The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 19:13–17


13  Correct a friend, though perhaps there was a misunderstanding, and he may say, “I did not do it.” Or, if he did do it, correct him, so that he may not do it again.

13  Admonish a friend, it may be he hath not done it: and if he have done it, that he do it no more.

14  Correct your neighbor, for perhaps he did not say it. But if he did say it, correct him, so that he may not say it again.

14  Admonish thy friend, it may be he hath not said it: and if he have, that he speak it not again.

15  Correct your friend. For often a fault has been committed.

15  Admonish a friend: for many times it is a slander, and believe not every tale.

16  And do not believe every word. There is one who slips with his word, but not with his heart.

16  There is one that slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart; and who is he that hath not offended with his tongue?

17  Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him; and not being angry, give place to the law of the most High.

17  For who is there who has not offended with his words? Correct your neighbor before you reprimand him.

17  The fear of the Lord is the first step to be accepted of him, and wisdom obtaineth his love.

18  The knowledge of the commandments of the Lord is the doctrine of life: and they that do things that please him shall receive the fruit of the tree of immortality.