Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sirach 8

Sir 8:13  Kindle not the coals of sinners by rebuking them, lest thou be burnt with the flame of the fire of their sins.
Sir 8:14  Stand not against the face of an injurious person, lest he sit as a spy to entrap thee in thy words.
Sir 8:15  Lend not to a man that is mightier than thyself: and if thou lendest, count it as lost.
Sir 8:16  Be not surety above thy power: and if thou be surety, think as if thou wert to pay it.
Sir 8:17  Judge not against a judge: for he judgeth according to that which is just.
Sir 8:18  Go not on the way with a bold man, lest he burden thee with his evils: for he goeth according to his own will, and thou shalt perish together with his folly.
Sir 8:19  Quarrel not with a passionate man, and go not into the desert with a bold man: for blood is as nothing in his sight, and where there is no help he will overthrow thee.
Sir 8:20  Advise not with fools, for they cannot love but such things as please them.
Sir 8:21  Before a stranger do no matter of counsel: for thou knowest not what he will bring forth.
Sir 8:22  Open not thy heart to every man: lest he repay thee with an evil turn, and speak reproachfully to thee.

Useless correction is a waste of time, and if we're correcting someone just to aggravate them we're doing it wrong.

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