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Sirach 8

 
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1 μὴ διαμάχου μετὰ ἀνθρώπου δυνάστου μήποτε ἐμπέσῃς εἰς τὰς χεῖρας αὐτοῦ 2 μὴ ἔριζε μετὰ ἀνθρώπου πλουσίου μήποτε ἀντιστήσῃ σου τὴν ὁλκήν 3 πολλοὺς γὰρ ἀπώλεσεν τὸ χρυσίον καὶ καρδίας βασιλέων ἐξέκλινεν 4 μὴ διαμάχου μετὰ ἀνθρώπου γλωσσώδους καὶ μὴ ἐπιστοιβάσῃς ἐπὶ τὸ πῦρ αὐτοῦ ξύλα 1 If quarrel thou hast, let it not be with a prince, that may attach thy person; 2 nor with a rich man, that may implead thee, 3 with all the power there is in silver and gold to corrupt men, and sway even the hearts of kings; 4 nor with a glib talker; thou dost but add fuel to his fire. 1

Non litiges cum homine potente,
ne forte incidas in manus illius.
2
Non contendas cum viro locuplete,
ne forte contra te constituat litem tibi:
3
multos enim perdidit aurum et argentum,
et usque ad cor regum extendit et convertit.
4
Non litiges cum homine linguato,
et non strues in ignem illius ligna.
5 μὴ πρόσπαιζε ἀπαιδεύτῳ ἵνα μὴ ἀτιμάζωνται οἱ πρόγονοί σου 5 Be not familiar with a boor; thou wilt hear no good of thy ancestry. 5
Non communices homini indocto,
ne male de progenie tua loquatur.
6 μὴ ὀνείδιζε ἄνθρωπον ἀποστρέφοντα ἀπὸ ἁμαρτίας μνήσθητι ὅτι πάντες ἐσμὲν ἐν ἐπιτίμοις 7 μὴ ἀτιμάσῃς ἄνθρωπον ἐν γήρᾳ αὐτοῦ καὶ γὰρ ἐξ ἡμῶν γηράσκουσιν 8 μὴ ἐπίχαιρε ἐπὶ νεκρῷ μνήσθητι ὅτι πάντες τελευτῶμεν 9 μὴ παρίδῃς διήγημα σοφῶν καὶ ἐν ταῖς παροιμίαις αὐτῶν ἀναστρέφου 10 ὅτι πα{R'} αὐτῶν μαθήσῃ παιδείαν καὶ λειτουργῆσαι μεγιστᾶσιν 11 μὴ ἀστόχει διηγήματος γερόντων καὶ γὰρ αὐτοὶ ἔμαθον παρὰ τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν 12 ὅτι πα{R'} αὐτῶν μαθήσῃ σύνεσιν καὶ ἐν καιρῷ χρείας δοῦναι ἀπόκρισιν 6 Scorn not the sinner that would amend his ways; reproach comes amiss, where all stand in need of correction. 7 Nor fail in respect for the aged; it is of our stuff grey hairs are made.[1] 8 Rejoice not over thy neighbour’s death; we all die, and would not have men rejoice over it. 9 Do not be contemptuous of what older and wiser men have to tell thee; by their lore live thou, 10 if wise thou wouldst be, and have the secret of discernment, and live contentedly in the service of the great. 11 Do not let them pass thee by, these traditions older men have inherited from their fathers; 12 they will turn thee into a man of judgement, that answer can make when answer is needed. 6
Ne despicias hominem avertentem se a peccato,
neque improperes ei:
memento quoniam omnes in correptione sumus.
7
Ne spernas hominem in sua senectute,
etenim ex nobis senescunt.
8
Noli de mortuo inimico tuo gaudere:
sciens quoniam omnes morimur,
et in gaudium nolumus venire.
9
Ne despicias narrationem presbyterorum sapientium,
et in proverbiis eorum conversare:
10
ab ipsis enim disces sapientiam et doctrinam intellectus,
et servire magnatis sine querela.
11
Non te prætereat narratio seniorum,
ipsi enim didicerunt a patribus suis:
12
quoniam ab ipsis disces intellectum,
et in tempore necessitatis dare responsum.
