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Old Testament Wisdom

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Association With Others

Walk with wise men and you will become wise, but the companion of fools will fare badly. [PROV 13:20]

Face a bear robbed of her cubs, but never a fool in his folly! [PROV 17:12]

Be not friendly with a hotheaded man, nor the companion of a wrathful man, Lest you learn his ways, and get yourself into a snare. [PROV 22:24-25]

When you sit down to dine with a ruler, keep in mind who is before you [PROV 23:1]

Let your acquaintances be many, but one in a thousand your confidant. [SIRACH 6:6]

Frequent the company of the elders; whoever is wise, stay close to him. [SIRACH 6:34]

If you see a man of prudence, seek him out; let your feet wear away his doorstep! [SIRACH 6:36]

Travel not with a ruthless man, lest he weigh you down with calamity; For he will go his own way straight, and through his folly you will perish with him. [SIRACH 8:15]

With the learned be intimate; let all your conversation be about the law of the LORD. [SIRACH 9:15]

Have just men for your table companions; in the fear of God be your glory. [SIRACH 9:16]

Bring not every man into your house, for many are the snares of the crafty one [SIRACH 11:29]

Avoid a wicked man, for he breeds only evil, lest you incur a lasting stain. [SIRACH 11:33]

He who touches pitch blackens his hand; he who associates with an impious man learns his ways. [SIRACH 13:1]

Be on your guard and take care never to accompany men of violence. [SIRACH 13:13]

Every living thing loves its own kind, every man a man like himself. Every being is drawn to its own kind; with his own kind every man associates. Is a wolf ever allied with a lamb? So it is with the sinner and the just. [SIRACH 13:14-16]

Speak but seldom with the stupid man, be not the companion of a brute; Beware of him lest you have trouble and be spattered when he shakes himself; Turn away from him and you will find rest and not be wearied by his lack of sense. Sand and salt and an iron mass are easier to bear than a stupid man. [SIRACH 22:12-13, 15]

Limit the time you spend among fools, but frequent the company of thoughtful men. [SIRACH 27:12]

Seek no advice from one who regards you with hostility; from those who envy you, keep your intentions hidden. [SIRACH 37:10]

Speak not to a woman about her rival, nor to a coward about war, to a merchant about business, to a buyer about value, to a miser about generosity, to a cruel man about mercy, to a lazy man about work, to a seasonal laborer about the harvest, to an idle slave about a great task: pay no attention to any advice they give. Instead, associate with a religious man, who you are sure keeps the commandments; Who is like-minded with yourself and will feel for you if you fall. Then, too, heed your own heart's counsel; for what have you that you can depend on more? A man's conscience can tell him his situation better than seven watchmen in a lofty tower. Most important of all, pray to God to set your feet in the path of truth. [SIRACH 37:11-15]


Death / Shortness of Life

He shall rely upon his family, but it shall not last; he shall cling to it, but it shall not endure. [JOB 8:15]

And I detested all the fruits of my labor under the sun, because I must leave them to a man who is to come after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruits of my wise labor under the sun. This also is vanity. [ECCL 2:18-19]

As he came forth from his mother's womb, so again shall he depart, naked as he came, having nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand. [ECCL 5:14]

For there is a time and a judgment for everything. Yet it is a great affliction for man that he is ignorant of what is to come; for who will make known to him how it will be? There is no man who is master of the breath of life so as to retain it, and none has mastery of the day of death. There is no exemption from the struggle, nor are the wicked saved by their wickedness. [ECCL 8:6-8]

Court not death by your erring way of life, nor draw to yourselves destruction by the works of your hands. Because God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. It was the wicked who with hands and words invited death, considered it a friend, and pined for it, and made a covenant with it, Because they deserve to be in its possession [WISDOM 1:12-13, 16]

You have given my days a very short span; my life is as nothing before you. All mortals are but a breath. [PS 39:6]

And now, Lord, what future do I have? You are my only hope. [PS 39:8]

Put no trust in princes, in mere mortals powerless to save. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth; that day all their planning comes to nothing. [PS 146:3-4]

In whatever you do, remember your last days, and you will never sin. [SIRACH 7:36]

Rejoice not when a man dies; remember, we are all to die. [SIRACH 8:7]

Remember your last days, set enmity aside; remember death and decay, and cease from sin! [SIRACH 28:6]

For grief can bring on an extremity and heartache destroy one's health. Turn not your thoughts to him again; cease to recall him; think rather of the end. Recall him not, for there is no hope of his return; it will not help him, but will do you harm. Remember that his fate will also be yours; for him it was yesterday, for you today. [SIRACH 38:19-22] [Note: "Recall him not" does not preclude prayers for the dead, as indicated in 2 Macc. 12:43-46. For more information regarding Purgatory, click here (Purgatory Release Project / Catholic Activities Section)]


Evil / Turning From Evil

Be not provoked with evildoers, nor envious of the wicked; For the evil man has no future, the lamp of the wicked will be put out. [PROV 24:19-20]

Happy the man who is always on his guard; but he who hardens his heart will fall into evil. [PROV 28:14]

For the worship of infamous idols is the reason and source and extremity of all evil. [WISDOM 14:27]

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. [PS 34:15]

Turn from evil and do good, that you may inhabit the land forever. [PS 37:27]

Do no evil, and evil will not overtake you [SIRACH 7:1]

Be guilty of no evil before the city's populace, nor disgrace yourself before the assembly. [SIRACH 7:7]

He who gloats over evil will meet with evil, and he who repeats an evil report has no sense. [SIRACH 19:5]



Note: The reader is reminded that discipline of children should obviously be done within reason. One must not abuse children.

