The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 23:7–11

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O sons: listen to the doctrine of my mouth. For those who observe it will not perish by the lips, nor be scandalized into wicked works.

Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth: he that keepeth it shall never be taken in his lips.

A sinner is held by his own emptiness. And the arrogant and those who speak evil will be scandalized by these things.

The sinner shall be left in his foolishness: both the evil speaker and the proud shall fall thereby.

Do not allow your mouth to become accustomed to swearing oaths. For in this, there are many pitfalls.

Accustom not thy mouth to swearing; neither use thyself to the naming of the Holy One.

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10  Truly, do not allow the naming of God to be continually in your mouth, and do not treat as if common the names of the holy ones. For you will not escape punishment by them.

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11  Just as a servant, continually interrogated, will not be without a bruise, so everyone who swears oaths and takes God’s name will not be entirely free from sin.

Sir23:10  For as a servant that is continually beaten shall not be without a blue mark: so he that sweareth and nameth God continually shall not be faultless.