The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 33:1–6


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.

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.


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


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.

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.

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.