The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 18:19–29


19  Before you judge, put justice in order within yourself, and before you speak, learn.

19  Learn before thou speak, and use physick or ever thou be sick.

20  Before you become sick, obtain medicine. And before you judge, examine yourself. And then you will find forgiveness in the sight of God.

20  Before judgement examine thyself, and in the day of visitation thou shalt find mercy.

21  Before you become weak, humble yourself; and in a time of infirmity, show your way of life.

21  Humble thyself before thou be sick, and in the time of sins shew repentance.

22  Let nothing impede you from praying always. And then you will not dread to be justified, even unto death. For the reward of God dwells in eternity.

22  Let nothing hinder thee to pay thy vow in due time, and defer not until death to be justified.

23  Before you pray, prepare your soul. And do not choose to be like a man who tempts God.

23  Before thou prayest, prepare thyself; and be not as one that tempteth the Lord.

24  Remember the wrath that will be on the day of consummation, and remember the time of retribution, when he will turn away his face.

24  Think upon the wrath that shall be at the end, and the time of vengeance, when he shall turn away his face.

25  Remember poverty in a time of abundance, and remember the deficiency of poverty in a day of riches.

25  When thou hast enough, remember the time of hunger: and when thou art rich, think upon poverty and need.

26  From morning until evening, the time will be changed, and all these are swift in the eyes of God.

26  From the morning until the evening the time is changed, and all things are soon done before the Lord.

27  A wise man will be cautious in all things, and during a time of many offenses, he will be attentive against inaction.

27  A wise man will fear in every thing, and in the day of sinning he will beware of offence: but a fool will not observe time.

28  Anyone who is astute recognizes wisdom, and he will acknowledge anyone who finds it.

28  Every man of understanding knoweth wisdom, and will give praise unto him that found her.

29  Those who show understanding with words also have acted wisely themselves, and they have understood truth and justice, and they have fulfilled proverbs and judgments.

29  They that were of understanding in sayings became also wise themselves, and poured forth exquisite parables.