Monday, January 23, 2012

Sirach 8

Sir 8:1  Strive not with a powerful man, lest thou fall into his hands.
Sir 8:2  Contend not with a rich man, lest he bring an action against thee.
Sir 8:3  For gold and silver hath destroyed many, and hath reached even to the heart of kings, and perverted them.
Sir 8:4  Strive not with a man that is full of tongue, and heap not wood upon his fire.
Sir 8:5  Communicate not with an ignorant man, lest he speak ill of thy family.
Sir 8:6  Despise not a man that turneth away from sin, nor reproach him therewith: remember that we are all worthy of reproof.
Sir 8:7  Despise not a man in his old age; for we also shall become old.
Sir 8:8  Rejoice not at the death of thy enemy; knowing that we all die, and are not willing that others should rejoice at our death.
Sir 8:9  Despise not the discourse of them that are ancient and wise, but acquaint thyself with their proverbs.
Sir 8:10  For of them thou shalt learn wisdom, and instruction of understanding, and to serve great men without blame.
Sir 8:11  Let not the discourse of the ancients escape thee, for they have learned of their fathers:
Sir 8:12  For of them thou shalt learn understanding, and to give an answer in time of need.

More informational wisdom from the book of Sirach.  This chapter starts off by telling us to avoid certain battles and conversations, as well as remembering our end when dealing with others.  We could die while reading this - are our anxieties all that important in comparison to eternity?

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