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Sirach 27:1-12

27Many have committed sin for gain,*
   and those who seek to get rich will avert their eyes.
2 As a stake is driven firmly into a fissure between stones,
   so sin is wedged in between selling and buying.
3 If a person is not steadfast in the fear of the Lord,
   his house will be quickly overthrown.

Tests in Life

4 When a sieve is shaken, the refuse appears;
   so do a person’s faults when he speaks.
5 The kiln tests the potter’s vessels;
   so the test of a person is in his conversation.
6 Its fruit discloses the cultivation of a tree;
   so a person’s speech discloses the cultivation of his mind.
7 Do not praise anyone before he speaks,
   for this is the way people are tested.

Reward and Retribution

8 If you pursue justice, you will attain it
   and wear it like a glorious robe.
9 Birds roost with their own kind,
   so honesty comes home to those who practise it.
10 A lion lies in wait for prey;
   so does sin for evildoers.

Varieties of Speech

11 The conversation of the godly is always wise,
   but the fool changes like the moon.
12 Among stupid people limit your time,
   but among thoughtful people linger on.


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