He who upsets his household has empty air for a heritage; and the fool will become slave to the wise man. [PROV 11:29]

A worthy wife is the crown of her husband, but a disgraceful one is like rot in his bones. [PROV 12:4]

A wise son loves correction, but the senseless one heeds no rebuke. [PROV 13:1]

He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him takes care to chastise him. [PROV 13:24]

The fool spurns his father's admonition, but prudent is he who heeds reproof. [PROV 15:5]

Train a boy in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it. [PROV 22:6]

Withhold not chastisement from a boy; if you beat him with the rod, he will not die. Beat him with the rod, and you will save him from the nether world. [PROV 23:13-14]

The rod of correction gives wisdom, but a boy left to his whims disgraces his mother. [PROV 29:15]

Correct your son, and he will bring you comfort, and give delight to your soul. [PROV 29:17]

He who honors his father atones for sins [SIRACH 3:3]

He stores up riches who reveres his mother. [SIRACH 3:4]

My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength. For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, it will serve as a sin offering - it will take lasting root. In time of tribulation it will be recalled to your advantage, like warmth upon frost it will melt away your sins. [SIRACH 3:12-15]

A blasphemer is he who despises his father; accursed of his Creator, he who angers his mother. [SIRACH 3:16]

If you have sons, chastise them; bend their necks from childhood. [SIRACH 7:23]

If you have daughters, keep them chaste, and be not indulgent to them. [SIRACH 7:24]

Giving your daughter in marriage ends a great task; but give her to a worthy man. [SIRACH 7:25]

With your whole heart honor your father; your mother's birthpangs forget not. Remember, of these parents you were born; what can you give them for all they gave you? [SIRACH 7:27-28]

Desire not a brood of worthless children, nor rejoice in wicked offspring. Many though they be, exult not in them if they have not the fear of the LORD. Count not on their length of life, have no hope in their future. For one can be better than a thousand; rather die childless than have godless children! [SIRACH 16:1-3]

An unruly child is a disgrace to its father; if it be a daughter she brings him to poverty. [SIRACH 22:3]

A thoughtful daughter becomes a treasure to her husband, a shameless one is her father's grief. [SIRACH 22:4]

Happy the husband of a good wife, twice-lengthened are his days; A worthy wife brings joy to her husband, peaceful and full is his life. A good wife is a generous gift bestowed upon him who fears the LORD [SIRACH 26:1-3]

Choicest of blessings is a modest wife, priceless her chaste person. Like the sun rising in the LORD'S heavens, the beauty of a virtuous wife is the radiance of her home. [SIRACH 26:15-6]

He who loves his son chastises him often, that he may be his joy when he grows up. [SIRACH 30:1]

He who spoils his son will have wounds to bandage, and will quake inwardly at every outcry. A colt untamed turns out stubborn; a son left to himself grows up unruly. Pamper your child and he will be a terror for you, indulge him and he will bring you grief. Share not in his frivolity lest you share in his sorrow, when finally your teeth are clenched in remorse. Give him not his own way in his youth, and close not your eyes to his follies. Bend him to the yoke when he is young, thrash his sides while he is still small, Lest he become stubborn, disobey you, and leave you disconsolate. Discipline your son, make heavy his yoke, lest his folly humiliate you. [SIRACH 30:7-13]

A wife is her husband's richest treasure, a helpmate, a steadying column. A vineyard with no hedge will be overrun; a man with no wife becomes a homeless wanderer. [SIRACH 36:24-25]

Let (your daughter) not parade her charms before men, or spend her time with married women; Better a man's harshness than a woman's indulgence, and a frightened daughter than any disgrace. [SIRACH 42:12, 14]


Friends & Enemies

Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles, let not your heart exult, Lest the LORD see it, be displeased with you, and withdraw his wrath from your enemy. [PROV 24:17-18]

When you gain a friend, first test him, and be not too ready to trust him For one sort of friend is a friend when it suits him, but he will not be with you in time of distress. Another is a friend who becomes an enemy, and tells of the quarrel to your shame. Another is a friend, a boon companion, who will not be with you when sorrow comes. When things go well, he is your other self, and lords it over your servants; But if you are brought low, he turns against you and avoids meeting you. [SIRACH 6:7-12]

Keep away from your enemies; be on your guard with your friends. [SIRACH 6:13]

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds; For he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself. [SIRACH 6:14-17]

Discard not an old friend, for the new one cannot equal him. A new friend is like new wine which you drink with pleasure only when it has aged. [SIRACH 9:10]

In our prosperity we cannot know our friends; in adversity an enemy will not remain concealed. When a man is successful even his enemy is friendly; in adversity even his friend disappears. [SIRACH 12:8-9]

Never trust your enemy, for his wickedness is like corrosion in bronze. Even though he acts humbly and peaceably toward you, take care to be on your guard against him. Rub him as one polishes a brazen mirror, and you will find that there is still corrosion. Who pities a snake charmer when he is bitten, or anyone who goes near a wild beast? [SIRACH 12:10-11, 13]

Should you speak sharply to a friend, fear not, you can be reconciled. But a contemptuous insult, a confidence broken, or a treacherous attack will drive away any friend. [SIRACH 22:22]

Happy is he who finds a friend and he who speaks to attentive ears. [SIRACH 25:9]

He who betrays a secret cannot be trusted, he will never find an intimate friend. Cherish your friend, keep faith with him; but if you betray his confidence, follow him not; For as an enemy might kill a man, you have killed your neighbor's friendship. A wound can be bound up, and an insult forgiven, but he who betrays secrets does hopeless damage. [SIRACH 27:16-18, 21]

Every friend declares his friendship, but there are friends who are friends in name only. A false friend will share your joys, but in time of trouble he stands afar off. A true friend will fight with you against the foe, against your enemies he will be your shield-bearer. [SIRACH 37:1, 4-5]


Generosity & Almsgiving

Refuse no one the good on which he has a claim when it is in your power to do it for him. [PROV 3:27]

Say not to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give," when you can give at once. [PROV 3:28]

He who confers benefits will be amply enriched, and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. [PROV 11:25]

He sins who despises the hungry; but happy is he who is kind to the poor! [PROV 14:21]

He who gives to the poor suffers no want, but he who ignores them gets many a curse. [PROV 28:27]

Let not your hand be open to receive and clenched when it is time to give. [SIRACH 4:31]

To the poor man also extend your hand, that your blessing may be complete [SIRACH 7:32]

Be generous to all the living, and withhold not your kindness from the dead. [SIRACH 7:33]

