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1 Do not choose to seek iniquitous possessions, and you should not say: “I have all I need in life.” For it will be of no benefit to you in the time of retribution and darkness.
1 Set thy heart upon thy goods; and say not, I have enough for my life.
2 You should not pursue, in your strength, the desires of your heart.
2 Follow not thine own mind and thy strength, to walk in the ways of thy heart
3 And you should not say: “How powerful am I?” or, “Who will cast me down because of my deeds?” For God will vindicate with vengeance.
3 And say not, Who shall control me for my works? for the Lord will surely revenge thy pride.
4 You should not say, “I sinned, and what grief has befallen me?” For the Most High is a patient recompensor.
4 Say not, I have sinned, and what harm hath happened unto me? for the Lord is longsuffering, he will in no wise let thee go.
5 Do not be willing to be without fear concerning a forgiven sin, and you should not add sin upon sin.
5 Concerning propitiation, be not without fear to add sin unto sin
6 And you should not say: “The compassion of the Lord is great; he will take pity on the multitude of my sins.”
6 And say not His mercy is great; he will be pacified for the multitude of my sins: for mercy and wrath come from him, and his indignation resteth upon sinners.
7 For both mercy and wrath go forth quickly from him, and his wrath sets its gaze upon sinners.
8 You should not delay being converted to the Lord, and you should not set it aside from day to day.
Sir5:7 Make no tarrying to turn to the Lord, and put not off from day to day: for suddenly shall the wrath of the Lord come forth, and in thy security thou shalt be destroyed, and perish in the day of vengeance.