Ecclesiasticus / Sirach - Chapter 6
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1 for a bad name will earn you shame and reproach, as happens to the double-talking sinner.
2 Do not get carried aloft on the wings of passion, for fear your strength tear itself apart like a bull,
8 for one kind of friend is so only when it suits him but will not stand by you in your day of trouble.
9 Another kind of friend will fall out with you and to your dismay make your quarrel public,
10 and a third kind of friend will share your table, but not stand by you in your day of trouble:
11 when you are doing well he will be your second self, ordering your servants about;
12 but, if disaster befalls you, he will recoil from you and keep out of your way.
18 My child, from your earliest youth choose instruction, and till your hair is white you will keep finding wisdom.
22 for Wisdom is true to her name, she is not accessible to many.
27 search for her, track her down: she will reveal herself; once you hold her, do not let her go.
29 her fetters you will find a mighty defence, her collars, a precious necklace.
30 Her yoke will be a golden ornament, and her bonds be purple ribbons;
32 If you wish it, my child, you can be taught; apply yourself, and you will become intelligent.
34 Attend the gathering of elders; if there is a wise man there, attach yourself to him.
36 If you see a man of understanding, visit him early, let your feet wear out his doorstep.
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