Ecclesiasticus 23

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1 Lord, father and master of my life, do not abandon me to their whims, do not let me fall because of them.

2 Who will lay whips to my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom to my heart, to be merciless to my errors and not let my sins go unchecked,

3 for fear my errors should multiply and my sins then abound and I fall before my adversaries, and my enemy gloat over me?

4 Lord, father and God of my life, do not let my eyes be proud,

5 turn envy away from me,

6 do not let lechery and lust grip me, do not leave me a prey to shameless desire.

7 Children, listen to what I teach, no one who keeps it will be caught out.

8 The sinner is ensnared by his own lips, both the abusive and the proud are tripped by them.

9 Do not get into the habit of swearing, do not make a habit of naming the Holy One;

10 for just as a slave who is constantly overseen will never be without bruises, so someone who is always swearing and uttering the Name will not be exempt from sin.

11 A man for ever swearing is full of iniquity, and the scourge will not depart from his house. If he offends, his sinwill be on him, if he did it unheedingly, he has doubly sinned; if he swears a false oath, he will not be treated as innocent, for his house will be filled with calamities.

12 One way of talking is like death, let it not be found in the heritage of Jacob since devout people have nothing to do with that: they will not wallow in sin.

13 Do not get into the habit of using coarse and foul language since this involves sinful words.

14 Remember your father and mother when you are sitting with the great, for fear you forget yourself in their presence and behave like a fool, and then wish you had not been born and curse the day of your birth.

15 No one in the habit of using shameful language will break himself of it as long as he lives.

16 There are two types of people who commit sin after sin and a third who attracts retribution-

17 desire, blazing like a furnace, will not die down until it has been sated- the man who lusts after members of his own family is not going to stop until he is quite burnt out; every food is sweet to the promiscuous, and he will not desist until he dies;

18 and the man who sins against the marriage bed and says to himself, 'Who can see me? There is darkness all round me, the walls hide me, no one can see me, why should I worry? The Most High will not remember my sins.'

19 What he fears are human eyes, he does not realise that the eyes of the Lord are ten thousand times brighter than the sun, observing every aspect of human behaviour, seeing into the most secret corners.

20 All things were known to him before they were created, and are still, now that they are finished.

21 This manwill be punished in view of the whole town, and will be seized when he least expects it.

22 Similarly the woman unfaithful to her husband, who provides him with an heir by another man:

23 first, she has disobeyed the Law of the Most High; secondly, she has been false to her husband; and thirdly, she has gone whoring in adultery

24 and conceived children by another man. She will be led before the assembly, an enquiry will be held about her children.

25 Her childrenwill strike no root, her branches will bear no fruit.

26 She will leave an accursed memory behind her, her shame will never be wiped out.

27 And those who survive her will recognise that nothing is better than fearing the Lord, and nothing sweeter than adherence to the Lord's commandments.

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Ecclesiasticus 23

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23 O Lord, father, and sovereign ruler of my life, leave me not to their counsel: nor suffer me to fall by them.

Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom over my heart, that they spare me not in their ignorances, and that their sins may not appear:

Lest my ignorance increase, and my offences be multiplied, and my sins abound, and I fall before my adversaries, and my enemy rejoice over me?

O Lord, father, and God of my life, leave me not to their devices.

Give me not haughtiness of my eyes, and turn away from me all coveting.

Take from me the greediness of the belly, and let not the lusts of the flesh take hold of me, and give me not over to a shameless and foolish mind.

Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth: and he that will keep it shall not perish by his lips, nor be brought to fall into most wicked works.

A sinner is caught in his own vanity, and the proud and the evil speakers shall fall thereby.

Let not thy mouth be accustomed to swearing: for in it there are many falls.

10 And let not the naming of God be usual in thy mouth, and meddle not with the names of saints, for thou shalt not escape free from them.

11 For as a slave daily put to the question, is never without a blue mark: so every one that sweareth, and nameth, shall not be wholly pure from sin.

