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Sirach 9, Orthodox

  
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9:1 ot thine heart to every man,
Lest he requite thee with a shrewd turn.

Behaviour with women


9:1 Be not jealous over the wife of thy bosom,
And teach her not an evil lesson against thyself.

9:2 Give not thy soul unto a woman,
To set her foot upon thy substance.

9:3 Meet not with an harlot,
Lest thou fall into her snares.

9:4 Use not much the company of a woman that is a singer,
Lest thou be taken with her attempts.

9:5 Gaze not on a maid,
That thou fall not by those things that are precious in her.

9:6 Give not thy soul unto harlots,
That thou lose not thine inheritance.

9:7 Look not round about thee in the streets of the city,
Neither wander thou in the solitary place thereof.

9:8 Turn away thine eye from a beautiful woman, and look not upon another's beauty;
For many have been deceived by the beauty of a woman; for herewith love is kindled as a fire.

9:9 Sit not at all with another man's wife,
Nor sit down with her in thine arms,
And spend not thy money with her at the wine;
Lest thine heart incline unto her,
And so through thy desire thou fall into destruction.

Friends and neighbors

9:10 Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him:
A new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.

9:11 Envy not the glory of a sinner:
For thou knowest not what shall be his end.

9:12 Delight not in the thing that the ungodly have pleasure in;
But remember they shall not go unpunished unto their grave.

9:13 Keep thee far from the man that hath power to kill;
So shalt thou not doubt the fear of death:
And if thou come unto him, make no fault, lest he take away thy life presently:
Remember that thou goest in the midst of snares,
And that thou walkest upon the battlements of the city.

9:14 As near as thou canst, guess at thy neighbour,
And consult with the wise.

9:15 Let thy talk be with the wise,
And all thy communication in the Law of the Most High.

9:16 And let just men eat and drink with thee;
And let thy glorying be in the fear of the Lord.

Wise leaders

9:17 For the hand of the artificer the work shall be commended:
And the wise ruler of the people for his speech.

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