The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 22:27–23:6

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27  But if you have drawn a sword against a friend, you should not despair; for there may be a way back.

Sir22:21  Though thou drewest a sword at thy friend, yet despair not: for there may be a returning to favour.

28  If you have opened a harsh mouth against a friend, you should not fear; for there may be a reconciliation. However, if there are accusations, or abuse, or arrogance, or the revealing of secrets, or a wound from deceitfulness, in all these cases, a friend will flee away.

Sir22:22  If thou hast opened thy mouth against thy friend, fear not; for there may be a reconciliation: except for upbraiding, or pride, or disclosing of secrets, or a treacherous wound: for for these things every friend will depart.

29  Hold to faithfulness with a friend in his poverty, so that you may also rejoice in his prosperity.

Sir22:23  Be faithful to thy neighbour in his poverty, that thou mayest rejoice in his prosperity: abide stedfast unto him in the time of his trouble, that thou mayest be heir with him in his heritage: for a mean estate is not always to be contemned: nor the rich that is foolish to be had in admiration.

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30  In the time of his tribulation, remain faithful to him, so that you may also be an heir with him in his inheritance.

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31  Just as the steam from an oven, or the smoke from a fire, rises up before a flame, so also do curses and insults and threats rise up before bloodshed.

Sir22:24  As the vapour and smoke of a furnace goeth before the fire; so reviling before blood.

32  I shall not be ashamed to greet a friend, nor shall I hide myself from his face. And if misfortunes befall me because of him, I will endure.

Sir22:25  I will not be ashamed to defend a friend; neither will I hide myself from him.

33  Anyone who hears of this will be wary around him.

Sir22:26  And if any evil happen unto me by him, every one that heareth it will beware of him.

34  Who will provide a keeper for my mouth, and a reliable seal over my lips, so that I may not fall because of them, and so that my tongue does not destroy me?

Sir22:27  Who shall set a watch before my mouth, and a seal of wisdom upon my lips, that I fall not suddenly by them, and that my tongue destroy me not?

23:1  Lord, Father and Ruler of my life: may you not abandon me to their counsel, nor permit me to fall by them.

O Lord, Father and Governor of all my whole life, leave me not to their counsels, and let me not fall by them.

23:2  They would impose scourges over my thoughts and over the discipline of wisdom in my heart. And they would not spare me from their ignorances, nor would they allow their own offenses to become apparent.

Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom over mine heart? that they spare me not for mine ignorances, and it pass not by my sins

23:3  And they intend that my ignorances would increase, and my offenses be multiplied, and my sins abound. And so I would fall in the sight of my adversaries, and be rejoiced over by my enemy.

Lest mine ignorances increase, and my sins abound to my destruction, and I fall before mine adversaries, and mine enemy rejoice over me, whose hope is far from thy mercy.

23:4  Lord, Father and God of my life: may you not abandon me to their plans.

O Lord, Father and God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from thy servants always a haughty mind.

23:5  Do not leave me with the haughtiness of my eyes. And avert all desire from me.

Turn away from me vain hopes and concupiscence, and thou shalt hold him up that is desirous always to serve thee.

23:6  Take the desire of the body from me, and do not allow sexual desire to take hold of me, and do not permit an irreverent and senseless mind within me.

Let not the greediness of the belly nor lust of the flesh take hold of me; and give not over me thy servant into an impudent mind.