12 A man that sweareth much, shall be filled with iniquity, and a scourge shall not depart from his house.

13 And if he make it void, his sin shall be upon him: and if he dissemble it, he offendeth double:

14 And if he swear in vain, he shall not be justified: for his house shall be filled with his punishment.

15 There is also another speech opposite to death, let it not be found in the inheritance of Jacob.

16 For from the merciful all these things shall be taken away, and they shall not wallow in sins.

17 Let not thy mouth be accustomed to indiscreet speech: for therein is the word of sin.

18 Remember thy father and thy mother, for thou sittest is the midst of great men:

19 Lest God forget thee in their sight, and thou, by thy daily custom, be infatuated and suffer reproach: and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse the day of thy nativity.

20 The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words, will never be corrected all the days of his life.

21 Two sorts of men multiply sins, and the third bringeth wrath and destruction.

22 A hot soul is a burning fire, it will never be quenched, till it devour some thing.

23 And a man that is wicked in the mouth of his flesh, will not leave off till he hath kindled a fire.

24 To a man that is a fornicator all bread is sweet, he will not be weary of sinning unto the end.

25 Every man that passeth beyond his own bed, despising his own soul, and saying: Who seeth me?

26 Darkness compasseth me about, and the walls cover me, and no man seeth me: whom do I fear? the most High will not remember my sins.

27 And he understandeth not that his eye seeth all things, for such a man's fear driveth from him the fear of God, and the eyes of men fearing him:

28 And he knoweth not that the eyes of the Lord are far brighter than the sun, beholding round about all the ways of men, and the bottom of the deep, and looking into the hearts of men, into the most hidden parts.

29 For all things were known to the Lord God, before they were created: so also after they were perfected he beholdeth all things.

30 This man shall be punished in the streets of the city, and he shall be chased as a colt: and where he suspected not, he shall be taken.

31 And he shall be in disgrace with all men, because he understood not the fear of the Lord.

32 So every woman also that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir by another:

33 For first she hath been unfaithful to the law of the most High: and secondly, she hath offended against her husband: thirdly, she hath fornicated in adultery, and hath gotten her children of another man.

34 This woman shall be brought into the assembly, and inquisition shall be made of her children.

35 Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit.

36 She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her infamy shall not be blotted out.

37 And they that remain shall know. that there is nothing better than the fear of God: and that there is nothing sweeter than to have regard to the commandments of the Lord.

38 It is great glory to follow the Lord for length of days shall be received from him.

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A prayer for grace to flee sin: cautions against profane swearing and other vices.

[1] O Lord, father, and sovereign ruler of my life, leave me not to their counsel: nor suffer me to fall by them. [2] Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom over my heart, that they spare me not in their ignorances, and that their sins may not appear: [3] Lest my ignorance increase, and my offences be multiplied, and my sins abound, and I fall before my adversaries, and my enemy rejoice over me? [4] O Lord, father, and God of my life, leave me not to their devices. [5] Give me not haughtiness of my eyes, and turn away from me all coveting.

[1] "By them": Viz., the tongue and the lips, mentioned in the last verse of the foregoing chapter.

[2] "That they spare me not in their ignorances": That is, that the scourges and discipline of wisdom may restrain the ignorances, that is, the slips and offences which are usually committed by the tongue and the lips.

[6] Take from me the greediness of the belly, and let not the lusts of the flesh take hold of me, and give me not over to a shameless and foolish mind. [7] Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth: and he that will keep it shall not perish by his lips, nor be brought to fall into most wicked works. [8] A sinner is caught in his own vanity, and the proud and the evil speakers shall fall thereby. [9] Let not thy mouth be accustomed to swearing: for in it there are many falls. [10] And let not the naming of God be usual in thy mouth, and meddle not with the names of saints, for thou shalt not escape free from them.

