Friday, December 30, 2011

Sirach 5

Sir 5:10  Be not anxious for goods unjustly gotten: for they shall not profit thee in the day of calamity and revenge.
Sir 5:11  Winnow not with every wind, and go not into every way: for so is every sinner proved by a double tongue.
Sir 5:12  Be steadfast in the way of the Lord, and in the truth of thy judgment, and in knowledge, and let the word of peace and justice keep with thee.
Sir 5:13  Be meek to hear the word, that thou mayst understand: and return a true answer with wisdom.
Sir 5:14  If thou have understanding, answer thy neighbour: but if not, let thy hand be upon thy mouth, lest thou be surprised in an unskilful word, and be confounded.
Sir 5:15  Honour and glory is in the word of the wise, but the tongue of the fool is his ruin.
Sir 5:16  Be not called a whisperer, and be not taken in thy tongue, and confounded.
Sir 5:17  For confusion and repentance is upon a thief, and an evil mark of disgrace upon the double tongued, but to the whisperer hatred, and enmity, and reproach.
Sir 5:18  Justify alike the small and the great. 

Sometimes I think if I could remember even a few verses from the Bible for more than the time it takes to read them, the day would go a lot better.  All of this makes perfect sense now, but some time when I'm standing there and thinking about saying something I shouldn't or being hasty in my talk in general, I won't remember.  All I can do is to continue to pray, read, and practice! 

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