To whom will he be generous who is stingy with himself and does not enjoy what is his own? None is more stingy than he who is stingy with himself; he punishes his own miserliness. If ever he is generous, it is by mistake; and in the end he displays his greed. In the miser's opinion his share is too small; he refuses his neighbor and brings ruin on himself. My son, use freely whatever you have and enjoy it as best you can; Remember that death does not tarry, nor have you been told the grave's appointed time. Before you die, be good to your friend, and give him a share in what you possess. [SIRACH 14:5-13]

To a poor man, however, be generous; keep him not waiting for your alms [SIRACH 29:8]

Because of the precept, help the needy, and in their want, do not send them away empty-handed. [SIRACH 29:9]

Spend your money for your brother and friend, and hide it not under a stone to perish; Dispose of your treasure as the Most High commands, for that will profit you more than the gold. Store up almsgiving in your treasure house, and it will save you from every evil; Better than a stout shield and a sturdy spear it will fight for you against the foe. [SIRACH 29:10-13]

With each contribution show a cheerful countenance, and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy. [SIRACH 35:8]

Give to the Most High as he has given to you, generously, according to your means. For the LORD is one who always repays, and he will give back to you sevenfold. [SIRACH 35:9-10]


God Saves / God Heals

Still, if you yourself have recourse to God and make supplication to the Almighty, Should you be blameless and upright, surely now he will awake for you and restore your rightful domain; Your former state will be of little moment, for in time to come you will flourish indeed. [JOB 8:5-7]

If you set your heart aright and stretch out your hands toward him, If you remove all iniquity from your conduct, and let not injustice dwell in your tent, Surely then you may lift up your face in innocence; you may stand firm and unafraid. For then you shall forget your misery, or recall it like waters that have ebbed away. [JOB 11:13-16]

If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; if you put iniquity far from your tent, And treat raw gold like dust, and the fine gold of Ophir as pebbles from the brook, Then the Almighty himself shall be your gold and your sparkling silver. For then you shall delight in the Almighty and you shall lift up your face toward God. You shall entreat him and he will hear you, and your vows you shall fulfill. When you make a decision, it shall succeed for you, and upon your ways the light shall shine. For he brings down the pride of the haughty, but the man of humble mien he saves. God delivers him who is innocent; you shall be delivered through cleanness of hands. [JOB 22:23-30]

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the just man runs to it and is safe. [PROV 18:10]

Let us fall into the hands of the LORD and not into the hands of men, For equal to his majesty is the mercy that he shows. [SIRACH 2:18]

My son, when you are ill, delay not, but pray to God, who will heal you [SIRACH 38:9]


God's Care

For he wounds, but he binds up; he smites, but his hands give healing. Out of six troubles he will deliver you, and at the seventh no evil shall touch you. [JOB 5:18-19]

In famine he will deliver you from death, and in war from the threat of the sword; From the scourge of the tongue you shall be hidden, and shall not fear approaching ruin. [JOB 5:20-21]

For the LORD gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; He has counsel in store for the upright, he is the shield of those who walk honestly, Guarding the paths of justice, protecting the way of his pious ones. [PROV 2:6-8]

In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths. [PROV 3:6]

When he is dealing with the arrogant, he is stern, but to the humble he shows kindness. [PROV 3:34]

The LORD is far from the wicked, but the prayer of the just he hears. [PROV 15:29]

In his mind a man plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps. [PROV 16:9]

No one is disgraced who waits for you, but only those who lightly break faith. [PS 25:3]

For divine anger lasts but a moment; divine favor lasts a lifetime. At dusk weeping comes for the night; but at dawn there is rejoicing. [PS 30:6]

But the LORD'S eyes are upon the reverent, upon those who hope for his gracious help [PS 33:18]

Find your delight in the LORD who will give you your heart's desire. [PS 37:4]

Those whose steps are guided by the LORD; whose way God approves, May stumble, but they will never fall, for the LORD holds their hand. [PS 37:23-24]

Though I am afflicted and poor, the Lord keeps me in mind. You are my help and deliverer; my God, do not delay! [PS 40:18]

Cast your care upon the LORD, who will give you support. God will never allow the righteous to stumble. [PS 55:23]

We will triumph with the help of God, who will trample down our foes. [PS 60:14]

Happy those whom you guide, LORD, whom you teach by your instruction. You give them rest from evil days, while a pit is being dug for the wicked. [PS 94:12-13]

You, LORD, will not forsake your people, nor abandon your very own. [PS 94:14]

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on the faithful. [PS 103:13]

Study the generations long past and understand; has anyone hoped in the LORD and been disappointed? Has anyone persevered in his fear and been forsaken? has anyone called upon him and been rebuffed? Compassionate and merciful is the LORD; he forgives sins, he saves in time of trouble. [SIRACH 2:10-11]

God's blessing is the lot of the just man, and in due time his hopes bear fruit. [SIRACH 11:22]

The eyes of the LORD are upon those who love him; he is their mighty shield and strong support, A shelter from the heat, a shade from the noonday sun, a guard against stumbling, a help against falling. [SIRACH 34:16]

He who serves God willingly is heard; his petition reaches the heavens. The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal, Nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds, judges justly and affirms the right. [SIRACH 35:16-18]


God's Likes & Dislikes

There are six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to him; Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; A heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil, The false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers. [PROV 6:16-19]

The depraved in heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those who walk blamelessly are his delight. [PROV 11:20]

The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves the man who pursues virtue. [PROV 15:9]

He who condones the wicked, he who condemns the just, are both an abomination to the LORD. [PROV 17:15]

Love justice, you who judge the earth; think of the LORD in goodness, and seek him in integrity of heart; Because he is found by those who test him not, and he manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him. For perverse counsels separate a man from God, and his power, put to the proof, rebukes the foolhardy; Because into a soul that plots evil wisdom enters not, nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin. [WISDOM 1:1-4]

The LORD loves those who hate evil, protects the lives of the faithful, rescues them from the hand of the wicked. [PS 97:10]

God takes no delight in the strength of horses, no pleasure in the runner's stride. Rather the LORD takes pleasure in the devout, those who await his faithful care. [PS 147:10-11]

Odious to the LORD and to men is arrogance, and the sin of oppression they both hate. [SIRACH 10:7]