13 μὴ ἔκκαιε ἄνθρακας ἁμαρτωλοῦ μὴ ἐμπυρισθῇς ἐν πυρὶ φλογὸς αὐτοῦ 13 Wouldst thou remonstrate with a sinner? Make sure thou art not fanning the flame of his passions, thyself in peril of a scorching. 13
Non incendas carbones peccatorum arguens eos,
et ne incendaris flamma ignis peccatorum illorum.
14 μὴ ἐξαναστῇς ἀπὸ προσώπου ὑβριστοῦ ἵνα μὴ ἐγκαθίσῃ ὡς ἔνεδρον τῷ στόματί σου 14 Wouldst thou make reply to the railing accuser? Make sure he is not baiting a trap to ensnare thee. 14
Ne contra faciem stes contumeliosi,
ne sedeat quasi insidiator ori tuo.
15 μὴ δανείσῃς ἀνθρώπῳ ἰσχυροτέρῳ σου καὶ ἐὰν δανείσῃς ὡς ἀπολωλεκὼς γίνου 16 μὴ ἐγγυήσῃ ὑπὲρ δύναμίν σου καὶ ἐὰν ἐγγυήσῃ ὡς ἀποτείσων φρόντιζε 17 μὴ δικάζου μετὰ κριτοῦ κατὰ γὰρ τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ κρινοῦσιν αὐτῷ 18 μετὰ τολμηροῦ μὴ πορεύου ἐν ὁδῷ ἵνα μὴ βαρύνηται κατὰ σοῦ αὐτὸς γὰρ κατὰ τὸ θέλημα αὐτοῦ ποιήσει καὶ τῇ ἀφροσύνῃ αὐτοῦ συναπολῇ 19 μετὰ θυμώδους μὴ ποιήσῃς μάχην καὶ μὴ διαπορεύου με{T'} αὐτοῦ τὴν ἔρημον ὅτι ὡς οὐδὲν ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς αὐτοῦ αἷμα καὶ ὅπου οὐκ ἔστιν βοήθεια καταβαλεῖ σε 20 μετὰ μωροῦ μὴ συμβουλεύου οὐ γὰρ δυνήσεται λόγον στέξαι 21 ἐνώπιον ἀλλοτρίου μὴ ποιήσῃς κρυπτόν οὐ γὰρ γινώσκεις τί τέξεται 22 παντὶ ἀνθρώπῳ μὴ ἔκφαινε σὴν καρδίαν καὶ μὴ ἀναφερέτω σοι χάριν 15 Lend to one who can master thee? Then lent is lost. 16 Pledge not thyself beyond thy means; count ever thy pledge forfeit. 17 Dispute not a judge’s award; who judges by right rule if not he? 18 Travel not with a rash companion, if thou wouldst not shoulder all his misfortune; he will go his own way, and thou share the reward of his folly. 19 Quarrel not with a man of quick moods; on a desert road he is no companion for thee; he cares nothing for bloodshed, and will lay thee in the dust when none is by to aid thee. 20 Take not counsel with a fool; he knows none but his own way of it. 21 Share not thy secret plans with a stranger; thou knowest not what trouble he may breed. 22 Never open to any man thy whole heart; an ill requital he may make, by bringing shame on thee. 15
Noli fœnerari homini fortiori te:
quod si fœneraveris, quasi perditum habe.
16
Non spondeas super virtutem tuam:
quod si spoponderis, quasi restituens cogita.
17
Non judices contra judicem,
quoniam secundum quod justum est judicat.
18
Cum audace non eas in via,
ne forte gravet mala sua in te:
ipse enim secundum voluntatem suam vadit,
et simul cum stultitia illius peries.
19
Cum iracundo non facias rixam,
et cum audace non eas in desertum:
quoniam quasi nihil est ante illum sanguis,
et ubi non est adjutorium, elidet te.
20
Cum fatuis consilium non habeas:
non enim poterunt diligere nisi quæ eis placent.
21
Coram extraneo ne facias consilium:
nescis enim quid pariet.
22
Non omni homini cor tuum manifestes,
ne forte inferat tibi gratiam falsam, et convicietur tibi.
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