Rich people have many moral failings. They need to grow beyond those shortcomings. The author describes the proper use of speech.
The Book of Sirach is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches
They are sufficient. Rich people base their security upon their many possessions.
Follow not … your strength. God puts desires in our hearts, knowing we will need his strength to complete them. He makes his strength available to us. However, we can exclude ourselves from it by relying only on ourselves.
Who will have dominion over me. Rich people see themselves as beyond reproach.
the Lord is patient. This is a false sense of security. The rich person is presuming upon the Lord.
NAB translation. Of forgiveness be not overconfident, adding sin upon sin.
Some people keep committing the same sins over and over again. They do not feel motivated to change their life, because they expect that God will forgive their sins no matter what.
VERSE 6. And say not, His compassion is great; He will be pacified for the multitude of my sins: For mercy and wrath are with him, And his indignation will rest upon sinners.
Don’t wait to turn to the Lord. Lots of us plan for the future. But we don’t even know what will happen tomorrow. We should say “God-willing” and speak tentatively of our future. Read more »
We should NOT delay our conversion. We do not know if we will even be alive tomorrow.
VERSE 8. Set not your heart upon unrighteous gains: For you will profit nothing in the day of calamity.
VERSE 9. Winnow not with every wind, And walk not in every path: Thus does the sinner that has a double tongue.
VERSE 10. Be stedfast in your understanding; And let your word be one.
VERSE 11. Be swift to hear; And with patience make your answer.
VERSE 12. If you have understanding, answer your neighbor; And if not, let your hand be upon your mouth.
NAB translation: Be swift to hear, but slow to answer.
slow to answer. Many Christians in the U.S. watch 24-hour news coverage. They provide extensive coverage just as news events break. What they say may turn out to be completely wrong.
Wisdom does not mean being the first to blurt out an answer. Rather, it means to have the right answer.
VERSE 14. Be not called a whisperer; And lie not in wait with your tongue: For upon the thief there is shame, And an evil condemnation upon him that has a double tongue.
VERSE 15. In a great matter and in a small, be not ignorant;
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