Ecclesiasticus / Sirach - Chapter 22
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4 a sensible daughter will find a husband, but a shameless one is a grief to her father.
5 A brazen daughter puts father and mother to shame, and will be disowned by both.
6 An untimely remonstrance is like music at a funeral, but a thrashing and correction are wisdom at all times.
10 You might as well talk to someone sound asleep; when you have finished the fool will say, 'What's up?'
11 Shed tears for the dead, who has left the light behind; shed tears for the fool, who has left his wits behind. Shed quieter tears for the dead who is at rest, for the fool life is worse than death.
13 Do not waste many words on the stupid, do not go near a dolt. Beware of him, or you will have trouble and be soiled by contact with him; keep away from him, and you will have peace of mind and not be exasperated by his folly.
15 Sand and salt and a lump of iron are a lighter burden than a dolt.
18 Pebbles placed on top of a wall will not stand up to the wind; no more can the heart of a fool frightened at his own thoughts stand up to fear.
19 Prick an eye and you will draw a tear, prick a heart and you reveal its feelings.
22 If you have opened your mouth against your friend, do not worry; there is hope for reconciliation; but insult, arrogance, betrayal of secrets, and the stab in the back -- in these cases any friend is lost.
23 Win your neighbour's confidence when he is poor, so that you may enjoy his later good fortune with him; stand by him in times of trouble, in order to have your share when he comes into a legacy.
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