[11] For as a slave daily put to the question, is never without a blue mark: so every one that sweareth, and nameth, shall not be wholly pure from sin. [12] A man that sweareth much, shall be filled with iniquity, and a scourge shall not depart from his house. [13] And if he make it void, his sin shall be upon him: and if he dissemble it, he offendeth double: [14] And if he swear in vain, he shall not be justified: for his house shall be filled with his punishment. [15] There is also another speech opposite to death, let it not be found in the inheritance of Jacob.

[16] For from the merciful all these things shall be taken away, and they shall not wallow in sins. [17] Let not thy mouth be accustomed to indiscreet speech: for therein is the word of sin. [18] Remember thy father and thy mother, for thou sittest in the midst of great men: [19] Lest God forget thee in their sight, and thou, by thy daily custom, be infatuated and suffer reproach: and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse the day of thy nativity. [20] The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words, will never be corrected all the days of his life.

[21] Two sorts of men multiply sins, and the third bringeth wrath and destruction. [22] A hot soul is a burning fire, it will never be quenched, till it devour some thing. [23] And a man that is wicked in the mouth of his flesh, will not leave off till he hath kindled a fire. [24] To a man that is a fornicator all bread is sweet, he will not be weary of sinning unto the end. [25] Every man that passeth beyond his own bed, despising his own soul, and saying: Who seeth me?

[26] Darkness compasseth me about, and the walls cover me, and no man seeth me: whom do I fear? the most High will not remember my sins. [27] And he understandeth not that his eye seeth all things, for such a man's fear driveth from him the fear of God, and the eyes of men fearing him: [28] And he knoweth not that the eyes of the Lord are far brighter than the sun, beholding round about all the ways of men, and the bottom of the deep, and looking into the hearts of men, into the most hidden parts. [29] For all things were known to the Lord God, before they were created: so also after they were perfected he beholdeth all things. [30] This man shall be punished in the streets of the city, and he shall be chased as a colt: and where he suspected not, he shall be taken.

[31] And he shall be in disgrace with all men, because he understood not the fear of the Lord. [32] So every woman also that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir by another: [33] For first she hath been unfaithful to the law of the most High: and secondly, she hath offended against her husband: thirdly, she hath fornicated in adultery, and hath gotten her children of another man. [34] This woman shall be brought into the assembly, and inquisition shall be made of her children. [35] Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit.

[36] She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her infamy shall not be blotted out. [37] And they that remain shall know. that there is nothing better than the fear of God: and that there is nothing sweeter than to have regard to the commandments of the Lord. [38] It is great glory to follow the Lord for length of days shall be received from him.

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23O Lord, Father and Master of my life,
   do not abandon me to their designs,
   and do not let me fall because of them!
2 Who will set whips over my thoughts,
   and the discipline of wisdom over my mind,
so as not to spare me in my errors,
   and not overlook my* sins?
3 Otherwise my mistakes may be multiplied,
   and my sins may abound,
and I may fall before my adversaries,
   and my enemy may rejoice over me.*
4 O Lord, Father and God of my life,
   do not give me haughty eyes,
5   and remove evil desire from me.
6 Let neither gluttony nor lust overcome me,
   and do not give me over to shameless passion.

Discipline of the Tongue*


7 Listen, my children, to instruction concerning the mouth;
   one who observes it will never be caught.
8 Sinners are overtaken through their lips;
   by them the reviler and the arrogant are tripped up.
9 Do not accustom your mouth to oaths,
   nor habitually utter the name of the Holy One;
10 for as a servant who is constantly under scrutiny
   will not lack bruises,
so also the person who always swears and utters the Name
   will never be cleansed* from sin.
11 One who swears many oaths is full of iniquity,
   and the scourge will not leave his house.
If he swears in error, his sin remains on him,
   and if he disregards it, he sins doubly;
if he swears a false oath, he will not be justified,
   for his house will be filled with calamities.

Foul Language


12 There is a manner of speaking comparable to death;*
   may it never be found in the inheritance of Jacob!
Such conduct will be far from the godly,
   and they will not wallow in sins.
13 Do not accustom your mouth to coarse, foul language,
   for it involves sinful speech.
14 Remember your father and mother
   when you sit among the great,
or you may forget yourself in their presence,
   and behave like a fool through bad habit;
then you will wish that you had never been born,
   and you will curse the day of your birth.
15 Those who are accustomed to using abusive language
   will never become disciplined as long as they live.

