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Sirach 19

 
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1 ἐργάτης μέθυσος οὐ πλουτισθήσεται ὁ ἐξουθενῶν τὰ ὀλίγα κατὰ μικρὸν πεσεῖται 2 οἶνος καὶ γυναῖκες ἀποστήσουσιν συνετούς 3 καὶ ὁ κολλώμενος πόρναις τολμηρότερος ἔσται σήπη καὶ σκώληκες κληρονομήσουσιν αὐτόν καὶ ψυχὴ τολμηρὰ ἐξαρθήσεται 1 Let him toil as he will, the sot’s purse is empty; little things despise, and little by little thou shalt come to ruin. 2 Wine and women, what a trap for the loyalty of the wise, how hard a test of good sense! 3 He will go from bad to worse, that clings to a harlot’s love; waste and worm shall have him for their prize; one gibbet the more, one living soul the less. 1

Operarius ebriosus non locupletabitur:
et qui spernit modica paulatim decidet.
2
Vinum et mulieres apostatare faciunt sapientes,
et arguent sensatos.
3
Et qui se jungit fornicariis erit nequam:
putredo et vermes hæreditabunt illum:
et extolletur in exemplum majus,
et tolletur de numero anima ejus.
4 ὁ ταχὺ ἐμπιστεύων κοῦφος καρδίᾳ καὶ ὁ ἁμαρτάνων εἰς ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ πλημμελήσει 5 6 ὁ εὐφραινόμενος καρδίᾳ καταγνωσθήσεται καὶ ὁ μισῶν λαλιὰν ἐλαττονοῦται κακίᾳ 4 Rash heart that lightly trusts shall lose all; forfeit thy own right to live, and none will pity thee. 5 A foul blot it is, to take pride in wrong-doing; a courting of death, to despise reproof; a riddance of much mischief, to forswear chattering. 6 Who forfeits his own right to live, will live to rue it; who loves cruelty, blots his own name. 4

Qui credit cito levis corde est, et minorabitur:
et qui delinquit in animam suam, insuper habebitur.
5
Qui gaudet iniquitate, denotabitur:
et qui odit correptionem, minuetur vita:
et qui odit loquacitatem, extinguit malitiam.
6
Qui peccat in animam suam, pœnitebit:
et qui jucundatur in malitia, denotabitur.
7 μηδέποτε δευτερώσῃς λόγον καὶ οὐθέν σοι οὐ μὴ ἐλαττονωθῇ 8 ἐν φίλῳ καὶ ἐχθρῷ μὴ διηγοῦ καὶ εἰ μή ἐστίν σοι ἁμαρτία μὴ ἀποκάλυπτε 9 ἀκήκοεν γάρ σου καὶ ἐφυλάξατό σε καὶ ἐν καιρῷ μισήσει σε 10 ἀκήκοας λόγον συναποθανέτω σοι θάρσει οὐ μή σε ῥήξει 11 ἀπὸ προσώπου λόγου ὠδινήσει μωρὸς ὡς ἀπὸ προσώπου βρέφους ἡ τίκτουσα 12 βέλος πεπηγὸς ἐν μηρῷ σαρκός οὕτως λόγος ἐν κοιλίᾳ μωροῦ 7 Malicious word if thou hear, or harsh, do not repeat it; never wilt thou be the loser. 8 Speak not out thy own thought for friend and foe to hear alike, nor ever, if thou hast done wrong, discover the secret. 9 He that hears it will be on his guard, and eye thee askance, as if to avert fresh fault of thine; such will be all his demeanour to thee thenceforward.[1] 10 Hast thou heard a tale to thy neighbour’s disadvantage? Take it to the grave with thee. Courage, man! it will not burst thee. 11 A fool with a secret labours as with child, and groans till he is delivered of it; 12 out it must come, like an arrow stuck in a man’s thigh, from that reckless heart. 7
Ne iteres verbum nequam et durum,
et non minoraberis.
8
Amico et inimico noli narrare sensum tuum:
et si est tibi delictum, noli denudare:
9
audiet enim te, et custodiet te,
et quasi defendens peccatum, odiet te,
et sic aderit tibi semper.
10
Audisti verbum adversus proximum tuum?
commoriatur in te, fidens quoniam non te dirumpet.
11
A facie verbi parturit fatuus,
tamquam gemitus partus infantis.
12
Sagitta infixa femori carnis,
sic verbum in corde stulti.
13 ἔλεγξον φίλον μήποτε οὐκ ἐποίησεν καὶ εἴ τι ἐποίησεν μήποτε προσθῇ 14 ἔλεγξον τὸν πλησίον μήποτε οὐκ εἶπεν καὶ εἰ εἴρηκεν ἵνα μὴ δευτερώσῃ 15 ἔλεγξον φίλον πολλάκις γὰρ γίνεται διαβολή 16 καὶ μὴ παντὶ λόγῳ πίστευε ἔστιν ὀλισθάνων καὶ οὐκ ἀπὸ ψυχῆς 17 καὶ τίς οὐχ ἥμαρτεν ἐν τῇ γλώσσῃ αὐτοῦ ἔλεγξον τὸν πλησίον σου πρὶν ἢ ἀπειλῆσαι 18 καὶ δὸς τόπον νόμῳ ὑψίστου πᾶσα σοφία φόβος κυρίου καὶ ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ ποίησις νόμου 19 καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν σοφία πονηρίας ἐπιστήμη καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν ὅπου βουλὴ ἁμαρτωλῶν φρόνησις 20 ἔστιν πανουργία καὶ αὕτη βδέλυγμα καὶ ἔστιν ἄφρων ἐλαττούμενος σοφίᾳ 21 κρείττων ἡττώμενος ἐν συνέσει ἔμφοβος ἢ περισσεύων ἐν φρονήσει καὶ παραβαίνων νόμον 22 ἔστιν πανουργία ἀκριβὴς καὶ αὕτη ἄδικος 23 καὶ ἔστιν διαστρέφων χάριν τοῦ ἐκφᾶναι κρίμα ἔστιν πονηρευόμενος συγκεκυφὼς μελανίᾳ καὶ τὰ ἐντὸς αὐτοῦ πλήρη δόλου 24 συγκρύφων πρόσωπον καὶ ἐθελοκωφῶν ὅπου οὐκ ἐπεγνώσθη προφθάσει σε 25 καὶ ἐὰν ὑπὸ ἐλαττώματος ἰσχύος κωλυθῇ ἁμαρτεῖν ἐὰν εὕρῃ καιρόν κακοποιήσει 26 ἀπὸ ὁράσεως ἐπιγνωσθήσεται ἀνήρ καὶ ἀπὸ ἀπαντήσεως προσώπου ἐπιγνωσθήσεται νοήμων 27 στολισμὸς ἀνδρὸς καὶ γέλως ὀδόντων καὶ βήματα ἀνθρώπου ἀναγγελεῖ τὰ περὶ αὐτοῦ 13 Confront thy friend with his fault; it may be he knows nothing of the matter, and can clear himself; if not, there is hope he will amend. 14 Confront him with the word spoken amiss; it may be, he never said it, or if say it he did, never again will he repeat it. 15 Be open with thy friend; tongues will still be clattering,[2] 16 and thou dost well to believe less than is told thee. Slips there are of the tongue when mind is innocent; 17 what tongue was ever perfectly guarded? Confront thy neighbour with his fault ere thou quarrellest with him, 18 and let the fear of the most High God do its work.

