods; and say not, I have enough for my life.
2Follow not your own mind and your strength, to walk in the ways of your heart:
3And say not, Who shall control me for my works? for the Lord will surely revenge your pride.
4Say not, I have sinned, and what harm has happened to me? for the Lord is longsuffering, he will in no wise let you go.
5Concerning propitiation, be not without fear to add sin to sin:
6And say not His mercy is great; he will be pacified for the multitude of my sins: for mercy and wrath come from him, and his indignation rests upon sinners.
7Make no tarrying to turn to the Lord, and put not off from day to day: for suddenly shall the wrath of the Lord come forth, and in your security you shall be destroyed, and perish in the day of vengeance.
8Set not your heart upon goods unjustly gotten, for they shall not profit you in the day of calamity.
9Winnow not with every wind, and go not into every way: for so does the sinner that has a double tongue.
10Be stedfast in your understanding; and let your word be the same.
11Be swift to hear; and let your life be sincere; and with patience give answer.
12If you have understanding, answer your neighbor; if not, lay your hand upon your mouth.
13Honor and shame is in talk: and the tongue of man is his fall.
14Be not called a whisperer, and lie not in wait with your tongue: for a foul shame is upon the thief, and an evil condemnation upon the double tongue.
15Be not ignorant of any thing in a great matter or a small.
Commentaries for Wisdom of Sirach 5:0