The Most High himself hates sinners, and upon the wicked he takes vengeance. [SIRACH 12:7]

A man's goodness God cherishes like a signet ring, a man's virtue, like the apple of his eye. [SIRACH 17:17]

With three things I am delighted, for they are pleasing to the LORD and to men: Harmony among brethren, friendship among neighbors, and the mutual love of husband and wife. [SIRACH 25:1]


God's Supremacy

Can you penetrate the designs of God? Dare you vie with the perfection of the Almighty? It is higher than the heavens; what can you do? It is deeper than the nether world; what can you know? It is longer than the earth in measure, and broader than the sea. If he seize and imprison or call to judgment, who then can say him nay? For he knows the worthlessness of men and sees iniquity; will he then ignore it? [JOB 11:7-11]

Surely, God cannot act wickedly, the Almighty cannot violate justice. Who gave him government over the earth, or who else set all the land in its place? If he were to take back his spirit to himself, withdraw to himself his breath, All flesh would perish together, and man would return to the dust. [JOB 34:12-15]

I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be hindered. [JOB 42:2]

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. [PROV 15:3]

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the decision of the LORD that endures. [PROV 19:21]

All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes, but it is the LORD who proves hearts. [PROV 21:2]

I recognized that man is unable to find out all God's work that is done under the sun, even though neither by day nor by night do his eyes find rest in sleep. However much man toils in searching, he does not find it out; and even if the wise man says that he knows, he is unable to find it out. [ECCL 8:17]

Just as you know not how the breath of life fashions the human frame in the mother's womb, So you know not the work of God which he is accomplishing in the universe. [ECCL 11:5]

For the spirit of the LORD fills the world, is all-embracing, and knows what man says. [WISDOM 1:7]

Understand, you stupid people! You fools, when will you be wise? Does the one who shaped the ear not hear? The one who formed the eye not see? Does the one who guides nations not rebuke? The one who teaches humans not have knowledge? The LORD does know human plans; they are only puffs of air. [PS 94:8-11]

Through all generations your truth endures; fixed to stand firm like the earth. [PS 119:90]

All wisdom comes from the LORD and with him it remains forever. [SIRACH? 1:1]

The Eternal is the judge of all things without exception; the LORD alone is just. [SIRACH 18:1]

The works of God are all of them good; in its own time every need is supplied. At his word the waters become still as in a flask; he had but to speak and the reservoirs were made. He has but to command and his will is done; nothing can limit his achievement. The works of all mankind are present to him; not a thing escapes his eye. His gaze spans all the ages; to him there is nothing unexpected. No cause then to say: "What is the purpose of this?" Everything is chosen to satisfy a need. [SIRACH 39:16-21]


Honor, Praise & Love

Honor the LORD with your wealth, with first fruits of all your produce; Then will your barns be filled with grain, with new wine your vats will overflow. [PROV 3:9-10]

Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart. [PS 32:11]

Though my flesh and my heart fail, God is the rock of my heart, my portion forever. [PS 73:26]

Your decrees are my delight; they are my counselors. [PS 119:24]

This is my comfort in affliction, your promise that gives me life. [PS 119:50]

Had your teaching not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. [PS 119:92]

Through your precepts I gain insight; therefore I hate all false ways. [PS 119:104]

You, LORD, are near to all who call upon you, to all who call upon you in truth. [PS 145:18]

Let everything that has breath give praise to the LORD! Hallelujah! [PS 150:6]

With all your strength, love your Creator, forsake not his ministers. [SIRACH 7:30]

Above all, give praise to your Creator, who showers his favors upon you. [SIRACH 32:13]

In generous spirit pay homage to the LORD, be not sparing of freewill gifts. [SIRACH 35:7]

So now with full joy of heart proclaim and bless the name of the Holy One. [SIRACH 39:35]

Let your spirits rejoice in the mercy of God, and be not ashamed to give him praise. [SIRACH 51:29]


Instruction & Discipline

The discipline of the LORD, my son, disdain not; spurn not his reproof; For whom the LORD loves he reproves, and he chastises the son he favors. [PROV 3:11-12]

A path to life is his who heeds admonition, but he who disregards reproof goes astray. [PROV 10:17]

He who loves correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. [PROV 12:1]

Poverty and shame befall the man who disregards correction, but he who heeds reproof is honored. [PROV 13:18]

He who rejects admonition despises his own soul, but he who heeds reproof gains understanding. [PROV 15:32]

Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise. [PROV 19:20]

Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge. [PROV 23:12]

He who rebukes a man gets more thanks in the end than one with a flattering tongue. [PROV 28:23]

My son, from your youth embrace discipline; thus will you find wisdom with graying hair. [SIRACH 6:18]

Reflect on the precepts of the LORD, let his commandments be your constant meditation; Then he will enlighten your mind, and the wisdom you desire he will grant. [SIRACH 6:37]

Spurn not the discourse of the wise, but acquaint yourself with their proverbs; From them you will acquire the training to serve in the presence of princes. [SIRACH 8:8]

He who hates correction walks the sinner's path, but he who fears the LORD repents in his heart. [SIRACH 21:6]

Like a song in time of mourning is inopportune talk, but lashes and discipline are at all times wisdom. [SIRACH 22:6]

He who would find God must accept discipline; he who seeks him obtains his request. [SIRACH 32:14]


Judgment: God Repays Good & Bad

Can the papyrus grow up without mire? Can the reed grass flourish without water? While it is yet green and uncut, it withers quicker than any grass. So is the end of everyone who forgets God, and so shall the hope of the godless man perish. [JOB 8:11-13]

This is the fate of everyone greedy of loot: unlawful gain takes away the life of him who acquires it. [PROV 1:19]

Truly the evil man shall not go unpunished, but those who are just shall escape. [PROV 11:21]

The desire of the just ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked is wrath. [PROV 11:23]

Severe punishment is in store for the man who goes astray; he who hates reproof will die. [PROV 15:10]

The false witness will not go unpunished, and he who utters lies will not escape. [PROV 19:5]

The last word, when all is heard: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is man's all; because God will bring to judgment every work, with all its hidden qualities, whether good or bad. [ECCL 12:13-14]

