Sirach Chapter 8

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1: Strive not with a mighty man' lest thou fall into his hands. edit

2: Be not at variance with a rich man, lest he overweigh thee: for gold hath destroyed many, and perverted the hearts of kings. edit

3: Strive not with a man that is full of tongue, and heap not wood upon his fire. edit

4: Jest not with a rude man, lest thy ancestors be disgraced. edit

5: Reproach not a man that turneth from sin, but remember that we are all worthy of punishment. edit

6: Dishonour not a man in his old age: for even some of us wax old. edit

7: Rejoice not over thy greatest enemy being dead, but remember that we die all. edit

8: Despise not the discourse of the wise, but acquaint thyself with their proverbs: for of them thou shalt learn instruction, and how to serve great men with ease. edit

9: Miss not the discourse of the elders: for they also learned of their fathers, and of them thou shalt learn understanding, and to give answer as need requireth. edit

10: Kindle not the coals of a sinner, lest thou be burnt with the flame of his fire. edit

11: Rise not up [in anger] at the presence of an injurious person, lest he lie in wait to entrap thee in thy words edit

12: Lend not unto him that is mightier than thyself; for if thou lendest him, count it but lost. edit

13: Be not surety above thy power: for if thou be surety, take care to pay it. edit

14: Go not to law with a judge; for they will judge for him according to his honour. edit

15: Travel not by the way with a bold fellow, lest he become grievous unto thee: for he will do according to his own will, and thou shalt perish with him through his folly. edit

16: Strive not with an angry man, and go not with him into a solitary place: for blood is as nothing in his sight, and where there is no help, he will overthrow thee. edit

17: Consult not with a fool; for he cannot keep counsel. edit

18: Do no secret thing before a stranger; for thou knowest not what he will bring forth. edit

19: Open not thine heart to every man, lest he requite thee with a shrewd turn. edit

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