The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 28:1–7


Whoever wishes for vengeance will find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely be attentive to his sins.

He that revengeth shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins in remembrance.

Forgive your neighbor, if he has harmed you, and then your sins will be forgiven you when you pray.

Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so shall thy sins also be forgiven when thou prayest.

A man holds on to anger against another man, and does he then seek a remedy from God?

One man beareth hatred against another, and doth he seek pardon from the Lord?

He has no mercy on a man like himself, and does he then entreat for his own sins?

He sheweth no mercy to a man, which is like himself: and doth he ask forgiveness of his own sins?

He who is but flesh holds on to anger, and does he then request forgiveness from God? Who can obtain pardon for his sins in this way?

If he that is but flesh nourish hatred, who will intreat for pardon of his sins?


Remember your very end, and let animosities cease.

For corruption and death are suspended over his commandments.