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4 If you do not hold yourself steadfastly to the fear of the Lord, your house will be quickly overthrown.
Sir27:3 Unless a man hold himself diligently in the fear of the Lord, his house shall soon be overthrown.
5 Just as the dust remains when one shakes a sieve, so will the doubt of a man remain in his thoughts.
Sir27:4 As when one sifteth with a sieve, the refuse remaineth; so the filth of man in his talk.
6 The furnace tests the potter’s vessels, and the trial of the tribulation tests just men.
Sir27:5 The furnace proveth the potter’s vessels; so the trial of man is in his reasoning.
7 As the pruning of a tree reveals its fruit, so does a word reveal the thoughts in the heart of a man.
Sir27:6 The fruit declareth if the tree have been dressed; so is the utterance of a conceit in the heart of man.