Concerning Sexual Sins


16 Two kinds of individuals multiply sins,
   and a third incurs wrath.
Hot passion that blazes like a fire
   will not be quenched until it burns itself out;
one who commits fornication with his near of kin
   will never cease until the fire burns him up.
17 To a fornicator all bread is sweet;
   he will never weary until he dies.
18 One who sins against his marriage bed
   says to himself, ‘Who can see me?
Darkness surrounds me, the walls hide me,
   and no one sees me. Why should I worry?
   The Most High will not remember sins.’
19 His fear is confined to human eyes
   and he does not realize that the eyes of the Lord
   are ten thousand times brighter than the sun;
they look upon every aspect of human behaviour
   and see into hidden corners.
20 Before the universe was created, it was known to him,
   and so it is since its completion.
21 This man will be punished in the streets of the city,
   and where he least suspects it, he will be seized.


22 So it is with a woman who leaves her husband
   and presents him with an heir by another man.
23 For first of all, she has disobeyed the law of the Most High;
   second, she has committed an offence against her husband;
and third, through her fornication she has committed adultery
   and brought forth children by another man.
24 She herself will be brought before the assembly,
   and her punishment will extend to her children.
25 Her children will not take root,
   and her branches will not bear fruit.
26 She will leave behind an accursed memory
   and her disgrace will never be blotted out.
27 Those who survive her will recognize
   that nothing is better than the fear of the Lord,
and nothing sweeter than to heed the commandments of the Lord.*

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1O Lord, my Father and Master of my life, do not leave me at the mercy of my own words; don't let them cause my downfall. 2I wish I could be whipped for my thoughts, so that Wisdom could discipline my mind. I would not want to be spared when I am wrong; I would not want a single sin to be overlooked! 3Then I would not keep on sinning, making one mistake after another. I could not fall to my enemies and be humiliated by them.

4O Lord, my Father, God of my life, keep me from being arrogant; 5protect me from evil desires. 6Keep me from being overcome by greed or lust; do not leave me at the mercy of these shameless passions.

Taking Oaths

7My children, listen to what I have to say about proper speech; do as I teach you and you will never get trapped. 8Sinners are caught by their own arrogant, insulting words.

923.9: Mt 5.34; Jas 5.12Don't fall into the habit of taking oaths, and don't use God's holy name too freely. 10A slave who is constantly beaten will never be free of bruises; someone who is always taking an oath by the Holy Name will never be free of sin. 11Anyone who takes oaths all the time is sinful to the core, and punishment is never far away from his household. If he fails to fulfil his oath, he is guilty. If he ignores his oath, he is twice as guilty. If his oath was insincere in the first place, he cannot be pardoned and will have a house full of trouble.

Filthy Talk

12There is one way of speaking that is like death itself — may no Israelite ever be guilty of it! Devout people do not wallow in such sin, and they will keep away from such behaviour. 13Don't fall into the habit of coarse, profane talk; it is sinful. 14You might forget yourself while in the company of important people and make a fool of yourself with some foul word that comes to you naturally. Think how your parents would feel! You would curse the day you were born and wish you were dead! 15If you fall into the habit of using offensive language, you will never break yourself of it as long as you live.

Sexual Sins

16There are any number of ways to sin and bring down the Lord's anger, but sexual passion is a hot blazing fire that cannot be put out at will; it can only burn itself out. A man who lives for nothing but sexual enjoyment will keep on until that fire destroys him. 17To such a man all women are desirable, and he can never get enough as long as he lives.

18The man who is unfaithful to his wife thinks to himself, “No one will ever know. It's dark in here, and no one sees me. I have nothing to worry about. As for the Most High, he won't even notice.” 19This man is only afraid of other people. He doesn't realize that the eyes of the Lord are 10,000 times brighter than the sun, that he sees everything we do, even when we try to hide it. 20He knew everything before he created the world, as well as after. 21That sinful man will be caught when he least expects it, and punished publicly.

