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德訓篇 Sirach
1不要依恃不義的財物,也不要說:為我的生活已經夠了,因為在報復和災難時,這些都無用處。1Do not rely on your wealth. Do not say, "I am self-sufficient."
2不要順從你的偏情和你的能力,去滿足你心中的慾望。2Do not let yourself be carried away by greed and violence; they would make you their slave.
3不要說:誰能宰制我?誰能因我的行為屈服我?因為上主必要報復。3Do not say, "Who can stop me?" For the Lord has power to punish you.
4不要說:我犯了罪,遭受了什麼災殃?因為上主是富於含忍的報復者。4Do not say, "I have sinned and nothing has happened!" For the Lord bides his time.
5關於罪的赦免,應心懷恐懼之情,免得罪上加罪。5Do not be so sure of pardon when you are heaping sin upon sin.
6不要說:他的仁慈寬大,我縱有許多罪過,必蒙赦免;6Do not say, "His compassion is great! He will forgive the vast number of my sins!" For with him is mercy but also anger; his fury will be poured out on sinners.
7因為,憐憫和義怒皆繫於他,他的憤怒將在罪人身上得以平息。7Do not delay your return to the Lord, do not put it off from day to day. For suddenly the anger of the Lord will blaze forth and you will perish on the day of reckoning.
8歸向上主,不要遲緩,不要一天一天地拖延;8Do not rely on riches wrongfully acquired for they will be of no use to you on the day of wrath.
9因為,上主的義怒忽然降來,他要在報復的日期,將你消滅。9Do not be swayed by every wind nor try to walk by every path, as does the sinner who is accustomed to lie.
10不要依靠不義之財,因為在義怒的日子,它們於你毫無用處。10Remain firm in your convictions, and be consistent in your speech.
11不可任意隨風簸揚;不可見路就走,有如一口兩舌的罪人。11Be ready to listen, and know how to wait before giving your reply.
12你當堅持你的主意;你的言語,應當前後一致。又當堅持你良心的真理和明智;如此,和平與正義的言語,便常與你相隨。12If you know what you are saying, answer your neighbor; if not, it is better to say nothing.
13聽話要快,答覆要慢。13Your words can bring you honor and dishonor; a man's tongue brings about his downfall.
14你若有所知,就可答覆別人;否則,就應把手按在口上;這樣,你就不致說出冒失的話來,而自招羞辱。14Do not let yourself be known as a scandalmonger or a deceiver. For if shame is the lot of the robber, severe condemnation is the lot of the liar.
15光榮與羞辱,全在乎言語;人的唇舌,能使人招致喪亡。15Do not sin in big things nor in little things, and from being a friend do not turn into an enemy. An evil reputation brings in its train shame and disgrace; such is the lot of the sinner who is accustomed to lying.
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