Sirach 5

1 Set not your heart upon your goods;

And say not, They are sufficient for me.

2 Follow not your own mind and your strength,

To walk in the desires of your heart;

3 And say not, Who shall have dominion over me?

For the Lord will surely take vengeance on you.

4 Say not, I sinned, and what happened to me?

For the Lord is longsuffering.

5 Concerning atonement, be not without fear,

To add sin upon sins:

6 And say not, His compassion is great;

He will be pacified for the multitude of my sins:

For mercy and wrath are with him,

And his indignation will rest upon sinners.

7 Make no tarrying to turn to the Lord;

And put not off from day to day:

For suddenly shall the wrath of the Lord come forth;

And you shall perish in the time of vengeance.

8 Set not your heart upon unrighteous gains:

For you shall profit nothing in the day of calamity.

9 Winnow not with every wind,

And walk not in every path:

Thus does the sinner that has a double tongue.

10 Be stedfast in your understanding;

And let your word be one.

11 Be swift to hear;

And with patience make your answer.

12 If you have understanding, answer your neighbor;

And if not, let your hand be upon your mouth.

13 Glory and dishonor is in talk:

And the tongue of a man is his fall.

14 Be not called a whisperer;

And lie not in wait with your tongue:

For upon the thief there is shame,

And an evil condemnation upon him that has a double tongue.

15 In a great matter and in a small, be not ignorant;

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