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Sirach 19 : 1 - 19

Chapter 19

1Hast thou heard a word against thy neighbour? let it die within thee, trusting that it will not burst thee.
2At the hearing of a word the fool is in travail, as a woman groaning. in the bringing forth a child.
3As an arrow that sticketh in a man's thigh: so is a word in the heart of a fool.
4Reprove a friend, lest he may not have understood, and say : f did it not: or if he did it, that he may do it no more.
5Reprove thy neighbour, for it may be he hath not said it: and if he hath said it, that he may not say it again.
6Admonish thy friend: for there is often a fault committed.
7And believe not every word. There is one, that slippeth with the tongue, but not from his heart.
8For who is there that hath not offended with his tongue? Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him.
9And give place to the fear of the most High: for the fear of God is all wisdom, and therein is to fear God, and the disposition of the law is in all wisdom.
10But the learning of wickedness is not wisdom: and the device of sinners is not prudence.
11There is a subtle wickedness, and the same is detestable: and there is a man that is foolish, wanting in wisdom.
12Better is a man that hath less wisdom, and wanteth understanding, with the fear of God, than he that aboundeth in understanding, and transgresseth the law of the most High.
13There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is unjust.
14And there is one that uttereth an exact word telling the truth. There is one that humbleth himself wickedly, and his interior is full of deceit:
15And there is one that submitteth himself exceedingly with a great lowliness: and there is one that casteth down his countenance, and maketh as if he did not see that which is unknown:
16And if he be hindered from sinning for want of power, if he shall find opportunity to do evil, he will do it.
17A man is known by his look, and a wise man, when thou meetest him, is known by his countenance.
18The attire of the body, and the laughter of the teeth, and the gait of the man, shew what he is.
19There is a lying rebuke in the anger of an injurious man: and there is a judgment that is not allowed to be good: and there is one that holdeth his peace, he is wise.

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