The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 32:14–33:6


14  Lightning goes before a hailstorm, and grace goes before modesty. And so, for your reverence, good graces will be added to you.

Sir32:Sir35:10  Before the thunder goeth lightning; and before a shamefaced man shall go favour.

15  And at the hour for rising, you should not be lax. Later, be the first to run ahead to your house, and there withdraw, and there take your pastime.

Sir32:Sir35:11  Rise up betimes, and be not the last; but get thee home without delay.

16  And act according to your intentions, but not in sin and not in arrogant speech.

Sir32:Sir35:12  There take thy pastime, and do what thou wilt: but sin not by proud speech.

17  And for all these things, bless the Lord, who made you, and who fills you to overflowing with all his good things.

Sir32:Sir35:13  And for these things bless him that made thee, and hath replenished thee with his good things.

18  Whoever fears the Lord will accept his doctrine. And whoever watches for him diligently will find a blessing.

Sir32:Sir35:14  Whoso feareth the Lord will receive his discipline; and they that seek him early shall find favour.

19  Whoever seeks the law will be filled from the law. But whoever acts with treachery will be scandalized by treachery.

Sir32:Sir35:15  He that seeketh the law shall be filled therewith: but the hypocrite will be offended thereat.

20  Those who fear the Lord will find just judgment, and they will kindle justice like a light.

Sir32:Sir35:16  They that fear the Lord shall find judgement, and shall kindle justice as a light.

21  A sinful man will shun correction, and he will find a rationalization in accord with his own will.

Sir32:Sir35:17  A sinful man will not be reproved, but findeth an excuse according to his will.

22  A man of counsel will not reject understanding. A strange and arrogant man will not be disturbed by fear.

Sir32:Sir35:18  A man of counsel will be considerate; but a strange and proud man is not daunted with fear, even when of himself he hath done without counsel.


23  Even so, after he has acted out of fear and without counsel, he will be rebuked by his own criticism.


24  Son, you should do nothing without counsel, and then you will not regret what you have done.

Sir32:Sir35:19  Do nothing without advice; and when thou hast once done, repent not.

25  You should not go into the way of ruin, and you then will not stumble on stones. You should not commit yourself to a laborious way; otherwise, you may set up a scandal against your own soul.

20  Go not in a way wherein thou mayest fall, and stumble not among the stones.

21  Be not confident in a plain way.

26  And be cautious concerning your own sons. And be attentive to those of your own household.

Sir32:Sir35:22  And beware of thine own children.

27  In all of your works, trust your soul to faith. For this is the keeping of the commandments.

Sir32:Sir35:23  In every good work trust thy own soul; for this is the keeping of the commandments.

28  Whoever believes God attends to the commandments. And whoever trusts in him will not be diminished.

Sir32:Sir35:24  He that believeth in the Lord taketh heed to the commandment; and he that trusteth in him shall fare never the worse.

33:1  No evils will befall one who fears the Lord. Instead, God will preserve him during temptation and will free him from evils.

Sir33:Sir36:1  There shall no evil happen unto him that feareth the Lord; but in temptation even again he will deliver him.

33:2  A wise man does not hate the commandments and the justices, and so he will not be thrown about violently, like a ship in a storm.

Sir33:Sir36:2  A wise man hateth not the law; but he that is an hypocrite therein is as a ship in a storm.


33:3  A man of understanding puts his faith in the law of God, and so the law is faithful to him.


33:4  Whoever would resolve a dispute will prepare a word, and so, having prayed, he will be heard. And he will observe discipline, and then he will respond.

Sir33:Sir36:4  Prepare what to say, and so thou shalt be heard: and bind up instruction, and then make answer.

33:5  The heart of a fool is like the wheel of a cart. And his thoughts are like a turning axel.

Sir33:Sir36:5  The heart of the foolish is like a cartwheel; and his thoughts are like a rolling axletree.

33:6  A friend who is a whisperer is like an untamed horse: he neighs under anyone who sits upon him.

Sir33:Sir36:6  A stallion horse is as a mocking friend, he neigheth under every one that sitteth upon him.