The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 18:30–19:3


30  You should not go after your desires; instead, turn away from your own will.

30  Go not after thy lusts, but refrain thyself from thine appetites.

31  If you offer your desires to your soul, this will cause you to become a joy to your enemies.

31  If thou givest thy soul the desires that please her, she will make thee a laughingstock to thine enemies that malign thee.

32  Take no delight in disorderly gatherings, whether large or small. For their commission of offenses is unceasing.

32  Take not pleasure in much good cheer, neither be tied to the expense thereof.

33  You should not be reduced by the contention of borrowing, even if there is nothing in your purse. For you would be contending against your own life.

33  Be not made a beggar by banqueting upon borrowing, when thou hast nothing in thy purse: for thou shalt lie in wait for thine own life, and be talked on.

19:1  An inebriated worker will not be wealthy. And whoever despises littleness will fall a little at a time.

A labouring man that A is given to drunkenness shall not be rich: and he that contemneth small things shall fall by little and little.


19:2  Wine and women cause wise men to fall away, and then they will complain against those who understand.


19:3  And whoever joins himself to fornicators will become wicked. Decay and worms will inherit him, and he will be denounced as the greater example, and his soul will be deducted from the number.

Moths and worms shall have him to heritage, and a bold man shall be taken away.