The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 9:10–18

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10  Every woman who is a fornicator will be trampled down, like the filth in the street.

11  Many, by admiring the beauty of the wife of another, have become reprobate. For familiarity with her flares up like a fire.

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12  You should not sit down at all with another man’s wife, nor recline with her on a couch.

Sir9:9  Sit not at all with another man’s wife, nor sit down with her in thine arms, and spend not thy money with her at the wine; lest thine heart incline unto her, and so through thy desire thou fall into destruction.

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13  And you should not argue with her over wine, lest perhaps your heart may turn toward her, and by your emotion, you would be toppled into perdition.

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14  You should not abandon a old friend. For a new one will not be similar to him.

Sir9:10  Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.

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15  A new friend is like new wine. It will grow old, and then you will enjoy drinking it.

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16  You should not envy the glory and wealth of a sinner. For you do not know what may be his undoing in the future.

Sir9:11  Envy not the glory of a sinner: for thou knowest not what shall be his end.

17  The injury of the unjust should not please you, knowing that, until they are in hell, the impious will not please.

Sir9:12  Delight not in the thing that the ungodly have pleasure in; but remember they shall not go unpunished unto their grave.

18  Keep yourself far from a man having the power to kill, and then you will not have the fear of death suspended over you.

Sir9:13  Keep thee far from the man that hath power to kill; so shalt thou not doubt the fear of death: and if thou come unto him, make no fault, lest he take away thy life presently: remember that thou goest in the midst of snares, and that thou walkest upon the battlements of the city.