Friday, January 27, 2012

Sirach 9

Sir 9:1  Be not jealous over the wife of thy bosom, lest she shew in thy regard the malice of a wicked lesson.
Sir 9:2  Give not the power of thy soul to a woman, lest she enter upon thy strength, and thou be confounded.
Sir 9:3  Look not upon a woman that hath a mind for many: lest thou fall into her snares.
Sir 9:4  Use not much the company of her that is a dancer, and hearken not to her, lest thou perish by the force of her charms.
Sir 9:5  Gaze not upon a maiden, lest her beauty be a stumblingblock to thee.
Sir 9:6  Give not thy soul to harlots in any point: lest thou destroy thyself and thy inheritance.
Sir 9:7  Look not round about thee in the ways of the city, nor wander up and down in the streets thereof.
Sir 9:8  Turn away thy face from a woman dressed up, and gaze not about upon another's beauty.
Sir 9:9  For many have perished by the beauty of a woman, and hereby lust is enkindled as a fire.
Sir 9:10  Every woman that is a harlot, shall be trodden upon as dung in the way.
Sir 9:11  Many by admiring the beauty of another man's wife, have become reprobate, for her conversation burneth as fire.
Sir 9:12  Sit not at all with another man's wife, nor repose upon the bed with her:
Sir 9:13  And strive not with her over wine, lest thy heart decline towards her and by thy blood thou fall into destruction.

Don't sleep with prostitutes or another man's wife; don't be looking at them either.  Warnings against sexual sin that are very practical.

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