The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 22:19–26


19  Sand, and salt, and an iron weight are each easier to bear than an imprudent man, who is both foolish and impious.


20  A bundle of wood strapped together in the foundation of a building will not be loosened. And similar is the heart that has been strengthened by thoughtful counsel.

Sir22:16  As timber girt and bound together in a building cannot be loosed with shaking: so the heart that is stablished by advised counsel shall fear at no time.

21  The thoughts of one who is understanding will not be corrupted by fear in any situation.

Sir22:17  A heart settled upon a thought of understanding is as a fair plaistering on the wall of a gallery.

22  Just as chaff in a high place, or a wall made of mortar without stones set within, will not continue against the face of the wind,

Sir22:18  Pales set on an high place will never stand against the wind: so a fearful heart in the imagination of a fool cannot stand against any fear.


23  so also a timid heart, and the thoughts of the senseless, will not withstand the forcefulness of fear.

24  Despite a cowardly heart, the thoughts of the foolish will not fear any situation; yet neither will one who continues always in the precepts of God.


25  He who jabs an eye produces tears. And he who jabs the heart produces understanding.

Sir22:19  He that pricketh the eye will make tears to fall: and he that pricketh the heart maketh it to shew her knowledge.

26  He who throws a stone at birds will drive them away. So also, he who accuses his friend dissolves the friendship.

Sir22:20  Whoso casteth a stone at the birds frayeth them away: and he that upbraideth his friend breaketh friendship.