But the wicked shall receive a punishment to match their thoughts, since they neglected justice and forsook the LORD. [WISDOM 3:10]

Those who do evil will be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD will possess the land. Wait a little, and the wicked will be no more; look for them and they will not be there. But the poor will possess the land, will delight in great prosperity. [PS 37:9-11]

The wicked perish, the enemies of the LORD; Like the beauty of meadows they vanish; like smoke they disappear. [PS 37:20]

One thing God has said; two things I have heard: Power belongs to God; so too, Lord, does kindness, And you render to each of us according to our deeds. [PS 62:12-13]

But those who are far from you perish; you destroy those unfaithful to you. [PS 73:27]

Those who sow in tears will reap with cries of joy. [PS 126:5]

The roots of the proud God plucks up, to plant the humble in their place [SIRACH 10:15]

The traces of the proud God sweeps away and effaces the memory of them from the earth. [SIRACH 10:17]

Great as his mercy is his punishment; he judges men, each according to his deeds. [SIRACH 16:12]

Whoever does good has his reward, which each receives according to his deeds. [SIRACH 16:14]

Later he will rise up and repay them, and requite each one of them as they deserve. But to the penitent he provides a way back, he encourages those who are losing hope! Return to the LORD and give up sin, pray to him and make your offenses few. Turn again to the Most High and away from sin, hate intensely what he loathes; How great the mercy of the LORD, his forgiveness of those who return to him! [SIRACH 17:18-21, 24]

Mockery and abuse will be the lot of the proud, and vengeance lies in wait for them like a lion. [SIRACH 27:28]

The vengeful will suffer the LORD'S vengeance, for he remembers their sins in detail. [SIRACH 28:1]

Work at your tasks in due season, and in his own time God will give you your reward. [SIRACH 51:30]


Keeping / Loving the Law

He who despises the word must pay for it, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded. [PROV 13:13]

Those who abandon the law praise the wicked man, but those who keep the law war against him. [PROV 28:4]

When one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. [PROV 28:9]

Happy those whose way is blameless, who walk by the teaching of the LORD. [PS 119:1]

Happy those who observe God's decrees, who seek the LORD with all their heart. [PS 119:2]

He who keeps the law controls his impulses; he who is perfect in fear of the LORD has wisdom. [SIRACH 21:11]

Be not too sure even of smooth roads, be careful on all your paths. Whatever you do, be on your guard, for in this way you will keep the commandments. [SIRACH 32:21-23]

He who keeps the law preserves himself; and he who trusts in the LORD shall not be put to shame. [SIRACH 32:24]

He who hates the law is without wisdom, and is tossed about like a boat in a storm. [SIRACH 33:2]

The prudent man trusts in the word of the LORD, and the law is dependable for him as a divine oracle. [SIRACH 33:3]


Rich & Poor

Better a lowly man who supports himself than one of assumed importance who lacks bread. [PROV 12:9]

Better a poor man who walks in his integrity than he who is crooked in his ways and rich. [PROV 19:1]

Rich and poor have a common bond: the LORD is the maker of them all. [PROV 22:2]

Better a poor man who walks in his integrity than he who is crooked in his ways and rich. [PROV 28:6]

The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who is intelligent sees through him. [PROV 28:11]

The rich man does wrong and boasts of it, the poor man is wronged and begs forgiveness. [SIRACH 13:3]

As long as the rich man can use you he will enslave you, but when you are exhausted, he will abandon you. As long as you have anything he will speak fair words to you, and with smiles he will win your confidence; When he needs something from you he will cajole you, then without regret he will impoverish you. [SIRACH 13:4-6]


Righteous & Wicked

Do you not know this from olden time, since man was placed upon the earth, That the triumph of the wicked is short and the joy of the impious but for a moment? [JOB 20:4-5]

For the upright will dwell in the land, the honest will remain in it; But the wicked will be cut off from the land, the faithless will be rooted out of it. [PROV 2:21-22]

To the LORD the perverse man is an abomination, but with the upright is his friendship. [PROV 3:32]

The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but the dwelling of the just he blesses [PROV 3:33]

Therefore no one who utters wicked things can go unnoticed, nor will chastising condemnation pass him by. For the devices of the wicked man shall be scrutinized, and the sound of his words shall reach the LORD, for the chastisement of his transgressions [WISDOM 1:8-9]

Avoid wickedness, and it will turn aside from you. [SIRACH 7:2]


Sinners, Sin & Repentance

Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his garments not burned? Or can a man walk on live coals, and his feet not be scorched? [PROV 6:27-28]

He who conceals his sins prospers not, but he who confesses and forsakes them obtains mercy. [PROV 28:13]

Say not: "I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?" for the LORD bides his time. [SIRACH 5:4]

Of forgiveness be not overconfident, adding sin upon sin. Say not: "Great is his mercy; my many sins he will forgive." [SIRACH 5:5-6]

Do not plot to repeat a sin; not even for one will you go unpunished. [SIRACH 7:8]

Envy not a sinner's fame, for you know not what disaster awaits him. [SIRACH 9:11]

Unseemly is praise on a sinner's lips, for it is not accorded to him by God. But praise is offered by the wise man's tongue; its rightful steward will proclaim it. [SIRACH 15:9-10]

Say not: "It was God's doing that I fell away"; for what he hates he does not do. Say not: "It was he who set me astray"; for he has no need of wicked man. Abominable wickedness the LORD hates, he does not let it befall those who fear him. When God, in the beginning, created man, he made him subject to his own free choice. If you choose you can keep the commandments; it is loyalty to do his will. There are set before you fire and water; to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand. Before man are life and death, whichever he chooses shall be given him. Immense is the wisdom of the LORD; he is mighty in power, and all-seeing. The eyes of God see all he has made; he understands man's every deed. No man does he command to sin, to none does he give strength for lies. [SIRACH 15:11-20]

Say not: "I am hidden from God; in heaven who remembers me? Among so many people I cannot be known; what am I in the world of spirits? Behold, the heavens, the heaven of heavens, the earth and the abyss tremble at his visitation; The roots of the mountains, the earth's foundations, at his mere glance, quiver and quake. Of me, therefore, he will take no thought; with my ways who will concern himself? If I sin, no eye will see me; if all in secret I am disloyal, who is to know? Who tells him of just deeds and what could I expect for doing my duty?" Such are the thoughts of senseless men, which only the foolish knave will think. [SIRACH 16:15-21]

