Sin has consequences. The author describes them, and then charts out differences between foolish behavior and wise behavior.
The Book of Sirach is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches
add no more thereto. Jesus said to sin no more:
John 8:11. She said, “No one, Lord.” Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more.”
make supplication for your former sins. Pray to be forgiven for your past sins.
Genesis 19:17. It came to pass, when they had taken them out, that he said, “Escape for your life! Don’t look behind you, and don’t stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be consumed!”
Sirach 21:2. Flee from sin as from the face of a serpent; For if you draw near it will bite you: The teeth thereof are the teeth of a lion, Slaying the souls of men.
2 Timothy 2:22. Flee from youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
VERSE 3. All iniquity is as a two-edged sword; Its stroke has no healing.
VERSE 4. Terror and violence will lay waste riches; So the house of an arrogant man will be laid waste.
VERSE 5. Supplication from a poor man’s mouth reaches to the ears of God, And his judgement comes speedily.
he that fears the Lord. If you have a reverential fear of the Lord, you will repent of your sins.
VERSE 7. He that is mighty in tongue is known afar off: But the man of understanding knows when he slips.
VERSE 8. He that builds his house with other men’s money Is like one that gathers himself stones against winter.
VERSE 9. The congregation of wicked men is as tow wrapped together; And the end of them is a flame of fire.
VERSE 10. The way of sinners is made smooth with stones; And at the last end thereof is the pit of Hades.
becomes master of the intent thereof. That is, controls his impulses.
He that is not clever. To be teachable, you need a minimum level of intelligence.
VERSE 13. The knowledge of a wise man will be made to abound as a flood; And his counsel as a fountain of life.
like a broken vessel. A broken jar cannot contain anything. Neither can the mind of a fool.
add to it. After hearing wise words, a wise person can expand upon them.
it displeases him. After hearing wise words, a fool scorns and rejects them.
VERSE 16. The discourse of a fool is like a burden in the way; But grace will be found on the lips of the wise.
mouth of the prudent man. People want to hear what a wise person has to say.
ponder his words in their heart. After a wise person has spoken, people ponder the message and take it to heart.
VERSE 18. As a house that is destroyed, so is wisdom to a fool; And the knowledge of an unwise man is as talk without sense.
VERSE 19. Instruction is as fetters on the feet of an unwise man, And as manacles on the right hand.
VERSE 20. A fool lifts up his voice with laughter; But a clever man will scarce smile quietly.
VERSE 21. Instruction is to a prudent man as an ornament of gold, And as a bracelet upon his right arm.
VERSE 22. The foot of a fool is soon in another man’s house; But a man of experience will be ashamed of entering.
VERSE 23. A foolish man peeps in from the door of another man’s house; But a man that is instructed will stand without.
VERSE 24. It is a lack of instruction in a man to listen at the door; But the prudent man will be grieved with the disgrace.
weighed in the balance. People listen to a wise person, then consider carefully what was said.
heart of fools is in their mouth. Foolish people say whatever they are thinking. They can’t help but blurt it out.
the mouth of wise men is their heart. Wise people can restrain their words.
VERSE 27. When the ungodly curses Satan, He curses his own soul.
VERSE 28. A whisperer defiles his own soul, And will be hated wherever he travels.
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