The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 23:22–28

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22  A desirous soul is like a burning fire, it will not be quenched, until it devours something.

23  And a man who is wicked in the desires of his flesh will not desist until he has kindled a fire.

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24  To a man of fornication, all bread is sweet; he will not tire of transgression, to the very end.

Sir23:17  All bread is sweet to a whoremonger, he will not leave off till he die.

25  Every man who transgresses his own bed has contempt for his own soul. And so he says: “Who can see me?

Sir23:18  A man that breaketh wedlock, saying thus in his heart, Who seeth me? I am compassed about with darkness, the walls cover me, and no body seeth me; what need I to fear? the most High will not remember my sins

26  Darkness surrounds me, and the walls enclose me, and no one catches sight of me. Whom should I fear? The Most High will not remember my offenses.”

Sir23:19  Such a man only feareth the eyes of men, and knoweth not that the eyes of the Lord are ten thousand times brighter than the sun, beholding all the ways of men, and considering the most secret parts.

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27  And he does not understand that God’s eye sees all things. For fear within a man such as this drives away from him both the fear of God and the eyes of those men who fear God.

28  And he does not acknowledge that the eyes of the Lord are much brighter than the sun, keeping watch over all the ways of men, even to the depths of the abyss, and gazing into the hearts of men, even to the most hidden parts.