The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 28:28–30

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28  Hedge your ears with thorns. Do not be willing to listen to a wicked tongue. And make doors and bars for your mouth.

Sir28:24  Look that thou hedge thy possession about with thorns, and bind up thy silver and gold,

29  Melt down your gold and your silver. And make a scale for your words, and an upright bridle for your mouth.

Sir28:25  And weigh thy words in a balance, and make a door and bar for thy mouth.

30  And be attentive, lest perhaps you may slip with your tongue, and fall in the sight of your enemies, who are lying in wait for you, and then your fall may be incurable unto death.

Sir28:26  Beware thou slide not by it, lest thou fall before him that lieth in wait.