The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 7:1–17


Do not choose to do evil, and evil will not take hold of you.

Do no evil, so shall no harm come unto thee.

Withdraw from the iniquitous, and evil will withdraw from you.

Depart from the unjust, and iniquity shall turn away from thee.

Son, do not sow evil in the furrows of injustice, and you will not reap them sevenfold.

My son, sow not upon the furrows of unrighteousness, and thou shalt not reap them sevenfold.

Do not seek a role of leadership from the Lord, and do not seek a seat of honor from the king.

Seek not of the Lord preeminence, neither of the king the seat of honour.

You should not justify yourself before God, for he is the Knower of hearts. And by no means should you wish to seem wise before the king.

justify not thyself before the Lord; and boast not of thy wisdom before the king.

Do not seek to become a judge, unless you have sufficient strength to shatter iniquities. Otherwise, you might fear the face of the powerful, and so establish a scandal within your integrity.

Seek not to be judge, being not able to take away iniquity; lest at any time thou fear the person of the mighty, an stumblingblock in the way of thy uprightness.

You should not sin against the multitude of a city, nor should you cast yourself against the people.

Offend not against the multitude of a city, and then thou shalt not cast thyself down among the people.

And you should not bind two sins together. For even in one sin, you will not go unpunished.

Bind not one sin upon another; for in one thou shalt not be unpunished.

Do not be cowardly in your soul.

Say not, God will look upon the multitude of my oblations, and when I offer to the most high God, he will accept it.

10  You should not be unwilling to beg, nor to give alms.

10  Be not fainthearted when thou makest thy prayer, and neglect not to give alms.


11  You should not say: “God will look with favor on the multitude of my gifts, and when I make an offering to the most high God, he will accept my gift.”


12  You should not ridicule a man in bitterness of soul. For there is One who humbles and who exalts: the all-seeing God.

Sir7:11  Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterness of his soul: for there is one which humbleth and exalteth.

13  Do not love a lie against your brother, nor should you act the same toward your friend.

Sir7:12  Devise not a lie against thy brother; neither do the like to thy friend.

14  Do not be willing to devise a lie of any kind. For the practice of lying is not good.

Sir7:13  Use not to make any manner of lie: for the custom thereof is not good.

15  Do not choose to be verbose among a multitude of elders, and you should not repeat the words of your prayers.

Sir7:14  Use not many words in a multitude of elders, and make not much babbling when thou prayest.

16  You should not hate laborious works, nor the rustic life created by the Most High.

Sir7:15  Hate not laborious work, neither husbandry, which the most High hath ordained.

17  You should not consider yourself to be among the multitude of the undisciplined.

Sir7:16  Number not thyself among the multitude of sinners, but remember that wrath will not tarry long.