Sirach - Chapter 22

[Sirach 22]
{22:1} The lazy man is pelted with a dirty stone, and all will speak about his rejection.
{22:2} The lazy man is pelted with the dung of oxen, and all who touch him will brush off their hands.
{22:3} An undisciplined son is the shame of his father, but an undisciplined daughter will be to his degradation.
{22:4} A prudent daughter brings an inheritance to her husband. But she who causes shame will be a disgrace to him who conceived her.
{22:5} She who is bold shames her father and her husband, and she will not be less offensive to the impious. For she will be held in dishonor by both.
{22:6} An untimely explanation is like music in a time of mourning. But the sharp correction and doctrine of wisdom are ever timely.
{22:7} Whoever teaches the foolish is like someone who glues together a broken pot.
{22:8} Whoever explains a word to one who is not listening is like someone who suddenly awakens a sleeping person from a deep sleep.
{22:9} Whoever explains wisdom to the senseless is like one speaking to a sleeping person. And at the end of the explanation, he says: "Who is this?"
{22:10} Weep over the dead, for his light has failed. And weep over the foolish, for his understanding has failed.
{22:11} Weep only a little over the dead, for he is at rest.
{22:12} But the wicked life of a wicked fool is worse than death.
{22:13} The mourning for the dead is seven days; but for the foolish and the impious, it is all the days of their life.
{22:14} You should not talk at length with the foolish, and you should not go with the senseless.
{22:15} Keep yourself from him, so that you may not have problems, and so that you will not be polluted by his sin.
{22:16} Turn away from him, and you will find rest, and you will not be discouraged by his foolishness.
{22:17} What is heavier than lead? And what else can he be called but foolish?
{22:18} Sand, and salt, and an iron weight are each easier to bear than an imprudent man, who is both foolish and impious.
{22:19} A bundle of wood strapped together in the foundation of a building will not be loosened. And similar is the heart that has been strengthened by thoughtful counsel.
{22:20} The thoughts of one who is understanding will not be corrupted by fear in any situation.
{22:21} Just as chaff in a high place, or a wall made of mortar without stones set within, will not continue against the face of the wind,
{22:22} so also a timid heart, and the thoughts of the senseless, will not withstand the forcefulness of fear.
{22:23} Despite a cowardly heart, the thoughts of the foolish will not fear any situation; yet neither will one who continues always in the precepts of God.
{22:24} He who jabs an eye produces tears. And he who jabs the heart produces understanding.
{22:25} He who throws a stone at birds will drive them away. So also, he who accuses his friend dissolves the friendship.
{22:26} But if you have drawn a sword against a friend, you should not despair; for there may be a way back.
{22:27} If you have opened a harsh mouth against a friend, you should not fear; for there may be a reconciliation. However, if there are accusations, or abuse, or arrogance, or the revealing of secrets, or a wound from deceitfulness, in all these cases, a friend will flee away.
{22:28} Hold to faithfulness with a friend in his poverty, so that you may also rejoice in his prosperity.
{22:29} In the time of his tribulation, remain faithful to him, so that you may also be an heir with him in his inheritance.
{22:30} Just as the steam from an oven, or the smoke from a fire, rises up before a flame, so also do curses and insults and threats rise up before bloodshed.
{22:31} I shall not be ashamed to greet a friend, nor shall I hide myself from his face. And if misfortunes befall me because of him, I will endure.
{22:32} Anyone who hears of this will be wary around him.
{22:33} Who will provide a keeper for my mouth, and a reliable seal over my lips, so that I may not fall because of them, and so that my tongue does not destroy me?

In 22:1-5 what does Sirach say about the conduct of sons and daughters?

In 22:10-13 what does Sirach say about the dead?

In 22:19-23 Sirach makes comparisons with the heart. What are some of these?

In 22:30-33 Sirach speaks about communications. What does he say?




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