Every few days I’m posting five passages that have jumped out at me as I read through Sirach (aka: Ecclesiasticus).
Run away from sin like you would from a snake: If you go near it, it will bite you. Its teeth are lion’s teeth, destroying a person’s life. (Sirach 21.2)
People who are afraid to act are like clumps of cow manure; those who pick it up will shake off their hand. (Sirach 22.2)
Don’t grow accustomed to saying coarse things because to do so is to engage in sinful speech. (Sirach 23.13)
How beautiful is sound judgment in gray-haired women and finding good advice in elderly men! (Sirach 25.4)
The husband of a good wife is favored, and the length of his life will be doubled. A courageous wife will make her husband happy, and he will complete his years in peace. … A loudmouthed and talkative wife is like a battle trumpet sounding an attack. The spirit of the man who lives under such conditions lives perpetually in the chaos of the battlefield. (Sirach 26.1-2,27)