22The same is true of a woman who is unfaithful to her husband and presents him with a child by another man. 23In the first place, she has broken the Law of the Most High. In the second place, she has wronged her husband. And in the third place, she has made a whore of herself by committing adultery and bearing the child of a man not her husband. 24-25The children will suffer for her sin. They will not be able to find a place in society or establish families. She herself will be brought before the assembly 26and permanently disgraced. There will be a curse on her memory. After she is gone, 27everyone will realize that nothing is better than fearing the Lord, nothing is sweeter than keeping his commands.

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Sirach or Ecclesiasticus, NRSV Bible, Chapter 23 (Apocryphal Audiobook)

Why is Ecclesiasticus shown with the King James Bible?

1 O Lord, Father and Governor of all my whole life, leave me not to their counsels, and let me not fall by them.

2 Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom over mine heart? that they spare me not for mine ignorances, and it pass not by my sins:

3 Lest mine ignorances increase, and my sins abound to my destruction, and I fall before mine adversaries, and mine enemy rejoice over me, whose hope is far from thy mercy.

4 O Lord, Father and God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from thy servants always a haughty mind.

5 Turn away from me vain hopes and concupiscence, and thou shalt hold him up that is desirous always to serve thee.

6 Let not the greediness of the belly nor lust of the flesh take hold of me; and give not over me thy servant into an impudent mind.

7 Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth: he that keepeth it shall never be taken in his lips.

8 The sinner shall be left in his foolishness: both the evil speaker and the proud shall fall thereby.

9 Accustom not thy mouth to swearing; neither use thyself to the naming of the Holy One.

10 For as a servant that is continually beaten shall not be without a blue mark: so he that sweareth and nameth God continually shall not be faultless.

11 A man that useth much swearing shall be filled with iniquity, and the plague shall never depart from his house: if he shall offend, his sin shall be upon him: and if he acknowledge not his sin, he maketh a double offence: and if he swear in vain, he shall not be innocent, but his house shall be full of calamities.

12 There is a word that is clothed about with death: God grant that it be not found in the heritage of Jacob; for all such things shall be far from the godly, and they shall not wallow in their sins.

13 Use not thy mouth to intemperate swearing, for therein is the word of sin.

14 Remember thy father and thy mother, when thou sittest among great men. Be not forgetful before them, and so thou by thy custom become a fool, and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse they day of thy nativity.

15 The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words will never be reformed all the days of his life.

16 Two sorts of men multiply sin, and the third will bring wrath: a hot mind is as a burning fire, it will never be quenched till it be consumed: a fornicator in the body of his flesh will never cease till he hath kindled a fire.

17 All bread is sweet to a whoremonger, he will not leave off till he die.

18 A man that breaketh wedlock, saying thus in his heart, Who seeth me? I am compassed about with darkness, the walls cover me, and no body seeth me; what need I to fear? the most High will not remember my sins:

19 Such a man only feareth the eyes of men, and knoweth not that the eyes of the Lord are ten thousand times brighter than the sun, beholding all the ways of men, and considering the most secret parts.

20 He knew all things ere ever they were created; so also after they were perfected he looked upon them all.

21 This man shall be punished in the streets of the city, and where he suspecteth not he shall be taken.

22 Thus shall it go also with the wife that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir by another.

23 For first, she hath disobeyed the law of the most High; and secondly, she hath trespassed against her own husband; and thirdly, she hath played the whore in adultery, and brought children by another man.

24 She shall be brought out into the congregation, and inquisition shall be made of her children.

25 Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit.

26 She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her reproach shall not be blotted out.

27 And they that remain shall know that there is nothing better than the fear of the Lord, and that there is nothing sweeter than to take heed unto the commandments of the Lord.

28 It is great glory to follow the Lord, and to be received of him is long life.

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