The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 22:9–18

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Whoever explains wisdom to the senseless is like one speaking to a sleeping person. And at the end of the explanation, he says: “Who is this?”

Sir22:8  He that telleth a tale to a fool speaketh to one in a slumber: when he hath told his tale, he will say, What is the matter?

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10  If children live honestly, and have wherewithal, they shall cover the baseness of their parents.

10  But children, being haughty, through disdain and want of nurture do stain the nobility of their kindred.

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11  Weep over the dead, for his light has failed. And weep over the foolish, for his understanding has failed.

Sir22:11  Weep for the dead, for he hath lost the light: and weep for the fool, for he wanteth understanding: make little weeping for the dead, for he is at rest: but the life of the fool is worse than death.

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12  Weep only a little over the dead, for he is at rest.

13  But the wicked life of a wicked fool is worse than death.

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14  The mourning for the dead is seven days; but for the foolish and the impious, it is all the days of their life.

Sir22:12  Seven days do men mourn for him that is dead; but for a fool and an ungodly man all the days of his life.

15  You should not talk at length with the foolish, and you should not go with the senseless.

Sir22:13  Talk not much with a fool, and go not to him that hath no understanding: beware of him, lest thou have trouble, and thou shalt never be defiled with his fooleries: depart from him, and thou shalt find rest, and never be disquieted with madness.

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16  Keep yourself from him, so that you may not have problems, and so that you will not be polluted by his sin.

17  Turn away from him, and you will find rest, and you will not be discouraged by his foolishness.

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18  What is heavier than lead? And what else can he be called but foolish?