What is true wisdom? Nothing but the fear of God. And since the fear of God is contained in all true wisdom, it must be directed by his law; 19 wisdom is none in following the maxims of impiety, prudence is none in scheming as the wicked scheme. 20 Cunning rogues they may be, yet altogether abominable; a fool he must ever be called, that lacks the true wisdom.[3] 21 Better a simpleton that wit has none, yet knows fear, than a man of great address, that breaks the law of the most High. 22 Exact and adroit even a rogue may be; 23 it is another thing to utter the plain word that tells the whole truth. Here is one that wears the garb of penance for wicked ends, his heart full of guile; 24 here is one that bows and scrapes, and walks with bent head, feigning not to see what is best left unnoticed, 25 and all because he is powerless to do thee a harm; if the chance of villainy comes, he will take it. 26 Yet a man’s looks betray him; a man of good sense will make himself known to thee at first meeting; 27 the clothes he wears, the smile on his lips, his gait, will all make thee acquainted with a man’s character.
13
Corripe amicum,
ne forte non intellexerit, et dicat: Non feci:
aut, si fecerit, ne iterum addat facere.
14
Corripe proximum, ne forte non dixerit:
et si dixerit, ne forte iteret.
15
Corripe amicum, sæpe enim fit commissio:
16
et non omni verbo credas.
Est qui labitur lingua, sed non ex animo:
17
quis est enim qui non deliquerit in lingua sua?


Corripe proximum antequam commineris,
18
et da locum timori Altissimi:
quia omnis sapientia timor Dei, et in illa timere Deum,
et in omni sapientia dispositio legis.
19
Et non est sapientia nequitiæ disciplina,
et non est cogitatus peccatorum prudentia.
20
Est nequitia, et in ipsa execratio,
et est insipiens qui minuitur sapientia.
21
Melior est homo qui minuitur sapientia,
et deficiens sensu, in timore,
quam qui abundat sensu,
et transgreditur legem Altissimi.
22
Est solertia certa, et ipsa iniqua:
23
et est qui emittit verbum certum enarrans veritatem.
Est qui nequiter humiliat se,
et interiora ejus plena sunt dolo:
24
et est qui se nimium submittit a multa humilitate:
et est qui inclinat faciem suam,
et fingit se non videre quod ignoratum est:
25
et si ab imbecillitate virium vetetur peccare,
si invenerit tempus malefaciendi, malefaciet.
26
Ex visu cognoscitur vir,
et ab occursu faciei cognoscitur sensatus.
27
Amictus corporis, et risus dentium,
et ingressus hominis, enuntiant de illo.
28 ἔστιν ἔλεγχος ὃς οὐκ ἔστιν ὡραῖος καὶ ἔστιν σιωπῶν καὶ αὐτὸς φρόνιμος 28 Reproof there is that no good brings, as the event shews; the mistaken reproof that anger prompts in a quarrel. And a man may shew prudence by holding his tongue. 28
Est correptio mendax in ira contumeliosi,
et est judicium quod non probatur esse bonum:
et est tacens, et ipse est prudens.
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