Before you have fallen, humble yourself; when you have sinned, show repentance. [SIRACH 18:20]

Delay not to forsake sins, neglect it not till you are in distress. [SIRACH 18:21]

My son, if you have sinned, do so no more, and for your past sins pray to be forgiven. [SIRACH 21:1]

Flee from sin as from a serpent. that will bite you if you go near it; Its teeth are lion's teeth, destroying the souls of men. [SIRACH 21:2]

The path of sinners is smooth stones that end in the depths of the nether world. [SIRACH 21:10]

And the man who dishonors his marriage bed and says to himself "Who can see me? Darkness surrounds me, walls hide me; no one sees me; why should I fear to sin?" Of the Most High he is not mindful, fearing only the eyes of men; He does not understand that the eyes of the LORD, ten thousand times brighter than the sun, Observe every step a man takes and peer into hidden corners. [SIRACH 23:18-19]

For the sake of profit many sin, and the struggle for wealth blinds the eyes. [SIRACH 27:1]

Avoid strife and your sins will be fewer, for a quarrelsome man kindles disputes, commits the sin of disrupting friendship and sows discord among those at peace. The more wood, the greater the fire, the more underlying it, the fiercer the fight; The greater a man's strength, the sterner his anger, the greater his power, the greater his wrath. If you blow upon a spark, it quickens into flame, if you spit on it, it dies out; yet both you do with your mouth! [SIRACH 28:8-10, 12]

The sinner turns aside reproof and distorts the law to suit his purpose. [SIRACH 32:17]


Speaking / Talking

Put away from you dishonest talk, deceitful speech put far from you. [PROV 4:24]

Where words are many, sin is not wanting; but he who restrains his lips does well. [PROV 10:19]

He who reviles his neighbor has no sense, but the intelligent man keeps silent. [PROV 11:12]

Truthful lips endure forever, the lying tongue, for only a moment. [PROV 12:19]

Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who are truthful are his delight. [PROV 12:22]

He who guards his mouth protects his life; to open wide one's lips brings downfall. [PROV 13:3]

A mild answer calms wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. [PROV 15:1]

A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse one crushes the spirit. [PROV 15:4]

Even a fool, if he keeps silent, is considered wise; if he closes his lips, intelligent. [PROV 17:28]

The fool takes no delight in understanding, but rather in displaying what he thinks. [PROV 18:2]

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from trouble. [PROV 21:23]

Speak not for the fool's hearing; he will despise the wisdom of your words. [PROV 23:9]

By patience is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone. [PROV 25:15]

The lying tongue is its owner's enemy, and the flattering mouth works ruin. [PROV 26:28]

Open your mouth, decree what is just, defend the needy and the poor! [PROV 31:9]

Keep your tongue from evil, your lips from speaking lies. [PS 34:14]

Refrain not from speaking at the proper time, and hide not away your wisdom; For it is through speech that wisdom becomes known, and knowledge through the tongue's rejoinder. [SIRACH 4:23-24]

Be swift to hear, but slow to answer. [SIRACH 5:13]

If you have the knowledge, answer your neighbor; if not, put your hand over your mouth. [SIRACH 5:14]

Honor and dishonor through talking! A man's tongue can be his downfall. [SIRACH 5:15]

Be not called a detractor; use not your tongue for calumny [SIRACH 5:16]

Say nothing harmful, small or great; be not a foe instead of a friend; A bad name and disgrace will you acquire: "That for the evil man with double tongue!" [SIRACH 6:1]

A kind mouth multiplies friends, and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings. [SIRACH 6:5]

Feared in the city is the man of railing speech, and he who talks rashly is hated. [SIRACH 9:18]

Before hearing, answer not, and interrupt no one in the middle of his speech. [SIRACH 11:8]

Dispute not about what is not your concern; in the strife of the arrogant take no part. [SIRACH 11:9]

Happy the man whose mouth brings him no grief, who is not stung by remorse for sin. [SIRACH 14:1]

Be informed before speaking; before sickness prepare the cure. [SIRACH 18:18]

Never repeat gossip, and you will not be reviled. Tell nothing to friend or foe; if you have a fault, reveal it not, For he who hears it will hold it against you, and in time become your enemy. Let anything you hear die within you; be assured it will not make you burst. [SIRACH 19:6-9]

Then, too, a man can slip and not mean it; who has not sinned with his tongue? [SIRACH 19:15]

An admonition can be inopportune, and a man may be wise to hold his peace. [SIRACH 20:1]

A wise man is silent till the right time comes, but a boasting fool ignores the proper time. [SIRACH 20:6]

He who talks too much is detested; he who pretends to authority is hated. [SIRACH 20:7]

A fall to the ground is less sudden than a slip of the tongue; that is why the downfall of the wicked comes so quickly. [SIRACH 20:17]

The lips of the impious talk of what is not their concern, but the words of the prudent are carefully weighed. [SIRACH 21:25]

Fools' thoughts are in their mouths, wise men's words are in their hearts. [SIRACH 21:26]

A slanderer besmirches himself, and is hated by his neighbors. [SIRACH 21:28]

Let not your mouth form the habit of swearing, or becoming too familiar with the Holy Name. Just as a slave that is constantly under scrutiny will not be without welts, So one who swears continually by the Holy Name will not remain free from sin. [SIRACH 23:9-10]

Let not your mouth become used to coarse talk, for in it lies sinful matter. [SIRACH 23:13]

When a sieve is shaken, the husks appear; so do a man's faults when he speaks. [SIRACH 27:4]

The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had; so too does a man's speech disclose the bent of his mind. [SIRACH 27:6]

Praise no man before he speaks, for it is then that men are tested. [SIRACH 27:7]

Cursed be gossips and the double-tongued, for they destroy the peace of many. [SIRACH 28:13]

A meddlesome tongue subverts many, and makes them refugees among the peoples; It destroys walled cities, and overthrows powerful dynasties. [SIRACH 28:14]

Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not as many as by the tongue. [SIRACH 28:18]

Take care not to slip by your tongue and fall victim to your foe waiting in ambush. [SIRACH 28:26]

Prepare your words and you will be listened to; draw upon your training, and then give your answer. [SIRACH 33:4]


Treatment of Others

Plot no evil against your neighbor, against him who lives at peace with you. [PROV 3:29]

Quarrel not with a man without cause, with one who has done you no harm. [PROV 3:30]

Reprove not an arrogant man, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. [PROV 9:8]

Instruct a wise man, and he becomes still wiser; teach a just man, and he advances in learning. [PROV 9:9]

He who winks at a fault causes trouble, but he who frankly reproves promotes peace. [PROV 10:10]

He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy glorifies him. [PROV 14:31]

He who mocks the poor blasphemes his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. [PROV 17:5]

He who has compassion on the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his good deed. [PROV 19:17]

He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will himself also call and not be heard. [PROV 21:13]

Rescue those who are being dragged to death, and from those tottering to execution withdraw not. [PROV 24:11]

My son, rob not the poor man of his livelihood; force not the eyes of the needy to turn away. [SIRACH 4:1]

Do not exasperate the downtrodden; delay not to give to the needy. [SIRACH 4:3]

A beggar in distress do not reject; avert not your face from the poor. From the needy turn not your eyes, give no man reason to curse you; For if in the bitterness of his soul he curse you, his Creator will hear his prayer. [SIRACH 4:4-6]

Endear yourself to the assembly; before a ruler bow your head. [SIRACH 4:7]

Give a hearing to the poor man, and return his greeting with courtesy [SIRACH 4:8]

To the fatherless be as a father, and help their mother as a husband would; Thus will you be like a son to the Most High, and he will be more tender to you than a mother. [SIRACH 4:10]

Laugh not at an embittered man; be mindful of him who exalts and humbles. [SIRACH 7:11]

Plot no mischief against your brother, nor against your friend and companion. [SIRACH 7:12]

Avoid not those who weep, but mourn with those who mourn [SIRACH 7:34]

Neglect not to visit the sick - for these things you will be loved. [SIRACH 7:35]

Quarrel not with a rich man, lest he pay out the price of your downfall; For gold has dazzled many, and perverts the character of princes. [SIRACH 8:2]

Dispute not with a man of railing speech, heap no wood upon his fire. [SIRACH 8:3]

Shame not a repentant sinner; remember, we all are guilty. [SIRACH 8:5]

Insult no man when he is old, for some of us, too, will grow old. [SIRACH 8:6]

No matter the wrong, do no violence to your neighbor, and do not walk the path of arrogance. [SIRACH 10:6]

It is not just to despise a man who is wise but poor, nor proper to honor any sinner. [SIRACH 10:22]

Praise not a man for his looks; despise not a man for his appearance. [SIRACH 11:2]

Mock not the worn cloak and jibe at no man's bitter day: For strange are the works of the LORD, hidden from men his deeds. The oppressed often rise to a throne, and some that none would consider wear a crown. The exalted often fall into utter disgrace; the honored are given into enemy hands. [SIRACH 11:4-6]

No good comes to him who gives comfort to the wicked, nor is it an act of mercy that he does. [SIRACH 12:3]

Give to the good man, refuse the sinner; refresh the downtrodden, give nothing to the proud man. [SIRACH 12:4]

When invited by a man of influence, keep your distance; then he will urge you all the more. Be not bold with him lest you be rebuffed, but keep not too far away lest you be forgotten. Engage not freely in discussion with him, trust not his many words; For by prolonged talk he will test you, and though smiling he will probe you. Mercilessly he will make of you a laughingstock, and will not refrain from injury or chains. [SIRACH 13:9-12]

My son, to your charity add no reproach, nor spoil any gift by harsh words. Like dew that abates a burning wind, so does a word improve a gift. Sometimes the word means more than the gift; both are offered by a kindly man. [SIRACH 18:14-16]

Make fast friends with a man while he is poor; thus will you enjoy his prosperity with him. In time of trouble remain true to him, so as to share in his inheritance when it comes. [SIRACH 22:23]

Forgive your neighbor's injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Should a man nourish anger against his fellows and expect healing from the LORD? Should a man refuse mercy to his fellows, yet seek pardon for his own sins? If he who is but flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins? [SIRACH 28:2-5]

Recognize that your neighbor feels as you do, and keep in mind your own dislikes: Toward what he eyes, do not put out a hand; nor reach when he does for the same dish. [SIRACH 31:14-15]

Rebuke not your neighbor when wine is served, nor put him to shame while he is merry; Use no harsh words with him and distress him not in the presence of others. [SIRACH 31:31]

When among your elders be not forward, and with officials be not too insistent. [SIRACH 32:9]

Forget not your comrade during the battle, and neglect him not when you distribute your spoils. [SIRACH 37:6]

Hold the physician in honor, for he is essential to you, and God it was who established his profession. [SIRACH 38:1]


Trust the Lord

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not [PROV 3:5]

Entrust your works to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. [PROV 16:3]

He who plans a thing will be successful; happy is he who trusts in the LORD! [PROV 16:20]

Say not, "I will repay evil!" Trust in the LORD and he will help you. [PROV 20:22]

Wait for the LORD, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the LORD! [PS 27:14]

Trust in the LORD and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure. [PS 7:3]

Commit your way to the LORD; trust that God will act [PS 37:5]

Happy those whose trust is the LORD, who turn not to idolatry or to those who stray after falsehood. [PS 40:5]

Trust God and he will help you; make straight your ways and hope in him. [SIRACH 2:6]

You who fear the LORD, trust him, and your reward will not be lost. [SIRACH 2:8]

Woe to the faint of heart who trust not, who therefore will have no shelter! [SIRACH 2:13]

Admire not how sinners live, but trust in the LORD and wait for his light; For it is easy with the LORD suddenly, in an instant, to make a poor man rich. [SIRACH 11:21]


Virtue & Vice

Let not kindness and fidelity leave you; bind them around your neck; Then will you win favor and good esteem before God and man. [PROV 3:3-4]

