Sirach 21

1 {\cf2 My sonne, hast thou sinned? Doe so no more, but pray for the fore sinnes that they may be forgiuen thee.}

2 {\cf2 Flee from sinne, as from a serpent: for if thou comest to neere it, it will bite thee: the teeth thereof are as the teeth of a lyon, to slay the soules of men.}

3 {\cf2 All iniquitie is as a two edged sworde, the woundes whereof cannot be healed.}

4 {\cf2 Strife and iniuries waste riches: so the house of the proude shalbe desolate.}

5 {\cf2 The prayer of the poore going out of the mouth, commeth vnto the eares of the Lorde, and iustice is done him incontinently.}

6 {\cf2 Who so hateth to be reformed, is in the way of sinners: but he that feareth the Lord, conuerteth in heart.}

7 {\cf2 An eloquent talker is knowen a farre off: but he that is wise, perceiueth when he falleth.}

8 {\cf2 Who so buildeth his house with other mens money, is like one that gathereth stones to make his graue.}

9 {\cf2 The congregation of the wicked is like towe wrapped together: their ende is a flame of fire to destroy them.}

10 {\cf2 The way of sinners is made plaine with stones, but at the ende thereof is hell, darkenesse and paynes.}

11 {\cf2 He that keepeth the Law of the Lord, ruleth his owne affections thereby: and the encrease of wisedome is the ende of the feare of God.}

12 {\cf2 He that is not wise, will not suffer him selfe to be taught: but there is some witte that encreaseth bitternesse.}

13 {\cf2 The knowledge of the wise shall abounde like water that runneth ouer, and his counsell is like a pure fountaine of life.}

14 {\cf2 The inner partes of a foole are like a broken vessell: he can keepe no knowledge whiles he liueth.}

15 {\cf2 When a man of vnderstanding heareth a wise worde, he will commende it, and increase it: but if an ignorant man heare it, he will disalowe it, and cast it behinde his backe.}

16 {\cf2 The talking of a foole is like a burden in the way, but there is comelinesse in the talke of a wise man.}

17 {\cf2 They inquire at the mouth of the wise man in the congregation, & they shall ponder his words in their heart.}

18 {\cf2 As is an house that is destroyed, so is wisdom vnto a foole, and the knowledge of the vnwise is as wordes without order.}

19 {\cf2 Doctrine vnto fooles is as fetters on the feete, and like manicles vpon the right hand.}

20 {\cf2 A foole lifteth vp his voyce with laughter, but a wise man doeth scarce smile secretly.}

21 {\cf2 Learning is vnto a wise man a iewell of golde, and like a bracelet vpon his right arme.}

22 {\cf2 A foolish mans foote is soone in his neighbours house: but a man of experience is ashamed to looke in.}

23 {\cf2 A foole will peepe in at the dooore into the house: but he that is wel nurtured, wil stand wtout.}

24 {\cf2 It is the point of a foolish man to hearken at the doore: for he that is wise, will be grieued with such dishonour.}

25 {\cf2 The lippes of talkers will be telling such things as pertaine not vnto them, but the wordes of such as haue vnderstanding, are weighed in the balance.}

26 {\cf2 The heart of fooles is in their mouth: but the mouth of the wise is in their heart.}

27 {\cf2 When the vngodly curseth Satan, he curseth his owne soule.}

28 {\cf2 A backebiter defileth his owne soule, and is hated wheresoeuer he is: but he that keepeth his tongue, and is discreete, shall come to honour.}