The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 5:1–8


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.

Set thy heart upon thy goods; and say not, I have enough for my life.

You should not pursue, in your strength, the desires of your heart.

Follow not thine own mind and thy strength, to walk in the ways of thy heart

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.

And say not, Who shall control me for my works? for the Lord will surely revenge thy pride.

You should not say, “I sinned, and what grief has befallen me?” For the Most High is a patient recompensor.

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.

Do not be willing to be without fear concerning a forgiven sin, and you should not add sin upon sin.

Concerning propitiation, be not without fear to add sin unto sin

And you should not say: “The compassion of the Lord is great; he will take pity on the multitude of my sins.”

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.


For both mercy and wrath go forth quickly from him, and his wrath sets its gaze upon sinners.


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.