Sirach Chapter 28

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1: He that revengeth shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins [in remembrance.] edit

2: Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so shall thy sins also be forgiven when thou prayest. edit

3: One man beareth hatred against another, and doth he seek pardon from the Lord? edit

4: He sheweth no mercy to a man, which is like himself: and doth he ask forgiveness of his own sins? edit

5: If he that is but flesh nourish hatred, who will intreat for pardon of his sins? edit

6: Remember thy end, and let enmity cease; [remember] corruption and death, and abide in the commandments. edit

7: Remember the commandments, and bear no malice to thy neighbour: [remember] the covenant of the Highest, and wink at ignorance. edit

8: Abstain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins: for a furious man will kindle strife, edit

9: A sinful man disquieteth friends, and maketh debate among them that be at peace. edit

10: As the matter of the fire is, so it burneth: and as a man's strength is, so is his wrath; and according to his riches his anger riseth; and the stronger they are which contend, the more they will be inflamed. edit

11: An hasty contention kindleth a fire: and an hasty fighting sheddeth blood. edit

12: If thou blow the spark, it shall burn: if thou spit upon it, it shall be quenched: and both these come out of thy mouth. edit

13: Curse the whisperer and doubletongued: for such have destroyed many that were at peace. edit

14: A backbiting tongue hath disquieted many, and driven them from nation to nation: strong cities hath it pulled down, and overthrown the houses of great men. edit

15: A backbiting tongue hath cast out virtuous women, and deprived them of their labours. edit

16: Whoso hearkeneth unto it shall never find rest, and never dwell quietly. edit

17: The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones. edit

18: Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue. edit

19: Well is he that is defended through the venom thereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor hath been bound in her bands. edit

20: For the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are bands of brass. edit

21: The death thereof is an evil death, the grave were better than it. edit

22: It shall not have rule over them that fear God, neither shall they be burned with the flame thereof. edit

23: Such as forsake the Lord shall fall into it; and it shall burn in them, and not be quenched; it shall be sent upon them as a lion, and devour them as a leopard. edit

24: Look that thou hedge thy possession about with thorns, and bind up thy silver and gold, edit

25: And weigh thy words in a balance, and make a door and bar for thy mouth. edit

26: Beware thou slide not by it, lest thou fall before him that lieth in wait. edit

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