Sirach 27

Sir 27:1 Many have sinned for a small matter; and he that seeketh for abundance will turn his eyes away.
Sir 27:2 As a nail sticketh fast between the joinings of the stones; so doth sin stick close between buying and selling.
Sir 27:3 Unless a man hold himself diligently in the fear of the Lord, his house shall soon be overthrown.
Sir 27:4 As when one sifteth with a sieve, the refuse remaineth; so the filth of man in his talk.

Sir 27:5 The furnace proveth the potter's vessels; so the trial of man is in his reasoning.
Sir 27:6 The fruit declareth if the tree have been dressed; so is the utterance of a conceit in the heart of man.
Sir 27:7 Praise no man before thou hearest him speak; for this is the trial of men.
Sir 27:8 If thou followest righteousness, thou shalt obtain her, and put her on, as a glorious long robe.
Sir 27:9 The birds will resort unto their like; so will truth return unto them that practise in her.

Sir 27:10 As the lion lieth in wait for the prey; so sin for them that work iniquity.
Sir 27:11 The discourse of a godly man is always with wisdom; but a fool changeth as the moon.
Sir 27:12 If thou be among the indiscreet, observe the time; but be continually among men of understanding.
Sir 27:13 The discourse of fools is irksome, and their sport is the wantonness of sin.
Sir 27:14 The talk of him that sweareth much maketh the hair stand upright; and their brawls make one stop his ears.

Sir 27:15 The strife of the proud is bloodshedding, and their revilings are grievous to the ear.
Sir 27:16 Whoso discovereth secrets loseth his credit; and shall never find friend to his mind.
Sir 27:17 Love thy friend, and be faithful unto him: but if thou betrayest his secrets, follow no more after him.
Sir 27:18 For as a man hath destroyed his enemy; so hast thou lost the love of thy neighbor.
Sir 27:19 As one that letteth a bird go out of his hand, so hast thou let thy neighbour go, and shalt not get him again

Sir 27:20 Follow after him no more, for he is too far off; he is as a roe escaped out of the snare.
Sir 27:21 As for a wound, it may be bound up; and after reviling there may be reconcilement: but he that betrayeth secrets is without hope.
Sir 27:22 He that winketh with the eyes worketh evil: and he that knoweth him will depart from him.
Sir 27:23 When thou art present, he will speak sweetly, and will admire thy words: but at the last he will writhe his mouth, and slander thy sayings.

Sir 27:24 I have hated many things, but nothing like him; for the Lord will hate him.
Sir 27:25 Whoso casteth a stone on high casteth it on his own head; and a deceitful stroke shall make wounds.
Sir 27:26 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that setteth a trap shall be taken therein.
Sir 27:27 He that worketh mischief, it shall fall upon him, and he shall not know whence it cometh.
Sir 27:28 Mockery and reproach are from the proud; but vengeance, as a lion, shall lie in wait for them.

Sir 27:29 They that rejoice at the fall of the righteous shall be taken in the snare; and anguish shall consume them before they die.
Sir 27:30 Malice and wrath, even these are abominations; and the sinful man shall have them both.