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Sirach 32

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Sirach 32

Etiquette at a Banquet

1If they make you master of the feast, do not exalt yourself;

be among them as one of them;

take good care of them and then be seated;

2when you have fulfilled your duties, take your place,

that you may be merry on their account

and receive a wreath for your excellent leadership.

3Speak, you who are older, for it is fitting that you should,

but with accurate knowledge, and do not interrupt the music.

4Where there is entertainment, do not pour out talk;

do not display your cleverness out of season.

5A ruby seal in a setting of gold

is a concert of music at a banquet of wine.

6A seal of emerald in a rich setting of gold

is the melody of music with good wine.

7Speak, young man, if there is need of you,

but no more than twice, and only if asked.

8Speak concisely, say much in few words;

be as one who knows and yet holds his tongue.

9Among the great do not act as their equal;

and when another is speaking, do not babble.

10Lightning speeds before the thunder,

and approval precedes a modest man.

11Leave in good time and do not be the last;

go home quickly and do not linger.

12Amuse yourself there, and do what you have in mind,

but do not sin through proud speech.

13And for these things bless him who made you

and satisfies you with his good gifts.

The Providence of God

14He who fears the Lord will accept his discipline,

and those who rise early to seek hima will find favor.

15He who seeks the law will be filled with it,

but the hypocrite will stumble at it.

16Those who fear the Lord will form true judgments,

and like a light they will kindle righteous deeds.

17A sinful man will shun reproof,

and will find a decision according to his liking.

18A man of judgment will not overlook an idea,

and an insolentb and proud man will not cower in fear.c

19Do nothing without deliberation;

and when you have acted, do not regret it.

20Do not go on a path full of hazards,

and do not stumble over stony ground.

21Do not be overconfident on a smoothd way,

22and give good heed to your paths.e

23Guardf yourself in every act,

for this is the keeping of the commandments.

24He who believes the law gives heed to the commandments,

and he who trusts the Lord will not suffer loss.