Honor is the possession of wise men, but fools inherit shame. [PROV 3:35]

Ill-gotten treasures profit nothing, but virtue saves from death. [PROV 10:2]

When pride comes, disgrace comes; but with the humble is wisdom. [PROV 11:2]

Wealth is useless on the day of wrath, but virtue saves from death. [PROV 11:4]

Virtue directs toward life, but he who pursues evil does so to his death. [PROV 11:19]

The quick-tempered man makes a fool of himself, but the prudent man is at peace. [PROV 14:17]

Every proud man is an abomination to the LORD; I assure you that he will not go unpunished. [PROV 16:5]

By kindness and piety guilt is expiated, and by the fear of the LORD man avoids evil. [PROV 16:6]

Better a little with virtue, than a large income with injustice. [PROV 16:8]

It is good sense in a man to be slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. [PROV 19:11]

When a man walks in integrity and justice, happy are his children after him! [PROV 20:7]

Man's pride causes his humiliation, but he who is humble of spirit obtains honor. [PROV 29:23]

Or if one loves justice, the fruits of her works are virtues; For she teaches moderation and prudence, justice and fortitude, and nothing in life is more useful for men than these. [WISDOM 8:7]

Give up your anger, abandon your wrath; do not be provoked; it brings only harm. [PS 37:8]

One cannot justify unjust anger; anger plunges a man to his downfall. [SIRACH 1:19]

My son, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. [SIRACH 3:17]

Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. [SIRACH 3:18]

A stubborn man will fare badly in the end, and he who loves danger will perish in it. [SIRACH 3:25]

More and more, humble your pride; what awaits man is worms. [SIRACH 7:17]

For pride is the reservoir of sin, a source which runs over with vice; Because of it God sends unheard-of afflictions and brings men to utter ruin. [SIRACH 10:13]

Guard against being presumptuous; be not as those who lack sense. [SIRACH 13:8]

Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight. [SIRACH 27:30]

Like the lightning that flashes before a storm is the esteem that shines on modesty. [SIRACH 32:10]


Wisdom & Fear of the Lord

The beginning of wisdom is fear of the LORD, which is formed with the faithful in the womb. [SIRACH 1:12]

Fullness of wisdom is fear of the LORD; she inebriates men with her fruits. [SIRACH 1:14]

The root of wisdom is fear of the LORD; her branches are length of days. [SIRACH 1:18]

Among wisdom's treasures is the paragon of prudence; but fear of the LORD is an abomination to the sinner. [SIRACH 1:22]

If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the LORD will bestow her upon you [SIRACH 1:23]

You who fear the LORD, wait for his mercy, turn not away lest you fall. [SIRACH 2:7]

You who fear the LORD, hope for good things, for lasting joy and mercy. [SIRACH 2:9]

Those who fear the LORD disobey not his words; those who love him keep his ways. [SIRACH 2:15]

Those who fear the LORD seek to please him, those who love him are filled with his law. [SIRACH 2:16]

Those who fear the LORD prepare their hearts and humble themselves before him. [SIRACH 2:17]

He who fears the LORD honors his father, and serves his parents as rulers. [SIRACH 3:7]

Where the pupil of the eye is missing, there is no light, and where there is no knowledge, there is no wisdom. [SIRACH 3:24]

Wisdom: With all your soul draw close to her; with all your strength keep her ways. Search her out, discover her; seek her and you will find her. Then when you have her, do not let her go; Thus will you afterward find rest in her, and she will become your joy. [SIRACH 6:27-29]

With all your soul, fear God, revere his priests. [SIRACH 7:29]

The prince, the ruler, the judge are in honor; but none is greater than he who fears God. [SIRACH 10:23]

Wisdom and understanding and knowledge of affairs, love and virtuous paths are from the LORD. [SIRACH 11:15]

All wisdom is fear of the LORD; perfect wisdom is the fulfillment of the law. [SIRACH 19:17]

There are those with little understanding who fear God, and those of great intelligence who violate the law. [SIRACH 19:20]

Better the man who hides his folly than the one who hides his wisdom. [SIRACH 20:30]

Thus all who dwell on the earth shall know, and all who inhabit the world shall understand, That nothing is better than the fear of the LORD, nothing more salutary than to obey his commandments. [SIRACH 23:27]

He who finds wisdom is great indeed, but not greater than he who fears the LORD. [SIRACH 25:10]

Fear of the LORD surpasses all else. its possessor is beyond compare. [SIRACH 25:11]

Unless you earnestly hold fast to the fear of the LORD, suddenly your house will be thrown down. [SIRACH 27:3]

He who fears the LORD is never alarmed, never afraid; for the LORD is his hope. [SIRACH 34:14]

The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. [PROV 9:10]

If you are wise, it is to your own advantage; and if you are arrogant, you alone shall bear it. [PROV 9:12]

The wise man is cautious and shuns evil; the fool is reckless and sure of himself. [PROV 14:16]

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that a man may avoid the snares of death. [PROV 14:27]

The fear of the LORD is training for wisdom, and humility goes before honors. [PROV 15:33]

How much better to acquire wisdom than gold! To acquire understanding is more desirable than silver. [PROV 16:16]

Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. [PROV 31:30]

For he who despises wisdom and instruction is doomed. Vain is their hope, fruitless are their labors, and worthless are their works. [WISDOM 3:11]

And if riches be a desirable possession in life, what is more rich than Wisdom, who produces all things? [WISDOM 8:5]

Or again, if one yearns for copious learning, (wisdom) knows the things of old, and infers those yet to come. (Wisdom) understands the turns of phrases and the solutions of riddles; signs and wonders (wisdom) knows in advance and the outcome of times and ages. [WISDOM 8:8]

Serve the LORD with fear; with trembling bow down in homage, Lest God be angry and you perish from the way in a sudden blaze of anger. Happy are all who take refuge in God! [PS 2:11]

Happy are all who fear the LORD, who walk in the ways of God. [PS 128:1]

Fear of the LORD warms the heart, giving gladness and joy and length of days. [SIRACH 1:10]

He who fears the LORD will have a happy end; even on the day of his death he will be blessed. [SIRACH 1:11]


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