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1 The hopes of a senseless man are empty and false; and dreams extol the imprudent.
Sir34:Sir31:1 The hopes of a man void of understanding are vain and false: and dreams lift up fools.
2 Like one who chases a shadow and pursues the wind, so also is one who pays attention to lying visions.
Sir34:Sir31:2 Whoso regardeth dreams is like him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind.
3 In the vision of dreams, one thing represents another, as when a mask is before the face of a man.
Sir34:Sir31:3 The vision of dreams is the resemblance of one thing to another, even as the likeness of a face to a face.
4 What can be cleansed by the unclean? And what truth can be spoken from a lie?
Sir34:Sir31:4 Of an unclean thing what can be cleansed? and from that thing which is false what truth can come?
5 Erroneous divinations and false signs and the dreams of evildoers are emptiness.
Sir34:Sir31:5 Divinations, and soothsayings, and dreams, are vain: and the heart fancieth, as a woman’s heart in travail.
6 For your heart suffers from imagination, like a woman suffering in childbirth. Unless it is a visitation sent from the Most High, you should not set your heart upon it.
Sir34:Sir31:6 If they be not sent from the most High in thy visitation, set not thy heart upon them.
7 For dreams have caused many to go astray, and those who have hoped in them have fallen away.
Sir34:Sir31:7 For dreams have deceived many, and they have failed that put their trust in them.
8 The word of the law will be fulfilled without a lie, and wisdom will be made plain in the mouths of the faithful.
Sir34:Sir31:8 The law shall be found perfect without lies: and wisdom is perfection to a faithful mouth.