Sirach - Chapter 9

[Sirach 9]
{9:1} You should not be jealous of the wife of your bosom, lest she reveal, because of you, the malice of a wicked lesson.
{9:2} You should not give authority over your soul to a woman, lest she obtain your strength, and then you would be confounded.
{9:3} You should not look with favor on a woman with many desires, lest perhaps you may fall into her traps.
{9:4} You should not be continually in need of entertainment, nor should you be persuaded by it, lest perhaps you may perish by its effectiveness.
{9:5} You should not stare at a virgin, lest perhaps you may be scandalized by her beauty.
{9:6} You should not give your soul, in any way, to fornicators, lest you destroy yourself and your inheritance.
{9:7} Do not choose to look around in the streets of the city, nor should you wander along its thoroughfares.
{9:8} Avert your face from an ornate woman, for you should not gaze upon strange beauty.
{9:9} Many have perished because of the beauty of a woman; and by this, desire is kindled like a fire.
{9:10} Every woman who is a fornicator will be trampled down, like the filth in the street.
{9:11} Many, by admiring the beauty of the wife of another, have become reprobate. For familiarity with her flares up like a fire.
{9:12} You should not sit down at all with another man's wife, nor recline with her on a couch.
{9:13} And you should not argue with her over wine, lest perhaps your heart may turn toward her, and by your emotion, you would be toppled into perdition.
{9:14} You should not abandon a old friend. For a new one will not be similar to him.
{9:15} A new friend is like new wine. It will grow old, and then you will enjoy drinking it.
{9:16} You should not envy the glory and wealth of a sinner. For you do not know what may be his undoing in the future.
{9:17} The injury of the unjust should not please you, knowing that, until they are in hell, the impious will not please.
{9:18} Keep yourself far from a man having the power to kill, and then you will not have the fear of death suspended over you.
{9:19} But if you do approach him, do nothing to offend, lest perhaps he may take away your life.
{9:20} Know that this is a communion with death. For you would be entering the midst of snares, and walking upon the arms of the grieving.
{9:21} According to your ability, be cautious of your neighbor, and treat him as the wise and prudent would.
{9:22} Let just men be your companions, and let your glory be in the fear of God.
{9:23} And let the thought of God be in your mind, and let all your discourse be on the precepts of the Most High.
{9:24} Works will be praised for the hands of the artists, and a leader of the people will be praised for the wisdom of his words, yet truly, the word of the elders will be praised for its understanding.
{9:25} A man full of words is a dread to his city, but one who speaks rashly will be hated for his word.

In 9:1-13 Sirach speaks about relations with women and the temptations therein. What are some of these?

In 9:14-25 Sirach returns to advising about relations with neighbors, friends and other men. What advice does he offer?

 

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