The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 23:16–21

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16  For all these things will be taken away from the merciful, and they shall not wallow in offenses.

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17  Do not allow your mouth to become accustomed to undisciplined speech. For in this, there is the sin of words.

Sir23:13  Use not thy mouth to intemperate swearing, for therein is the word of sin.

18  When you sit in the midst of great men, remember your father and mother.

Sir23:14  Remember thy father and thy mother, when thou sittest among great men. Be not forgetful before them, and so thou by thy custom become a fool, and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse they day of thy nativity.

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19  Otherwise, God may forget you, when you are in their sight, and then you would be repeatedly ridiculed and would suffer disgrace, and you might wish that you had never been born, and you might curse the day of your nativity.

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20  The man who is accustomed to disgraceful words will not accept instruction, all the days of his life.

Sir23:15  The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words will never be reformed all the days of his life.

21  Two kinds of persons abound in sins, and a third adds wrath and perdition.

Sir23:16  Two sorts of men multiply sin, and the third will bring wrath: a hot mind is as a burning fire, it will never be quenched till it be consumed: a fornicator in the body of his flesh will never cease till he hath kindled a fire.